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ArmaniX has 8 years experience as a MSN, APRN and specializes in Critical Care.

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  1. ArmaniX

    Is this a good new grad NP offer?

    The offer seems.. low for the area but I am not certain. As a new grad > 2 years ago I was offered 90K annual for a well known hospital in the south (ICU - lots of responsibility). Another new grad offer in Maryland (~105k, ICU). After a year I moved to the west coast and now make 200k (ICU). But much higher COL. Your experience, while annoyingly (kidding) superb, does not hold much weight in making you ‘worth’ a higher dollar (my opinion). I relocated for my past two jobs and it took a lot of work on my own to determine if the salary was appropriate for the area. Also consider what you will gain from that first job and how it will benefit you in potential future jobs. Don’t accept dirt offers, but understand right now you are a new fish in the pond. Also from experience it is very difficult to negotiate salary for hospital inpatient jobs. The more ‘famous/known’ a hospital the less they think they need to offer you to get you to sign.
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    Thinking about becoming a NP but also need career advice

    You sound like someone who has absolutely no idea what they want. Which is fine. But, also not the ideal time to consider investing $$$ into a path you’re not certain you want to take. I would get some good psych experience before committing to PMHNP; pediatric patients attempting suicide, abused, depressed does not seem enjoyable to me for a daily encounter so I’d be very sure before committing to this path. I also am not a PMHNP but I do not believe they have a role in the ED. Patients coming through the ED are seen by an MD/FNP/AGACNP and triaged accordingly and sent to whichever service appropriate, possibly the psych unit. Adrenaline junkie and psych unit.... again no experience but I feel the absolute absence of adrenaline inducing events would be the goal. Consider trauma/critical care/ED. Also consider a life full of adrenaline and high pressure events at work for 40+ hours each week... is this your idea of enjoyment when you’re aged? The desire to be in charge is... a desire. The RN answers to the Provider. The NP answers to the MD/admin. Do you want the life/death decision and potential fallout/liability to fall on your shoulders as the NP or do you want to be the RN that can rely on their provider when things get tough? Adrenaline inducing events often include risky procedures/decisions and they have consequences. I want to say money should not matter but we are all adults. I will say think clearly before letting a $ sign excite you. You should have 100% certainty which path you want to take. You should research local job opportunities and what is available. California is not the easiest place to find a job as a new grad but location may give varying results. Good luck in path and just know that it is absolutely OK to remain a RN. Not everyone needs or should be a NP.
  4. ArmaniX

    No NP jobs. What now?

    Do you want to continue working in the hospital? Consider acute care cert. The pandemic has slowed hiring in a lot of areas. But ignoring that. Perhaps the areas you’re searching or willing to work are the problem and you need to simply expand this search. I do feel your FNP in the hospital role is limiting your options as a lot of facilities are not hiring FNP in the acute care setting, or such is rumored.
  5. ArmaniX

    Where can acute care pediatric nps practice

    Pure speculation but I feel you would be fine to continue working in the peds pulm clinic with your acute care certification. I am an adult acute care NP and while I practice in the ICU. If I ever made the choice to specialize and just do adult pulmonary or even burns, I would be fine. That would include seeing patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Perhaps the caveat would be that I am working as a specialist (pulm, burns, neurology)... to manage the care for those special conditions. I do not manage the patients HTN or diabetes etc, that would be a skill for their primary care physician/NP.
  6. ArmaniX

    Alphabet Soup of a Title

    I only list the important stuff. Armani MSN CRNP AGACNP-BC Honor Roll Student (2nd grade).
  7. ArmaniX

    ANCC Field testing

    Anyone here do the ANCC field testing of new test questions? Just looking for experiences, seems worth it for the 15 continuing ed hours.
  8. ArmaniX

    NP school, did you pull a loan or paid in cash?

    I paid out of pocket as I worked and went to school. Graduated with no college debt. Was the right choice for me as I do not really care to have to be “tied” to a job in order to get/fulfill reimbursement rules.
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    What was your first AGACNP job?

    Started directly in an ICU with 3 month orientation. Certifications, experience (RN) all very much do have weight as a new grad NP. Your timing is unfortunate (pandemic), but I would consider casting a wider net. I graduated in Florida and moved 1000 miles for that first job. It was not ideal but a very reputable organization and great orientation. After a year I was able to secure a job in a location I wanted... another 3000 mile drive. I knew as a new graduate I wanted to be in an ICU in a teaching/trauma 1/academic center. My desires made my options of available jobs smaller and smaller, hence I opened up my search to the entire US.
  10. Many initial statistics were estimates of what the US could see. Social distancing, sheltering in place etc were introduced and we have seen those effects. To simply say “look our numbers are low, let’s go back to normal” is narrow sighted and does not consider that perhaps these low numbers and lack of a surge in particular areas are all thanks to the current SIP/SD.
  11. ArmaniX

    Perfect Timing: Brand New ICU RN During Pandemic

    Just make sure your orientation is not cut short due to the pandemic. I’m sure many classes will be cancelled, no in person 12-lead courses is one example I could imagine. Good luck!
  12. ArmaniX

    Has anyone ever let their CCRN expire?

    Mine expired during the initial renewal period, even though I had the CEUs. I chose not to pay the renewal fee because it no longer served me a purpose. The first four years it got me a raise, got me into grad school, and fulfilled a personal goal. It holds little merit once you obtain an advanced degree. In my opinion.
  13. ArmaniX

    Is it inappropriate to reach out to the CEO?

    He might be a little busy.
  14. ArmaniX

    Transferring ICUs- Resumes & Interviews

    My bad, I was certain they were applying for a new RN position since they didn’t feel they had a high enough acuity in their current ICU. Applying for grad school is another event.
  15. ArmaniX

    Transferring ICUs- Resumes & Interviews

    EducatioN: college degree, year achieved. Boom. I’m not a hiring manager but frankly I wouldn’t care if you ran track and got an award. Irrelevant to patient care in an icu. Once I had a year or two of RN work, I started weeding out the irrelevant prior work experience. As a new grad I included my two years as a PCT and I included my years at Disney, highlighting my customer service/leadership experience. When 1 year new grad and applying for icu, I left off the Disney. When I applied for an NP new grad I highlighted my years as RN and roles performed. The further you move out from graduation the less it matters what you did in high school or college. Unless you have a GPA worth bragging about don’t include it, I never have as it really is a meaningless number. My opinion, I know others will differ greatly. As far as the 5 year plan. Mention how you want to grow within the company, such as eventual preceptor, charge, committees (which hopefully are truthful). It is OK to mention that eventually you want to look into graduate school once you have additional experience.
  16. ArmaniX

    Nursing for Intimate care for men

    Surprise. He is the author of the website.