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Currently RN student, ASN program; CNA working full time AND going to school! Looking to make the most of my nursing career, and find my "niche".

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    like everyone else...NEED ADVICE!

    I have recently graduated from ADN program, and begin working on a neuro-med-surg floor very soon. However, I've always kinda-sorta in the back of my mind wanted to be self-employeed. I've had a vision (a rather foggy one with lots of glare!) for a few years now...I'm not to the serious phase yet, probably just the R&D phase I suppose. I've had the vision to start a home health agency, or a healthcare business of some sort. I see a need for this in most rural communities, with the aging of the good ol' baby boomers and the trend of pushing patients out of the hospital sooner and home to rehab... So, I guess I'm looking for all the info I can get. Would a BSN be helpful in this potential venture, or should I look into finishing up my business administration degree? (I was in enrolled in BA program prior to nursing school.) How much real-life nursing experience should I try to obtain prior to attempting this or even thinking about attempting? Should I try to secure a job in home health, and gain some work experience that way? (obviously after I work in the hospital for a year or so...) I know all of these questions are relative and subjective, and all answers could really be considered "correct", but like i said, just researching a bit... How is the market for this sort of thing, and with it being highly-regulated, does it take the "freedom" out of being self-employeed? What kind of marketing has been found to be successful? Should I attempt to secure contacts while working? (i.e, do I need many contacts such as MD's, potential RN's/LPN's/CNA's to work with me, other owners, etc?) I think that's it for now! Thanks everyone!
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    I blew my interview!

    Yeah, I just had an interview for an ICU fellowship, which is optimal since I want to be a CRNA. I currently work in a hospital as a CNA in ICU/PCU, and have done so for two years. This potential employer was supposed to meet me at our job fair, but unfortunately, our program did not advertise this facility well, and I missed out. I finally called, but missed the open interviews by about two days. I emailed the nurse recruiter on a Fri afternoon, and she called within about two minutes! We set the interview up, and unfortunately, I had only three days to prepare officially. And of course, I had other stuff going on such as work, an upcoming exam, and clinicals. I actually ended up arriving late for the interview d/t clinical obligations. Once I got there, I totally did not represent my true abilities, I froze. I would not hire me! Is there any hope for me? I think my resume and experience and grades are above average, but i KNOW the interview went sub-par. What should I do? Should I call/write/email the ccu supervisor and make excuses? Or just thank them? Or just wait? Thanks!
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    did y ou all go to pinning ceremony?

    I, as a male student, HATE our all white uniforms, and I dont feel as if the whole pinning ceremony is made to be fair to males. I realize we are the segregated population, and dont get me wrong, I love the caring aspect of nursing, but I don't feel obligated to wear white and do the whole nightingale thing. Just my two cents. I probably will go, but I will raise the point about just going in very nice clothes, and not all whites. This is 2007, afterall.
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    White uniforms

    I, as a male nurse, would ESPECIALLY like to wear not only ALL white, but a white dress! No offense.
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    What are the pros and cons of working in CCU?

    WELL SAID!! (especially since you were only shooting from the hip!!!) Very good points, and very helpful!
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    Views on New Grads Entering Critical Care

    I must disagree. I have worked in PCU/ICU for two years as a CNA, and I plan on working there as a new grad. (Graduate in May, YAY!) I have had SO much better luck and have learned so many more things from these "mean" nurses as you call them, than the ones on med-surg-ortho. The older nurses on these medical/surgical floors, I feel anyways, are very burnt out. These are the ones who either chose not to or could not enter into a speciality. However, the nurses in critical care tend to be semi-territorial and very demanding, and if you don't have that kind of "get it done now, get it done perfectly" attitude, then yes, they probably do seem like mean people, but in reality, they are very knowledgeable, and care very deeply for his/her assigned patients. It is more "intimate" in critical care, for the most part. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely no qualms with medsurg nurses, but what you described is more in line with what i've dealt with on med-surg floors. Perhaps a difference in personalities, hence why the people who are working where they are, stay where they are!
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    Patient died from 8GMs of Dilantin

    yeah, um, I haven't even graduated yet, but ...WOW!
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    $25-$30 bucks an hour is peanuts!!

    Yeah, but i bet he doesn't get POOPED on as much as we do!!
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    CRNP: The perfect occupation?

    Thanks everyone for your input! Keep the advice coming.
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    CRNP: The perfect occupation?

    Hello everyone! I think I have finally decided on what to do, but i just need a few swift kicks in the butt to push me into the decision-making phase of my life. Quick background: 28/m, married, graduate in May with ADN, > 5 years of hands-on customer service/business/management experience, and over 50 credits on my ticket in a business management program, no degree. CNA in LTC for 2 years, and over 1 year in critical care environment. I am considering this: Graduate, work as GN in critical care, take boards, pass boards, work as RN for about 2-4 years as I work on RN-to-MSN degree as FNP. I have been surveying people at work and school, and I'm getting mixed responses about becoming a nurse practitioner. One RN said that I would never get accepted into an NP program without at least 3 years of experience "in the trenches"-- One said that NP's in Pennsylvania cannot write scripts (which as far as I have read, is simply not true. ??) , one said that basicly, unless you are a hot little female, doc's don't want to hire you or give you any authority... One said that if it's my dream, then go for it. This is the jist: I want to know that if I spend the time, money, and effort, that I will be enjoying a career that is productive, full of autonomy, and has the potential to be lucrative. I want to incorporate my business/customer service/marketing skills with my newly acquired nursing skills, and soon to be acquired np skills, hopefully. NP's and future NP's, please give me your advise! I am not going to PA school, that decision I have made. NP or bust! These are the questions i have: Average Salary, typical working conditions, retirement, respect, responsiblity, and job satisfaction. Compare yourself to a staff nurse, compare yourself to a factory worker, compare yourself to a PA, compare yourself to a banker. And when you are done, compare yourself to President Bush, if you have the desire and time! Thanks!
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    What is the average hourly pay for a FNP

    Wow! That makes me very interested in going for FNP! And Tennessee is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Is that for a clinic or hospital? In other words, do you have a life on top of that wage? Or are you at work more than you are with your family? Thanks! Brad
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    I Need Advice!

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    I really, really feel like calling it quits

    Trust me, most RN students feel like calling it quits at some point. I had the head of the department tell me, after the first semester, that she stuck up for me, basicly saying had it not been for her, that I wouldn't be in the program. My grades are above average, but I am a person who is not afraid to say what is on my mind. I am married, and I work as a CNA at our main clinical site. I cannot afford NOT to work, but our program frowns upon working, and makes no efforts to work with you if you have other obligations. With that said, it seems like your program is being VERY HARSH! You have a right to be mad. One thing I've learned in life, is that everything is negotiable, and you have to absolutely stand up for yourself. No matter what, period. If you want something, you have to go for it. So, I guess what I am saying is this: GO FOR IT! I've seen some pretty lame nurses who somehow got through school, and i've seen some that should be doctors. The ones who got by have given nursing a bad reputation, and I think current instructors are being extra careful not to let these "bad apples" pass throught the cracks. If I were you, I would take this situation as an opportunity to prove yourself, and give it your all. As one of my instructors said, they are trained to push us until we push back (within reason), hence creating a well-rounded nurse. It is similar to basic training in the military (and if I am correct, nursing used to be run sort of like basic training, and the docs and instructors were your drill seargents). HAHA not true anymore, but there are still some old fashioned nurses who are instructors that believe that this is the way it is in the real world. Well...not true, but still... This is true in every profession, if you want to be successful. Push back! If you somehow don't make it, I would consider another profession, or consider the school you are in. I am a male, so I have overcome many many roadblocks to achieve my goals. IT CAN BE DONE! Good luck! Brad
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    Pinning ceremonies...

    Yes, the pinning thing is def. dumb and uncalled for. I will probably be there, but i think it should be less in tune with the female gender. Then again, our uniforms (all white with fregin pleats in the back?) and all white shoes...the whole nursing profession needs to recognize that NURSE does not equal FEMALE anymore. I realize the tradition, but females in the military do not have to shave their heads. Yes, they do wear the camo with no make-up, but still...I feel my nursing program is very old-fashioned, and not progressive. But i'm almost done, so who cares. The pinning ceremony is insane. I am going to a college, not some hospital school of nursing where the girls are dormed up and not allowed contact by the opposite sex. I don't see physical therapists or any other fregin medical field that goes to a university having to "raise money" for a pinning ceremony. I personally could care less if I get "pinned", and believe it or not, some of the females feel the same way. Those pins are overpriced anyways, and I don't want one. Just my opinion.
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    I'm about to crack...read this and help!!!!

    This is exactly why we need LTC reform...and exactly why I (as a new nurse) will never ever work in LTC. And actually, why I won't send my grandma to a LTC facility, and why I will be pursuing advanced nurse practitioner status asap.
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    What do nurses really think of CNAs?

    Could i be called CNA #8? I am a nursing student, and i am gonna reply to what you have written with great expertise...I do not leave patients wet for very long, I answer call bells, unless you are standing right in front of the room, and I accept delegation within reason. And I don't come to work drunk, usually. haha JK. NEVER. First of all, as a CNA, we get paid next to nothing, usually. So how can you expect what you expect? I have worked with RN's who expect so much that it is impossible to get done what is expected...ya know, the type who have "meds to pass" but they run around the halls looking for those beneath them to wipe a butt...or fill a water pitcher...it's like, didn't they teach you time management in nursing school? Or common sense? You could have had that butt wiped or that pitcher filled TWICE in the time it took you to find me. And then i've worked with RN's who say, "hey, when you get time, could you HELP me clean up Mr. Blah Blah? I know you are very busy, but I need to get these meds passed...When you are free, we can clean him up together." These usually are the RN's who have been CNA's in the past. So my point is this: CNA's put up with a lot of crap, usually the majority of things that have a tendency to piss ppl off. For example, answering repetitive call bells of a client that is confused or demanding. "Sorry, meds need passed" is not an excuse. In conclusion, I do not feel that patient abuse (such as leaving a patient wet, leaving a call bell ring, etc.) is acceptable, but I DO feel that every RN should be a CNA first. Point made. Delegation is often abused, and especially in a long term care environment.

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