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littlepeopleRNICU, BSN, RN 4,412 Views

Joined Oct 5, '12 - from 'SC'. littlepeopleRNICU is a RN. She has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU, telemetry'. Posts: 446 (40% Liked) Likes: 353

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  • May 2

    Quote from AndersRN
    Each individual has the right to decide what they consider legit. I happen to think most people in the healthcare industry agree with me about the DNP degree; hence the many threads we are seeing here in this topic alone... As someone who is a member of the healthcare industry and also a consumer, I am glad that I have an idea as to which health professional to trust. Just like the other day my daughter was having a procedure which requires anesthesia and I let the physician know that I don't want a CRNA near my daughter, and I am glad they complied without asking me why...
    Well from a consumer standpoint wanting the person that probably does the least amount of anesthesia instead of the most to do your family members anesthesia makes perfect sense...just like most of your statements on here.

  • May 2

    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.

  • May 2

    I gave you facts.
    I even said so in my posting. "In fact....."
    As nursing faculty/an educator, I have concerns that your approach brings to light. (That is an opinion).

  • Apr 30

    Most universities take a minimum of 3.0GPA overall and last 60 hours. However, think about why you want to be a NP, don't just do it for the heck of it. Unfortunately, NP schools are extremely saturated; there are many schools that accept just about anyone with a pocketbook with a 3.0. Don't apply to NP school just because it's "easy" to get in. Figure out which specialty you actually have an interest in.
    Even if neonatal NP admission was a walk in the park to get in to- I'd never go that route because I have absolutely no interest in that specialty. Why pursue something you have no passion for?

  • Apr 30

    Word of advice:

    Write out your OWN study cards. Do not order pre-made ones.

    Research has proven over and over that writing things out and making your own cards helps with the learning process.

    I ordered flash cards once and promptly threw them away. It is another example of passive learning. *Active learning* = YOU read, write down things that you feel are important in a way that makes YOU understand. Draw things out; use arrows to indicate a link; write important summaries in a different color.

    Seriously...go purchase a huge set of blank flashcards; a nice set of new markers and do the cardiac and respiratory sections of Leik and Fitz this week. Do not wait for those study cards.

  • Apr 29

    I got my letter of acceptance to the Family Nurse Practitioner program at my local university today! I start in August and I am so excited!

  • Apr 25

    Quote from AlrightMike
    Thanks, yet I don't like engineering.
    How do you know you like nurse anesthesia?
    Besides gold dust in the eyes.

  • Apr 22

    Listen to your girlfriend. Advanced Practice Nurses should have actual years of practice under their belts. Thus, the advanced practice in their title. While direct entry programs do exist, their graduates do not always find it easy to gain employment.

    As an RN, I would never allow my practice to be supervised or directed by one with no nursing experience.

  • Apr 22

    I graduate in three weeks! I have to say, I don't think I've had a life for the past six months. I feel like I have missed so much. I have missed field trips with my kids, time with my family, and so much more...but it's a fair trade for all of the time I will get back by having a "normal schedule." I did two clinicals together, so I have been doing clinicals five days a week since December 1st, plus working every other weekend in the I have four kids (two of which are twins which turned one in March...the first year with twins + grad school...just call me crazy!). But...I am on track to graduate with a 4.0 and have a job lined up that I am SO excited about as the primary provider in a rural health clinic, providing care to those who have limited access to care, which is something I am passionate about. I am also excited about getting involved with the state NP organization and working to improve health policy for nurse practitioners....basically I am on fire for this profession, and ready to graduate so I can call myself "one" of the group! No matter how hard it is, it is doable! Wish me luck as I prepare for boards, and I will do the same for you that are getting ready to graduate! For those of you in the midst of your program, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is a bright one!

  • Apr 20

    Quote from BostonFNP
    If you work in a pain clinic you earn every bit of that money. Tough job.
    After following a pain clinic NP for only 3 days, i gained a different level of respect for them.... 5 to 10 mins per pt? And all the stress that comes with pain management? Plus psych issues that goes along with some of the visits? For $80 per hour? No, thank you ;-)

  • Apr 5

    I chose NP because I feel that the nursing focus adds a piece to my practice that is sorely missing from medical training. In short, I'm proud to be a nurse.

  • Apr 5

    Quote from PsychGuy
    I think it bet to use neither and merely let your education and credentials where appropriate.
    Yes, agree. For a résumé, list your degrees under schooling only.

  • Apr 5

    I believe, that at a minimum, if you have your MSN its hyperbole to include ADN and BSN. That's akin to sayin I'm 40, 39, 38, 37, etc years old. Lol!

  • Mar 31

    I would not encourage a DNP to be paid more. Why should they? If they do the same job as a NP with a master's and have equal billing they should earn equal income.

    I am the anti-DNP.

  • Mar 24

    I'm waiting to see what happens with the DNP. I honestly would like to see a separate clinical doctorate for those working as an APRN. I don't like the fact that the DNP lumps education, admin, and clinician under one roof. Doctorates are supposed to be specialised in an area to show that said person is an expert on that area of care. Only time will tell what happens.