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dandk1997RN MSN, RN

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dandk1997RN has 4 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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    If you went to WGU and then on to NP school, where?

    I just wanted to clarify, for future readers, that the program at Samford is an FNP DNP program.
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    Samford University FNP-January 2014 Start

    Sent you a private message, FL-FNP.
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    Samford FNP Fall 2015 start

    FL-FNP- I'm trying to gather a few of us together that will be starting the DNP-FNP program in January. I'm going to send you a message.
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    Samford university RN-MSN FNP spring 2017

    There are two others of us here that I can confirm. I will send you a message as you may not have enough posts to send me one.
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    Going from MSN Ed to DNP (FNP)

    I had a tough time finding a program like that, so I al going into a BSN-DNP program and just transferring in as many of my MSN-Ed credits as possible. Full disclosure, though, is that I live in NY where the board of ed. severely limits the out-of-state schools I can do online NP programs with.
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    How do you ask doctors for a letter of recommendation?

    I don't know about the asking a doc thing as I didn't have to do that, but I sent email thank yous to all three people who wrote my recommendations. One had a particularly difficult time because the computers at my hospital don't have upgraded software and she had to try for days and finally did it from home. This happened while I was on vacation and it was under a tight deadline, so I got her a little pouch with a couple nice hand soaps- just a small gift for her tenacity. Finally, when I found out I got in (yesterday) I sent them all another email thanking them for the role they played in helping me get accepted.
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    If you went to WGU and then on to NP school, where?

    To answer my own question...finished up my MSN-Ed at WGU earlier this year and just found out I was accepted into the Samford University DNP program. So it does really happen.
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    Samford BSN-DNP 2017

    Me!!! I just got my acceptance today. Can't wait!!!
  9. Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. I think I will apply to both the other school and to Frontier's bridge program and see what happens. My gpa from this degree is pretty competitive, so there is chance I can get I to Frontier- might as well try and see what happens. :)
  10. Please forgive typos- using my Kindle and still adjusting to it. I am so torn. I'm an older new(ish) ADN (AAS) RN - 39 & 2 years intermediate cardiac telemetry experience with prior healthcare supervisory experience, BLS, ACLS,and studying for my PCCN, but currently no other national certifications. I am still rebuilding my life after a natural disaster 3 years ago. I have a great deal of experience with online education, I do well with it, but I don't like having to rely on other students to get my work done. As in, when I was doing pre-reqs for my nursing program, it drove me nuts waiting for other students to finally post in the last 24 hours of a module to be able to post the required minimum responses to earn the highest grade for the class. For these reasons (money, time, limiting my frustration when feasible,) WGU seems like a good option for my BSN and possibly MSN (education, likely, since I don't like management based on prior personal experience. This will also give me a fallback option for when I get older. ) I know I will be limited by WGU's GPA policy, and the fact the I live in New York severely limits my schooling options. But I also know other people have gotten into Frontier with WGU degrees. I would be saving probably at least a year and $15-20k by doing WGU-BSN/MSN--->Frontier PMC (and possibly DNP AFTER either option.) Does anyone know how competitive Frontier's FNP programs are? Personal or anecdotal experience with these programs? How "good" is Frontier's program, in your opinion (not that I can afford to be that choosy.) I'm looking for any/all input- thanks!!!
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    Good communities upstate?

    And if you don't mind small town, Corning is cute. My husband grew up near there and his mother still teaches at the college there. It is close enough to the Finger Lakes to afford some nice summer weekends.
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    Good communities upstate?

    I'm not sure why everyone thinks Albany is so unsafe- you're the second person on this forum to mention it recently. Maybe you don't want to be a lone lady walking down the street at night in the city (or ever in places like Arbor Hill or downtown if you aren't from there,) but most of the surrounding neighborhoods and towns are pretty darn safe. I'm a small-town girl who grew up on the NY/PA border and have lived outside Albany for the last 16 years. I have lived in Schenectady/Schoharie/Saratoga counties. We are hiring new grads in the area, and as long as you choose your neighborhood wisely, it's a pretty decent place to live- way safer than many areas of Florida. Slingerlands and Delmar are decent areas right near St. Peter's Hospital and Albany Med. Loudonville is nice and near Albany Memorial and Albany Med. Averill Park and East Greenbush are nice and near St. Mary's and Samaritan in Troy. Any town in Saratoga county is pretty decent and near Saratoga Hospital. Duanesburg and Princetown are fine and near the Ellis Hospital system. Are these places walking distance to these hospitals? No, but if you have a car, the commutes are pretty much Let me know if you have any specific questions I can answer for you about this area. I was scared as all get out when I moved here because I was only 22 and moved right into the city of Schenectady (which I would NOT do now.) But I generally feel safe here, and it is a pretty okay place to live. My commute is a little longer (by choice) and I have a nice home with a big yard but am only a 20-25 minute drive to Albany and close enough to NYC and Boston to visit them with a short drive.
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    How to give correct dosage of Lovenox

    Yeah, that. Can you show us your math so we can help you figure out where you're going wrong?
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    your first "patient emergency"

    My first rapid response on my pt was in my first couple months on my own. I got an ICU push-out with severe anxiety problems. He was getting neb tx but wanted his albuterol inhaler. He needed to hold it in his hand to feel less anxious...told his wife I knew nothing about asthma bc he needed that inhaler despite the albuterol neb...okay, whatever, it's not like I have a daughter with asthma or anything. I called respiratory (though we were all in agreement that the prob was anxiety and not asthma) and got an order for the inhaler to hold and Ativan (0.5, not enough to fix this prob.). I went to get the Ativan and by the time I got back to the room with it and the inhaler, the RT had called the RR and the intensivist was on his way. The guy had gotten himself so worked up he earned himself a bedside intubation (our nighttime intensivist tends to go overboard) and a return trip to the ICU. I think he could have done w/o the intubation if he just had an adequate dose of anti-anxiolytic in time, but I can only move so fast when I have to wait for the doc to give the order. Total time on my floor? 30 minutes plus the RR time. I still harass the ICU charge (a friend) who brought me this (mentally) unstable pt. And FWIW, I understand anxiety- I had a problem for years- but sheesh, who knew you could end up intubated bc of it?
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    Agreed. I would definitely see the ARF pt first. What other systems might not be adequately perfused if you are seeing symptoms of decreased urinary output? We are all taught not to read into NCLEX questions, so you can only go with the info provided. For the vast majority of diabetics, 200 doesn't cause emergent problems. But for most people, inadequate kidney perfusion AEB
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    If you went to WGU and then on to NP school, where?

    Thank you so much- was your MSN the leadership/management track?