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    How to land an infection preventionist position

    Hey I'm wondering about this thread, if anyone continued to want to pursue IP? Tronix304: how did things go with the NP, and what path did you end up taking after that? I'm also in a program that leads to a BSN and then an NP, so I'm kind of thinking it'd be nice to work in IP since I have a background in health admin/public administration and the public health aspect appeals to me. But I'm trying to figure out how to break into it; if the "mold" for hospitals is to hire from within (like you said) and get an experienced internal nurse to assume IP duties.
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    Nursing: What Did I Get Myself Into?!

    Really great article; I'm also a person who has a creative/journalism streak and was kind of wondering about how to combine that with nursing. Would be curious if others have had similar experiences or found other creative ways to do it.
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    New to infection control

    Hello, I'm getting interested in infection control (in nursing school right now) because I have a public health background (hospital admin) and can appreciate the dual need to prevent infections for patients, and also the costly consequences of hospital acquired infections. I'm wondering, if there ever was a "formula" for getting into infection control starting from nursing school to getting the job, what would you advise? What are the practical steps we need to take to get into infection control? And what are the career paths that could open up from a career in infection control nursing--or is it more like, the kind of thing you need to stay in for a long time? Thanks!
  4. Whoa. I think if you can channel that desire to be clean for your PATIENTS, and have that passion to make sure they are cleaned and changed, and experiencing a sterile, germ-free stay while they are under your care, it can work out nicely. But if your fixation is on keeping yourself clean, I see it being a huge detriment. If someone's vomitting all over, spraying bits of stuff into the air all around, and going into shock or something, I don't think we can afford to freeze up or freak out. That's a scary thing for me to think about that already, that someone's life could be in our hands, but to have to deal with germaphobic oppression on top of that would be...insane.
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    MBA MHA graduates going for a BSN or ABSN

    I have a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Health Administration (I heard it's equivalent is an MBA or MHS or MHA). I spent the last 10+years working in academic medical institutions in research and administration with a focus on marketing/communications. I'm interested in getting an accelerated ABSN or direct entry MSN in the near future to be equipped with a whole new skill set and be able to build clinical experiences in healthcare. I know there are people who started out in nursing first, and are now entering into FNP programs or getting an MBA (and that's how I would've like to do it if I could start over again), but what about those who did it the other way around? Was it hard for you, or did you find advantages to having the kind of background we have? I'm very curious how things go for that latter group. Would love to hear more experienced nurses share views of what you've seen in the workplace concerning people who have administrative backgrounds that go into nursing.
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    How to be a better BF to my nursing student GF.

    From what you described, it sounds normal and at least it seems like you guys are texting outside of the 20 min, and she's interested in what you're doing, etc. Maybe you can initiate planning a getaway over her spring break or summer break where you guys can meet somewhere besides your respective towns, and go do something fun somewhere you've wanted to go visit, or try to break up what you feel is monotony by trying some creative long-distance type things with her. Send her a parcel. Get a surprise delivery from her local bakery.
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    I know, it'd be good to hear from those people!
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    I know, it'd be good to hear from those people!
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    Hey, thanks for the update, and congratulations! 75K for the whole program is a great deal! You're not willing to divulge what program this is? :)
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    How to be a better BF to my nursing student GF.

    Awww, does anyone else realize how sweet this is? This guy is doing a long-distance relationship and at least he's doing the right thing--trying to go on a nurse forum to ask for advice on how to be a better boyfriend. How many guys do that? You all are so blunt and hard on him. At least give him credit for making that effort! Now, to be fair, there are other possibilities. She's could be extremely ambitious and type A and for her, carrying on a long distance relationship with only a 20-40min phone call a week does it for her. I mean if it's like, pretty consistent, always on a Sunday or Saturday night especially on a weekend night I'd say it's maybe more possible she's saving the best of her weekend times to talk to you before burrowing back to work. Is she also working on the side? That might also factor in as that's exhausting, especially if she's doing a night shift it could throw off her schedule. What is the quality of the conversations, is it wooden and boring like she's just doing her duty and checking in, or does it feel like she's been penting up and ready to talk and let loose with you, and interested in your life? You don't have to answer, just think about it. I only talked 1x a day to someone I really liked, sometimes for hours, sometimes just for a few minutes on a given night. But as long as there was a check-in I was happy and didn't need too much. I didn't like the phone and the thought of getting stuck for more than 10-15 min on a phone didn't appeal to me. Currently, I'm working full-time and taking 2 lab courses, and that's like enough to make me feel pretty overwhelmed. I'm talking with someone I met online but just exchanging an email 1-2x a week does it for me for now. As long as the communication is quality communication and shows the other person is as interested in talking to you, responds promptly, and is engaged, I'm happy for the time being. But...if the problem is: she could be happy as a clam getting her Waki-fix once a week for 20-40 min, but Waki isn't happy with that. Then that's a legitimate thing to address anyway, since it's a mismatch of needs. One person may be more independent and the other may need more affection. Of course, you should discern the situation first, to see if it's just how she's carrying on happily in the relationship, or if she's (as others are suggesting) dissociating gradually.
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    Nurse Corps Scholarship 2017-2018

    Well, thank you for starting this thread. Does anyone know if the need-based calculation is based off 2015 tax return year or 2016 tax returns (what we submitted last year before April 2016) or the tax return we will fill out this year before April 2017? I received notification about the NHSC over the weekend, but not this one as of today.
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    I need help with A&P2

    About vitamin B12--it does seem to help. I feel like it boosts my alertness in general, so I try to take it on test days.
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    I need help with A&P2

    Oh yea, another thing is meals. Just forget about eating. Literally. Like I just buy a bag of frozen fruit, greens, and dumplings, and eggs ($~25 a month) and that's all I eat for EVERY meal until it runs out. I blend up the smoothies for breakfast and boil the dumplings for dinner (it's like 5 min), sometimes get a soup (~$2-3) for lunch. It's a huge money saver, and that way you don't waste time making food and cleaning the kitchen (I only rinse the blender and the one pot for dumplings) and it's sufficient for nutrient intake, I believe. If anyone has other ideas to maximize nutritional intake with this kind of plan, I'm totally open. Sometimes you need to either go without food, or just get something quick somewhere (that may not be as healthy), but hopefully if you set up a framework for fast, easy meals those situations wouldn't be too frequent. Often I would load up my meals during lunch or the afternoon, like essentially eat 2 lunches, and then just go without dinner all night and it's been fine. Just another practical tip to getting by with 2 four-credit lab courses while working full-time. Best wishes, hope you do well in A&P II.
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    I need help with A&P2

    You do really need to learn it. I draw diagrams and put things into charts, and I look things up online to understand physiology concepts. Tonight, I'm going to be charting all the bones in the axial skeleton, and drawing some pictures of the integumentary system for a lab practical tommorrow. Soon as that's done, it's back to the lymphatic system AND getting a start on the next chapter after that for A&P II. So it's continuous and I find that there kind of isn't really down time. My only downtimes I have discovered are Friday evening, or Saturday after lab. I tell people I can only eat meals with them to "hang out" for like, an hour or two, max. And then we have a deadline on Sunday night to be finished with the next chapter.
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    I've submitted the deposit, but not committed yet. Every time I think about the financial situation, and recalculate, the numbers seem to get more daunting. It's actually more like $23K a semester if you include fees/transportation fees, books, etc. If I don't get enough financial aid, I can't go.
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    I need help with A&P2

    Hey, I'm taking A&P I and II at the same time and it's hard. I took A&P I in college so it was fine, the pace is OK and it's Tues/Thurs evenings. My A&P II is an online hybrid, with the lab for 3 hours on Saturday mornings. Studying can be tricky, and I find that as I'm working full-time like yourself, there is: no. time. to. study. I should be studying every day, but life also has its concerns and I pretty much cram it all on the weekends and Wed, Fri. Sometimes I just cram for the exam and that's it. What I have found is, we must be very goal oriented. If the thing that's due next is a quiz or some assignment, focus everything on answering the questions and the quiz answers. That way you'll get the needed things done for the grade, and give yourself an idea/overview as you do it. And then, you need to sacrifice some full weekends and even do all-nighters for the exams, and even, gasp, take time off work. Seriously, I've used vacation days for the day right before and on the exam and it was worth it. I crammed all night and so far I'm maintaining an A in both classes. But it comes at a cost so just be willing to do what you need to do as someone who is working full-time. The downside is, I don't have as much time as I'd like to enjoy the material as much, but it still hasn't been too bad. I make the most of class time to interact with the material, faculty, and students to get that intellectual stimulation, which I feel gets quashed when you're too focused on making the grade. Blood vessels in particular are interesting, the pressures and blood volume, etc. That takes time. For me the electrophysiology of the heart and Wigger's diagram is still something is challenging but hopefully it'll sink in!
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    BSN program in MD??

    I don't know why people don't just come out and say it: University of Maryland at Baltimore has a School of Nursing with a BSN program. It's traditional far as I know, but you can do a CNL program if you already have a bachelors elsewhere. It's probably a good value if you're a resident of MD. The other one is JHU Hopkins School of Nursing; they have a direct entry MSN program if you already have another bachelors. Tuition is $$$, but if you can get a scholarship that might help. Those are the most reputable programs I know; there's also GWU in DC and Georgetown, but those are $$$. Hope this helps.
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    Career change - M.P.H. into nursing

    Hi! I'm another person with a public health background who is heading into nursing (aBSN), can we all connect?? I'm curious how things have been for Troop, MSN_FNP, and Healthyanalyst, since these last posts...? Is there a society or something out there for people like us?
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    My professor told us NPs have no future...

    Hi NurseLauraM, I just want to thank you again for your post--it's enormously helpful what you shared and very encouraging. I'm a bit exhausted from work at the moment so I can't write longer, but know that your response is appreciated.
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    My professor told us NPs have no future...

    Thanks NurseLauraM, some very good advice to an aspiring NP here. I am wondering what your life was before becoming an NP grad? Did you already have experience as a nurse or the healthcare arena? I have years of experience as an administrator in a medical school and have worked in clinical research/administration in hospitals, but I haven't had nurse-work prior to this and I'm acutely aware of the need to step it up and go through a period of being in the trenches if that's what will make things go...smoother on all fronts. I think your advice about taking your education by the horns and being willing to put in extra to become a good nurse practitioner is very important. I don't want to become one of those new grads with an entitlement complex that people complain about, and want to build a good foundation in clinical education before I get out there seeing patients on my own. I think it makes sense; we need to take personal responsibility, get mentored, really get educated to become the kind of medical professional you could entrust yourself or your loved ones to take care of. My own standard is, if I walked into a urgent care clinic as a patient, could I trust an NP like myself?
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    Study Groups or Study Alone ???

    I took human development and microbiology prerequisites for nursing school in recent times. Both classes, I found that I was dissatisfied with my first exam score, and vowed to do better. I initiated a study strategy and opened it up to my classmates. I invited everyone to submit 20 questions they think might be on the exam, and provide a "teaching" answer for each, as a way to learn and know the material. I told them to think as if everyone in the group missed class and is depending on you to help them pass the exam. You will find that few individuals will 1) respond 2) be disciplined enough to follow through 3) not flake out on you and 4) follow instructions and provide exactly 20 questions with decent explanations. That was the case with undergrads in human development. I would say when I did that with the classmates in microbiology, who were 2nd degree seekers intent on going to medical school and PA school, etc, # 1, 2, and 3 were given, and about 1-2 really hit the mark with #4. Of course, you need to take the lead and set an example, so I sent them my own as a template. It does take a bit of extra coordination, but in both cases, I was able to perform increasingly high on the exams and it was satisfying for others to report progress as well--people started to want to join our wagon. All this to say, study groups can work. My advice would be to initiate and lead the effort so you can control who gets to be part of it (I knew exactly who to email back after the first round, and who to drop), set the tone that this is a serious group and keep it virtual if you really want to be productive (only meet in person after everyone has had a chance to study the material otherwise it's not going to work), and be very discerning as your study buddies can become valuable allies in the future. One of the joys of life is finding others who are just as interested and passionate as you in changing the world.
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    It's All About the Cookies

    This is a really nice vignette of how it could be in LTCs where nurses encounter difficulties of cranky residents and have to overcome barriers like refusing meds. What kind of long term care center is this, and how does one spot a good one? I'm thinking from the perspective of an aspiring nurse practitioner, but also as a person who has parents who may eventually want to live in a nice community for their "final destination" as well, who knows. I actually really hope to buy them a rancher in the future where they can have some relaxing days after working so hard their entire lives. But if they want to go into a community with other elderly folks, I would want to find a really nice place and some of the stuff I hear about like not changing dressings, understaffing, outdated facilities, etc, those things are unacceptable. I'll build my own if I have to, but it would be good to know for now what are some model LTC facilities that have set the bar really high.
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    Closing the Chapter on SNFs

    Curious, which SNFs are actually good? Any names that anyone is proud of working for, that would be "models" for good care at all? What about the frou-frou nursing homes where people pay a lot of money, is it worth the care/staff ratio that's being allotted? I do care about how the population is aging and wonder if working in an SNF is in the cards, by going into nursing it almost seems like at some point I'll encounter care of the elderly even though my focus now is hopefully to be in underserved populations. Hearing your account, it's terrifying what goes on in some of these SNFs--and this is where people are entrusting their aging parents and paying money for that care. There seem to be the nurses that don't care at all who are on their phones all the time and just doing the bare minimum (for whom nursing is just a means to a salary) and the nurses who are passionate and really want to be good nurses, who end up bearing the brunt of the work and burning out. It's so bad, because that could mean good nurses who care are being driven out and patients are left with no one else to advocate for them.
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    I received an email about 30 minutes ago about additional financial aid appointment slots. I clicked on all of them and they were already booked up.
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    Emory Accepted Students Fall 2011

    Hello, just wondering if people are still active on here? Since you all started in 2011, I'm guessing most of you are graduated and out in the workforce by now? Just wondering how it was for you after graduation, and if you have any words of wisdom?