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Joined Feb 20, '12 - from 'OHIO'. ickc22 is a RN. He has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ER'. Posts: 38 (26% Liked) Likes: 45

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  • Nov 14 '14

    I worked cardiac critical care and ER for years. Hated it. Everyone else seemed to be getting off on a fresh crashing post-op CABG with fifty million lines, drips and tubes and those types of patients left me quaking in my shoes. I did well with them, don't get me wrong. But I *hated* it. My absolute favorite thing to do was pull up a chair in my "about to be discharged" CHFers room and talk to them about daily weights, draw out their heart with an illustration of their low EF and talk about how low sodium diets, moderate exercise and daily weights could keep them out of the hospital.

    Flash forward about 10 years and I love being an NP because I feel I do a great job at connecting with people and really teach them about what is going on. My critical care experience taught me enough to stay on edge, but it sure is nice to be in a situation where I can "pull up a chair" instead of flapping around an ICU unit like a chicken with its head cut off!

  • Apr 16 '14

    Yea,, I worked at an actual Baylor hospital and what they did was pay a hefty differential that brought you up to roughly the equivalent of 32hrs/week. You did have access to full time benes so that was good.

  • Apr 12 '14

    I remember reading/posting in this thread almost 2 years ago now, before i had even applied to anesthesia school. and all the things people were saying scared the living daylights out of me! made me doubt myself and my ability to do this!

    now...i can ONLY speak for myself (i am 26, single/unmarried, no kids, no morgage or car payment)...but what i want to tell anyone who is considering anesthesia school and reading this to get some insight into what your life would be like....TAKE ALL OF THIS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. i promise you, YOU CAN DO THIS. all these people who are making this out to be like a nazi concentration camp, its NOT (again im sure its a lot harder if you're married and have kids but its still doable!!). you go into this KNOWING its not going to be a piece of cake. if it were, everyone would do it. so yes, its a lot of work and takes time and effort and sacrifices....but its all SO WORTH IT if this is what you're passionate about!! end rant.

    that being said...i am starting my 3rd semester next week. i am in a 30 month program and have done about 7 months so far. i started in january with didactic and then start clinical the end of march. here is a typical schedule for me.

    Monday - up by 5am, in the OR by 6am (i walk, only a few blocks away) the first semester was pretty easy compared to the second. second semester i was studying 2-4 hours almost everyday after class/clinical. but you get used to it and its no big deal. relax, you still have time to eat, pee, sleep, have sex :P

    Tuesday - clinical again. 6-3 but they usually let us out between 2-230 depending on the cases

    Wednesday - class 830-noon. then study for a few hours.

    Thursday - lab 830-noon

    Friday - class 8-1130

    im still per diem at work. i work about 2-3 days a month. a few people in my class still do 3 days (i think they do it on weekend nights or something). ive had time to hang with my friends, go on trips, etc. you just have to buckle down certain weeks when you have exams. typically ive had about one big exam each week. certain topics require more studying than others, as you know. i wouldnt say im a 4.0 student. my undergrad GPA was 3.5. so far ive managed straight A's my first and second semesters and ive excelled in the clinical area. im LOVING it and never regret my decision.

    again i just want to say...this thread scared the crap out of me. but now im living it and its so doable. so GO FOR IT!! you wont regret it! put your fears aside...i was worried about money, not having enough experience (i had 4 years nursing experience, only 1.5 unit experience). but it has all worked out!!

  • Sep 8 '13

    Quote from 16semesters
    I was speaking towards for-profit colleges, not online based. There are a lot of very good reputable distance accessible programs. Walden, Phoenix, etc., are NOT some of them however.
    I have been following this thread for some time and I have to say from an outsiders point of view 16semesters you are coming off some what of an elitist. I have read your references and on some points I will agree with you. However, I believe schools are just like tools... it is not the tool but the person using it that makes it effective. I know people who have gone to very prestigious brick and mortar schools i.e. ivy league that I wouldn't give two cents for their opinion, knowledge or skills. I know a lot of people from online for profit schools who are very successful. My brother being one. He went to University of Phoenix and is now a regional manager for waste management and flies all around the country. Obviously if a big corporation like that is okay with his education than there has to be something to it.

    Now you may say that's not health care. Okay you are right. I'm in the process of completing my RN to BSN program online thru Purdue University. But that's okay because it's a not for profit school. After finishing I am looking on continuing for my MSN NP with a post graduate specialization in Trauma / Emergency medicine / Flight. I am considering Walden or Purdue based upon my schedule or needs at that time. Walden's curriculum is accredited by CCNE and its how I work through the courses that determines how "good" of a NP I become. Its a tool to be used for the end result. When you go to sit for your license test there is not two separate tests one for the "good" schools and one for "for profit" schools. Its all the same. I'm not saying there are not some questionable schools out there but when you get to this level and you have preceptors for your clinical rotations not affiliated with a school it is their name being signed at the bottom and there reputation. So try not to be so hard on people because of the name printed on the diploma. Look at the person and what they truly can offer.



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