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Joined Apr 4, '11 - from 'Northshore, MA'. BostonFNP is a Primary Care. Posts: 4,245 (59% Liked) Likes: 9,794

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  • 8:16 am

    "Hot under the collar" means angry and resentful. It's not a sexual term.

  • 7:58 am

    As a gay female, no I do not find male nurses, or any males, attractive. But that's really beside the point. The most disturbing part of your post to me is that you somehow imply that a male nurse who is gay and feminine is somehow something to be ashamed of, and how quickly people are jumping on board to shout out loud how all the male nurses they know are both straight and manly just to make sure everyone knows that they're not...you know....*gasp*...GAY!. Well, that's peachy but I know plenty of gay, feminine male nurses, and they're quite frankly just as worthy. Being a feminine gay male, or a masculine gay female, is not inferior nor something to be ashamed of. Your innate prejudice is showing and that's the unattractive part. If you are so worried about what other people think about you based on your outward appearance and career choice, it suggests you have some growing up to do. And incidentally, did it occur to you that there are also "manly", bearded gay men out there who would probably make you look like a little girl in comparison? Those pesky stereotypes are so inconvenient sometimes.

  • Aug 22

    I think you're overlooking the actual situation. Hydrea crosses the plancenta, meaning you have to ingest it to actually harm your baby. Sure I guess wearing gloves while you're dispensing the medication will psychologically soothe your anxiety. You cannot physically be harmed by being near it, it does not have droplet or airborne properties. Do you avoid other teratogenic medications like, ace inhibitors, tetracyclines, NSAIDs, anti seizure medications, Coumadin, etc, etc because they all can cause fetal defects if consumed. Try not to psyche yourself out.

    The thing you should be worried about is caring for anyone with a droplet/airborne infection; TB, Shingles, measles, etc.

  • Aug 22

    Male nurses are hot. They are strong, compassionate, smart, and often good looking.

  • Aug 20

    I find the OP and this thread hilarious! I am 100% homo and here are my thoughts:

    1) To the OP, dude, if you think girls won't date you because you're a nurse, you are dating the wrong type. I personally don't know of ANY women who would not date a nurse, simply because he is a nurse.

    2) The hetero male posters stating about having a beard, fishing, riding a Harley, yadda, yadda. Um, there are PLENTY of gay men that do that too. We don't all love women's shoes and Madonna. While I am certainly "stereotypically" gay in many ways, I also love my sports teams, go on hikes, etc. Which leads into....

    3) Many of you don't realize your gay coworkers because it doesn't matter to the job. Also male nurses just like any group of men are DIVERSE. Many people think my direct supervisor is gay, but he is 100% straight and has a long term GF. I have encountered many men who I couldn't sworn were gay, but are not. Conversely, I have met men who didn't spike my gaydar and yet are just as big of 'mos as me. Sexual identity and expression are varied and diverse.

    I'm done now

  • Aug 18

    Nothing affects the heartbeat of a woman like a middle-aged bald white male risk manager. Cynics would say it is arrhythmia but I know better. #ILookLikeARiskManager #DistractinglySexy

  • Aug 18

    Quote from Krzysztof
    Ditto. It's a curse, but one I'm strong enough to face.
    I admire you and Boston's strength. Persevere, brothers!

  • Aug 18

    Quote from BostonFNP
    They all find me very manly and attractive and I have to beat them all off with sticks and break at least 100 hearts a day.
    Ditto. It's a curse, but one I'm strong enough to face.

  • Aug 13

    Quote from Jules A
    I've calculated 17% of my base salary more times than I can count since reading this. Unless they justify paying your really poorly to offset I'm severely jealous.

    Lol Jules - we are actually at the top of the payscale in my area - I make over 6 figures base pay. We also receive free healthcare insurance for ourselves - am not sure what it is for families as my husband has his own free healthcare insurance from his employer.

    I will say this is why we have so little turnover - we currently have 8 APRNs and 1 PA:

    PA has been with the practice 18 years
    NP #1 with practice 17 years
    NP #2 with practice 16 years
    NP #3 (me) with practice 10 years
    NP #4 - 2 years
    NP #5,6 - 1 year
    NP 7,8 - just hired

    NPs 5-8 were hired recently due to huge expansion of our practice. And our docs and practice have a very solid reputation in our area.

  • Aug 2

    Great insight.

    Personally, I plan to work till I'm 70 as long as I remain cognitively and physically intact and I hope someone will tell me if my cognition starts to get sketchy.

    Its a personal decision - until it becomes a matter of pt safety.

  • Jul 11

    Quote from Mhsrnbsn
    I will forgive you for your ignorant sounding post...
    There is NO WAY you will be an effective nurse practitioner if you never work as a nurse. Sure myself and many other nurses might agree the "med pass" and "butt wiping" is the least glamorous of the tasks we are privileged to do, but while these are a part of what we do, it is not the entire picture!
    If you work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, sure some of the medical/surgical aspects of hospital nursing may take a backseat to what your focus is... But you'll still be taking care of diabetics, CHF-ers, Hypertension, and it is imperative that you have a sturdy ground with assessment skills set up.
    With patients being on psych meds as well as "medical" medications there's huge potential for issues, and it will still be important for you to know how to keep your patient from dying of a low blood sugar while in therapy.
    Another thing you learn is communication skills, which will prevent faux-pas such as your original post. You learn how to talk to people, and how to treat people with your HEART as well as your mind. There's a reason why people say nursing is the "heart" of medicine, and why many nurse practitioners are being requested to provide care over physicians.
    I honestly don't think being a nurse practitioner is the correct role for you. You can still pursue a career in psychiatric health without "nursing" even being your primary role. And just to give you a heads up... I'm in NP school, and every program I looked into for my education indicated that one of the pre-admittance requirements were 1-2 years of "acute care nursing experience". Now there may be programs that don't require nursing experience, but I certainly didn't see any. And I feel you'd be miserable working those 1-2 years post nursing training by the sounds of your post and it will show in your work.
    Good luck in your career path.
    I'm not particularly a big fan of the direct-entry programs, but there is no disputing the fact that there are large numbers of these programs around the country, that take non-nurses, put them through an accelerated basic nursing program and then a graduate program in an advanced nursing specialty, and there is no evidence I'm aware of that those graduates, as a group, are deficient in practice in any way, or that they are not competent, effective clinicians. Many of these individuals have never worked a single day as an RN (some direct-entry programs do require that the students work part-time as RNs during the graduate part of the program, after they've gotten licensed as RNs, some don't). The direct entry programs have been around for at least 30 years. If you "didn't see any" when you were looking at graduate programs, you must have not looked v. closely. They are v. popular, as you can see from looking casually around this site. The graduate program I attended (as a traditional, experienced-RN student) had a direct-entry track, and the direct-entry students were not required to work as RNs and made it v. clear that they had no intention of ever doing so; they were there to become advanced practice nurses. They were highly employable at graduation; the school and its graduates have a great reputation. I'm not wild about the idea of defending direct-entry programs, but, at the same time, I hate to just let these kinds of factually incorrect statements stand without saying something.

  • Jul 9

    Quote from jadelpn
    There are in fact programs that go "direct" to MSN/NP with little to no experience at all. There are facilities in remote areas that can not keep staff that will hire people on degree only.

    There are NP programs that require clinicals, but can be "done" with "research nursing" or some other clinical time that is non-bedside related.

    I know of at least a couple of people who got an accelerated BSN , went right into an NP program, and never stepped foot at bedside....
    started as an informatics nurse. Then moved to the middle of nowhere-ville and is in practice seeing patients. Wonky but true. And scary, to say the least.

    What school has NP clinicals that can be done without hands on patient care??? I've never heard of such a thing.

  • Jul 9

    Quote from Desert Lady
    Some people are just lazy and want to take the easy way out. These "nurses" are dangerous in any given medical situation. Please I would work the whole floor by myself then have these nitwits coming to me to "fix" their patient.
    Lazy? You obviously don't know how difficult a direct entry program is, and how selective the good programs are. I worked harder than I ever have in my life in my program. It was the most difficult thing I've ever done. Hours in class, hours at clinical, and then hours studying after both. Plus I worked, raised a family, and graduated with a 4.0. Passed NCLEX and FNP boards on the first try. Lazy didn't get me through all that. Super-motivated, incredibly hard working, and strong critical thinking skills did.

  • Jul 7

    Quote from roser13
    This is the Internet. Opinions are (usually) welcomed. Anyone who trusts an Internet forum for verifiable facts has other issues to address.
    I lived this situation first hand. I know what it's like to look for a NP job with no RN experience. I know what my students have experienced. I believe I have some credibility here. I hope OP will not be discouraged by the naysayers.

    Over and out.

  • Jul 7

    None of the interviews I've been to as an NP have ever asked me about my RN experience. I've even truncated it on my resume to include more information about the places I've done clinical work as a student NP, which seems to spark more conversation during interviews. That's not to say being an RN wasn't an informative and enriching experience, but if the argument for bedside nursing is that it will improve your ability to find a job once you become and NP I haven't found that to be the case. I think medical directors - who are typically MDs - don't view bedside nursing as relevant experience to practice as an NP. To them an "inexperienced NP" is someone (like me) who hasn't been an NP very long, regardless of how long they've been an RN.


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