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PugMafia has 10 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Med/Surg.

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  1. Julie, I appreciate the sentiment. Quite honestly, I joined AN to support students and new nurses with questions. However, there are quite a few members who are unable to post without some sort of snarky, salty response. But isn’t that they way nurses are? When I was a floor nurse and as a professor, I see the bullying that occurs among nurses. It happens on these boards too. There are many who post negative generalizations about specialties who have never worked in those specialties. If someone posts an opinion or suggestion that one of the members/admins do not like, they break out the claws. What is even more funny is that they continue with the arguing until someone finally gives up. It is almost like they have their phone next to them waiting for a response so they can quickly log on and respond back. It makes me wonder if they have any kind of life. So, I respect and agree with your post. However, if members/admin continue to communicate in a way that is defensive and many times offensive, what’s the point? AN really should begin working a culture that fosters and supports one another and discourages negativity. If not, then the website is nothing more than a typical nursing unit.
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    Should I Quit or Give up? Glucometer Failure 😥

    Good morning. As a nurse faculty, if I failed students or encouraged them to quit nursing school because they were unable to take a glucose reading, I would not have any students left. There are a million (OK maybe exaggerating here) different glucose monitors. The facility that hires you will train you AND believe me, you will get a lot of practice doing them. Another person posted about asking your CNAs or Techs- that is a great idea. Learn from the those who perform the task regularly. Keep on moving forward and good luck!
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    Is there is BSN to DNP Education Degree?

    dtaylor723, I assumed you know the difference between the DNP and PhD, EdD, ect. The DNP focuses on Evidence-based research whereas your other degrees focus on original research. So, it just depends on what you want to do. Many universities that hire DNP faculty are wanting those faculty to teach their specialty; FNP for example. If you are looking to teach at a community college, a DNP is acceptable. It really boils down to what kind of research you want to complete. With the shortage of nurse faculty (We have 8 retiring at the end of Spring), I suspect that you will be able to land a job with either degree. Also, if you are looking at teaching for a community college and some universities, an MSN is the required degree. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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    Is there is BSN to DNP Education Degree?

    I just did a Google search and found this school: https://academics.pittstate.edu/academic-programs/school-of-nursing/nursing-education-BSN-to-DNP-graduate-emphasis.html#undefined4
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    Is there is BSN to DNP Education Degree?

    Ohhh dtaylor. I’m sorry. I looked at the program and it states that the Nurse Educator program is for MSN to DNP. Did you do a Google search for BSN to DNP in nursing education?
  6. You did not show contempt. I chose not to explain why clinical time is limited to the group because I figured it would be a waste of time. I do not disagree with many statements, but I do find offensive blanketed statements about nurse faculty. It would be like me saying the older nurses are slow.
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    MSN in Education

    It is your name, Highest degree, credential, certifications. So, for an MSN in Nursing Education, it would look like: John Smith, MSN, RN
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    Is there is BSN to DNP Education Degree?

    Regis College has an online BSN to DNP with a nurse education focus.
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    Time to get rid of care plans?

    I'm sorry to hear you did not have a good clinical experience while in your program. I have students who consistently reach out and thank me for teaching them skills needed to survive their first nursing position. If that's the case, why have nurses go to nursing school? Or better yet, why don't we just license doctors and lawyers without any formal education?
  10. This is true. I was at a site where the most seasoned nurse was one year. Charge for the day was a nurse only six months. There was a clogged PICC line. I told my student to inform her nurse that we will take care of it. The nurse responded, if it is clogged how are you going to fix it? Ahhh yes....and the student who knows it all. Generally these are techs/CNA's who currently work in the field. BUT there is the occasional one who has never stepped foot onto a hospital floor with the exception of clinical who knows it all. I am not saying I have all of the answers- I don't. However, professors are doing the best they can given the current situation. Hospitals are not opening their doors to students during this time. All we have are simulations and case studies, which according to literature is a good alternative. The way schools of nursing are assessed is by the first-time pass rate on NCLEX. Honestly, it would be better if the student had a three month exam on the floor. In other words, how the student performs while on orientation determines whether or not she gets her license.
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    New Grads and Acute Care Hiring

    If you want your nurses to stick around, make them want to stick around. Stop passing the buck. Work on the culture of the unit. I have worked a two hospitals in my lifetime, but have taught clinical at many in my area. The units simply over-work the nurses, talk behind each others' backs, bully each other, and demand more than a person can handle. Who on earth either a new grad or a nurse with 30 years of experience would want to work in that kind of environment? Be the change you want to see.
  12. I agree, Community. Here is the thing…in order to go to clinical there must be clinical sites available. Facilities are turning away students because of COVID. What should colleges and universities do, cancel the program and add to an already struggling profession? We are short nurses. Facilities should understand the fact that they are getting students who, some, may not have had any clinical experience. This would mean the facilities will need to budget more for orientation and training. I will share with you what I tell my students…I much rather have a nurse who can critically think, assess, and interpret those findings than a nurse who can start an IV. Skills will come. The facility will teach you the way they want you to do them. What they expect that you already have are soft skills and the other skills mentioned above.
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    IV push meds

    Are you questioning your clinical instructor? I don’t teach OB/peds for obvious reasons. However, I suspect that your clinical instructor was drawing from personal experience by telling you 1 mL. Working with adults, I have pushed 10mL to flush a saline lock and most recent 3mL at the clinical site. It really depends upon your facility’s policy and procedure.
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    Thoughts on ABSN/ELMSN School Debt

    I have 360K in student loans. That is almost what I paid for my house. While I am on the income-based repayment plan, it is still debt that will hang over my head for the next seven years. I work at a non-for-profit college, so I am hoping for the loan forgiveness for public employees after ten years of payments and service. However, something to consider because when I bought my home only two months ago, despite having excellent credit, I almost did not qualify because of my student loan balance. So, if you don’t mind some advice- do an ADN program. When you start working, have the facilities pay for your BSN, MSN, or doctorate if you want. That will severely cut the debt amount.
  15. I would take the TEAS the second time. If you do not get in, then go the community college route. After earning your associate’s degree and becoming an RN, you can then apply to an RN to BSN program which typically has easier entrance requirements. Something to also consider. Obtaining your RN through a community college is less expensive. Many facilities are offering handsome tuition reimbursement packages for nurses to return to school. So, your BSN could be paid for by the hospital at which you work. Furthermore, if you want to go on to earn a graduate degree, they will pay for that too. I caution you on student loans. Do not do what I did. I financed my education. My student loan balance almost prevented me from buying the new home in which I currently reside. It is certainly something to consider.