lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 9,537 Views
Joined Jan 6, '13.
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I utilize integrative medicine in my practice all the time. It is what it means...it integrates aspects of allopathic AND complementary practices. It opens the doors to looking "outside the box" for those patients who allopathic medicine has failed. As nurse practitioners, our focus is on the whole patient. While going to school, I had the unexpected pleasure of being able to suggest alternative treatment options I would offer along with traditional approaches as long as there was evidence to support my options. The main problem to consider is the boards are written in a more traditional allopathic approach. My suggestion...get your schooling done THEN consider taking additional classes as well as finding integrative practitioners to approach. Many of the major nutraceutical companies provide information and help bridge the gap.
I'm going to stick my neck out...The majority of clinical practices work Monday through Friday daytime. The important thing to remember is this is like an internship...this is where you REALLY learn about evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, and planning. To "short change" yourself and choose a school because it has fewer clinical hour requirements can do more harm than good. Some schools count the time spent in the clinic while other programs count actual patient time. The more patient time you can get, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you can pull not only in taking the certification exam, but also in practice. Throughout my clinicals, it was not uncommon for me to have nearly 100 more hours than required. I understand many nurses must work while going to NP school, but the goal is to become a NP, and one should strive to be a GOOD NP. Just my 2-cents worth.
There is a need for both. I believe the "all-inclusive" MSN-APN title adds to the confusion and why there is a push for the DNP title to help separate clinical vs. non-clinical advanced nurse practitioners.
Cwoods...South has campuses as well as online programs. I am not real familiar with the campus programs. The online program is intense, and has a LOT of papers and assignments. You have to be pretty much your own driving force. That said, I have made some good "friends" throughout the journey and we communicate with each other even outside of the program. I started out in the FNP program but switched to ANP half-way through the Advanced History and Assessment class. The hardest part of the program is obtaining your preceptors and sites, but if you have a good network set up it shouldn't be too difficult. As to funds, my first year was a little over 15K, and my balance for the program is just a tad over 11K (figures will be higher now because of the change in credit hour charge). I am more than happy to talk to you about my experiences and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations. As you have most likely read, Leik and Hollier have great reviews as does Barkley. Good luck! The key is not to memorize the questions, but understand the physiology in order to find the correct answer. Utilize all you have learned during your rotations as well!
On the contrary, I believe FL is the best place for APN to work. The original intent of APN was to be physicians extender. APN training is inadequate; therefore, close supervision is needed as way to prevent them from harming patients... That supposedly 'supervision' is still very lax in FL.
Tomayto/tomahto. While B-U-N is the correct form, I have heard "bun" frequently...even from practitioners! It may be more of a locality word as can be angina!
My biggest complaint in regards to the "fluff" classes were the ones nestled in nursing theory. That being said...the first portion of the MSN program is for ALL nurses planning advanced education/career goals. This means one will need to take a variety of topics in preparation for the ARNP degree...what one goes into for the final portion of their MSN program is centered on that particular path. Back to the "fluff", I had enough of the nursing theories in my ADN program, then repeated in my ADN-BSN program, then AGAIN, in the BSN-MSN program. Nursing theory is an important BASIC element of nursing education, but not necessarily so important in the advanced nursing programs. Do I use nursing theories in my everyday practice? No...but I do rely on my nursing experience, grounded in nursing theory, in dealing with my patients on a day-to-day setting. Just my 2-cents
What have your instructors said? What about your preceptors?
Your "girlfriend" does not sound very supportive. I would seriously rethink this relationship. The arrogance of many physicians is astounding. If anything, she should be in awe of who you are...the patient advocate and nurturer.
Just remembered something. We had to mix our own Chemo under a hood on a medical floor!
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