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EKTheRN specializes in Pediatrics.

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  1. EKTheRN

    Can night shift cause missed periods

    I'm glad this is being discussed because I've had menstrual issues since starting my night shift job in March '17. My GYN suggested running diagnostic tests to determine if I had issues with my pituitary gland as there was no way I'm pregnant. I had a slightly elevated prolactin level which was drawn 30 min post-night shift (stress apparently raises prolactin levels), so she suggested a brain MRI to rule out prolactinoma. I still haven't heard back from them, so no news is good news I guess? Either way I plan on getting to the bottom of this issue. I took a 10 day progesterone regimen and gained my period back, but only for one month. Not quite sure what's going on but I'm glad there are others that are in the same crappy boat as me!
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    How old were you

    I started when I was 19, started practicing with my ADN at 21. Just graduated with my BSN last week (I'm now 22). However, there were multiple people in their 30s and some in their 40s in my class. My best nursing school friend is 31 actually! Good luck in school :)
  3. Thank you again everyone. Quite a few schools to add to my list! I'm single with no children so the only big pitfall to relocating (currently living in the south) would be leaving my parents and friends. If anyone could help me with this next I'd be extremely grateful: we've all heard the whole "PAs are trained with the medical model while NPs are trained using the nursing model" spiel. However, those of you who are practicing NPs or NP students, do you feel that your RN experience paired with your education has helped you firm your grasp on the concepts of advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology? Do you think there's something missing from MSN programs in that regard? Again, I'm working with little to no information about all of these graduate programs- no underlying rudeness intended!
  4. As I stated, I used the term "midlevel" for the lack of a better word. I wasn't sure what it is technically called, my apologies if I offended anyone. If I didn't respect the NP/PA professions, I definitely wouldn't be avidly pursuing the continuation of my education. I suppose I like the classic style of sitting in a lecture hall with classmates; to me, that forms a sense of community and camaraderie. Anyway. I believe it's personal preference and that's okay! To each his own. I'll continue my search for a classroom-based curriculum. Thanks for the input everyone
  5. Hi all- I'm looking for the names of some in-person, brick and mortar MSN programs. I'm interested in either FNP or PNP (I'm currently a pediatric RN). For the longest time I've highly considered going back to school but to be a PA instead of an NP because it seems as if all of the NP programs are now online! I'm not meaning to offend anyone that is an online NP student, but I just finished my BSN online and that type of learning is not my style. I know I want to be a "midlevel" practitioner (for lack of a better term), but I would seriously prefer an in-person learning environment. Thanks!
  6. Hello all. I'm struggling with something that I'm sure at least someone else has had to deal with. I'm an RN wanting to start taking prerequisites for a Masters program. To qualify for tuition assistance at my place of work, my manager has to approve. Is it off-putting to managers when you tell them that you're wanting to go back to school part-time? Does that just scream "I'm not as committed to the unit anymore"? I searched the tuition assistance policy specific to my facility and basically it says you qualify if the classes you take will contribute to your career development at the hospital. I guess I'm just struggling to find the words when talking to her about my decision. I hope this question makes sense; any and all input is appreciated!
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    Advice for a newbie, anyone?

    Really?! I wish I had this problem!
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    Advice for a newbie, anyone?

    Hello, nurses- quick question. I am a brand new baby nurse (6 months experience) working FT night shift in a pediatric hospital. I love pediatrics and can't really fathom the idea of working with adults...no offense to those who do! Anyway, that's irrelevant. I have always been a morning person. Before starting my career, I'd barely make it to 10pm and then I'd be awake by 6:30 or 7am. Night shift has drastically changed my lifestyle for the worse; I've experienced hormonal imbalances, depression, social withdrawal due to constant sleeping, etc. The shift differential isn't even worth it to me anymore. Basically I feel as if I'm more cut out for days. My question is: is it appropriate for me, a new nurse, to ask my manager about switching to days? Should I be waiting it out until I hit the 1 year mark? If things don't work out on the unit I'm currently on, I'm thinking about making the switch to another unit on day shift; either that or move facilities. Night shift has really taken its toll on me and I'm not sure if it's something I'm expected to "tough out" as a newbie or not. Help!
  9. Hello all! I am an RN student anticipating graduation in December (33 days to be exact!), and I have been blessed to have landed an interview with a very large children's hospital in my area. I am interviewing for a position in the hospital's Intermediate Care Unit, which from what I hear is essentially a step-down unit. First off, do you guys have any interview pointers, especially regarding a pediatric position? What kind of questions should I ask them? I know they appreciate receiving questions so I want to be prepared. Also if you work in an intermediate care unit/know someone who does, what is the environment like? Obviously it's a step-down so it won't be the most critical kids but I'm definitely expecting some cases that are too critical for a med surg floor. Any and all advice is appreciated!
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    Best route to career in the OR?

    Hello all, I am a fairly new nursing student, but for some reason I have myself thinking about my future already...I can't seem to help it! Anyway, at this point I'm fairly confident in two things: I want to pursue a graduate-level degree and I want to work in the OR. The next point I struggle with is my role; I've thought about CRNA or some sort of NP role (although I'm not sure how NPs are utilized in the OR setting). I would like to be able to practice some form of autonomy, and I want an active role in the intraoperative phase of care. Are NPs with RNFAs utilized in the operating room, or is that left to the residents and scrub techs? So...CRNAs and NPs, I would love to hear your feedback! Obviously comparing the role of a CRNA to that of a NP is like comparing apples and oranges. What is the best way to go about learning more about these two careers? Thanks in advance to all.
  11. Hello all! So, I'm a first semester nursing student (took my fundamentals class back in May) and I just got hired as a patient care tech in the laboratory at a local hospital. I'll be a PRN employee working nights as a phlebotomist, which at this hospital only requires on the job training. I know a lot of nursing students that work and go to school and it's not absolutely pertinent that I work while in school, but I'm really looking for a challenge and hospital experience. Does anyone have any night shift or phlebotomy experience/tips? I need all the advice I can get regarding adjusting my sleeping schedule, balancing school and work, blood drawing tips, etc. I'm extremely excited but also super nervous!! Thanks in advance!
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    CRNA vs. NP??

    Hello! So, I'm almost positive I've posted a thread similar to this, but I didn't get much feedback so I'm going to try again. I am currently enrolled in a BSN program, and although I'm still a newer nursing student, I'm pretty sure I'll want to further my education. I am in love with making a career out of being in the OR, and I was just wondering if you all could help me weigh my options for this- should I aim for CRNA school or NP school? Are NPs utilized in the OR very often? Would it be wise for an NP that wants to be in the OR to have their RNFA? I am hoping to work in a larger hospital in a metropolitan city; not sure if that plays any sort of role in my career choice. Any help is much appreciated!
  13. Hello all, I am one test and one check-off away from being done with my Fundamentals of Nursing class! In August I start my Med Surg 1 class; my school actually calls it Nursing Care of Adults 1. I'm almost certain that this class is centered around the care of older adults in long term care facilities. My question is, how difficult is Med Surg in comparison to Fundamentals? My Fundamentals course was 5-weeks long, and in those 5 weeks we learned all the basics (med administration, bed making, Foleys, CVL dressing changes, vitals, health assessment). If I can get a fairly decent grade on my last test I think I'll be able to pull off an A. Obviously this class will be harder because we will be dealing with care plans and real people (instead of Sim Man), but what should I expect from this class? Older people aren't necessarily my forte- but we shall see!
  14. EKTheRN

    UALR RN Program Applicant 2015

    Is it an invite only group? I can't seem to find it
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    UALR RN Program Applicant 2015

    I don't think we have a page yet, but we need to start one! Also, does anyone know what NURS 1300 consists of? I've heard several different things but if anyone knows of a UALR graduate/student that could fill me in, that'd be great :)
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    UALR RN Program Applicant 2015

    I had a 3.1 nursing prerequisite GPA