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"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." ― Rumi

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  • Dec 1

    You probably need to take legal action.

    For what it's worth, I had to evict a tenant who was a hoarder. She refused me entrance to inspect the property. I gave her due notice by voicemail, attempting a phone call once a day, 3 days in a row. She wouldn't respond. So, I sent her a certified letter giving her notice.

    She sent me a threatening letter, accusing me of harassment and threatening my nursing license, saying "You will never work as a nurse again!”

    I hired a lawyer, and the letter was exhibit A. It was a sad situation, she was emotionally troubled. Fortunately, a nice Christian lady helped her move. It was 20 trips to the dump to clean up the place, a firsthand look at a certifiable hoarder.

    You need to contact the police, dear. This man is threatening you. Keep the texts, they are evidence. Ask the police for advice. I doubt if he knows anyone on the board of nursing, that is utter horse manure.

  • Dec 1

    Would I buy it because it is marketed specifically to nurses? No. Would I buy it if it were yummy and priced slightly better than other similar quality coffees that meet my personal taste? Sure, if it were easy to get.

  • Nov 30

    I am in a online distance AGNP program at a private school on the other side of the country and I am having to find my own preceptors, despite the list my school provided me of previous local preceptors. As much as a pain in the A it is, I networked like mad and I also joined the local NP association just so I could get a hold of their membership directory. Not all the NPs out there "can't be bothered" by students. Personally, I think the problem is that sometimes people forget that they too were once new at something and needed empathy and good guidance. I am a preceptor for new grad BSNs and as much as it can be a real pain sometimes and it holds me back, I know that it is essential that someone show patience and provide guidance for these new nurses. I was once a new nurse too!

    I talked to an NP at my work who went to a local, public B&M school who told me he too had to find his own preceptors when he was in school. That made me feel a lot better, knowing that!

    I totally understand everyone's gripes on this thread and yes, it's true that APRN programs need to step it up in general. But that is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do, which is to be an APRN.

    Regarding "quality" of preceptors, I can't help but think of how I didn't have much choice for clinical instructors during my baccalaureate program. I had some amazing instructors and I had some really bad ones. I am not going to fool myself and think that my BSN program knew who would be amazing and who wouldn't be.

    I know a main gripe is having to shell out a lot of money in tuition, so why isn't the AGNP program providing my own preceptors? I really don't know. It sounds like there are a lot of programs that are doing this and maybe we just really need to argue against it? Creating change can be very difficult but it isn't impossible (for the most part).

    I am already intending to precept NP students when I am an NP myself. We as nurses need to hold each other up.

  • Nov 30

    Quote from NOADLS
    The biggest downside I can think of is personal accountability. If you decide to make poor choices and either fatten up or / and succumb to "diabeetus," the taxpayer is paying for your bad decisions. This would encourage people to make poor decisions related to their own health. There is also a side effect that a lot of people wouldn't think about. If the obesity or overweight % of population increases, people who like skinny women would plunge into a state of depression because there would be less of them around. The costs associated with depression would also be flung at taxpayers.
    How do you think that would be different than how it already works? If someone doesn't adequately treat their "diabeetus" and ends up needing treatment for DKA, for heart attack, stroke, etc, who do you think pays for that now? That cost is already shared by everybody else. The only difference with universal coverage would be that people would at least have the opportunity to get the treatment that would avoid those far more costly treatments in the first place.

  • Nov 30
  • Nov 19

    So much further from the truth. There is a need for primary care since there are shortages in doctors specializing in family medicine. Most docs I know want to go and specialize in a specific field because pay is way better! I am a nurse with 12 years of experience and plan to go back and get my MSN-FNP. I recently just graduated from my BSN and decided to continue on to MSN-FNP because there is a critical need of it. I have been offered jobs when I mentioned I was going back after I graduate. Especially from my MDs I work with in a renal clinic, and even my own doctor's office! I took the long route of becoming a nurse, LVN-ADN-BSN and now finally will have started on my MSN. Best wishes to all!

  • Nov 19

    [QUOTE=brap740;9254631]Don't consume all the BS that professor is serving you on the collegiate educated platter. Liberalism is a sickness and its rampant in the colleges.

    I fail to see what this has to do with "liberalism", but your instructor is un-informed and opinionated. Hand him a few peer-reviewed research articles by Aiken or Mundinger that demonstrate the quality of care, cost-savings, and patient satisfaction associated with care delivered by NPs.

  • Nov 19

    No he's just an Ignorant ass hole

  • Nov 16

    Quote from lnvitale
    ***Please do not move to student nurse forum. I want advice from nurses*****
    Okay...moved to the Emergency Nursing forum to elicit responses from ER nurses.

  • Nov 12

    First off, I will not make light of the situation. Once you pricked yourself, the insulin syringe should have been discarded....end of story. Then you should have washed your hands, put a bandaid on it, and then returned to treat the patient. The incident report could have waited until afterwards, but it definitely should have been done. You not only injured yourself, but at that point, you used a contaminated syringe on a patient. I know you do feel "stupid"...your word, not mine.

    Now, as a student, I would expect you to panic somewhat with your first needlestick. But if your instructor said exactly what you said she did, then it's your choice as to whether or not you drop out of the program. I'd suggest that you do not!

    Students do not become nurses by making mistakes and quitting. If they did, we really would have a nursing shortage. I'm not going to tell you not to cry or feel bad about the incident because injuries should always be taken seriously. But when you're done crying, treat the hangover headache, gather yourself, and go back to class with this well-learned lesson.

    Finally, the nurse that instructed you to keep quiet about it SHOULD HAVE HER A** FIRED!!!! She does not know your medical history. Accidentally sharing a needle poses the same threat as the deliberate practice.

  • Nov 7

    Thank you for the advice! That is a nice way of phrasing it. I suppose the key is striking that balance between sounding marketable but also focused on the particular facility I'm interviewing with. And confidence! So important. I am unfortunately a bit of a nervous laugher, which I have been working on! But in spite of improvement this question still makes me (probably visibly) flustered, which is never good!

    Quote from bebbercorn
    I have been asked this as an RN, and I say with confidence "I recently interviewed at XYZ hospital. However, in my research and from what I've heard in the community, this would be my first choice..." or something similar. Like most questions, I feel like you have to turn the negatives into a positive. It is a weird question, but interviewing elsewhere does show that you're marketable and the type of job you're looking for. I hope this helps, good luck!

  • Nov 4

    Quote from Lev <3
    I get the feeling that this poster does not have prior relevant RN experience, or has very little experience.

    From taking two graduate level NP classes (advanced pharmacology and advanced patho), I already know that there are resources and treatment algorithms out there for many common conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It seems like this poster was not very well prepared.
    I'm not so sure most RNs have a great working knowledge of diagnosing primary vs secondary hypertension and associated differentials or really what meds work in what types of patients. There is a big distinction between knowing ACE guidelines and applying them appropriately to real-world patients.

  • Nov 4

    Quote from AAC.271
    Posts like these make our profession look poor as we strive for independent practice.. Please do not post this as many physicians and possibly politicians read our forums and it is important that we show them that we are indeed competent and ready to take on the challenges of primary care

    So admins, please delete this thread.

    Ask your supervising physician for help. That is what they are there fore.
    You sound ridiculous. You have no business asking anyone to delete my thread when I am asking for some tips so I can ensure I have good resources as I enter practice.

  • Nov 4

    Quote from AAC.271
    Posts like these make our profession look poor as we strive for independent practice.. Please do not post this as many physicians and possibly politicians read our forums and it is important that we show them that we are indeed competent and ready to take on the challenges of primary care

    So admins, please delete this thread.

    Ask your supervising physician for help. That is what they are there fore.
    What is this, the Soviet Union?

  • Nov 4

    I can jump on this one:

    1. Avoid call situations where you are answering phone calls and not seeing the pts, depending on someone else's assessment of the situation, especially if it is someone you don't know.

    2. Have an arsenal of meds that you know inside and out, know the adult, peds, geriatric, renal, pregnancy precautions for., etc. If you are asked to order something outside your own arsenal, LOOK IT UP!!!!! It doesn't matter if you gave this drug six months ago, INDICATIONS CHANGE - what was okay to give six months ago, might not be an okay indication or dose to give today.

    3. When you are new - you are stupid. You do not know everything. If you think you do, you are dangerous.

    4. Don't be afraid to look stupid - the only stupid provider is one who doesn't ask questions and makes mistakes.

    5. Take near misses seriously - use them as a warning of what could have been and learn from them.

    6. Realize that you will make mistakes as a provider. Some have the potential to harm or even kill a patient. This job is a huge responsibility - take it seriously.

    7. Ask for and receive a thorough orientation especially. I received a 5 month didactic and clinical orientation provided by MDs and other experienced NPs. This is necessary. A formal residency program would even be better if possible.

    8. Keep up to date - medicine changes, drugs change, EBP changes - these are the standards we are held too.

    9. Know your resources. Prescribing something or ordering something because NP Sally Nobody said to isn't going to hold up in court.

    Being an APRN is not for the faint of heart. However, done right it is a very rewarding career!