Neuro Guy NP, DNP, RN, APRN, NP 6,518 Views
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I'm not going to bash the OP. That is a tough way to learn a lesson; I agree your shot at an advanced practice nursing career is probably over, and I am not sure that you could be accepted into any graduate program anywhere under the circumstances. Juan's suggestion is your best bet to try to reboot your future.
To those who think that in situations such as this the offender deserves another chance, I say, raise your standards. Demand honesty and integrity from all members of your profession and do not ever give cheating and lying a pass due to circumstances. How many times has it been said that ANP education requires too few clinical hours, and some would allow candidates to get away with even less because life is hard?! Balderdash. The OP made a mistake and is going to suffer the natural consequences of that mistake. S/he may be a wonderful person, but in this case, deserves those consequences. Accepting unethical behavior makes you complicit in the crime. Hold yourself and your colleagues to he very highest of professional and ethical standards.
Someone in my nursing school did the same thing in their final practicum... She had a slew of family issues which is why she said she did it, but after the nursing school discovered she forged the documentation she was removed from school (3days before graduation) on account of academic dishonesty. She tried to appeal to the school but lost...she hasn't been able to find a school to accept her due to this "lapse in judgement." I am sorry about your situation but what the heck were you thinkin'? You're obviously highly intelligent being that you excelled in NP school, so how could you make such a frivolous mistake?!?! Unfortunately you aren't going to like to hear this, but I don't think you should be eligible to retake the course, if you forged this what other unethical behavior might you exhibit that may have potentially graver consequences?
You forged hours, which was unethical, and you expect to be given a break?
You would have better luck with following patients across settings with the ACNP. The Consensus Model does differentiate acuity from age-defined scope of practice but the acute vs primary care specialties are distinguished on the needs of pts treated not the setting care is delivered. That means ACNP doesn't necessarily mean inpt only. Many ACNPs work in specialty practices and see pts in both in and outpts settings. FNPs, on the other hand, are really only appropriate treating primary care issues which would preclude most inpt work (at least without additional training/certifications).
The fact that this keeps coming up is both disturbing and a poor reflection of what RNs actually understand about their own field.
Congratulations on your new role, that's awesome for the medical profession as a whole and NPs of course.☺
Simply put I believe that many of the people I have personally encountered lack the scientific inquiry that I believe is necessary to become a successful provider. I've seen firsthand the material provided by the numerous online programs and it's laughable at best. Relying on pure memorization and regurgitation with no reliance on the why. I think THAT is far worse than people with little to no nursing experience entering the field. (Granted, I DO believe there should be an experience minimum requirement).
The fact remains that people that could care less about diagnosing or treating are only switching to advance practice to get away from the bedside, in search of the "grass is really greener" and THAT is not okay in my opinion. Unfortunately it happens and WILL continue to happen so as long as these fluffy NP programs continue to pump out graduates, and the NP title will continue to be the laughing stock of the healthcare/medical community.
Yes to all those questions.
For me, I've been an apron 11 years and I make six figures, have 8 weeks vacation per year and take vacations too
I'm not sure whether it's permissible to endorse a book on this site, but here goes.
Take a look at Carolyn Buppert's "Nurse Practitioner's Business Practice and Legal Guide".
I'm curious to know how the hospital board representation is structured. Is it exclusively represented by MDs and DOs? Is there mid-level representation? And what was the instigating set of circumstances that led to this decision?
As others have stated, this action sends a strong negative message to any mid-level provider that they are not part of the "team." This is a cultural problem that supercedes being just a lounge access issue. This would be rather disheartening and while you might be looking at just the lounge access across other facilities and health systems, you might also tap into research showing the strong correlation between employee satisfaction and health outcomes of patients.
Darth Practicus, FNP
Like you I will no doubt catch grief for supporting you in this post, oh well, c est la vie. People think a lot of things and verbalize a lot of things, for a lot of personal reasons and/or life's experience good and bad or prejudice. My hat is off to you, in that you have done your family thing. You took a not so wanted career and provided for your family the best way you could, this is now your time to satisfy you passion. Take the step forward as far as the learning curve yes it's a steep one at that. Don't worry about not having the clinical nursing background. If you have the fortune to have Physician mentors that are willing to take the time to teach and not just show you but really have a passion for catching you when you start to fail and then explain why then teach you the difference, how to avoid those pitfalls, and improve the outcome, you will do just fine.
I have spent over 40 years in medicine military and civilian and have the pleasure to have known nurses that have taken the path of Advanced Practice and non medical types that take the role of a Physicians Assistant that go on to be a learned and respected part of the medical community. Likewise I have known those that, well they have moved on to different camping ground. The long and short of this is take the challenge and go with it don't worry what you don't know. There are a great many things in medicine you will never know, just take those things and skills you have they will be the tools to change the don't knows into "so that is what that is or does" now I know and understand. Keep feeding the passion the rest will follow.
to quote some of Dr. Seuss
"Oh the places you go"
Today is your day
Your off to grate places
your off and away
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
In any direction you choose.
You're on your own and you know what you know
And you are the guy who will decide where to go"
Serious question, because I think you are right - do you know if there have been any studies done on the safety and/or efficacy of NPs both with RN experience and without?
I am certain these types of things are studied or tracked when compared with MDs/DOs. Of course, insurance companies watch "evidence-based medicine" practice like a hawk and will reimburse based upon those practices, which are supposed to be founded in safety and efficacy. But I am wondering if there are any real, controlled, peer-reviewed studies published on the track records of NPs based upon level of experience.
I wonder, though, if this might be hard to nail down, because NPs with RN experience might have obtained that experience in an area entirely different to their NP specialty.
OP, I was a career changer, too. I originally wanted to be a PA and decided to go to a community college to get my RN so I could quickly get hands-on patient care experience. The ADN only takes 2 years (3 if you don't have any pre-reqs, like Anatomy, Physiology, Micro, etc.) and it was affordable, so I was able to pay using my own savings. Once I became an RN, I started learning more about NPs and their scope of practice. I am now an ICU nurse. I can honestly say, in my area, the ICUs & ERs only want to hire ACNPs who already have an ICU/ER background as an RN. You've never been a nurse on the unit. There is so much you learn in the ICU that is beneficial to your education as an NP later. Just being around the patients and knowing that raspy sound is a cuff leak in an endo trach. When to start titrating pressors. How to effectively manage multiple drips along with CRRT. How to interpret ABGs and see how changing vent settings affects the patient. Getting ACLS certified and actually participating in codes. Being able to assist when your patient is having an art line inserted, central line, intubation, managing chest tubes, etc. These are all things that are difficult to learn from simply reading in a book. Nurses are at the bed side a full 12 hour shift. Even in your NP clinicals, you aren't going to get the deep, hands-on, in-depth experience you would get as a nurse with your patients. I personally feel having some experience as an RN first will make you a better provider. Just my personal opinion and what I see in the real world.
Now, that is not to say that you can't or won't be successful. As previous posters have stated, there have been good direct-entry NPs with no prior RN experience. I just know that it's difficult to land that first job without any ICU/ER experience if you're trying to break in to the ACNP field. I would put out some feelers with the hospitals in your area to see if they hire direct-entry ACNPs. You don't want to go through all that time & money and not be able to land the job you want.
As far as salary, new NP grads don't earn as much as experienced NPs. The NPs in our area average any where from $98K to $120K, depending on the type of acute care practice. Cardiology seems to pay a higher salary than the other specialties in our area (midwest). The hospital when I work takes in to consideration your prior RN experience if you're a new grad NP seeking your first job. Something to keep in mind.
I definitely don't want you to feel discouraged. It's great that you're getting a chance to pursue what you really want to do. I'm glad I made the career change decision. I just want you to realize what you might be facing in real world when you're ready to start looking for your first ACNP job. Research your job market, call some local hospital HRs and see what they have to say about direct-entry NP grads.
I went to a Masters Entry NP program at a very well respected B&M school. I've been practicing as a NP for just under 8 years now. I did not work as a RN during or after my program. It just wasn't feasible. I worked in another area of health care for 20+ years so did not enter nursing completely wet behind the ears.
I am a successful and well respected NP in my area. I precept NP students, and have found that previous RN experience is not necessarily relevant to success as an NP. I've had seasoned RNs who struggled, and students with no NP experience who have been rock stars. I've also seen the opposite. It's very individual. I would much rather have a student with no RN experience who can think critically,take initiative, and seek excellence than an RN with 20 years experience who cannot switch their mindset to the provider role. I think RN experience is always valuable, but is not imperative to be a good NP. It's a very different role. I use very little of what I learned in the RN program in my day to day practice. I believe those who want to be an Acute Care NP should have some hospital experience.
You should not be discouraged by those who feel you cannot succeed as a NP without RN experience. There can be more than one path to the same destination. Work hard and do as many clinical hours as you possibly can. I wish you the best of luck.
...There are several additional points that I would like to make at this time. The concept of students finding and arranging their own preceptorships in advance nursing is an unsustainable and unethical one. For one thing, there is an unequal playing field in the process. Students that have greater access to medical professionals due to their previous experience or background will have a tremendous advantage in securing preceptorships. For instance, the son of an ICU physician would undoubtedly have almost no problems finding all his preceptors due to his father's connections. However, a first generation, aspiring nurse from a disadvantaged inner city that is pursuing an advanced degree will face significant difficulty securing preceptors.
Furthermore, students, in general, have almost no leverage when trying to secure a preceptor. An advance practice student, being one of the lowest in the medical hierarchy, is in essence trying to get a highly paid medical professional (Physician, PA, NP) to teach him/her a skill or profession without any type of compensation whatsoever. The natural question is of course "Why would anybody want to do that?" And the answer to that question is that "hardly anybody" and understandably so. In addition, medicine is practiced in a highly regulated and litigious environment. Even if a student secures a preceptor (most likely due to personal connections), there are nowadays a myriad of institutional regulations by hospitals and clinics that provide significant hurdles. What kind of incentive does a hospital or medical clinic have to allow just anybody to walk through its door and provide that person with the opportunity of becoming a highly skilled professional? In the case of advance practice nursing, they have none. With the increased concentration and buyouts in medicine, many more practice environments are now regulated by big corporations. Mostly gone are the days, when a nurse could walk into the office of the local town doctor and ask him to train her. Now even the local office might be owned by XYZ Inc. which has regulations, and a lot of them.
Certainly, the leaders of physician and PA programs understand this and that is why they arrange clinical experiences for their students. As nurses, we expect the same of our leaders. Unfortunately, our nursing leaders and schools have shortchanged us as students in the past, but this got to change. Most physicians and physician assistants express general satisfaction with their education. I haven't met many nurse practitioners yet that came to the same conclusion.
As NP students we pay the university to provide a service to us - education. One of the most important parts of this education is the clinical experience. It is not sufficient for the university to charge tuition, write a plethora of rules about the clinical experience and to abandon students to find their own preceptors, knowing well that many will not succeed.
Key Element III E of the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2013) states, "To prepare students for a practice profession, each track in each degree program and post-graduate APRN certificate program affords students the opportunity to develop professional competencies in practice settings aligned to the educational preparation. Clinical practice experiences are provided for students in all programs, including those with distance education offerings."
It states, "clinical practice experiences are provided for students in all programs..." It does not say that students shall provide their own clinical practice experience.
I believe that the CCNE should start enforcing this rule. Schools that are not willing or able to provide this most important aspect of NP education should not be accredited by CCNE. Obviously, this accreditation agency has lacked in enforcing its own standard in past times. However, I believe as an officially recognized national accreditation agency by the U.S. secretary of Education, it needs to step up to the plate and do its job. It is unfair towards the schools that follow the rules and provide clinical experiences when other schools skirt their responsibility, getting by with it. Our physician and PA colleagues have shown us that providing clinical experiences for their students is not that difficult and results in a superior educational experience.
I thank you for your time and appreciate any constructive feedback.
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