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canchaser has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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  1. canchaser

    VA Nurse Salary

    So will it take 24 years to get from step1 to step 24? Seems one wold never get to a level 3
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    Seeking Advice from Veterans Affairs FNPs

    Sorry you didn’t get a response. Om onboarding as a RN as I couldn’t get a bite on a NP position in over a year. Hoping to transfer to NP maybe after a year.
  3. Hi Mandyarn,

    I'm currently going through a similar experience to you - a recurring theme it seems - with Barry's CRNA program. 

    I'd really love if we could chat about your experience in private (I was going to write about mine here, but thought it's wiser not to do so publicly). 

    If you could please respond, email me or call/text me with my info below. Thank you so much and I'm so sorry there are so many others who've experienced this injustice. I don't see an option here to privately message you, or I would have!

    Warm Regards,

    - JCumerma

    561.352.6478 (c)

    jcumerma@hotmail.com (e)

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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Whom do ask for this pathway?
  5. canchaser

    VA Nurse Salary

    I thought NP and RN was paid on the same scale? This is good to know that I can get a raise when I find a NP job
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    What is an ANM?
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    Nurse III

    I’m an APN with 5 years and got a nurse 2, trying to get a 3 before I accept.
  8. canchaser

    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    I’m on boarding now. Seeking advice as I got a low offer, making less than I made 5 years ago. So I told them that and they asked for paychecks. I’ve not been asked for anything but a resume. Do they do proficiency for onboarding? Also, can I get proficiency information emailed to lsummers88@yahoo.com thanks so much.
  9. canchaser

    VA Nurse Salary

    No, fight that. Get an attorney. That sounds awful.... and scary as im trying to get on with them.
  10. canchaser

    Starting pay at VA clinic HELP

    No answer? I’m negotiating my pay too, got an offer for $35/hr. LpN since 93, rn since 2005 and msn in 2013
  11. canchaser

    Former ICU nurses - I need your help

    Shadow a ED Np/ pa. I was ICU for years, went to CRNA school hated it the minute I stepped into clinical. "Flunked out" best thing that could of happened. Now 6 years later im a Np in ED making as much as the CRNA no call, no overnights, no sleeping close to the hospitals. Go in, do my 12 and adios. I see the quick ED patients and at the same time can have a septic patient circling the drain, a DKA ect. I love it, never thought I would.
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    Nurses change jobs because of stress and culture - not money

    I somewhat agree but as a person who was married and pregnant at age 15, any move I made was generally based off more money. Each degree I got doubled my income. Some are driven by money others by time with family. My husband was the one with the 9-5 job while I worked crazy hours and got the money. Only once did I change due to stress- more so management trying to micromanage the nursing staff and schedule.
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    Is Becoming A NP Worth It?

    Dreaming? As a NP in primary care insurance will dictate what tests are or aren't approved. The schedule is tight. That 15 minute slot is for VS, med reconciliation, and your time with patient. Usually less than 5 minutes. Charting most often occurs after everyone else has left. You take work home with you. The learning curve is big. Check out some of the NP sites in Facebook. Read the primary care posts. My PCP tells me he not done till 10-11 pm most nights. These providers hide the stress well. I work in the ED, I miss my 12 hours, shifts over- give report and go home. The pts keep flooding in, charting happens after my shift most often. There is an expectation for the provider to see so many pts a shift,from door to provider in less than 10 minutes, dispo in 2-3 hours, length of stay to be short, Each month I get my statistics- number of EKgs ordered, number of CT's and other testing. It comes out in a group Report so we can call see where we are in comparison. I'm spending 1-2 hours after shift finishing charts. Please check into this and think long and hard. I'm spending more time away from my family now than as a nurse. you may want to look into nursing home rounding, my friend does this she has a very flexible schedule. She sees the acute Medicare patients, looks at the log book of complaints/ lab/ ua results. Has to keep up with all the primary care meds, but yet give if antibiotics for pneumonia and the like. She really enjoys the challenge. And it's Monday they Friday with minimal call. She hardly ever takes work home, and is out at a decent time.
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    Nurse Practitioner Salary in Chicago

    And if you can't find work up there when you graduate, come on down to Springfield. Less saturation. Ed is needing help frequently.
  15. canchaser

    Hospital NPs & Lounge Access

    Mid west near St. Louis. Have access but at my other rural job while in orientation was told to stay out of lunch room until after 1 so as to not tick off the doctors.
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    FNP vs Acute care NP vs CRNA

    I work in ED at 2 different companies. I work fast track and in the main ED depending on my schedule. Yesterday, I diagnosed a stroke, a likely mets to the bone with malignant pleural effusion among the sore throats and fractures. You could get experience, work in Alaska or Montana and run the ED by yourself in a critical access site. Check out Employment Opportunities - Wilderness Medical Staffing to see the jobs offered.

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