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  1. I'm having a terrible time finding a preceptor. If anyone could give me advice on to where to find one or if anyone wants to take a student under their wing? I paid for the ENP network and I did not get many replies and the ones that did reply were all booked til 2020. My clinicals are scheduled to start in 2019.
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    ENP Network

    I bit the bullet and paid for the membership. I contacted pretty much everyone on my area that was listed. 3 replied that they were full til 2020 and one to come in for a chat. I messaged her back to arrange that but it's been 2 days and no reply. She left the phone number for the clinic she works at but Not sure if I should call and ask. This might be my only hope.
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    Walden online University

    I have many colleagues that went there and they still can't find a job and not only that but they did not learn anything. Go to a local university that has hospital affiliations if possible.
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    Experience for PMHNP

    I have worked in a inpatient intensive psych unit and what you see in ICU is nothing compared to what you will see. In ICU you might see someone with a drug overdose and drug induced psychosis or someone with a hx of schizophrenia that might have tried to commit suicide, or someone with dementia or delirium which we get calls all the time from ICU to consult with our Docs and we have to explain to them that delirium or dementia caused by age isn't a psych problem. If you are in the down town Houston area I can refer you, I think we have a few openings. I think to work in any field NP programs should ask for at least two years in the intended field. I did not go the Psych NP path because my experience in that area helped me decide that Psych is not something I want to do long term. I'm half way through the FNP program because I like the variety in population I may see, including psych patients and most of my experience in inpatient medical so I do like the variety. While ICU is a great experience to have and will make you a great NP, I would advice you to maybe ask to shadow someone in an inpatient acute Psych unit before committing to Psych.
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    Finding a preceptor for FNP

    So this has been a long journey and I'm half way through my FNP program with UTA. Even though my advisor told me that it was too early to look for preceptors and that we should start 6 months prior to our first clinical I took the plunge and started contacting a several FNPs in the area. To my disappointment and surprise, many of them are booked for the next few semester, meaning way into 2020. My graduation date is supposed to be May 2020 so this is a big shock for me. Also, I found out that the hospitals in the Houston area give preference to students from UTH, UTMB, TWU and Texas Tech. I'm not sure as to what to do now. Try to trasnfer to a local school and lose some credits? One of the FNPs I contacted actually called me back and wants to schedule an Interview and I'm super nervous and don't want to seem desperate (but I'am). Anyone from Houston that can relate? I need a local buddy with the same struggles! I have't started asking MDs in the area. I honestly would rather have an NP as preceptor. They understand the profession, the scope of practice and are nurses too. I feel like an MD would expect me to know everything right out of school as if I'm out of Med school.
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    Adult Acute care NP vs family NP

    Same dilema except that I am half way through my FNP. I sort of want to switch to ACNP but unsure as to what is better overall.
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    FNP or ACNP switch

    Im currently enrolled in a FNP program at University of Texas Arlington. I have been thinking about switching to the ACNP but still undecided. It seems that in my area there is more demand for ACNPs. I need to decide soon since I'm about to start the FNP 1 class which would have to be AC 1 this summer. If anyone here switched tracks? Why did you do it and how has your experience been so far?
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    Written Up

    I highly doubt there was an adverse reaction. Its just 1mg of Xanax.
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    Written Up

    Yikes. I hate it when the Docs write confusing orders or write a mix of PRNs of the same med for different reasons. Yes you should never give both the PRN together with the scheduled med. Wait at least an hr. 0.5mg of Xanax is a tini little dose. In all honestly that wont even touch most patients. Also I think the charge nurse here is making things too hard for you. We all make mistakes. This was not a lethal dose or a dangerous dose at all. Writting you up is being to harsh and even catty. She could have just counseled you. Are you a new nurse? I have had newbies make silly mistakes like these and I never try to ruin their careers by writting them up. I teach them. That is what we as nurses are supposed to do. I dont think these are grounds for terminatiin so just accept the write up and explain the missunderstanding and never do that again.
  10. Hi, Im an RN and have been working for 5 years and also have a 4 year degree. I been looking into moving and working in Canada. I have a friend in Canada who's mother works as an RN and she offered me a job with her agency to later find out that they cannot hire me because I need to have Ontario nursing License first. Well I am Applying for the Ontario license exam and there is a section where they ask if you have legal status in Canada. As of now I dont have one and it takes forever to get a permanent visa. I was thinking of applying for a temporary work permit but I cannot get one without a job offer. Can I still apply for the nursing license and get the work permit later? Also, a friend of mine who is a nurse in Ottawa and graduated in Ottawa said that after I apply for the nurse exam I have a year to take it and they give me a temporary permit that last for a year or until I take the exam. Is that true? Id like to move as soon as possible and not loose this work opportunity but it seems so hard.
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    I moved to Canada as a nurse!!!!!

    Im a US nurse with a Baccalaureate degree and 5 years of nursing experience since I passed the Nclex. I want to move to Ottawa in Ontario and wondering if I have to pass their nursing examination. Or what to do about it? I also have to apply for a work permit which I cannot get without a job offer but I cannot get anyone to offer me a job if I dont have a Ontario nursing license. I have a place to stay since my fiance lives there. He is not a Canadian citizen, he is Indian and has a work visa also so he cannot sponsor me if we get married. If anyone has any advice for me please contacte at flipmg@yahoo.com
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    How many of you hate your job?

    I agree with some of the posts above. My first job after graduating was on MedSurg-Telemetry and I enter the job so optimistic to find out myself in a very hostile work environment. I loved the being a nurse part and taking care of my patients. Didn't even mind helping the Aids clean a "code Brown". What made me quit my hospital job was the way other nurses treated one another. I never wanted to take it personal but it seemed like the other nurses just wanted to tear you apart and eat you alive. I did not know a whole lot when I started my job and even my preceptor seemed to want to make my life living hell. She expected me to know everything and do everything myself while she sat on her butt making phone calls to her friends using the hospital phone. She was very rude to me all the time yet I felt bad because she was pregnant and didn't want to complain to my manager. My manager never asked how things were going with my preceptor or to evaluate her as a preceptor. I just felt like I was being watched all the time. Very stressful! The last drop was a time when I was working night shift after finishing my preceptorship program. I had 6 patients to take care of. Got 2 admitions at the end of my shift one that needed blood trasfusion and the other needed a bunch of IVs and a Heparin Drip. When it was time for me to go home I got done with most of my work exept some med orders that needed to be sent to pharmacy which was no big deal because the meds were to be given at 7am and my shift was over at 3am. Well the nurse that followed me was 30min late. When I was giving her report she started doing stuff in the computer and not listening. Then the next morning my manager called me and gave me a hard time because the nurse complained that one of the patients IV was infiltrated, that I didn't finish my admition's orders. That I didn't reposition a 300 lb patient every 2 hours (task that I assigned to the LPN which was nowhere to be found) But being young, dumb and hurt I failed to defend myself so I just quit. Bedside care its a battlefield and Im very disapointed of it. Nursing is a great profession but is the way nurses treat each other what kills it. I'm doing pediatric home care right now and I love it. When people ask me why I don't get a job at the hospital I tell them that I'd rather work with kids than spending 8-12 hours a day with a bunch of women.
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    Credit checking for a job?..im in trouble :(

    What does credit scores have to do with patient care? Whoever came out with that idea is an idiot. And then they complain that there is a nursing shortage:redpinkhe
  14. Hi Jane, Thanks for asking! I posted another thread 2 days after this one saying that I PASED!!!! Im really happy about it and have already got some interviews for hospitals near by. I heard that you pass the NCLEX if you get 51% of the analysis questions correct. So I guess I did it! I got 130 questions and nost of them were about priorization and patient education.
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    So Unmotivated!!!! Help!!!

    I took the Kaplan with live classes. I knew that if I bought the online course only I wouldnt do the reading needed so the class assignments made me actually read the book and do the questions and two time a week I had to ge off my butt and go hear the prosessor explaining the strategies and so on. Im so Glad!
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    Not Giving Up X 8

    I passed the RN test and most of my questions were priorization. What I did was: Always the less stable patient first. Remember the ABCs. Always see the patient with low respirations and such. It depend on the question. If there is no arway or breathing patients, you priority would be the one with internal bleeding, shock, fluid invalance. Remember that the patient with breathing could be the kid brought in status asmaticus. The elderly with weezing on respirations and such. The patient with internal bleeding/shock could be the patient brought after a car accident who is contious but has a drecrease urine output, elevated pulse and low BP(all sings of shock) And if its a pregnant woman its almost always the one with ectopic pregnancy because of the possible rupture. Usually the woman with less than 24 weeks with extreem bleeding. Hope it makes some sense

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