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seanpdent ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP


🎧🎙| Acute Care NP | Storyteller | YouTuber | Author | People ask me questions, and I answer them. #nurse #heysean #coffeegeek #tattoo

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seanpdent has 15 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in ICU.

I’m an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP). I have been in the nursing profession for just under 15 years, been an NP goin’ on my 7th year. Nursing is my 3rd career. 


I'm an O.G. diploma-trained nurse who started in a 16-month accelerated diploma program.  I broke the mold and I started my career as a new grad in the ICU.


I practiced at the bedside for about five years before I went back for my Bachelor’s degree and then onto my Master’s degree and became an ACNP. After 7yrs, I’m actually going back for my DNP Spring 2020. 

I have worked in the ICU my entire career. In the ICU world, you name it, I’ve worked it.  I have worked in all sorts of ICUs both large and small. From the large teaching hospital to the small remote community hospital.  I have worked in cardiovascular, medical, trauma, neuro, surgical, and oncology ICU. Oh, I also did travel nursing. 

Over 10 years ago pre-Facebook & pre-Twitter I started a small lil' blog sharing my stories. ⠀⠀

10+ years later I'm still blogging,  in town with video. In 2016 I posted a video (vlog) every day for a full year. I posted 365 consecutive videos about nursing while working my full-time job.

I’m a former podcaster (I think I have ADHD). I hosted & co-hosted at least three podcasts. ⠀⠀

I do a YouTube vlog Q&A series called “Hey, Sean…”. #heysean is where I answer questions from the nurse tribe. (They usually start the question with the words, ‘Hey, Sean…’). If I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to send me your questions.

My “Daily Sean “ vlog is just me sharing my life lives on the edges. 

I’m also a public speaker. I believe coffee is a good group. I eat bacon every day. And, I have 18 tattoos, including a left arm sleeve. ⠀

Sean P. Dent, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN | Acute Care Nurse Practitioner | CCM 

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  1. Do people still use this platform? Where my tribe at?

    1. tinyRN72

      tinyRN72, BSN

      Hey, Sean, 

      I still use this platform. 

      Thanks for sharing your story. I love hearing about how you have been using the internet to blog and vlog for so many years. 

      I have an entrepreneur's heart and own what we call a wellness center - we mainly do Mindfulness, meditation and education. I am currently working on creating meditations for Youtube (and my website). 

      Any advice you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. 

  2. I'm curious. Why does/should it matter if the test is changing?
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    56 and considering NP school

    1. DO IT 2. DO IT 3. I would highly recommend doing a thorough job market research in the area where you plan on working (will you move to a new location for a new job?). Bottom line, will there be a job there for you once you get your license/cert as a new NP. 4. Age should not matter. And yes... it's absolutely worth it.
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    Can blogging hurt or harm your career

    Heh heh... been blogging for 10 years.. with no repercussions. Treat your blogging the same way you would treat conversations in the hospital elevator. It's that simple.
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    Nurse Practitioner vs Physician Assistant

    Correct... as an ACNP I perform the same (if not more) procedures as a PA. Keep in mind we are referring to an ACNP, not an FNP. An FNP does not get the same training. That would be one of the defining differences between a PA and an NP... NP's are (becoming) very specialized in their practice.
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    Nurse Practitioner vs Physician Assistant

    PA's need to recertify every 6 years (it will be changing to every 10yrs)...
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    Acute vs. Primary Care NP? Can't decide

    The greatest piece of advice I got when I started my journey into graduate school and deciding on my end goal of Acute vs. Family NP is this: "Who do you see yourself taking care of 10 years from now?" That answer will determine what path you take. Due to the implementation of the Consensus Model, the scope of practice of NP's is becoming very specialized. So you can't float in between disciplines (An FNP can't take care of acutely ill, and ACNP can't take care of peds and/or a primary care clinic). As an ACNP you could specialize with endocrine. I think the snag you'll run into is WHERE you treat the patients, in the hospital versus an office. You'll find out as you do your research there is a lot of red tape and 'practice setting' rules and regs that will limit your practice. Best of luck with your decision.
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    Is it possible to be a fit nurse?

    I would agree with ElleNY, barring from other responsibilities and extra hours working 3 12's should allow for SOME time to exercise. Of course we all have responsibilities outside of work, I guess it's a matter of making time.
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    Is it possible to be a fit nurse?

    Fit nurse - I think it's more than possible! It's all a matter of priorities and time management. I don't think you'll ever get to or be in the shape you 'were' - but it is absolutely feasible to become and stay 'fit'. As for the depression and the 'male' nurses - in the eye of the beholder.
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    RA pressure vs CVP

    UUHhmm. Yeah. Last I checked we are 'measuring' the same value although we love to refer to it as RA or CVP. I'd love to see where the difference is, if there is any, and what are the clinical applications for the minute difference. We seem to be splitting hairs here.
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    Intra-Abdominal Pressure Monitoring

    Ditto.. not a routine thing, but we do use it often when applicable.
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    Art-Line System

    Yeah.. we use the VAMP system as well.
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    Being an HIV positive nurse

    I honestly do not know the legality of this answer, but I am very curious to see if someone does!!
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    IABP and CPR

    I don't know about you.. but 'syncing' compressions in a 'code' situation.. may be a tad difficult. Thanks for the great info though!
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    Only one RN on nights--me. Time to go?

    YEP. If I were in your shoes, I'd be voicing my opinion on pt safety. If nothing can be done, I'd be looking for a new job. To many open windows for possible incidents. And you are the one who is ultimately responsible. Go with your gut.
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    Milking chest tubes

    Joey hit the nail on the head. Milking is very different from stripping a tube. We 'strip' JP drains and other negative pressure drains. Milking is simply allowing gravity to move the drainage from the patient to the drainage container, while ever so gently sqeezing the clots to get them to move. I whole heartedly agree with the milking of the chest tube's being a bad thing. Great thoughts.

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