I wanna be an ANP (in Occ Health Nursing) suggestions please - page 3

This is also posted in the NP section, I hope that isn't a faux pas. I've almost two years experience in Occupational Health Nursing. I'll sit for the COHN-S by November. I Have a BS/Chem; a BS/Safety Studies and an Assoc. D.... Read More

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    I would like to thank you guys for your replies. The Academic Common Market does not include ANP online unfortunately. So I sent them an email to see if they could add it or if they had any suggestions because the site said to email them if you have requests. Well in the mean time I called UAB and asked them about in state versus out of state and the lady said that as of right now UAB online courses are considered in-state no matter what! So now I can go. Paying $620 per semester hour is just a bit much when you have to add $200 for each course on top of that! So I'll get in-state tuition! YAY! Now the question is, is this plan of study something that I'm going to be able to manage? And how do I obtain a preceptor? Also, where do you take tests, online??? Thanks again for your input guys!

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    Drop me a line at my yahoo account and we can trade phone numbers. It will be a lot easier to discuss your questions that way. I am in my second semester and hopefully will be able to answer your questions. My email address is jimtoler@yahoo.com
    Talk to you then, Jim
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    Have enjoyed reading this thread. Same story here... new to nursing as a second career. In the past life work in shipyards and transportation. Feel like those are still my people. Think I would really enjoy occupational health nursing, probably with NP. Because of a scholarship obligation for my accelerated BSN, cannot move for 3 years. Closest OHN school is U of Iowa. They focus a lot on Agricultural issues.... Main question now finally coming... do different schools have different focuses? Ag is important in Iowa... is manufacturing more important at U of Illinois or U of Mich or UAB?

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    I know that Ag is very important within the medical program but is not emphasized greatly in the NP program which is more geared towards the industrial hygiene arena. They do vary though based upon location. The NIOSH ERC home page may give you some better information. Jim

    PS: Figured I would throw in an update since this post started a couple of years ago. I have two more semesters left in my ANP program through UAB. Yes it is doable and yes it is paid in full through NIOSH. In hind-sight would I recommend it and would I do it again? Yes, and sooner, Jim
    Last edit by H60Medic on Apr 28, '10 : Reason: Update
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    Jim, are the NIOSH programs/subsidies still active? I'd love to hear more about how this works.
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    Good morning all, yes the NIOSH program is alive and doing well. I have one more semester after this current one and then I can take national boards as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. I can also continue my education in a NIOSH sponsored PhD.
    Here is a link to provide you with some info and a couple of points of contact:

    Hope this helps, Jim
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    I have not read every single one of the replies since you posted this. However, I have worked in Occ. Health off and on since 1996, and have been certified since 1998 or 99 (forgot when I took the test). I think that you may be making this more difficult for yourself than it has to be. You say you will have a COHN-S soon. That takes care of any future employer's concern about whether you know the finer points of occ. health nursing. Get an Adult NP certification through any good school, and target your clinical rounds toward occ. health. Get ortho, ortho, and more ortho. Get clinical rounds with a PM&R doctor, so that you learn the rehab end of things, or how to prescribe exercises to keep back issues/tendonitis, etc. from becoming worse and (hopefully) keep your patients from having surgery. (Optimistic, I know, but if you can handle CTS and epicondylitis, bad backs, etc. for an employer and keep the employees from having to go down more invasive routes, then everyone wins.) Emergency care is important, but probably more important is pre-hospital care. Being able to stabilize and immobilize someone will serve you well, because you are going to be sending all trauma out the door with EMS ASAP. Learn travel medicine, if you want to go the corporate route, and work for global corps that send travelers all over the world. I currently am working in both travel medicine (I am an RN, not an NP), and report to NP's that do the physical exams for the traveling employees. As a COHN-S, I am assuming you already know the audiometric and spirometry part of our job. Do rotations at a major corporation that has MD's at it's location and can really show you the finer points of occ med. All of the NP's I work with have basic NP degrees (some FNP, some Adult NP), and none have an NP degree specifically in occ. med.

    Good luck!
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