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adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner

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by redsnapper19 redsnapper19 (New) New Nurse Student

redsnapper19 specializes in acute rehab.

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Hey guys!  Finally back on here.  Use to get on here awhile back when I first started nursing school for my associates.  Forgot my username and password.  I recently got accepted to a nurse practitioner program from a very good school.  I'm excited but scared at the same time.  It is a lot of information to take in.  There are also a lot of responsibilities that comes with a new degree. Also hoping another nurse practitioner will accept to be my preceptor.  


I just wanted to ask you guys that went into nurse practitioner school if your work experience helped with your nurse practitioner specialty?  I didn't choose family nurse practitioner as rather not work with children. Didn't choose acute care because I don't want to work in ICU or ER.  My work experience have been nursing home, med surg, and acute rehab.  Spent majority of my career in acute rehab.  Went to orientation, and other students are in bigger hospitals or in specialty floor. I just feel like I'm lacking in experience prior to getting into the nurse practitioner program.  The good thing is that some of those students only have one year of nursing experience.  I will have to cut back on working full time so I can focus on school for the next two years.

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Yes and no my RN work experience helped with my nurse practitioner specialty, which was adult-gero primary care. My only experience as an RN was in an acute care hematology-oncology unit, which I chose because I wanted to work in palliative care and hospice. The unit I worked on for five years had people of different ages but they were mostly in their 50s-70s, because that is the average age of cancer patients in general. (Acute care is not just ICU and ED, btw.)

In hospice and palliative care, the majority of my patients are in their 70s-100s. The focus is much different than curative inpatient, so many of the things I learned or did in inpatient, I don't use in the community. No IVs pumps, no endless supplies on hand, no constant scrutinizing of patients' BPs, labs, etc. When I worked inpatient, I would say at least 75%-85% of all of our major meds were IV with central lines. It was an adjustment learning about PO meds

If you've worked as a nurse in acute rehab, I doubt you are lacking experience. The things you don't know, you'll learn at school and on the job. And you probably know a lot more than you realize that you do.

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