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  1. ACNP salaries
    It's weird that ya'll are getting accurate numbers. It's way off for Houston. I'm $22K above the average, and I only have 2 years experience. Somebody messed that one up.
    Mar 19, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  2. Adult NP seeing kids
    I've been in this situation before, I'm an ACNP/First Assist, too. You can first assist, because that's a certification that is gained with RN licensure, it has nothing to do with NP scope of...
    Mar 5, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  3. Is West Coast University a good school?
    There is NO positive side, when new grads from all over the US are struggling to find a job. My concern is that you haven't even tried a more affordable school. Why pay more if you don't have to? If...
    Feb 22, '14
    Forum: Online Nursing Schools and Colleges
  4. Should I wait to transfer or become non degree seeking student
    You could take this time to get a job (if you don't have one), and start paying off the amount that you owe. Since money is an issue, I also recommend taking your non-nursing classes at a community...
    Feb 22, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  5. Online Vs. Traditional FNP Programs
    Hi, I attended a local B&M school, that wasn't a top tier school, but well known in my area for putting out quality nursing school graduates. I'm a single mom of a special needs child, and I worked...
    Feb 22, '14
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  6. Is anyone else being pushed for 30 minute turnover times in between cases?
    On cataracts and hand cases maybe, but on big joints, they're still getting blood off of the ceiling at the 30 min. mark. The only place I've ever seen it really enforced was in surgery centers. In...
    Feb 20, '14
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  7. Surgical Instruments
    Hi, There's a spiral bound book with pictures of instrumentation, that is a requirement for surgical technology programs. It's been a long time since I was tech, so I don't remember the name. I'm...
    Feb 20, '14
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  8. Loan Forgiveness Help
    Wow...Lilo, my heart goes out to you. While I attended a very affordable state school, I'm no stranger to struggle. Is there anyway to decrease your costs without causing such an upheaval for your...
    Feb 20, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  9. NP preceptor
    Brittany, if that's your real name, please remove it. There may come a day, when you're really frustrated and you may decide to vent. Things could get really ugly for you, if you can be identified....
    Feb 17, '14
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  10. new NP cant find a job
    I was in your position two years ago. I took a position at a lower salary to get the first assisting experience. Send out resumes/inquiries to every surgeon in your area of interest. I guarantee you...
    Feb 16, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  11. pray, read the bible, but overwhelmed
    Have you considered that maybe God is trying to reveal something to you about this job? I pray every morning before I touch a patient, and I often pray over the course of the day, especially on rough...
    Feb 6, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality
  12. Frustration...
    I'm brown and I used to get it all the time, "Are you really a NP or just a First Assist?" In their defense, I wear baggy scrubs, a hoody (instead of a lab coat, never did like those things), and...
    Feb 3, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  13. Salary vs Productivity Pay
    I wish I could compare apples to apples for you, but I'll give you my first NP experience. I'm an ACNP/First Assist (dream job) and my first job paid $90K with all licensing, credentialing, liability...
    Jan 14, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  14. FNP moving to TX
    Seems like I remember prescriptive authority taking the longest, but I'm not sure. If you don't have a job yet, you'll have to wait on the DPS and DEA.
    Jan 7, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  15. FNP moving to TX
    Hi, I'm an ACNP in Houston. Start with prescriptive authority through the BON. After that, you'll need DPS and DEA numbers for Texas, but you can't apply for these until you have a sponsoring...
    Jan 5, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  16. NP practice in Houston, Tx
    This rule actually differs in different regions. My state allows ACNPs to treat 13 years old and up. As an ACNP student, I did rotations in Internal Medicine, Ortho, ED, Surgical Telemetry/Stepdown,...
    Jan 4, '14
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  17. NP practice in Houston, Tx
    Neuro, CV, and transplant is really big out here. It's all acute care, inpatient, and mostly closed units. Houston is big enough, that if you're a FNP, you can find something you like. Good Luck!
    Dec 29, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  18. Work/Patient Ratio
    I "LIKE" this^^^^^^!!!!
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  19. NP Surgical Sub Specialty?
    Yes, you can be a Surgical NP/First Assist. My path was the same as yours. I started out as a scrub tech, then went on to become an OR nurse. From there, I became an ACNP and completed a RNFA...
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  20. Job during AG-ACNP school?
    If you are looking to become an intensivist, yes. If you are looking at all settings acute, rather than critical, it matters less, but it still matters. The program isn't easy, so if you don't have...
    Aug 22, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  21. cutting sterile drape
    Just to be sure....Was the patient supine or in lithotomy? If the patient was in lithotomy, are you sure that a LAVH drape wasn't used? It has a fenestration that looks sort of like a cut hole, but...
    Aug 20, '13
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  22. How old were you when you made the choice to become a NP?
    Started at 32, went part-time and finished at 35.
    Aug 15, '13
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  23. Surgical Nurses
    All nursing requires the ability to work under pressure, but in the OR, you need to be able to multi-task quickly as well. For instance, anesthesia may be asking for blood products, your scrub tech...
    Aug 13, '13
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  24. Do you get paid for clinical hours??
    While it's not as common as it used to be, some hospital systems still pay their employees to attend school. The county hospital system I work for pays up to 24 hours per week, dependent upon how...
    Aug 9, '13
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  25. Why OR nursing?
    I was also a scrub tech, before going to nursing school, so it was a natural transition from the scrub role to the circulating role. From there, I went on to become a Surgical NP/First Assist, so my...
    Jul 27, '13
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing