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Joined: Apr 21, '12; Posts: 286 (21% Liked) ; Likes: 110
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; from PA
Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in Peds med/surg; Peds skilled nursing

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  • Apr 18 '16

    Congrats to everyone! I also got accepted to the DNP program for the adult acute care track.

  • Apr 18 '16

    Just got my acceptance letter!!!!!! I am so happy screaming thank you Jesus!!! I was stalking the mail lady hiding behind bushes!!!!

  • Apr 18 '16

    I just got my letter too. Dual role dnp. Super excited.

  • Apr 16 '16

    Hello, I received my acceptance letter in the mail today. I have been a nervous wreck! I applied for the MSN to DNP for Advanced Practice Roles- Adult/ Geri Primary Care. I am an Alabama resident, so depending on where you live, you should receive it soon. Good luck to you all!

  • Apr 14 '16

    Why.....😭😭😭😭 is the wait taken years lol

  • Apr 14 '16

    I've had someone tell me that peds NPs do peds gyneo when needed. I've been told by others that adult NPs don't do any adult gyneo. Crotches and anuses (or is it ani) are the ONLY reason I never pursued FNP training. I couldn't care less about what most programs call "the reproductive family" or something of that nature.

    If you know absolutely you want to go to work in pediatrics then pursue PNP. When I was in the old undergrad nursing program I shadowed a PNP clinic manager in the health management class. She was in VERY high demand. Of course this was a rural area (12000 people) with like 1-2 pediatricians in the city.

    I don't think you'll ever see any bureacratic moron tell you that you that a family trained NP can't work in a peds clinic...or an IM clinic or a nursing home or a school or urgent care, etc.

    If you want in on policy making, just get your name out there. Network, do your job well, dress well, speak well, and know what's going on in healthcare - politically and economically. Put your finger on the pulse of politics and economics in general as well. Getting on boards and committees, etc has only everything to do with who you know.

  • Apr 14 '16

    Hey all,

    I was recently accepted into the MSN-DNP program at USA for Spring 2015. Also will be obtaining a postmasters in the AGACNP program. I currently work as a FNP in Atlanta. Hope to meet many others!

  • Apr 14 '16

    That is awesome @phillycpnp-pc. My anxiety just sky rocketed, but I wish everyone the best. I didn't get an email though. Did you contact them asking them? Or maybe I'm not on the winning email list.

  • Apr 14 '16

    I enjoy my current job because I am far removed from the bedside and direct patient care.

    I detested the bedside due to the increasingly abusive families who want to displace their anger onto nursing staff. They wouldn't be able to get away with their antics in any other industry, but nursing excuses it because "these people are stressed."

  • Apr 3 '16

    My favorite is the rash that was there yesterday, gone today, but pt wants something just in case it comes back!? Rule of thumb: If I can't see it I can't fix it!

  • Mar 30 '16

    Hello, I am coming here to see if I can pick some information off of you all. I will state that I appreciate ahead of time the responses I will hopefully receive and hope to put them to good practice.

    I am an ER physician in the southeast-ish area of the US, and usually do much travelling around. I work for various staffing agencies, usually just taking the most needed bids and such. I tend to work with many different nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the various locations, mostly in the bigger ERs. The smaller ones usually it is just me since the volume is low.

    The reason I come here is because I am looking or some info on the education of nurse practitioners. Sine I occasionally lecture on ER topics at one of the local PA schools in front of medical students and Pas I have been able to get a thorough glimpse at the PA ED model, which really is not too much different than a condensed version of ours it seems. I did go to a med school here in the US which also has a PA program close by so I understand this aspect.

    I have noticed at many of the facilities I work at, a higher than average (in comparison to PA and other docs) the nurse practitioners often (not a total majority) seem to be oblivious to many aspects of ER level care. Some are unable to understand the interpretation of a basic set of lab panels, X-rays, and some are unable to suture well, if at all. There are a few that are Excellent at what we do (the term we used because we are a team and I dislike the dichotomy many use separating physician practice from other types of providers since it just stems unneeded conflict and perpetuates social gaps).

    I have not noticed such a large gap in practice from the physician assistants that I work with though. Nearly all of them are able to suture, interpret labs, splint, suture, read most X-rays (abdominal X-rays can be very difficult to read at times, often we physicians consult rads on these). (I am also referring to flat plate x rays not CT/MRI and the such when providing the term Xray).
    The gap is narrowed it seems between the PA/NP when it comes to diagnosing illness in the fast track though, I do notice it seems the PA do edge out slightly on better diagnosis (but my time is limited in the fast track, I am only there when they have a question about something, if something gets miss-triaged, or if family requests to see me, etc etc.)

    But the whole point of me coming here is to ask if they teach nurse practitioners during their educational adventure how to read X-ray, suture, splint, read basic lab panels, intubate, and what not. I have looked through curriculums but course names often do not tell accurate stories in any aspect of education.

    I would feel rather rude asking my coworkers these questions, since they may take it as demeaning and I like to maintain great relationships with the other providers. So again, here I am looking for a bit of info on what type of education they provide nurse practitioners in school (we use mostly FNPs in er) to see what you all thought of the situation.

    Hope I am not stepping on toes with this,,,, just looking to gather some information in an objective manner.
    Best wishes

  • Mar 30 '16

    I haven't heard anything 😳 anyone apply for MSN-DNP adding new specialty. I got an email on March 1st saying they will email decisions at the end of the month and mail them in April.

  • Nov 23 '15

    Hmmm, my graduate program didn't cover bra fittings, but maybe that's because I'm a child psych CNS ...

  • Nov 23 '15

    Wow. That's a first..never heard of that one.

    The ones I especially like are the phone call at 4 pm to write an Rx for a new mattress. Has to be done a CERTAIN way "Tempurepedix XL 3459303 mattress. Diagnosis : chronic lumbar pain with radiculopathy, failed surgical intervention. " blah blah blah. Oh, and can you stop what you are doing right now and FAX it to me because I'm too lazy to come pick it up.

    And yes, yes I am burned out, lol.

  • Nov 23 '15

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    This type is situation is very common and is one of the many proofs that NP school is too easy and our boards are laughable. Just had to throw that in there.
    I work with some very fine NPs. People who I would absolutely trust with the care of my family. The primary care provider for my whole family is a wonderful NP who was a local ER nurse for more than 20 years and then went to the state U for her MSN and FNP. She is the only provider in our small rural town and she does a wonderful job managing the chronic and primary health care needs of our town.
    That said as an RN I have often observed truly awful nurses go on to NP school. In a way it's disappointing to me that such deadbeats can so easily get accepted and graduate. I shudder to think of these people in clinical practice.