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BirkieGirl has 25 years experience.

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  1. BirkieGirl

    Any FNPs in the Air Force Reserve?

    So at the ripe age of 44, after 20 years with my BSN, I am finally done with FNP school. One dream that I always had as a young girl was to go to the military and serve. I had a chance to play an instrument with the Air Force band and even tossed around the idea of trying for an appointment to the academy. However my parents wouldn't hear of it. ANY of it. I was to go to college like all the other girls, get married, have a family and settle in. Now that I'm my own person and have a skill that could be used even more, I'm tossing around the idea of the reserves. Not sure about any of it, just thinking. I'm married with 2 kids and work in cardiology so reserves would be my preference. We are very stable geographically and moving right now isn't an option. Anyone here in AF reserve? Do you like it, is the pay decent, what is your service commitment, etc. thanks!
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    Side gig/business while NP??

    So I'm literally in the final 2 weeks of school. What a journey. I already have a great gig lined up in a specialty that I'm very familiar and comfortable. At 44, I feel fortunate that I had a great nursing career, and now have the opportunity to have a great NP career too. Over the last 4-5 years though, I've dealt with a personal health thing and through it, I've really learned to embrace the power of food, functional movement, primal concepts, faith, spirituality, etc. I would love to start a side gig doing some sort of 'coaching' or something like that, where I wouldn't really be using my NP license but would be teaching people how to take control of their lives. I eat LCHF and am VERY passionate about it, even wrote a couple testimonials for a physician writing a book and engage EVERY co-worker I can with education about it (related to disease management). It's sad that in the area I live, there aren't really ANY functional medicine or integrative medicine docs, because if there was, I would be breaking down their doors! Any ideas how I can get this thing going, or does anyone else here have something similar?
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    Life after NP...

    I would agree that Epidemiology might be a nice segue into another direction, and Public Health nursing/policy through a local county health department or state level health division. If you haven't already, you might also think about taking a class in Policy or Advocacy or Epidemiology. these would help AND might get you networking, it seems like faculty always have connections with some sort of interesting job avenue! Also, you might consider university level teaching. If you want to affect change, affect it at the student nurse level. I taught for years with my MSN and loved it.
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    Just how busy is an online NP master program?

    Entered MSN as a practicing RN (did my BSN right out of high school) after 20 years in practice. Definitely a little older than the typical student (late 30s/early 40s) took anywhere from 6-9 credits per semester, worked full time, 2 very busy kiddos at home, multiple school committees, wife, daughter to aging parents AND managed to stay sane through it all. Yes it was TOUGH. I am in my last couple semesters right now. I did my MSN in a non-FNP track and am now doing the post master certificate for NP. I will sit for my boards this winter. I have grown accustomed to being so busy that when I have free time I don't know what to do with it. BUT...It is supposed to be hard. after all, we are preparing to become providers. My school expects you to have a pretty strong knowledge base of general medical issues, and the curriculum moved FAST. The reading was absolutely required, not like undergrad where you could peruse the pages. You actually had to read, absorb and be prepared to answer just about anything. If I had it to do again I would make sure I was in a seriously good financial spot so I could either go per diem or just not work. That would have made it a little easier. For me, I generally was doing school stuff at least 20 hours per week, that included studying, being in class or doing assignments. Once the FNP clinical started, add another 25 hours a week for travel and being at clinical....and yes, I'm still working full time with all of that........
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    Clothes at clinical

    NP students- some days at clinical I will be wearing scrubs due to the nature of the practice, some days I'll be wearing super casual due to that practice, but there is one practice that wear a very mixed bag of attire. Do any of you feel like LuLaRoe pants/top sets are TOO casual for a casual practice? I only ask because a couple of the staff there DO wear them and I have them but don't want to present myself as out of attire or too casual.
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    Calling all Psych NPs/PMHNPs

    Hi all- as a PMHNP, what are your favorite go-to academic books or journals for learning? I'm asking the practicing NPs in psych because you have experience and may have some perennial favorites. thanks!
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    Getting back into hospital nursing

    I was in medical device sales, went back to direct care because I had decided I wanted to further my career and wanted to make sure I 'could' actually do it! turns out I could, I was pretty good at it and now am in a NP program
  8. while working in the content area will always be helpful, there are plenty of NPs in Wound Care, Cardiology, Surgery, Palliative care/Hospice, GI and other content areas that never actually worked in that content area as a RN. If your schedule doesn't work with it, then it just doesn't. If that's the case, pick the brain of a great psych NP and find out what you can do on your own to learn more about psych.
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    Pysch nurses, how often do you do these things?

    NO to pretty much all of it except for the occasional skin tear (wound) or help to the bathroom if they are unsteady. Admits to the unit must be pretty much self-care capable (geri psych unit is separate).
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    Psychiatric nursing interview

    No I wouldn't either. Don't share your personal medical information in an interview. Instead, I would take the approach of "what I think is the most important to the patients or what is a vital skill to caring for this population" type thing.
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    Getting back into hospital nursing

    I agree with all the above. Buy a 'refresher' book from Amazon and review those things that have gotten a bit dusty: IVs, foleys, wet-to-dry dressings, chest tubes, etc. All the procedural stuff. Also, most hospitals have Staff Development departments that will help you out. Since EMRs change all the time, that will be something you'll learn as a new hire. I went back to acute bedside care after 12 years away and although things were a bit dusty at first, it all came back very quickly and I love being there. I worked with my staff education department and actually REQUESTED to spend time in pre-procedure, chemotherapy infusion department, and the ECC (ER) to practice IVs (both starts and just general management of the pumps). I also took every bit of orientation that I was offered. Even though I felt comfortable pretty quickly, being an orientee gave me time to ask every question I could think of, and I kept a small notebook with ALL the notes in it. Even though I've moved into more of a leadership non-bedside role now, I still refer to those notes when I get calls from new RNs with questions! Please feel free to PM if you have any questions, but I totally agree with the above. Just keep applying and you'll get a bite. Also network! There may be some old colleagues who have a connection to get you in somewhere. Good luck!
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    New NP gift?

    A close family member is graduating ahead of me with her FNP and I would like to give her a meaningful gift to recognize her very hard work. Any ideas for something that is both useful and could possibly be displayed in her new office?
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    Should I pursue an NP degree? I need advice

    Once again I second JulesA response, I agree to take some time. Get to know nursing. Get to know several areas. As a 20+ year vet, I can attest to the fact that there are SO many areas of nursing to learn about and become proficient in. In the end, if you love bedside and want to do it as a NP, it IS ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE. Don't study in a FNP program, you'll want to study in an Acute Care NP program and practice in an acute care setting. I chose a FNP program because I worked in an office for many years and prefer it to the acute care setting. Good luck!
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    psych techs working with nurses?

    In my facility the psych techs actually are required to have a BA in Psychology or Social Work. They don't function as nursing assistants in any way (no vitals, no chem-strips, no toileting, etc).
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    Where do NP clinicals take place at?

    If you're in a FAMILY program, it's likely your sites are in the office. If you are attending an acute care program, your sites will be in-hospital. It is very competitive, the competition has gotten seriously fierce everywhere in the past few years, and is likely going to get worse. IF you know providers, now is the time to approach them and line up some of your sites.
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    Please help

    I agree with Elkpark- PMHNPs do a TON of med management, not much 'therapy' work at all. their role is not the same as a therapist.