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    Leaving new position

    I just started a new position one month ago as a new grad, it went great for the first few weeks despite my schedule being changed, but in the last week the attitude from the other NP's I work with has changed drastically. It is making my training very hard, and leaving me stressed going to work daily. I attempted addressing this with them directly, but nothing has changed. They have lost multiple NP's recently to personality differences. The practice manager has noticed this change as well and told me they are like this and I will move locations eventually (no time frame is available right now). I feel like I need to find a new position, but don't know how to address leaving so quickly after starting with any new prospective employers. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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    Working Interview

    I am a new grad and just had interview 1 at a neurologist office. It went well, but they want me to come back for a 2 day working interview. I've heard of working interviews for 4 hours or half day, but never 2 days. I know I'm only going to be shadowing for the 2 days, but I'm not sure what else to expect from this. Has anyone ever encountered this, or can give me any advice on what to expect? Thanks in advance!
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    NP Programs, Preceptors and You - Get Your Voice Heard!

    I just finished the survey as well, but I don't have a lot of faith in change.
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    Why is our salary so low?

    I have discovered the B&M vs Online is a big deal obviously. Many complaints about lack of quality... so on and so forth. There are online programs out there that require every test to be proctored, skills check offs to be done in person or proctored by the instructor, and clinicals are still necessary. I go to one of those schools that require all of the above, and I have spoken with many students who attempted to attend and moved on to other online schools due to the difficulty even though it's an online school. Now having said that, as mentioned previously we all must still pass the boards to become a nurse practitioner, and for these other students just skirting through school I hope repeatedly failing boards will help them learn a valuable lesson that the plethora of posts on here have not taught thus far. I believe the primary issue with our low pay is our lack of demand for higher pay. If we continue to accept these first offers and fail to even negotiate compensation outside of base pay we will drive the base rate even further down. I am a huge fan of negotiation despite the feeling my heart will explode every time I must do it. I believe part of the problem lies within the school though; they must educate their students on how to negotiate, what to expect after graduation, and what comes next in terms of applying for DEA, credentialing, and so forth. Long...sorry, but my two cents!
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    Surgical NP Clinical

    I am lining up my clinical experiences right now in my FNP program and I am trying to decide how best to use my maximum of 40 hours in a specialty. I am in the DFW area and have a few options on how to spend this finite amount of time, I have the option to do my hours in clinic with a trauma surgeon, a pulmonologist, or an orthopedic surgeon. I want to do something rural, preferably ER/urgent care, or ortho when I graduate. I honestly am not sure if such a short amount of time will matter when job seeking and if I should just choose the physician I get along with best, or if I should go with a specific specialty to achieve my endgame. Any suggesstions would be greatly appreciated!
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    UTA FNP 2016

    Some things have changed in this program that are very different from what is listed in this thread. The classes are no longer "open book" as all exams require a webcam and no papers/books/etc on the desk. The classes are 5 weeks and 11 weeks respectively and there is no longer a break at 6 weeks in the 11 week class. Also group work is being phased out from my understanding in much of the classes. As far as ability to work and do this program, I work full time - sometimes overtime, have three kids, personal issues like everyone else, and I take the one class at a time track. It is doable with family support. I am looking to switch to the 2 class at a time track now that I am through with the patho class though and I feel confident I will be able to work at the same time. The lectures that I have listened to throughout my classes were 15 to 20 minutes long, and one week could have up to 4 lectures. As far a preceptors go, Baylor has a listing of preceptors willing to precept listed online that do family practice. Also with students I've spoken to many have used their family doctors to fulfill their hours. Overall I could probably say some bad things about the organization of the program, but overall I have felt I've learned things and looking through upcoming syllabuses I'm really looking forward to the upcoming classes where I will learn things like splinting/central line insertion/radiology reading/etc. So with everything there is good and bad to this program, but I would pick it over an 80K priced school like Georgetown that still doesn't assist with finding preceptors.
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    Working During Chemo/Radiation

    Any floor nurses out there that went right back to work after a cancer diagnosis? This is long and kind of raw for me, but here goes. I am 27 and was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer and need a hysterectomy and chemo/radiation. I currently work 4 12's in float pool a week because my husband has to stop working soon to take care of our 2 year old who needs hip surgery. We have 3 kids ages 4 months to 9 years, and I am currently in school for my FNP and really don't want to have to stop either. I know I have to stop breastfeeding, but I am trying to find a way to keep everything else intact. I have never had a major illness and have no idea how this will feel or what to expect. I'm just wondering if anyone has juggled this and has any tips or advise on how to survive this.
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    Extern while pregnant?

    I have a question on how to talk to my manager about this. I will be around 14 weeks pregnant (hopefully) when I graduate nursing school and I am currently a tech/extern. My manager has already offered me a position as a new grad with about a 6 week orientation. I won't be due for many months after starting, but I still don't know when or how to talk to her about this pregnancy, any advice?
  9. Thanks Briterz, I'm looking forward to it. Laffitte, straight A students were making 50's and 60's on the first two tests, and were happy to make a C in the class. There will be a different teacher doing the class next semester so it might be different, but the main thing is the tests are very abstract/subjective. In med/surg it could be questions about low RBC and prioritization, in psych it would be what is better to say to such and such patient. In response to the A question, I don't know anyone that received an A in that class, including previous semesters.
  10. So we started Nursing Skills 2 a couple days after spring semester ended. We also started Med/Surg class then. We had that until the beginning of July. We had some overlapping of skills and clinicals, those were 3 days a week, so most I believe were done 1st week of august or the week before. We didn't have to go back until the end of august, so that was our break before we had to start fall. Fall was 3 5 week blocks of classes, peds, then OB, then psych. We are still waiting to see if we had the prerequisite 3-4 fail from psych this year. Now that semester is done my class is a little on edge because we had no break in-between the fall classes, and 3-4 tests every 5 weeks, plus volunteering, and random extra activities that were required to pass. Oh and lots of group projects!! It is hard to get through, and the prospect of being able to read before starting the next class is impossible due to still studying for the final on the class that is still going on. The only advice I can think to give is forget life for the fall semester and just study, spend the extra money on the Davis series of books, like Davis Fundamentals, Davis Pediatric Success, etc...
  11. We got about 3 weeks off from the end of July to the end of August, my group started last spring.
  12. Good luck to everyone coming in for the spring!! Be prepared for last minute schedule changes, and extra money requested at random. They will tell you to get a PCT job, then tell you that you shouldn't work in the program. To clarify on the pediatric experience part, we did get hands on experience with kids doing finger sticks, and health teaching, but no hospital experience. Only about half of the students will get preceptors (which is when you follow a nurse 1:1 last semester for her entire shift). The school has also been telling students multiple different stories about the spring semester schedule and why it won't be released until at least December, so good luck with scheduling if you were lucky enough to keep a job through this. Also keep in mind that at Brookhaven there is a 10% rule, meaning you can miss no more than 10% of class or clinicals in a semester. So for our 5 week classes/clinicals of Peds/OB/Psych that is 4 hours, so don't get sick because you will be sent home from clinicals if it is infectious.
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    Any info?

    Texas is a really large state, what area are you wanting to know about?
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    Brookhaven Fall 2012

    I think working is definitely possible during school. Try to work somewhere that you can change your schedule at a whim. Clinical days can get changed at last minute, extra classes added, and we have no power to change it. My clinical group was the only one with Friday clinicals last semester, and in third semester clinical days will be different every five to six weeks. I guess what I'm trying to say is be flexible and ask your family/friends/job to be understanding.
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    MCP externship

    Can anyone tell me about externships in the DFW area? Are they like a clinical experience so I can use my skills learned in class such as catheters, IV, etc... or is it like an aide? Any info is really appreciated.
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    Thinking of nursing school in Dallas

    If you want to get into a nursing program in Dallas, it will take at least a year. The ADN programs like Brookhaven, Mountain View, and El Centro require the prerequisites and most of the support classes (like pharmacology and pathophysiology) before you can apply. That will take at least two semesters and then the time waiting to get accepted is about one semester. Once in the program it can take 16 months to 2 years depending on the program you choose. I write all this because if you really want to do the nursing program you need to understand it is a long process. I love Brookhaven though, and the wait was worth it. It is expensive even though it is a community college, and the scheduling can be chaotic at times.

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