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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Becoming a Nurse Educator

    Yes. Very true!
  4. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Input On The Application Process

    Kristine, Here is some information to ponder: If you complete an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and then pursue an accelerated degree, you will lose grants such as the Pell Grant (if you're receiving one). The only other method to pay for school is either out of pocket or with student loans. Also, you will be in school for an additional one to two years. There are tons of RN to BSN programs, many online. One advantage is that you could work as a nurse while completing your BSN. Furthermore, many facilities will contribute to paying some of all of your tuition. This may be the quickest route to a BSN depending upon which school you attend. The courses you have taken will be applied to general course requirements. The traditional BSN route would be wrapped up and completed for when you start your career. This would not be the quickest route as traditional degree program will take you five years to complete. Ultimately it is up to you. If I had it all to do again, I would have completed the ASN and had a facility pay for my BSN. Instead, I went the accelerated BSN route and paid a mint for the degree. Good luck!
  5. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Masters in Public Health

    Generally an MPH would get you a position with your local or state department of health. I am not sure which degree holds more weight if it even does, MSN or MPH. Hopefully someone can comment on the thread who has and MPH with a better perspective.
  6. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Becoming a Nurse Educator

    Xhalox, I am not sure where you live, but here in Indiana, most schools require at least two years of experience in the area in which you will teach. The experience must be recent, generally within the last five years. Perhaps you can pick up some agency work while in school in order to gain med/surg experience. I get calls all of the time to teach med/surg, community nursing, and psych. Generally, full-time educators also teach clinical in addition to didactic. The very last thing you want to happen is if you are demonstrating how to drop an NG and don't know how to do it. You would lose credibility with the students. I still pick up PRN shifts to stay current with practice. Good luck in your future career aspirations.
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    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.
  8. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    PhD with nursing education focus or EdD?

    Columbia has an EdD in Nursing Education. The program is completely online. I am not feeling supported either and have played with the idea of pursuing the EdD. The DNP in nursing education is also an interesting avenue. I will need to research that a little more.
  9. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    University of Arizona BSN to PhD

    I have been looking at different PhD programs for some time now and I think I finally found one. There is a professor at the university whose research interest is vulnerable populations, focusing on the deaf community. I was shocked to find this. I have been involved with the deaf community for about 15 years now. When doing my community nursing clinical, my professor noticed I was fluent in ASL. She was able to get me placement at the deaf school. I loved it! Ever since that experience, I have felt that the deaf community is so underserved. I thought wouldn't it be great do conduct research on the topic and become an advocate for the community. Then all of the sudden, I found U of A. I can't believe it. Another plus is that GRE scores are not required. You have to love that! :yeah:
  10. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Online Nursing Programs

    Exactly. Marian University here in Indianapolis offers all of the didactic portion online. Students are still required to go to campus for lab hours. They also have clinical hours to complete. I am currently working towards my PhD online. I love online learning. People think taking courses online makes for an easier journey. I will be more than happy to say that is the furthest from the truth. Online courses are as rigorous as traditional courses.
  11. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Financing Accelerated Nursing School

    Everyone does not fit into your mold. Good for the OP that she has a Go Fund Me page. It's simple, she creates the page and those who want to donate can. Your opinion or no one else's really matters. The OP asked a question about student loans and financial aid not whether or not she should create some vehicle as a means to collect money to pay for tuition. While you were couch surfing, someone was paying rent/mortgage, utilities and probably feeding you. How would that be any different than what the OP is doing? You can dismount your high horse now.
  12. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    What is the Direct Entry MSN?

    Generally, you will work towards a BSN (Maybe in a year), graduate, sit for NCLEX to become an RN, then finish the MSN portion of the program. Some programs may very well go right to an MSN then take NCLEX. No you will not enter nursing at a higher level. You will not have any experience. The degree alone does not qualify you for nurse management or educator positions. Employers want to see some nursing experience under your belt first. After gaining the experience, you will have a leg up on others because of having a graduate degree. I looked into direct MSN programs but decided to do the accelerated BSN. I hope this information is helpful. Good luck!
  13. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Financing Accelerated Nursing School

    You will need to speak to someone in the financial aid department about your options. Yes, you are permitted to use financial aid money for living expenses. I would try to get federal loans first, then private if need be. Congrats on getting accepted!
  14. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Financing Accelerated Nursing School

    With all due respect, the OP is asking advice about financial aid not your opinion about a go fund me page. If you do not have anything constructive to add to the conversation, how about simply passing the discussion?
  15. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Passed NCLEX with 265 questions

    Congrats and welcome to the ranks.
  16. Here is a link to a good resource. Tools from many states are included. http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/2011NEA_Teacher_Eval_Toolkit.pdf You should be able to use a variety of tools. Don't limit your search to only higher education. We employ concepts of both pedagogy and andragogy in higher education.
  17. Here is one of the students evaluating the professor- I will look for more. Student to Instructor.pdf
  18. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Failed Med-Surg 1

    I am sorry you failed your course. Now it's time to put it behind you. It sounds as though you have already started the process of reapplying for the fall term…good! You may not be graduating in May, but you will graduate! Sometimes life happens. I thought I would be retired by now, but no. I am still working. And for the record, it was early retirement- age 40. Before you take med/surg 1 again, figure out what you need to do to pass it the second time and each subsequent course. Good luck!
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    Why are some people on here so rude?

    Keep in mind that AN is a form of written communication. You do not have the intonation to determine intent of the response. Yeah people will say get over it. Every nurse here has gone through nursing school and understands how difficult it is. For me, I don't care for whiners. I tell my students the same thing. I don't do well with whining patients either. When you find yourself in a situation, you must work on getting out of it. If that means you go to a therapist or to a practitioner for medications, that's what it means. I tell my students, if you come to be with a problem, have two alternative ways in which to deal with the problem. The same with their reading/homework…what other materials did you access to find the answer? It's not being mean- it's teaching people how to problem solve on their own, which I sadly find many do not know how to do.
  20. I can't speak to your personal experience, but I am happy to share mine. Each nursing position for which I applied (after graduation), I received an interview. I graduated in 2011 when it was also difficult for new grads to secure a nursing position. When I was called in for an interview, I would ask the recruiter why I was selected for an interview out of all of the applicants. Over and over I was told because my resume/CV was easy-to-read. So, I would think the first step is to make sure your resume is easy-to-understand. I can send a copy of mine to you if you would like. The interview is the next important step. I cannot tell you how important it is to be a human being during the interview. This is the opportunity to demonstrate your soft skills. You must be personable and include everyone who is interviewing you in the conversation. I make eye contact with each person sitting across from me. When I am speaking, I am including everyone. That shows confidence and your ability to command attention. You are also demonstrating respect. There are always two questions I ask at the end of an interview. First, do you mind sharing with me the needed attributes to be a successful team member? Do you mind providing me constructive feedback of our interview? The first indicates to me whether or not I would be a good fit with the team. If you are asked to shadow a nurse, ask her/him the same question. If I do not possess the attributes needed, I won't waste my time. I was told once that I cannot be afraid to lift. That was a red flag. I was not going to work with a team where I was going to be the lifting person. So, I declined the offer of employment. Finally, ask how the interview went. Ask in which areas you can use improvement. Most will be honest and tell you. This is how I have, over the years, been offered multiple positions. I took the feedback to heart and made the necessary changes. I started working for a school of nursing. After I was hired, the dean told me that she is happy I am onboard because she wanted a guy to be the male nursing students' advocate. I didn't get the position because I am a guy. There was one other male interviewing. But it has been my experience that I landed positions because I interview well and because of my experience, although limited. Good luck to you.
  21. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Flipped Classroom

    Diva Dani- I currently use the flipped classroom model. I am also using concept based learning. So, basically what I do is I record each concept. I use a white board, draw a concept map, fill in the concept map with important pieces of the concept, and then lecture. Students like the lectures. I am not a fan of PowerPoints because they are linear. I find students get lost in the information and are unable to make the necessary connections. I also draw the concept maps and upload then to Blackboard as documents so that the students can print and take notes while I am lecturing. In class, I may lecture on difficult concepts a second time, but I only use about 25% of my class time doing that. The rest of the class is active learning activities. I was asked to take over Med/Surg 2 because students were not passing and those who did were not able to apply the knowledge to Med/Surg 3. The overall exam scores are up by 23% and professors teaching Med/Surg 3 are commenting on how more prepared the students are. In other words, the med/surg 3 professors do not need to use their teaching time going over Med/Surg 2 concepts any longer. Anything involving steps, I set up the room to include areas of each individual step. I have a sheet of paper with the name of the step and the description. I have students physically walking through each step. The generally do not sit in my class. Since the inflammation process is broken down into steps, trying that method may be a good idea- creating stations of each part of the inflammation process. You could do the same with the different infections. Each station has a different infection. I also show videos. I like animation over something serious. My thought is I already lectured the content, it's time to have fun in class. I hope this gives you some ideas. If you need anything additional, PM me. Good luck!
  22. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Doubts about Second Career in Nursing

    The community college is still less expensive.
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    Doubts about Second Career in Nursing

    Can you take your prereqs at a community college and transfer? These days, many courses are offered online. Is there a possibility that you can continue working while taking prereqs? Would your employer allow you to step down to part-time? I took my prereqs at a community college and transferred them to the university where I completed my ABSN. I don't know if 12K is too much for prereqs because I do not know the number of credit hours you need. I am one who lived on loans and savings while completing my ABSN. I have no regrets. Good luck to you.
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    where do you learn blood draws

    Many schools are beginning to remove phlebotomy from their curriculums, including IV starts. Both of these are invasive procedures and facilities are now reducing their liability by not having students to perform IV starts or draw blood. I know of some facilities that will not permit students to hang fluids nor administer IV push medications. This puts nursing schools in a catch 22- some facilities are complaining that graduate nurses are not competent in skills yet the facilities continue eliminating what students can do while in clinical. It is quite frustrating. The other posters are correct. You will learn those skills during orientation.
  25. ParkerBC,MSN,RN

    Effective clinical instruction

    Effective clinical educators are knowledgeable, approachable, empathetic, and one who sets boundaries and expectations. A good clinical educator always makes himself available to help and guide students. Most importantly, a good clinical educator must be human. In other words, the person should own mistakes and be completely honest about not knowing everything. He should be vulnerable when need be. When I discuss work performance with my students, I always find three positives to an area needing improvement. Students should be praised in public and provided constructive criticism in private. I think focusing on one' strengths help to build solid, positive self-esteem.