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    What NP Specialty Should I Choose?

    This part really rang true to me: "The problem that I have seen is that everyone and their brother wants to go to FNP school, instead of any of the other specialties." Anytime I bring up in conversation that I am in nursing school, the conversation always jumps to "...so are you thinking about becoming an NP?" My response: "well no, not yet... I need to figure out which direction I would like to go...which area(s)/population(s) I enjoy working with, etc. before I even think about future schooling. I am glad the author included this bit. A lot of my peers seem to have the mentality that becoming an NP is for them, before they have even practiced as an RN. Experience trumps all other bells an whistles in an interview. How else would you answer questions better than all other candidates to secure a position in a specialty? Hint: you can't. Knowledge is great, but if two people have the same exact knowledge... and the position is between one person or the other, I would bet all of my money that the man or woman applying with focused training in THAT PARTICULAR FIELD would get the job. I like that the article encourages others to think a little bit about why it is they want to head straight to NP, so that the reader can come to this conclusion and realize ahead of time what it is they are getting into and where it is they are going. If you know where you want to go, you don't need all of that experience in other areas you won't be using primarily (or ever), and could then instead get more valuable hours and experience in the area that you would like to work in, thus becoming a better, more qualified candidate and provider... As my dad always asked me when I was a child, "How are you supposed to get to your destination (hopefully a meaningful and enjoyable career in this instance), if you don't know where you're going?" I think a key ingredient in figuring out the "How" in "how to get there" is understanding who you are as a human and why it is you are doing what you are doing. If you aren't doing something that gives your life meaning, then why the hell are you doing (or practicing) in the first place? If you want that range in population because you enjoy helping multiple age groups or want some flexibility with your future, that's GREAT! But I do agree with the author that you should, at the bare minimum, ask yourself first "why this direction and not THAT direction?" If you can't answer that but know that you want to do more on the provider end, then maybe FNP school IS the route to take in order to find that meaning in your life.
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    Nurses and State Regulations

    Looking at the Illinois State Board of Nursing website can give many insights into the types of ethics violations that need to be reported. Any person who has any sort of knowledge of conduct by a licensed nurse that "may violate a nursing law or rule or related state or federal law" may report the alleged violation to the State Board of Nursing. The Illinois State Board of Nursing also points out to report any nurse operating with behavior that is: unsafe, incompetent, unethical, as well as may operating be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other chemicals. "Practice related, Drug related, Boundary violations, Sexual misconduct, Fraud, and Positive criminal background check are the subcategories that the various ethical violations fall under, both in Illinois as well as in the state of Indiana. In terms of discipline, the Board can fine or give a civil penalty to the nurse who is being disciplined. They may be referred to an alternative discipline program, such as a drug or alcohol support and recovery program, in order to rehabilitate themselves. They can publicly reprimand or censure violators of the nurse practice. They can specifically limit or restrict certain aspects of a nurse's practice while they work. If a nurse needs to have this or her license reinstated, or "restored", they must go to the State Board of Nursing for an application similar to the application which they used to get their license in the first place. There may be a possible examination to have their license reinstated as well as most likely a committee board review to make sure all requirements were followed by the violator. Violators and their punishments are in fact, public information and as such, can be searched by others, including potential employers. I don't feel this to be fair, although I do understand the good intentions a program like this has at its core. Sometimes people deserve their punishment, other times - a misunderstanding might hurt an innocent nurse and put a permanent strike on their record - but who is to decide? Well in this case, the State Board of Nursing in Illinois, or Indiana, or whichever state is governing for that matter decides this so it is important to realize ethics violations come with real, serious consequences. Just as you can do in Illinois, the Indiana State Board of Nursing clearly welcomes its visitors to check out all sorts of programs to monitor RN licenses and any proceedings attached to issues. It is interesting to note just how much information and ease of access these State Board of Nursing websites offer to the public and yet most people have never heard about this. The transparency is a nice thought but it seems to me like the system needs some tweaking - those who should be benefiting most from it are the patients and I don't have enough statistics to decide if they are or are not benefitting. I think nurses are human and make mistakes - and those who repeatedly make the same mistake should be reprimanded. Keeping track of these individuals is what I feel is most important in terms of keeping the public informed. For example, a male nurse may have just had a third complaint filed against him for inappropriate/unnecessary touching of a female client and when two or three or four similar complaints are filed on an individual, a trend is established and it is safer to say they may be a danger to patients receiving medical care. References Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2016, from PLA: License Watch Nurses. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2016, from State of Illinois | Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
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