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favthing has 5 years experience and specializes in Subacute-Rehab, Med-Surg.

CNA to LPN to RN, currently pre-BSN Student

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    Any NPs start from LPN?

    I am in my second semester of NP school, and from my experiences from a LPN to ADN to BSN, I am finding contacts for clinical rotations for next year. It is really special to have providers who are so proud of me because of my work and education. One of the NPs wrote a letter responding to my request of how she would be honored to precept me. Anyway, I am so thankful for the process of learning and working, as I feel really well prepared in a holistic kind of way and I would not do it over again by going straight for BSN. I would start again at the level of LPN, as every day of those experiences I value. I went from an assisted living, nursing home, sub-acute, and now in a hospital, with each place pretty much matching my level of education. I did not take a break between school, by the way, and that helped with keeping focus.
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    How to make a good impression precepting

    I am in my first semester of NP school, and I have been trying to get information about how to prepare for my precepting experience. I would value any input about qualities and personal attributes which NP preceptors value in students. I plan to start clinicals in summer 2017. Thank you.
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    University of Cincinnati Pros and Cons

    I started the program this summer. I love it. You get out what you put in. I am very grateful for this opportunity. This week I will be taking my final exams in Biostatistics and Pathophysiology; I went down to part-time at work so I could devote to school. Part-time is not necessary, as the program can be done while working full-time. The decision came to me as I see other providers such as PA students and MD students almost never work and go to school, so we'll see. I have As so far, but it's more about learning and being ready to practice which motivates me.
  4. I have had a good experience with UC, and am so excited because I just learned yesterday that I have been accepted into the 2016 Summer AGNP program!
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    University of Cincinnati Textbook help!

    I see this post is a year old, and nobody replied. I was accepted into UC Summer 2016 NP, and I have the same question. I'm sorry that nobody replied to your post, but could you answer for me, as I want to get a start especially in biostatistics?
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    Is this what MedSurg nursing is really like?

    I worked about 3 months on a med-surg unit where I made a decision to leave. The unit had all the elements you described and more. I wrote my 2-week notice and hand-delivered it, with certainty. I had the opportunity to talk with managers, and I was honest. I have been a nurse and manager in a sub-acute care center for years prior, and so I had developed my standards for my own professional practice. My situation is a little different because I was able to rely on a very solid nursing work history and I have great references from those years, so I felt more confident about speaking about the unsafe environment. My heart goes out to newer nurses who feel they need to put up with the abuses put upon them in some settings. It is horrible. I commend you if you can stay for the experience, but make sure to protect your heart and soul for your personal nursing passion and profession. My current hospital is a completely different experience. My interview was amazing, as I was interviewing them, truly. I think they saw my dedication to nursing, and thankfully, I fit in with the culture. My advice is to somehow stand your ground and look for a better position and get out of that toxic environment as soon as possible.
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    Least stressful nursing specialty

    I work a contingent job as a telephone triage nurse. My primary job is on a med/surg unit in a hospital. The phone triage, comparably, does not even seem like a job. I love it. I don't want to lose my skills, or I would do it full-time. I do have to say, it is important to be experienced with assessment skills and dealing with stressed-out family members, as most of the nurses in triage have been nurses in the hospital for many years so they don't get too excited about many things. My vote for the least-stressful actual nursing job is phone triage nursing!
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    When to apply

    It shows your commitment if you apply and offer to work in the role of a nursing assistant until you pass your boards. I think this investment is valuable time spent for you, as well, for all the obvious reasons. Just be clear about your role change when it occurs, that is the only risk. But, if you handle it right, you will earn respect and will learn the culture and expectations before having to take it all in as a nurse. Good luck!
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    Questions about FNP and ACNP roles

    The group of sub-acute care practitioners (of which I dream of joining one day as a NP!) state they are looking for ACNP-trained NPs because the acuity of care is increasing in their setting. I have sub-acute care and med-surg in-patient experience, but most of the ACNP programs require ICU RN experience of at least 2 years. I have applied and am still waiting to hear from the few programs to which I applied that do not require ICU or other high-acuity experience. I anticipate completing a primary care NP program (I have been admitted), and then go on for my acute care post-grad certificate. My concern and question for anyone who is informed about this detail, do the post-grad ACNP programs also require ICU experience? I have applied to ICU and other high-acuity jobs, but I seem stuck in the med-surg identity when it comes to hospital hiring. ICU managers seem to hire new grads at my hospital system, or very experienced ICU-trained nurses. Thanks.
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    Spring Arbor?

    Thank you all so much for sharing! I am set up to begin the March residency, and I am getting really excited but even more nervous. I am waiting to hear from University of Cincinnati for a May start. It seems like the Cincinnati program is more impersonal, but it is more traditional in that it is full-time 2 years and there are fewer courses (humanities, as well I don't have to retake a higher-level statistics like I would at Spring Arbor). Spring Arbor just feels more comfortable, and I like the idea of the residencies, plus how kind everyone I've dealt with has been. Cincinnati is definitely distant and purely professional in their style, so I am leaning toward Spring Arbor.
  11. Thank you, MiNurse and applesxoranges! I am concerned about working and attending school. Do you find that you are able to study as much as you need? I hear so much about "what you put into online programs is what you get out," so I am just wondering if you feel you're able to put in what you need?
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    ACNP vs FNP: My Summarization of the Great Debate

    Exactly, it is about patient-centered appropriate care. Just as the medical model of specialization targets specific populations for physicians, NP preparation is trying to target training according to patient population. Lol, the lingo is so funny here, as in-patient vs out-patient generally does dictate level of acuity, but it seems when professional nursing attempts to improve educational preparation in response to changing times is always attacked with petty hang-ups. Thanks for the reminder. Nobody here is saying Primary or Acute is better. Myself, I am trying to decide upon the best preparation for my targeted interest, which is sub-acute care. The medical director of the program where I hope to one day be a NP said they are trying to hire Acute NPs, as he even brought up the consensus model and the acuity of patients, etc. And simply that.
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    Thinking of leaving hospice

    I felt totally taken advantage of in hospice. It was a horrible experience. How sad, as it seems a lot of hospice nurses completely give of themselves...the businesses take advantage of this devotion. I thought is was fascinating, also, how the nurses seemed to compete with each other at the small center where I worked; it was as if whoever gave of their free time and money and energy the most was the best.
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    The sloppy image of nurses today

    As I read your post, my mind went to some of the women physicians on the unit where I work! One in particular looks like she is ready to go out for a night-out, not to mention her beautiful and long flowing hair lifted and puffed at any given conversation.
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    Former Med Surg RN to LTC

    I really appreciate your post about choosing LTC over acute care. I used to work in LTC/rehab, and I loved that time. I have worked in assisted living prior, and hospice for a very short time. Now, I work at a great hospital, but I miss my rehab days. I had so much autonomy and felt I made such a difference in the lives of my patients. The nurse is often the one who picks up on subtle changes which can make all the difference if acted upon appropriately. In the hospital, I appreciate the opportunity to learn and be exposed to so much, but my heart is not enjoying it. Any nurse could follow the well-versed protocols in the hospital and be just fine, but in outpatient rehab it takes a special kind of common-sense knowledge and skill to be successful. It's a great place for a motivated and hard-working nurse, as it IS hard work.
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    Allegiance Hospital?

    Just an update in case anyone else is searching information about Allegiance Hospital...I did work there a few months, and I learned so much about how not to be a nurse. The orientation was lovely, with great ideals, but the experience on the floor was full of quiet bullying. When I learned the friendships between some of the managers and the old nurses who were mean to nurses who actually tried to practice according to best-practice, I realized it was not a place for me. Fortunately, I went to another hospital.