I have noticed that alot of you out there are looking for transition programs, shortcuts, and the "easiest way".
There are no true shortcuts in nursing. As Nurse Practitioner(MSN ACNP/FNP), I have worked my way from the ground up: RN, A.A.S, followed by RN, B.S.N. followed by M.S.N. ACNP/FNP, and I can tell you from experience that taking shortcuts will not pay off.
First of all, I find it funny that some of you still think there is a such thing as a 2 yr RN nursing program. A true RN program is 3 yrs, one year for general education followed by two subsequent years nursing. You are doing yourself no favors by shortcutting as when you apply for that "sweet position in a trauma center" that you've always wanted--your hiring nurse manager is going to take into acct how you received your education. Did you know that most ICU's will not hire Paramedic to RN nurses?
Also, B.S.N. is not a waste by any means. The B.S.N. nurse is prepared to accept roles in clinical education as well as to pursue higher education with regards to faculty positions. In addition, the B.S.N. nurse is further trained in patient assessment, critical care interventions, as well as nurse management. New opportunities are becoming available all the time for B.S.N. Did you know that most aeromedical transport services will accept a B.S.N. nurse over an A.A.S./A.S.N./A.D.N. nurse any day of the week?
Also, for those of you with non-nursing degrees seeking nursing education--please be aware that it will benefit you to use the general education you already have and to attend a traditional RN training program. Don't try to enter critical care M.S.N. coursework with a 4 yr degree in social studies.
The majority of level 1 trauma centers will not even hire a nurse practitioner into a direct care position without that practitioner having at least 3 yrs experience as a non-master's RN.
Undergraduate registered nursing is the foundation on which you build the framework for practice and develop a solid footing in the practice of nursing.
I am afraid my days of sympathizing with the uninformed are over. We must wake up! The simple fact is: Nurses who take shortcuts, kill patients! Period.
If I have offended some, then maybe you should step back and reassess why it is you want to become a nurse in the first place.
To those who wish to put in the hours and earn their degree's,
good luck in your studies. It is only when we seek to set about change within ourselves that we seek to set about change in our communities.
- NeuroMedic RN, M.S.N., ACNP, FNP, CFRN, CCRN, ccNREMT-P, CF-P, & all the other $2 titles
Oct 29, '07
by Tweety, BSN
Quote from NeuroMedic
Once again, let's wake up children. If you keep feeling sorry for Mr. MI just because he couldn't help but order his Tomb<b>ST</b>one(Stress the ST) burger, you are going to propetuate the cycle.
You are best not to learn bedside manner from me, I am a practitioner who does not regularly hand out pity.
I'll be the first to send out some sparks.
The "let's wake up children", is not a professional way to speak to professionals. When I'm being talked to that way, my mind tends to shut and the message of what the person is saying begins to get lost, because it sounds like I'm being lectured to. and adds an air of superiority or arrogance that you might not have intended. Sorry just me.
We are not to give our patient's pity or sympathy, but empathy without judgement
, so I'm with you on that one.
Last edit by Tweety on Oct 29, '07
Oct 29, '07
Well 33 years ago I aced the boards and became an RN. Worked my tukkus off those 32 years. Had to have surgery, got a physical clearance from my internist, had the surgery went home to recover....ta da.......went into asystole revived, went to the er where I bradyed down about every 15 mins......so what did I miss? I thought I knew sx sx of cardiac schtuff. I don't eat red meat, my cholesterol is perfect, my bp is great, I excercise aerobic treadmill etc,......am I Mr (S) ST tomb? Have you any pity for lil' ol' me? and btw I ain't no child 'cept my Mama's. Oh and I have 2 associates and a bacc. Too old and feeble now to pursue NP. Shoulda woulda coulda
Oh and to finish my tale of woe got a pacer which has never fired the first time.
Last edit by P_RN on Oct 29, '07