lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 11,563 Views
Joined Jan 6, '13.
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I had the opportunity, but for no other reason than a degree..no thank you. If it mattered to my license/practice, then I would have...but only because I would not have had to pay for it!
Congratulations! The worst is over
A DNP, just like a MSN, is a DEGREE, not a LICENSE. There is no REQUIREMENT for a nurse practitioner to have a DNP over a MSN. Pay is the same because you are paid by your license. You can choose to be a family, adult/gero, pediatric, psych, women's health, etc nurse practitioner. Of course schools and educators are going to push a DNP...lot's more money to the school! Most of the nurses I know that are doing DNP programs complain about the amount of research and that they are really not learning anything more in nursing.
You actually have 2 choices...going on for your MSN in education OR staying as a bedside nurse. As many FNPs are writing in...jobs are becoming more scarce and the pay is not that great. Many nurses have gone on to get their FNP figuring it was the "answer" to money worries or job security...that is not so. Not all nurses are cut out to become a healthcare provider. The problem is the CNS degree does not seem to account for much in the hospital setting although that is a degree that many NPs would actually be better striving for. If your heart is telling you NOT to go for the FNP...don't. Just my 2 cents worth
Sheesh...I honestly can't remember. Research classes were not my strong point...anyone?????
So could Florida if the MDs weren't getting such a "ride".
The first portion of your advanced degree will not have clinicals. These classes are for ALL advanced practice nurses...educators, researchers, clinical specialists, nurse practitioners, etc. The balance of the program will be your actual nurse practitioner classes and are a blend of classroom and clinicals. Your clinicals will help "cement" the classroom learning. As Dranger notes, I do not believe you are going to find a program that puts clinicals "all by themselves".
Path and Pharm are probably the most important classes after anatomy! The board exams for RNs do not take into account a ADN or BSN degree...it is the same! If your local ADN program is doing "lower level" classes...that is a red flag that you will have problems! Look at the number of posts made from people who are taking boards 5, 6, 7...times. Nursing school is not easy...nor should it be. When you are out working, YOU are responsible for a person's life.
You may consider doing a "mini" sit down with ALL the members of your unit on a one-on-one...of course announce it first. This gives you the opportunity to really meet your staff on an individual level and assess strengths and weaknesses. You can then determine the dynamics of your new unit and possibly draw a "team" approach towards rebuilding/restructuring the unit to a high level. This will clearly set the tone that you appreciate everyone's input regardless of how small it may seem. Good luck. Just from your concerned post...I think you will do quite well!
The local health department in my small county utilizes CNMs for the pregnancy follow-through. Some patients opt for home birth and utilize outside CNMs as well. You may want to see about doing a survey in your area to assess the openness of CNMs in your community.
There is a big "black cloud" over chiropractors. Some due to the arrogance of "everything can be fixed by an adjustment", some from ignorance and "forgetfulness" (did we not learn about spinal segments, inervation, and organs in A&P?), and some from the fact that DCS do not prescribe/adhere to the traditional approach using drugs. Until the late 1980s and early 1990s...DOS were considered "quacks". WI'll you gleam a substantial education that is holistic in chiropractic school? Will depend on the school. You may be better served to consider, as previously suggested, obtaining your APRN and then going into some holistic/naturopath courses. I am sure my post is going to generate some significant "fires"
If you attending a b&m program, it is so. If online, you will have your id badge which you will wear. Sites may or may not want you to wear a labcoat. My first and 3rd preceptors did not require it.
It depends on your circumstances. Can you afford to go for your RN? Is your area underserved...LPNs are still utilized in all aspects of healthcare? As Nimrodel wrote, sometimes step-laddering is the way to achieve one's final goal without the initial outlay of time and money, as long as LPNs are being hired in your area and with a salary that can support your return to school if that is the route you need to take. IN my area, LPNs are still utilized in various settings...not just nursing homes which allows many to work while they advance their education later. Best of luck in whichever route you take!
Unless you have the statement in writing, or taped with consent, you really don't have a leg to stand on. I wonder if this is the true reason or if the doctor chose someone he knows or is more comfortable with. Female patients have LONG been examined, and in some areas still are, by male practitioners...what's the difference? When these things happen to me, I say a blessing to the Lord above 'cause its usually to my benefit that something "interfered" with what I wanted. Good luck!
As many posters have noted in the past...we don't mind "helping" with homework assignments...we just won't DO THEM. What are your parameters? What have you come up with? You need to present more than just "here is my query...now someone do it for me". I don't know about other AN members, but this is starting to get really out of hand in my humble opinion!
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