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SopranoKris BSN, RN

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SopranoKris is a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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    University of South Alabama PMHNP Fall 2019

    7 semesters. Assuming a Fall start: Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall with a December graduation.
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    Online PMHNP MSN to DNP cert/program

    What is your current MSN specialty? If you're already an NP and want to remain in your same specialty, then you can do the regular MSN to DNP track at my school. If you've got an MSN in a non-NP specialty, then you have to do the MSN to DNP adding new specialty track.
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    Online PMHNP MSN to DNP cert/program

    University of South Alabama has MSN to DNP for many NP roles, including PMHNP: https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/dnp/msn_dnp.html
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    Tips to impress your preceptor?

    Make sure you have references quickly available so you can come up with a diagnosis and plan (including drug & dosage) right away. They typically see patients every 15 to 20 minutes in the family care setting, so you've got to be able to accurately diagnose and formulate a plan...or at least come up with a reasonable plan. Just know, it takes time to learn how to do it, but they'll be impressed if you know the common diseases & first-line meds (e.g. DM2, HTN, COPD, MDD, anxiety, etc.) Have Up-to-Date on your phone or tablet. Most docs I've worked with so far all use it. Learn how to give a good SOAP presentation to your preceptor. Ask them how they would like to present cases so you can be timely and stay as close to schedule as possible. Ask questions! Read anything they tell you to read. Good luck
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    How NP school views a dropped class

    Better to have a W than a poor grade on your transcript
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    Nurse practitioner GPA requirements

    Most programs require at least a 3.0 GPA, but some do look at your nursing grades compared to your overall GPA. I'm in the dual role track at University of South Alabama. They require a 3.2 GPA, but will make exceptions if your nursing course & science/math GPAs meet the threshold. When I applied, they did a breakdown of GPA as follows: cumulative GPA, nursing course GPA, science GPA, math GPA, freshman GPA, sophomore GPA, junior GPA, senior GPA, humanities/writing GPA, elective GPA. That way, say if you goofed off your freshman year, but did stellar work your other years, you wouldn't necessarily be dismissed for consideration if you showed improvement. Or if you had a poor GPA when you were young, but went back to school later and had good grades.
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    Looking for a low Cost ADN to MSN(NP) program!

    I'm a student at University of South Alabama. The classes are online. For the FNP track, you do need to go to campus for 2 days of on-site skills intensives before you start clinicals. The tuition is relatively inexpensive and all students pay the same rate (no out-of-state tuition). They have an ADN to MSN or ADN to DNP option where you earn the BSN during your studies (degree is conferred), and then go on immediately to the MSN or DNP portion.
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    List of Direct Entry MSN Programs?

    University of South Alabama has an accelerated BSN/MSN program. You need to have a bachelor's in another field to qualify. https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/bsn/accelerated.html
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    Should I accept Johns Hopkins Offer?

    Depends on if you think you're a shoe-in for Chapel Hill or Vanderbilt. It sounds like JH was your 3rd choice, since you didn't expect to get in. Do you feel like if you decline, you would have a decent shot at getting in to the other 2 programs? From the wording in your post, you don't sound thrilled at the prospect of going there. You would definitely get a great education at JH, plus the name looks good on a resume when you're a new grad. Personally, I'd take the seat at JH, but that's just me. This is you and this choice impacts you. Is your gut telling you to take it or leave it?
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    Very happy I became a nurse practitioner

    Glad to hear you're loving it I'm still in clinicals and haven't finished yet, but I know I made the right decision. I've always wanted to be on the provider side of healthcare and I am thoroughly enjoying my clinical experiences. I am so excited to look towards graduation and start working.
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    Adv. Health Assessment

    You are going to be hard pressed to find a school that will only let you take Advanced Health Assessment without being in their program. I attend University of South Alabama and our Advanced Physical Assessment course was online, but we had to make several, very lengthy videos performing detailed assessments (e.g. CV, Neuro, GI, etc.). This was our last course before starting clinicals. Between completion of physical assessment and clinicals, we had to go to campus to do hands-on skills intensives (suturing, pelvic exams, otoscope/opthalmascope, casting, etc.)
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    NP Preceptor Search

    Check to see if your local county health departments have women's health clinics. Not only do you get to help an under-served population, but you get to see some interesting OB/Gyn cases. I was able to secure my OB/Gyn clinicals this way. Our local university's medical school also uses this site for their med students, so the doctor on-site is a wonderful teacher. I'm assigned to an NP (there is one doctor and 3 NPs in the clinic) and I've seen SO much during my rotation.
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    FNP study tactics

    I really love Picmonic. I know it's a tad pricey, but to me, it's worth every penny. If you're a visual learner, it really helps the info to stick! They have an NP package and I've found it immensely helpful.
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    What should I do?

    Take it, but just realize that you many not be able to do a 9 to 5 day time job once you start clinicals. I was able to work full time while doing my core courses, but once clinicals & didactics started, I stopped working so I could focus solely on school. No one is going to fault you for not working while you're in school. You can't work full time in an MD or PA program, so don't think it's a negative while in NP school. You have plenty of experience as a nurse prior to starting your NP program. I think you'll do just fine
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    ACNP - best programs in your opinion?

    You have absolutely zero campus time at Maryville, which means no one is teaching you essential skills (suturing, intubation, central line insertions, etc.) before you start clinicals. I just personally feel it's a disservice to students by not providing on-site skills instruction. I'm currently in clinicals with a different program and it was immensely helpful to travel to campus during the summer for on-site, hands-on skills instruction. A former co-worker is currently attending Maryville and he said he would have never gone there if they said up front how much group work is required. He's not happy with the program but at a point where it's too late to transfer elsewhere.
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    ACNP - best programs in your opinion?

    UAB has an ACNP with RNFA specialty. Definitely check them out.