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  1. Phoenix16, RN

    RN-MSN program at Aspen University

    https://www.aspen.edu/accreditation
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    RN-MSN program at Aspen University

    Hi; I'm just seeing this. You can work ahead in the sense that you have access to the discussion posts and papers for each module. However, you must submit them once the module opens each week. I completed my BSN through Aspen, and I was able to go on vacation by completing the papers ahead of time and when the module officially opened; I was laying in our cabin, I opened my laptop, and hit submit; then I was done. As for the discussion posts; I did the same thing; I answered ahead of time and submitted. The only thing was I had to respond to 2 classmates by 2359. Hope this helps. Keep in mind that classes start every 2 weeks, so u can plan ahead by not signing up for a class if it's going to be right in the middle of your vacay. Sometimes you really need to get away from books and all. Hope that helps.
  3. Phoenix16, RN

    Nurse Staffing Ratios Up for Public Decision? Ballot 1 in MA

    Hi, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that despite working for what may be one of the prestigious hospitals, that you decided to vote YES. I work for a community hospital in MA, and they are doing everything possible to convince nurses to vote NO, and based on what I have been hearing, it appears their lies are working. I was appalled when one nurse said to me that if the law passes, that she would not get the yearly bonus which varies, last year she got $700. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but she is willing to put patient's lives, safety, and her license at risk because of a mere $700. That to me sounded insane, not to mention depraved!! Having 6 or 7 patients, not to mention having 2 self-care patients (those are pts that are not assigned PCAs) on top of that makes the practice incredulously unsafe. Also, having one PCA, to care for 40 pts, means the nurse will have to provide more selfcare even though they are already assigned. I work 12hr nights (sometimes 16hrs when mandated), and lunch time is almost non-existent, so for the life of me, I cannot see how voting NO will improve pt safety. I yearn for the day/night when I can be a nurse-meaning, I am there for my pts, instead of running around like a crazy person. I do not know why they continue to use the term, "bedside nurse" when nurses have no time to spend at the bedside. I must also say that I try to understand why nurses would vote NO, and friends of mine that works in hospitals that are well staffed feel comfortable at their jobs. However, we cannot be selfish because our hospital is well staffed. Will you have that job forever? don't you care about the other nurses who are risking their licenses daily? Most importantly, what about pt safety? Those are questions that I continue to ask, and to date, have not heard a response that makes sense. Sacrifices must be made for the greater good! We MUST remember where the profession of nursing is coming from; from being a "yes man" to everything doctors said to gaining autonomy. Those efforts included sacrifice, and we continue to fight to become independent as nurse practitioners. We are getting there, but this divide is not helping. We must remain UNITED to continue improving this great profession. This site is typically used only by healthcare professionals, so those wanting to make real change should get out there, knock on doors, campaign, do everything possible to educate the public because they believe these commercials that they will be turned away due to lack of staffing. MA is not short of nurses!! In the days when there were nursing shortage, facilities would recruit student nurses and groom them for employment once graduated. They would also pay sign on bonuses. Those things are no longer happening because nurses are a dime dozen in this state. I know 7 new grads who pass the BOARDS since July and have yet to get a job despite applying to a minimum of 5 jobs each. My friend is a manager at a LTAC and they had 1-10 with pt's on vents and tele. Come on nurses, how can that be safe?! we cannot be SELFISH on this journey. Do not just think about your prestigious jobs, remember that there are other places out there that are abusing their staff and putting pt's lives at risk because they fail to hire nurses. I am voting YES!!
  4. Phoenix16, RN

    RN-MSN program at Aspen University

    I completed my RN to BSN program there, and although the program was challenging ( lots and lots of sleepless nights) it was doable, and affordable. My academic advisor J. S. Was knowledgeable about each class that I was taking; any questions/concerns that I had he guided me in the right direction. I don't know about people on the forum who may or may not be working for the school, but I am a real student who started out as a CNA years ago. You can also see my trend of post. Right now I'm in a MSN program at another popular online university and unfortunately, there is not much support. The academic advisor that I have (your experience may be different) has no knowledge of the classes and usually directs you right back to the instructor. I would recommend Aspen to anyone.
  5. Phoenix16, RN

    What are your Thoughts on Bedside Reporting?

    I agree with everything that you posted some nurses do not follow through with their duties on the shift; however, I noticed you did not comment on the possibility of HIPPA violation. I live in a small town and I would hate for someone to know what disease or ailment I had while hospitalized only because the nurse announced it during bedside report. I would appreciate your thoughts on that. I am for it, but not if it is not a private room. Thank you for responding to my post.
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    What are your Thoughts on Bedside Reporting?

    Your suggestion sounds like the reasonable thing to do; which is what I proposed to the committee. I think information about the patient's admitting diagnosis should be done away from the patient if not in a private room, and then both nurses go in to hand off and introduce the next nurse. That is when I think the oncoming nurse should check bed alarms if applicable, any med running, IV site, insertion date etc...
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    What are your Thoughts on Bedside Reporting?

    Many studies that have shown that bedside report is beneficial to patients; mainly because patients feel involved in their plan of care and can make corrections if needed. However, I have been experiencing the downside to that. I am all for bedside reporting, but I think it should be done only in private rooms. I say this because, recently, after giving a report on a patient who had double pneumonia(PNA), the roommate overheard the diagnosis and immediately requested to change room because of her admitting condition of asthma. This time of year, if you live up north can be brutal on the respiratory system, and on that occasion, we were full. The patient then called her family and told them about the roommates PNA diagnosis, and so they came in and was noticeably irritated and loud. That resulted in other patients hearing about the roommate's condition. Based on situations like that, giving bedside report in double occupancy rooms are no different than discussing a patient's condition in the elevator or the cafeteria. Would that not be considered a HIPPA violation? What are your thoughts?
  8. Phoenix16, RN

    Garbage Report

    I like your response. There are some nurses who want report from H&P even though the patient has been hospitalized for over a month. I provide what was given the previous shift, what happened on my shift, and anything that they may need to do on their shift. For ex. if the pt is on IV Vanco, then I make sure to tell the nurse when the next trough is due; or if the pt will be going to radiology or will be NPO etc. I'm sorry but if they want to know about lab results from 30 days ago that have since been resolved; then there is the computer.
  9. Phoenix16, RN

    My Body Is Not My Resume: Exploring Nurses and Body Shaming

    Not so much judgement, currently what's happening. I get health coverage through my husbands job and to get a certain lower premium, they are now discussing that subscribers who can get cheaper premium will have to wear something like a Fitbit tracker to show how many steps they are taking each day. Premium will vary based on level of activity so I think insurance companies are already dictating; some plans already gives you discount if you have a gym membership. Don't be surprise if In a few short years, it won't be mandatory- great point!
  10. Phoenix16, RN

    My Body Is Not My Resume: Exploring Nurses and Body Shaming

    Great points; most of which I agree with. However; I am not sure the intent of this dialogue was to say hateful things, but more about awareness. Just last week we had a patient code that was over 400lbs; and the 2 nurses in the room could not role this patient to get the backboard underneath her -this was not because the nurses were too fat or too skinny, but because of the patient's size. We as nurses can become patients as well, and it would be unfortunate if our weight prevented caregivers from performing lifesaving measures. I also work 12hour night shifts, sometimes no lunch at all because that time may result in me getting out later to take care of my autistic child. Co-workers do bring in food, but I always refuse - 1. I have made a conscious decision to live for my son, and it may take only 5 minutes to chug that pizza, donut or whatever food is available, but it will take much longer to get off. I'm also a full time student who is pursing my msn, with no family for support. I say these things to point out that there are others who have lives that are just as stressful, but should that really be an excuse? Having said that, who knows what contributes to people in general being fat; stress may have a different or no impact on my hormones. We are all different and people handle things differently. No one knows themselves better that they do, but people must make good choices for the ones they love. God forbid I could meet an early demise anytime walking or driving; but as a mom who promises to love, and be there for her one sick child, how can I be selfish in my actions to be a glutton for food - if that is indeed the cause of the excessive weight gain? To me that's like saying how much you love your spouse but cheats on them because your desire for instant gratification. Again, different genes, types and portion of food, lifestyle choices and stress may all impact weight gain, but I think if you continue to make the right choices and still continue to be overweight, then you should not feel guilty because then you are doing everything legal, and safe to maintain a weight that is WNL. Sometimes we have to just say NO, when we see the junk in the break room, and even if you indulge, small portions cannot hurt because if where you work is as busy as my unit, you will burn those calories off before breakfast. Let's stick together guys; we are in a profession that requires us to nurture, care, be understanding, and kind - let's not shame each other but help. Thank you for reading.
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    My Body Is Not My Resume: Exploring Nurses and Body Shaming

    This continues to be a topic of much controversy. Let me start off by saying I'm overweight; my BMI is 25.7 which is an improvement from the 28.2 it was just a few months ago. I work on a med-surg from 7p-7a with a charge nurse who is obviously obese and possibly morbidly obese; however; if I were ever a patient in a code, she is the nurse I would want working on me. This lady is a bowl of knowledge and intellect. With that said, there are times when she have come out of a patients room feeling broken, when the patient refuses to take lifestyle modification ( mainly diet) to better improve their health. Although I know I am overweight, the average person cannot tell, so she would have other nurses go in to provide the education to the patient. I know there are those reading this and thinking that if the patient does not want to take the advice then it's their problem. To those of you I ask you to think of these scenarios: 1. Would you listen to a pastor who is outwardly an adulterer when he starts preaching to you about the 10 commandments? 2. Would you seek counciling from a marriage therapist who have been divorced multiple times? I could go on with many examples. It is not that all these individuals are not experts in their field, but perception is everything and as "Health" care workers; shouldn't we lead by example? Thank you all for reading.
  12. Phoenix16, RN

    Why is nursing school so expensive!?

    I agree that initially having a ASN may not provide the opportunity for you to work in a magnet hospital, but you have that EMT experience and some places may consider that as having some medical experience. Additionally, you can complete the ASN to BSN online after attending community college. I became an ASN I 2016 and have already earned my BSN online and is currently in a MSN program. There are a few different ways to get to having a BSN. Personally I got the LPNN then completed the LPN to ASN bridge, then the BSN online. Ultimately, you must do what is best for you, but I could not justify spending all that money when you could achieve the same goals for ALOT less. Good luck.
  13. Your videos are fun and engaging which works for my inability to stay focused. I recently completed my BSN online and we were given the option of open book with the use of an approved proctor site and proctor ( this wasn't done in my home). Anyway the exam was timed and as you stated, the questions required in-depth knowledge of the subject areas because it was open book. I have to say that was probably the hardest exam I had taken since being in any college; it was timed and because I had taken 16 classes (yes 48 credits) within the year to complete my degree, the book being there did nothing for me. Mainly, the 16 classes involved me using 22 text books; yep 22. Not to mention that there was no study guide so I had no idea what I was going to be tested on so think about it; the question be related to research or trends, Medicaid/Medicare, substance abuse, the history of nursing you name it. So to reiterate what you said, online exam much harder than traditional at least in my experience. Keep posting!!!
  14. Phoenix16, RN

    SNHU BSN to MSN

    Hello forum, i am am interested in SNHU online BSN to MSN program and is looking for some insight into what a week of course work looks like. I completed my BSN at another online school and each week entails 1 discussion post with 400 word minimum and it was required to answer to at least classmates post with a 200 word minimum. That was followed by an assignment which could either be an APA format paper anywhere between 1000 - 2500 words depending on the instructor. Some instructors may require a power point presentation instead of a paper. Thank you in advance for all your response
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    Is Aspen University Accredited in MA?

    HUM410 is the class I mentioned that teaches you the correct way to format papers using APA style. The RN-BSN program requires 10 nursing classes that must be completed at Aspen, however, I needed an additional six classes to meet the 50 liberal arts requirement. I did Medical Terminology, N490, and Statistics with HUM410. Well I knew I could add more classes because I would finish the discussion posts and sometimes the assignment in three or four days. Again, this is based on my ability and choices. I have a hard time sleeping for more than a few hours so I decided to use those awaken hours wisely. I must advise that some of the instructors have different expectations when grading so be mindful of this before submitting assignments just to ensure what "they" really want. The instruction are generic so mak sure you ask questions.
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