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cathering, ADN, BSN, RN 2,997 Views

Joined Aug 21, '12 - from 'Buena Park, CA, US'. cathering is a RN, BSN, ADN, PHN. Posts: 80 (20% Liked) Likes: 37

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    haha sorry for multiple posts, for some reason my phone skipped thru your post. the kaplan decision-making tree only confused me and i did not use that method. it works for some but not me and it seems like not for u either. use kaplan qbank, and search thru hurst for things u think u need to absolutely memorize (like the isolation types for what diseases & diagnosis) because hurst seems to have easy mnemonic for memorizing those

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    and dont change ur study method no matter what ppl say. if ure the type to study right before entering the building, do that. if u need a full day of rest before a test, do that. if you have passed nursing school, your method of studying has worked for u well (:

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    dont concentrate on pharm. dont study content separately. do questions over and over again and read the rationales for all of your answer questions. that is content review for you. nothing else. questions over and over and read up on rationals. i had 75q, 2 psych med questions i had no idea on, and most delegation and priority. i used kaplan qbank only. good luck.

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    adventure780 likes this.

    Wow, thank you all for you suggestions! From your suggestions, I am pretty clear that I'll probably go for a MSN program for FNP or ACNP if it is available. I just finished my precetorship in a step-down ICU and LOVED it. Thank you again! It made things a lot more clearer Cathy

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    Thank you everyone for your replies and suggestions. Now I have come across another problem. A professor of mine told me that starting in 2015, NP programs will be at the doctorate level, not masters. Which means that I will need to do extra time: first MSN, then a DNP program. Is this really true? So far I've heard of both yes and no. But there are some straight RN to DNP programs as long as you have a bachelors. Will that get me MSN along the way?

    I am in California. What have you heard?

    Thank you!

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    Thank you ryguyNP and BostonFNP so much for your responses. I can see it more clearly now. I agree that I think I may need to work a bit to really find my niche and the population that I like working in.

    I was looking at some programs online today and I had another question. For some schools, the NP is under Master's degree, but in some it is listed under DNP. Isn't that a doctorate like a PHD? If so, would that mean I need to get my MSN then go for the DNP-FNP? Or can I do straight from BSN to DNP-FNP?

    Also, how can I get the ACNP? Is that from experience or from a certification class that I take and test for?

    Thank you so much again!

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    Hi thank you for reading.

    I am currently in a BSN program expecting to graduate Spring or Summer of 2015. Now that my BSN is starting to wrap up, I am looking into MSN programs.

    However, being that I don't have much experience yet, I am confused to which MSN program I should choose (i.e. family nurse practitioner, Adult-gerontology primary care, clinical nurse specialist... etc.). I don't know what all those specialties do and in what setting. Can someone explain the differences?

    I think I am pretty sure that I want to be a nurse practitioner in an acute care setting like the hospital. I recently saw a nurse practitioner at the emergency department. What MSN program/degree must I complete to work in a setting like that?

    My plan is to finish my BSN, maybe work for about 1/2 to a year (I know this is not enough to gain experience, but I want to finish school ASAP).

    Also, if you have any idea, can you tell me how long that MSN program might be?

    Thank you SO much!

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    Dyspnea restlessness and cough. Classic symptoms of a pe? Could blood clot from the afib become pe?

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    Finish your degree with everything you've got and get good grades from now.

    After, take nursing prereqs and get As.

    Then, apply to as many ABSN & ADN programs.

    Good luck, if youre really ready for this you can do it.


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    Started prereq 21.5, started adn 23, started rn-bsn 24, end adn 25, end bsn 26

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    Still getting through it but..

    Family: enough said!

    Reliable car: man I spend so much time in it and have gone through every emotion! It's a good place to calm and recompose

    Computer: not just for school. For games videos pictures.

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    Keep up the good work! But do take time for yourself and friend/family. You'll get burnt out.. Seems like you kinda have. (:

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    Quote from bebbercorn
    I'd also add, don't be scared to say to said nurse or the charge nurse, "I know you're super busy, but do you mind me looking into this a little," also, ask questions of your assigned preceptor. When I have student nurses on the floor and I'm doing something you don't see everyday, I try to pull them into the room, even if they aren't my student. Some are eager and excited, some are just there to finish hours. You can tell which ones I like ;-)
    I love this! I have even fortunate to have met nurses like you. Thank you!!

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    I agree that this issue should be clarified from the instructors in the beginning. I am definitely going to ask my instructor once the program resumes.

    I think I am pretty safe going into other patient's charts since it is for "educational purposes" but I can't help feel that it might be a violation. If I were the patient or their family member, I wouldn't feel 100% okay with random students looking into the chart. I was curious about how the patient was brought in and why she needed the hypothermic therapy. I wouldnt technically have gone through it to give any care to the patient... I feel it's such a gray area!

    Thank you again for responding everyone.

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    sweet03nesy likes this.

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