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NurseGuy92 ADN, RN, EMT-B

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NurseGuy92 has 2 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-B and specializes in Critical Care.

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    New Job Stay or Go?

    New-grad RN here with 2 years experience in the emergency department as an ED Tech. COVID has obviously put a strain on finding a job at a particular healthcare organization that owns the majority of the hospitals in my area. So, I have applied for an ICU position at another hospital nearby that does not have the best reputation for quality care but, I haven't worked there so I am giving it a shot. I have been there for about 3 weeks now, there are 10 new grad hires in the ICU with not nearly enough preceptors. I maybe had 2 shifts where I followed my nurse and learned/did things (hang drips, IVP meds, worked in a couple codes, etc) but the rest of them, they keep just giving me a stepdown patient and leaving to deal with their other patient and aren't really "teaching" me or showing me ANY of the ropes. We also don't have a clinical educator and have basically 1 charge nurse for days and 1 for nights. Completely unorganized and just an absolute MESS. My ICU manager thinks it's totally cool to just let me out on my own, in fact, she's almost pushing me to do it. I feel like it's a no-brainer to leave but I did want others opinion as well. I have a job offer from the latter that finally started hiring again, it is a neuro stepdown unit, so not at all what I "want" but at the same time; I do believe I will be getting a better, safer, and more organized orientation. Not only that it will be a 2.5mi commute vs 20mi and no tolls vs tolls. I just don't want to screw up my ICU experience or "lose" that experience for future resumes and furthering my career. Thoughts?
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    Looking for some guidance

    Just some general questions about Nurse Practitioner I suppose. I just completed my ADN and I have a couple options here. My long-term goal is to continue education and obtain my NP license and practice. What I think I would like to do is continue to work in a hospital in a critical care setting OR even work in a doctors office as a PCP. I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed because I am not sure what route to take to get to that point nor which speciality to go AGAC NP or FNP. I was looking at Walden University and they offer an ADN -> MSN program which seems nice but at the same time I wonder to myself if that's even a good idea because, lets face it, I don't have any nursing experience just what I have learned in the ED the past 2 years and now JUST beginning nursing. The other option is to just get my BSN first and then decide how I want to do things. I have heard of places not hiring NPs that got their credentials from an online college but I have only heard great things about Walden and the hospitals around my area at least, don't mind but, I will be moving. That being said, is it pretty common for hospitals to really turn NPs away for not going to a brick & mortar school? I hope I didn't ask too much and I hope I wasn't too all over the place, I am just trying to get my bearings straight and start moving in the right direction for my future education. Thank you in advance!!
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    Walden University acute NP online program.

    I've actually heard nothing but good things about Walden's online NP Program and the hospitals around my area specifically, do hire them. I can't speak for other areas but one of my greatest concerns (because I am in the same boat as you) is what WestCoastSunRN stated about the skills and clinical site acquisition. Does it work the same as an RN program? You go through all the specialities or do you just search for the clinical sites for that specific specialty whether ir be FNP, AGAC, etc? Seems like a bit to delve into before making a solid decision.
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    How do you handle female patients your age or younger?

    I would never offer a chaperone, ALWAYS get one for anything more invasive/private. However, just like others have said, treat them like anyone else. I also always try to ask if they're comfortable with me doing a more invasive procedure (again, always with a female chaperone) before doing so. If they aren't feeling it, then I will get a female.
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    ECPI & Texas Jobs??

    You all have been a plethora of knowledge and understanding for me. I really appreciate everyone's input. Now that I see how the conversation kind of formed into a different subject other than "Career" I apologize for that. But I can't thank you all enough for bringing these things to light for me. I wish I had been on here before choosing a school but I'm going to keep rolling with it (already over 1/2 way completed with ADN), cross my fingers and make adjustments as needed to achieve what I am after. EDIT: I would just like to add that I just got off the phone with an advisor from Walden University and they do not require any special accreditation, just that you have sat for the NCLEX-RN and passed. In case anyone is curious or other students happen to take a peek at this topic.
  6. My cousin screws with me sometimes haha but it's a family thing I guess. None of my friends do it, but truly doesn't matter unless someone is doing it to you in a malicious way. Nurse doesn't = female just because it's predominantly female. Males are popping up all over the place nowadays.
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    Tread carefully....it's definitely not all that they say it's going to be. Not even in the slightest bit.
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    ECPI & Texas Jobs??

    Okay, that definitely cleared up a lot. I was at work today talking to some of the nurses I work with and they were all either unsure or saying that it meant it was accredited haha. So I appreciate that greatly. So that's fairly frightening....I wish I had been a little more educated on this accreditation understanding before I proceeded with ECPI. I did some digging last night and it looks like their ADN is not accredited but the BSN is. The "continuing education" is what worries me a bit though, I had full intentions of completing the ADN here and then applying to Waldens RN->MSN program (or at the very least the RN->BSN) and finally achieving my educational goals as a nurse. Are you saying that it is potentially not possible of doing so due to the ADN program not being accredited.
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    ECPI & Texas Jobs??

    Maybe I don't quite understand the full extent of "accreditation" then. I thought there were like multiple different kinds, some people liked some, some preferred others. However, now that I am thinking about it, if I am currently only completing my ADN, in order to sit for the NCLEX-RN doesn't it have to be accredited? Therefore....I am okay, wherever I would go (I think?).
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    ECPI & Texas Jobs??

    Hmm, I guess I must not fully understand the NLC then. I was under the impression that as long as that state was an NLC state, then you could go to any other NLC state with no restrictions or extra paperwork. Unless, I am correct in that understanding and the suggestion is merely for the fact that the hospitals I have currently seen specifically asked for a Texas licensure? Thank you for the reply and information by the way!
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    ECPI & Texas Jobs??

    Please correct me if this is in the wrong area. I just had a question regarding my school, accreditation, and landing a job in another state. I am nearly finished with my ADN from ECPI and am planning to move to Texas afterward. I have been reading up a little bit, looking at hospitals and I noticed some don't specifically state that they accept the compact, some specifically say that they want a Texas RN license, some state that they want you to come from an accredited school. From my understanding once you had your RN, you have your RN and that's that regardless of the schools accreditation. Also thought that any state with a compact agreement basically had to accept you as an equal no matter which compact state you come from? I have full intentions of actually obtaining my FNP online with Walden University as they have an RN -> MSN program that allows you to do so while working etc. So my plan was to move to Texas once I finished up my ADN and took my NCLEX and then continue on from there. Could someone possibly point me in the correct direction? I just don't understand it, no matter how much I read I feel like I am always finding conflicting information or just not getting a clear answer.