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  1. Tim-GNP

    How many times can you take the nclex

    As many times as it takes to pass. I know one woman who has been taking them faithfully, twice a year since 1993.
  2. Greetings all! I am debating about taking the on-line Adult Critical Care Course through Indiana University School of Nursing. Has anyone heard of this course? Has anyone taken this course? Let me know what you think. Cheers!
  3. Tim-GNP

    Which Boards?

    Depends on your specialty... I took the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], because it was the only one available for Gerontological Nurse Practitioners. I believe that most other specialties have other choices. I thought that they were easy--- Good luck with whatever you decide.
  4. Tim-GNP

    Any professional pointers???

    Something else you may want to consider----- preparing a teaching portfolio. Granted, at this point, your portfolio would not be very big, but it may very well impress the interview committee. You can find information on it here: http://www.arches.uga.edu/~major/portfolios.html It gives you a chance to organize your thoughts on education and teaching, it will help you to consider your future goals, etc. Also, I do concur with the others regarding an MSN. Here in PA, you either need it or need to actively be working on it to get approved by the State Board of Nursing as a faculty member. Good luck, and let us know what happens!!!
  5. Tim-GNP

    Education Interventions to Pass NCLEX

    I can't remember... I think it was in the most recent issue of Nursing Education-- there was a fairly well done study that discussed preparation for NCLEX. I can't remember the entire content of the article, but it was pretty good. If your school subscribes, check it out.
  6. Tim-GNP

    Nurse Educator Opinions

    I know it sounds like a dreadful analogy... but the more you think about it, the truer it sounds...
  7. Tim-GNP

    staff development certification

    Jean--- are you an NNSDO member? I was considering it.... but I am just not sure. I wonder if they are very 'acute care' only oriented, or if they balance between various staff development settings.
  8. Tim-GNP

    Nurse Educator Opinions

    First of all, not all students will become a nurse. It is not meant for everyone. I look at myself as having a duty to society. I am saying, by passing the students to the next level that they meet the objectives of the level. I will not let society down by passing someone who is not able to master the skills or objectives of the level. I also have the study groups, etc., etc., etc., if no one comes and they do poorly in the test, I have no sympathy. I do feel bad that they wasted their money, but nothing more. Maybe old age is making me hard... who knows. One of my patients told me this once years ago.... "you can't save ALL of the whales." Cheers!
  9. Tim-GNP

    would you still be a np if you had to do all over again???

    No... I would not. But unlike those who post in the general forum, I have done something about it.... moved myself to ultra part-time. I love being a Registered Nurse--- not an NP.
  10. Tim-GNP

    PhD vs. ND

    I think acceptance of the ND is up to the invidual college/university considering offering you tenure. Most advertisements for nursing faculty usually read 'earned doctorate from an accredited institution.' I am in the dissertation stage of my PhD, but my doctorate will not be in nursing [i picked Health Science Education].
  11. Tim-GNP

    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    When I went to nursing school for my LPN, we were 'trained' not educated [you know... like dogs-- we train them, too]. At any rate, there was only one other guy. When I went back for my BSN, there were about 15 of us that started, and about 7 who finished. In my MSN program, there were 4 of us from start to finish.
  12. Tim-GNP

    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    I was curious if anyone would ever begin a forum or thread like this. Tim here... APRN-BC... working on my PhD in Education. Nice to meet everyone. P.S. If anyone is stuck on anything or screwed for homework help, drop me a line---- I am also a part time nursing faculty member [or as we say in the business an "adjunct" faculty].
  13. Tim-GNP

    Male nurse kills 40 patients...what do you think?

    Tell your husband to tell people the same thing I do... when people say "oh... you're a male nurse?" I reply "no, I take care of the ladies, too!" : ) I didn't even know about this until my nightly visit to allnurses.com--- This guy was doing this about 50 minutes down the turnpike from where I live in PA!!! Insofar as this guy... WOW!!!!!!! In God's time, not our own.
  14. Tim-GNP

    Masters in nursing education

    I have my Master's in Nursing Education--- I think it has been very beneficial to me. Unless we make a conscious effort [i.e., through education], we tend to teach the way we were taught... which may or may not be a good thing.
  15. Tim-GNP

    preceptor programs

    Greetings!!! I love preceptor programs!!! How are the preceptors rewarded??? It is based on budget, usually. You can give PTO for each orientee that they precept that stays 6 months-- this is good incentive to get them to do their best to help the new person learn their role & learn it well. Another method would be giving a preceptor differential [e.g., $1.00 per hour more for days they are precepting]. Yet another method, is creating a 'preceptor' role and giving the preceptor a pay raise- not just while they are precepting, they get the money ALL THE TIME. But they must be prepared to precept whenever, and attend all mandatory preceptor training updates! If you are on a very low budget- a gift certificate to a local mall or food store [$20-$25] for each person that they train would be quite in order. I hope this helps!
  16. Tim-GNP

    staff development certification

    Funny you should post this now.... I just learned on Wednesday from the Chauncey Group [the people who give the exams for ANCC], that I passed my October 18, 2003 examination in Nursing Professional Development!!!!!!!!!! My other NP friends think I am insane, but that's another story. How did I prepare for the exam???? Truthfully, I did not study for the exam. However, if you are interested in studying for it--- go to: http://nnsdo.org/Index.htm Click on 'publications and products' and then click on 'Publications'... the first item should be "Core Curriculum for Nursing Staff Development, 2nd Edition." It costs $150. I have the original version of the book, which I think was copyrighted in 1995. I did skim through the book on the two nights before the exam... but since I have almost a PhD in Health Science Education, I was feeling rather arrogant about it. Good luck if you should take the test.