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  1. pro-student

    Interview Attire for New Grad Male Nurse?

    Definitely suit and tie. I don't know who told you business casual but they are either wrong or don't know what business casual means. Stick with something conservative and nothing too flashy or out there in terms of style of color as Enarra mentioned. I would also suggest a professional looking watch as well. I don't know that it would make that much of a difference but I have had interviewers comment positively on it and I think it subtly makes you look just a little more professional and put together.
  2. pro-student

    Decisions on CNM vs. FNP

    Happy to help! PM me and I'd be happy to talk more specifically.
  3. pro-student

    ADN to CNM Bridge

    I started as an ADN and did a dual CNM/FNP program. I went straight from my ADN to a bridge program and didn't have any problems but the program I attended also had a large direct entry program (for non-nurses) so they were very used to people without RN experience. Other programs will insist on some experience before beginning the program. Some clinical sites are also picky about taking students without RN experience. If you're thinking about a program that you have to arrange your own clinical, this could make things a little more challenging but its usually not a dealbreaker. I certainly don't think one needs RN experience to become an excellent midwife (or other APN for that matter). The US is really the only country in which most midwives are required to be nurses. I do think it helps to have some kind of exposure to make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into. That could mean shadowing, training/working as a doula, lactation consultant, childbirth educator. Best of luck on your journey!
  4. pro-student

    Ideas for a mandatory training?

    Self-care or avoiding burnout. Since you mentioned forensics, you could check with agencies your facility frequently works (public defenders, court system, advocacy organizations, etc...), many times they are willing to offer speakers or conduct training.
  5. pro-student

    MHPNP still able to work as RN?

    You do not lose any scope of practice if you become an advanced practice nurse (APN) since all APN is based on simultaneously being an RN. You can still choose to work as an RN regardless of what other education or credentials you might have however, you are held to the highest level of education and training you have in terms of liability. That mean that if something happens to a patient you caring for, the legal standard for liability will be what would a prudent NP do in the situation, not an RN even though that's the role you might be employed in at the moment. Put another way, if you are an NP, you can voluntarily choose to work in a position with lower responsibility and not utilize your full (NP) scope of practice but you cannot give up the higher level of liability your education and training would confer. To illustrate this point, malpractice insurance will charge you a rate based on your NP credentials regardless of what role you practice in since you are legally held to the higher liability standard. (Btw- the acronym is PMHNP.)
  6. pro-student

    Test made entirely of SATA!?

    Traditional multiple choice questions (with only one "best" answer) have become the norm because they are the easiest to grade and are widely available in test banks or are relatively easy to write (although, I would argue, not that easy to write well). They don't however give terribly good information about what someone knows. SATA have become particularly common in nursing education because, as nurses, you always need to be considering multiple things at once. SATA questions not only provide better assessment of one's actual knowledge but also help encourage this kind of multidimensional thinking that nurses must do all the time. (Think about it - in actual nursing practice, everything is SATA, you always have to know if you should be doing one thing, 3 things, not doing something in any given situation.) That being said, answering them is not easy, takes a lot of getting used to, and requires practice to be able to answer successfully. Nursing faculty generally have a lot of leeway in how they write tests for their courses. But to get a good assessment, it is best that students have a idea what to expect on the test. It would have been much better for your instructor(s) to give you some notice about what format the test would look like (or for student to ask specifically). An assessment that students are not prepare for also doesn't give very good information either since you can't tell what student do or do not know versus what they were just surprised by. Likely, you're instructor was trying to prepare your class for the NCLEX and/or practice. Answering these kind of questions is certainly something all nursing students should be working on but some heads-up is also good. You might want to think about 1) trying to get a clearer idea of what tests will look like before hand from your instructor, 2) asking them to go over strategies for answering SATA questions and how to study for them, 3) investing the study time you need to master the content so that you could respond to anything you might see on a test, and 4) looking at some test-taking resources, including practice questions, specific to SATA questions.
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    Any Direct Entry MSN Programs that can be done remotely?

    Ah, that make a little more sense. I don't think there are any LPN-MSN programs. Every MSN program I've never heard of was either for RNs or for people who had a bachelors in another field. The latter type are typically in-person, very intensive, and quite competitive. I get loans are often easier to get for graduate programs but that also means paying graduate tuition for (essentially) undergraduate courses plus interest and ends up costing much more in the long run. If you have a bachelor's degree, you could apply to direct entry MSN programs but they are probably not what you're looking for. Otherwise, your best bet is to complete either an ADN or BSN that will likely be cheaper, less intense and more accessible to working individuals, and will be more likely to give consideration to your training as an LPN.
  8. pro-student

    RN + MBA?

    Business and nursing are both pretty broad fields. I think there can be some overlap depending on which aspects of each field but most will involve management or leadership positions away from the bedside. I can't think of too many ways a business background will be helpful to the bedside nurse (other than maybe just an better understanding of leadership styles, organization structure, etc...). Once you have some clinical experience as a nurse, however, I think there is a lot of possibility to leverage both business skills and nursing experience especially in management/leadership roles. Many nurses have gone back to school to earn their MBAs. Whether we like it or not, healthcare organizations are businesses and, at some level, need to operate as such. Now there is still a big difference between most for-profit business and healthcare but, at the end of the day, healthcare organizations that can't manage their human, financial, and organizational resources effectively are not going to be able to help anyone.
  9. pro-student

    Should I go straight into a BSN program?

    I agree that this should be the order of your priorities but in reality, none of these steps are exclusive of the others. You can easily study for the NCLEX while still applying for jobs and exploring BSN programs. I think your first priority should be passing the NCLEX but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you weren't also apply for jobs at the same time. Similarly, I wouldn't recommend delaying pursing the BSN for too long. Most RN-BSN programs are specifically designed to be accessible to working nurses and are VERY doable while working. Being enrolled in a BSN program can also be a plus for employers in your job search. It shows you are serious about advancing yourself as a professional. In competitive job markets it can be something to help differentiate yourself. (In some geographic areas, ADN nurses will only be hired on the condition that they complete a BSN within a certain timeframe). Depending on where you are located (or plan on looking) jobs might not be that easy to come but now. I think it would be wise to spend a little bit of time at least exploring BSN programs if not applying.
  10. pro-student

    RN-MSN Online specialties options

    CONGRATS on deciding to continue your education. Since it seems like you're still very undecided about what direction you want to take your career, it might be wise to start out with completing a BSN program. This will give you a lot more options if/when you decide to pursue your MSN. It might also give you a good opportunity to become antiquated with some of the different paths in nursing and clarify your goals further. The things you mentioned you didn't want to do would exclude most MSN specialties (community health is the only one I can think of that you didn't rule out) and the few you mentioned generally don't require a MSN. A masters is a big investment of time, money, and energy and it would be a shame to misdirect those resources without some realistic goals or a plan for how you hope that investment to pay off.
  11. pro-student

    Any Direct Entry MSN Programs that can be done remotely?

    No. One cannot learn nursing without having direct contact with others whether that is in a lab learning skills or in a clinical setting practicing with real patients. There are some clinical simulations or virtual learning experience that can help but this is no substitute for hands on experience under the supervision and guidance of an experienced nurse. Distance programs for advanced practice nurses are very different because they are, at a minimum, based on one already having the RN skills and still require in-person, mentored clinical experience (generally at least 500-600 hours). And there are certainly plenty of these that are still of dubious quality. There is one distance-based RN program I know up, Excelsior in NY, but this is an associate degree program and is intended for trained healthcare providers seeking to become RNs. And there are plenty of concerns about the quality of nurse this program produces.
  12. pro-student

    MSN-Is it too late to go back?

    You certainly can do it. Since it sounds like you're struggling with some doubts and insecurities with your previous academic pursuits, you might want to start off with just trying out one class. You mentioned needing to re-do A&P and stats. A&P in particular would be a good course to start with: it's very related to nursing, you've already successfully taken in, and it could help ease you back into academics and increase your confidence to go forward. It's great that you have long-term goals like becoming an NP. Use these to help keep you motivated. Good luck!
  13. Sounds like you're asking for answers to an assignment. Maybe you should at least try it yourself before asking other people to do your work for you.
  14. pro-student

    Post-master's CNM?

    A good first step would be to start to network with other midwives in your area. Look up your state or local ACNM chapter or other midwifery group and attend any events you can. They might also be able to help get you in contact with midwives that are interested in mentoring others. They would also be a good source for the local environment for midwives. If you discover midwifery is something you’re really interested in, then you can explore what programs are available to you. Some, like Frontier, have a good reputation, are not very expensive, and are not as geographically restricted. Ultimately, if midwifery is something you feel strongly about, it would be a shame not to invest in yourself and your career. But you probably want to spend some time exploring whether that really is your passion or if you current level of involvement in maternal-child health is satisfying in the long term.
  15. pro-student

    Decisions on CNM vs. FNP

    WOW!! That’s a long DNP program. A lot depends on what you actually want your career/practice to look like. If you’re sure you absolutely want to catch babies, then you might want to look into switching to a midwifery program. But if you’re not sure or if you think women’s health (without catch babies) would be a fulfilling career, then I’d stick with the FNP program. There are some FNPs who work exclusively in women’s health and even if you don’t end up doing that, there is nothing wrong with having a niche or primary interest in women’s health. There is always the option of doing a post-grad certificate in midwifery once you are an FNP. For now, I would suggest staying with your program unless you are absolutely sure you want to catch babies and really have no interest at all in primary care for men and kids. FNP is great in opening up lots of possibilities but it’s only worth it if you could see yourself taking advantage of those possibilities. I would also encourage you to try to shadow a midwife and/or explore whether you can get some experience working in L&D/post-partum. I hope that helps a little.
  16. pro-student

    Dual FNP/WHNP Programs

    I second this. The FNP scope of practice includes everything WHNP does. If after an FNP program you feel like you want more training in women’s health, you can always attend conferences, workshops, other continuing education.

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