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lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 13,828 Views

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  • Oct 10

    I think you need to get another job...

    In all seriousness, you shouldn't mentally expect to get the money for a long time or at all if they file bankruptcy. Focus all your energies on getting a new job and either in the cover letter or the interview tell them why you quit. Don't have a negative tone though, just matter of fact. Not professional to vent about it to a future employer...

    Good luck and sorry you're facing this

  • Oct 3

    The REAL issue is not the test per se, but the amount of time that passes after the second, third and more attempts. There was a thread here recently from someone who was TEN YEARS removed from school and taking NCLEX yet again- having had ZERO healthcare related experience in the interim.

    They flippantly asserted that 'nursing hasn't changed that much' in a decade. That is frightening.

  • Oct 1

    Set up the PCP office for your next semester!!!! I already have students lined up for Spring and Summer 2018.

  • Sep 30

    I am a primary care AGNP and I simply do not understand the view that this work is boring and poorly paid. Yes, initially an NP might make less than an experienced RN, but not for long. I also don't know where you live.

    NPs work in a variety of settings, but most NPs work in primary care, not in hospitals. You should have researched this. NPs work in urgent care, schools, LTC, clinics, and private practice. Right now I am working in a psych clinic and do 4 ten hour days and am starting at $90K with raises to $140K within 18 months and no OT or on call. And there are no physical demands. I also received an offer to be a Director for a hospice, starting at $120K and no physical demands, starting a new program, which would certainly be interesting. I also received an offer to work in a sports medicine and osteopathic practice starting at $100K. All of these were fascinating jobs. Urgent care is a very interesting - did one of my clinical rotations in Urgent Care and it was the most interesting. I also did a rotation in a LTC and the NP had a great job. She had a list of patients to see every day for routine checks, plus enough time to see any urgent cases that came up. She had complete autonomy, left at 5 pm every day and every day was different and interesting.

    It has been noted elsewhere on this forum that too many RNs are looking to be NPs just for career progression. This post is a great example of this.

  • Sep 20

    Interesting question… but – like the chicken and the egg – there is no real answer.

    I believe this to be more of a “What condition am I in?” than a “How old am I?” question.

    I’ve met people in their 90’s who I would guess for 60 and people in their 60’s who I would estimate at 90. The point remains: is there quality life left to be had? For instance, if I’m 30 years old and going to come out vigorous resuscitation only to be my husband’s ‘turn and wipe’ wife, no thanks. But if I’m 80 and was just out golfing with him yesterday… and could possibly be doing it again with a little rehab, then bring on the broken ribs!

    I would definitely say that DNR / DNI is more of a “case by case” than a “How old am I” situation.

  • Sep 20

    Hello. I know there may be similar posts out there to mine but I'm going to say it anyway!

    I am disappointed.

    I am disappointed because SO many people want to become APRNs and ALL for what I personally consider to be the wrong reasons.

    The hours?
    Getting away from the bedside?
    Something more "clean"?
    Something less "physical"?
    Better pay?

    This annoys me! What about things such as:

    I have a passion for learning human physiology and pathophysiology. I want to apply my theoretical knowledge to the bedside. I want to diagnose and treat with advanced skills. I want to delve into the pathophysiology of heart failure. I want to learn the causes, the preventive measures, the treatments, and the recent advances in medicine.
    What about, I want to be the primary care provider for a family. I want to provide care for the mom, dad, and their kids. See them grow, and see them age. Manage their medications and provide motivation and health advice.


    It annoys me that people are saturating the market, people that don't really care for advance practice.

    During nursing school I always dreamt of taking my career into advance practice. Into learning the WHY behind things.

    Rant... DONE!

  • Sep 6

    Lots of people, especially elders (more than 20% of women >80) are colonized and if they aren't symptomatic (or without another compelling reason i.e. pregnancy, urologic intervention, renal transplant, etc) they shouldn't get treated.

  • Aug 24

    Universal Truth #427: Some people are just jerks.

  • Aug 20

    You do not have to turn in documents to HR unless they are required for your job (example: RN license, BLS).
    If your hospital offers a differential or Clinical Ladder points for an advanced degree, you may want to turn in proof of your Master's degree.

  • Aug 20

    Seems a bit low as you will be responsible for all taxes....

  • Aug 20

    Regardless of if they offered full federal benefits and someone to shovel your cat boxes that is a crap rate and I'd have promptly told they to shove it and to never contact me again.

  • Aug 7

    IF truly 75% of the class is failing I'd suggest going to the Program Director and/or Dean. I would not suggest going alone. If others are truly concerned about this then they need to fight for this as well, not just you. Don't end up being the sacrificial lamb when everyone else isn't willing to commit.

  • Aug 5

    Work on learning how to use a stethoscope first.

  • Aug 4

    is there a drip factor(gtt) for this equation

  • Aug 2

    Its getting horrible in my area and breaks my heart. Being a NP used to be for the most part a group of excellent, motivated RNs who wanted to further their knowledge and scope. Now it seems everyone thinks they are NP material, that it is the quick route to big bucks and a cushy M-F day schedule. Schools are supporting this by having minimal if any admission requirements. The numbers are staggering, wages are dropping and the quality of many of the new grads in my opinion is not good. Seriously there are some who I wondered how they even got through the BSN program and now are attempting to diagnose and prescribe medication for children. Yikes. My guess is we continue seeing an increase in the "help I failed my boards", "why can't I find a job?" and "I'm a NP working for $85,000 a year" posts in the future.


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