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Joined Jun 28, '11 - from 'Virginia'. Palliative Care, DNP is a DNP, FNP. She has 'Since 2009' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Family Nurse Practitioner'. Posts: 748 (55% Liked) Likes: 1,843

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    Our hospital system has providers lounges at the hospitals so MD/DO/PA/NPs all have access. That said some hospitals have better offerings than others. Mine has the equivalent of gas station sandwiches, cookies, sodas, bottled water, coffee. Another one I cover has buffet lunches. My hospital board does not have one NP nor PA member.

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    WKShadowRN and Tencat12 like this.

    I think you should go to and read over what is necessary for entry.

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    I attended Loyola University New Orleans. Most of it was online but we had dates to be on campus every year. I even completed some of my clinical hours in Louisiana. Every semester a faculty member visited each student on the clinical site and evaluated us. I feel that I had the best of both worlds. Honestly, no education can fully prepare you to transition from RN to NP. There is a learning curve and you feel like you are doggie paddling for the first year I am told. I am four months into my first job as an NP. I am constantly learning and asking questions. Best advice is to KNOW what you DO NOT KNOW. New providers that don't ask questions or look anything up are scary.

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    SopranoKris likes this.

    Johns Hopkins has a psych program. Very reputable and just $1509/credit.

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    You pretty much summed up my job daily. Palliative Care provides support, pain/symptom management, and care coordination. We take all the specialty pieces and put that into the big picture for the family. It can be overwhelming with specialists all coming in but only handling their organ (puzzle piece). The challenge is getting the physicians to consult us so we can help from step one. We are not Hospice although we definitely do refer to them.

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    After years of yo yoing with my weight, I had gastric bypass. It has been an excellent choice for me. I'm down 100 lbs and it will be a year in May. It's the little things that have made me notice how much weight affected daily life. I take the steps constantly at the hospital now. I was able to keep up with a group of 8th graders in D.C. I can finally shop in the regular section. I no longer take several medications. Mostly just various vitamins. I know surgery isn't for everyone but it was a great choice for me.

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    localgirl85 likes this.

    I attended Loyola University New Orleans. It is online but you do have to go to campus some. They give you the dates. Every semester a faculty member literally evaluates you on the clinical site. I was a difficult program but achievable. Not without issues but then every school has some.

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    brownbook, NRSKarenRN, Jules A, and 2 others like this.

    Just a typical day for me. I hear this multiple times a day. It doesn't necessarily mean the family is in denial. It does mean they aren't ready for the discussion. Forcing the discussion only makes them stop listening. Meet them where they are. Listen. Be empathetic. Families will start asking questions when there is a change or when they are ready. As mentioned above, most folks think we are the Reaper. Palliative does not mean no Care nor Hospice. We also manage chronic illnesses such as MS, ALS, & Sickle Cell etc.

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    Lennonninja, MickyB-RN, and ICUman like this.

    What drove me to become an NP? Simple FLOOR NURSING sucks and wasn't going to do that until retirement.

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    ICUman and Jules A like this.

    I earn $150 each day I am on call if I do not have o go into the hospital. If I have to go in it becomes $150, +mileage, and I clock in when I get there to earn my usual hourly rate until I am done.

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    Cwoods and ICUman like this.

    Definitely need to go into a specialty as an FNP to make money. My specialty isn't for everyone but I enjoy it. I feel like I'm filling a much needed role and assisting both patients and families. I do take call but its only every 5th week. I have work/life balance and leave the office by 5 p.m. at the latest daily.

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    cbxo, missdeevah, harmonizer, and 3 others like this.

    Quote from Aromatic
    I do not forsee NP salaries going up in the future. More supply and lower quality graduates due to many sloppy schools, and people are catching on that many NPs are not ready for practice when they graduate, or really ever. There are some good ones though so not group bashing here.

    ^^^This! I was less than thrilled to discover my new partner in palliative care earned her degree through a for profit, completely online, and no supervision aka Degrees For Everyone U

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    Calalilynurse and ICUman like this.

    I completed a BSN to DNP because I wanted a terminal degree. That said, I believe the curriculums need an overhaul. If I was choosing a program today, it would be either med school or PA. I prefer the clinical education and the not locating your own preceptor model. In my opinion, there is nothing professional about begging for a preceptor. There are online for profit programs that put the integrity of the profession in question. I don't ever want to waste another minute of my life on APA format nor nursing theory.

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    Jules A, traumaRUs, and Insperation like this.

    I completed a BSN to DNP because a terminal degree was my goal. If I had gone the MSN route I never would have gone back. I took many classes that will never help me in the work environment. I spent countless hours and dollars for an editor on a Capstone I will never use. It was the longest 4 years of my life. Honestly, if I was looking at programs today then I would not choose the NP route. In my opinion the educational curriculums need an overhaul. I would choose PA or Med school. No PAs don't have independent practice but they graduate with many skills that were barely brushed over at least in my program. I don't ever want to write another APA formatted paper again.

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    I work for a hospital conglomerate. I oriented in 3 facilities with physicians that completed residencies in Palliative Care for 2 weeks each. So a total of 6 weeks of working directly with a physician. I see 14 patients a day typically but with this specialty each can be quite time consuming as we are also dealing with families and end of life. I utilize references and ask questions when I don't know the answer. I also take notes of new things daily and look up/study when home.