ShantheRN

ShantheRN BSN, RN

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ShantheRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatric Hem/Onc.

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  1. Xavier University's MIDAS Program

    MIDAS students get mixed with the other MSN students, which I find rather odd and usually frustrating. I am a traditional MSN student so I can't comment on your curriculum. I will say that all of the MIDAS students know each other. It's like a big ga...
  2. Moving to San Antonio!

    An entry level nurse is an entry level nurse, regardless of degree. You won't get preferential treatment over BSN new grads, and you'll get the same amount of orientation. I'm in an MSN program with direct entry folks and I'm annoyed because I feel l...
  3. Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL): Where are they now?

    I'm currently in a CNL program, and I will tell you.....there is definitely some conflict. Personally, I do not think a brand new nurse is qualified to be a nurse leader. I say this from the perspective of someone that has been bedside for 5 years. T...
  4. Grad School

    I'll start from the bottom. If you want to be a CRNA(I'm a little confused about the FNP angle?), you need critical care experience. The programs I've seen require at least 2 years. Get your BSN and some experience before you jump into the grad schoo...
  5. What is it like to work in Hematology/Oncology?

    Busy....intense.....heart breaking at times....and totally worth it when you get to send someone home after their last cycle. It's so unpredictable, but I love the intensity of it. I find it very rewarding. I also have very firm boundaries that preve...
  6. MD Anderson

    Thank you so much for the replies! I've read nothing but good things, but it's nice to get some feedback from natives. I love my hospital, but my health issues need a warm environment. I keep looking at your temps and sighing. Being cold hurts too mu...
  7. MD Anderson

    Howdy, folks! I'm planning to relocate once I complete my MSN so I'm doing recon on potential employers. Can anyone give me the good, bad, and ugly on this facility? Bonus points if you have any experience in peds there. I will be looking for CNL po...
  8. Working overnight and all day classes

    You're going to have to work weekends. It sucks, but it's temporary. It's pretty difficult to arrange a work and school schedule to include a full off day from each. I used to always look forward to the holidays because there was a 50% chance I'd be ...
  9. The Controversy: Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    This is in response to whoever called me ShuntRN lol now I can't find the original post. Not that it matters, because no one's mind is going to changed by this yearly debate. Ugh. Just to clarify, there were two flu vaccines that year because the swi...
  10. The Controversy: Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    I hope I live to see the day that this won't be considered controversial, and instead will just be plain common sense! Yes, I get it every year. Yes, my very large nationally ranked pediatric hospital employer requires it. I work in peds hem/onc and ...
  11. Nurses with fibromyalgia/cfs/similar conditions?

    I have fibro, along with a weird degenerative form of arthritis in my back (DISH or Forestier's disease if anyone is bored and wants to google). Fibro flares exacerbate the back symptoms. I was diagnosed with DISH last March, and the fibro was the pa...
  12. Which is better to be hired in peds?

    Psych nursing is vastly different from the hospital setting, regardless of the patient population. Peds psych is a foreign world that has nothing to do with my acute care peds experience. Listen to your mother - there are just as many nutty family si...
  13. 5 Reasons Why Being A Pediatric Nurse Is Like Being A Disney Character

    This.....so much. I was about to write a long wordy reply, but you nailed it perfectly! A lot of my patients don't get better, and I get to help them - and their families - through the death process. Disney doesn't really cover that. That being said,...
  14. CPN exam prep

    I didn't bother with the class. Do you still have your peds book? You can brush up on weirdly specific stuff with that. My hospital offers the classes and materials to all employees. I brushed up on GI because I felt like that was my weakest area...o...
  15. How long should I stay at my first nursing job?

    Most internal transfers only require 6 months. Just remember there's a big difference between being a student intern and an actual nurse on a unit. Make sure you really love it before you transfer. If you truly love ED and can transfer now, I say go ...