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ICUyall BSN, RN

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ICUyall has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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    TWU Anyone?

    I’m curious if anyone is in the online FNP program at TWU (Denton), and preferably further along than the Summer 2020 cohort? I just started the program 2 weeks ago, and so far I’m really not pleased with what I see in the program, and I would like to get input from someone further along in the program. 1) In the orientation course they told you not to submit your discussions via attachment, but the Canvas system is literally so problematic with APA formatting that we are now being told to do that, after being marked off how many points for 2 weeks for errors in APA formatting? 2) It’s difficult to gauge what the teachers want... we are days away from week 3 and I only have one actual discussion graded out of 3 for the first week. Is such tardiness in grading standard? 3) I’m not new to online classes, so I’m a little dismayed at the format (too click happy with very minimal content), and literally no added value from teachers as it’s just PowerPoint slides from the publisher. Is that the norm?
  2. ICUyall

    TWU Anyone?

    I’m curious if anyone is in the online FNP program at TWU (Denton), and preferably further along than the Summer 2020 cohort? I just started the program 2 weeks ago, and so far I’m really not pleased with what I see in the program, and I would like to get input from someone further along in the program. 1) In the orientation course they told you not to submit your discussions via attachment, but the Canvas system is literally so problematic with APA formatting that we are now being told to do that, after being marked off how many points for 2 weeks for errors in APA formatting? 2) It’s difficult to gauge what the teachers want... we are days away from week 3 and I only have one actual discussion graded out of 3 for the first week. Is such tardiness in grading standard? 3) I’m not new to online classes, so I’m a little dismayed at the format (too click happy with very minimal content), and literally no added value from teachers as it’s just PowerPoint slides from the publisher. Is that the norm?
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    To be a coward, or to be a fool?

    I can totally relate to your struggle. Fellow ICU nurse, and I’m having the same issues. I love being an ICU nurse, BUT, I never agreed to put my life in mortal peril in order to take care of a stranger. And, unlike the sanctimonious sentiments of those espousing, “that’s your job... that’s what nurses do..... you signed up for this”... I just cannot condone this type of moronic sentiment. If any of the jobs we all have had expressed that they would be lacking protective equipment, and would be changing protective policies on the daily in order to comply with their supposed supply rather than our protection...I’m pretty sure most of us would not have bothered applying for said job. After solely working in a COVID unit for a month I developed symptoms myself... prior to this, I really held to the belief that my hospital system would go to bat for me if I came down with COVID. I mean, they’re risking my life, and I’m showing up to work anyway... they owe me that, right? Well, think again. They did not even lift a finger... they wouldn’t test me, they balked at my request to take me off the schedule for that first week I was experiencing symptoms, and really have done nothing to check in on me. So, I learned the truth very early on in what is likely to be a marathon— they could not care less what happens to you, and they certainly won’t go out of their way to help you if you are sick. I expect loyalty... but instead, I feel betrayed. The protections we are being offered are scary at best... and honestly, all around criminal! Your life is important... your family is important... it is NOT cowardly to leave... The idea that it is completely baffles me... we first must protect ourselves... I want to be a nurse, but I never agreed to be the sacrificial lamb. So now I find myself debating between NP school that starts in May, or applying to law school instead. I just saw your update. I’m so sorry, I know how scary this is. Please contact your hospital’s employee health, and if they are unwilling to test you, look into any places that might be testing first responders.
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    Should I quit?

    I totally agree with dinah77. I see this all over the nursing groups I’m a part of on social media... the martyr complex... and, I honestly feel like the odd man out every time I express having an issue with current PPE policies. I also feel like the only nurse wherever I’m working ever willing to say.. I DID NOT sign up for this.. I never agreed to risk my life in order to take care of my patients... and, quite frankly, I shouldn’t have to. I love being an ICU nurse, but this martyr mentality is adding to the problem, and it will be the reason that nothing changes. Personally, I feel that my own health and family are more important than a COVID19 merit badge. I’ve been out sick since the beginning of April and may actually have COVID19. But, I will not be going back to work unless an antibody test can confirm COVID... because this isn’t worth my life.
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    COVID19 and NP school Woes?

    I find myself at a complete loss. I’ve been an ICU nurse for 7 years, and I love what I do. But, I have been on the fence of what to do from very early on in this COVID19 disaster. My hospital system started rationing PPE very early on, and with each passing day it seems a new and seemingly more ridiculous policy emerges about reusing PPE... and it’s never accompanied with a single shred of evidence that makes me feel like it’s actually safe. Whenever questions aren’t asked to the random desk jockeys (managers and all non-bedside staff) seem to try to make it a point to bully the asker into submission without ever answering a direct question. I’m sure many nurses out there can relate to their hospital systems using CDC guidelines as their Bible in a very dishonest fashion... the guidelines explicitly state that they were based on a SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUE, and literally had nothing to do with safety. But I’m then supposed to just pretend like I can’t read and go along with whatever asinine policy my hospital system puts into place? I did make the mistake of voicing my concerns... and, much to my dismay, my desk jockey director had very tow the line commentary in response. Like I get it, I do... I understand that rationed PPE is better than no PPE... but I refuse to act like rationed PPE is adequate or ideal... and I will not pretend like a lack of adequate PPE somehow negates and changes everything we know about infection control— because it just doesn’t. My hospital system has actually taken the stance that certain people are allowed to refuse COVID19 assignments, which is more generous than most.. and I had considered it, but ultimately decided that I’m much safer taking care of actual COVID19 patients where I’m allowed to have an N95, as opposed to unknowingly being exposed. And that went fine for about a month, until I developed symptoms of COVID19 myself. When I called to report my symptoms (low grade temp 99.5-99.9, GI symptoms, and chest tightness) my hospital system was literally not willing to lift a finger for two reasons: 1) my temp wasn’t 100.4, AND 2) there wasn’t a documented exposure (because apparently reusing PPE AND working directly with COVID patients doesn’t count?? Not only would they not test me, but they weren’t even willing to just take me off the schedule for that week based on my symptoms, which I feel is highly inappropriate. So, I’m glad I learned early on that I’m risking my life on a Monday for a hospital system that will do absolutely nothing to protect me when I get sick on a Thursday. I was able to be tested by a location only testing first responders, thankfully. And, unlike my hospital system, they felt I 1) should be tested and 2) should self-quarantine at home until I received results. Twelve days later I did receive my results, and it was negative. But considering I have had a low grade temp for two weeks, continue to have GI symptoms, and have now had a cough for about 8 days, I’m not convinced. I’m still self-quarantining, and I did locate a place to do antibody testing for me. When I showed up they didn’t have any butterfly needles, and after three sticks they weren’t able to draw blood— so I now have to wait for appropriate supplies. While I did feel safer in a COVID19 unit where at least everyone is being careful because we know what we are dealing with... what I was shocked by, was that nurses are literally the only ones really being put at risk I’m the ICU. The doctors and RTs aren’t even routinely entering the patient rooms to do their own assessments, and the nurses are doing all of the RT’s treatments... and again, I feel like I’m the only one who is asking WHY is this being allowed? I’m tentatively registered for NP school starting in May, but I seriously find myself questioning the wisdom of doing that at this point. Will I reach the point in my program where I am at a standstill due to clinical placement issues?? And, based on what I’m experiencing now, I’m not sure I even want to continue being a nurse. What do y’all think?
  6. So, I hastily decided to apply for UTA's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program for Spring (January) 2020 start. I was accepted, and I've been excited to move on to this next phase of my career. I had dinner with a friend of mine who graduated from a FNP program at UTA a couple of years ago. I asked her what her thoughts were on the clinical part of the program, and if it was difficult to get a preceptor for clinicals. She told me that she had heard that people in my area have a really difficult time finding clinical spots and that I should start calling around now. While I really appreciate her advice, I find myself really second-guessing my choice of schools at the moment. I had previously come across Texas Woman's University (TWU), they have an FNP program, and they market it as though they find clinical placements for you. While I would prefer the Adult-Gerontology program, I'm not opposed to an FNP program. I'm curious if anyone has done the TWU FNP program and if they can provide details about the clinical placement aspect? Is that a legitimate claim? Did you have to drive hours out of your way to said placement, or was it relatively close to where you live?
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    Does anyone here actually like nursing?

    Yes.... I actually LOVE my job... in spite of all the BS that we deal with on a regular basis— horrible doctors, horrible patients, horrible families, horrible senior staff, no breaks, etc... there are enough amazing coworkers, amazing doctors, nice patients, and sweet families to make it worth it.
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