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Joined Feb 21, '12. DesertSky is a Critical Care RN. Posts: 32 (34% Liked) Likes: 14

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  • Apr 14

    I've been accepted to Nursing@Simmons FNP program for the November 2016 cohort. The program sounds great, however the two things that concern me are the cost and the required live classes. My admission rep told me classes are offered from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET depending on the class, but I'm just concerned about fitting them in with my work schedule....

    I'm hoping to continue working full-time for the first year until clinicals begin and then I may consider cutting back to part-time at work. How are you all financing the tuition? From my research, the max amount your can borrow in federal direct loans is $20,500/year. That leaves a big gap in Simmons tuition....

  • Apr 11

    I was wondering if anyone has attended SNHU's online MSN program? It sounds great and offers classes in advanced health assessment, patho, and pharmacology. I would like to complete a good general MSN now with the option to return to obtain my post-MSN certificate NP later.

    Any students of SNHU care to share your experience?

    Thanks

  • Mar 17

    I was recently accepted for the November 2016 cohort. I will be attending PT and plan on working FT as long as I can. I know I may have to go PT at work once clinicals start. One thing I really like about the program is the online format and that Simmons helps students with clinical placements, however I'm a little nervous about the cost of the program...

  • Mar 6

    Are you comfortable and familiar with critical drips? Many times ICU transport pt's have multiple drips, so it would be helpful to understand titration and pharmacology of pressers, sedation, etc....

  • Feb 11

    Thank you all for your wonderful responses. It sounds like my focus should be on finding the best NP program without regard to where it's located! Great information and advice

  • Jan 17

    RN's most definitely do heavy lifting! I work in the ICU and we pretty much do total patient care. That means bed baths, Q2hr turns, cleaning and changing, and any other activity. Many of our patients are sedated and on the ventilator which means we do all of the turning without any assistance from our patients.

    Of course I am sure there are areas of nursing that aren't as physical such as clinic nursing or perhaps ambulatory. But you will definitely have to do heavy lifting to get through nursing school even if you are lucky to land a less physical job in nursing as a new grad!

    Good luck

  • Jan 17

    RN's most definitely do heavy lifting! I work in the ICU and we pretty much do total patient care. That means bed baths, Q2hr turns, cleaning and changing, and any other activity. Many of our patients are sedated and on the ventilator which means we do all of the turning without any assistance from our patients.

    Of course I am sure there are areas of nursing that aren't as physical such as clinic nursing or perhaps ambulatory. But you will definitely have to do heavy lifting to get through nursing school even if you are lucky to land a less physical job in nursing as a new grad!

    Good luck

  • Jan 17

    RN's most definitely do heavy lifting! I work in the ICU and we pretty much do total patient care. That means bed baths, Q2hr turns, cleaning and changing, and any other activity. Many of our patients are sedated and on the ventilator which means we do all of the turning without any assistance from our patients.

    Of course I am sure there are areas of nursing that aren't as physical such as clinic nursing or perhaps ambulatory. But you will definitely have to do heavy lifting to get through nursing school even if you are lucky to land a less physical job in nursing as a new grad!

    Good luck

  • Jan 17

    Quote from TheCommuter
    I worked 12-hour night shifts for 5.5 years (mid-2010 until December 2015). My weight yo-yo'd up and down until I started exercising first thing in the morning, immediately after my shift ended. I went from 180 to 128 pounds, representing a loss of 52 pounds in eight months.

    And yes, I'd eat a high protein 'breakfast' before going to bed. It would usually be full fat cottage cheese or turkey cold cuts with a slice of sharp cheddar.

    Contrary to popular beliefs, dietary fat is not the enemy...on the other hand, refined carbohydrates will cause carb-sensitive people like me to become bloated and gain weight uncontrollably due to an exaggerated insulin response.
    Congrats on your weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes! Very good information!

  • Jan 17

    Quote from LadyFree28
    This.

    When I worked nights, I ended up losing ten pounds.

    I eat pretty well; fresh fruits and veggies, complex carbs, proteins and dairy with less fat-a well balance diet with a few treats in between, and lots of water, smoothies, and keep my snacking to no more than 200 calories.

    What I can recall is eating before my shift was over-at least between 0530-0630 so when I went home I took a shower, and went to bed.
    Sounds like a healthy diet and a good way to fuel your night shift!

  • Jan 14

    Thank you all for the helpful suggestions and sharing your eating routines while working nights. I love my nightshift coworkers and my unit, but nightshift just isn't a good fit for many nurses. No matter what I do my sleep and eating schedules just never really adjust despite my best efforts.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that a dayshift position opens up soon! In the meantime, I will definitely put the wonderful suggestions offered by you all to good use.

  • Jan 13

    I eat pretty healthy and have a consistent workout routine, however I feel it's an uphill battle staying fit while working nights. I work 3 12 hour night shifts per week from 7pm-7am. My question to all the night shift RN's out there is do you eat after getting off your shift before bed?

    I normally eat "breakfast" before my shift at 6pm, have a snack around 11 pm, a second snack around 3-4 am, and then I eat "dinner" before going to bed at 8 am. I have found if I do not eat something before going to sleep after my shift, I do not sleep well and wake up hungry around 12 p.m. I usually eat something light like egg whites and a piece of fruit.

    Since starting nights about 18 months ago, I have gained about 7-8 pounds. I am trying to drop that weight and I'm wondering if eating before bed is stalling my efforts. I am currently 5'8 and 130 pounds, but was about 122-123 before starting nights. I have to work nights for at least another 6 months or so until a dayshift position open up, so I would appreciate any advice and insight my fellow night shift nurses can offer about ways to drop weight working nights!

    Thanks in advance

  • Jan 10

    I eat pretty healthy and have a consistent workout routine, however I feel it's an uphill battle staying fit while working nights. I work 3 12 hour night shifts per week from 7pm-7am. My question to all the night shift RN's out there is do you eat after getting off your shift before bed?

    I normally eat "breakfast" before my shift at 6pm, have a snack around 11 pm, a second snack around 3-4 am, and then I eat "dinner" before going to bed at 8 am. I have found if I do not eat something before going to sleep after my shift, I do not sleep well and wake up hungry around 12 p.m. I usually eat something light like egg whites and a piece of fruit.

    Since starting nights about 18 months ago, I have gained about 7-8 pounds. I am trying to drop that weight and I'm wondering if eating before bed is stalling my efforts. I am currently 5'8 and 130 pounds, but was about 122-123 before starting nights. I have to work nights for at least another 6 months or so until a dayshift position open up, so I would appreciate any advice and insight my fellow night shift nurses can offer about ways to drop weight working nights!

    Thanks in advance

  • Jan 10

    Quote from joanna73
    I worked permanent nights for 4.5 years. I always ate right before bed in the morning, but this was usually an egg and oatmeal.

    I drank a green smoothie in the evening before work and brought my dinner: usually fish or chicken with vegetables.

    Snacks consisted of granola, nuts, fruit, cheese, yogurt. I only drink water or herbal tea.

    Fast food and processed food are out. I can't digest that stuff.
    Thanks for the response! Thanks the great meal/snack ideas and advice. Sounds like a healthy and doable way to eat while surviving the night shift!



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