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  1. HealthyRN

    Lawyer to Nurse

    Hi Cass- Are you any closer to making the decision between law school and the NP program? I am in a similar situation, although I'm also considering med school. I already have a master's in health care and nursing administration, so the NP credential would be a post-master's for me- significantly cheaper and faster. I've considered law school and I would specifically like to focus on health law if I do go that route. I've had so many discourage me from it though, because of the lack of employment opportunities in law right now. I would love to chat with you more about your decision.
  2. HealthyRN

    MSN Grad student needs help

    I also did your survey. I think you would get better responses if your questions were worded a bit differently. Like llg, I do not work in an academic setting. Good luck with your project.
  3. HealthyRN

    Post-Master's FNP versus Med School

    I googled him and the book does sound interesting. I will definitely check it out :)
  4. HealthyRN

    Post-Master's FNP versus Med School

    I am an RN with a BSN and MS degree in nursing administration. I completed my MS degree about 3 years ago and I've had a few interesting leadership and administrative roles since then. However, I'm not fully satisfied with my career path and lately I've been thinking about returning back to school for either post-master's FNP or med school. To start at the beginning: I graduated as valedictorian of my high school class. In high school, I was always interested in the health care field and everyone assumed that I would choose pre-med and go to medical school. I ultimately decided on nursing because I was in a serious relationship in college and I wanted to have a family-friendly career (in retrospect, this was very poor reasoning). After the first year of nursing school, I was having second doubts about my choice of major. I wasn't enjoying nursing at all, but I decided to stick it out because I didn't want to be a year behind if I chose another major. I rationalized that I could always go onto medical school or graduate school after I graduated. After graduation, I got married and started working as an RN in the ER. I HATED that job. I took a job on a med-surg unit and I HATED that job even more. Eventually, I did find a specialty that I enjoy (home health and hospice), but I still knew I had to go back to school for something that would allow me to move beyond the staff nurse role. At that time I was very torn about beginning the process for applying to med school. My husband (now ex) did not want me to go to medical school because he wanted to start a family and basically did not want to support me throughout the long process. I applied and was accepted to an FNP program. I finished a semester of FNP school, but I was so unsettled about the decision as to if I would be fully satisfied with the NP training and scope of practice. No offense to any of you that are NPs, because you do play a very important and critical role in health care. I've had an NP as a primary care provider, so I do think that NPs are wonderful! But at that time, I was convinced that it would ultimately bother me that I would be in a very similar role as a physician in primary care, but without the ultimate responsibilty, scope of practice, and level of pay. And I was unimpressed and disappointed with the foundational FNP courses that I took at a very prestigious university. I didn't think that I would be happy with the lack of depth of knowledge in the FNP program. So instead of doing the NP program, I decided to do a master's program in administration. I've had a few interesting jobs in administration since graduating, but it still isn't as fulfilling as I would like and I keep having the feeling that I've chosen the wrong career path. Recently, I've been thinking again about beginning the process to apply to med school or to start looking into NP programs again. At this point, I am nearing 30 (but not there yet), single, and I have no children. I do have significant student loan debt from my master's degree though and the loan burden of med school does concern me. I also have concerns about the time burden of residency in particular- to be honest, I have lots of interests outside of work and I do wonder how happy I would be working 60-90 hours week while in residency, being on-call, etc. Although I'm now single, I still do hope to have a family someday (hopefully within the next 8 years or so). The post-master's FNP is looking very appealing because of the low cost and time burden. It would allow me to earn a decent salary, have better hours than MD/DO, and I do think that I would enjoy the work. I'm frustrated that I still seem to be in the same situation that I was in while trying to make this decision in college. I feel like I should be past this point in my life! Any feedback into my situation would be helpful.
  5. HealthyRN

    Aspiring CNM in L&D

    I'm sorry that you are not enjoying your new job. As with any new job, it just may take some time for you to adjust. You may want to hang in there awhile longer. After you are off orientation, it may get better because you will have a little more control over the nursing interventions, as long as you aren't violating hospital policy. On the other hand, I understand your frustrations and that is one of the reasons why I don't have much of a desire to work in L&D, although I've heard that some are better than others. If you do decide to leave, home health can be a great nursing job! Or you could see if they would transfer you to PP and then you would still have the women's health experience. Let us know what you decide.
  6. HealthyRN

    Appying to school, questions

    Hi VitKev13: I'm in the same boat as you. I have experience in the ED, med-surg, and home health, but no L&D experience. I've been interested in midwifery since high school, but I haven't pursued it for many reasons. I'm now reconsidering my career goals and I'm going to apply to a CNM program for entry next year. From talking to the director of the program and practicing CNMs, I really don't believe that L&D experience is absolutely necessary. I'm sure that it's a bonus if you do have it, but the CNM role is very different from the L&D RN role. Your ICU experience will be very useful in helping you to deal with emergencies that may arise on the occasion that birth deviates from the normal. Good luck!
  7. HealthyRN

    Nervous Breakdown

    Do you live near any university medical centers? Many Schools of Nursing offer job shadowing programs or you could try contacting the hospital directly.
  8. HealthyRN

    Nervous Breakdown

    The advice that I would offer you would be to seek some career counseling before proceeding. Most universities offer these services, or you can also hire one that works in private practice. I would also suggest that you job shadow a nurse (and other health care professions that you may be considering) and volunteer in a health care facility to see if it is something that you may like to do. You could even seek training as a nurse's aid to get hands-on experience. I really wish that I would have done this before becoming a nurse. Good luck!
  9. HealthyRN

    for those of you with non-hospital jobs...

    Two years of experience is plenty to find a non-hospital job. I found one with less than a year of hospital experience. It really depends on the area in which you live, but you should try online sites like http://www.careerbuilder.com or http://www.monster.com. Also, try searching online for the company website and see if they have career postings on the site. Of course, going in person and dropping off your resume is also a good idea. Make sure that you write an informative cover letter to go along with it.
  10. HealthyRN

    Advice on career choice

    In any profession, you have people who hate their jobs and those that love it. It is impossible to say which career will bring the most satisfaction to YOU. It really depends on your personality, your goals, and your lifestyle preferences. I would recommend that you start by going to a guidance counselor who can offer you basic career and personality testing. You should make sure that you job shadow or volunteer in a healthcare setting. However, don't limit yourself to considering only medicine or nursing. There are lots of other professions in which you can "help people", within the healthcare field and even outside it. Your situation reminds me of my own career indecision when I was in high school. I graduated as valedictorian of my high school class. I always thought that I would pursue medicine, until I started thinking about goals that I had outside of my career plans. I finally decided to go with nursing because it would allow me to have a family and be an active participant in raising a family. That is not to say that physicians don't or can't have families, but it just wasn't the lifestyle that I wanted to have. I also discovered options, like becoming a nurse practitioner, that would allow me to have a lot of autonomy in my career. In general, I felt that nursing provided a lot more flexibility than medicine would. Fast-forward several years and I am at peace with my career decision. I still don't know if I would have chosen nursing if I could do it all over again, but I am so thankful that I didn't chose medicine. I discovered early on that I don't enjoy clinical nursing. Luckily, in nursing, there are a lot of non-clinical options. I suspect if I would have went into medicine, I would be one miserable physician, because there just isn't the same flexibility to change specialities or find work outside of direct patient care. I am currently working on a master's degree, which I am using as a stepping stone to a PhD program in a field outside of nursing, but still within the healthcare realm. I don't know if I will ever directly use my nursing background, but I know that it will always be an asset. So, I will not say that I regret going into nursing because education is never wasted and I have learned so much about myself and life in general from being a nurse. You can learn more about the pros and cons of nursing by browsing this site. The pros for me include the flexibility and the educational opportunities. Also, it is relatively easy to find a job, which is a plus in this current economy. The cons of acute care nursing for me were the long hours (12+ hour shifts sometimes with few or no breaks), having to work nights, weekends, holdiays, and rotating shifts, horizontal violence (bullying, harassment by coworkers), high nurse to patient ratios, and other unsafe working conditions that led to high stress levels. But again, it really depends on the person and the type of work that they prefer. Also, there are nursing opportunities outside of the hospital, although you should understand that it will take at least 1-2 years of hospital experience to be considered for these positions. Good luck!
  11. I am 8 weeks pregnant and I've decided that I don't want to work full-time during my pregnancy. I approached my manager about cutting back to part-time or contingent, but no positions are available. I applied for a contingent position in another department and I have an interview. I'm really nervous though because I don't know if I should disclose my pregnancy. I'm afraid that I won't be considered for the job if the manager knows that I'm pregnant. I don't have much nursing experience in this specialty and they would have to put a considerable amount of time into my orientation before I would be off on my own. Any thoughts on what you would do in this situation?
  12. HealthyRN

    I am begging for any type of input..

    As another poster suggested, I think that it would be very useful for you to seek some career counseling. Most universities offer this kind of assistance for free. To provide more input for you, I would need to know more information. What attracts you to the field of PT? What about nursing and why CRNA specifically? How limited is your physical condition? Most hospital nursing positions are very physically demanding. If you are interested in becoming a CRNA, you would need a few years of ICU experience. In my opinion, the ICU is one of the most physically demanding nursing jobs because your patients are usually not able to offer any assistance in moving or repositioning and the nurse is providing all the care for the patient. As a bedside nurse, you will be on your feet for 12+ hours with few or no breaks in some cases. CRNAs may have less of a role in the physical aspects of nursing, but they are also on their feet for long hours and they may not be able to leave the OR at all for hours on end depending on what kind of a case they are working on. The stress levels can also be very high for CRNAs (and most other types of nursing as well). I can't truly speak to the amount of physical labor required in nursing versus PT. I do have a PT in the family and her job does not seem to require nearly the amount of demands that I experienced as a floor nurse. But it would all depend on the type of job. If you were a PT doing rehab for spinal cord injury patients, that may require a lot of physical demands, but not so much if you are doing PT for sports injuries. The same thing can be said of nursing. I now have a job that requires no patient care at all. But I will caution you that it usually takes at least a year of hospital nursing to obtain such a job. However, even within the hospital there are less physically demanding positions. There are many nurses out there that are working with physical limitations, so don't let that be the deal breaker. It really depends on you and how much you want this. I also struggled with career decisions when I was in college. Even now, if I could go back and do it all over, I don't know if I would choose nursing. I'm currently working on another degree to leave the nursing field altogether, but there are times that I am very grateful that I have the background that I do. You can do some things to help ensure that you are making the best decision at this point in your life. You can shadow several nurses and other healthcare professionals, volunteer, or even seek a paid position in healthcare as a nurse's aid. However, you will not know for sure until you are out there working as a nurse. It may make more sense for you to finish your degree in another field since you are already 3 years into college. You could then apply for an accelerated BSN program, ADN, or master's entry.
  13. HealthyRN

    Working full-time with a part time job??

    Working both a full-time and part-time job is definitely not advisable for a new nurse. Working 3 12-hr shifts per week left me beyond exhausted, even after I was comfortable in my position. For a new nurse, it is going to take at least a year before you are really comfortable. Besides, most hospitals are not going to hire a new nurse as part-time or contingent because they want you to have the experience first. If you want to pick up extra hours or overtime, most hospitals will offer you this option after you are off orientation. I know of plenty of nurses that have two jobs, but it is usually if one is part-time or full-time and then the other contingent or maybe two contingent positions. It would be very difficult to hold both a full-time and part-time job because there would be too many scheduling conflicts. You would end up working every single weekend. I would explain to your parents that nursing is not like other jobs. There is a reason that hospitals offer 3 shifts per week.
  14. HealthyRN

    Non-hospital RN job - ideas/suggestions?

    You can actually find these jobs by searching career boards like http://www.careerbuilder.com or http://www.monster.com. You can search for "registered nurse" in your zip code and then just go through them all to weed out the hospital or SNF postings. You should also check out company websites or health department websites. If you are looking for a position that doesn't require an RN (like pharma rep), then you would search for marketing positions or even "pharmaceutical rep". A website that I have found very helpful is your local "Craig's List". Just do a google search for Craig's list in (your city or area). Then you will find job postings for medical or health. This site is free and it often attracts more unique positions and usually not the hospital postings. I hope that this helps.
  15. HealthyRN

    Non-hospital RN job - ideas/suggestions?

    Hi Layla, There are lots of opportunities available to nurses outside of the hospital. This is especially true if you have a BSN, but if not there are still a variety of options, especially with your two years of acute care experience. There are really so many different areas that you may want to narrow it down a bit by focusing on your interests. Do you still want to participate in direct patient care? If so, consider homecare, hospice, LTC/assisted living (many leadership opportunities for RNs), corrections, outpatient surgical centers, or public health clinics. If you want to get away from direct patient care, you could check out insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, or rep positons for healthcare organizations or medical equipment companies. Don't forget that you could also search for non-clinical positions in your own hospital system. You could do quality assurance, community education, risk management, and a variety of other things. The pay can vary in these positions and some may be less than what you are making in the hospital. However, I have discovered that many of these positions can pay quite well and some actually better than the hospital (see my story below). You also have to consider the benefit of having an increased quality of life that comes from having better hours, holidays off, and lower stress levels. For me, this is far more important than the ability to bring in overtime or bonuses from shift work. I spent only a year in the hospital before moving on to non-clinical nursing positions. It was actually very easy to find a job outside of the hospital. My first non-clinical position was working as an educator for a home health agency. The pay was slightly higher than what I was making as a staff nurse. I am now working as a rep for a different home health agency. My salary is about 30% higher than my pay as a staff nurse and I receive performance bonuses. I basically set my own hours since I am in control of my day and I can start and end as I please, as long as I put in my 40 hours. I have 9 paid holidays off, 2 1/2 weeks of vacation, and 14 sick days per year. The job isn't perfect by any means and I don't plan on staying forever. There is still plenty of stress, but in a different way from staff nursing. However, I really disliked bedside nursing and this job is an improvement. Good luck!
  16. HealthyRN

    Is this illegal?

    Thanks, Gentylwind. Just to clarify, the new manager was not a current employee of the company, so this was not a promotion. Salaried workers are not unionized in this organization.