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    The most depressing conversation with my instructor

    For those who keep hearing the DNP will soon be mandatory here is an excerpt frm the NLN's June 2010 statement concerning the Master's Degress vs DNP in Nursing. I have also included a link if you would like to read the full statement. "http://www.nln.org/aboutnln/reflection_dialogue/refl_dial_6.htm Now is not the time to exercise a restrictive control of education development. Our educational approaches to developing a cadre of advanced practice nurses shouldn't be an "either/or" situation, e.g., a doctorate as the only avenue to advanced practice. Nursing must stay true to its core purpose — meeting the health care needs of the people by providing safe, quality care. Existing master's programs have capably demonstrated the ability meet this high standard. Now is not the time to rapidly lengthen the only route to advanced practice nursing education which may not be in the best interest of our patients. Master's-prepared nurses are poised to assume an important role in a reformed health care system and provide site-specific primary care. APRNs have been providing care in underserved areas and communities, both urban and rural, for decades with quality outcomes.
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    If I want to work in ED as NP

    It depends on your state and the facility. In mine adult ACNPs can see patients down to 13. Also, if you ED is one that has a separate PEDS ED and Adult ED, not most, then seeing kids is not an issue. As for me I am in an ACNP program with plans of adding the additional courses for FNP at the end. This of corse will add time to my program butwill make me more marketable as well. The time added ? Probably a semester and a summer.
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    ACNP/FNP Dual Programs info please

    While not advertisted as a dual program, Duke also has the option of dual cerification/majoring. I spoke to my advisor and was told adding FNP to my program would be possible but would add approx. a semester and a summer to my 3 year part time program. And yes you have to take both certification exams.
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    Am I too old to become an NP?

    I am 54. and this a new career for me I've been a nurse for 2 years and now I am in an ACNP program. Don't sweat the age thing. Mac
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    Duke MSN program

    Go to one of their quarterly info. sessions and talk to the instructors. They are very helpful and willing to talk. If you sign up on their more info link they will notify you by email. I am in my first semester of the MSN program and while I am working my hindparts off I am very pleased. I am nursing is a second career to me so when I went back to school to get my BSN I did SIGNIFICANTLY better than my first bachelors. A 3.4 with experience puts you in the running but you still need to take the GRE since Duke requires it. My only complaint so far? The cost. However, my PA colleagues at work, several who will have bigger student loans than I will. Say," Oh well, Its just another mortgage payment and you will be able to afford it."
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    LPN Or RN program better?

    I'm an RN and while I have only good things to say about the LPN's I have worked with but the truth is you will have many more options and recieve significantly higher pay as an RN. Some hospitals do not hire LPN's and the ones that do in my area only hire them to work specific areas like Medical Surgical floors. Working in the PICU, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, would not be an option as an LPN at any of the hospitals where I live. However, the RN programs are more academically challenging. You might investigate whether the school in your area has a program that allows you to get your LPN in the process of pursuing your RN some, far from all, are designed this way. This would give you options along the way. Good Luck
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    NP programs for non-nursing BS or BS holders

    Sharann Are you aware that there are programs designed for ADNs to get their MSN/NP ?
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    If my entire profile is important here it is. My profile BS Biology with a minor in biochem. with graduate work in Biochemistry, retired officer USN, 10 years teaching experience in public schools in Chemistry and currently a career changer. Yes I am a BSN student and will graduate this summer. You have also missed the point. Experience gains an individual competence and respect of your peers. I agree. However, to elevate the profession in the eyes of our colleagues we must elevate the standards to enter into the profession.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    Once again the point is missed. The issue is not whether you work hard in your ADN/BSN program. I am sure the great majority do. The point is whether or not you have sufficient training and knowledge base to communicate with your colleagues in healthcare. (ie. Physical Therapists with a masters orPhD, MD's, etc...) And as for being a professional. If your license and/or clients make you a "professional" then carpenters, masons, plumbers...... are also professionals. However, if education and the ability to understand and collaborate with other colleagues makes you a professional then then minimum education is not enough.
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    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    'There are so many new grads that know book work but have difficulty thinking and working at the same time. (not all but most )" This is true of ADN's as well as BSN's. The issue is not whether you have adequate education to practice. The issue is whether the profession with the lowest educational requirement, nurses, receive professional treatment/ respect from their colleagues. Is it any wonder that some MD's act poorly toward nurses when the nurse's education is so much less and frequently lacking. Example: I am horrified by the lack of science education in nursing. Many ADN programs don't require chemistry in their program. Please don't tell me they get enough in their nursing programs. Not important you say? Please don't tell me that? Understanding acid base dissociation for instance. Specifically the relationship between carbon dioxide and carbonic acid is the key to understanding acidosis, Kusmaull's respirations, and why bicarbonate is given to patients in metabolic acidosis. There are many other examples but the point is if you are going to be held responsible for the care and monitoring of an ill patient as well as consultation with other healthcare disciplines you should have the knowledge base to support that. And, I believe unfortunately that the field of nursing could do much better. Healthcare and the technology and knowledge supporting it is progressing in leaps and bounds but we are marking time arguing that the minimum is still enough.
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    School and Path help!

    This link should help. http://www.anesthesia-nursing.com/school.html
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    Kussmaul's respiration

    Sounds like Cheyne-Stokes breathing not Kussmauls. Any good pathophysiology book or Med-Surg nursing book can explain them both. Take care.
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    Grading Scale

    Hi My nursing school had a similar scale until it was pointed out to the faculty as well as the Dean that this was making nursing students less competitive scholarshipwise with other non-nursing school students. Now its
  14. This all sounds like a nursing intervention for a psychosocial NANDA. HA! HA!
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    Information on Ortho NP and PA Please

    http://www.med.unc.edu/ortho/np/npinfo.html Here's a paid 12 month ortho residency for NP's. Good Luck.
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