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EricJRN has 15 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

I'm a NICU nurse with an education focus and a clinical instructor for an undergraduate nursing program. I'm a second-year Ph.D. student.

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    Ready For The CPNE

    I passed the CPNE so long ago that we didn’t even have the FCCAs, so I don’t have any particularly relevant advice, but I wanted to wish you good luck!
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    Confused about MSN degree options?

    For most positions that I know of, your FNP program would be sufficient if you wanted to teach. I have a master's with an emphasis in nursing education because I wanted to pursue teaching but was not ready for an advanced practice role like NP. I am a clinical instructor in a BSN program and I don't think anyone there even asked me what concentration my MSN was in. There are NPs that teach in the same role as me but they do not have separate master's degrees in nursing education. Hope this helps.
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    6 Things Your Professor Wishes You Knew

    Nice work! I enjoyed reading this. When I earned a distance-based master's degree, my favorite professors were the ones that I saw as the most engaged with us in discussions, but it's certainly a two-way street that really starts with the students being engaged. I teach clinicals in an initial-licensure undergrad program, so when my students complain about things being hard, I try to have them think about all of the hard things that could happen to a nurse on any given shift (the EMR goes down, your patients have extensive needs, Joint Commission is in the house, you are precepting a nursing student, etc). They may get annoyed by working through a long nursing care plan, but in that process they are learning prioritization, critical thinking, and the ability to deal with frustration. Most days, they will need all of those skills as a nurse.
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    Dropping the "Nurse Card"?

    It's so weird... I was stopped tonight (for having a brake light out) after seeing this thread just this week. Strangely, the officer said that my insurance was also coming up as expired, but I just now verified that I have current coverage and no outstanding balance. At any rate, he gave me verbal warnings for the light and the insurance. I did not identify myself as a nurse, but I was wearing scrubs. Did that help? We'll never know. :)
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    Dropping the "Nurse Card"?

    Did it once by complete accident. I had driven home after forgetting my wallet at a restaurant less than a mile from home. As I was driving back to the restaurant, I got stopped for an expired inspection sticker. Of course I didn't have my license (which was in my wallet), but I showed the officer the only thing I had with my name and photo on it (my work ID). I wasn't even thinking of getting out of the ticket, but the officer was gracious and I got lucky that day.
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    50 years!

    Outstanding! I'm so glad to have had you around AN all this time!
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    Aspiring Male NICU Nurse

    I had EMS experience before nursing, so I liked the fact that I'd be able to provide some critical care while also getting to know patients over a longer period of time. I find myself attracted to novelty, so working in a big NICU satisfies my curiosity toward new things even 12+ years later.
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    HELP!!!! Resume NEW GRAD

    Some people see this as a radical idea, but I would consider leaving the objective section completely off unless the application asks you to mention the specific job requisition in an objective statement. Your objective as a new LVN should be apparent to people (to get the job you've already applied for). Honestly, most objective statements are just fluffy, non-verifiable wastes of good space. In other words, no one is going to believe that you are motivated just because you say so. Objective statements can sometimes hurt people (people whose objective statements are unfocused or unrelated to the job at hand), but in years of participating in new grad interviews, I don't think I've ever seen an objective help a new grad applicant in any way. Depending on your work history and other resume items, I can understand the temptation to use one if your resume would otherwise be really short. If you do use one, I would just shorten it a little. Take out the part about helping and growing, as I just think it's a little much for one sentence. In my view, clinical experience is okay to include for a new grad. It can actually help, especially if you did rotations in the specialty where you are applying.
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    West Coast University and Loans

    If you haven't seen it, there's this thread related to WCU in the California Nurses Forum. There is some discussion of costs and loans, and some of the posters there might be able to help you. Good luck!
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    Applying to nursing school in the fall

    Welcome to the site! You will likely stand out at least a little bit because of your gender, but I think you're likely to get the best nursing school application tips on another forum, like the Pre-Nursing Student Forum. That forum has a good series of FAQs and other information for people interested in applying to nursing programs. Good luck to you!
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    Am I ready for CNE exam??

    I wish I could remember what I got on the self-assessment, but it was over a year ago. I'll tell you that I passed the exam without any faculty experience (now I am an adjunct but at the time I wasn't). I didn't think the exam was too bad, but I tend to do okay on tests. I remember looking at a detailed test blueprint on the website and then taking the self-assessment. After that, I knew there were some areas that I should go back and study. For example, I knew from the blueprint that there would be some item analysis questions and we had discussed that only briefly in my master's program. I still had access to a lot of my grad school textbooks, so that helped. As I understand it, there's no set minimum score on the actual exam because there are multiple versions of the exam in circulation at any one time, so it's a fancy psychometric calculation that determines the passing score for that test form. Good luck to you!
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    I've seen it go both ways, depending on the individual. Some people (even if they are being treated for it) have to be really careful to choose a specialty or setting that doesn't create a lot of distractions. Multitasking can be a really difficult thing to do with ADHD and most jobs are going to require the nurse to keep several balls in the air at once, so to speak. On the other hand, plenty of people function well, whether through medication or other means. People with ADHD have definitely been known to seek out novelty, and in my experience, many of them end up in critical care settings. I feel like I have been on both sides of the coin here: As a new grad, I had a very hard time with organization, multitasking and prioritization. With time I learned some strategies to deal with those things. Now I think that my curiosity and openness to new experiences are actually benefits when it comes to working in a high-acuity setting.
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    Nurse Reporter/ Journalist?

    There are even graduate programs for people who want to focus on scientific or medical journalism. Science and Medical Journalism Program | UNC School of Media and Journalism Science & Technology Journalism - Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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    TX grad past 4 year limit

    Here are the links to the Alabama and Texas BON websites. The first one lays out the process for initial licensure in AL and the second one is about endorsement to TX. Page not found | Alabama Board of Nursing Texas Board of Nursing - Endorsement
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    For The Love Of All That Is Holy . . . .

    Sorry to scare you! :) For sure, the alphabet soup issue can be a problem in itself. Not sure why I focus on the comma part.
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    Experience before PICU

    I would look at pedi, preferably at a hospital that also has a PICU. I know that in some nursing programs you'll get a lot of encouragement from faculty to only start in adult M/S, but I don't think that's always the best route for a person interested in a specialty area, particularly with how common nurse residency programs are these days to support new grads or specialty-changing nurses.