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  1. I became an RN at 22, got my BSN at 24, and am now in an FNP program. I will be 27 when I'm done :).
  2. Thanks for the replies! I did not infuse the IVIG. I called in the morning and told the manager I was not comfortable infusing without training. This company only has one other nurse - who, for some reason, is not to work with that patient. There is something odd about the situation, but the manager wouldn't explain much. The patient has an immune deficiency, and over 2 months ago the company's only RN at the time left - leaving no one to do the infusions. Instead of going to another home health agency, the patient said she would wait it out until another nurse was hired. They hired one, but they only worked together once. So, 2 months later, they hire me, and tell me to go give this treatment that the patient has not had for over 2 months! The manager (who, as I stated, is an LPN), wasn't sure if the patient's doctor knew she wasn't receiving her treatments. She told me to make some sort of note stating that the patient was now accepting her infusions. The whole thing had red flags all over it to me, and my instinct was to not do it. I am actually going to leave the job, as I have not had training on anything and they just expect me to understand home health nursing when I have no experience. I was really hopeful this job would work out, as it seemed flexible, but I don't want to do anything I don't feel safe doing. Hopefully I can find somewhere else that will work with my through school :)
  3. Hello! I recently took a job with a home health agency. I took a PRN position and am wondering if I should have done so. I have a few questions, so I will start with the one concerning IVIG. I was hired by an LPN, who runs the company. The problem is that LPN's cannot infuse IVIG, so she therefore cannot provide me any training regarding this. She has me set up with a patient who receives IVIG and called the patient to inform her that I would be coming TOMORROW without even asking me. The patient had the supplies taken to her house and is awaiting me in the morning. My problem: I have been a hospital RN for three years, but have only given IVIG once or twice. I have an order for the specific rates to infuse, and understand that I need to monitor vital signs, lung sounds, etc. However, I am unsure if I need to piggyback it into something (Like NS with blood?), or if I run it alone. Also, I know that PRBC's cannot be run over 4 hrs. Does IVIG have any time restrictions? The LPN told me to take about five hours, but when I calculate the rates given to me, it seems like it will only take 2 and 1/2 hours. I am very concerned about administering something I am not comfortable with, but feel obligated as she set this up without my knowledge. I called the patient to see if I could set it up for another time, and she started crying!! I am really unsure what to do, and appreciate any help! Ok, so for my other questions. I am wondering if this job is like all home health agencies, or if I should start looking for another job. I am an RN, I took a PRN position because I am attending school full-time for my MSN. I was told I could choose my own hours and own patients being PRN. My manager called me today with two days worth of patients - one admit, and other supervisory visits and recertifications. I have never done any of these. She gave me the forms and told me they were pretty self-explanatory. I did not receive any training and am worried about completing things I never have done before. I do not have home health experience. The agency has about 80 or so patients and is currently picking up more, and only has one full-time RN and myself (there are also a few LPN's). I feel like I am going to be expected to see many more patients than I was told I would if there is only one other nurse (who is also brand new). I had to ask them to give me equipment - cuff, gloves, thermometer. I was told they didn't have pulse oximeters and other things because they aren't Medicare certified yet. I feel like they have just thrown me into this and I have no idea what I am doing!!! I'm sorry for writing a book here - I have no one to ask about this stuff!! I appreciate any advice, thanks for taking the time to read this!! :)
  4. BowHunterRN

    Anyone NOT work during NP program?

    I'm one semester in to my FNP program online, and I had to quit my part-time job at a hospital. I think it just depends on where you work and if they are supportive of your education. I needed certain days off for quizzes, and wasn't given them. I made other requests and was not given those either. I was becoming burnt-out after just one semester, and decided to focus on my education. I actually just got a PRN position that will allow me to pick up as many or as few hours as I want on the days I want. The main reason I did this is because I didn't want to have nothing on my resume for the two years I was in school. However, I think employers might be more understanding than we may think. Graduate school is difficult, and I don't think that there is anything wrong with saying that you wanted to focus on your education. I'm the same as you - I tend to put A LOT of work into my school work, so it tends to take me longer to complete things than some others. Everyone is different, you have to do what's right for you!
  5. BowHunterRN

    Masters Program

    I also am finishing up my BSN at OU. I'm done with all of the nursing courses, but have one elective this fall. I have my MSN application nearly completed, and the enrollment advisor called to see how I was doing. She had previously told me that as long as I was an OU BSN student, I could apply to the MSN program before finishing my BSN, as long as I would have my BSN before the start of my MSN. When she called this time, I wanted to confirm this information. She then told me she didn't know if they would accept me, since the application deadline is December 1, and I won't have my BSN until after the deadline. I KNOW this is not what she told me previously. I was really looking forward to this program, but I now feel that it needs some work. I really wanted to start my MSN in the spring, so I am now looking at other options. Good luck in whichever course you choose! Anyone know of any other online MSN (FNP) programs that are more established?
  6. BowHunterRN

    FNP info please!

    Hi! I'm in the process of applying to the MSN program. You do not need to take the GRE unless your GPA is less than a 3.2 I believe. That is your combined GPA - the average of all of your previous college GPA's. You need three recommenders - you provide their e-mail address, they send them a form. You need to provide a resume and a statement of professional goals. The website is unclear and the enrollment advisor has not been very helpful in my opinion. She seems to contradict the information she provides, and I feel that many of my questions are not answered. I do know that the program is about 27 months and you start clinicals in your second year. Classes are all online and are 7 weeks long. The enrollment advisor coud not give me a good answer regarding what the classes consist of. I have really been working on my application and hoping to get in, but my recent conversation with the enrollment advisor is making second guess my choice. I hope this was helpful to you! Good luck in continuing your education!
  7. BowHunterRN

    Assistance with MSN Application process

    Thanks for your replies! I think I am going to put some of the activites I did in school, as they were only two years ago. I appreciate your comments!
  8. Hello! I'm sure many of you understand how difficult applying to an MSN program can be! I am currently applying to Ohio University's MSN Family Nurse Practitioner online program. I am looking for some opinions. I spoke to the admissions advisor, who said that they recommend community involvement to be on your resume. I did a lot of community activities in nursing school (I only graduated from my ADN 2 years ago), but must admit I haven't volunteered much since. A full-time job and working towards a BSN can get busy :). I was wondering if anyone thought it was appropriate to include the community involvement I did in school on my resume, or if anyone had ideas for volunteer work for nurses. I don't have a lot of time, as I would like to get the application in by the end of this month. I appreciate your assistance!

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