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    Any info is appreciated.

    I will be graduating with my BSN in a few months. I am planning on working as a nurse for a minimum of one year before pursuing further options. I am caught up between CRNP and PA. I would like to do the CRNP, but I am hesitant with the new changes coming in 2015.

    I'm trying to keep all my options open and be informed about my options. Is anyone aware if there are programs for BSN to PA and approximately how long of a period is required to complete the program? Regardless of which route I take, I will most likely continue schooling part time.


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    LaynaER: as you mentioned some nurses can make $70,000-80,000 yearly and as you pointed out these nurses generally find employment in cities where cost of living is HIGH. This increase in starting pay is offset by cost of living.

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    before i ask my question, let me state that i am highly appreciative of a career that is relatively stable. my question is as follows. nurses, depending on education level, put in a fair amount of time at school, with most new colleges seeking bsn programs, nursing students are investing more time, effort, and money for school. most bsn colleges, range anywhere from $60,000-80,000 for the 4 year degree. most new grads average, in my area, about $23.5-25.5 an hour. scenario: newly graduated nurse makes $25 an hour, equaling $52,000 a year; at best (again in my area), this nurse may increase pay to $29 an hour, equaling $61,360, lets assume for this examples purposes that this nurse reaches this rate in 3 years. the average rate of time, depending on interest, may take the nurse 14-22 years to fully pay off the student loan.

    the amount of effort required to receive a degree specializing in this profession is immense. as we know, nurses, even through 'good times', are in demand. with that said, why is it that nurses get paid such a poor salary? aside the effort required to receive the degree--> certification, the work is extremely demanding. so how can such an crucial role as a health care professional pay so poorly?

    (yes, i do know many people would 'kill' for that type of money, but in reality with rent/mortgage, student loan payments, possibly car payment, and all the other bills that come with life, a person who spent much effort to reach their goal barley reaps the financial benefits associated with that role)


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    I'm trying to understand a pharmacology concept. Specifically, drug half life with peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Stages of drug interaction include: Absorption, biotransformation (elimination), distribution, and excretion.

    One question that was on a recent pharmacology exam was the select all that apply. The question read, select all conditions in which a drug dosage would have to be decreased. One of the options was peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

    Now, I understand the drug half life concept and I understand the stages of distribution, but I can not understand how PVD would not affect a drugs half life, according to my instructor.

    My argument was, PVD reduces blood flow rate, maybe not dramatically, but none the less it does affect blood flow rate @ its occurring site. I assumed, a drug half life to be 48 hours, being 99% protein bound. Under this example I considered the reduction of blood flow @ the PVD site would alter the rate of distribution, thus reducing the rate that would otherwise occur during tissue perfusion: at least this was my argument.

    Any explanations of why I am wrong would be appreciated.

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    BSN/MBA career opportunities?

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    i'm currently finishing my bsn. i have for the past two years and still work in a hospital setting. my problem: i'm having such a hard time determining what career path to chose. as a cna (responsibilities include all nursing interventions except providing medications) i've worked in a cardiac specialty unit, emergency room, intensive care unit, oncology unit, osteopathic unit, and behavior health units. i'm truly blessed to have experienced all these types of care units; unfortunately, this variety has caused much confusion for me. i've been contemplating np, however the recent push for dnp has me reconsidering. i'm now considering cns (clinical nurse specialist), but i am unfamiliar as to the specialty options. i've found a few, but i'm having trouble researching the career options for cns's.

    any information regarding cns career options would be greatly appreciated.

    p.s. if you haven't noticed i'm all over the place. thus far, in a hospital setting, i find myself preferring emergency, trauma, or critical care units. i'm having a tough time figuring out how and what to decide. guidance is appreciated.