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    Littmann Master Classic II???

    I have that scope (well I now have 3 Littmann's but that is another story) and it's great for general purposes.
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    Labor and Delivery Stethoscope

    hi trish, i used to work in l&d; i had a littman master classic ii (single sided). it was great for heart/lungs/bp's. whenever i needed to examine a baby, i used the littmann neonatal scopes that were always secured to the warmers. you could use the mcii on a baby also, but you would hear lung sounds and heart sounds at the same time, as the diaphragm is technically too big.
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    Best scope for noisy environment?

    I am finally replying to my own question (there was a glitch w/ my account for a while there and I could not post any new threads or responses). I purchased a Littmann Master Cardiology, and IMHO it's the best of both worlds: flat scope and great sound quality. I like the flat ones better.........I think I can hear heart sounds a bit better than w/ my Card III and no problems w/ BP's at all.
  4. Hi. I am a nurse practitioner who recently signed up for an EMT class to help with my comfort level in responding to emergencies...in a noisy environment, what kind of stethoscope do you like to use? I have 2 here that I use in an ambulatory care setting, depending which exam room I am in: A Littman master classic (1 sided) which seems to be great for BP but not as good for heart sounds, and a Littman Cardiology III (the 2 sided kind) which is great for heart and lungs but sometmies not so great for BP. ?? Thanks,
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    Thoughts on working at a minute clinic for your first job?

    hi sally, i started out in a retail clinic for my first np job. i knew there would be many things i wouldn't see/treat due to the limited scope of practice in that setting, however as i new grad i also didn't want to be overwhelmed beyond belief! i worked with a great group of np's who were only a phone call away. when i felt i was at a point where i wanted more experience (and an environment with on-site colleagues), i changed jobs. i was upfront w/ my new employer about my work experience and what i felt my weaker areas were, and everything worked out!! feel free to pm me.
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    Docs threatened by rise of NP clinic...

    Per their website...the standards are based on evidence based practice. Eg, antibiotics: Based on Sanford guidelines, AAP, AAFP, etc. Pts are counseled to fill rx at any pharmacy.
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    Thank you! It took one day short of 4 weeks! I guess now is their busy time, and plus they are a bit unorganized, I would venture to guess. When myself and my friends applied to take the exam, someone who applied after me got her authorization to test before I did, and then after we all took it, I got my results BEFORE someone who took the test a week before me.
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    Did you buy it online? When you get it (or if you have it already) less us know what you think!
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    Got my official results this week! Whew! BTW: AANP exam has 150 test questions, I think 15 are sample?
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    Hmm, the Fitzgerald class said it's usually 2-3 weeks. Maybe that's just the average. But I need that piece of paper to move on with my life! And my job!
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    Oh, I know! I felt the 30 seconds it took to say pass/fail took 5 years off of my life! CONGRATS! I'm still waiting for my official results....tomorrow means it's been 3 weeks! A small part of my brain is worrying my prelim results will be wrong!
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    Studying for the Boards

    I took the AANP family exam on 6/23 and have a preliminary pass result. I think taking the Fitzgerald course really helped! And I listened to CD's too. Good luck!
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    FNP....in hospitals.....in L&D?

    I work in L&D as a nurse...I don't know of any NP's that do deliveries. Or PA's for that matter. Just docs and midwives. FNP's do prenatal care in the office, but no deliveries.
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    Taking AANP in 1 week!

    Any tips? I'm taking it earlier than anticipated, because of a job offer. I've been studying hard since graduation: practice tests, review books. Took the Fitzgerald live review course, listening to the Fitzgerald CD's for the 3rd time around now. Any other hints? :) Melissa
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    ANCC or AANP Exam - Which to take???

    Has anyone taken either of these RECENTLY? As in 2006? :)