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  1. Good afternoon, I'm about to embark on my career as a nurse in the USN. Over the past several weeks, I've learned the basics of becoming an officer in the USN, and am planning on reeping the benefits of the camaradic field. For those of you that are NC, can you shed some light on a few questions I have: 1.) How can I make the best impression to my superiors during my first few years as a nurse. I want to be the best officer possible, but at the same time I'm going to be learning how to be the best nurse possible. I want to know how to balance the two. What things should I prepare myself for? How can I gain the respect of my coreman / chiefs, co-officers, etc... Are there any books out there you'd recommend to help me be an outstanding officer? I've been told to read "Armed Forces Officer", which I intend to pick up soon. I understand that I should concentrate my first year to nursing by reviewing and becoming proficient, but I also want to demonstrate to my command that I'm able to balance both the officer aspect and the nursing aspect of the USN. My first priority is always the mission. I've met some great people in the USN, and I can only hope my future is filled with such spectacular, intelligent people. 2.) As far as my career goals, I want to take advantage of the educational benefits the USN offers to their fullest. My plan is to start working on Master's classes using tuition assistance after the first year at my UDS. I've already been accepted, but I'm delaying classes until summer of 2012. My hope is to one day qualify for the DUINS program and head to anesthesia school. Regardless if the needs of the navy are not with anesthesia, I will use the DUINS program to advance my degree into some other specialty. My question is, how difficult is it to qualify for the DUINS? How can I start NOW to increase my chances of acceptance into the DUINS program. In the event that I do not qualify for the DUINS program by the time my contract is up, I plan to use the post 9/11 bill to attend medical school. I've always had a longing to be a physician, but if I can continue on my track as a nurse, I'd much prefer it. Have any of you qualified for the DUINS program? When did you put in your application? What kind of collateral duties did you have before you applied? Did you serve oversea tours? 3.) Can someone with NC experience tell me what my goals during my first few years of nursing should be like? I know that I need to concentrate on nursing during my first 6mo to 12mos, but what do I concentrate on during that second year? third? etc... Thank you all for your time, Very Respectfully, ENS Edwards
  2. After spending a couple full days last month applying to Georgetown's online program, I got accepted. The program is to start in March, and it's all online (except the 650 hours of clinical). I was so excited to get accepted, but am now realistically looking at the cost of tuition. $1500/hr x 45 hours = around $71,000. That's quite a bit of money, and I'm not rich by any means. I was hoping to find a program that is 30-50k. Can anyone make any recommendations? I live in the D.C. area, and honestly wouldn't mind doing the program all online. Any input is greatly appreciated.
  3. RNbrent

    Hiring question

    You were looking pompous. This is an internet site. Not an interview. I often make mistakes in my writing, but never double check anything because this is a forum. Let people think what they want about my intelligence, until you meet me in person, you'll never know. Never judge a book by its cover.
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    Anyone that works to live needs to re-adjust their lifestyles. There is a law in economics called the propensity to consume, the more you make the more you spend. If you re-adjust your lifestyle you can live on any amount of money per year. You may not have all the things you want, but you will be able to live. Whether you're happy or not is based on you as a person. I've lived with rich parents, both M.D.s and had everything paid for all the way through high school. When 18 came around I decided to move out and do things my own way. Consequently, I got an apartment with a friend, got a job as a pharmacy tech, and was paying for my own rent and apartment. I wanted no help from my family (although they did offer plenty of times!). In the end, I realized, it wasn't the money that made me happy at all, it was the experience I was getting. It was my new lifestyle pretty much. It was a different lifestyle, but it was new and exciting, and I loved it! Sure, I had my down times, but I NEVER regretted making that decision to move out at the age of 18. To the poster that claimed, she was 'working to live' - sorry, but YOU made that decision based on the lifestyle you chose. That's just how life is. Every choice you make reflects upon you in some way. OP, you asked whether you should go for nursing or for M.D. What does your heart tell you? Why do you even want to go medical in the first place? If it's money you want, biomedical engineering is a lucrative field. If it's power you want, politicians have that. What is it YOU want? I think I remember you mentioning that you're younger. It's good that you have such gusto. It's smart to know what path you want to go down while you're young, but being young, you're prone to change your mind many times. I thought pharmacy was what I wanted to do for so long, and went down that path at first. I later found out that (working in a retail setting) they didn't use their knowledge they acquired in school. It was all computerized. It's was a little bit different in a hospital setting, but still, not the best choice for me. After 3 or 4 times of changing my mind, I finally landed on nursing. Why? Because I love people. I love science. I love motivating others. I love continuing my education. There were many other things, but these were just some off the top of my head. OP, ultimately, you have to decided. Let me tell you though, medical school is no easy feat. It takes more than brains to go that route. It takes an overwhelmingly large amount of discipline. Go after it if you have passion for it! Sorry for getting off track with my other posts.
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    If you could rewind and do it over again...

    This.. NPs will be the new family doctor's of the future. Family M.D. just has no money any more, and NPs will be happy with making 100,000+ a year. Mock my words, family doctors will be phased out. Only time will tell.
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    What's your nursing kryptonite?

    this x 10 billion. That smell is so awful sometimes, and you're trying your best not to let the patient know you notice it since they're a little self conscious themselves. Anything else is fine.
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    New Nurses! Post here, Lets get to know one another!

    Just graduated with my bachelor's from NAU. Recieved my RN last week. Happy to be aboard. I have
  8. If it were me, I would have put this kid's nose in the corner a long time ago. Still, you're still WAY too new to be precepting (even though I know you got stuck with it). Your preceptor should have NEVER let you do that. Shame on her! You can only do your best and that's what you did. Don't worry about it too much, just be more assertive in future situations.
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    Sorry, I didn't realize this was a christian site. I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 'our true God'. I'm a monk, are you telling me my God isn't true, because that's certainly the impression that was just made. Without getting in an argument, I just wanted to point this out. If a person holds any judgements about another person/ patient, similar in the way a judgement was just made about my God, it's going to hinder your progress to becoming a good nurse. Regardless of what I believe and what you believe in, one should always treat people with the same amount of respect.
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    It's obvious how important this kind of information is when it comes to being a good nurse. /sarcasm I think the majority of people will agree that on the job experience prepares people more for the real thing than any academic program could. Sure, you need the tools, but unless you use them you're not going to build a house magically.
  11. RNbrent

    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    This is what should have been said from the start. Instead we have people arguing which field is a 'better' field. I didn't mean to offend anybody with my comments. My point I was trying to make is, people feel that M.Ds are a much better place to be in than R.Ns, when it comes down to it, it's where you want to be and not much else. These comments that keep saying "go for doctor" imply (to me anyways) that M.D. is a much better place to be, and to be honest it is to each its own. If you are in it for the money, then sure, go for an M.D. (although I know many nurses who make more than family doctors) but, one can never understand how rewarding the field of nursing is until you've actually been able to experience it first handedly. DNS, sorry if it seemed like I was attacking you, because I truly see your point, I just felt it was too general.
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    DNS on the go, Sounds like to me the problem isn't the student, but the teacher. Why don't you step up your game? You say these students are unintellectual? Do you even know what intelligence compromises? Do you understand that the ability to write a coherent sentence doesn't indicate your success later in life? Do you know what Dale Carnegie a successful steel giant? Not his knowledge of steel, because he had people who worked under him that knew tons more about steel then he did. It was his ability to deal with people, and to motivate them. DNS, although your comments may be true, to some extent, they are very negative stereotypes that you place on the nursing field as a whole.
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    Yeah..... I don't like that comment. Not one bit. Doctors will never understand the sense of reward that comes from being a nurse. Doctors act like God, but nurses are God. Intelligence has nothing to do with it. When it comes down to it, it's your personality. It's takes a special kind of person to be a nurse, but it only takes someone with resources, a bit of intelligence, and a boasting level of confidence to be a doctor.