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Joined: Dec 23, '12;
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Yes, I started back in January. There is a large clinic in town with almost every specialty and Ive already talked to them about doing my clinicals there. I was scared too because I have heard so much about it being hard to find preceptors. I have not completed all the paperwork yet though. Been so busy with this semester I haven't had the time. Just give yourself plenty of time to secure a preceptor and be asking around.
I'll be starting the UC FNP program Summer 2013 and just had a few questions for you: I noticed you said you took Biostatistics and Research - is that Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning (NURS8006)? Just wondering if those were taken out of sequence (I guess I'm wondering if we're able to take them out of sequence?)
I think the program is great and I've heard really good things about it, but I am wondering what you all think about the fact that there is no type of skills meeting to learn suturing or any special procedures? I asked about this and was told that we should just have our preceptor teach it to us. All the other programs I've seen have an intensive on-campus meeting to address things like this - just wanted to see what everyone thought and what they were planning on doing to supplement.
Also, does anyone know if we are allowed to take a summer semester off during the program (delay Summer classes until the Fall)?
Sorry for so many questions - thanks in advance
Went well. I have taken Biostatistics and Research. Once you get familiar with blackboard and what to expect in the courses it was great. You have to be disiplined though and spend plenty of time studying. Be prepared for the Patho/Physiology because it goes over a lot of content very quickly. Have you signed on to blackboard yet and glanced over this course? I'm Travis by the way.
Just be yourself and do not let them get to you! I work in a PACU and there is only 10 of us that work in there. I am a 32 y/o male and the rest of them are females over 49. They are all burnt out and CRAZY!!! They complain and argue everyday. I'll tell you what I do. I ruffle feathers...I tease and get them all worked up lol. Then I sit back and laugh! I am not going to be miserable just because they are all miserable. I take the negative and use it to my advantage. Works for me anyhow.
I enjoy working with male's more. Of course I am male lol. Seriously though, I worked in an ICU and there was a mix of males and females. It worked out great. Most of us were in our late 20's early 30's and that makes a huge difference. I now work in a PACU with all females over the age of 49 and WOW...can I say that again..WOW what a difference. There is always drama and they are the laziest people I have ever seen in my life. They are all obviously burntout and not yet able to retire and I will say that some days become almost unbearable. I love PACU nursing and I will graduate next year with my nurse practitioner. This is the only reason I am still working in the PACU. Thank GOD is all I can say!!
First I want to say that you are not alone! Many nurses feel this way within their first year or so after graduating. I began in an ICU and there were many days I felt I like I had made the wrong career choice! To be honest after 6 years in nursing I still have days where I question my career choice. I worked 4 years in ICU then made the decision to transfer to the PACU. Although I love the work in PACU, I dislike all but 1 of my co-workers. Nurses can be mean and especially older nurses who are burntout and really need to retire or find another job. I guess my point is that there is no perfect job. It really comes down to you taking some time to yourself and deciding if you want to stick it out until you have more experience or just change career paths altogether. Nursing is tough! You will be an experienced nurse one day and that helps but there is a lot to nursing that sucks and will never change. I will always have to ask questions and will never know everything. You either suck it up and find a way to deal or find another profession. There are many days I don't get a lunch break. After 6 years it doesn't bother me anymore. Is it fair? No, I just clock no lunch for the day and go on down the road. Many nurses will sit around and complain about it all day. In fact most of them spend more time trying to find a way to get out of working than actually working. Anyway, that is something that only you can decide. I myself am back in school in a nurse practitioner program. I do not want to end up at the bedside at 50 years old unable to walk around the PACU because my body is torn down from all the years of bedside nursing. Basically I don't want to end up like all the old hateful women that I work with. They are miserable and I do not want to end up like that. My advice to you is to go to work with your head held high and tell yourself that you can do anything! Remember, you are there to take care of the patients. You are not not superwoman you are human. So just do your very best to help your patients and even on the worst of days leave knowing you did your best. Good luck to you!
I'll be starting my MSN Advanced Nurse Practitioner @ University of Cincinnati Distance Learning Program on January 2013 for the Spring Semester 2013. It would be great to know if anybody is currently enrolled in the same program.
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