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turnforthenurse MSN, NP

ER, progressive care
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turnforthenurse has 7 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in ER, progressive care.


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    FNP Oversaturation

    Looking back I'm thinking that's the route I should have gone, but my experience is all ER and not ICU
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    FNP Oversaturation

    I live in Houston and I am a new FNP. We are very oversaturated here - it is very difficult for us to find jobs. A handful of my classmates were lucky, but many of us are struggling. I have seen quite a few ACNP, PMHNP, and even some PNP positions. FNP is scarce, especially ER positions. And of course, everyone wants experience.
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    This! My facility doesn't have a visitor policy. I worked at a large hospital downtown and they don't really follow a visitor policy, but I always told my patients 2 visitors at a time because the rooms are small. I get really irritated when I have to climb over people just to take care of my patient. At another hospital, it was also 2 visitors at a time but we actually issues visitor passes. They were like those little stick-on name tags.
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    What time do you wake up for work?

    I get up at 0500. Leave by around 0530 to go on my morning Starbucks run. My shift starts at 0600.
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    Working 24+ hours?

    I'm thinking this is illegal, but I'm not sure. What is the MAX number of hours a nurse can work in ONE shift? For example, can we work 24 hours straight? Obviously this is a huge safety issue. I live in Texas and I work at the freestanding ER. Staff on shift includes 1 RN, 1 MD, 1 CT tech, and 1 unit secretary. Sometimes it's an issue trying to find coverage for shifts especially at the last minute. There honestly isn't a whole lot of full-time staff for day shift. If there isn't another nurse available to come in and relieve you, you're expected to stay and work. One of our nurses was literally stuck here for a few days. The facility doesn't believe in closing down if coverage cannot be found. I realize that a disaster situation is different, but Texas states that mandatory overtime may be required in the event of a disaster situation, but does that also mean working 24+ hours at a time? I'm more curious about non-disaster situations. Thank you in advance!
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    Leik questions

    I really like the APEA questions. I agree with the Leik questions lacking rigor. They're almost too easy.
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    Working while in NP school

    During most of my didactic portion of my program, I worked full-time. It was difficult. Once I got to clinical, I dropped down to part-time but it was still difficult for me...so now I dropped to PRN. I have 360 clinical hours that I need to complete this fall which is essentially like a full-time job, minus the pay. A majority of my classmates all work PRN and some are quitting their jobs for this upcoming semester because PRN isn't an option, I guess. If it is financially feasible for you, I highly suggest going part-time or PRN.
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    Finding Preceptors

    Honestly, the best thing to do is print off your resume, search for outpatient clinics in your area (or whatever you need), dress nicely and go visit those places in person. I've had much better success that way instead of calling places.
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    UT Houston Summer 2017 FNP

    From the UTHSC Website: The priority deadline for MSN/NP is January 1st. Hope this helps!
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    how bad is 11a-11p?

    Honestly, I hated 11-11. I enjoyed coming in a little later because I have a hard time getting up at the crack of dawn at times, but that's it. 11-11 is the busiest shift imo. From my experiences, you hit the ground running and you're still running until you leave. Typically, the ER opens more beds as more staff come on...so mid shifters typically get crappier assignments or will get slammed all at once with patients. Never again unless I was really desperate.
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    What would you do in this situation? (If you know it all ;) )

    Based ONLY on information given, I would give the Lasix first.
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    Why have you decided to become a NP and not a Doctor?

    A couple of things...the biggest thing is that as a future NP, I still get to be a nurse, and I enjoy being a nurse. Med school is LONG and hard...I didn't want to be in school for 8 years + residency. I also do not think I'm smart enough to be a full-fledged MD/DO and there is also way more liability imo.
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    Advanced Pharmacology

    I found my advanced pharm class to be very difficult compared to my advanced patho class. I suggest forming a study group with no more than maybe 4-5 students, and make sure they are committed to actually studying the material. Study groups can be a hindrance if you have people who just want to chatter the entire time. I had a friend that I would study with one-on-one and we would read through the notes out loud then quiz each other on the material. It really helped me. I spent a countless number of hours of Starbucks doing this but I was forever grateful because I ended up with an A in the class. Good luck!
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    FNP preceptors in the Houston/South Houston area

    Thankfully, I received a call from a coordinator and I have a preceptor in the works. My school helps us find preceptors but only as a last resort. We have GNE but it will only last until sometime this upcoming year, which is why they will only use GNE unless absolutely necessary - they want us to attempt self-placement first. We have a certain number of sites that were on our GNE list but even after multiple emails to my school's clinical coordinator, they basically said to keep on trying.
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    FNP vs. AGNP??

    What do you want to do as an NP? I think FNP has more options, honestly. If you want to work in an urgent care or ER, FNP is really the way to go. There are ERs that don't really see kids - like the one that I work in, for example. If we have "pediatrics," they're teenagers. We have children's hospitals down the street. There may also be clinics that you could work in that doesn't see pediatrics. If you're interested in women's health, again, FNP or WHNP would be the route to go. If you want to do inpatient and work in a hospital, you should become an ACNP. If you want to focus solely on primary care for adults, become an AGNP.
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    Finding a FNP clinical preceptor

    As others have mentioned, sometimes cold calling is all you can do! If you have local places in mind, the other thing I can suggest is to dress like you're going for an interview, bring copies of your resume and pop into the practice in person and ask to speak with the manager. Good luck in your search!