So I'm an RN with 2 years Cardiac Experience. I've been admitted into Vanderbilt's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program to start this coming fall 2018. I've got about 5 months to prepare. What would you recommend by way of preparation?
Sit on your but for long periods of time, pull an allnighter once a week, and learn how much credit card debt you can accrue.
I'm being facetious, of course. But if you don't already, I would read a few psychiatric nursing journals and try to pick out issues relevant to your practice. You'll have a lot of projects based on that kind of thing so it helps to be knowledgeable about current issues/trends/etc.
I'd also pick up as many hours at work as possible so that I wouldn't have to work as much later in the program.
Otherwise, just pursue what interests you... good luck!
- if you have nothing else to do with your life: get the books you'll need for the first semester and start reading. It will save you some sanity later on, especially if your program uses that infamous 1400+ pages McCance Pathophysiology.
- otherwise, enjoy your life and your work while you still can.
- if you are in full-time program and plan to continue work, get as many things which require some investment of time done before you start. Home improvements, car shopping/repair, vacations, etc.
I'll remember to the end of my life lying back with my hands over my head for 2 hours straight attending a mandatory online lecture on my tablet while dentist was ripping through root canal in my mouth. I knew about that tooth long ago, but was too lazy to get it done. I forgot to turn off the mic and the poor professor repeatedly asked the online auditorium what in the lecture material caused someone to moan painfully from time to time.
Get some psychiatric nursing experience, maybe?
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