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emmasuern has 10 years experience and specializes in Clinical Research.

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    Working as RN before going on to grad school?

    I would suggest a year or two of experience before you go back to school. It can be really challenging to find a job. The experience may even help with networking for jobs later on. I know someone that wanted to teach and went straight into an MSN program. Teachers need to have 3-years of clinical experience to be a clinical instructor and she didn't have the experience for that job.
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    Should I mention this in an interview?

    This is what I advise students to say for where they see themselves in 5 years. It can be modified for any unit. "I would like to feel comfortable in my position and have greater responsibilities and the opportunity to serve on unit committees. I would like to obtain my nursing certification in XYZ. I hope 5 years into my career I will have the opportunity to train and mentor new staff and work with nursing students." You'll need to do your homework to determine the nursing certification you would like to have.
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    Six Pieces of Advice for New Nurses

    I teach in a BSN program. This year, half of the students requested to do preceptorship on an L&D or post-partum unit. We do mock interviews the semester they graduate and most of them want to work in that environment or in peds. I try to prepare them that they may not be able to work there for their first job. I suggest if it doesn't work out when applying they go to a med-surg/tele unit and build their foundational skills and then try for L&D after a year or two of foundational experience. There's just not enough L&D positions for everyone that wants to go there. I interviewed 27 students in the Spring and only 2 of them were applying for med-surg. One was military and it was required. They both stated the reason they wanted to start there was to build foundational skills. I had a co-worker that went to a tele unit for a year or two after graduation and successfully transferred to peds. He's an amazing peds nurse, but couldn't get hired as a new grad.
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    PhD or DNP to become Faculty?

    I meant to respond to this earlier and I apologize for the delayed response. Prior to my PhD program, I worked as a Clinical Research Nurse. I worked with drug and device companies to assist with clinical trials. I worked at a very large hospital in Houston and worked on some very interesting trials, including stem cell therapy and gene therapy. I loved the work! I had multiple sponsors that said I should reach out to them when I was done. I knew most of the positions they wanted me for would probably have heavy travel and I didn't feel like 80% travel at this point in my life. Not all of the jobs with industry are heavy travel. I really do enjoy research. I decided to do a PhD program because I wanted to be able to have more control over the type of research trials that I was working on. I'm starting a tenure track position at an education-focused school and I don't see myself doing much research in the future. I'm currently doing stats work and study design for a research study with an old classmate. I did 3 years of TA in one of the grad level stats courses and people love to pick my brain. This morning I was helping a DNP student with her stats interpretation for her DNP project. I never imagined I would be helping people with statistics when I went back to school.
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    PhD or DNP to become Faculty?

    Have you thought about teaching clinicals at your local school? My city has a CC and University and the requirements are 3 years bedside experience with a BSN. This will give you a pretty good idea if you really want to teach long term. This experience will also open the door for you if you want to teach with a PhD. I recently finished my PhD and our program does not fund their students or give stipends. You are extremely lucky if that is being offered to you. I used money from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to pay for my program. I had to work part-time on the side to pay my bills. NFLP offers 85% loan forgiveness after working as faculty for 4 years. I wish I would have been funded and given a stipend. I would probably be going into industry instead of teaching to have my loans forgiven.
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    PhD vs. DNP - What's The Difference?

    I'm working on my PhD. My program is online, but I live in the city where the college is located. My dissertation proposal is approved, but still being revised. I hope to be done Spring 2019. It will have been 4 long years. I didn't really think stats was that painful and this fall will be my third year as the Graduate Assistant for the DNP stats course. I'd like to hope I understand stats, but I will only know that when it comes time for data analysis.
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    Leaving the bedside

    It sounds like you're burned out. I was that way several years ago and I went part-time. Going down to 2 days a week made a big difference. I left the bedside for a couple years and worked in research. Now I'm per diem and I only need to work 1 shift a week. I usually work every other weekend because of weekday meetings with my other work. If you have some PTO built up you could look into taking a leave of absence for a month and see if that helps. I agree with the other person that suggested finding a therapist. I have one and it makes a big difference. He sees a lot of nurses. Unfortunately, the feelings that you are having are very common among health care professionals.
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    I don't understand bsn to dnp programs

    The University of Arizona has a BSN to DNP program with a psych specialty. I'm in the PhD program and I know some people that have completed the PMHNP program and they enjoyed the program. I've been working as a TA with the first year DNP students. Sometimes the students that don't have a lot of experience have trouble developing a research question or identifying a clinical problem in their workplace. Most students do their DNP project at their place of employment and it's helpful to have an idea for a possible project early in the program because you can develop it further throughout the coursework. Students usually need to cut back on work hours in the second year when they start clinicals. I know quite a few of them work full time during the first year. Good luck with your decision! http://nursing.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/uploads/bsn-dnp-pmhnp-2017-2018.pdf
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    The Sad Truth: Version 2.0

    I was going to post on the original and time got away from me. I did my AS at a community college in my hometown. My RN-BSN was online. We did have clinical hours for that degree. My MS is from a state school that is very well known and the courses were online. No one has ever questioned me about whether the coursework was online or in a classroom. I'm going back for my PhD this year. The two programs I applied to are online. They both have a requirement to spend a week on campus every year. The rest is online. They are both very well known state schools. I am sure that I will have no problem obtaining a job. I always say I want to teach. I currently work in research (the focus of my MS degree). I've applied for teaching positions and haven't heard a thing. I will most likely end up working in research on the sponsor side. I'm okay with that. It's a lot more money. I can guarantee you that I won't be turned away because my PhD was done with an online format. They are going to look at my years of working in research. I worked with someone from a big device company. She was told she had to have a doctorate to keep her job. They didn't even care what the degree was in. Her manager told her it could be in underwater basket weaving. Once you have a specialty a company will overlook things like where you obtained your degree. I've had many jobs I was rejected from in the past. Looking back I always had something better come up. Hopefully, you will be able to say the same thing a year down the road.
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    Creating CRFs from scratch

    http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Trials-Manual-Research-Institute/dp/1405195150/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373760233&sr=8-1&keywords=duke+clinical+trials I am not affiliated with Duke, but this book is so incredibly helpful. One of our regulatory people found a copy for free as a PDF and posted it online. I have the hard copy, but it's at work right now. I'm pretty sure it has information about creating CRF's. Just look at your endpoints and the data that is needed. Don't forget to put the units of measurement. Some of it seems common sense and then it isn't filled out correctly and you end up with temperature in fahrenheit or celsius and weight in Kg and pounds. It's a little thing, but it drives me crazy when I have to stop to convert. Good Luck! I use word because that's what we have available at work. I'm kind of new to research. I haven't been active on all nurses lately, but I check in every once in a while to see what's posted in research.
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    Nurse Researcher Interview

    I have a masters degree in clinical research management. I've only been working in research for a couple months as a research nurse. It's a lot of coordination of care. Is this the kind of person you are looking to speak with? I wanted to do a PhD program, but didn't get in this year. I'll probably try again after I have two years of experience. I would be willing to speak with you.
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    Thought I would have a job by now. Getting depressed

    A couple years ago I did some work with ****** ******* Clinics. It was really easy to get hired. They do flu shots. You have to be really on top of it to get shifts. It should be nationwide. I still get emails from them every year. Look into it.
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    57 and need to start over YET AGAIN!

    I would start applying for jobs. The hospital I worked for closed last year. I was transferred to another hospital in the same organization. It was so incredibly depressing to see a hospital that I enjoyed working for close its doors. It makes me sad to think about it now and we are 4 months out. The new job isn't the same. It was really depressing because we were constantly having going away parties. If you leave early you wont have to work the last shift the hospital is open. You wont have to see the depression and anger the staff go through in the months leading to closure. Keep applying for jobs. Someone in HR will see your resume and value the experience you have.
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    Float pool, would I be in over my head?

    I would take the job. I didn't even have 10 shifts of orientation at my last two jobs. More like 5 to 6 and I was permanent staff. Some hospitals will even let you pick 3 units that you are willing to work. If you have a really bad shift you can tell someone in staffing that you are not going back to the floor that night. It will help you when you go to grad school. You will have a lot of different types of patients you have worked with and that is always a good thing. Once you are in the door at a really good facility it can open up other opportunities. I don't know what you plan to do with your MSN, but there may be an opportunity that is only open to internal hires. Good luck with your decision!
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    Typical Raise Schedule

    It used to be that our raises were based on personal performance. They have now moved to unit based performance. They look at falls, budget, patient satisfaction, turnover, etc. Then they look at whether the hospital as a whole is doing okay financially. Yeah, we aren't getting raises. I haven't set a personal goal for the last three years. They they wonder why no one is taking part in the committees. I received a raise a couple years back when I transferred hospitals. I did receive a cost of living increase last summer. Performance based raises--No.
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    Mandatory Flu Vaccines- How do you feel?

    I find it really interesting that everyone believes it is safe in pregnancy. This is the insert for the flu vaccine that GlaxoSmithKline produces. The first page states that safety and efficacy has not been established in pregnant women or mothers. There is a number to call to register pregnant women that are vaccinated. Part of the problem is that GSK doesn't enroll pregnant women or nursing mothers in their clinical trials. It can be hard to find an IRB that will approve the use of special populations. I was fairly appalled when I looked at the trial data. They conducted four trials. The first one had 80% white patients. Sanofi Pasteur conducted a trial with 91% white patients. The third trial had 99.9% white patients. The last trial was for children older than 6 months to 18 years of age and had a decent composite of racial groups. 68% white, 18% black, 3% asian, and 11% other. At least they tried to have a representative sample. The composite in the first three studies is astonishing. How did they run the trial and not question their recruitment? I think the companies could do a much better job with their studies and provide much better data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. It may give the public better peace of mind about the vaccine. http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_fluarix.pdf