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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

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. HealthyRN

    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    I wanted to clarify my above post before people take it out of context. I was not suggesting that the poster is taking the easy way out by attending the ADN program over the BSN. I believe that ADN and diploma programs are challenging in their own right. And if I were in that poster's situation and the ADN was available, I would probably choose that route. However, I don't believe that it is a reason to keep our profession stagnate.
  9. HealthyRN

    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    I don't understand why nursing should not raise the educational standards just so people who made mistakes in the past are allowed to enter the profession. If ADN and diploma programs were not available, you would have to do it the more difficult way. You would have to go back to school and take general education courses over again to raise your GPA. People pursuing other professions that do have high standards do this everyday. That is why there are post-bac programs designed for people who are trying to do just that. I am not directing this at you personally, and I understand why you are choosing this option: it's available. But I really don't understand the mentality of so many pursuing nursing. Everyone is looking for the easy way out. When I read some of the posts of these forums, it is just embarrassing: What is the easiest/quickest way to become a nurse and what online program requires no real clinicals? That seems to be the theme of the day. Maybe it's just a reflection of our society though. The most valuable things in life usually are not easily achieved.
  10. HealthyRN

    Is it true that a BSN will be mandatory soon?

    This thread is about the entry point for nursing practice. Right now, I think it is acceptable for someone with the BS/BA + ADN to be considered for BSN positions, because the BS/BA + ADN option is still available. But if the ADN is eliminated (or required to continue their education as I would like to see), then this option won't be available and it shouldn't be an issue. I believe that education is never wasted and a nurse with additional degrees outside of nursing can bring A LOT to the table. However, many professions require a specific degree in order to practice in that profession. In this case, I am advocating for the BSN, so I believe that the BSN needs to be the entry-point, not BSN or BS/BA + ADN. Yes, you may have taken research and methods, but nursing research and methods is very different from a general research and methods course in a liberal arts undergrad program. I know because I have taken both. Nursing is different because it is a clinical profession. A business degree prepares one for a variety of different careers in different fields. For the most part, a BSN is preparing one to practice nursing. There are lots of other options in other fields once you practice nursing for awhile, but one should never get a nursing degree with that idea.
  11. HealthyRN

    Job Switching Questions...

    As to if you will get reimbursed for your PTO, it depends on the facility and how long you have been working there. I learned the hard way that many facilities require you to be an employee for a certain length of time (usually a year) before they will pay you for the PTO if you quit.
  12. HealthyRN

    bedside nursing??

    Another term for a bedside nurse would be a staff nurse. The term "bedside" nurse came about because the nurse is providing direct patient care at the bedside. Some nurses find that bedside nursing today is too stressful and the working conditions are too deplorable to want to do that type of work. Also, some nurses find that they just don't enjoy direct patient care.
  13. HealthyRN

    Nursing v.s HIM

    These are two very different career paths, so I think that it would be best if you clarified your career goals before choosing a program. You mentioned that you were planning on going into the HIM program after getting the ADN. Were you planning to practice as a nurse first? What are your specific career goals and how do you plan on combining and using these two degrees? I would recommend that you shadow people in nursing and HIM before you actually decide.
  14. HealthyRN

    Please help! i need advice again!!

    I don't think a nursing agency is going to provide you with what you need right now. You mention that you have less than a year experience. Nursing agencies place you in positions that usually provide only a cursory orientation and you are expected to hit the ground running. As a relatively new nurse and especially being new to the US, this would not be good for you or the patients. Some hospitals have special programs for nursing grads. You could try to find one of these or you could just apply to open staff nurse positions. Many times the job description may say that experience is required or preferred, but it doesn't mean that you won't get the job. If you are really worried about it, just apply to general med-surg positions. Of course, if you want to work in LTC, then go ahead and apply. LTC facilities are always looking for RNs. Good luck!
  15. HealthyRN

    I'm new this...PLEASE HELP

    Part of the problem with the direct-entry programs is that the MSN typically builds upon prior experience and a person entering a traditional MSN program usually (but not always) knows what they want to specialize in. It is difficult to know what area of nursing will best suit you before you are even a nurse. Once you become a nurse, it may take you years to figure this out. I'm not trying to discourage you, but just know that it can take awhile to find your niche. Unless you really have a strong inclination toward a particular specialty, I would recommend going with the more general MSN program. You can always do a post-master's if you really want to specialize or become an NP at a later date. Shadowing is different from volunteering. Shadowing is when you ask a nurse if you can observe them at work for a day. If you contact local schools of nursing or hospitals, you may find that they have a program in place for this. It gives you the opportunity to ask a lot of questions. In my opinion, you should take advantage of as many shadowing experiences that you can arrange. I really regret not doing this before I entered nursing school. I've been a nurse for 2 and half years, so I'm still fairly new. During this time, I've worked in ER, med-surg, and community education. My current position is working as a rep for a homecare organization, which does not require a nursing degree, although it did help me to get the job. I'm also working on my master's degree, but it's just a stepping stone to get out of nursing.
  16. HealthyRN

    I'm new this...PLEASE HELP

    First, I recommend that you do lots of shadowing. Since you weren't thinking about pursuing nursing at the time that you volunteered, this will allow you to directly observe nurses at work. I think your decision to do the direct entry MSN program is great. However, if you do this program you should still work as a bedside nurse for at least 1-2 years. Nursing is a profession that values experience much more than education and you may have a difficult time getting a job that will allow you to directly use your MSN without that bedside experience. #1: Do as much volunteering/shadowing in health care that you can. This will help your application, but it's more important that you get good grades in the classes that you are taking. #2: I'm not a CRNA and can't give you advice on the career choice. However, you may want to check out the CRNA forum. The money is good, but it's not a career for everyone. You do need at least a year of critical care experience before applying to a program, but most applicants have more.