Bortaz MSN, RN

CDI Supervisor; Formerly NICU
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Bortaz has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in CDI Supervisor; Formerly NICU.

Old and in the way.

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    MSN WGU job opportunities

    I did L&M because that's the path I'm already on in my career. I have heard it said, too, that the Leadership MSN offers more opportunities for employment with few limitations as compared to the ED one.
  2. Hey, I’m in my last year as a nursing student. I’m coming to field with a 10 year back ground in EMS 6 as a paramedic. I just finished a NICU rotation and loved it. I’m wondering what it’s like and how people respond to male NICU nurses. 

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      Bortaz, MSN, RN

      A high acuity NICU can be a beautiful and tragic place. These are not just fat babies waiting to go home. NICU is a 500 gram kid on a ventilator and iNo and 10 drips. It can be terrifying as a new nurse (and as an old one). It takes a special kind of person to be able to professionally and compassionately handle these patients (and their family). Having said that, it was the best job I ever had...I loved it with a passion and miss it greatly now that I'm no longer working there. As a male, you will occasionally run into people who won't want you as their baby's nurse. You'll also meet a LOT of resistance from female nurses. I never let it stop me from pursuing the job, and neither should you.


      It's a hard place to work, but the rewards are great.

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    MSN WGU job opportunities

    WGU is a fully accredited and well respected university. You almost certainly won’t encounter the situation you asked about. Im in my 2nd term of the RN to MSN Leadership track, and have found the program to be rigorous and challenging, but well de...
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    RN to MSN Leadership &Management

    I've completed Orientation, Leadership/Communication, US Constitution, Statistics, Care of Older Adult, and Nutrition (Accelerated) since Jan 1. Now trying to learn Biochemistry.
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    RN to MSN Leadership &Management

    I just started the RN to MSN in L/M on January 1. I'm really liking the program so far, although I hate this statistics class that has slowed me down a lot. Chugging along.
  6. You DO have to be working as a nurse. However, there are no specific types of jobs that are required.
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    A Patient That Changed My Life

    Today marks 5 years since Olivia gained her angel wings. Fly high, baby.
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    Tips for a NICU New Grad?

    It's attached to this thread:
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    A Patient That Changed My Life

    Happy birthday in Heaven, Olivia. She would have been 13 today.
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    Yay, so the 100000 times I get into my car that wasn't stolen, I have my firearm there for my protection. I'm a former law enforcement officer and corrections supervisor/gang investigator who arrested or incarcerated many dangerous felons and gang me...
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    Thankfully, Texas passed a law that allows an employee to keep a gun in their vehicle at work. Businesses are not allowed to prohibit it.
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    I'm a male in Texas, former LEO/corrections employee, licensed to carry concealed (and open, come Jan 1) which I do 24/7 if I'm not at work. When at work, I keep it in my car and immediately place it inside my waistband in a holster when I get in the...
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    RNC exam

    Sorry, I have no idea. It's been quite a few years and I just don't remember. They might have come with the book, though.
  14. I'd still do it, but I'd do it at 20 instead of 40
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    Brian Short News

    I lost my brother to suicide last week. A friend sent the following to me. I'd like to share it with you all now. RIP.