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Joined Oct 5, '12 - from 'SC'. littlepeopleRNICU is a RN. She has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU, telemetry'. Posts: 457 (40% Liked) Likes: 357

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  • May 27

    Glad you found a place, and for free!

  • May 23

    People are successful without experience, but I do feel nursing experience is invaluable. I'm glad that I waited. I feel like you learn a LOT in the "real world" of nursing that you don't learn in nursing school. Doing over, I would do the exact same thing.

    From one previous honors BSN student to another

  • May 21

    Congratulations and good luck!! What setting are you interviewing for?

  • May 8

    I'm doing school and work both full-time currently. That has included clinical hours. I would say full-time work and part-time school should also be doable. If you aren't a planning person, become one now. It'll help tremendously to have a plan to adhere to in advance in regards to how you're going to allocate your time, rather than just go on the fly. Stay on top of things and make sure to accomplish each day what you wanted to. You can't survive without time management and organization.

  • May 3

    I'm not sure if this will be required in your program already or not, but we had to get Tarascon's Pharmacopeia. It has been really helpful and if it's not already required, I would get it. Also, the Bates PocKet Guide to Examination and History Taking. The newest editions are very affordable on Amazon, especially if you have Prime (or student) and can get it without shipping.

    Also, in your last summer before school...take a vacation! I know this isn't the type of response you were hoping for, but it'll be your last opportunity to really go anywhere sans school stress and will help you go into the Fall semester rejuvenated.

    Congratulations! Where will you be going?

  • May 2

    You are right that PA school follows a different route to ultimately have similar roles in the end. One thing you might want to consider though, is that they are extremely competitive to get into. I also have never heard of a PA program online. Not saying they don't exist, or that you were going to go online route for NP, but just know you would be spending a lot of time in class, as well as a lot of clinical hours. PA programs traditionally have a lot more hours of clinical because of the lack of healthcare experience NP students usually have.

    Also, another thing that you've said more than once that is a little concerning...is that you want to be an NP because of being able to choose your hours. Most NPs I know work shifts and they are full shifts. They also work when they are needed. There's always the exception to the rule, but many NPs don't have the luxury of saying, "I'm going to work 2-8PM tomorrow, but then Friday, I'm going to work 12-4PM".

    I also should throw in there I haven't graduated yet. I'm still an NP student, but just basing off what I have seen from NPs I've worked with or know personally.

  • May 2

    Quote from roser13
    The "lifting and pulling" isn't necessarily in the NP position that you would gradually obtain. It's on the road to obtaining that position. Whether as a student nurse or earning your stripes as an RN, lifting and otherwise strenuous work/long hours are unavoidable.

    The MD comparison is false, simply because the MD's never go through any type of rotation/training/school where the physical labor is required. That's because nurses do it.

    I'm not trying to stomp on your dreams, honestly. Just want you to have a realistic view of the path to advanced practice nursing.
    What roser said. Your geneticist was able because she was never required to do what nurses will in school, from a physical aspect. Even as a physically healthy, 22 year-old, my body HURT after many shifts when I first got out in the nursing world.

    What I would do if I were you, is call the schools whose nursing programs you are interested in. I say nursing programs because even if you don't choose to get an ADN or BSN first, and go direct entry, these programs still typically make you go through earning a nursing degree and having clinical time through their programs first. Explain your physical limitations to them and ask if they felt you would be suitable. I have seen a couple of nurses at work who are wheelchair or cane bound. I do not work with them or know them, so I have no idea how limited their abilities are, or how long they have been that way...but they had to start somewhere too. If this is what you really want to do, it's worth a shot to ask.

    About not having nursing experience when you graduate...hate to say this, but join the club. There are many, many students going to NP school now with no nursing experience whatsoever. Either through direct entry, or fresh out of nursing school. I feel like the majority of NP students do have some experience, but with it becoming a gluttonous career choice and schools lowering admission standards to include no bedside experience needed, there are a lot of students who have never functioned as an independent nurse. Whether or not that will be a hindrance to you, will depend on where you apply and your location.

    As far as the physical labor comparing NPs to RNs, that is something that is just going to depend on your setting and you, personally. Theoretically speaking, no, it is not in the NP's role to do the physical tasks nurses do, such as baths, helping to the bathroom, turning a patient in bed, etc. on a regular basis....but I have known some to do it, simply because they know nurses are busy and want to if they are already in there with the patient. That is NOT typical.

    Also, depending on your setting, chances are, you will have a ton of walking and standing involved.

  • May 2

    Quote from bebbercorn
    Anders, one of my favorite professors did this. It was completely optional, but you could do a "visit" with her, where she would give you VS, pertinent history, and chief complaint, then go from there. I loved this learning method and it was so helpful. She had a ton of experience as an NP and was one of those who really facilitated learning. We need more of those!
    I have had this in multiple classes. It may be in the form of discussion board or case studies, but it had the same concept. Even my pharm class this semester brought in diagnosing based off symptoms and labs. It wasn't the sole focus(as it was a pharm class...), but the professor was good about doing this. I have found this to be very beneficial.

  • May 2

    Quote from roser13
    The "lifting and pulling" isn't necessarily in the NP position that you would gradually obtain. It's on the road to obtaining that position. Whether as a student nurse or earning your stripes as an RN, lifting and otherwise strenuous work/long hours are unavoidable.

    The MD comparison is false, simply because the MD's never go through any type of rotation/training/school where the physical labor is required. That's because nurses do it.

    I'm not trying to stomp on your dreams, honestly. Just want you to have a realistic view of the path to advanced practice nursing.
    What roser said. Your geneticist was able because she was never required to do what nurses will in school, from a physical aspect. Even as a physically healthy, 22 year-old, my body HURT after many shifts when I first got out in the nursing world.

    What I would do if I were you, is call the schools whose nursing programs you are interested in. I say nursing programs because even if you don't choose to get an ADN or BSN first, and go direct entry, these programs still typically make you go through earning a nursing degree and having clinical time through their programs first. Explain your physical limitations to them and ask if they felt you would be suitable. I have seen a couple of nurses at work who are wheelchair or cane bound. I do not work with them or know them, so I have no idea how limited their abilities are, or how long they have been that way...but they had to start somewhere too. If this is what you really want to do, it's worth a shot to ask.

    About not having nursing experience when you graduate...hate to say this, but join the club. There are many, many students going to NP school now with no nursing experience whatsoever. Either through direct entry, or fresh out of nursing school. I feel like the majority of NP students do have some experience, but with it becoming a gluttonous career choice and schools lowering admission standards to include no bedside experience needed, there are a lot of students who have never functioned as an independent nurse. Whether or not that will be a hindrance to you, will depend on where you apply and your location.

    As far as the physical labor comparing NPs to RNs, that is something that is just going to depend on your setting and you, personally. Theoretically speaking, no, it is not in the NP's role to do the physical tasks nurses do, such as baths, helping to the bathroom, turning a patient in bed, etc. on a regular basis....but I have known some to do it, simply because they know nurses are busy and want to if they are already in there with the patient. That is NOT typical.

    Also, depending on your setting, chances are, you will have a ton of walking and standing involved.

  • May 2

    I'm not sure if this will be required in your program already or not, but we had to get Tarascon's Pharmacopeia. It has been really helpful and if it's not already required, I would get it. Also, the Bates PocKet Guide to Examination and History Taking. The newest editions are very affordable on Amazon, especially if you have Prime (or student) and can get it without shipping.

    Also, in your last summer before school...take a vacation! I know this isn't the type of response you were hoping for, but it'll be your last opportunity to really go anywhere sans school stress and will help you go into the Fall semester rejuvenated.

    Congratulations! Where will you be going?

  • Apr 28

    I know you asked for students who are attending these programs, but I feel like if I don't echo what mtsteelhorse said about USA, it means I'm guilty. I applied there and the entire application/acceptance process was so disorganized. I also know people who graduated from their programs and they didn't like the experience either. Classes are disorganized, professors unavailable. Very little teaching at all. I don't expect everything to be spoon fed, but I go to school to be taught. I know one girl right now who has had an absolute nightmare getting preceptor paperwork finalized, on the school's part. She submitted it about a year ago with ALL required info from the preceptor themselves, so it isn't like anything was slacking on their part or hers. It was the school. No issues between state boards, etc. And yes, the hospital she was hoping to use is one of USA's "pre-approved" facilities list.

    I am attending University of South Carolina. Not the psych program, but they have one. I'm only a semester in, but I've been pleased so far, and know countless current students further than me/alumni who are/were too. It's a bit more expensive than you were looking for, and I do understand that there have been some issues recently regarding clinical in certain states. It's a board thing that has come up, is what some NC friends told me.

    I know you asked personal experience, but consider for what it's worth!

  • Apr 22

    The biggest red flag of this entire thread:

    "Well I'm not worried about nursing school"...

    Second, the rest of your comment from that post sounds like you feel a lot of nursing school is just theory. You have another thing coming to you.

  • Apr 20

    Do you want the role of a provider? Do you want to be managing patients and focusing on diagnosing and treating? That's a whole different level of stress. Your reasons you listed MAY apply to some NP jobs, but in many, it's just a trade-off for something else you may also consider tedious and "busy work". There are a lot of headaches that come with being an NP too, just like being a bedside RN.

    I am just in school so my opinion can't be the only thing considered, but I feel like it would be a better fit if you are mainly seeking what I mentioned before in your career. You can find better or outpatient hours, an education role, and better pay in nursing without getting an advanced practice degree.

  • Apr 20

    I'm finishing my second semester. It was my first clinical semester, and I have felt a little overwhelmed. But what's funny, is my friend and I were talking last night, and she asked how school was. I told her it was going well, but I was so ready for the break between spring and summer classes. She was like "you seem less stressed out this semester". I told her that was funny because I feel about 10 times worse than I did my first! Haha.

    I guess I have just accepted that it is what it is. It's been tough, but I knew it would be going into it, and wanted that. I didn't WANT to go to a cake walk program. I have all As and hope to keep it up.

    I do feel like my social and family lives have suffered a bit...I'm still working full-time, night shift hours and doing clinical either 1 or 2 days a week, depending. So that's been tough. Luckily everyone understands!

    I do enjoy my program. I have learned a ton, and I have no doubt that if(I will) I finish, I will come out knowing what I need to for boards and practice. I'm also in adult acute care.

  • Apr 19

    Do you want the role of a provider? Do you want to be managing patients and focusing on diagnosing and treating? That's a whole different level of stress. Your reasons you listed MAY apply to some NP jobs, but in many, it's just a trade-off for something else you may also consider tedious and "busy work". There are a lot of headaches that come with being an NP too, just like being a bedside RN.

    I am just in school so my opinion can't be the only thing considered, but I feel like it would be a better fit if you are mainly seeking what I mentioned before in your career. You can find better or outpatient hours, an education role, and better pay in nursing without getting an advanced practice degree.


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