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  1. No offense to the OP, but I think "broken" is a strong term. I do not feel that NP education is broken. Any program can be improved, and most quality programs (of any kind) constantly self evaluate to improve their product. I have to agree with the r...
  2. To the OP, yes, there is high degree of probability that RNs going into advance practice contribute to the personnel shortage in some units. Here advanced practice broadly refers to NPs, education, and leadership. While there may or may not be a "nat...
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    CE for emergency department NPs

    I have recently transitioned to the emergency room from primary care as an NP. It has been awesome. Prior to my move I have focused on Fitzgerald for my CE. Her programs were perfect for what I was doing. The still have plenty of info that pertains t...
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    I need a change! FNP Burnout!

    What are you doing outside of work to prevent burnout? I see so many folks who take their work home or don't pursue other interests/hobbies. Also, do you take your vacation time? I see tons of RNs and NPs that have rolled over their vacation time. Th...
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    Excelsior CPNE Workshop

    I took the official Excelsior workshop back in 2005. Don't know what it is like now, but it was great then. I would say it definitely factored into my passing the CPNE. Ivan
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    I am done!!!!!!

    Well almost three years after that last post I am happy to report that I just wrapped up my doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) at the University of Alabama. It has been a long journey, but it was worth every second of it. For those of you who are pr...
  7. As I recall, Graceland mailed all books to me, and I never really questioned if I had a choice. Probably should have. At the University of Alabama for my DNP I get all of my books from Amazon new, and they are usually less expensive.
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    Shortage of Nurse Practitioner Preceptors

    I learned that people will steal underwear out of the washing machine, so you never know. The lack of preceptors is frustrating. I had to find my own and it was tough and nerve wracking. However, I don't think you can blame the schools. Someone ment...
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    Best NP or PA Route- Opinions Please!

    I will echo some sentiments on this thread. If you are not a nurse and you want to be a provider then perhaps PA training would be more appropriate assuming you have all of the pre reqs. Ivan
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    Graceland University FNP program starting 2012

    Sorry I missed your question in another thread. Looks like you start today, so let me say congrats! Ivan
  11. I am a Graceland RN to MSN graduate (2009), and I have nothing but positive things to say with one caveat (below). The instructors were excellent, and the dean was very involved. I did a lot of writing and research during my time there which has been...
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    Would you do it over again?

    Very little difference in pay, and I am not aware of differences in patient outcomes. There is a big difference in pre reqs and student loan burdens with PA programs having/resulting in more of both. PA schools are often very competitive and may req...
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    Np stories of success

    It really depends on your job market, location, etc. As an RN I was working in an ICU setting doing the typical 12 hour shifts. I have had two NP jobs since graduation. They were both great, but the employer expectations of me have risen dramatically...
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    NP Scope of Practice - alternative medicine?

    You can certainly learn more about holism through formal and informal training (IMHO, most nursing programs incorporate holistic concepts into their BSN, MSN, and doctorate programs). Although there are actual certifications for holistic nursing you ...
  15. As an FNP I maybe biased, but I do recommend FNP over PNP or ANP (or the like). Even if you know you never want to lay hands on a(n) _______ (insert adult or child), you may be limiting your job opportunities at time when every opportunity counts. Fo...