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editingeyes has 3 years experience and specializes in Mental Health/Substance Abuse.

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    PMHNP and telepsych

    Hello all, I have a question regarding telepsych - with telepsych, can I, as the practitioner, be the one at the remote location? For example, my SO travels a little over 50% of the year for work and once I graduate I would love to join him. However, I am unsure if there are jobs where I could work out of a remote office, or if I have to have a dedicated office in a place of my employment? I am a psych nurse and also going to school for my MSN to become a PMHNP. At my current facility we offer telepsych, however the provider comes in to one of our offices and does telepsych to one of our more remote locations where providers are not at every day. The providers simply mail scripts to the remote office (ones that can not be electronically transmitted) for the patients. Any advice would be appreciated!
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    How do you get to Blue from the mobile app?

    I'm so sorry to hear.
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    Taking a pay cut to go to day shift?

    I did essentially the same thing - went from working 3 12hr night shifts, EOW/H, etc to a Mon-Thur 10 hour a day job. No weekends, no holidays, no call. I took a $5/hour pay cut. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty rough on the wallet at first, but I just changed my budget around and got it figured out. I also stayed PRN at my original job and earn extra cash that way - is that a possibility for you? Every single Thursday at 5pm I thank my lucky stars I got my job because I get to go home and enjoy my weekend with my family. I think you are making the right choice as you will be in better situation re: mental health for your family.
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    AANP 2015 Salary Survey Results

    I'm not sure where you are located, but I can tell you that PMHNP's at my jobs make between 80,000-100,000. I am in the Midwest.
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    First Choice Nurse; Second ???

    Have enough money to travel to every National Park and go backpacking/camping/hiking. So...come on lottery win!
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    What's the meanest thing a patient has said to you?

    Just yesterday my patient told me multiple times all the reasons I was going to hell. For one, he knows that I am fornicating and that is a sin (I live and work in a small town - he says he saw my boyfriend and I at a store holding hands, so obviously we have sex haha). He then told me that he was going to pray to God that I didn't sleep for 7 days, and that when I went to hell not even "1000 ice chips" could help me. I tried explaining that 1000 ice chips was not a large amount, but that didn't matter. After he left I got two "anonymous" voicemails that consisted of whispers stating "hell...that's where you are going". The whole day cracked me up!
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    What's the meanest thing a patient has said to you?

    (disclaimer - I work psych, so I get insulted every day pretty much). Just today a dad of a patient got upset that I wouldn't refill his kid's meds because she hadn't shown up for her last 6 appointments (she is underage so it is his responsibility) and I found out she had another prescriber that last filled her meds. He apparently didn't like my answer so he called me a "******* retard" at which point I promptly hung up on him. I had a borderline patient that I was a 1:1 with call me so many terrible, horrible things that I thankfully found hilarious. At one point she told me I should go work on the street corner like the "ratchet white a** hoe that I was" because I would probably make more money. I told her that I probably would make more and asked her which corner she suggested since she seemed to know so much about it. I'm one of those people that tends to laugh when people are mean or disrespectful but I come back with a slight barb of my own if needed.
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    Open mouth, insert foot...

    I did the same thing as a previous poster - in 8th grade science, students all had to read paragraphs from the book and my paragraphs had the word "organism" in it. Dang if I didn't say "orgasm". I kid you not, my teacher went through the rest of the book and highlighted every time the word organism was written - want to guess who had to read those sections? To this day I still take my time to say the word for fear of messing it up!
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    Hilarious Conversation with a Patient

    I work psych so I hear interesting things every time I work. I had one patient who came out of his room with his socks falling off his feet - me: "XX, your socks are falling off, do you need help?" pt (completely deadpan): "You make me stiff". My coworkers and I could not stop laughing! When I went to give a patient an injection, he said "you'll like it, I left my butt all crusty for you". Um....thanks?
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    DBQ and Quad Cities

    mcuatlacuatl - thanks for the post! I'll definitely look into Mercy in Clinton. What type of floor do you work on? That is a good sign that you have been there for 9 years - they must treat their nurses well! Thanks again!
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    DBQ and Quad Cities

    Yup, Illinois isn't, but hopefully will be soon (legislature has been written to get them to be involved as a compact state). I'll definitely look in to Janesville. I forgot about Clinton - thanks for reminding me! I have also peeked at a few hospitals in Davenport. Right now I am so open minded as to where I will go it is crazy. As long as it is driving distance then it is an option for me. I know that, regardless of what the news says, it is still not the easiest thing in the world to get a job with no nursing experience even with the degree. What type of floor do you work on now?
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    DBQ and Quad Cities

    ColleenRN2B - can you give me some names in the border area of Wisconsin that have good hospitals? What type of pay difference are we talking about? I am also looking at Quad Cities, which includes some Illinois towns, and I imagine they might pay more as well. Here in Tennessee the pay is not all that fabulous - we start out about $20 or $21, but to earn that after 7 years is crazy! I have two Bachelor's degrees - one in Criminology and then in Nursing. I eventually would like to work psych, but I feel like I need regular nursing experience first. Driving isn't a horrendous deal for me, I just have to re-learn how to drive in the snow! I grew up right outside of Chicago but have lived in TN and FL for the past 10 years, so that skill has diminished, lol. I appreciate all the help so far! docbacon - hey, have you tried the Red Cross? I can't get their class website to pull up, but I imagine if called they would answer. Eastern Iowa Community College shows that they have both classes, but I'm not sure when they offer them. Here is the link for that: EMS Classes - Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
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    DBQ and Quad Cities

    Hey everyone, I am hoping for some advice. I graduated nursing school August 9th and am taking my boards at the end of the month (eek!). I live in Tennessee currently and that is where I am taking my NCLEX. I plan on getting a job down here until I can find a job in Iowa (and get my license transferred, etc). I am moving in with a family member in a small town in Iowa that is about 30-45 minutes away from Dubuque and QC. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to which hospitals hire new nurses (no experience...I have worked in the criminal justice field for years) and just general views on the hospitals in each area. Trinity in QC had a few new nurse jobs open, but I have heard that they still expect experience, just less than 1 year. I appreciate any and all help, and can't wait to start my career up there!
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    First day reality check

    I just went through an 18 month BSN program while working full time. For the first semester I even worked full time and held a part time job, out of financial necessity. Like you, I wasn't able to quit or only work part time. Like the above posters said, it is not easy and you will miss out on most things you used to do. Friends calling to go out to dinner? Gone. Taking a Saturday morning to just relax? Maybe once in a blue moon. You have to prioritize. I had calendars everywhere - in my purse, in my planner (which made it have 2, but that is what worked for me), in my car and at work. On my lunch breaks I studied. I didn't sleep much; I would have clinicals until midnights on Tuesday and have to be up at 530 to get to work on Wednesday. I didn't get very many A's, but B's were not out of the question. Partner up with another student or two and make study guides for the exams - that was one of my saving graces. Good luck, and you *can* do this!
  15. I am curious if anyone is in the Mt. Juliet night program (for those that already have a Bachelor's degree) right now? Either currently enrolled or starting in January. I am starting in January and am feeling like they are very unprepared. The teachers are set up and there is no exact schedule yet. I am beginning to get concerned about the reliability of the program. When I applied I was told it was 5 continuous semesters (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer) and now I am told they might not have summer classes, which would put me a year behind. I am hoping to get information from someone who is currently in the program. Do they seem to have it more together once you start? What is their reputation like? I know the day program gets good reviews, I just don't want to waste $40,000 on something that won't work out well. Any help is very much appreciated.
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    Associates or Bachelors?

    I'm hoping that because I already work for the state it might help, lol. Do you know where most of the recent nurses there graduated from? Why is it such a long process to get in? Thanks!!