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    FNP program passing grade

    I'm at Georgia State University in the FNP program. The majority of my classes require an 80% on tests and an 80% overall, but you must have an 80% on your tests before anything else is considered.
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    I'm not sure about the Atlanta area, but there are few in the middle GA area. Albany State University has one and I think they still have programs in a few different areas of the state. Georgia Highlands (Rome, I think?) has one. Middle Georgia State University in Macon used to have one, not sure if they still do or not. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton has one. You might have to google it. I'm sure there are more. I did the paramedic to RN program at Darton (now part of ASU) and I seem to remember there being a lot more LPN to RN programs.
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    Albany State/Darton College Nursing

    Hi! I am a 2013 graduate of the paramedic to RN bridge program and a 2015 graduate of the RN to BSN bridge program. It's a good school with good instructors. I'm not sure how much has changed since Darton merged with ASU, but it seems like many of the people stayed.
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    GA Paramedic looking for guidance

    Where do you live? I think the usage of LPNs varies greatly by area. We have LPNs in my ER and they function like an RN except that they can't titrate drips and a couple other small things (means they don't get the critical rooms). My hospital employs LPNs in many areas, even some in ICA/ICU if they commit to obtaining their RN in a certain time period (may have to be enrolled in school, I'm not completely sure on the details). Honestly, I think your best option would be to take the additional couple of semesters worth of core classes and apply to a bridge program. In the long run you're going to spend a lot of time and money to make about the same per hour as you make as a paramedic. I did the bridge program at Darton College (now part of Albany State University) and got my RN in 2013. I did their BSN bridge as well and finished that in 2015. Most of the core classes are online, even some of the lab courses only require you to go to labs (some of those are hybrids and you only go about every other week). I understand how you feel about being burned out on 24's. Are you able to go to 12 hour shifts? If you need some employment options, send me a PM. I'm in the Warner Robins area. I have a couple of contacts at various services in middle GA if you need some help finding a new job. Good luck to you!
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    Associates Degree RN Nurse Residency

    Also check the hospitals in Macon, Warner Robins, Perry, Milledgeville, etc. I think the BSN trend is centered in Atlanta. Everywhere else in the state seems to be totally ok with ADNs. We even have some LPNs in my ER.
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    Associates Degree RN Nurse Residency

    Where do you live? I'm in Warner Robins, which is about 100 miles south of Atlanta. My local hospitals do the residencies and they accept ADNs, BSNs, and even LPNs. I think Atlanta hospitals can be more discerning as they have a large applicant pool. If you want info on the hospitals in my area, send me a PM. Good luck to you!
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    What am I missing?

    I have to agree with the others who said that you should get your EMT-B and get some field experience. My mom is a paramedic and many of my relatives were firefighters, but their experience doesn't translate to you. I like to say that I "grew up" in EMS because I vividly remember reading my mom's paramedic books (and getting in trouble for bringing them to school lol) and her learning patient assessment on me and my brothers. I also remember visiting her at work many times and being in awe of everything. I was also an avid ER fan, which made me want to be an ER nurse. My point is that all of those things are great and they make for a good story in an interview, but they mean nothing when it comes to your work experience. ER and ICU nursing is completely different from EMS. ER is much closer in terms of how you work (find and fix the problems, send them on to definitive care), but EMS is its own monster. You could likely pass the paramedic bridge course but I don't think it would help you. You need field work, not another certification or license. Something that could be very beneficial would be becoming an instructor in ACLS, PALS, BLS, etc. Most flight programs do a lot of training and community outreach and they love to have instructors as a part of their crew. If I were you, I would do the EMT-B and get instructor status in some of those alphabet courses (especially BLS). Good luck to you!
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    Flight RNs and Medics - I have some questions

    Good luck to you!
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    Not your usual questions

    What state are you in? I'm in GA and most of the bases within about 75 miles of my house are rural. The trend here is to keep the helicopters in the places that the calls originate rather than sending them from the cities to the calls as it's a delay. They do a mix of scene calls and transfers. I would suggest that you ask the individual services about the specifics and talk to the crews. I have been missing my EMS days and I think this would be a good way to use all of my skills. I actually had an interview today with one of the big flight services in my area. I have 7 years EMS (5 as a medic) and just under 5 years as a RN (primarily ER, some ICU in a small hospital). I aced the tests and I think the interview went well. I have my ACLS, PALS, BLS & BLS instructor, GA EMS instructor (I think this was a huge selling point), some of the NIMS courses (100, 200, 700, I think), and TNCC. I was a bit surprised that I got an interview and even more surprised at how well it seemed to go. Ultimately I think that experience and certs are how you get your foot in the door, but it's up to you and your personality from there. I think it also depends on how competitive your area is. For the services in my area, they prefer experience in education as they do a lot of community outreach and a lot of training. They also expect you to be customer service oriented (I know, we all hate that lol). I think this company is a good fit for me personally and I really hope they offer me the job. I should know something in a couple weeks.
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    Advice on Grad Programs & Cost

    Hi, I'm in GA as well and I've applied to the FNP program at GSU for spring. I looked at a lot of programs and I liked GSU the best. (Doesn't hurt that my brother is in law school at GSU.) Emory has a good program and a great reputation but it's way expensive. I already have a heavy student loan debt due to going back to school multiple times (paramedic, RN, BSN, plus I changed my major several times when I was younger), so I went for the more affordable option. There are a couple more choices in Atlanta though. Kennesaw State seems to have a good program. There's also Mercer/GA Baptist and Brenau in Gainesville and several online programs such as Walden, South Univ, Frontier, Chamberlain, etc although that wasn't the route I wanted to take. Let me know what you decide. GSU extended the deadline for spring applications to mid October if you're wanting to apply.
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    Am I too old???

    You're definitely not too old! I was 32 when I started my medic to RN bridge and 33 when I graduated. I was 35 when I finished my BSN and I've applied for a FNP program to start in the spring. I'm 37 so if you're too old, I guess I am too lol. You're going to get older regardless so you might as well work towards doing something you love.
  12. Anyone else apply?
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    To MSN or FNPs I've got an education question

    Hi! I completely understand how you're feeling - overwhelmed by life and work, and yet you want to go back to school and further your career. It sounds like life might be settling down a bit, so I think you should go for it. Can you do online classes? You don't necessarily have to choose one of the strictly online schools, many state schools offer online classes as well. My BSN program was entirely online except for clinicals. I applied to GA State University for their FNP program, which is a hybrid type of program. I would suggest looking into what is offered by whatever your preferred school is and go from there. Maybe you should talk to an advisor and see what advice they can offer. I think FNP would afford you the opportunity to practice as well as teach as you said, but an education degree would not. If you think you might want to practice as an FNP, I would go that route. You can always go back and take education classes later, if needed. Or you could do the education degree and then do a post-grad certificate for FNP. Follow your heart and good luck!
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    Chamberlain vs Vanderbilt

    If you can manage Vanderbilt, I would definitely go there. As you said, the name alone could open doors for you. Vanderbilt was my first choice for FNP, but the traveling would be too much for me (I'm in middle GA) and I'm not in a position to move right now. Good luck to you!
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    Starting NP School- working nights

    Hi! I'm on nights in the ER and I'm applying for a FNP program for spring. The program is a hybrid one, but of course there are still clinicals to consider. I'm planning to group as many of my shifts together so that I'm not constantly switching my sleep schedule. I already do this and it helps a lot in feeling like a somewhat normal person when I'm off. I'm also saving up my paid time off so that I can use it as needed to get those clinicals done. I generally have some down time at night, sometimes quite a bit. I was able to study a lot and even write some of my papers, discussion responses, etc during my BSN completion program. Ultimately the most important thing is to ensure that you are getting enough sleep. Good luck!
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    Experience with GCSU FNP online program?

    I don't have any experience with GCSU, but I have also been researching GA FNP programs. I am working on my application to Georgia State's FNP program for spring. Their program is a hybrid with the majority of work online, from what I can gather. Where in GA do you live? I'm in the middle GA area. I've heard a lot of good things about GA Southwestern and GA State. Emory is top notch, but also costs a fortune, so it's not on my list of possibilities. I know a few people who went to South University, but they did not have good reviews of the program. It is online though and didn't seem to be outrageously expensive. A former coworker went to the Univ of Alabama at Birmingham. Her program was a hybrid, but the vast majority of classes were online. She had glowing reviews of the program and she plans to focus on rural healthcare.
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    FNP vs WHNP

    I know a FNP who works in women's health and she landed that job as soon as she passed her boards. I think FNP may give you experience with a wider age range than WHNP, but I don't really know enough about it. It seems that most practices and employers in my area look for FNPs, but that may be different as it sounds like you're in a more densely populated urban area than I am (middle GA). Either way, good luck to you!
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    Is it normal that my school doesn't teach us IVs?

    Did you even read the post? Yes, IVs are a basic skill. EMTs learn how to place an IV in a six month course. The IV portion is often only a single class period, maybe two. Phlebotomist a learn to draw labs in a six week course or less. Starting IVs is not some mystical advanced skill. As the OP stated, the advanced provider's skill is in knowing when to perform an intervention and when not to.
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    Is it normal that my school doesn't teach us IVs?

    Hey, I'm in Middle GA too!
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    Is it normal that my school doesn't teach us IVs?

    Double posted. Oops.
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    11am-11pm ER nurse help!

    Totally agree with the statements below. I worked 11a to 11p for a year and hated it most of the time. I was also a new ER nurse and my position was primarily as the triage nurse (I had previous EMS experience, but no nursing experience). Make sure they spend time orienting you to the whole ER, not just triage. That was my biggest complaint. I had my own patients probably 1-2 shifts every two weeks and sometimes it was a struggle. I went to nights about 4 months ago and there's still quite a bit that I don't know how to do because I spent most of my orientation time in triage.
  22. I second the recommendation for the Bob Page book. It's a great book and very easy to understand. Good luck!
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    PCTs giving injections!

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    What makes IVP meds so scary?

    The only thing I can think of is unfamiliarity with the drugs and inexperience. You can have those with an RN or an LPN. Or like in my job, with a paramedic. Good luck with the job. Your experience and confidence will show through. Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    How high have you seen??

    Brought a girl in by ambulance the other night. She was unresponsive, snoring respirations, had near sine waves on her EKG. No IV access to be had. She had a port but we had no huber needles. She coded about two minutes after we moved her to the ER stretcher. They accessed the port, gave calcium chloride and worked it. About an hour later we came by on the way out with another pt. They were still working her. Had gotten her back a few times. Labs had come back - her blood glucose was 2400. Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com