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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: 469 (40% Liked) Likes: 369

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  • Aug 22

    Not FNP, I'm in ACNP school and have been a bedside RN for over 6 years. I think shadowing(and/or interviewing some NPs) a few days in a variety of settings would be a great idea, like the others suggested!

  • Jul 12

    K of 11.7. "Alive", but that didn't last but a few hours longer.

    Procalcitonin 175, alive and survived.

    WBC 154, lived for several more days.

  • Jul 5

    Our NNPs also do 24 hour shifts. It depends on the NP. Some of them (the older ones who have been with the group for a long time) do not do any 24 hour shifts. Most of the NPs are required to foot a few for the month and also will do some 12 hours on day/night schedules. They all are required to do some of each and rotate amongst themselves. I was told once that 72/biweekly is full time for them, just like it is for us as staff.

    The surgery NPs we use work a 5 8 hours a week schedule. In my last unit, most of the NPs had the same schedule, but that was a telemetry floor.

  • Jun 26

    I emailed. I asked students I know and also the clinical coordinator at my hospital for opinions, and the consensus was to email. I was told that they've heard people(providers) say that they felt like pressured to make an on-the-spot decision through email and preferred it. It also doesn't hold up their day much, like a phone call or meeting could.

    It worked for me. I emailed 11 people and got 3 yeses. The others didn't say no, they all just already had a student for the timeframe I needed! Ask other students or advisors at your school if they have heard.

  • Jun 15

    I'm in my third semester. I've been doing school and work full-time. My first semester I had no clinicals. I started them the second. I work 3 12s(night shift) a week.

  • Jun 10

    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

  • Jun 5

    I am a NICU nurse. I also am an AG-ACNP student. I do have adult experience though. I love my job as a NICU nurse, but I had the same reservations as you...I don't want to 1)not find a job when I graduate or 2) be trapped to NICU and then get burnt out 5 years after graduating and want a change.

    I work with a girl who has completed FNP school and taken boards. She has been turned down for every nursery(even well-baby) she has applied for because they want NNP or PNP. This is in several states. They even told her for nicus that they mostly want NNP and not even PNP.

    The training in most PNP programs is not specialized enough for NICU, especially in higher levels of care.

    I know it's frustrating because I was literally exactly in your place, but you have to decide if you want to include nursery in your realm of options not. I don't think you'd get into an actual NICU as an FNP, but you could POSSIBLY do well-baby.

  • Jun 3

    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

  • Jun 3

    One thing you could consider is acute care. I know several ACNPs who work in outpatient specialty clinics and have a M-F 8-5 schedule with my weekends and holidays. You have the option of that and hospital, based on your training.

    I know it's hard to leave the NICU. I am a NICU nurse and love it, but am an acute care student...even though I love the NICU as a bedside nurse, I wanted more options.

  • May 30

    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 29

    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 29

    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 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?


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