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AutumnLeaves MSN, RN, NP

acute care, icu, surgery, vasc.surgery,trauma
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AutumnLeaves has 36 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in acute care, icu, surgery, vasc.surgery,trauma.

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    When Should I Retire? My Struggle

    I am in this group too. I am actually too young right now to collect SS and I need 4 more years at the VA to get enough from them to pay my insurance and have a few bucks left over. However, I AM getting tired and am having some health issues. I would like in a perfect world to find a part time job as an NP but there just aren't jobs here. I have a million plans for retirement and can't wait to start it.
  2. Thought this was interesting. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/02/nurs-s02.html
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    Good sources for learning how to interpret CTAs

    Sorry, left this out. I do work in an academic center and we don't have radiologists 24/7. It is often necessary for me, as the on call provider, to look at CTAs, know if there is a critical finding and report that to my surgeon. We work together then to address the problem.
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    Good sources for learning how to interpret CTAs

    I am not relying on just my read to make clinical decisions. Both the vascular surgeon and the radiologist read them too. My surgeon wants me to be able to give HIM my read, and then we often look at them again.
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    VA Application help

    Unless you are an NP/PA or MD, I doubt if you have ever had privileges. Providers like these are required to apply for privileges to see patients @ hospitals. Good luck with your application, the VA forms are extensive .Hope you get the job.
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    How Much was your First RN Paycheck?

    7.71 hr in 1984 in a southern state
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    Good sources for learning how to interpret CTAs

    I agree. I think he is asking a lot of me.
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    Seeking Advice from Veterans Affairs FNPs

    I'm sorry. Never saw this. It is difficult in my facility to transfer from an RN position to an NP position, but not impossible. It seems easier if you want to stay in the clinics. Do you have specific questions?
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    Good sources for learning how to interpret CTAs

    We do vascular surgery. I can read the organs already, but not always sure of some of the vessels. My doc wants me to read the necks/ cardiac/abdomen and pelvis scans and be able to give an opinion. He never depends on the radiology read. I am just trying to figure out a good way to learn. I suspect it will just take more experience.
  10. I have recently changed jobs and am trying to learn how to interpret vascular CTAs, as in abdomen,pelvic,neck and head. I actually have found several sites on YouTube but still feel overwhelmed, so if anyone has a good one, I would appreciate it.
  11. AutumnLeaves

    Veteran Affairs, Ishihara eye test?

    I cannot speak for all VAs, but mine does screen for it.
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    Low Salary @ the VA as NP

    As they say,every VA is different. My particular VA pays poorly, at the lower end of the scale. I have noticed that you can make more these days if you come in from outside as an NP, not just transfer from a RN position to an NP position. Not every VA has location pay, either. Ours does for PAs but not for NPs, because we are title 38 employees and paid on the nursing scale. I do love working with the vets so it all works out for me, but a better salary would be nice.
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    Surgical NP's

    I am a surgical NP at a VA hospital. I am also a RNFA. We do not scrub because we have residents. Before this, I worked for a trauma center where only PAs/residents scrubbed. If you really want to scrub, do your research. As for hours, our surgical service NPs/Pas work 12 hr shifts 7a-7p or 7p-7a. We cover the hospital 24/7,including ER. The day shift staff also work in the clinic.
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    Va Hiring Process 2019

    It usually takes several months. It took 5 months for my transfer without the same hospital to go through all the VA paperwork. The best thing you can do is make sure that your references return their paperwork asap.It will still take months but that part often slows them down even more.

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