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Designer NP

Designer NP MSN, NP

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Designer NP has 18 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in Occ med/Urgent care.

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  1. Designer NP

    Life after NP...

    Funny this topic should pop-up considering I'm strongly looking to get out of clinical work. This month marks 18 years as a nurse, with 5 as an NP. I enjoy making things (processes) easier and teaching others. Like others have said, I don't want to go back to school for another degree (I have 4: LPN, ADN, BSN, MSN), but I'm willing to go back for a certificate. The closest position I can find that will allow me to affect clinical processes and lead people is to get in the project management field. I've already revamped my resume to reflect project management skills and I've enrolled in the local community college to start classes for a certificate. Many of the healthcare project management jobs I'm seeing are in the hospitals and with health insurance companies. The pay range varies depending on experience, but I've seen them go as high or higher than what an NP would earn. I'm not too concerned about salary since I've already dropped my hours from 40-32 hrs as an NP with a pay cut and I have side income that helps with any pay decrease. Eventually, my income will go up with experience. Here's more information about project management since everyone seems to confuse it with general nursing administration. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ecpe/a-primer-on-project-management-for-health-care/ https://www.healthcatalyst.com/insights/healthcare-project-management-techniques-pragmatic-approach-outcomes-improvement https://onlineprograms.ollusa.edu/mba/resources/what-does-it-take-healthcare-project-manager https://www.projectmanager.com/blog/career-spotlight-healthcare-project-manager
  2. Check out Duke University's post-masters cerfications. They have cardiology, endocrinology, HIV/AIDS, Ortho, Oncology and VA care. I'm applying to the ortho program that starts this fall. Good luck!
  3. Designer NP

    Occupational Health NP!!!

    Way too low. I'm in Occ Health and my base is $110,000, this does not include my monthly bonuses and my stipend. I'm in Texas though and that may be the difference.
  4. Designer NP

    Why I'm leaving nursing

    What a timely post. I've been in nursing for 15 years and have contemplated many times ways to leave nursing. I've obviously been unsuccessful because I'm still in nursing, although I'm an NP now. My role is different, but I still feel the effects of being a nurse in my role. I constantly get called just a "nurse" by patients since they tune out when you introduce yourself as DesignerNP, Nurse Practitioner. I was once even told I am "almost a PA" by a PT assistant. Nurses are constantly disrespected at all levels. Although I can tolerate my job now more in the advanced practice role, I still long for the day I can find something else completely out of nursing or healthcare for that matter. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a book written by a member of a Facebook group I'm in. She wrote it specifically for nurses who want to venture out and do something different. It has tons of business ideas for nurses. Search "50+ Business Ideas for the Entrepreneurial Nurse" on Amazon. There were many ideas I'd never consider, but now I'm highly considering pursuing a business of my own.
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    How are you saving for retirement?

    I've heard about the "backdoor" Roth before, but I'm still confused on some points. I have both a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA (not with the same company). Because of my income, I won't be able to contribute to the Roth anymore. Do you have to open a new traditional IRA every year, and then convert into a Roth IRA? Meaning you'd have multiple accounts? Or do you just open a traditional IRA for your contributions and convert to a Roth (within the same company), keeping all the money between two accounts? Lastly, this is a taxable event, correct? Meaning if I want to convert $10,000 from a Traditional IRA to a Roth the $10,000 would count towards my yearly income? Or am I interpreting this incorrectly since I would be contributing after tax-dollars to the traditional IRA? Sorry if this is confusing!
  6. Designer NP

    Private Practice- maternity leave?

    How long will it take you to set up tele visits for your practice? Have you even looked into it? 5 mins from home without a kid is vastly different when you have one. You won't want to be too far after the baby is born.
  7. Designer NP

    Telemedicine for FNP

    I do this, but don't work from home. I've written about it on the forums previously and I'm on a phone so I can't search for my old posts now. What states do you live in? My company has remote clinics in a variety of states.
  8. Designer NP

    How to get DOT certificate

    I've been looking into getting certified too. Is the CMV Medical Examiner Training from AANP the same thing? You have one year of access to the study material and the price is only $150 if you are a member. That sure beats the $300-$400 range I've been seeing. Actually, yes it is the DOT certification. See the description below: CMV ME Training Course- 2015 UPDATED **Once this course is purchased access to the content if available for one full year (365 days from date of purchase). The course content will no longer be available after one year. To receive credit you must complete the entire course in the one-year time frame.** AANP's CMV Medical examiner (ME) training course is designed to ensure the medical examiner is educated on the core curriculum specification established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The program is completed entirely online and delivered by an expert Nurse Practitioner. The program is divided into 12 subject modules with over 120 questions to test your comprehension. The run time for the entire course is approximately 6.2 hours and participant take approximately 3 hours to complete all the post-test questions. The Certificate of Completion is provided after successfully completing the entire program and the final evaluation is submitted. The certificate will be available for download and can be found in your "Portfolio" and on the course home page below all 12 modules. *A practice study guide is available for download with each module. The study guides are divided into a question section and an answer section and may be used to review the material once a module is completed. It is recommended these study guides and all other resources be downloaded and saved for future reference and studying. **Additional resource material links is provided on the first module. These documents and webpages are necessary to study for the course, certification exam and to use once a provider is certified and performing CMV medical exams. Bookmark all websites and save the documents in your computer for quick access. The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) was developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified to effectively determine whether a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver meets FMCSA's physical qualification standards. The goal of the National Registry program is to promote and preserve the highest level of professional standards of training and care among medical examiners. To further that goal, the National Registry program requires that medical examiners performing CMV driver examinations be trained and certified. This course offers 9.2 AANP CE Credit. This ME training course conforms to FMCSA's training curriculum modules and topics on regulations and guidelines for conducting CMV driver medical examinations. FMCSA regulations and guidelines are reviewed regularly, and the training is updated as required. This course was last updated on March 1, 2015. This course was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.
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    I think this would be better in the NP forum.
  10. Designer NP

    Is there a market for tele-NPs?

    1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes 4. Yes 5. Yes Pros include flexibility, keeping up with technology, being able to see patients quicker, seeing more patients (working in different time zones). Cons I currently see with my position are connection issues, remote consults are impersonal at times, older generation not familiar with the technology used, not having a "paper copy" of records, not being able to accurately diagnosis without a full exam (mind you I don't prescribe in my position-it's health screening and education only), no flexibility with our schedule (we are M-F 6-2 pm on average), limited to seeing pts within your state only unless licensed elsewhere. This is all I can come up with for now. If you have a company that offers more hours, I'd be happy to jump on board!
  11. Designer NP

    Telemedicine for NPs

    Hi OU Nurse. My company is based out of Texas. I don't know how the international aspect would work. We don't have any contracts in the VA/DC area. Bstacy- the remote NPs work out of an office in whatever city they live and do the consults from there. I would love to do it from home, but that's not being offered since we just started a couple of months ago. I would also love for it to be more of a full-time position. Right now I do this per diem maybe once or twice a month.
  12. Designer NP

    Telemedicine for NPs

    I do remote consults in one of my positions. Which state do you live in?
  13. Designer NP

    Healthcare business knowledge

    You don't need an MBA to start your own business. Just be knowledgeable and educate yourself with books, the Internet, speaking with others in your desired field. Talk to your local SCORE agency, they have TONS of free information on small business education. You'll first want to flesh out a business plan after you decide what you want to do. Remember, your business plan may change but it gives you a good framework of where your business is and where you want it to be. I'm an FNP too and I'm starting on my business plan in something unrelated to nursing, but involves health and wellness. It's a big step, but I believe it will be well worth it in the end.
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    Words You Hate

    I hate it when I hear a pregnant woman referring to her baby as a fetus...I mean what woman actually says that? Same with doctors, just say baby! It seems so impersonal.
  15. Designer NP

    Words You Hate

    I've never been able to pronounce Mitsubishi either. Never, ever, ever.
  16. Designer NP

    Words You Hate

    Texts pronounced "texes" Tests pronounced "testes" Teeming- just gross kinda like moist

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