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  • Apr 29

    Complete garbage. As a second year DNP student, I assure you, the level of education I am receiving at the doctoral level is nowhere near equivalent to that of an MD or DO. The DNP is not an asset to those who only want to be clinicians. Masters level APRNs have demonstrated for decades the actual value of the APRN to patient care. The DNP is nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed funnel money into academia while paradoxically stroking the egos of old battle-axe nurses who still parrot the ideas of Florence Nightengale. Well, sorry to break it to you, she's dead. Had I known what I was getting myself into with the DNP, I would have found an alternative NP program with a Masters level education.

  • Apr 29

    Rarely do I get to read such biased, intellectually dishonest, self delusional BS.

  • Apr 29

    Incidence of disease and mortality of disease are two different things, that's why you got the answer wrong.

    Like Simplistic said, white, non-Hispanic women *get* breast cancer at a higher rate than other races (incidence rate) therefore, they are at the highest risk.

    Africa Americans, according to your text are more likely to DIE of breast cancer due to the circumstances you listed. That doesn't mean they're at the highest risk of GETTING breast cancer.

    Do you see the difference?

  • Apr 28

    Taking the nursing board in July, over 2 days, by pencil and paper, and working at a GN (graduate nurse) until October when the results finally came by mail.
    Mixing chemo drugs, potassium and any other meds at the med cart.
    Not locking up most meds, only meds locked and counted by hand were true narc (morphine, dilaudid, codeine).

  • Apr 28

    Smoking lounges for the pts. Nurses and docs smoking at the nursing station.
    Med cards. Huge bottles of meds in the med room.
    Cholesectomy was a huge surgery! NPO for days. No fluids till gas was passed. I remember dragging pts up and down the halls telling them to fart so they could drink again!
    The medical profession was much more respected before "dr google" came along.
    Strict visiting hours.
    Double bagging isolation linen and garbage.
    2 days of testing to get your RN.

  • Apr 28

    We charted on paper- and each of the THREE shifts used a different color ink. Days black / Evenings green / Nights red.

    The biggest difference is that back in the day- patients were allowed to stay in the hospital until they were completely well.

  • Apr 25

    I agree with the statement by caliotter3 to a certain degree- I believe many individuals are infatuated with the idea of being an APRN without ever considering that they would be happy as a RN. I know more than a handful of individuals that came to this realization whilst in school to become an APRN. Several dropped out and returned to the bedside where they love to work, others decided to finish. Several of those individuals stayed in the APRN world and a few returned to bedside nursing even with the APRN credentials. People forget that it is more than acceptable, but rather a specific and honorable calling to be a bedside nurse. Being an APRN is necessarily a 'better' profession, rather a different role. I believe that there are many good NP jobs out there, but the real question is- what is the right fit for you?

  • Apr 25

    Quote from wyld~heart
    Do you mind sharing the location or names of the facilities...
    Why would you need to know that? You don't need proof that this is a disrespectful and miserly move on their part. Get the head of your hospital's midlevel group to immediately request a reversal. We'd be on them like rabid dogs and not just because I want my free Pepsi but because of the underlying message it sends.

  • Apr 24

    I suppose it's doable but in the southeast I think it may be tough. I live in the northeast and clear 150k easily thank goodness. Part of these low offers is because many times we are tied to physicians by needing "collaboration". We'll leave that debate for another post.

    I'm a professor at a well renowned university here in the northeast as well, so I will give you the same advice I give to any prospective NP student who has minimal RN experience. I don't necessarily think it is the most ideal thing to go into NP school without RN experience HOWEVER, I would consider admitting such a student to the acute care NP program IF AND ONLY IF you work in an ER or ICU full time for the entirety of the program, preferably in a hospital that provides a nurse 'residency'.

    The students that are in this boat that are under my advisement are conditionally admitted because my university states that upon the advisor's discretion, a student may be required to work those RN hours to meet the NP program's experience requirement. Therefore, each semester, such a student is required to bring in proof of employment in a critical care setting.

    I think this is important because to a degree NP school does presume a level of knowledge upon entry. For example, unlike the PA programs, NP school will not rehash microbiology, anatomy, etc.

    Sorry for the detour, but the long and short of it is that in Mt opinion, you should only proceed to NP school now if you will be able to work as an RN and get that valuable experience. Otherwise, take your time, get some RN experience under your belt and apply later.

    There will be other thoughts to this issue, so stand by for those and make your decision after you've heard different viewpoints.

  • Apr 23

    Depends upon whether you're wearing white scrub pants (white) or navy blue (black). I personally like to wear the wildest, loudest, most fun shoes and socks I can find.

  • Apr 13

    I agree with the previous posters. These direct entry programs are really killing our profession. People can't come from nothing and be a master of something without experience. As a NP, I do have to make complex choices that are very difficult, and I rely on much of my RN experience to guide my advanced knowledge to treat patients. I wouldn't ever conceive trying to make complex medical choices without a solid foundation of experience.

    As for your question- I also agree that this wouldn't help you at all in your journey to becoming a provider. What CNAs do is very valuable in the healthcare setting, but this experience is vastly different from being a RN, let alone being a NP.

  • Apr 13

    I always tell people you have to be a nurse before you can be a nurse practitioner. It's scary to me that a NP program is taking people off the streets with no RN experience. NPs make very complex decisions that affect the lives of people, are you ready for that? I don't know what a certified nursing assistant will accomplish for you, other than getting experience in taking vital signs and changing diapers. You really need to experience healthcare from the RN perspective to get your feet wet. Just my 0.02

  • Apr 12

    Quote from dream'n
    You and I are not privy to this patient's medical information, therefore neither of us can judge the actions of her nurse. Also, in an emergency people work together. You should not have told the nurse "several" times that she was not your charge, you should have just quickly gotten the vitals.
    Or quickly gotten the CNA that WAS assigned to her hall. You also could have filled that CNA in on your observations and concerns prior to said crash so that he/she could keep an eye on this patient.

  • Apr 1

    Those are very difficult types of families to deal with. Sometimes they pass the denial stage and sometimes they do not. You would have been "wrong" no matter what you did or how quickly you did it. Don't lose sleep.

  • Apr 1

    Done. Some questions had to be answered as if I worked with adult patients. Fortunately, a newborn has never physically attacked a co-worker.


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