Latest Comments by cathering

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cathering, ADN, BSN, RN 2,174 Views

Joined Aug 21, '12 - from 'Buena Park, CA, US'. cathering is a Registered Nurse ADN, BSN. Posts: 77 (21% Liked) Likes: 37

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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.

    In pocket: stethoscope, pen light, pen & highlighter, thin sharpie, scissors, hemostat, phone (allowed), watch on wrist, clipboard in hand

    From the hospital into my pocket: tape, flush, iv caps (?), LOTS of alcohol pads, 2x2 gauze, ky jelly sometimes

    Bag: phone charger, binder with extra forms, documents, assignment, etc., ca$h, girl products, toothbrush & paste. H2O! No books I have it on my phone~

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    For anatomy, I drew parts and took my own pictures with a camera. Then I labeled the anatomical structures that I needed to know on PowerPoint. Then went thru it over and over.

    For physio, I also drew out the process. And recorded the lectures. So then I would draw while listening to the lectures. Oh with colored pencils and a small white board & markers. Drew it over and over again!

    Hope it helps! I still do it I'm nursing school (but less drawing) good luck.

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    Thank you I appreciate the response! I feel it's a gray area as students. I'll definitely be asking my instructor once semester resumes.

    Thank you again!

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    Hello all.

    I am a nursing student and I have some questions regarding HIPAA and picking patients.

    I was in the ICU one day and I saw a pt transferred to the unit from the ER after she had been found unconscious after a massive heart attack (she died shortly after being transferred). She was my RN's patient and at first, I had no idea why she was there or what was going on with her.

    My RN was super busy because she and other staff were trying to do hypothermic therapy? And I was sooo tempted to go into her chart and see why she was there. But I stopped myself because she wasn't technically my patient.

    But on the way home I was thinking... As a student RN I am encouraged to look through the units' patients and pick the patient who meets my objectives for the day. So can I look at other patient's charts to see what's going on especially since she was my nurse's patient? But what if she wasn't my nurse's patient but another nurses?

    I am a little confused at my limits regarding HIPAA as a student. It seems like anytime I ask any RN on the floor "can I ask what is going on with this patient?" All the RN's I've asked seemed more than willing to share the info. Is this technically a violation for them?

    I can't ask my instructor since I'm on break...

    Thank you in advance!