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SandBetweenMyToes BSN, RN

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SandBetweenMyToes has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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    The Florida job market cannot be this bad?!

    Have you tried the Minute Clinic website? There appear to be many Florida NP positions there.
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    Should i become a nurse practioner or wait?

    In my opinion, you NEED to practice independently as an RN for at least a few years before pursuing your NP. In years past there was no option for direct entry because it doesn't really work. Without the experience you gain as an RN, the NP program is not designed to compensate for that lack. Get into a good teaching hospital and get those years in...ICU and emerg are excellent...med-surg ok too. Best of luck!
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    Canadian RN, taking US NP program online?

    i got my NP in Ontario and live in Ontario. I got my RN in Michigan and am licensed in both MI and ON. I have a friend who did her NP at Wayne State University in Detroit, and works as an NP in Ontario. If you do not have residency in Canada, it will not work.
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    Is it possible to work 40hrs while in ANP online program?

    I was in NP school full-time, with a predominantly online component. I averaged 70 hrs a week with school work and clinicals. There was no way I could have worked on top of that and still had any semblance of a family life (which is very important for me). Just my 2 cents...
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    The case of the missing pens: A rant and an idea

    How ironic! I just read your post, and then I stumbled on this site (how to foil thieves from stealing your pen...quite humorous!!) Enjoy! http://prankked.com/index.php/pranks/pen-prank/
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    Difference between MN and MSN

    Just a slight clarification...in Ontario, one as yet does not need an MN or MSN to be a Nurse Practitioner. You need an NP certification and to write and pass the RN(EC) (Registered Nurse in the Extended Class). While many NPs choose to go on and complete their Masters degree after certification as an NP (myself included), there are still many post Bachelors certified NPs in Ontario. I would bet this will change to keep pace with the rest of North America in the near future. In Ontario, all the NP educational courses count as graduate level courses now, so one only needs to complete three more classes after the NP to complete the Masters of Nursing.
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    FNP hopeful... PLEASE HELP

    I would make a list of all the schools you may want to apply to and then contact each of them. Get a human on the phone and ask each what you asked at U-C. Ask specifically what qualifications they value, if they think you have those (from your brief conversation)and then tailor your extra learning and experience to what they say. We can only guess what they will want, and each school is slightly different in its focus and entrance requirements. Best fo luck!
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    Anyone writing CRNE for the 3rd time?

    These all sound like good resources, but you really need to put in a minimum of a couple hours a night for at least two months...that seems to be the minimum study time that all my classmates who passed put in. I seriously would reschedule if you are not able to do that, especially in light of this being the last time you can write. Prep classes can be useful, but they are no substitute for doing hundreds, if not thousands of practice questions before hand. Doing practice questions will help you identify your areas of weakness. Each question you get wrong, look up the topic and quickly review anything not explained in the answer rationale. Mosby, Lippincott, etc...all of these have answers with rationale, and this is key...you need to read and understand the rationale of every question, especially the ones you get wrong.
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    How to perform a Papanicolaou Test ?

    I would phone the practice consultant at the CNO and ask that question directly. Nurse practitioners (RN ECs)are trained to do Pap tests. I have not heard of an RN doing them. Let the College of Nurses of Ontario be your guide, not us. It is your license and your liability after all.
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    Anyone writing CRNE for the 3rd time?

    What strategy have you used up till now? Perhaps if you are able to share that, we can make provide more constructive responses. How many hours are you putting in per day or week? What resources are you using? Do you think you are lacking in fundamental knowledge or is it more of a stress response that is interfering with your test taking?
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    Is Athabascas BN program equivilant to a Bscn in Ontario

    I know Athabasca grads in Ontario. I agree...ask to speak to someone else at CNO. Then, when you get the correct information, record who you spoke to and the date and content of the call so that if there is a problem later, you have back-up.
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    Most Competitive Resume

    I would contact the desired schools directly and ask what they value most in an applicant. Tell them you are gearing up to apply there in the future. Then, honestly tailor your resume application to highlight those qualities. Give real life examples demonstrating how you excel in those areas. There's no sense in guessing or trying to be clairvoyant...ask! Best of luck!
  13. Just curious...are you specializing with your Masters (e.g. NP or CNS)? That may make a difference in your marketability. Good on you for doing your research in advance. I would first decide where in the great big US of A you feel you are drawn. Then research some more...send out resumes in advance before moving. Best of luck to you!
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    Christmas Nursing Songs

    Soo funny...thanks for the laugh!
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    New FNP Student, What Should I Expect?

    I definitely agree with all of the above posts re: organization at the beginning, and also the Fitzgerald CDs. I wish I had had those cds at the very beginning. It takes roughly 14 hours to go straight through them. I listened to them nonstop on the way to and from school and clinicals, over and over, but they would have been even more beneficial had I started that routine at the beginning of my studies. They are awesome. Go to the Fitzgerald Health Associates website. They have various packages you can purchase. They are worth every penny. For organization, I had separate files on my desktop for each class, and also for each body system, e.g. cardio, respiratory, perinatal, etc. Then I kept a copy of everything appropriate in both the class file and the body system file. It made it a snap to study for each class and then for cumulative exams and OSCEs. I did the same for paper files. Best of luck. Someone told us at our orientation that this education would change who we are and how we think. They were right...in a good way!
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    trying to find a job

    In Canada, to work as an NP, one must pass the CNPE, a national registration/licensing exam, similar to the AANP or ANCC. You would need to send your application and credentials to the college of nursing of the province in which you intend to write. You need to first have passed the Canadian RN exam (CRNE) and hold a Canadian RN license. AN APN (Advanced Practice Nurse) is a nurse usally who holds a Masters in Nursing. Here is where some get confused...while all nurse practitioners are APNs, not all APNs are NPs. NPs have specialist certification and training in either primary health care, adult, etc. Hope that helps!