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  1. Is anyone enrolled in one of these programs or know anything? I'm looking for info about how good the programs are. Thanks ....
  2. Is anyone here doing the DNP program at Chatham University or University of Missouri - Columbia? I'm trying to decide between the two programs. Thanks in advance.
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    Tn Rodp Msn Fnp

    What a load of acronyms! I was accepted to the Tennessee Regents Online Degree Program for Family Nurse Practitioner and wondered if anyone else out there is in the program. My home school will be ETSU.
  4. Anyone out there enrolled in JSU's STEP Program? I'd like to hear about it. I'm this close to applying. Thanks! :christmasball:
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    nonprofit salary negotiation

    I just received my first offer for a psych NP position with a local, nonprofit integrated health system. This is the job I want and am happy to get the offer. The salary is a little lower than I expected and wondered if any of you working for nonprofits negotiated salary. I've always done this in other positions (this is my second career). The upside is, this site is eligible for federal loan payback.
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    nonprofit salary negotiation

    Thanks. That is exactly my situation. I accepted the offer and am very happy to be joining this organization.
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    Passed my Boards!!

    Just saw this, as I've been off the board for a while. Congrats! I'm studying for the exam now.
  8. I'm so sorry, clinicalteach, but your post made me LOL. I almost took what looked like the job of my dreams, too, until I was told about the 24/7 call. No way, Jose. I live 2 miles from the facility and could see myself being there 24/7. (Hi, Kids. Remember me? I'm your mom. What? You graduated?) Your scenario makes me itch to come in and help. I'm a fixer type. But I also know about regs and do not appreciate being blamed for others' mistakes. Who had the job before you? That person should be hung by his/her toenails until they fall off. One suggestion I might make is if you've already put thoughts together for change, put them on paper to show you've already identified huge problems and intend to take care of them. Also put together a quick education plan and schedule. Good luck and keep us posted.
  9. I need two semesters of chemistry to get into the master's program I'm looking at and wondered if anyone took a chem class online w/success? I'd like to know which school and if there were/were not problems transferring the credits. Thanks!
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    Psych NP - peds

    I started clinicals yesterday for my psych NP program. I love the system I'm precepting with, but they do not let NPs see kids. I would like to specialize in treatment of children if possible. Is anyone here in peds psych and how did you get where you are?
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    Psych NP/kids

    I started clinicals yesterday for my psych NP program. I love the system I'm precepting with, but they do not let NPs see kids. I would like to specialize in treatment of children if possible. Anyone here heading toward peds psych have words of wisdom? I'm going to post this in the NP forum, too.
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    Psych NP - peds

    Yeah, I was just curious how people who see kids got to their jobs.
  13. I just recently started working full time in a geropsych unit. I like it very much and know I have a lot to learn. I continue to work prn in another hospital's emotional health unit where we mostly get CD detox and depression with a few geros thrown in the mix. The other day, our MD d/c'ed a 99-yr-old pt's Lexapro. When I asked why, he explained that patients with 'fragile minds' -- like those with AD or other dementia -- may not respond well to antidepressants, that they can actually exacerbate the problem. Are there other medication-related issues or anything else that's unique to gero pts I should know about? I'm eager to learn. Thanks!
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    The U of Tenn PMHNP program is excellent but all on-ground except for one class, which is offered online.
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    Is This Realistic?

    [color=darkslategray]the first part of the program where you work on getting the rn will likely be intense, but if you have supportive family and are not working, it should be very doable. the msn part you can plan on spending an estimated 4 hours/ graduate credit hour studying (they say). some classes are harder than others, like advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology, for example, where you have to learn facts. theory isn't so bad, except that you likely will have to write some papers. i just started a pmhnp program with family, kids in school, an elderly mother and working part time (prn). so far, so good.
  16. I've put in my 'year' and am looking for a job change ...
  17. I know it takes what seems like forever for credentials to finally come through. What did you psych/mental health NPs do while you were waiting? Were any of you able to work in private practices? Or did you do shift work? TIA.
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    UT Memphis DNP fall 2010

    Good luck, triRN. I thought about applying, then decided I needed credentials sooner to earn some money. I hope to do the DNP after I start working as an NP. I've just been accepted into the mental health NP program at UT Knoxville for fall 2010, so I bet the UTCHS letters go out soon, too.
  19. I totally support the OP. I dissected a cat and frankly got zero benefit from looking at those preserved organs, if I could even tell that's what they were. I think I would have learned more by a virtual dissection, truth be told.
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    Reading in advance before NP program?

    Which program did you use?
  21. As others have said, it will depend on the school you choose. Of course, the school you choose may depend on the pre-reqs, LOL. I have a BA in speech and theatre, MS in communications and an ADN. For the BSN, I had to take chemistry, stats and bioethics. Other schools I considered required newer math (would not accept my math from years ago) and American History (wouldn't accept my western civ). I avoid math like the plague and did not want to invest time in another history class.
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    I'm back!

    Hey, SueSQ, I've been away and something pulled me back here, and I find you'd been laid off and now working LTC. Well, so am I. I am mostly happy and while the place has its issues like any job, I like the residents and love my shift (10p to 6a). We offer skilled and LTC. 75 beds. I usually wear a white jacket and white pants, colored scrub top. I like the bleachability of white. Best of luck with the new job and stay in touch, RN007
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    Who's happy making a B?

    I am a straight-A student. Right now, I'm taking a full UG courseload and working, plus taking care of/helping my kids in school. Forget about the house being clean. I am facing the reality of a happier state if I accept that making a B in pathophysiology would not be the end of the world. (The other classes are fine.) However, I am applying for NP programs for Fall '10 admission. Any words of wisdom? I need permission to make a B.
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    Who's happy making a B?

    For me, I think it's realizing my children's formative years are more important than a letter on my transcript. And I really don't think a B or two will make a difference in my admission if I prove to be an excellent candidate. I've heard it said by many educators and clinicians that a 4.0 doesn't necessarily make a good nurse or NP. I'd like to here from those who were accepted into programs with B's. Then I'll feel better. Good luck to you!
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    Our Legs and Feet

    I started wearing Asics Cumulus 11. They take the floor pounding and support my feet well.