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  1. Hi there, I recently was accepted into a BSN-DNP program to get an FNP starting Fall 2020. I will be graduating nursing school this May and have a job secured in a Pediatric Cardiac ICU. I'm worried that starting such a rigorous job, on top of being a new grad nurse, while also starting a DNP program is going to be a lot. I understand it will be a rigorous program but have heard that in general the first year (since it's all online classes) is doable to work full time. Do you think it would be too much to start both at the same time? I learned that I can't defer my acceptance either. Open to all advice on this! I have to give my decision to admissions by Wednesday, April 15.
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    Job decision dilemma

    Hi there! I'm getting ready to graduate in May with my BSN and am currently interviewing for jobs. My dream is to work in peds and go become an FNP. I was unable to land a job in peds at the local hospital where I live now but have an offer for adult med-surg (not very excited about it). I also have a more enticing offer a few hours away towards where my family lives in the pediatric ICU. I'm very torn because I'm so drawn to the peds job, but don't want to move away from the life and friends I have here in town. However, if I stay, I'll have the comfort of the town I love and friends I know but then I'll be sacrificing the job that'll give me more experience I desire. Does anyone have any advice about which choice to make? I'm trying to weigh my pros and cons but seem to be running in circles here.
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    Can an FNP work with just pediatrics?

    Hi there! I'm getting ready to graduate with my BSN in hopes of landing a job in pediatrics and am looking at grad schools to get my DNP. If I were to go to school to be an FNP, is it a thing to only work with pediatrics? Like if I were to try and get a job after school in a pediatric clinic, how common would that be?
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    too soon to be an NP?

    Im a senior nursing student now getting ready to graduate in May 2020. My plan is to take the NCLEX in June and start working in July. The school I'm at currently is switching from masters to DNP for their NP programs. The director came and spoke to our class saying that they're opening up applications to students to start the BSN-DNP program in August 2020 as long as we are board certified before then. Is this too soon to go back to school? I plan to still work throughout it as much as school will allow me, so I'll be getting nursing experience as I go. I've heard so many mixed things about years of experience you 'should' have prior to starting. Any advice?
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    squeamish nursing student

    Im entering my senior year of nursing school and absolutely love it. I have years of experience as a CNA and have always been fine with poo, blood, vomit, etc so it took me by surprise when I realized I'm more squeamish than expected. It all started with my L&D clinical where I was apart of my first delivery. It was a rather traumatic delivery and being new to the field, it really shocked me and I almost fainted- dizzy, cold and clammy, ears ringing, vision spotty. After that, saw an epidural, same thing happened. I still loved the idea of being in L&D so I did an externship in a women's unit over the summer and got more exposure to it but I was still very hesitant and timid because of being afraid of fainting. Fast forward to this semester, watching a G-tube insertion, PICC line placement, and even IUD removal has made me have the same reaction. I almost think at this point it's anxiety and fear going into procedures knowing that it'll probably happen and it does. What the heck? I thought I'd be fine? Is anyone else out there facing this or has overcome this with any advice? I don't want this to hinder my career because I want to be a nurse and go on to be an NP.

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