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RN+ has 14 years experience and specializes in Too damn many.

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    Are online NP programs good for the profession??

    the pre-requisites are same as any bringing a bs as a starting point. similar to the online np programs, the didactics are online delivery and the clinicals are arranged with approved providers in ones areas. as for which schools offer the program, just google "pa online program" and you will see a plethora of them.
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    Are online NP programs good for the profession??

    Just a note to inform. There ar many many online PA programs out there, and at least two online MD programs. Oceana being the first I remember. Cannot recall the second.
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    Are online NP programs good for the profession??

    i am unaware of any np program that is delivered 100% "online". (corrections would be appreciated, not insulted). our coursework at texas tech does deliver the classroom didactic(classroom/lecture) portion online, however the clinical rotations are real clinical rotations in the various settings, not online case studies or retrospective studies. we actually see patients, not just charts. if the problem is with the perception of how we receive our didactic (bookwork) , i too lament the direct contact with the professor. the point is whether one sits at a desk and listens to lecture or sits at a computer and watches that very same lecture, we are responsible for processing, integrating, and regurgitating that very same knowledge when test time comes. as for collaborations, in undergrad traditional school, we spent very little time at school discussing matters and more on the phone and via e-mail. i do not see this differing from my graduate studies. of note, there are at least two md online programs as well. when it comes down to it, i think what matters most is how well we affect the health of our patients. in the end, the model of education is not more important than how the knowledge gained is applied to our patients. also, when we take our proficiency exams, there is not one for partial online and one for brick and mortar schools. you either know the answers or you fail.
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    Texas Tech FNP program

    great program, poor clinical site identification support. not much of a barrier if you have contacts in the profession, but can be frustrating when looking and explaining to care providers your purpose and scope.
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    NP path questions

    Hello Cynthia, Since you han'd got a reply from one of the better educated, I'll give it a go. I'm in a NP program right now myself. If you just get a MSN in anything other than a nurse practitioner program, you will need to do the nurse practitioner post grad work to earn it. If you are sure you want to be a NP, then you need to be looking at "NP" programs. Just having a masters in another nursing focus does not cut it. Hope this helped.
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    Group One background checks in Texas

    One thing I hadn't seen in any of these threads are references to lawyers who can help us chalenge some of this eronious information. I have been a nurse for nearly 18 years with no major issues ever. 2 Years ago I have a conflict of interest with my hospital and am not only fired, but writen up in "Group One" as having violated policy by the nature of my business on the side which they were made fully aware of and assured that I maintained a profesional distance when it came to common clients. (My partner handled them) A family member who accessed our services outside my hospital raised cain because she was not happy with the services my company provided and subsequently the hospital decided it was easier to fire me rather than point out to the complaining party how unreasonable she was being. Now I have a black mark on my group One file that has led to me being denied an oportunity at a Hospital I had been looking forward to Joining. Group One might have originated with good intentions, but it is very obviously now little more than a backdoor blacklist that offers NO easy solution to challenging hearsay and opinion. If these allegations were brought to a court, the judge would have the prosecuter's ears boxed for wasting the courts time, unfortunately Group One has no such standard to live up to. I still want to know a lawyer I can go to for help with this. ANyone feel free to PM me. Would be appreciated.
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    new nurse in emergency nursing

    I think another asked this simular question. If you think ER is where your heart is then stay there. With a decent internship and a good precepter to help put that knoledge into perspective, you can do just fine. Floor and unit experiece helps in many cases but it can also be a liabilty. HUnker down , study your material and make sure your precepter is showing you the ropes and not just coasting on your efforts through the shift. Dont be scared to say you need to keep it slow for a good long time till you find your rythm/way of doing things. Just dont forget, it's the ER not a floor pt and dont sit on the pt, and more important don't be shy to ask a question. good luck to you and welcome to the show
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    Why do you like Emergency Department Nursing?

    autonomy #1 good training for a future NP if that is what ya choose and even better as an at home Mom/MD for the family :) fem abd pain = #10 accounts for 1/2 of all walk-ins and will surely bankrupt any universal healthcare system.
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    RN at triage window?

    Same as Wendy's facility, Our PCT's/Admin types see the Pt's first but our nurses are usually sitting right near them. We passed JCAHO not long ago with this system so don't know what requirement you east coast types are talking about.
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    no clinical experience - going to ER

    Bahh!! If you want to be an ER nurse , do the refresher course, access the ENA resources and get into a good internship. If the Hospital does it's job and orients you properly, you will have the "basic" tools you need to learn the job. I wasted many years working in different care settings before I finally gave ED a chance. Sure I came into the ED with allot of experience and knowledge, but I also found that the knowledge i gained got in my way as often as it helped. I knew how to do "things" but ED had it's own way of doing things and sometimes they collided. Better to just learn their way first. If you think ER is where you want to be, give it a shot. Like another mentioned on this thread, make sure you find a good friend you can spend time with out of the clinical area that can give you honest answers without judging you. ED nurses do eat their young, so be ready for some harsh criticism right off the bat, and understand that many ED nurses have never been anywhere else and find it hard to believe theirs is not the only way to do "most" things :argue: