DesertSky, BSN, RN 2,067 Views
Joined Feb 21, '12.
DesertSky is a Critical Care RN.
Posts: 63 (35% Liked)
I highly recommend the AACN review course available for purchase on their website. I know it prepared me to pass the CCRN exam!!
I'm taking my CCRN in November and have already bought the AACN review question book along with the PASS CRRN book. I was wondering if anyone who has taken the CCRN in the past year or so would also recommend the CCRN review DVD's from Laura Gasparis? If so, did her review really help you study and prepare?
Thanks in advance!
But someone who is lazy may get hired based on his/her RN experience on paper- you can't see laziness on paper; this usually gets discovered later.
When I was searching for my first NP job, I got a lot of interviews based on my RN experience and many of the questions asked during the interviews focused on my role as a RN. No one asked my about my experience during my NP clinical rotations, other than the job I ultimately accepted and they really didn't ask either. I mentioned to them about my experience and exposure at a outpatient Diabetes clinic during my last clinical rotation.
When the charge nurse looks at you when you walk in and says "I'm sorry..."
It varies but surely can't hurt to have experience and professional contacts in the specialty you will be pursuing. Personally I think it shows poor planning to have no experience or professional contacts in the specialty where you want to work as a NP. In my situation I have heard of opportunities and gotten offers due to my connections in this specialty which came directly from my RN experience. At one interview the executive director told me the medical director "drooled" when he saw my resume because I had years of inpatient psych experience.
Based on many of the threads I have read on AN and the anecdotal fact that it seems about 50% of my coworkers are pursuing their FNP, I am concerned about pursing my FNP only to find there is a glut of FNP's and struggle with gainful employment. I am perfectly open to moving to another area of the country if need be in order to find a good job.
Because there are no uniform requirements for NP programs in terms of RN experience, do you find RN's with more experience fare better in terms of job outlook as new NP's? For example, would a RN with 5 years of critical care/CVICU experience who wants to work in a cardiology practice as a FNP have more opportunities based on their RN experience than someone who spent a year at bedside or did a direct entry MSN?
Please understand I am not questioning a RN's ability as a NP if they had minimal bedside experience prior to becoming a NP, I am just trying to gauge if employers and the market would distinguish between the two.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and opinions in advance!
I just wanted to add that you will be thankful for your time in PCU because it really helps you perfect your time management skills! It really helps to be confident in your ability to handle multiple patients because then once you begin your orientation to ICU you can focus your energy on learning new material instead of having to also learn time management at the same time
Despite all my efforts, I was one of the poor souls who never adjusted to nightshift. I tried every trick in the book from blackout curtains, noise makers, aromatherapy, and prescription sleeping pills, but I just could not sleep during the day. I struggled through night shift for almost 2 years before the opportunity to change to dayshift came around.
Physically I struggled with nightshift, however I loved my nightshift coworkers and miss them greatly! They were the best. I think you often see better teamwork on nightshift since there are less resources and ancillary staff available to help. I would never take another night positions though because my body just cannot adjust!
I know it's hard not to play the shift back in your mind and ask yourself "what did I miss?", but unfortunately sometimes there is nothing that you missed - some patients just have bad outcomes. You advocated for your patient at every opportunity and provided good, competent care. Be kind to yourself and realize you did all you could.
[*]What experience did you have prior to specializing in the open heart/cardiac surgery ICU? Did you feel that it helped prepare you?[*]Would 2 years in cardiac PCU, and hopefully cross-training to ICU make me a competitive candidate?[*]Any other recommendations to eventually get into the open heart ICU?[*]How long of an orientation did you have, and was this based on how much experience you had?[*]Lastly, do you like working in the cardiac surgery ICU, and how does your job satisfaction compare to previous specialties you've worked in?[/LIST]
Thanks in advance!
The "new job" does not own you. Anytime you are seeking a new position.. find one before you quit the old one.
What does it matter? Leave the employer out of your work history. Problem solved. Or just don't mention being ineligible for rehire.
Are you sure about this? Every place I've ever worked considered the introductory probation period as one where either party can terminate the relationship at any time. If so, you'd still want to be sure to give proper notice.
I would not knowingly do this to myself. Make the effort to hang on long enough to get yourself out of this category. Being "blacklisted", no matter the circumstances, is no picnic.
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