Anyway, there are some questions I have now regarding how the next few years will go:
- Is being an advanced CNA less frustrating? i.e. less complete dependence by the residents, more skilled care, happier nurses, less of the monotonous tasks of getting 6 or so people up, cleaned, dressed, groomed and ready for the day and then back cleaned and down for bed in the same little time frame? Basically which is better?
I have no idea what an advanced cna is, we do not have them here. Have you tried working at a different facility, or in the acute care hosp? icu, er tech etc?
-Would I gain some good experience becoming a home health aide? I always thought this sounded like a good idea, and I have a great aunt who use to work at the same nursing home as I did that decided to go this route and says its so much better. I like the idea of actually spending time with someone.
I do not think home health aide experience is going to put an warm fuzzies to PA selection committees but you could always call and ask them. They want you to have exposure to the medical field, including different diagnosis, tests, meds etc.
-When I was going the PA route, I wanted to put an emphasis on an endocrinology specialty, can I do the same type of specialty if I get into more advanced nursing with a higher degree level?
I assume there are some NPs that work in an endocrinologists office. You should look around in your area or hosp directory and see what you find.
-What are some standard skills of nurses, or I guess what do you do on a daily basis (depending on setting).
same crap you are doing, lol. But added on everything else. I feel that you REALLY need to go shadow some nurses, nps, pa's, etc to see what the different job functions are. They can really be different esp in different fields. Do not go into it blind.
-Does it help to have a broad medical vocabulary and great understanding of biology, anatomy, and physiology?
yes. in nursing school
you will have to learn every major disease/disorder of each body system and their common treatments, etc
-Is nursing more hands on than knowledge, or equal in both?
-How difficult, in comparison to becoming a PA, would it be to become an NP?
I think time frame wise, depending on your education now, it would take longer to be a NP. Both require bachelor's prior to entry.
-I plan on doing an RN to BSN for sure, but if I ever felt like taking it further yet, how difficult would that be? Is it more of a "you need time and money" thing, or more of a general intelligence?
rn-bsn is easy. advanced nursing is like anything else, if you have the drive to do it, you will do it.
-What can you so with a BSN, just some examples please.
you do the same things as adn. They do not open many other types of jobs like they used to. Before you had to be bsn for management but now you need even more. What hosp have done is increased the required for hire bsn so many people with adn have a hard time finding jobs- but it is still the same work.
Feel free to only answer as many questions as you feel comfortable with, or care to. I'm really just looking for insight.