lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 9,307 Views
Joined Jan 6, '13.
Posts: 575 (41% Liked)
This will all depend on your clinical site. Some may not mind...some might.
There is a need for both. I believe the "all-inclusive" MSN-APN title adds to the confusion and why there is a push for the DNP title to help separate clinical vs. non-clinical advanced nurse practitioners.
Congratulations. As you have most likely read, Leik and Hollier have great reviews as does Barkley. Good luck! The key is not to memorize the questions, but understand the physiology in order to find the correct answer. Utilize all you have learned during your rotations as well!
I live in a predominately older area and we do not really do much OB/GYN. I was able to do my clinical rotation with a doctor who treated mostly women. This included annual check-ups as well as treating women for heart, diabetic, hypertension, and menopausal problems. I have a few instances where the class assignments were geared to pregnant women...and low and behold...we actually would get one in the office so I was able to complete that assignment before we would refer her to an OB/Gyn. Don't know if this will help or not. Another resource others utilized was the local health department.
ACP Clinical Guidelines and American College of Cardiology Guideline clinical apps are quite helpful as well.
Tomayto/tomahto. While B-U-N is the correct form, I have heard "bun" frequently...even from practitioners! It may be more of a locality word as can be angina!
My biggest complaint in regards to the "fluff" classes were the ones nestled in nursing theory. That being said...the first portion of the MSN program is for ALL nurses planning advanced education/career goals. This means one will need to take a variety of topics in preparation for the ARNP degree...what one goes into for the final portion of their MSN program is centered on that particular path. Back to the "fluff", I had enough of the nursing theories in my ADN program, then repeated in my ADN-BSN program, then AGAIN, in the BSN-MSN program. Nursing theory is an important BASIC element of nursing education, but not necessarily so important in the advanced nursing programs. Do I use nursing theories in my everyday practice? No...but I do rely on my nursing experience, grounded in nursing theory, in dealing with my patients on a day-to-day setting. Just my 2-cents
Oh, good, got a little freaked there. I must have covered all the "legal" NP stuff in 3 classes! The facility should add you to their prescription pads, or provide a set...however, we use them so rarely now with electronic records. Florida does have guidelines as to the actual paper used for pads, but again, your facility should already be set up and just need to add you. They will need your NPI number as well.
This wasn't covered in your classwork? Florida allows NPs to write prescriptions as long as they are not controlled substances until January of next year. For right now, unless you are "going it alone", you do not have to do anything until it is time to start taking the courses and applying for the DEA license if you want it.
What have your instructors said? What about your preceptors?
Just remembered something. We had to mix our own Chemo under a hood on a medical floor!
It's official....Governor Scott signed the Barbara Lumpkin Controlled Substance Prescribing Act bill!
Anatomy is like learning a foreign language unless you have had experience or been exposed to many of the terms. Where are you struggling? Do you have a "study buddy" who can help you? There are numerous of resources online...many with videos that may be helpful. The pressure of passing exams can be intense because you understand you can't move forward if you don't. Have you taken any classes on test taking? Many questions, but hope they will help you refocus. Good luck!
Have you made your application? If so, did you do it online? If so, you can login and see the status of your application including all the input from outside sources such as fingerprints, test results, etc.
Did the Gov sign yet ?
Talk, Discuss, and Share your experience at your favorite Nursing School.
Advertise With Us