InformaticsRN.MA 3,404 Views
Joined Dec 5, '12.
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Are you willing to relocate? That would be my first suggestion - you will have a lot more opportunities availablee to you.
You could also try to (professionally) ask the person that interviewed you if there was a particular reason that the position went to someone else. If that person had more experience than you, then you can't really change that, but you might get some helpful feedback about the way you interviewed, or something else that got the other nurse the job. If they won't tell you why, I'd tend to agree with the other poster and wonder if you should change your list of references.
Good luck, let me know if you have any other questions-
As the originator of this message, I apologize for not posting any contact info sooner - but if you are still interested in networking, send me a message at email@example.com
I'll try to contact everyone and see if there's a way for us to learn from each other. Thanks!
My degree is an MS (not MSN) - in Nursing, with a concentration in Healthcare Informatics. Not really sure what the difference between an MSN and an MS in Nursing is, however...
For electives, I took eHealth and Human Computer Interaction - both were very good - yes, I would recommend them.
The program is all online - you can go to Colorado for graduation if you'd like, but it's not required. The defense of your final project can also be done via webcam, but I chose to go to the campus to do my presentaiton and was really glad that I did.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!
(I tried to respond to the message you sent me, but it told me that you didn't have enough memory to receive it)
Dr Skiba is excellent - I had 2 courses with her (eHealth and Systems Life Cycle), and she was there (along with 2 other faculty) when I presented the defense of my final project. She's very responsive, and proactive about setting up phone calls with students prior to the beginning of each semester. If you are willing to relocate to the Colorado area, you might be able to get a position there during or after your program if you are good at reaching out and making connections.
I had another awesome professor for Nursing Research/Statistics. The others were all very good, except one (I think it was the Nursing Policy instructor).
No school is perfect - but I learned A LOT in 2 years, and almost all of it was fascinating. Other highlights were my practicum - I logged 270 hours and developed a 40 page paper about the use of Health Information Exchange in the Management of CHF - and many of my classmates, especially those (about half) who already had informatics positions (another opportunity for you to network if you are willing to relocate). I did feel there were a few too many group projects - but I have heard that is true with most online programs.
Let me know if you have any specific questions about the curriculum.
PS I chose to apply to UC Denver based on my call with Dr Skiba, the description of the classes on their website, and the fact that the tuition was lower than any other program.
Dr. ******* is the program director - did you try emailing her? Here is a link to a web page with her info:
| CU College of Nursing | University of Colorado Denver
Let me know if you have any other questions about the program.
2 years online, full-time. At the end I did a 270 hour practicum (I could have done 135 hours but wanted more time to fully develop a project). It was 100% online but I did choose to travel to Colorado for my comp exam, where I had to give a 1 hour presentation about my project (and also submitted a 40 page paper).
You can look up the numbe rof credits and other info at their website:
Master's | CU College of Nursing | University of Colorado Denver
I agree that relocation may be your best option.
Regarding your job offer, when I have been unsure about accepting an offer, I ask if I can shadow someone in that role for a 1/2 day. I was offered a job as a case maanger but wasn't really sure what the job involved. So I observed one in action for 4 hours and was able to see what his day was like; I also got to meet a few of the case managers and they were very friendly and receptive to training someone new. If the DON says no, it's probably because she knows that the nurses there would all be telling you to turn down the offer.
Also, 2 days of orientation is ridiculous. If you are going to be giving meds to 20 or 30 patients there's no way you can get up to speed that fast. If you are going to accept a position at a SNF (and hopfully a different one than in your post), I'd recommend the night shift - there are usually a lot less meds to give.
I graduated from UC Denver with a master's degree last year - I can answer any questions you might have about that program.
I feel bad for the patient and family for having that bias - to generalize that all female nurses are more caring than all male nurses. How sad to have such a limited worldview. As the nurse caring for that patient, I would try to educate them if they were making those sort of comments in my presence.
On the other hand, I feel if a patient requests a female care giver and it is feasible, it is the resposibility of the hospital to meet that request. But does this patient request only female doctors care for her? I doubt it.
My husband is an x-ray tech and he has been told that there are some hospitals that have only female techs do certain procedures - whether the patient is female or male. I think that's ridiculous. As a female myself, I generally prefer female PCP's and OB's and will choose a female myself ahead of time if possible. But if I were in a hospital I wouldn't prejudge a doctor, nurse, or other person ahead of time - I have met great male doctors, and worked with some very mediocre female nurses over the years. I think you have to wait to have a conversation with someone before evaluating their ability to care for you. If I needed something like a bed bath I'd want a female, other than that gender is a nonfactor.
"Well, this is the worst reaction to bedside rounding that I have EVER gotten."
You have the nerve to criticize my body language? You have the personality of a piece of spaghetti!
The Joint Commission is here! If you don't start smiling soon, we're going to have to throw you in the laundry room with all the broken equipment!!
(Sniff) Oh, I see you're back from your "non-smoking" break.
So where's the rest of the flash mob?
Believe it or not, my dog did eat my ID badge. What's your excuse?
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