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ear has 10 years experience and specializes in psychiatric ER, Mental Health.

BSN bound!

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    12/1/2015 Start date Roll call

    I am starting 12/1 as well. I have already been working on nutrition :)
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    Relocating to Central or South Jersey

    The beauty of NJ is there are so many differnt types of living. Do you want to be close to the ocean? Do you want to be close to NYC (or Philly) but in a more suburban area? Do you want to be in the country? There are a lot of options here. What are you looking for?
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    search me!

    I am talking about psychiatric units.... All contraband, drugs, weapons, alcohol, items that can be used as weapons.... What are your indicators for search?
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    search me!

    Hi all, I am trying to see how far others go with a patient search for contraband. What do you do, how far do you search, what area are you working in (inpatient, ed, outpatient) Do you have/use metal detecters/wands? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, ear
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    Feelings on becoming Certified Psych RN

    I just took the certification exam this past year. I carried around the study guide, thinking I was going to take the test a couple of years ago. Life got in the way though. They changed the test this year, so I scrambled to get it done while I still had the material. I enjoyed learning, I am keeping up with CEU's, and have since started school for the PMHNP program. I love learning, and when something sparks an interest, I really enjoy it.
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    Cold Feet

    Drexel, PMHNP program. Just the two classes I took put a lot of pressure on me. But, hey, it was fun! It showed me how strong I could be. The professors are great. It will be a little time before I start clinicals, but I am determined to stay with the "suggested" route, and finish. Life happens no matter what we do right?
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    Cold Feet

    You can do this!! We "spoke" back in September. I started this past fall, and it is a handful! I was working crazy amounts of hours, and taking two classes.. Got a little behind, pulled by hours back to 3 nights, got cought up, then Sandy hit. I have my girls do "homework" with me, so we are all at the table working. I still feel like we spend time together, and for the most part I can concentrate. Get going with it now. I am actually thinking about cutting down to 1 class in January, but I am going to see how my grades turn out first. I am terrified of failing... Good Luck!!
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    Rex and WakeMed

    I'm not from that area, but my barents were both in Wake Med. The trauma center was amazing, and to be accepted there is awesome. You will get boatloads of experience in that environment! Afer a couple of years and you want something more "mellow" you can always change hospitals. Good luck!
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    Am I too old to become an NP?

    I am 43, and just going into my 1 quarter this fall. I really hope it is not to old or I am in trouble!! :rotfl: Are there jobs for FNP's in your area? I know we are saturated in my area, I know a few people who are still working at bedside because they cant find work as a FNP. I am doing this because I want to, and like someone else said, you will be that old either way! I am not sure why it will be taking 7 years. I am in a 2 1/2 year program, it is part time. I have up to 7 years to comlpete it if I need to slow down. (and do you really mean we are going to be 50 in 7 years?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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    Fall 2012 Graduate School roll call !!!!

    Drexel University Psychiatric Mental Health NP Working FT ( psychiatric ER and per diem inpatient ) School is considered a part time program. (yeah right) As for my feelings, I am scared to death, and really really excited! Contrats everyone!
  11. I am going to be doing this with three, (4 y/o and 3y/o twins) I want to do this now, so I am not "competing" with homework. I want to be there with my kids through their school. I have a FT job (40hours) and per diem as well. I am not sure how it will all work out, but I know it will. Good luck to us!!
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    Drexel Fall 2012

    I just rec'd my acceptance letter. I am in! PMHNP program. anyone else?
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    Looking for an online RN-MSN/NP in Psych

    drexel in pa has one. you have to have licensure somewhere in the area though (pa, nj, de, md, and i think va.) for clinicals, and you have to be at the school a couple of times a year. i am not sure where you are, but are there not any programs more local to you? i am limited with my ba in my area, many schools are requiring a bsn, as opposed to the ba. there are several schools here who will happily do a bridge program (for the low, low price of anywhere from 12 -18 credits before entering an msn...) i saw a couple of other programs.... i just googled it, i think somewhere in alabama? then one in the midwest somewhere. it was a couple of years ago that i searched. one program that i was eligible for has now discontinued it though.... good luck, and if you find something let me know please.... always need a back up plan! as for your other question, it seems as though that would be an awful lot of extra work....lol...
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    certification exam

    Thanks guys! I did it, I passed. Never want to take that again!! They are changing it in April, so I needed to pass! Thanks for the good vibes!:redbeathe
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    certification exam

    Just asking for a few positive vibes this morning. I am headed out to take my certification exam, and starting to get a little anxious. I have been reviewing, and walking around with this study book for over a year now, and finally today is the day! (too many life crisis to be able to schedule this test sooner) Thanks!
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    Dear Pysch Nurses

    My whole life I have gotten the look. I worked 15 years as a social worker in a nursing home. I got "the look" then. I was young, energetic, and working with an end of life population. Now, working in psych as a nurse, I get "the look". I giggle, and am very thankful that I am not working in their area. I have always loved psych. My undergrad degree is in psych. I rarely ever notice "the look" anymore.