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    Mother/Baby VENT!!!

    I know exactly how you feel, I'm currently working at a hospital, fortunately temporarily as it's a travel assignment and they are trying to get magnet status, which is code for bending over backwards for patients even if it seems like an impossible task?!?! I work in L&D and the things we are asked to do are just so unrealistic, they have this huge pain initiative going on and I completely understand in other parts of the hospital it's important to control patients' pain. BUt I just received an email today saying that our goal was for our patients to have no pain?!?!? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME So are we going to start giving out pain meds to every single patient with the least little bit of pain wile they're talking on their selling phones and hooting it up with their familes???? Are we not to do vag exams because of the pain we might be causing them? Are we do redose epidurals when patients are about to delivery so that they won't have any pain?? I did hear a rumor about the US starting to use laughing gas in the delivery rooms again, but come on, we all know how hard it is to explain to an uneducated or young patient or even not, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE PAIN YOU'RE HAVING A BABY welcome to the real world. I'm all for relieving pain when I can, but wehn you come rolling up at 9cm, screaming for your epidural, sorry chick it's not gonna happen, then we get a bad score, saying they made me have my baby without pain medicine, they dont bother to ask the details??? That's just the beginning of the ridiculousness that's happening and unfortunately it's on other units, too, so it's just sad, it makes it impossible to do our jobs. I just have to say, I admire you postpartum nurses, because the juggling act you have to do on a daily basis is amazing, I have 1-2 patients, and obviously it's an entirely different type of nursing, but im rarely doing discharges admits, pku's, bilis, breastfeeding, and teaching. If half these patients would do a bit of reading during the pregnancy we wouldn't have to be explaing to them in detail where their uterus is and why tehy still look pregnant and when will their breasts fill and is my baby eating enough etc etc. Which is one of the reasons I chose to become a midwife, so I could spend time educating my patients and preparing them for discharge from their very first OB visit! GOod luck with whatever you decide, just know that there are hospitals out there that function entirely differently and they some how meet magnet and JCAHO standards without all the ridiculousness. ANd thank you for the good care you provide, good post-partum care is hard to come by, and is amazingly hard work.
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    CNM job outlook in Kansas

    I'm in the kansas city area, and I do think CNM jobs are slim pickings around here, not many places hiring, but then again things change on a weekly basis around here, new groups popping up and such. Ya never know, let's just say I don't plan on finding a job in the KC area, but will take it if I do, I'm fortunate enough to be able to relocate and I graduate in December, from an online program.
  3. Does anyone know of anything like that, more specifically for CNM? THe only thing I have found so far is a 2 day class, on 3rd trimester ultrasound (not bad) and then of course a year long program with lots of clinical hours to be ultrasonographer, (that's not what I want), I'm currently in school to obtain my CNM/WHNP
  4. I saw this mentioned somewhere and I'm trying to figure out how it works. When I google all I come up with is uk sites and one in Hong Kong:angryfire NOT helpful I'm wanting just a 3-4 day course, to obtain some type of certificate, that I can perform basic ultrasounds for AFI, position, fht's, etc. I'm currently a midwifery student, btw.
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    HRSA/NHSC, loan repayment

    I received an email response from them, stating that yes I had to have graduated, passed boards and gotten a job at a underserved facility. ThEN apply for the loan forgiveness. I wish I would have made the deadline for the scholarship, I could REALLY use that, but hopefully this will work out, I'm pretty much willing to work anyway and on the website, you can look up jobs, that are hiring. So, I guess we'll see what happens. Congrats on your award!
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    HRSA/NHSC, loan repayment

    yes the scholarship is different but also through the NHSC, the deadline for this year already passed, unfortunately I missed it. i sent an email to the address they gave during the tele-conference i hope to get answer that way
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    HRSA/NHSC, loan repayment

    Thank you, I have looked at their website exhaustively! THere is actually a memo that says in the next few weeks the requirements are changing and there is going to be a lot less paperwork involved. I never did get an answer to my question if I could apply before I graduated or what. I will email them directly and see what I can find out, I even listened to a conference call where people were asking all sorts of questions, and still didn't get my question quite answered. Thanks for your help! good luck!
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    HRSA/NHSC, loan repayment

    thanks for your response, so it's my understanding, I have to wait until I have a job and have received my licensure, before I can apply?
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    HRSA/NHSC, loan repayment

    Has anyone used this program? I know there are all sorts of regulations and such, but I'm trying to figure out if you have to actually have graduated to apply or if you can apply before? I'm not graduating until December 2010, but it says they start taking applications now, the requirements listed say "graduate of an accredited program" I'm going to be a CNM, I'm just not sure how to go about getting in this program, any advice appreciated!
  10. I'm currently attending a distance learning program and I am interested in doing some clinical study abroad. I know of one opportunity but was hoping to hear about others. I know they do things quite differently in places other than the US and I would love to get training in breech vaginal deliveries, for example. THanks for the replies!