Latest Comments by littlepeopleRNICU

Latest Comments by littlepeopleRNICU

littlepeopleRNICU, BSN, RN 4,563 Views

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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    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.

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    I'm in school full-time and am going into my third semester. I've worked full-time the whole time so far, and that schooling includes clinical time.

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    ICUman likes this.

    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

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    I'm going where I am to school because of:

    1. Multiple previous students I know were satisfied with the programs
    2. Reputation
    3. It's local to me, which I felt would help with securing preceptors and give me easy access to professors if needed

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    MallysMama likes this.

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

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    Have you contacted a student coordinator at any hospitals you'd like to precept at? A lot of times they can provide you with lists of preceptors to try.

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    Laughter116 likes this.

    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.

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    Your post sounds like your personal interests lie more in CRNA...do you feel like you would like that role better? They are two opposites.

    If that's the case, just retake chem. It won't be terribly expensive and will be worth it if that's your goal.

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    My plan my entire life was to go to med school. It changed my senior year of high school. I'm going to NP school now, but if I had a do-over, I would've stuck with my original plan. I opted for NP instead. I'll be 30 when I graduate NP school. I felt it was more reasonable to continue in nursing, rather than start all over again.

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    SongofaNurse likes this.

    Glad you found a place, and for free!

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    I didn't have to pay for the clinical I just finished, and I had 3 people offer to precept me...none of them asking for payment. My next preceptor has not asked either. I have another potential preceptor for the following semester, who also has not asked.

    I have heard of people paying and of agencies that find preceptors for you that expect pay, but I would say no, it's not "the norm".

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    MomAndSonInMD likes this.

    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.

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    bebbercorn likes this.

    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.

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    MomAndSonInMD and elkpark like this.

    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.

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    applepie2013 and blessedRN30 like this.

    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?


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