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FiremedicMike

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    Which pathway is more likely to gain admission

    I appreciate the vote of confidence! Unfortunately the DE program is not going to work out. I was able to get ahold of someone at their program and it looks like it's 2-4 days per week depending on the semester. I was hoping I could get the department to work with me on 1-2 days, but 2-4 will be insurmountable. Option 2 becomes the only feasible one. The medic to RN will be 5 semesters which can be done all at night and on the weekend, at which point I can apply to the same NP school that runs the DE program, but now I can apply to the traditional entry, part-time, online program.. It'll take a bit longer, but I can keep working and get my pension to 25 years, which is key..
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    Which pathway is more likely to gain admission

    If anyone is interested - I got word back from their recruitment folks who said I would not be at a disadvantage by applying directly after finishing RN. This means the pathway that works the best with my schedule (medic to RN, then NP) will be the one I'll be taking.
  3. I'm hoping maybe there's some admissions committee folks on here or folks with intimate knowledge of candidate selection.. At the conclusion of next semester I will have completed all of the pre-reqs to apply to a well respected Direct-Entry FNP program (brick and mortar school). Conversely, I've completed the pre-requisite courses and scored high enough on the HESI a2 in order to likely gain admission into a local paramedic to RN program. My plan would be to finish the RN program and then apply to the traditional FNP pathway. While option 2 is "cleaner", I worry that applying to the traditional track with 0 RN experience (20 years paramedic experience) will put me at a disadvantage..
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    6 hours, really?

    Columbus State in Central Ohio, I had to sign up through their provided link..
  5. FiremedicMike

    Genital exams at school physicals and well-child check-ups?

    Brother, I'm want to believe you mean well and are trying to learn, but literally ALL of your posts are regarding juvenile genitals. It creeps me out.
  6. FiremedicMike

    6 hours, really?

    Took me just a few minutes over 2 hours..
  7. FiremedicMike

    6 hours, really?

    I'm taking my A2 next week and I see it is allotted 6 hours.. I'm typically a pretty fast test taker, does the A2 really take 6 hours?
  8. FiremedicMike

    MVA, EMS didn't use a backboard!!

    It's not rocket science, but diverting traffic with your vehicle is a nuanced skill picked up over time.. I'm not sure it's something I'd be comfortable doing for the very first time in my personal car on the scene of my very first bad car crash..
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    MVA, EMS didn't use a backboard!!

    It really first came on my radar back in EMT-basic school (a long long time ago) when we were learning "standing take-downs", where someone is walking around but it's decided "HUR DUR.. MUST BACKBOARD".. We had this whole process for holding c-spine, putting the backboard flush to their back and laying them and the backboard flat onto the ground. I remember thinking "this is the dumbest thing I've ever seen, they were just walking around!" Anyhoo, when the backboarding was finally on it's way out the door as standard practice, I cheered a bit inside..
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    MVA, EMS didn't use a backboard!!

    You can if it makes them feel better, but in the same studies that have shown backboards to be not only unhelpful but potentially harmful, they’ve found c-spine immobilization to be voodoo also. Think about the anatomy of the spine.. does holding someone’s neck straight and in the anatomical position actually immobilize the spine? Then of course there’s the dramatic amount of forced movement onto a backboard which blows the immobilization to heck, when it’s easier and safer for the patient to have them help in getting to the cot in a way that’s least painful to them. The final nail in the coffin is that there’s just no meaningful evidence that demonstrates this theory of an incomplete spinal cord fracture that was maintained through full spinal immobilization..
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    Ohio State part time FNP question

    Yikes, ok good to know now.. Thanks!
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    ACNP vs FNP: My Summarization of the Great Debate

    Sheesh, I feel like this thread got pretty hateful and aggressive..
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    Ohio State part time FNP question

    In the part time program?
  14. FiremedicMike

    Psychiatry question - Must I provide Therapy too?

    Yeah I’m torn on this. On one hand - I think decompression after a bad run is important. Should that be guided or not I guess becomes the core issue here..
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    ACNP vs FNP: My Summarization of the Great Debate

    Not trying to argue at all, but for what it's worth I just looked at several inpatient jobs at Ohio State and none of them specified ACNP certification..
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    ACNP vs FNP: My Summarization of the Great Debate

    I was told from an ER attending that I respect that his group prefers FNPs because they are able to see the occasional ped patient who walks through the door. My personal plan is to get dual certified ACNP/FNP. Whether I take ACNP and then FNP post-grad cert or the other way around is yet to be determined (I've elected to plow through my RN starting next summer instead of the direct entry pathway I was originally planning)..
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