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anchorRN BSN, RN

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anchorRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Military.

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  1. I graduate FNP school in May 2020. I'm looking for some advice on which certification review book to purchase for the 2019 ANCC exam (since the exam was updated in May 2019). I'd prefer mostly questions with rationales. I also plan on attending a live review session in person and would appreciate recommendations which to attend also. Thank you !
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    Graduating April 2020.. Navy Next?

    Hey there! @Pixie.RN is correct you need to speak with an officer recruiter, specifically a healthcare recruiter. I spent 6 years active duty in the Navy's Nurse Corps and loved it. I look back now and wonder why I got out, but it does take a toll with travel/moving around every few years/not seeing family from back home, etc. I deployed to Afghanistan and I was stationed on a Carrier for 2 years. It was some of the coolest times of my life! As far as being a brand new nurse.... that might handicap you a bit since there are many other applicants with experience who are clawing at the door to get in. I was almost immediately picked up since I had 8 years of ICU nursing behind me prior to joining AND I had my CCRN. You have to make yourself marketable! Any certifications, etc that you can get to make yourself stand out will help. But, you must first start with talking to a recruiter (and the RIGHT recruiter). An enlisted recruiter will not be helpful and they may even try to sell you on "enlisting" first to get your foot in the door. Never believe this it is a total lie, those people are only trying to make quotas. If any recruiter uses the word "enlisted" you should be extremely wary. Also -- Just because your program is "accredited" there are programs they do not accept. I graduated from a state university with my BSN so this wasn't a problem but I specifically remember them looking up my university to make sure it had a Regional accreditation (i.e. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Some schools have shady regional accreditation (not nursing specific) that the US Navy just doesnt accept. If you can shoot me a PM with your location I can take a quick look and see if theres a recruiter nearby.
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    Honest review of EKU PMHNP??

    I’m in EKUs FNP program now and have 2 semesters left. Yes the clinical hours are tough, but I am working full time still and it’s doable. I have nothing but good things to say about the FNP program so far. Actually we were grouped with the PMHNP students through a lot of the didactic material the first year and a half. EKU is very picky about hours but as long as you’re not counting lunch breaks and logging of patient encounters into the tracking system then you are fine. We are allowed to count hours such as preparing to see the patient, coming up with diffs, reviewing labs, formulating plans, and discussing the patient with the preceptor as hours. Any breaks or downtime are not allowed to be counted. In my rotations so far I’ve had very little downtime so hours haven’t been too hard to come by.
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    Finding a Collaborating Physician

    ahh yes that does make sense.
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    Finding a Collaborating Physician

    Hey all I have a little under a year left before I am done with my FNP. I live in a state where a collaborating physician is required for 4 years for non-scheduled drugs, and indefinitely for controlled (Kentucky). What is the normal process for finding a physician to collaborate with if you arent familiar with the physicians in the area (or they are not familiar with you)?
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    Navy vs. Air Force

    I can and do.
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    Navy vs. Air Force

    No offense intended. But I do stand by my comment.
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    Navy vs. Air Force

    No but I did serve as ship’s nurse on a carrier for 2 years and I assure you that being stationed on a warship is completely different than being TAD to a hospital ship. I had to go through every workup cycle prior to deployment (something hospital ship RNs don’t have a clue about). It is a complete nightmare. I was responsible for the medical department’s participation in about 8 inspections including CART I, II, and III, TSTA/FEP, COMPUTEX, CQ’s, etc. if any of these were failed then the ship couldn’t be certified to deploy (which is a huge stressful deal). So yes I consider the Comfort/Mercy luxury cruises. It was a tough job but I actually liked being in the fleet around real surface warfare officers and crew, instead of being stuck around mostly other doctors and nurses onboard.
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    Navy vs. Air Force

    There are RNs on LHDs but they are only TAD there. They are part of a FST (Fleet Surgical Team) that are assigned a group of ships and deploy/go underway when they do. Otherwise they are shore based. It’s actually a good gig because unlike being a ship’s company nurse like on a carrier, you don’t have to go through the work up cycle which was a complete nightmare for me. Hope that makes sense. Otherwise LHDs have IDCs and corpsman on there as ships company.
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    Best AANP/ANCC Audio Review?

    Hey all I'm about 10 months away from completing my FNP program and would love to find an audio review for boards that I can listen to in my vehicle on my way back and forth from work/clinicals. Thanks!
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    Locum work as a new grad?

    Thanks for the input! I certainly realize that getting some experience under my belt prior to doing locum work would be preferred (and probably the smart thing to do). But as a single guy, no kids (and previous travel RN experience) locum work definitely interests me, mainly for the travels. I’d love to hear from some folks who have jumped into locum work right out of school to get their view
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    Navy vs. Air Force

    Interesting! I assumed it was like that across all branches. And like I said that was the policy in 2011 so it may have changed. But yes, 4 years will get you O2, I had 8 years and I only had to wear O2 six months before I put on O3 and got out an O4 after 6 years. I really do kindof miss it Just make sure you get everything in writing and make sure you don’t agree to enlist with a “promise” that you’ll work as an RN. Also make sure you’re going to an officer recruiter (which I’m sure you know)
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    Allheart otoscope/opthalmoscope

    I bought a cheap R.A. Bock oto/opthalmoscope from Amazon for $100. It was junk and didnt even last long enough to make it to my clinicals (the switch literally broke a week after I got it. I paid for a replacement part and they never sent it). NEVER EVER buy those one of those RA Bock brands. My advice is to just spend the money and get a Welch Allyn. I paid $300 for a brand new one and it is very high quality.
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    Locum work as a new grad?

    Hey all! I have less than a year left in my FNP program and was wondering what your thoughts are on new grads doing locum/travel assignments? I realize a more traditional job for 2-3 years to gain experience would be more ideal, but do options exist for this type of work? Thanks!
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    265 questions is almost guaranteed if your a male.

    Dude here. I passed at 78 questions. That was back in 2004 though
  16. Hey all I am finishing my first clinical rotation and begin my 2nd mid-May. I would love a quick clinical reference book to carry along with me when seeing patients. Right now my school requires us to use 5-Minute Clinical Consult and it’s a very large, heavy, bulky book and not convenient for carrying around all day. I’ve found myself in situations where I need a quick reference for labs, treatments, diffs, etc and that giant bulky book just isn’t cutting it. I’ve seen some positive reviews on “Practice Guidelines for Family Nurse Practitoners” (Fenstermacher). It’s spiral bound and seems to be much more portable. Here’s my dilemma. The new edition will be out in June. The current edition is from 2015. I’d love to have a reference now, since I will be a month into upcoming clinical before the new edition releases. Is there that much of a difference from 2015 til now? I would also be very interested in a pocket guide that I could stick in my lab coat pocket also. Any recommendations????