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aerorunner80 ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN

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aerorunner80 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN and specializes in MSN, FNP-BC.

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    Two jobs, one has to go

    I have been working at an urgent care clinic for the last two months. I'm not liking it. I'm a new grad FNP (May 2019). It's 12 hour shifts. 1 hour drive each way. No benefits. Have to provide my own malpractice insurance. Pay is good ($55/hr and then $60/hr once credentialing is complete). I've been doing this job PRN. I hate that it's 12 hour shifts with an hour drive each way. It makes for a very long day. At the end of the day I'm completely exhausted and the day after my shift, all I want to do is sleep. To top it off I had zero orientation. My anxiety is sky high the day before my shifts and most of it has to do with the long hours away from home and family (also not having any orientation/training doesn't help either). After only 2 months of working at most 2 days per week, I'm already seeing 30 patients in a day and I feel so uncomfortable and overwhelmed. I've worked one day already where we saw 100 patients in 12 hours with just two of us. The other provider I worked with ran their butt off because I'm still slow and have to look a lot of things up. They also have no real system in place for when people call in. Most places will have people on call to cover for sick call but this place does not. This gives me major anxiety that this will happen to me when I am fully credentialed. My main job is at a teaching hospital much closer to home (30 minute drive) working in a specialty clinic 32 hours/week. Amazing benefits and a very comprehensive orientation. My schedule right now is working 5 days per week with random afternoons off. No weekends/holidays. I don't feel it is reasonable for me to work 5 days per week at my main job plus one other day at the urgent care clinic without completely burning myself out. I have two young children at home as well. I feel pressure from my husband to keep the urgent care job. I told him when I first started the urgent care job that I'm not willing to kill myself to make a few extra bucks when we have young children at home and other obligations. He really pushed back and I stood my ground. Now it's come to that point where I don't know how it's going to be reasonable. I know he's going to push back at me and state that I should be able to work the second job because my main job is *only* 32 hours per week. I feel like he just doesn't get it an only cares about money. My main job, with bonuses and incentives, is going to pay appx 25,000 more per year than I made working as a full time RN. I start my main job on Monday and told the urgent care clinic that I am taking at least 2 weeks off to see how things are going to go and if I will be able to fit in any days. I didn't know what my main job schedule was going to look like until I got my orientation schedule Friday. Has anyone ever been in a situation like this one? I really need some advice. I do think it's worth giving the new job 2 weeks to see how it's going to work out (how late I'm going to be staying charting etc) before I schedule myself at the UC clinic. Another part of me is just wanting to quit the UC clinic all together, get through orientation at my main job and then if needed and if reasonable, find a PRN job closer to home and with more support. Again, any advice is welcomed. I'm just not sure what to do/how to handle the situation.
  2. aerorunner80

    How long it took you to find your first NP job

    It took me 3 months after graduating to find both of my jobs. For my main gig, I'm still in the credentialing process. For my side hustle, I start tomorrow.
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    Do you have your own malpractice insurance?

    I have my own policy as well.
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    New NP pay

    New grad FNP here. My main job in specialty care is $80k/year, part time, full benefits, 4 weeks PTO, CME allowance plus tons of free CME, free health insurance for just myself. I will also have a generous amount of admin time that I can do either at home or in the office. Very supportive academic environment. My side gig is in a rural NP owned urgent care. Start at $55/hr and go up to $60/hr after credentialing is done. No benefits but it's flexible and keeps my hard earned skills in use. I also did a rotation in this clinic while I was in school and really enjoyed it.
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    Same Undergraduate & Graduate College?

    I couldn't agree more. I got my undergrad and am getting my MSN at the same school. What I like about this is that I already know the system and am familiar with how the school of nursing operates so I'm hoping that the transition into a graduate degree program won't be quite as stressful as if I had to get to know a whole new school system. Ultimately it's your work ethic and knowledge that people will care about. This will speak much higher volumes than where you were educated at.
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    Exactly how competitive are MSN-FNP programs?

    I'm accepted into my local state school and will start classes this May. Not everyone who interviewed got into the program so it was moderately competitive. It's nothing like applying for CRNA school, which is extremely competitive (I applied and interviewed for this in 2015). I would make sure that you have a solid nursing experience behind you. Then practice interviewing. Also make sure that you look the part. Spend the extra money on a nice suit that fits you well. The most important thing is to go in with confidence.
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    What is occurring with liquid fortifier and diaper rash?

    I've noticed s difference as well. We use Enfamil products. I've always wondered if the pH in these liquid fortifiers is lower which would contribute to the problem. What's interesting is that we have had Similac fortifier and seen less diaper rash than with Enfamil.
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    PNP job outlook

    Thank you for your reply. Are you urban or rural?
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    Cleaning of soothers? NCPAP masks?

    When in doubt, toss it out. If it touches the floor, toss it. If it's used with SweetEase, toss it (high high risk of thrush).
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    PNP job outlook

    Is anyone here a PNP? What does the job market look like for a PNP? All of my experience as a nurse is with neonates and peds. Would I be able to get a pediatric job with FNP very easily? Would I be shooting myself in the foot as far as job opportunity goes if I persue a PNP over FNP?
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    Trial off of PGE

    Thank you. It was for a coarctation of the aorta. The baby ended up having the trial off in our PICU and I believe surgery the next day.
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    Best ICU to work for in Kansas City?

    I know this is all going to be on opinion but, what is the best adult ICU to work at in the Kansas City area? I have just applied to CRNA school and was turned down, I don't know the reason why but I'm going to guess that it is an experience issue since my ICU experience is NICU (newborn ICU). I knew it would be iffy at best trying to get in with that experience. Now that I've been through the application and interview process once, I'm much wiser. What I am looking to do is move to the Kansas City area, gain adult ICU experience and apply to KU, Truman, and Missouri State CRNA programs within the next year and a half or so. I'm looking at three hospitals in the area. KU Med, Truman, and North Kansas City Hospital. I currently work in a University level I trauma center/teaching hospital and want to stay in that same environment if possible. Thank you.
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    Tired of searching for CRNA Interview Questions??

    How would you handle the situation in real life? That is your answer.
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    Tired of searching for CRNA Interview Questions??

    I got asked a lot of personal and clinical questions. It felt like it was about 50/50. In all honesty, just be prepared for anything. Study and refresh your mind before your interview. I got asked a question about dopamine. I was so nervous that all I could come up with were the basics but if I hadn't studied my butt off, I don't think I would have even made it that far.
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    Bryan College of Health Sciences School of Nurse Anesthesia

    I will PM you. :)
  16. aerorunner80

    Trial off of PGE

    Have you ever had a baby with a ductal dependent lesion that has been trailed off of PGE? If so, how was the experience? What was the reason they did it?