lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 10,735 Views
Joined Jan 6, '13.
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casias12...in Florida we are restricted to a 7 day limit on Class II drugs. While this seems limited...and it is...some states do not allow NPs to write for Class II drugs at all. It never ceases to amaze me the differences in state practice laws...go figure!
No tests. You have weekly assignments that require you to interact via forum discussions. Some classes have one major paper that covers everything you have learned, and some have papers scattered throughout. It depends on the amount of information you are learning. The first two classes were mostly about what makes an Advanced Practice Nurse (remember you are in a MSN program with nurse educators, nurse administrators/managers, nurse researchers, and nurse practitioners, and advanced theory application. After that, the classes have been on pathology and how to look at patients holistically to derive appropriate advanced practice plans to include diagnosis, interventions, education, etc. If anyone wants to know more, please PM me and I will get back with you.
I also practice more medically-oriented practice. The nursing model is steeped in nursing theory regarding caring as PsychGuy points out. Do we ignore this basis of our nursing experience/education? No, but as a NP, we are guided by the "standards of care" for treating patients. Somehow, I do not believe that taking care of a patient with hypertension and ONLY addressing diet, exercise, and stress management will fly when medications are the standard of care. Does this mean we do not include diet, exercise and stress management in our plan of care? No, but we will utilize the guidelines set forth for treating a patient with hypertension as well as educate them on diet, exercise and stress management.
I have only had one class that we had any "live" sessions, and they were basically set up for a group project. The interaction you have with your instructor and fellow classmates takes place in the discussion forums. The more you participate and engage, the more interaction you receive. I have developed many "friends" this way and we support each other personally also...kind of like an actual classroom setting where you find yourself with some "buddies". If you have ANY problems, contacting the instructor personally via email, skype, or telephone provides quick feedback. During the time my dad got sick and passed away, I managed to get through two classes with the support of my instructors. They called me at some of the hardest times and just listened. They worked around my problems and I still managed to get As. South provides the opportunity to "stagger" classes. Unfortunately, I was not able to do that because of my dad, but basically, you start one class then about 3 weeks in you can start another. I would NOT take any other classes with advanced research...I am currently taking it with Pharmacology and am at my whits end...luckily I am not working now so I can devote the time necessary for both of these classes.
Oh my. I don't know when this happened, but there are no required "on-site" clinicals now. The school will send the evaluator to your practicum site once or twice during the practicum. There is 1 practicum that is 60 hours, the rest are 120 hours. You are also having class at the same time. That was one thing I drilled the clinical director on as well as the admissions representative. I have not had any changes in the syllabus for any of my classes. I am completing the core requirements and will be starting the practicum NP courses Feb 6th. You are responsible for obtaining practicum sites. Because this is a NP program, at least half of the practicums must be done with a NP. If you are in an extremely rural area where pickings are short, you may talk to the clinical director for some adjustment. I have had a fairly good experience with SU. The biggest thing to remember with any online program is that you get out what you put in. If you are not disciplined enough to do more than the "required", you will probably not feel you are getting anything out of it.
So far so good. In pathophysiology now and enjoying doing a deeper look into systems. If you have any questions, please IM me.
I know we went through this with your consent, but just to remind you of the possible outcomes.....
You are not a cardiologist, but as a primary care provider, you are expected to be able to read an EKG. When I was a critical care nurse, I learned to read EKGs appropriately. When I went back for my NP, I had to do some brush-up, but I do EKGs in the office frequently and then read them. If a referral is necessary, then I do one, otherwise, I treat my patient. Is there anyone you know going through this class with you that you an "buddy up" with? Do you know any critical care nurses that could help?
My mother-in-law received her cape upon graduation from nursing school. They wore them as a cloak when outside. As elkpark notes...it was wool and HEAVY!!!! She had it for over 40 years before a flood destroyed it, but we still have pictures of her wearing it proudly in her younger days...btw...this was back in the late 40s and early 50s.
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