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ParkerBC,MSN,RN specializes in Medical Surgical/Addiction/Mental Health.

I entered the profession of nursing by earning an accelerated BSN. I earned a BS in Business Administration prior to attending nursing school. I am currently enrolled in a BSN to PhD program. Recently, I was awarded an MSN in Nursing Education as I completed that portion of my PhD. I am a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). My experience includes: Med/Surg, Addictions, Mental Health Nursing, and most recently, Nursing Education. I also work part-time for the local health department. Public health is my second love, nursing education being my first. I have a lot of interests in nursing. Before beginning graduate school, I thought I would become a Nurse Practitioner. However, after taking a graduate level nursing research course I discovered an interest in research- hence my decision to pursue a PhD. I have a partner of 15 years and five pugs. All five pugs are rescues. So, as one can imagine, there is not much time to rest. I love AllNurses! I became a member while in nursing school. I received some great advice to my questions and it is my hope to return the kindness and good advice that I received here.

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  1. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Just curious, is there a shortage?

    It's in the literature that there is a shortage of nurse faculty. Literature cites low salary for the major reason. People with advanced degrees stay in hospitals because the salary is more (Nurse Educators, Nurse Managers, Directors). I have worked overload (similar to overtime, but not time and a half ) at my college for the last three years because we do not have enough faculty. I guess I don't mind it as it has put me over the 100K mark each year. I work for a college that pays comparable to hospitals and we still are short-staffed. Check out this site https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/ This is just one vehicle of recruiting faculty. Notice that nursing is higher than science, even biology professors and right behind physicians. So, yeah there is a shortage.
  2. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    I don't want to do nursing anymore??

    If nursing isn't your gig, then don't go into the profession. However, don't decide not to go into nursing because of your past experience. I know nurses who have failed courses, didn't pass NCLEX the first time who are outstanding nurses. There are other professions in health care. What about Respiratory Therapy, Dental Hygienists, Physical/ Occupational Therapy Assistants to name a few? Their salary is comparable to that of a Registered Nurse. You can attend a community college to earn those degrees too where the tuition isn't as expensive as universities and colleges. There are always options. Please don't feel as though you don't have any. Good luck!
  3. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Nurse Educator Programs

    Indiana State University, where I earned my MSN in nursing education has a focus in academia and clinical education. The program is offered online.
  4. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Psychiatric ONLINE NP programs!

    Walden University, University of Missouri Kansas City, Drexel University...there are a lot of schools offering that specialty. Just do an internet search of online MSN in Psych NP. Make sure they are accredited regionally and CCNE. Good luck.
  5. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Diabetes Question

    Yes, both types 1 and 2 are measured by an A1C. So, how would you know if it is type 1 or type 2? If you receive a diagnosis of diabetes, your doctor will also run blood tests to check for autoantibodies that are common in type 1 diabetes. These tests help your doctor distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The presence of ketones, byproducts from the breakdown of fat, in your urine also suggests type 1 diabetes, rather than type 2.
  6. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    PICO question

    What topics are you interested in researching? What broad topic are you interested in learning? Here is an example of what I am doing my doctoral research on.... Compared to undergraduate nursing students taking an on-ground fundamentals course, do undergraduate nursing students taking an on-line fundamentals course perform equally as well or better during skills checkoffs? I hope this helps.
  7. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Low nurse wages in Health Department - worth it?

    I work part-time with the local health department. I started at $30.00 per hour ($62,400/yr for 40 hours a week) and I receive all of the same benefits as full time employees. When working in the hospital, I would make over $30.00/hour when shift differentials and week-end pay were included.
  8. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Travel Nursing and RN Licensure

    Generally speaking, the agency will take care of the licensing. Many agencies will also pay the fee to get you licensed. Remember though, if you're licensed in a compact state, a new license is not required. You may practice on your home state license. If the agency does not provide help in securing a license, I am sure that can be negotiated. The compensation package depends upon what you select. In other words, if the agency pays for all of your living expenses, the hourly rate is generally lower. If you take out health insurance, the hourly rate is lower. Crunch numbers and see what is best for you. If you go to an area where the cost of living is cheap and you would be better off taking the higher hourly wage and paying for your living costs, do it. There are many reputable traveling agencies. Interim, Medical Staffing Network, and Nurse Finders are a few I can think of at the moment. Good luck to you!
  9. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    clinical nerves

    You're not going to be expected to know everything; nurses with years of experience will tell you they still don't know everything. Keep your patient safe! That is always priority. With this being your first med/surg clinical, I suspect you will be focusing on ADLs, vitals, head-to-toe assessments, and connecting the nursing process to your patient's current health condition (the creation of care plans). This is a great opportunity to sharpen your assessment skills. Also, although it seems elementary, this is also an opportunity to learn best how to perform ADLs. What are some tricks to change the linens when you have a bed bound patient? How can you give a bed bath of great quality while shortening the process so that the patient isn't freezing? Talk to the patient- I mean TALK to the patient. Get to know him/her. The more experience you gain with this task, the more comfortable you will become. If you don't know- always ask! More than likely, you will have one patient. Tend to that patient. You should check on your patient at the very least hourly (hence, hourly rounding). Remember the 4 P's: pain, position, potty, and possessions. Check on your patient's pain level. If your patient is in pain, let your nurse know your assessment findings including the patient's pain rating. If your nurse gives the patient IV push pain meds, do a follow up assessment within 30 minutes. If your patient received PO pain medications, follow-up within an hour and communicate your findings with the nurse. If your patient requires turning, turn your patient. If your patient does not require turning, see if the patient needs anything for comfort…perhaps another blanket or pillow. Does your patient need to go to the restroom? If so, help the patient to the restroom. Remember though- if your patient is assist X 2, get help! You may want to get help the first time as you may be juggling an IV pole while assisting. Never forget the gait belt! Remember, safety first. Finally, ask the patient if they need any belongings closer to them. Perhaps the phone needs moved or the patient needs his glasses. Be proactive. If completing vitals is part of your clinical duties, do them and on-time! In fact, it would be a good idea to start 30 minutes early so that the machine is available to the floor nurses when they start taking their vitals. If you follow these suggestions, it will make for a good clinical experience. You will be of great help to the nurse with whom you are working and I am certain you will meet your clinical instructor's expectations. Good luck Sunday!
  10. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    PhD student who is also a New Grad! So Confused!

    I must respectfully disagree with this. I have been hired for each position to which I applied. While I agree the playing field is level clinically, an ABSN or ELM graduate brings maturity, time management, soft skills, ability to relate to patients from personal experiences, and interdisciplinary (interdepartmental) team work experience to name a few. I would much rather have a 40 year old new grad ABSN nurse over a 22 year new grad BSN nurse without any or very limited work experience.
  11. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    failed first fundamentals exam

    I am sorry to hear about your first exam. However, one low test score should not deter you from pursuing your dreams. A 66% is quite salvageable. A nursing program is must different than let's say a business major. You will engage in higher level learning- you will apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. Although I sometimes will include a couple of knowledge (strictly memorization) types of questions, generally the questions are written at higher levels. Here is an example: You have a female patient who requires toileting. Pt urinated and informs you she is done. A competent nurse understands to wipe the patient from to back to… This is the best example I can come up with at the moment. My point is that knowing to wipe front to back isn't enough. WHY do we wipe front to back? I hope the example is clear. If not, let me know and I will dig into my material to find some questions. I think you are on the right path by scheduling an appointment with your professor. My biggest gripe is when a student waits until finals time to discuss her failing grade. At that point, there is often nothing that can be done. Good luck to you!
  12. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Need something positive!

    Why can't you do both? Plan on registering for English and Human Development in the spring, but also apply to the nursing program. If you get into the nursing program, then clearly don't worry about the two courses. However, if you are unable to get it, then retake the two courses to boost your GPA and reapply the following fall term. The statistics for each entering class are often times different. You will not know unless you try.
  13. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Boyfriend of a Nursing Student

    Disassociation is a wonderful thing.
  14. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    What separates sucessful nursing students from the rest

    Having the ability to connect the dots is what will make you successful. A nursing program is unlike other undergraduate programs. You must be able to APPLY the information. For example, you receive a phone call from lab that your patient in room 4615 has a potassium level of 2.1…what do you do? What are some complications of low potassium? What will you anticipate the MD ordering and what will you do to make sure your patient safe? Memorizing the information is not enough. You have to be able to connect the patho with the low K level and utilize the nursing process to safe guard the patient. For what will you be assessing? What nursing intervention(s) will you incorporate? I have had students who spent countless hours studying who did not pass. I have also had students who did not invest a great deal of time studying, but who perform very well on tests and were outstanding during clinicals.
  15. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Bad professor?

    I dislike websites like Rate My Professor” Let me guess, all reviews were bad? For how long do the reviews go back? Take the average number of students per the professor's course and divide it by the total responses on the site- what percentage did you get? Of course this method isn't close to being perfect, but I would suspect it would perhaps give you a little more insight. There are so many learning resources on the internet that if someone does not understand the professor, he or she can seek out the same information presented differently, either by a different person or with the presenter utilizing a different teaching method. I do my best to incorporate multiple learning methodologies when teaching my courses. However, it always seems that during evaluation time, there are always one or two students who think I was the most awful professor. I make my students work. My job is to facilitate information- it's your job to learn. So, if one method does not work, listening to a professor lecture for example, try another. I am always surprised by the number of students who think lecture is the only activity needed to learn information. There is way too much information to cover in a sitting, especially when I am trying to cover anywhere between 15 to 20 chapters before the next exam. The organic course may be good for you, particularly if you need to seek outside resources. You will be expected to do it during your nursing program. Good luck!
  16. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    MA to RN

    Do you know how to eat an elephant? You eat one bite at a time. Do not look at the prerequisites as a group- rather look at each individual course and plan how you will be successful. Then you do the same with the next course, ect…If you want to be a nurse, start the journey. I promise you will not regret it, particularly if you enjoy being an MA. You're not too old for nursing school. In fact, I don't think anyone is ever too old to learn! Good luck!

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