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ThePrincessBride BSN

Med-Surg, NICU
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ThePrincessBride has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Med-Surg, NICU.

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    Nursing Staffing Post COVID Quagmire...

    My floor is hemorrhaging nurses, it looks like a massacre. For a 25+ bed unit, we only have about 8 FT day shift RNs. In order to be fully staffed to meet our staffing grid, we need about 12 more day shift RNs, probably closer to 16 when you figure in parental leaves, vacation, etc. Upper management just won't listen.
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    Should I be concerned?

    I am in my first semester of three clinicals and I have been having a hard time with clinical placement. My school (that supposedly places students) dropped the ball, and I did not want to be placed midway through the semester and left scrambling. My first preceptor that I had gotten left abruptly her job prior to the semester starting, so I found another one that works at a private practice. We haven't started yet, but the problem is she is taking four students. (first it was three, now four) She says she [hopes] that not all of us will be there at the same time and plans to precept 2 a day. However... I feel like my education may suffer if I have to share a preceptor with three other students. I was hoping for one on one attention, but I am thinking that might not be an option. Should I try to get more clinical hours in to make up for the shared time? Should I be concerned? Is it normal for preceptors to have multiple students at a time? Thanks!
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    How do we prevent Nurse Practitioners from undervaluing themselves?

    Look I'm not saying I agree with accepting pitiful wages (though 96k ain't pitiful) but in my neck of the woods competition is fierce. I know of some stale new grads who now may never get hired because of having zero experience. Any NP experience is better than no NP experience.
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    How do we prevent Nurse Practitioners from undervaluing themselves?

    I'm going on 40 hours per week. A new grad is not in the position to demand anything in a market filled to the brim with FNPs
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    How do we prevent Nurse Practitioners from undervaluing themselves?

    So you are saying it is better to refuse job offers and risk become stale and unhireable. Any experience can be used to leverage for higher pay in the next job and so on. So yeah, I am totally willing to take the 70k, work a year, and then hop off and demand 90k at my second job and so on.
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    How do we prevent Nurse Practitioners from undervaluing themselves?

    It is a new grad residency program. If you have zero NP experience, you get 70k plus bonus. If you have one year experience, it is 80k plus bonus.
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    How do we prevent Nurse Practitioners from undervaluing themselves?

    No, it is actually 48/hr, which is twice what a new grad RN makes in my area. Having NP experience with a lower salary to start is better than becoming a stale new grad and not getting hired at all.
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    How do we prevent Nurse Practitioners from undervaluing themselves?

    Because there are too many FNPs and not enough demand. For my first job, I am contemplating taking a pay cut (even though I have been an RN for only six years) to get into an internship making 70k per year. It sucks, but I think I will have to take what I can get. 96k is pretty good for a new grad NP.
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    Can I get fired for refusing to give the covid shot?

    I get what you are saying OP, and I was reluctant about getting the vaccine myself. Ultimately, I decided to go through with it (still have to get the second shot) because I would rather take my chances with the inactive virus than pray that the live one doesn't get me. I also think that it is extremely patronizing to try to force your views on your patients. You don't like the vaccine? Fine. Don't get it. But you don't get to impose your beliefs on vulnerable patients and deny them care that doctors have prescribed.
  10. Yeah but you could save it for other important things...like retirement. An emergency fund. Or international vacation. $400/month invested with a conservative 5 percent return would yield you almost 320,000 in thirty years and that is if you started with absolutely nothing today.
  11. I feel like I am missing something...when did OP say that he/she spent hundreds a month on vending machines??? To answer the question, most of the nurses I know that have that kind of house are usually dual-income, work crazy amounts of overtime, or have well-off parents.
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    Which Nurse are You?

    This is hilarious! I love it! As for me, I am probably this: 18. Rebel Randy: bends every rule but is well experienced and all the newbies look up to him. Randy will do an intervention first then call to get an order for that intervention. He is the one who often gets assigned the sickest patients. Randy is unafraid to question management, especially about patient safety issues. I also DGAF, but I wouldn't be on facebook during a code. C'mon now. Also, you are missing Sarcastic Susan: The Nurse with a dark sense of humor who has no problem saying the most inappropriate *** at the nurses station. She says what everyone is thinking.
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    Best nursing background for FNP?

    ER or med/surg.
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    We Must Demolish NP Diploma Mills

    It is a state university that always gets high rankings.
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    We Must Demolish NP Diploma Mills

    Interesting comments. I wonder how much my program would be raked through the coals here. There are two sections: online and brick-and-mortar. I chose online so I could work to afford the school, but it is identical to the in-class counterpart. I have online classes that are synchronous, meaning they are taught in real-time and I get a chance to interact with my classmates and professor. My school finds my preceptors for me (though it may mean going a few hours away from home to get to my clinical site). I get in-depth lectures that I can play as many times as I want in order to take notes and fully immerse myself in the material. Plus, I will have on-site campus visits to practice procedural skills. I think working actually enhances my understanding of the knowledge that I am gaining in the classroom as I can apply it to real-life situations I have seen in practice as a floor nurse. I think online gets a bad rep here; people need to remember that online schools are not created equal. I work with someone who is going to a brand new FNP school who doesn't get any lectures and has complained about the lack of instruction. She also had to find her own clinical sites. Meanwhile, I do not have to find my own sites (though I can approach a site if I want) and have hours of content that my school provides at my finger tips.
  16. You were pretty judgmental in your previous post, as if you were looking down on those of us who choose to prioritize our mental health over our jobs. "I don't believe in "mental health days", we are adults with responsibilities." Pretty condescending right there. You don't know what is going on in other people's lives. Needing a mental health day is a valid reason to call off. If I were a patient, I wouldn't want an exhausted, emotional train wreck taking care of me. After all, it has been proven that burnout and exhaustion contributes to med errors which can end in patient fatalities.