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777RN has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics, dementia, hospice.

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  1. You might also check out the programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) in Laurel, Maryland. Best wishes!
  2. 777RN

    Is my (50K) BSN worthless?

    Hello OP! For what it's worth, I knew that I did not want to be a hospital nurse long before I ever started nursing school. Hospital nursing is NOT for everyone and I have never worked in one. My first nursing job was on the dementia unit in a LTC facility. I was responsible for up to 42 patients and developed really strong time-management skills. Currently, I work full time in hospice within my company's inpatient facility, and I also pick up over time hours in the field, doing home visits. I love my job! There are many options outside of the hospital: home care, hospice, rehab, dialysis, LTC, private duty, etc. In areas like home care and private duty can be more relaxed, given that you are working with one patient at a time AND you do not have to deal with the potential drama of coworkers and other staff. There are many options, so please do not be discouraged. Best wishes on your nursing journey!
  3. Hello, LJewelsRN! Did you end up matriculating at La Salle? I am also considering this program and would love to know your thoughts. Thank you in advance. Best, 777RN
  4. 777RN

    Cheapest Post-Master's NP programs

    Hello, sunshine_2014! If you can wait a bit, you might consider Western Governors University, where an FNP program is in the works. Although you already have an MSN and would prefer a post-master's certificate, at WGU's tuition levels, getting second master's could be just as cost effective. You might also check for distance-learning opportunities with state-sponsored universities in New Mexico, which often offer out-of-state tuition rates lower than in-state rates in other states. All the best, 777RN
  5. 777RN

    Quitting nursing school?

    MSTLUV, Please, do yourself a favor and do NOT become a nurse because others want you to be a nurse. Only become a nurse if YOU truly want to be a nurse! As a hospice nurse, I can assure you that life is SHORT. I care for people of all ages facing the end of life. What I have learned is that, at the end of life, most people regret less what they did and regret more what they DIDN'T do; i.e., the missed opportunities, the chances not taken, the paths not traversed. What is your dream career; i.e., your wildest dream? Whatever it is, pursue that! If you dream of caring for and helping people, there are many career paths that would allow you to do so that don't involve nursing. Are you into wellness? If so, have you thought about massage therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, art therapy, health & fitness, or something similar? Are you more into the psychosocial aspects of caring for people? What about social work, counseling, or something related? Sorry, but I think that, overall, nursing is too stressful a job for someone to come into it having major reservations from the start. Nevertheless, whatever you decide, best wishes!
  6. Hello! My reply is not likely going to be very popular. It may be completely ignored and dismissed as nonsense by those not willing to look into the opposing viewpoint. Or, my post may incite, though it is not intended to do so. Nevertheless, I am writing to share another perspective ... one that you won't hear in the mainstream media. Whatever the case, I hope those who do take the time to read this will do so with an open mind. Please, use your critical thinking skills and good old-fashioned common sense. And, please verify everything I share here. Do you own research! So, with that said, I find the passing of the California law extremely disturbing at best and wholeheartedly sinister at worst. Why? Leaving vaccines out of the equation for a moment, it seems that everyone should be disturbed by the government mandating any kind of medical procedure upon its citizens. Whether one is for or against vaccines, I think we can all agree that any medical procedure carries at least some risk. So, if the government forces vaccines upon its citizens, who will be liable when something goes wrong? As nurses, we know that every vaccine vial insert comes with a long list of potential side effects (some of which can be life threatening). And, speaking of labels, a number of ingredients in a variety of vaccines are toxic, such as mercury and aluminum. Similar to the disguising of high-fructose corn syrup on food labels as simply fructose,” vaccine manufacturers disguise mercury as thimerosal.” If the government can force vaccines, what else can it force upon its people? Where will government intervention end? While this seem may like a radical example, what if the government, for whatever reason, decided to mandate that all people take arsenic or mercury? Did you know that, historically, arsenic and mercury were once first-line drugs used in allopathic medicine? In fact, President George Washington, who had the world's best physicians at the time, died of mercury poisoning. Today, the prescription of arsenic or mercury would be considered barbaric (yet mercury is in many vaccines). The point is that evidence, scientific or otherwise, changes; also, it can and often is manipulated and controlled by the powers that be. For example, nutrition advice and evidence are constantly flip-flopping. At one time margarine was recommended over butter; today, the reverse is true. Similarly, ancient astronomers and the world's greatest scholarly minds once believed the Earth was flat. We are constantly barraged with misinformation that serves a financial purpose for powerful interests, industries, and lobbying groups. (Does milk really help to prevent osteoporosis or does it actually contribute to it? Does sunscreen really help to prevent skin cancer or do the toxic chemicals it contains contribute to it? This list could go on and on ….) Did you know that as a result of years of lobbying and political influence, pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued for vaccine injuries? This liability shield has even been reported in the mainstream media. Yet, the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) database is full of records and the VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) has paid out billions of dollars to families whose loved ones were harmed. And from where does this money come? Taxpayers. Families who pursue compensation and are awarded damages are paid by VICP, which is funded by taxpayers. Furthermore, the government has recently removed some VICP statistics from public view. Despite the complete indoctrination physicians and nurses receive in their education, training, and workplace regarding vaccines, a growing number of them (including pediatricians) are shunning vaccines and actively speaking out against them. Why would this be? There is certainly no money in fighting the trillion-dollar Big Pharma industry. Fighting the pharmaceutical companies is an uphill battle at best. No big-money funding exists on the antivaccine side. Yet, it is a growing, fervent movement of physicians, nurses, parents, pharmacists, etc. who have done their own independent research and have decided that vaccines are dangerous, ineffective, or both. The International Medical Council on Vaccination and Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines are two of several organizations comprised of healthcare professionals who are speaking out against vaccines. Please, ask yourself why a physician or nurse would go against everything they have been taught to support such a cause when there's no money in it for them? Some even risk their licenses. Having studied vaccines for decades, I could go on and on and on about specifics regarding why they may be dangerous, ineffective, or both. Instead, I'll share some resources that provide such information in a much more engaging and eloquent way. Even if you only take a peek to know more about the opposing side in an effort to bolster an opposing argument, please consider the following: BOUGHT: The Truth about Vaccines, Big Pharma, and Your Food How Vaccines Harm Child Brain Development by Russell Blaylock, MD The Danger of Excessive Vaccination During Brain Development: The Case for a Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders by Russell Blaylock, MD BREAKING: CDC Whistleblower Confesses to MMR Vaccine Research Fraud in Historic Public Statement CDC Whistleblower: Behind the Media Blackout Mainstream Media Buries CDC Scientist's Confession About Vaccines & Autism Link Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits Smoke, Mirrors, and the Disappearance” Of Polio Thank you for your time.
  7. Hello everyone! I posted a similar question a few years ago when I was a prelicensure nursing student. Now that I'm a licensed RN, I'm seeking some additional insight. I have an ADN, a non-nursing bachelor's, and am 1.5 trimesters away from a master's in a health-related field. I would like to pursue additional credentials in nursing and am considering ADN-MSN programs that do not award the BSN along the way. Specifically, I'd like to teach RN-BSN students online in the future. Would the lack of a BSN be a detriment to such career goals? Can anyone share reasons why skipping the BSN would be a bad idea, given my previous bachelor's and impending master's? Eventually, I plan to pursue a PhD in nursing or public health. Thanks in advance!
  8. 777RN

    Do you lie when they ask, "how long?"

    Hi RNsRWe! I think it's acceptable for an experienced nurse, such as yourself, to deflect the question with coy, funny answers. While experience certainly isn't everything, it usually shows. Therefore, I would imagine that a patient asking you such a question is likely just making small talk because your level of experience is likely evident. That's not the case for someone relatively new like me! My lack of experience can be painfully obvious at times and I don't try to hide it! However, for a newbie, newish, or relatively inexperienced nurse, the patient or family may be asking about experience level for any number of reasons, including not wanting to be someone's guinea pig. Personally, I think patients have the right to request a different nurse, in most cases, if for some reason they do not feel comfortable with their assigned nurse—whether due to experience level, personality conflict (within reason), etc. In fact, in my admittedly limited experience, I have seen a few patients prefer newish nurses over experienced ones. Case in point, at one of my jobs, I was trained by a veteran nurse with 20+ years experience. She and a particular patient—I'll call her Gwendolyn (a fictitious name)—just didn't hit it off; Gwendolyn said that the nurse in question had become jaded and lost her compassion. So, I swapped out Gwendolyn with the other nurse for a patient on my set. I was almost brand new then, but Gwendolyn was comfortable with me because I was upfront with her when she asked about my experience, etc. She told me a did a better job on a few of her procedures than some of the veteran nurses, even though I was much, much slower! I think she could see that I cared, and that was all that mattered.
  9. 777RN

    Do you lie when they ask, "how long?"

    Hi! While I like all the funny comments, I would never lie to a patient about my years of experience (or anything else for that matter)—and I am a new nurse who at times appears uncomfortable with a given procedure. At such times, I will get help from a more experienced nurse. I have no problem telling patients or their families that I am relatively new (and when I was brand-spankin' new, I would tell them that too). Nevertheless, I think it's okay to start off with funny comments as an icebreaker, just as long as you are truthful in the end. Like a few other posters, I see no good reason to lie about your length of experience. If for some reason a patient or family is uncomfortable with a given nurse, they will likely ask other staff members questions about him or him. What if you tell a patient you've had X number of years of experience and then they ask the next shift or the aide or another healthcare worker about your level of experience? It wouldn't look good to be caught in such a lie, as innocuous as it may seem. It could really destroy a patient's confidence in you—or worse, as other posters have mentioned. For what it's worth, a patient or a patient's family can be comfortable with a new grad and uncomfortable with the most seasoned nurse. Experience isn't everything! Building rapport, honesty, and courtesy go a long way to put people at ease. In my experience, being honest with patients and families about what I do not know—and that's a lot!—has gone a long way to earn their trust. In such cases, which still happens quite often for me, I will find out the correct answer from a more experienced colleague.
  10. Hello there, Markman122! You have received quite positive comments from the other posters. While I am generally a positive person (I've been called a Pollyanna by many people over my lifetime), I am going to play devil's advocate and give you the flip side of embarking upon a career in nursing. To provide some background to my perspective, I entered nursing as a 4th career, after enjoyable stints in hospitality, accounting/IT, and publishing/technical writing—the latter of which gave me the opportunity to freelance and own/run a very small business for a while. I am a perpetual student and career changer because I love learning and because no job working for someone else will ever fully "satisfy" my requirements. My stint in publishing spoiled me and, one day, I intend to return to self-employment. That being said, for me, becoming an RN was a matter of coming full circle. I started nursing school at 18 and changed majors to accounting after my father died when I was 19. I have always enjoyed caring for people, especially the elderly and dying, which is why I currently work as a dementia and hospice nurse. Incidentally, hospice nursing is generally the lowest paid specialty around. I mention this lest anyone accuse me of going into nursing for the money. (Incidentally, I made more money in publishing/technical writing than I did as a new nurse.) So, starting with money, regardless of specialty, nursing is likely the most underpaid profession in the world! Really! While I am in no way afraid of hard work, nurses work for every penny they earn. Quite frankly, for the level of responsibility we are given, no amount of money would be adequate compensation, in my opinion. Are you considering nursing because you enjoy caring for people? Unfortunately, the realities of working as a floor nurse are not compatible with caregiving because, in almost every venue, nurses are chronically overworked. Long hours and limited resources are the realities of almost every nursing setting. Most healthcare employers are only interested in the financial bottom line, so high patient-to-nurse ratios are the norm. Such ratios are projected to become worse—universally—with our new "Affordable" Healthcare Act. I can attest to this firsthand with one of my employers, a Catholic, not-for-profit facility that likely had the best ratios in my state—until recently. Our patient-to-caregiver ratio just increased by 50 percent due to recent changes in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements. Dealing with patients and their families is not for the faint of heart. You will discover that your experience dealing with parents as an educator is similar to dealing with patients and their families. However, as a nurse, such interactions are more likely to lead to lawsuits, when things go wrong, in our litigious society. While I considered several local ABSN programs for my prelicensure education, I ruled them out due to expense. Instead, I went to a very competitive community college program that was less than a third of the cost. I would think long and hard about investing $35K in a prelicensure program if you are not 110% sure nursing is what you want to do, especially since you will be taking on debt, as you mentioned. I only recommend nursing as a profession if it is truly what you want to do above every other possibility. For the time, money, and effort spent to enter the nursing field, you could start a profitable business, if you are so inclined, affording you more freedom with greater earning potential—and almost certainly less stress. This is the advice I give my younger sister, who is considering nursing as a 2nd career. Also, given your background in physical therapy, have you considered becoming a physical or occupational therapist? At my other employer (a rehab facility with a dementia unit), the therapy department seems to be closely knit and less stressed than the nursing department. They come in early, work out on the exercise equipment, and eat breakfast and drink coffee—all before starting their day. Whereas the nursing department is, generally speaking, a disgruntled group, the therapy department seems to be a happy bunch! Of course, only you can decide what is right for you and if that is nursing, go for it! However, if you are unsure, perhaps try shadowing some nurses in as many venues as possible to see if an area piques your interest. Best wishes whatever you decide!
  11. 777RN

    UNISA anyone?

    You're welcome and best wishes! By the way, I meant to say I intend to pursue a doctorate (not a master's) at UNISA or the University of Pretoria. I will be finished with a non-nursing master's next summer. Also, at one time UNISA offered a DLitt et Phil in nursing (or nursing science), but I believe now the degree is in Health Studies. Is that the degree you intend to pursue? Also, for what it's worth, I believe University of Pretoria offers a PhD in nursing science. Finally, I noticed you live in Las Vegas. That's my hometown!
  12. 777RN

    UNISA anyone?

    I have been intrigued by UNISA since I first read about it 30+ years ago in a John Bear's book. I intend to do a master's there or at the University of Pretoria one day as well (though, maybe not in nursing, as I am near completion of a master's in another field). Anyway, bookwormom is a nurse who posts from time to time on these forums. She completed a doctorate from UNISA and is now a teaching faculty member in the nursing department at a state university. I have corresponded with her a few times and got some great insights into the program. If you do a search of her previous posts, I'm sure you'll find the information helpful. Also, perhaps you could private message her for more info. Best wishes!
  13. Great to hear! WGU is in my top 2 choices for a BSN and is my top choice, so far, for an MSN. Congrats on your BSN and your soon-to-be-completed MSN! Happy Thanksgiving!
  14. 777RN

    Online 2nd Degree BSN list

    If you happen to live in, or are willing to move to, Michigan, I believe the theory portion of Oakland University's ABSN is all online. Good luck!
  15. 777RN

    I'm an Rn

  16. I agree with everything TheCommuter said. However, to add, College Network study guides are in no way necessary to pass Excelsior College or Indiana State University exams. Such exams can be passed with any number of textbooks, study guides, and free information on the Internet. Surely, some study guides are well organized and make the search for information easier. However, for self-driven students--as are most EC and ISU students--such organization is often not necessary and certainly not worth paying extortionate fees. For what it's worth, here's a link to a number of free, well-organized, online textbooks. Common nursing prerequisites courses are represented including psychology, sociology, biology, chemistry, A&P, microbiology, and statistics.