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    Hi everyone,

    My colleague is trying to talk to nurses to get their opinions on their experience with different telehealth devices, preferably in California.

    It would be great if we could find nurses using any one of the following technologies:

    Health Buddy
    Pharos (IVR system)

    If you have a few minutes to talk about your experience or to provide your email/contact info to talk, that would be great. E

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi there,

    Please see MHO to your questions below. I'm someone who is undergoing the RN to MSN route and had done extensive research beforehand, plus stopped and started many times. I would personally recommend the RN to MSN route, mainly because of time/money. It also sounds like you are thinking of teaching at some point and generally as long as you have your MSN (doesn't matter in which specialty) they are all for it. Hope I can provide some insight for you:

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    I had my first clinical today for this school year and our new instructor talked to us about furthering our education after graduation. I am definitely continuing right after graduation part time. I spoke with financial aid and as long as I am taking 6 credits, my student loans will be deferred. The interest is only 3% on them, so I figured, why not? They also told me that if I stop going for more than six months and start back again then I will have to continue my payments after I return. It seemed like a no brainer to me. I can swing 6 credits a semester. (Especially if work is paying for it.:chuckle )
    Anyway . . . . that brings me to my quandry. Should I go right into a Master's program and get both degrees with overlapping credits? It will save a lot of time and money. I had planned on getting my Master's eventually, but I am concerned that I will be forced to specialize before I am sure I know what I want to do. Whereas, if I get my BSN separately from my MSN, that will buy me more decision time. On the downside, it will take me longer and cost me more money.

    I guess these are my questions to anyone who has gone the RN to MSN route:

    Are they set programs or can I take classes at my own pace?

    They are usually set programs, but you can take them at your own pace (FT vs. PT). I refer more to the online versions of these programs, but I would think traditional versions are generally the same. They do give you a recommended time frame, as what happens when you exceed these timeframes (other than affecting your financial aid) is that you may be subject to a change in curriculum/degree requirements than from what you first signed up for. Which could mean more classes!

    Do I have to specialize immediately upon entering a program?

    Sometimes you do, but most of the RN to MSN programs I have seen are limited in that they are more generalized (nursing admin/nursing education are the main options) -- this is the one limitation in going the "entry level" route. However, more are popping up that allows you to obtain your FNP or CNS, although again, the specialties can be limited. Even if you did choose a specialty, if you decide to change most of the classes stay the same. Not really a worry here.

    If I decide to teach eventually, will I have to take additional Master's credits in education to be on faculty somewhere?

    Usually not. Again, my research has shown most RN-MSN programs have an education emphasis built within the curriculum so it covers this. Also, most nursing faculty require a MS, concentration generally not specified.

    What if I do a Master's in Nursing Education, do I have to take additional classes in a specialty?

    See above. Education is a general type masters.

    I looked on a lot of schools' websites and could not find answers for any of these, but I'm not in the planning stage where I'm ready to start calling Dean's of programs just yet. I would rather be armed with a little more info first.

    Any input/feedback would be very, very much appreciated!! Thank you so much!
    Again, all this is just my opinion but I can say I've done a heck of a lot of research on this subject. Most RN-BSN programs are basically the same price to obtain the MSN, so why not go for the advanced degree? If you decide you want a different specialty, there are post-master certificate options available (including a FNP) so you aren't closing the door to learning a different specialty. Good luck!

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    Does anyone know how where I can obtain curriculum for an LPN program? I'm looking at putting an online program together and previously I've heard people say they are readily available. Although I have one from a school I taught in and I'm sure there are standardized requirements, I don't want to infringe on any copyrights ... any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Thanks to all of your input! I actually find research interesting but it does get difficult to find the time and/or resources to utilize it in practice -

    Thanks again! Trish

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    God bless your patient for her brave decision and you for supporting her! I was a dialysis nurse myself once, and also my grandparents both made the same decision and it wasn't easy on anyone but ultimately it was what they wanted. Luckily both did not suffer the SOB and extreme edema, mostly the confusion and some lack of bowel control. We gave them all the potassium-rich foods they wanted and were told that would hasten the process a bit -- pain-free and much more comfortable and I can tell you they both passed very peacefully in a matter of days.

    Everyone is different but with great nurses like you around she will spend her last days filled with dignity.

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    Anyone have any thoughts to this question:

    Why do you think research findings are not used more often to guide professional practice?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated -



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    I am working in quality management right now. Is this position QA or QI (Quality Improvement), clarify because I was taught there is a difference and many interchange the two. QA involves just getting results of something while CQI uses processes to get results. You're basically trying to achieve whatever the facility's quality outcomes are using whatever benchmark indicators they give you to work with (eg. low hospitalization rates, etc.). My job is to help my facilities reach their goals in whatever way I can. Most places use QI now rather than QA which is why I asked since QI is an ongoing process. Hope this helps. Good luck in your interview!

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    Has anyone completed the Regents BSN program using another external resource, such as the College Network? Any opinions/comments? I'm looking into the program. Thanks in advance.