lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 11,032 Views
Joined Jan 6, '13.
Posts: 637 (41% Liked)
OP, the fact that you question your "ability" is admirable! No one fresh out of school knows/experienced everything whether you are a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, teacher, lawyer...the list goes on. School provides the bare minimum to pass the boards associated with the degree. You actual learning begins in your clinical rotations as well as your first few years of practice. I am always leary when someone "knows it all" during, right after, and even with experience. Medicine is constantly changing...no one can know everything! You will do just fine!
As per Jules...get it if you can. It is not cheap, but if you can swing the $731.00, it is nice to have. You just have to update your work area as necessary.
Not only did I appreciate everything I learned from LPNs while a student nurse (many moons ago)...I learned even more as a "new nurse". LPNs are definitely nurses in my book!
One thing that can help is doing as much clinical time as you can. Just doing the "minimum" hours doesn't cut it. The problem most NP students have is they still have to work so they wind up shortchanging themselves in regards to the clinical practicum hours. This is where you will learn the most...well...hopefully if you have good preceptors/mentors. I try to get my students to get more involved in the clinical rotations...I even do "projects" in which they need to research an actual patient scenario and come up with how they would evaluate, diagnose, and follow the patient. I cannot tell you how many times the answers are typical "nursing"...vital signs, oxygen, diet, some even tell me "what ever the physician orders". One of my pet peeves why NP students need more experience under their belts and be in positions where they have actually had to do critical thinking. Something to consider is while working as a nurse...look at your patient and consider what would you order? why? what about follow-up outside the critical setting?
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.
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