NP boot camp in PA, reviews?

  1. 3 Hello! I am a newly graduated FNP who is still feeling a bit shaky about some of my skills. I was contemplating signing up for a 3 day "NP bootcamp" in Pittsburgh, which apparently is directed at people in my position. I'm hoping to potentially practice in an Urgent Care setting at some point where skills like suturing, x-ray interpretation, dental emergencies, etc (some of the items highlighted in the bootcamp), would very much be applicable.

    Has anyone ever taken this course? Are there any others out there you'd recommend? I did a search and the few I found has all occurred earlier this year.

    I live in Los Angeles, so it's basically going to cost me close to $1500 after all is said and done with flights, sharing a hotel, the course, and food... I wanted to see if it was worth the expense.

    Any advice, suggestions, leads would be very much appreciated!! The link to the course is below. Thanks!

    http://nursepractitionerskills.com/
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  3. Visit  ktshamek profile page

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    Joined Jul '12; Posts: 2; Likes: 3.

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  4. Visit  Nne1 profile page
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    My friend just took that course and she loved it. I am comtemplating taking it as well. She had nice things to say about it too.
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  5. Visit  ktshamek profile page
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    Thank you! As funny as that sounds, even knowing ONE person found it beneficial is a bit reassuring! I had never heard of such a thing before, "NP bootcamp".
  6. Visit  ceridwyn profile page
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    Is it true in the US, that you can study as a Nurse Practitioner without ever being an RN? and have never have had hands on as an RN experience in their specialty?
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  7. Visit  AngelgRN profile page
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    Quote from ceridwyn
    Is it true in the US, that you can study as a Nurse Practitioner without ever being an RN? and have never have had hands on as an RN experience in their specialty?
    No that's false, you have to pass your boards (at least in NJ &PA), and i think they prefer you work as an RN for a few months, then go to NP school. Plus there's a ton of clinical!
    hilife_RN likes this.
  8. Visit  chuckster profile page
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    Quote from ceridwyn
    Is it true in the US, that you can study as a Nurse Practitioner without ever being an RN? and have never have had hands on as an RN experience in their specialty?
    There may be a very slight grain of truth in that since there are a variety of colleges offering MSN-NP programs and differing state regulations. In my home state of PA, there is at least one accelerated MSN program for second degree non-nursing students that in theory, takes a non-RN student through to the MSN with no practice requirement. One of the requirements for admission however, is a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in patient care, though that could come from a variety of sources, such as volunteer work. In addition, students in that program spend many clinical hours as student nurses before getting their RN's and many more clinical hours in the master's phase of the program. Technically, such a student would not have worked as an RN but they would still have a large amount of beside nursing experience. That program is more the exception however - most others have RN practice requirements for admission.
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  9. Visit  ceridwyn profile page
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    Thanks for your replies, in Australia you cannot go on to a Masters in Nurse Practitioner or apply to our National Board without already working 3 years full time in that specialty, then become a Nurse Practitioner Candidate for 2-3years before practising as anNP, so they are much experienced before they work ''independently as an NP.

    I think NP's 'new grads'' will be disappointed if they want to work at an advanced level as NP if they want to work in Australia.

    Just asking because a few have asked in the Australian forum....again thanks
  10. Visit  Lovanurse profile page
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    I graduated from Robert Morris University DNP/FNP program and the instructor at the camp (same person) is phenomenal!!!! I was lucky enough to have her as an instructor for Clinical Diagnostics so if I went to this boot camp, I would essentially repeat the course. But she's been an ER FNP director for like 20 years & she really knows her stuff. Suturing, X-ray interpretation ect. If you get the chance to take this course. DO IT!!! Good luck!

    S/N no she didn't pay me to say this lol
    PatMac10,RN likes this.
  11. Visit  Julia77 profile page
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    I see this thread is a bit older, and am looking for this kind of course myself, an np skills bootcamp for dermatology procedures, ECG interpretation, casting, splinting, orthopedic injections, slit lamp usage. Pittsburgh is about 5 hours away, so it would be an option, but the timing won't work...I need something later in the year than April.
    Any new recommendations?
    Thanks, Julia
  12. Visit  Jules A profile page
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    Quote from ceridwyn
    Thanks for your replies, in Australia you cannot go on to a Masters in Nurse Practitioner or apply to our National Board without already working 3 years full time in that specialty, then become a Nurse Practitioner Candidate for 2-3years before practising as anNP, so they are much experienced before they work ''independently as an NP.

    I think NP's 'new grads'' will be disappointed if they want to work at an advanced level as NP if they want to work in Australia.

    Just asking because a few have asked in the Australian forum....again thanks
    I could only wish it was this practical in the US.
    icuRNmaggie, stickit34, and ICUman like this.
  13. Visit  Shilpa Dandekar profile page
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    Trying to find the Fitzgerald course in Dallas. Can't find any review courses . 2014 Fitzgerald is sold out and 2015 not available till march. Any suggestions
    tha ks
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Feb 7 : Reason: tos
  14. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    AANP National Conference has lots of these basic/intermediate skills workshops. And they are great CMEs.


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  15. Visit  PsychGuy profile page
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    I've read about this program and looked over the itineraries for the three days. Even as a psychiatry guy I've been tempted to pursue this training....mostly because I'm a prepper. Ridicule if you like, lol.


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