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lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 14,749 Views

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  • Nov 28

    Don't email the director. That would make you look petty. I'd talk to the student or sit somewhere else.

  • Nov 22

    Quote from mmak
    Would you still recommend that I get my own insurance if my PMHNP employer is paying for my insurance?
    In my humble opinion any nurse who is not carrying personal malpractice/liability insurance is asking for trouble. I f you make a mistake bad enough to get you sued YOUR FACILITY WILL NOT BACK YOU UP. It also kind of depends on what you have to lose. If you own a home you can lose it. Attorney retainer fees can run into the thousands. I carry a million dollar policy which is not too expensive since I have carried since I was in nursing school.


  • Nov 22

    You absoluetly need your own policy don't count on your employers especially if working in two roles at two facilities.

  • Nov 22

    We welcome all Trolls!

  • Nov 19

    The pay isn't that great on comparison to other majors. My 22 y.o. brother got an engineering job making 77k out of the gate with a nice 10k bonus. He isn't saving lives, has all nights, weekends and holidays off and he gets to work from home on Fridays.

    And don't even get me started on those accountants and actuaries.

  • Nov 19

    I have met tons of nurses that entered the career for "the money". They seem to be the first to burn out and the first to quit. "I chose this because it was financially stable, it was just a two year degree program, the healthcare industry is recession-proof" etc. From what I've observed, those people don't make it. They get into nursing for the money and then don't actually like it. They realize how crazy and stressful the work actually is. Most of the time it ends up not being worth it to them.

    I don't get the "nursing for the money" thing. IMO, it's really not that much money (for what we do) and also it's incredibly hard work. If someone wanted to make real money, I can think of so many other fields that would be easier and less stressful. Just saying.

    Actually it kind of reminds me of people that join the military because they think it will be a breeze and they want to the benefits and the GI bill... oh man. I have heard some stories.

    I'm not saying you have to love nursing and have a passion for it to be successful, but if you're just in it for the money there are so much simpler ways to make income lol.

  • Nov 19

    Memorizing interactions is NOT the way to be the safest nurse you can be. The way to do that is to verify interactions prior to administering the drugs. Are there some things you may do frequently so you'll remember? Sure. I don't need to look up that ambisome is only compatible with D5 because that's a drug I deal with fairly regularly but when one of my home PN patients needs to go home on an IV antibiotic, I look up the compatibility every time before I teach the parents whether or not they have to pause the PN when administering the antibiotic. The same applies any time I get a referral for someone who needs to go on double antibiotics, one of which needs to be on a continuous pump. When I get called for a referral for nafcillin and ceftriaxone, I'm going to look up compatibility before I make a recommendation about whether or not the child needs a double lumen PICC. I'm not going to try to remember if I ever had a patient on these same drugs before and if he had a double lumen or single lumen with a Y site.

  • Nov 19

    Oh jeez. There's a NS shortage now too? I guess it hasn't hit us yet. However the LR, Plasmalyte, Hydralazine, Bicarb, Protonix, Epi, Labetalol, Kphos, etc etc etc shortages sure have . There is something wrong with this country when we are running out of essential meds regularly while the pharmaceutical industry sits raking in billions. But alas, I preach to the choir, I know.

  • Nov 11

    Remove the insurance companies from the health care industry.

    Insurance companies are becoming extremely invasive to the medical process and should not be allowed to dictate how the provider will provide care to their patients. Extensive office visits and unnecessary tests are acceptable to scrutinize by withholding payment. Denying procedures which have a proven medical benefit or determining which drugs will be covered is dictating how the provider will practice medicine and should be illegal. It's unethical and undermines the patient's health in the long run. Medicare operates more efficiently and with less overhead.

    Eliminate the ability of pharmaceutical industry to determine the price of medications by lifting the ban on government pharmaceutical price bargaining. By allowing the government to negotiate Part D prescription drug prices. This would reduce the overall cost of prescription medications to the American consumer, tax payer, and increase access for people who cannot afford them. American pay some of the highest costs for prescription medications in the world, in spite of the US Government subsidies R&D for new medications.

  • Nov 11

    I disagree with the previous posters. Nursing shortages and inadequate staffing is only one of the symptom of the problems in healthcare in the us.

    In an unlimited, perfect world, I would Direct the budget towards primary health care - smoking cessation, proper nutrition, education, dealing with the social determinants of health to prevent health problems. Implement a universal health care model such as France. Change the model from a business centred one to one focussed on health and wellness of the individual.

    Unfortunately, I think the US would require a lobotomy before that would ever go through

  • Nov 9

    Good lord, no. I'm sorry, but just no. You absolutely will not be able to wear fake nails in nursing school or as a nurse. If you work in the NICU you won't be able to have anything but short, clean nails with no polish.

    I'm going to assume you haven't yet started nursing school and forgive you for even asking such a question. Once you're a nurse, you will understand why I've reacted the way I have.

  • Nov 7

    I am about to graduate from Kaplan's post-masters FNP program in 6 weeks. Those of you that are talking trash about for-profit schools really have no idea what you're talking about. They are convenient and don't require the same ridiculous busy work that many brick and mortar schools require, and I'm okay with that. What you really need to ensure is that your school is accredited. If they are not, then you are wasting your money. No matter what school you go to it is about what you put into it. Having an instructor standing in front of the room does not guarantee that you're going to have the best education. Even traditional schools are often requiring people to find their own preceptors, its not unusual.

  • Oct 30

    Was this an actual licensed nurse, or someone who was just trained to give shots?? WOW.

  • Oct 30

    Generally the W would be better, but you need to do some research. Start with your advisor at your school. Then check out the W and F policies for the schools you might want to apply to. How do each affect your general GPA? How many repeats are allowed? And so forth. Different schools have different policies and you want to make the best decision for your circumstances.

  • Oct 29

    You probably need to get your APN license first.