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First, I am sorry to hear of your father's recent passing. It sounds like you might have a couple of options. You could check to see if your school has a payment plan, I was able to pay for my MSN program as I went via a payment plan, which broke up the tuition into 5 payments over the semester (I already had my BSN). It was a lifesaver as I didn't have to take out loans for my MSN! A lot of hospitals are transitioning to some sort of Magnet status or Pathway to Excellence which requires a certain percentage of their nursing staff to hold BSNs, that said, many have a deadline to be enrolled in a BSN program (not typically to have obtained the BSN by that deadline). Additionally, many hospitals offer some sort of tuition reimbursement for full-time and sometimes part-time employees (not usually PRNs unfortunately) which could off set some of the costs of your education.
I would definitely see if you could stick out a year in your med-surg position and see about cross-training in mother-baby if your hospital has that department. The med-surg will definitely serve you well regardless of the department you end up in. I had been working at my hospital for about 2 years and left for a short bit and returned as a float pool/PRN employee. My background was in ER, but I was able to be able to cross train into psych, which I fell in love with. It might be a good foot-in-the-door opportunity for you. I don't have any background with OBGYN, but I would suggest gaining nursing experience in it first before fully investing in a WHNP program, especially if your interest in mom/baby is based on experiences in nursing school. Our interests can certainly change over time and our real life expectations might not match up to our brief experiences in nursing school. Just my two cents, best wishes to you in your future endeavors!
Don't forget the sponges!
If it wasn't charted, it wasn't done...
I would recommend that your topic be fairly specific and consider what your goal or expected outcome would be for your intervention. For example, if there is a higher amount of ER visits for dental caries specifically among DM2, you could look at how your intervention would affect that. If your concern is more about the incidence of periodontal disease among diabetics, you could use that. I would try to steer away from multiple outcome variables as it might make your research a lot more work on you, ie. A1C levels and periodontal disease incidence. Your PICOT could look something like this (based on what you've provided):
In type 2 diabetics (P), how does the use of oral health education in PCP settings (I) reduce the number of ER visits for dental caries (O) compared to diabetics who do not receive additional oral health education/motivational support (C)? (You could slip your "T" in there after visits within a ".." timeframe)
Here's a link to a template, hope this helps!
Let me first state, I rarely post and certainly refrain from chiming in when it seems like a post has taken a wrong turn toward argument. However, I think the original intent of the post was to serve as encouragement for those who aspire to be providers one day and learned in nursing school perhaps they did not really have an interest in bedside nursing, that they didn't have to "serve their time." I have to agree with Jules A.'s postings with regard to taking caution in having a large shift in new nurses to using nursing as a means-to-an-end for getting into the provider role. While the original poster wants to share their successes, their postings began to come across as more of a slap-in-the-face toward nurses who believe in gaining experience before taking advanced practice roles. I, for one, believe in gaining at least a couple of years at the bedside because it is truly where you develop those critical thinking skills, regardless of your specialty. Being a nurse who has a background in ER and in psych nursing, I found the original poster's comments somewhat offensive in suggesting there is no need to build those bedside skills in order to be a PMHNP. In adding to what Jules A. posted, being at the bedside helps to build your skills as a provider, you get to see what it is like on both sides of practice. For argument's sake, a provider role and a nurse are very different, but that added experience at the bedside is what makes APRNs unique from physician's and PAs. I find it irritating when people seem to try to use nursing as a short-cut to become a provider and skip the essential experiences of having at least some bedside experiences...the same experiences that shape your own personal practice, such as improved bedside manner, therapeutic communication, and holistic approach to care. Before you anyone gets offended, I find it irritating because no matter what your advanced practice specialty is, you are a NURSE first and you should gain experience in nursing and in support of being a nurse first, your advanced practice degree is nothing if your RN isn't up to date. And like Jules mentioned, it is quite notable to other nurses when someone cruises straight through to advanced practice. It's not that experienced nurses hate on those going for NP, but the flack you were experiencing was likely rooted in concerns of bypassing the arena where you gain so much experience. Nursing is a lot like the military, you gain most respect from time in, not just your credentials. Just my two cents!
Just wanted to call out to any applicants/newly accepted students for the UTEP MSN Nursing Education program for next spring! Looking forward to chatting about upcoming start of the program!
Just wanted to thank you Purduegrad, Shiner50, and Jarreux for all of your tips. Wanted to keep quiet til it was all official, but I went to the Open House and sort of interviewed on the spot for Dell PICU, had a follow up interview the Monday after the Open House and was sitting on a verbal offer until about 2 weeks ago. I'm all settled in Austin now and just finished my HR health screen, etc this week. So far everything has been a great experience. Hope you are all having a great experience still with each of your departments. Thanks again for all your tips, I greatly appreciate it!
Good to know! Thank you both, I really appreciate your advice!
Wow! Thanks so much for the advice! I'm currently prepping for NCLEX (less than 2 weeks away) and I landed a full-time 8-week spot as a superuser to help in transition of paper to EMR charting for a major hospital in the area, but I'm hoping to make it out to Austin as soon as I get some free time-likely in March around the open house time. I'm glad to know they welcome people to talk outside of the open house event should people not be able to make it. Thanks again! I really appreciate it
Thanks for getting back so quickly! Guess I will be planning to make my way out there in March (I've applied for their June cohort) I have some close friends out there and I'm looking for a change of scenery. As I'm sure you've heard (and probably is the case everywhere), Cali can be a difficult place to get a first job. I live in Southern CA region, warm and sunny and full of applicants! Thanks again and good luck on NCLEX/start of your program! Very exciting!
Congrats to everyone who got in! I was wondering for those who were accepted, was anyone an out-of-state applicant? I applied and I'm from CA. I just graduated this past December, NCLEX in 2 weeks and very interested in Peds, specifically critical care. I was just wondering what the experiences were of out-of-state applicants. Thank you in advance!
Thank you so much for your input. I have 5 years experience as an EMT, worked in the ER for a year, and as a CNA on a rehab/ortho floor. Thanks for providing some insight on AF vs. Navy, that definitely helps in deciding on which direction to head. Hope you have a great week and thanks again.
I'm suuuuuper interested in joining either Navy or Air Force for nursing and want to go ICU without a doubt. However, I have no idea of who to contact because recruiters haven't responded to the voice messages left I'm in SD area and I graduate this December with my BSN. Does anyone have some pointers since this sounds like a lengthy process to get started? I think I'm pretty competitive so I'd love to be set up after graduation. Thanks so much for all of your advice and good luck to all of you applying!
Congrats on getting in! I am in cohort 9 (Temecula). I live up in French Valley, about 15 min from campus. The campus is located off the first exit off the 15 as you enter Temecula. Personally, I would suggest living in Murrieta/Temecula if you can, there are some cheaper places and I would recommend trying to find a place that isn't right smack dab in the middle of the mall area as that tends to be a place of traffic congestion due to the mall and high school. Lake Elsinore isn't exactly the nicest area, so I personally wouldn't recommend living there. For clinicals you can expect to travel to Riverside (Kaiser), Hemet, Inland Valley, and at some points down in North County SD, especially for psych rotation. Advice for traffic, be sure to leave at or before 6a, especially if heading to SD as it gets pretty congested on the fwy. Hope that helps
So I was wondering, since I will be at the main campus, Who is also admitted into the main San Marcos campus? It seems that this group is mostly for the Temecula campus and I am greatly outnumbered!
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