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sunshineintheforest has 10 years experience.

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  1. sunshineintheforest

    What does your username mean?

    Mine means even when life seems like your lost amongst the trees, you can always find a bit of sunshine to brighten your way and perhaps even appreciate the protection of the shade. Lol O.K. well really it was just the first thing that popped into my head but if I had to analyze it, that would be my answer:-):redbeathe
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    Study to be A nurse without program

    I wouldn't worry about your reading speed at this point. Trust me, by the time you finish your pre-reqs to get into a nursing program your reading skills will have improved just from all the practice you will get doing those classes. Get a job in a hospital as a tech in the meantime and you will learn tons of things. Even a medical terminology class might be helpful. My husband went to a catholic high school and had to learn Latin. He is not in the medical field but he honestly understands more of the material right off the bat then I do, just because he knows the roots of the words and what the mean..this way he can boil things down. Anyway, I hope this helps a bit. Good Luck!
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    Tell me if you think this is fair.

    Does your school have an ombudsman? If so contact them ASAP.
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    If you ever considered PA school...

    Wow a WHOLE 65 degrees in the country! So many too choose from.. are you kidding me? I live in NY every program in NY is at least 2 hours from here. So me and my random relative and the other hundreds of people living around me are screwed I guess. Sorry the world is so black and white to you. Anyway, like I said.. what is likely is he will need experience, and he probably could be benefit from it since it would be good for him to get some experience dealing with Know it all nursing types. Yea you made it pretty clear that you pointed out your perception of PA's was ridiculous, but you also ignored me pointing out that I wasn't a 100%. Next time maybe just answer the OP instead of making comments to people who actually DIDN'T ask for your advice.
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    If you ever considered PA school...

    I actually said I was pretty sure you needed an RN and for your information a family member of mine is in the same situation as Spartan and there aren't any schools in this area that do not require an RN first! So instead of telling the world what IS how about tell them what is likely. Also Just because you see PA's as doctor wannabes doesn't mean it's true. Now to add to my answer to the OP.. Keep in mind the time it may take to get excepted. PA school might seem like a quicker route but in most schools they take only 30 people a semester out of hundreds of applicants. So you may not get in on the first try. So in the end NP may be the shorter route. I'm not sure how flexible you are when it comes to relocating as applying to more then one school would up your odds. Also I'm not sure how set in stone this is and when you would be finishing your degree, but it has been spoken of around here that most NP's will require a Doctorate by 2015. Please ignore any posts stating that is mis information as I already said I'm not sure, but you can always look that stuff up yourself:) One last thing to keep in mind, there are MSN programs that are NOT NP programs. As for working independently, you should check your BON for the scope of practice for your area. Every state is different. Research areas you are interested in working in as well. It's my understanding that PA's get to work more in surgical settings in assisting the doc then NP's. Good luck!
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    If you ever considered PA school...

    I'm just a student but I'm pretty sure you have to work as an RN for a year before entering an NP program, which makes being a PCA irrelevant for NP. PA is held to medical model standards while NP's are under the nursing model. PA's have more flexibility if they want to move around specialties while NP's would have to return to school to change specialties. NP's can practice ( in most states independently) PA's under the supervision of an MD. I don't think the decisions is usually so hard unless you are doing it primarily for money. Usually, RN's will choose the NP route because they are half way there and as for PA's the ones I have met seemed to be making a career change and it was the fastest way into the medical field from being in a non medical field for so long. I also hear a lot from PA's that it was something that had always interested them. As for going into it for the money..I'm all for wanting money and being compensated for the work I do. I have just seen so many people who have come into this field primarily and I say "primarily" for money, burn out and regret it. Money is a good motivator to get through school but unless you have a strong interest in either patient care or medicine I don't think money is enough to keep you going. I hope this helped some.
  7. sunshineintheforest

    SUNY Delhi fall 2011

    I plan to go there after I graduate, but I don't graduate until Dec. 12
  8. sunshineintheforest

    ANP, PMHNP dual license?

    If you want to be both an ANP and a PMHNP which would be better to major in. Is it possible to major in PMHNP and get a certificate for an ANP? Thanks guys!Or does it matter?
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    ANP dual PMHNP license?

    If you want to be both an ANP and a PMHNP which would be better to major in. Is it possible to major in PMHNP and get a certificate for an ANP? Thanks guys!
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    What is the academic process from Psychiatric RN to PMHNP ?

    If it goes into effect for 2015 does this mean in order to graduate with just a masters you must be enrolled in a program by 2015. Or will it go into effect even for people who's expected graduation date falls after the Doctorate would be required? I hope that made sense. Thanks!
  11. sunshineintheforest

    New grad? Here's what you can expect..

    What is SNF?
  12. sunshineintheforest

    I posted in another thread

    Thank you all for the advice. I will definitely call COBON. Thank you Start for the link, I'm going to check it out right now. I'm not sure if it will count as experience or not but I was a CNA for many years and I am currently a tech at a large magnet hospital. Most of my fear is worrying that CO hospitals will favor their own new grads over me. I will need a job asap as I will be supporting my family for at least 2 years alone. My husband is applying to 2 colleges there for his PA degree so he will be unable to work once he starts his program. I wasn't sure if taking the NCLEX for CO license would look better to them(jobs) or if perhaps NY would look better. I know NYS teaching licenses look good to other states but I assume Nursing is a whole other ballgame. I guess one issue is I was hoping to move as soon as I graduate and I think you have to wait something like 2 months to take the NCLEX after graduation, is that correct? So I wasn't sure if I should just move or stick it out a couple months here and take the NCLEX before moving. I am SO eager to get out of NY, I do not like it. I have moved away many times but I met my husband here and then was accepted to the RN program.
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    I posted in another thread

    but didn't get much response. Please lend some advice... My husband and I are seriously considering moving to Colorado. We like the idea of sunny days and snow but also we are both planning to pursue upper level degrees which are both offered at U of C. Anyway, I don't graduate until Dec of 12 and my question is... Should I take the NCLEX here and then try and get a job there or should I just take it there. We really want to move as soon as I graduate. Is there a chance I will get a job as a new grad moving from another state. I am currently a PCA working at a magnet hospital. I was also a CNA for many years. I will have my associate RN and plan to apply immediately to a Bachelor program, probably online. Thanks for your help.
  14. sunshineintheforest

    Where to take NCLEX

    Thanks for the response. Well one of the reason we plan to move is because my husband is applying to Red Rock CC for the physician assistant program, so he won't be working. I suppose we can live anywhere as long as it is someplace he can commute to fairly easy. We assume he won't start right away so he will probably work as a tech while waiting to start. He is a comp. programmer here in NY but will be starting at my hospital here to gain some experience, other wise he will have to go to U 0f Colorado Pa program. It doesn't require any medical experience BUT it's 3 years long and it would be a struggle for me to support the family for that long alone. What are some good rural areas? Any hospital recommendations? I have actually never even been to CO but my ex sister in-law and another good old friend live there and love it.
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    New grad having nightmares about work!!!!!!!!!

    I think exercise and meditation. I Start nursing 1 in January and I just started having nightmares about school. Forgetting how to spell, not being able to write what I'm thinking. Very frustrating. Remember your dreams are your brains way of relieving stress.. Better to dream this stuff then have it happen. Acknowledge it as a dream right as you wake up and let it feel like you made all your mistakes in your sleep so you will NOT make any in real life. I'm sure it will pass with time:)
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    Where to take NCLEX

    My husband and I are seriously considering moving to Colorado. We like the idea of sunny days and snow but also we are both planning to pursue upper level degrees which are both offered at U of C. Anyway, I don't graduate until Dec of 12 and my question is... Should I take the NCLEX here and then try and get a job there or should I just take it there. We really want to move as soon as I graduate. Is there a chance I will get a job as a new grad moving from another state. I am currently a PCA working at a magnet hospital. I was also a CNA for many years. I will have my associate RN and plan to apply immediately to a Bachelor program, probably online. Thanks for your help.