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Joined Apr 4, '11 - from 'Northshore, MA'.
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I don't know your scope of practice, but I assume you assess patients, develop a plan of care, and can order some medications and treatments/interventions, monitor their effect, and revise the plan of care as needed within your scope of practice. But you don't have the same level of responsibility or accountability as a psychiatrist as you are not trained as a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is still ultimately responsible for the care of the patient.
. . . am pleased to announce that I passed my ANCC FNP test today. I was so relieved when the proctor handed me my paper touting my success that I was in tears, and shock. Hours later, though, it's sinking in and I can't stop grinning.
I am pleased to have the support and advice from folks here.
Now to apply for state licensure, jobs, and all the other accouterments that comes with.
Hi there - I live in IL also and nope no problem with you doing that. Is this a nephrologist that you are working with? The reason I ask is that I work for a large nephrology practice and we have 8 APPs (advanced practice providers) rounding on our pts.
Getting credentialed at the big two chronic dialysis units is not much fun either.
I'll be glad to answer your questions about nephrology - its a pretty specialized field which is why I was asking if you were working with a nephrologist.
I also wanted to add that the IL APN Practice Act "sunsets" in 2017 and here are the proposed changes:
We are gearing up for another big push for full practice authority in 2017. We have a lot of work to do and need all APNs in the state to support our efforts.
Frankly, if we are talking about outcomes, NP education is indeed superior to MD education as the data indicates our outcomes are equal or superior to physician outcomes. This is the facts and really goes to show that NP education produces better providers than MD education.
It may help you to realize that, based on my reading so many comments here, if you were to make a major life decision based on those questions and opinions, when you're done a whole new group will show up to ask you when you're going to get a BSN, work in this or that specialty, become an NP...etc..etc
Since you can't escape it you may as well do what makes you happy and feels right. Best wishes to you!
Hey all!!! I'm still trying to get this commenting and replying thing right. I usually just read these articles and print them out take them to work. Thank you all for your responses and your input. Many people have told me and you all have suggested trying a change of scenery. I've talked to some of my coworkers whom have traveled or worked at other facilities and they've said "It's this hospital." The facility in which I work is surely the huge problem. I've even had a physician tell me "This [hospital] isn't a good place." This place has frustrated me to the point that I'm done with nursing. I will try to find employment elsewhere. It will be difficult because of the area that I live and the monopoly this facility has on healthcare throughout. That's where a lot of my frustration cones from. To Mikey, who asked about the reason for nurses leaving. I'm sure pay has something to do with it. But it's the lack of respect that we professionals receive on a daily basis. This facility's culture is making money and making the docs happy....that's it. There is no question about it. And BTW, this facility is a "non-profit" organization.
I rarely deal with physicians on a daily basis in school nursing. Just sayin', find another specialty before quitting nursing all together.
I get attached to my kiddos, but it's kind of a good thing in my setting, sometimes I'm the only "love" they get.
You seem very compassionate and we need compassionate nurses, don't quit, just make a change.
I went to graduate school in the early part of the previous decade when one can find on-campus programs in state universities with approximately $300+ per credit tuition so in a Master's program with 45 or so credits my total cost was something around $20,000. On top of that relatively low cost, I received a HRSA grant which covered half of my tuition so I finished my ACNP program with no debt and didn't have to default on my mortgage (lol) by keeping a full time job as an RN.
Nowadays, even state universities charge anything from $700-1,000 per credit so the cost has more than doubled. With inflation, I would say that if I were to attend school now, I'd be willing to pay no more than $50,000 for a program but that's just me. I would also want to have some peace of mind that the degree I'm trying to obtain will pay-off in terms of job placement and advancement.
One thing I notice on your post is that you are set on WHNP. Is there enough opportunities in that field where you live? I am certainly not the expert on job markets but WHNP is a narrow field for NP's compared to the other more popular tracks which leads me to think that if I were in your situation, I would want to make sure I could easily find employment before I invest my money on it.
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This is all well and good if it's a mutual decision for one spouse to support the entire family. That is not the case with the OP.
I would rather see a school that starts out with 100 and graduates 20 quality graduates than a school that graduates 100 just to get as much tuition money as possible and have those graduates come to this site wondering why they haven't passed NCLEX after 5 attempts.
In related news, the US Dept of Education is revoking its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which accredits the vast majority of for-profit schools. The affected schools have 18 months to find new accreditation before their students no longer qualify for federal funds, including student loans and Pell Grants .
The only feedback I can offer is that I would not recommend anyone do an online NP program unless they already have an NP secured who is willing to precept them. I work in a clinic of APRNs who are CONSTANTLY getting requests and solicitations from random online NP students, looking for someone to precept them. They all end up in the trash, because I've yet to meet an NP/CNM who is willing to take on an unvetted student that they don't know.
Many of my male veteran pts call me "doc" as a term of respect as they know I'm a vet. I have corrected them but it is a term of respect - they absolutely know I'm not a physician but after ten years I'm not beating a dead horse...
There are just so many bigger issues out there - like independent practice that I see as more important. I am very well-respected by the physicians in my group, I have great autonomy, wonderful co-workers and I enjoy what I do for the most part.
Also, try public health departments. I completed my women's health hours with an amazing WHNP through the health department.
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