AlaBro2010, ASN, BSN 5,764 Views
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I am already behind one year due to so many rejections for preceptors. Any nurse practitioners in Virginia that may run across this? I'm willing to travel and stay at a hotel. I need about 2 weeks in a primary care setting (family medicine or internal medicine) in the Fall.
I was in state so I am not sure if it is different but University of South Florida's RN to BSN is inexpensive and an online program. It was great! Also, look into if your state offers tuition assistance/loan payoff for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Good luck!
Is someone really going to apply for this job? I am sure office of the POTUS doesnt have as many requirements... !!
Have you tried rural health clinics like FQHCs? An old colleague was hired right after graduating.
I've made a med error before. My colleagues told me that a good nurse reflects on their mistakes, learns, and never makes the same mistake again (versus someone who just says oh well). I've made a med error before and you bet I quadruple check now.
In between Brooksville and Orlando you've got Sumter and Lake County. Lake is a bit more suburban- Sumter is rural. I'd say look in Clermont. South Lake Hospital is nice.
I understand the wage seems a little low, but working for the State do you get some really good benefits? That factors in to the overall compensation package and makes a little lower wage totally worth it.
I'd suggest logging into your old school account and going into library resources. Search evidence based and women's health and pick a topic. That's what I would do anyways. I've worked in women's health, previously worked with an OB and taught a prenatal course.
I don't even want to share but I'm going to. I should have never taken the salary offer but I was excited to move.
1] East coast Virginia
2]RN-BSN with 3 years public health experience. I work communicable disease. No idea about Union- I work for the state.
$23.70 an hour.
I get insurance for around $300/mo.
3] I rent a two bedroom for $1250. You can find cheaper places around $1000. I think the COL is high for what I make. Utilities aren't too bad around $140 a month. If my kids went to daycare it costs around $1800 a month :O
Do you live in an area where LPNs typically make more? I made $19 as an RN starting out, this was at a clinic and hospital RNs started at 20.
I started in public health as an RN doing all programs maternity, lactation counseling, family planning, STI, TB, peds, etc. I left there after 2 1/2 years to be a community health nurse only working 3 programs, was too slow paced so I went back to the clinic public health nursing.
The best place to start and see what programs/info to look at is your local health department. They usually follow US government guidelines- CDC, etc.
There is no specific book because it's all connected. You learn about STIs in medsurg, you learn about Pap smears and breast screening in women's health etc.
I do believe years ago you could be certified in public health. Public health also varies by county, like some may have a dental program or primary care while others do not.
I had no experience when hired 3 years ago. I now work as a specially trained STI nurse. Different places have different ways of titling their positions. I'm now PHN whereas at my last position I was RN. Our department has community health vs public health. I can try to figure out the difference if you supply a link with an example.
I didn't find the ADN to BSN bridge at all challenging. I took 18 credits the last term to finish a semester early. I also was a single mom at the time. I guess it depends on the program. I could do my Clinicals at my place of employment.
I completely agree with the poster who recommended pediatric home health, you can try that PRN status and see if you like it and add onto your resume! I worked in a peds clinic at a health department in the past- we sometimes saw 18 patients in 3 hours. Does that sound easy? Was my least favorite clinic- drawing blood on babies and vaccines. Never want to do it again.
It did build my skill set though.
I'd say thanks but no thanks for $15. I worked as a new grad at the health department (low stress, good hours, learned so much) making $19 and some amount of change. No thank you. The nearby hospital was offering new grad residency for a dollar more- wasn't worth it to me. No contract and it was in a rural area in which cost of living was low. However, if it truly goes up to $22 like I think I read after a couple of months I would go for it, if it is in line with your long term goals. Let us know what you decide and good luck to you!
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