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littlepeopleRNICU, BSN, RN 4,783 Views

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: 365

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  • Jun 17

    Update: I got the job!!! [emoji2] Now to take/pass the board exam so I can start working this summer!

  • Jun 16

    Quote from psu_213
    The student replies to me "well, how about a real report."


    Wow. WOW. When I was in school, I had to go to the unit the night before and research my patient and was expected to know all about them, including their scheduled meds, by the time I arrived bright and early 1 hour before shift change. The *only* exception to this was L&D.

    Interesting. Things sure have changed.

  • Jun 15

    I am almost a year into an online FNP program. It certainly is a lot less rigorous than your program, but honestly I would prefer to be challenged like you describe in your program and actually feel like I'm being taught/learning something. Our 'classes' consist of assigned readings and writing discussion posts and replies to other students. There is absolutely no guidance, no lectures, and no constructive feedback as to whether or not you are truly comprehending the material. It seems that if you touch on the required talking points and follow APA you'll get an A regardless if you actually understand the topic.

    If I were you, I would stay in the program and be thankful that they are preparing you properly for graduation and the real world.

  • Jun 15

    I am very sorry you feel like dropping. Again like I said but will reemphasize if they are "working, stress-free, and acing all tests" there really is something VERY VERY wrong. Think about it, student A is given study guide to cover 5 chapters for pharmacology. It condenses 200 pages into 5 pages and they read it over and over then take the test. Of course word association they do well. Many weaker programs are not proctored and they Ace that test. Now take student B and you are required to have read all the pages, engage in reading on your own and told to do practice problems. Of course the student B had to have studied harder, their study guide will be 20 pages long, and they get the anxiety of taking a real test. But please tell me you do not think the two students are equals in knowledge. Just because you graduate does not mean your a safe provider. Anyone can memorize the questions for a certification test. The problem lies is the transformation you are doing, going from task oriented to the provider. Every single page in your textbooks is important. You are it as the provider! Regarding your assessment class, I am assuming they give you a task to do. Such as palpate the liver just hypothetically. So you do not get instruction in today's world they is an infinite amount of knowledge available to self-learn. Watch video, perform, ask partners advice, call over other student, retry another technique. Again graduate level learning everything you described sounds about right at this level.

  • Jun 7

    I'm a little off put by your statement, "I can get into any NP program I want because I'm an honors student." That cockiness is dangerous in a new nurse. A better way to approach that is "I believe my grades are high enough for me to be competitive." But until you know, you don't know. Unless you've actively been accepted, I wouldn't hang your hat on that. I've had many classmates who've had 3.8-4.0s not get in because programs recommend 2+ years of experience plus recommendations. And even if experience isn't required, if someone comes along with comparable grades to you but with experience versus your inexperience-- you can be turned down because they will be the stronger candidate.

    Honestly, you do yourself and your future patients disservice by not putting your floor time in. If you wanted the role of a provider without putting in the time as a nurse, PA would've been the better route. The thing that makes CRNPs so special is that they were nurses first. They seen, heard, and felt things. They've experienced it. Obviously there are exceptions to this but you really should work as a nurse first. Nursing isn't just "do what your told", it is a science and an art and you cannot embrace it until you experience it. You should understand this before you go into a position where you are the one writing orders.

  • Jun 3

    Why wouldn't a new grad in any profession want to work in a supportive environment? None of us graduate from school as experts, and it's no shame to admit that. OP, if it's not a good fit, then look elsewhere. But it's also ok to stand up for yourself and tell your nasty co-workers that their behavior is not acceptable. Something tells me they're miserable there and they take it out on the newbie. Or they could just be jerks.

    You have no obligation to stay because of the patients. It's not your responsibility to ensure that care is available. That belongs to the higher ups. If they're not committed to running a clinic that is conducive to good practice, that ain't on you.

  • Jun 3

    I'm generally of the mindset to not quit before a year, however, I recently had the experience of "trying to stick it out...wouldn't want to look like a job hopper!" I realized that I became more miserable, my family felt it, and it made me question if I still loved my specialty. The answer is yes, but I'm moving on from my facility. If they cannot be supportive or at least professional, you are actually doing a disservice to your patients by staying and supporting it. This attitude rubs off, believe it or not!

  • Jun 3

    You have no obligation to Medicare enrollees. Tell the PA to eat a ****.

  • Jun 2

    My opinion, in short, is:

    1. Know yourself. You will know if you need more experience or not.

    2. Don't try and mix it. Your first year as an RN is incredibly important and lays the foundation for your career. The same as true as your first years as an NP in education and practice. It your try to do both at the same time you jeopardize both.

  • Jun 2

    RockMay is a troll on these forums. Just wastes time here picking at the NP profession.

    At least NP's have independence (which PA's do not thankfully), and are required to be an actual healthcare professional beforehand, unlike PA's who will admit any blow schmoe with barely any healthcare background and some random degree.

  • May 26

    You have made a big investment, don't shortchange it. You first year in practice is very important and shouldn't (IMHO) be mixed with also trying to learn a completely different role.

  • May 22

    A cardiac ICU in an academic medical center!

  • May 21

    I have my first real NP job interview coming up! (Yay!!!) I'm incredibly intimidated by the itinerary I was sent. It's a 5 hour process! Is that fairly normal for NP interviews? Do you all have any tips for me?

  • May 18

    Quote from nursebay
    BS-just because you didn't go to one of those "crappy" schools does not make you any more qualified or high and mighty compared to others who did.
    I went the traditional route for my ASN and BSN and did not learn **** until I was in the work force. I was only as good as my preceptors that trained me-and thank god I had some excellent ones that did not carry your nasty opinion. You want high quality NP's coming into the work force, then I suggest you get off your soap box and precept if you are so damn good, but maybe you're not that good and no one should be learning from someone who has their ego and opinions so far up their ass.
    These aren't my opinions. It's my observations from being an APRN student and part of an interdisciplinary focus group on NP education in my city. The director of my clinical preceptorship site in an MD. He will not take on for profit online students or anyone without solid RN experience. We are expected at the very least- as students - to function at the level of an M4 doing SubI. The fact is that the online for profit schools cannot guarantee the quality of their students. Try telling a person that sacrificed a significant portion of their life to complete 4 years of a BS degree, 4 years of medical school, 4 years of residency and a postdoctoral fellowship - who has no concept of online schools for clinical professions because they don't exist in his world, that an online education or having no RN work experience provides adequate preparation. I could sit there and advocate for someone until I'm blue in the face - it's not going to go anywhere because there is no such thing for MD, DO, or PA and they cannot comprehend how it's even possible that these programs exist.

  • May 13

    Quote from RN to be soon
    Long story short. A life incident inspired me to study to become someone in a medical field and I thought about becoming a surgeon but I underestimated myself too much and I chose nursing. I know that doing well with nursing school doesn't mean I will do well with med too school but becoming a surgeon has been on my mind all the time and I just can't help stop thinking about going to a med school.
    Quote from RN to be soon
    Yeah I know and that's what makes me sad and regret my past. I always beat myself up for that.
    If you really have "the fire in the belly" to be an MD, cut your losses and do it -- you're not going to be happy as an RN. Do you want to still be "beating (yourself) up" 30 years from now for not going what you really wanted to?


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