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ACNP without acute care background

Anyone have very little or no acute care experience before going into the program?

I am pretty sure that most folks walk in with an acute care background: Would your program have been accommodating enough to teach/train someone into the acute care role from scratch?

In our program, we want individuals to be ACLS-prepared at the time of application. We would like to see either 1 year of acute/critical care experience, or that you will be working full-time in that environment is accepted as a part-time student.

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Has 20 years experience. Specializes in CTICU.

I honestly don't know how people without ICU experience are successful in the program - they must work really hard at the study. We get a LOT of information, really quickly and then are tested on it frequently. If you don't have that background, I'm not sure how you cope.

Thanks!

I kind of figured... Its been about 5 years for me....

PumpkinEater, MSN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in Neuro/Neurosurgery/General Surgery.

What ACNP program are you in Ghillbert? I'm planning on starting an ACNP program this fall and, by then, will have about 2 years of med/surg under my belt. One question I've been asking myself lately is not so much whether I'll survive the program as whether future employers will doubt my suitability as a candidate due to my lack of critical care/ED experience. Will they?

indecisiveRN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in ICU.

Just as a small point of clarification, acute care means hospital (as opposed to LTC), not ICU.

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Has 20 years experience. Specializes in CTICU.

Yes, acute care means hospital. However, that's a minimum requirement. As I said, with the material covered, there's a huge advantage to having ICU knowledge and experience. I can't tell you about what employers will think - I am just completing my first semester and am not at that point yet.

I am at Pitt.

DaisyRN, ACNP

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Acute Care - Cardiology.

ghillbert... i did not have icu experience before my acnp program and you're right... i did fine with honors, but i had to work harder at it than my icu-experienced classmates. my background was er...

OK any ideas what I should be looking at, studying, reviewing ????

Anyone have very little or no acute care experience before going into the program?

I am pretty sure that most folks walk in with an acute care background: Would your program have been accommodating enough to teach/train someone into the acute care role from scratch?

I've seen folks with other degrees and no experience as a nurse do well in those programs. I don't know if this had an affect on their job prospects. I remember they had a tough time in clinicals, but it was because there was a lot of resentment from the hospital nurses. I guess they resented the fact that these brand new nurses were in a program that could place them in a position over them some day.

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