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  1. PMFB-RN

    How did/do you pay for nursing school?

    The GI Bill way more than covered all $2,600 nursing school cost.
  2. PMFB-RN

    Is there a "Nurse Shortage" Lie?

    You say you think there is a shortage, yet give us no hint of what makes you think that.
  3. PMFB-RN

    VA Nurse Salary

    Here you can see the pay scales for the Minneapolis area nurses and advanced practice nurses Contact
  4. PMFB-RN

    RN vs NP vs DNP

    If an NP is a "midlevel" provider, who is the low level provider? I assume physicians are the high level providers?
  5. PMFB-RN

    Is there a "Nurse Shortage" Lie?

    There is NO nursing shortage and hasn't been in the 18+ years I've been in nursing. I've seen studies that claim there is. However NONE of the count the number of RN and compare to the number needed. In my BSN program we did exactly that as one of our research assignments. We did our study at a time when hospitals were screaming about a nursing shortage, every hospital and nursing home had tons of opening. New grad ADN RNs were getting $5K sign on bonuses (I got one). An RN could walk into any hospital and be hired into the department of their choice. What we found was that there were PLENTY of trained nurses to more than fulfill the staff nursing needs in the state of Wisconsin. What there was, was a shortage of nurses willing to work for the stagnant wages, substandard benefits, and awful working conditions being offered. Wisconsin has lots of nurses working in other fields, and I bet the same is true for the rest of the country.
  6. PMFB-RN

    VA Nurse Salary

    No, unless you were a nurse corps officer. But your military time counts 1 for 1 for seniority and timed served twords retirement. The seniority counts in several ways. Vacation signup is done by seniority for example. FYI, there is no veteran's preference points awarded for title 38 (professional, M.D., RN, etc. But, many of most managers will separate their applicants into veteran's and non veteran's. They don't dip into the non vets applicants unless they don't find what they are looking for among the vets. At least at the VA where I worked in Minneapolis.
  7. PMFB-RN

    VA Nurse Salary

    I would guess nurse II, step 4 to 6. To be a nurse III one has to meet the qualifications. A master's degree is only one of them (waiverable). So the answer is no, a master's does not automatically mean nurse III.
  8. PMFB-RN

    Do FNP's really make 80k to 90k a year?

    I used to work as a nurse in New Zealand. What you described sounds exactly like thier national health care system. NZ Health has the lowest rate of medication usage among the developed world, spends the least per citizen, an has amazing outcomes.
  9. PMFB-RN

    Do FNP's really make 80k to 90k a year?

    Thanks for splaining.
  10. PMFB-RN

    In the ICU, do you get a tech?

    After an long search, I moved half way across the country to get away from such working conditions . I know that isn't an option for everyone. I'm not trying to criticize anyone. But I think it's good understand what you are doing, and what's happening. Even If you cant change It.
  11. PMFB-RN

    Do FNP's really make 80k to 90k a year?

    Forgive my ignorance, what's that?
  12. PMFB-RN

    Worried about the future of ICU nursing

    A couple years ago one of Wisconsin's two medical school opened a branch campus not far from where I live. My neighbor is the dean, I'm her son's boy scout leader and our sons play sports together. The new program is three years, rather than the typical four years. She explained to me that medical school tuition is paid by the year, not credit hour. The idea behind the three year medical school is to reduce a physician's investment (and student debt) so that more can afford to go into primary care. I find it ironic that the medical field is seeking ways of streemlining and lowering to cost of medical education, while nursing, the traditional alternative for lower cost primary care providers (NPs), is busy INCREASING the student financial and time investment of NP education by converting to the DNP. We are shooting ourselves in the foot, and for what? Degree envy.
  13. PMFB-RN

    In the ICU, do you get a tech?

    I understand that. I'm pointing out that nurse's agreeing to work in such conditions only enable to facility to get away with it. I hope I never again have to work in a non union hospital.
  14. PMFB-RN

    Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.

    I'm in the Midwest. In Minneapolis our new grads start over $68k/year, that's > $32/hour.
  15. PMFB-RN

    Do FNP's really make 80k to 90k a year?

    Good for you! I love hearing these real life stories of nursing success.