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    NP Orientation period

    How long was your orientation period for your first NP position, do you feel there was sufficient time allotted to orientation? In contrast, as a new NP, were you expected to come on the new job with little to no orientation needed? As a soon to be NP graduate I'm just curious of what to reasonably expect.
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    Limited stress areas

    Which areas for FNP work would you say is less stressful? For example, where you won't be seeing patients as frequently as every 15-30 minutes.
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    Do nps make money?

    In the northeastern areas, new NPs in private hospitals make about 97k
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    How long can a recommendation letter be used?

    Get them whenever possible because since summer is coming, many people will be on vacation later and therefore probably unavailable later to respond to or really attend to your request for a recommendation at a later time,also you have to allow them time to complete the recommendation, at least 3-4weeks. If you want a number, I think that the recommendation is good for at LEAST one year,
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    GRE for grad school

    I wish I could take the current exam because it looks easier than the new exam format coming up , but between a heavy work schedule and studying, I doubt that I would be ready by then and I don't want to rush to take it and then possibly not do well.... I ordered the Princeton Review 2011,and have been using it a bit, in anticipation of taking the new GRE, but it doesn't even cover many of the anticipated changes to the exam come August 1st, which is confusing. I'll probably take the current GRE though because there doesnt seem to be enough preparation content out there for this new test
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    GRE for grad school

    Anyone studying for the GRE for grad school or already studied for it and took it? If so what did or are you using to study? Is it helpful? What do you recommend? I saw that Kaplan has a prep course, but it is so expensive, like $1600:( Does anyone know about any guality prep material that allows you to design online practice quizes of about 10- 20 questions at a time, or online practice quizes that tell you the answers and rationale immediately after you submit your answer to each question. Any with good prices? Thanks I'm not even sure if I should bother taking the GRE, because most of the grad schools for nursing that I'm interested in don't require it, only one does. So is it worth it to take the exam and invest months to study for it if I'm only going to use it for 1 school application out of about 6 of my choices?
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    Americare CSS in Brooklyn

    They do,according to their website, but only in the Hudson Valley area
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    You're welcome, I'm glad you are feeling better and have people around you who can help. Good luck, I am confident that with time you will adjust to the changes that have presented themselves and overcome such obstacles.
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    It does sound like depression, maybe you can try joining support groups, both online and in person. Also try reading self-help books for people dealing with depression. Maybe you can consider attending church or any religious activities, if you don't already. One thing for sure is that, although the way you are feeling now may seem permanent and insurmountable, it is definitely not, things can and will change. I've seen so may people rise from low points in their lives, and I know you will too, but you have to not give up! Think about your future, your legacy, and your loved ones. Don't destroy it by allowing your thoughts and physical limitations to overpower you. Change the way you look at things, be more positive. You will be surprised when a few years from now, you look back and say "wow, I'm so happy I did not make that huge mistake, and glad I did not allow negativity to get in the way of my true destiny that I am fulfilling now." Even though you studied nursing, nursing is not the beginning and the end. There are so many other opportunities out there, just as good, if not better than nursing....As for getting medical services, if you dont have insurance, you can apply for free coverage from the government or go to places that will provide you with a sliding scale for medical treatment once you provide documentation, at varius hospitals and clinics (for both mental health and other services). Don't be ashamed to ask for help from others, people are ready and willing to help you, you just have to take the first step and ask for assistance! Feel free to PM me as well
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    16 months....still NO JOB

    When applying to non-nursing jobs, try tailoring your resume to the specific job you are applying for. Don't include your college degrees on the resume for jobs that don't require a bachelors so that they wont conclude that you are overqualified for the position and may leave the second you get a job in your field of study
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    Why aren't there better incentives for obtaining a BSN degree?

    A PharmD is not a doctoral degree, it is not a graduate degree either. It is a Doctor of Pharmacy degree for entry level practice. After someone obtains a PharmD, if they want a doctoral degree, they must first earn a masters degree, and then a doctoral degree. As for OT's, there are not only experienced OTs with bachelors degrees, there are also experienced OTs with masters degrees as well.
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    Why aren't there better incentives for obtaining a BSN degree?

    Is there any research done that contradicts the findings of their studies?
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    Why aren't there better incentives for obtaining a BSN degree?

    I see what you're saying, but at the same time, the NCLEX is designed to measure minimum competency for entry level RN practice. At the end of the day an RN is an RN and we all do great work, but you can't overlook the importance of more academic preparation.
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    Why aren't there better incentives for obtaining a BSN degree?

    the following is from the aacn http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media/factsheets/impactednp.htm recognizing differences among nursing program graduates there is a growing body of evidence that shows that bsn graduates bring unique skills to their work as nursing clinicians and play an important role in the delivery of safe patient care. *in an article published in health services research in august 2008 that examined the effect of nursing practice environments on outcomes of hospitalized cancer patients undergoing surgery, dr. christopher friese and colleagues found that nursing education level was significantly associated with patient outcomes. nurses prepared at the baccalaureate-level were linked with lower mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. the authors conclude that “moving to a nurse workforce in which a higher proportion of staff nurses have at least a baccalaureate-level education would result in substantially fewer adverse outcomes for patients.” *in a study released in the may/june 2008 issue of the journal of nursing administration, dr. linda aiken and her colleagues confirmed the findings from their landmark 2003 study (see below) which show a strong link between rn education level and patient outcomes. titled “effects of hospital care environment on patient mortality and nurse outcomes,” these leading nurse researchers found that every 10% increase in the proportion of bsn nurses on the hospital staff was associated with a 4% decrease in the risk of death. *in the january 2007 issue of the journal of advanced nursing, a new study is titled “impact of hospital nursing care on 30-day mortality for acute medical patients” found that baccalaureate-prepared nurses have a positive impact on lowering mortality rates. led by dr. ann e. tourangeau, a research team from the university of toronto and the institute for clinical evaluative sciences in ontario, canada, studied 46,993 patients admitted to the hospital with heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and blood poisoning. the authors found that: "hospitals with higher proportions of baccalaureate-prepared nurses tended to have lower 30-day mortality rates. our findings indicated that a 10% increase in the proportion of baccalaureate prepared nurses was associated with 9 fewer deaths for every 1,000 discharged patients." *in a study published in the march/april 2005 issue of nursing research, dr. carole estabrooks and her colleagues at the university of alberta found that baccalaureate prepared nurses have a positive impact on mortality rates following an examination of more than 18,000 patient outcomes at 49 canadian hospitals. this study, titled the impact of hospital nursing characteristics on 30-day mortality, confirms the findings from dr. linda aiken's landmark study in september 2003. *in a study published in the september 24, 2003 issue of the journal of the american medical association (jama), dr. linda aiken and her colleagues at the university of pennsylvania identified a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes. this extensive study found that surgical patients have a "substantial survival advantage" if treated in hospitals with higher proportions of nurses educated at the baccalaureate or higher degree level. in hospitals, a 10 percent increase in the proportion of nurses holding bsn degrees decreased the risk of patient death and failure to rescue by 5 percent. the study authors further recommend that public financing of nursing education should aim at shaping a workforce best prepared to meet the needs of the population. they also call for renewed support and incentives from nurse employers to encourage registered nurses to pursue education at the baccalaureate and higher degree levels. *evidence shows that nursing education level is a factor in patient safety and quality of care. as cited in the report when care becomes a burden released by the milbank memorial fund in 2001, two separate studies conducted in 1996 - one by the state of new york and one by the state of texas - clearly show that significantly higher levels of medication errors and procedural violations are committed by nurses prepared at the associate degree and diploma levels as compared with the baccalaureate level. these findings are consistent with findings published in the july/august 2002 issue of nurse educator magazine that references studies conducted in arizona, colorado, louisiana, ohio and tennessee that also found that nurses prepared at the associate degree and diploma levels make the majority of practice-related violations. *chief nurse officers (cno) in university hospitals prefer to hire nurses who have baccalaureate degrees, and nurse administrators recognize distinct differences in competencies based on education. in a 2001 survey published in the journal of nursing administration, 72% of these directors identified differences in practice between bsn-prepared nurses and those who have an associate degree or hospital diploma, citing stronger critical thinking and leadership skills. *studies have also found that nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level have stronger communication and problem solving skills (johnson, 1988) and a higher proficiency in their ability to make nursing diagnoses and evaluate nursing interventions (giger & davidhizar, 1990). *research shows that rns prepared at the associate degree and diploma levels develop stronger professional-level skills after completing a bsn program. in a study of rn-to-bsn graduates from 1995 to 1998 (phillips, et al., 2002), these students demonstrated higher competency in nursing practice, communication, leadership, professional integration, and research/evaluation.
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    Why aren't there better incentives for obtaining a BSN degree?

    Lets say that two nurses have equivalent working clinical experience. The better wages for the BSN nurse than the ADN nurse is based on double the academic preparation, its based on the studies that have shown that a more educated nurse produces better outcomes for their patients.
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    Why aren't there better incentives for obtaining a BSN degree?

    I bet that an OT with a masters would be paid significantly more than an OT with a bachelors and that a pharmacist with a doctoral degree would be paid more than a Pharmacist with a PharmD, even if the two are doing the same job and all are licensed.