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    REI Nursing

    I've posted the following in another thread. Please come and join in the discussion :)
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    Infertility Nursing

    I'm just entering the field and I've seen that there's not a lot of support. The professional group over at ASRM seems barren (no pun intended), and I've been looking for textbooks on the subject, and the only book specifically written for nurses in the field was published in 1991. I was going to enter the field last year, but wanted to wait. At that time, NPG-ASRM was saying they were trying to get the certification reinstated. Well it's been a year, and I don't see anything on their website, nor in their newsletter, stating they're still trying. That is more than a little disheartening. Anyway, I decided that it's time for people to get together and talk about the field, since there is expressed interest. So, I created a yahoo group to see how many of us there actually are. Here's the link. Feel free to sign up and chat. I'll be updating frequently. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/rei_nurses/. If you want to join, just use your yahoo account id, or email us at rei_nurses-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
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    Please help me to understand

    Thanks rninformatics. Your reply addressed many of the concerns that I was stressing about. I eventually want to become an informatics nurse, but I might have a great opportunity at an outpatient center after I graduate. If I choose to take the position, I am concerned that it would hinder my aspirations in the long run, but on the other side of the coin, the position might afford me the opportunity to integrate systems into the practice. It's a big committment, but I think I'll see how it plays out depending on if they have a competitive salary with the hospitals in my surrounding area. Thanks again for the advice.
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    Please help me to understand

    Does it matter where you get your clinical experience (i.e., outpatient services, surgery centers, etc)?
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    Informatics

    Thanks Mariah for the explanation. That makes perfect sense. :)
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    Informatics

    Thanks Mariah, I had another question. I'm just getting into informatics (learning about the field), so when you say Nurses with a nursing degree (including the one I have mentioned), will not be qualified for an Analyst position without years of experience as an informaticist or a technical degree does this include the following job title and description?: Implementation Analyst "Implementation Analyst, IDX Care Manager or LastWord 4.1.8. CPOE Application. User oriented RN preferred but will accept strong clinical skills. 4-6 month contract position in Southern California." Thanks for your response. -Tiff
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    Informatics

    Hi Mariah, When you speak of technical degrees, does this include the MSN Informatics degrees that are popping up?
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    Are CRNAs ashamed of being nurses?

    I'm not trying to be a smart alleck or anything, but I was asking Qwiigley's opinion of the the subject, b/c as s/he stated in the post that I quoted: S/he would like a 5-year requirement. I must stress that I don't intend to get into a debate. So if you're Qwiigley, I would like his or her opinion. If s/he has commented on this before, please direct me to his/her post on this matter. Thanks
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    Are CRNAs ashamed of being nurses?

    Riverside Community College in California has a 2 year certificate (PA). There are other colleges in California that also offer a certificate. King/Drew is a Bachelors; Western U is a Masters. Before I applied to nursing school, I checked out a few PA and AA degrees, and saw later that I could do a residency in anethesia (PA), or go straight into it with an AA. The AA degrees I was looking at, if I recall, were Master's. But I guess I really didn't pay attention to their degree requirements: 1. because I was qualified to apply (I have a B.S. in bio), and 2. It was out of state, and since I knew I didn't want to leave my husband, applying was out of the question. Anyway, I wasn't really referring to the Master's educated PAs or AAs, I was referring to the one's that obtained a certificate. I apologize for the misunderstanding.
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    Are CRNAs ashamed of being nurses?

    Just a question: What do you think about PAs or AAs, esp the ones that get a 2-year certificate, being able to practice in this field with less than the 5 year experience requirment that you desire?
  11. I totally agree. I apologize if I came off harsh or offensive. That was not my intention, at all. You are right in that people will only learn as much as they desire. But believe me when I say, I am not one to believe that LPNs are not educated, they better be if they are going to take care of me :) . But I do believe that they learned as much as they want to learn, and if they so desire, they will continue their education. In my previous post I just wanted to clarify for future readers that they'll be in for a nice surprise if all they think they have to do is 2 years of education to become an RN.
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    Dilemma with the instructor

    That was perfect advice rnmi2004! I agree
  13. The previous poster had a good point about figuring out whether you are understanding the information presented or if it is not even presented in the first place. But I do object to the comment about ADN vs. LPN school. I'm in my first year at an ADN program right now (I'm finishing up this year), and I can definitely say that in these two years, there are no liberal arts or humanities courses that I am or are going to be taking. Most of my classmates did those courses before they started the program [2 years of prereqs (humanities, liberal arts, sciences-a&p, micro, math) and 2 years of nursing school = 4 years]. I completed most my G.E.s before my acceptance as well. The program does allow you to take some of your G.E.s while taking nursing courses, but most programs in my area do not, and that is why I chose to go to my school. I suspect that most programs don't allow you to have missing G.E. requirments, because you are taking nursing courses from start to finish, and they are not easy (many people fail). You are constantly studying, doing careplans, or in clinicals or taking an exam for two years straight (of course we get summer breaks). If LPNs got that much more education than ADN-RNs, than I would not be able to take the LPN boards and work as an LPN this summer (something that I'm considering). Also, there are bridge programs for LPNs to become RNs, because apparently colleges recognize that LPNs need more training to do an RN's job.
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    Laptop in nursing classes?

    Hey Larry, That is a legitimate concern. If you write faster than you type, paper is probably best. And if you have a strong concern that a laptop might be stolen, I wouldn't bring it either. In fact, I was considering bringing my tablet to clinicals this semester, but changed my mind. I got it after I took OB. In those clinicals, I could have looked after it better, but I'm in Chronic right now, and there is no way that I could keep tabs on my tablet. So, needless to say, bringing it to clinicals was out of the question. But if you can, I would get a palm just for the drug guides and other medical software you can put on it. This would help you in clinicals immensely. And when you get comfortable with your typing skills, you could get a mini keyboard attachment for your palm and type your notes in class with a program like Documents to Go, or something. Depending on the model of palm and keyboard, you would be paying about $200 (my palm- handspring treo 90 -was $120, and a keyboard shouldn't be anymore than $50) - $400 (if you want the latest and the greatest). At any rate, you could stick both in your pocket, and someone would have to have really good pick pocketing skills to take it from you. :) If anyone has any questions regarding palm or ppc software, or general tech, ask me and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.
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    Laptop in nursing classes?

    I got my Acer at costco.com for about $1600. I got some money back b/c I had a 17 in. toshiba that I took back (that was $2000). Costco has a 6 month return policy, so if you wanted you could always have the "latest and greatest" :chuckle . But you can find refurbished or models that are 1-2 years old for around $1000. I've been on the tablet pc forums, and some people get there's from places like ebay. Of course with places like those, I would definitely do my research on the company or person selling it.
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    Laptop in nursing classes?

    I heard that! I have a pocket pc and I was using that last semester to type my notes (b/c I am a sloppy writer, but I'm a perfectionist when it comes to organization-not a good combo). So when it was time to trade my old desktop for a computer I decided on a laptop. Come to find out, the laptop was great, except for the size. I had decided that I wanted something more mobile, something that is meant for a student. So I took my big expensive laptop back and got something cheaper, but way more versatile: a tablet pc. I love this thing. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but I can do everything I could do with a computer, or traditional paper on this thing. I can write on it, if I need to jot down a quick note or draw a diagram on my power point lecture notes, or whatever. Or I can write on my careplan form that I scanned into my tablet. I take notes on it with a software program called Onenote, although some people like the notetaking software program that comes with the unit. People used to look at me in class with my pocket pc, but now everyone in my clinical class has a Palm (even the students that claim they don't have the money, or they would never spend "that much"). I think it's worth it, b/c of the time you save. I recently splurged and bought a 2 yr old palm, b/c of the abundance of free medical software and beaming amongst my classmates, so I'll be laying my 4 yr old PPC to rest for awhile until I find another use for it. Anyway, technology definitely makes life a little easier in nursing school. I wish my school had wireless, though, like some of the other posters. That is too cool.