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  • Jun 16 '16

    Hi, I am considering taking a travel assignment in the next state we are moving to (Connecticut). There are many companies and they all do a fine job of their sales pitch and "brand". I would appreciate any info that anyone has whether it be positive or negative to help me narrow down my decision process. Thanks for your time!!

  • Apr 22 '16

    I will be done with my AGPCNP program in 4 weeks and I'm finally feeling like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I underestimated how hard and stressful this program would be. I can't wait to have a life again and actually be able to spend time with my family. I am also looking forward to having a M-F schedule with the rest of my family and not having to work the weekend ICU shifts that have gotten me through school and clinicals! I do feel very underprepared for boards and for practice in general... I have a great job lined up in a busy internal medicine practice with an incredible physician who loves to teach - no pressure Good luck to everyone!

  • Apr 22 '16

    I graduate in three weeks! I have to say, I don't think I've had a life for the past six months. I feel like I have missed so much. I have missed field trips with my kids, time with my family, and so much more...but it's a fair trade for all of the time I will get back by having a "normal schedule." I did two clinicals together, so I have been doing clinicals five days a week since December 1st, plus working every other weekend in the I have four kids (two of which are twins which turned one in March...the first year with twins + grad school...just call me crazy!). But...I am on track to graduate with a 4.0 and have a job lined up that I am SO excited about as the primary provider in a rural health clinic, providing care to those who have limited access to care, which is something I am passionate about. I am also excited about getting involved with the state NP organization and working to improve health policy for nurse practitioners....basically I am on fire for this profession, and ready to graduate so I can call myself "one" of the group! No matter how hard it is, it is doable! Wish me luck as I prepare for boards, and I will do the same for you that are getting ready to graduate! For those of you in the midst of your program, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is a bright one!

  • Apr 21 '16

    Replies like this highlight the ops point....mean spirited and nasty....and reading on through many nasty posts continue....why even bother to reply with a snarky negative post....wait I are nurses....attempting to make yourselves look like you are all that while trying to minimize the credibility of the OP....Unreal

  • Apr 21 '16

    Hi folks! I start in May for the summer semester, with Gonzaga U. in Washington. This is a second masters program, so I start right in with a bang, with Advanced Pathophysiology. I've got the textbook already, and it's really intimidating. A challenge, to look at it positively. I'm hoping I don't have to memorize every stage of the Krebs Cycle! Oh, and for Rocknurse, BSN, RN , don't feel too bad, I am over 60! I plan on working as an AG/NP until I die.

  • Apr 21 '16

    There seem to be lots of posts from people trying to get into NP programs, or people who are already NPs, so I can only assume that all the actual students are just too busy studying to post! How are you all doing? How far along are you? Are you enjoying your program? Are you overwhelmed? What class are you doing right now? How far do you have left to go?

    I'm coming to the end of my second year as an acute adult NP. I absolutely cannot wait to get to summer break. I've pulled straight As so far so I am satisfied with my performance but I have to admit to feeling very tired and a bit disillusioned. I feel like life is passing me by and all I do is study. I'm too exhausted to do anything else because I work full time and I have found the last two semesters really stressful. I'm coming to the end of my pharmacology class which has been challenging to say the least, but I've actually enjoyed it because it's been a lot of hard science which makes it really interesting to me.

    Next semester I am hoping to do my final didactic classes (Health Policy...blech!) before beginning clinical next January but I'm having some anxiety about it because it will mean I will either have to go part time or leave my job to allow me to do 2 days of clinical a week. As I am the only bread winner in my family this is causing me some stress. I am also going through a difficult menopause which is draining the life out of me and I am wondering if going to NP school this close to 50 was such a good idea. I struggle with short term memory because of it and it scares me when I can't remember things. Some days I think I should just stay in my cozy desk job and forget about running around in a white coat, but I've spent all this money! Seriously though, I miss the clinical environment and am very much looking forward to the clinical portion and hoping I won't have to work with an ogre of a doctor. I'm praying for a cool preceptor and a really nice experience. I'd love to hear how other students are faring! Summer is coming!!

  • Jan 23 '16

    What the heck? You're penalized for living close to the office? I'd want to encourage that.

  • May 4 '15

    Oh no, I am not saying give them one then just walk away like putting them in a diaper and letting them lay in it, that is insane. I am thinking more like this... There ARE female urinals, but when you have to be flat gravity is your enemy and the urine doesnt flow down and stay down. Like a modification of the urinal that could hold a pad or even absorbent crystals preventing it from backflowing.

    Seriously, I am OCD when it comes to cleanliness of patients and making sure they are as comfortable, clean and dry as possible. I only tried asking this board because I have had 2 patients this week ask for something other than a bedpan and I came into a room where a mother DID use her visiting baby's diaper to pee in and we laughed that it was kinda a good idea.

    and lastly, wow... really quick to attack, I was under the impression that asking a simple question I would get some ideas from experienced nurses... Maybe I should just look someplace else.

  • Dec 18 '13

    Yes, if they code me and I don't happen to have my POLST Form on me, then I will sue for assault and battery!! Do Not Resuscitate me under any circumstances. I worked 13 years in ICU I do not want to me coded.

  • Dec 17 '13

    Quote from Lev <3

    Ensure student that nursing schools almost lasts forever, but not forever
    Instruct student to sleep 8-9 hours a night (ha ha ha)
    Educate student about the risks and benefits of caffeine
    I remember second semester, our M/S instructor told us to take a day a week to ourselves. We all got a good laugh out of that one! SMH. What kind of reality do these instructors think we have??

  • Dec 17 '13

    I have just completed my 3rd semester and can now say the first year is done (18 hrs) at Maryville. I am in the FNP program and have been fairly happy with things so far. There is a lot of independent learning, but that is grad school in general. There is a platform for the classes, which includes videos, printed info, etc. plus your books and specific assignments. Grad school requires you dig and learn a lot yourself and Maryville has the program tailored expecting this. There are not truly lectures in class, but there are meeting times for each instructor to meet with the class. How this meeting is handled depends on the instructor - some give a lecture or review and others are just there to answer any questions that come up. I had an awesome instructor for patho, which was also the class I probably put the most effort into. All of the other firzt year classes are required basic grad school classes that I don't have a lot of interest in so not as engaging to me with theory, leadership, etc, etc. I have had one instructor who just didn't care and was always behind to return calls, emails or give grades and another instructor who was over zealous and made things much more difficult than was necessary. Otherwise all the instructors have been okay. The program was extended since I started due to changing the length of the courses for a couple classes including pharm and patho. All of the classes before clinicals start were 8 weeks and most still are, but patho and pharm are now 16 weeks. This was an improvement in my opinion.

    One of the great benefits and also somewhat of a negative is the group work required in the program. At first I didn't realize this and hated the idea with an online program. Now I am used to and actually thankful for the group as I have become friends with some other students due to the amount of time we have had to spend discusing group projects. The group work forces you to know others in your online program and they will become part of your own support system.

    Overall, the program is completely doable working full time if you can schedule some time in for school regularly. I am looking at school stuff pretty much daily and a few days a week for multiple hours each day. I do think it will be a program that fully prepares one for FNP licensure if the student puts their own full efforts and independent studies into it. Hope this review helps you in your decision making.

  • Aug 15 '13

    I wonder what pay cuts upper management took. I'd be looking for a new job ASAP.

  • Mar 4 '13

    The article does not mention a DNR which is the most important aspect of the story. CPR seldom works anyway, it just prolongs the inevitable. Death comes to us all no matter what.

  • Mar 4 '13

    Until I know all the facts, it is hard to decide what to believe.
    There is more missing in this story than what is being told.

  • Feb 4 '13

    As a follow-up to my original post, I have been working in this position for about a week and a half, getting oriented to the role of CRC. So far I really like it - but WOW, is there ever a lot of paperwork on my desk (and I'm not even running a study yet!)

    Thus far, my day usually goes as follows:

    - Start work at 0800, check my email and the communication binder
    - Keep an eye on patients currently in the ED and decide from their demographics and triage notes whether they might be eligible for a study
    - Round on the unit, liaise with MDs and nurses, encourage everyone to page me if they have a suitable patient
    - Find a suitable patient, explain the study, get consent, and enrol them
    - Photocopy, photocopy, fax, email, and photocopy some more
    - Complete clinical interventions on research patients as needed (administer study drugs, etc)
    - Complete paperwork and study follow-ups in person, by phone, and by looking up the patient's EMR

    Definitely NOT what I expected, but then I didn't really have any expectations. It is worlds away from being a staff nurse. I almost feel bad that I am paid the same as I was being an emerg nurse. Hour long lunch breaks and out on time every day, what??