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  1. Fiddlesticks27

    Experience for School Nurses

    Thank you very much, RedKat! Very, very helpful. Maybe it's not so far out of reach after all! :-)
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    Experience for School Nurses

    Thank you, that's actually quite helpful insight. It sounds like you're no longer working in the field of school nursing- if that's the case, I'd be interested in knowing why you left- in your opinion, what are rewarding parts of the job, and what are most challenging? Thanks so much!
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    Experience for School Nurses

    Thank you, BettyGirard! I would love to get some experience in an urgent care setting. What I'm finding is that most hiring managers for urgent care settings prefer you have some experience in an Emergency Department, which seems reasonable- but not experience that I have! So I suppose I need to consider how many clinical steps I'm willing/ able to take in order to reach a point where I would feel comfortable/confident in an emergent or urgent scenario. Thank you for the reply!
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    Experience for School Nurse

    Thank you! I didn't realize I wasn't posting in the correct spot- I have copied and pasted my post into the School Nurse section. Thanks again!
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    Experience for School Nurses

    Hi There, I am interested in school nursing and wondering what kind of clinical background is recommended for school nurses. I have med-surg experience, plus several years of pediatrics experience in a primary care setting, along with experience in a few other roles not related to pediatrics. Specifically, I'm wondering whether a school nurse should have an emergency nursing background/ experience. I feel comfortable and confident with routine day-to-day care related to pediatrics, but not as confident when it comes to the potential for an emergency situation. School nurses, please describe your clinical backgrounds, the typical day in the life of a school nurse, and what clinical areas would best prepare a nurse for school nursing. Thank you!
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    Experience for School Nurse

    Hi There, I am interested in school nursing and wondering what kind of clinical background is recommended for school nurses. I have med-surg experience, plus several years of pediatrics experience in a primary care setting, along with experience in a few other roles not related to pediatrics. Specifically, I'm wondering whether a school nurse should have an emergency nursing background/ experience. I feel comfortable and confident with routine day-to-day care related to pediatrics, but not as confident when it comes to the potential for an emergency situation. School nurses, please describe your clinical backgrounds, the typical day in the life of a school nurse, and what clinical areas would best prepare a nurse for school nursing. Thank you! Katie
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    Path to Wound Care

    Thanks so much, lovesongajp- I'll keep looking and trying!
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    Experience Before Becoming NP

    Thank you TraumaRUS. In your opinion and experience, do you think that an APN should have ICU and/or ER experience before practicing as an APN, regardless of the setting in which they practice? I'm trying to figure out what kind of setting I should get more experience in while I'm going to school. Thanks!
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    Experience Before Becoming NP

    Hi All, I am planning on advancing my education and career and becoming an NP. I've done a few years in med-surg and a few years in primary care. I'm wondering what kind of clinical experience would best prepare me to be an NP. I think I would ultimately enjoy being a home health NP in a rural area. Should I have ICU experience? ER experience? I'd be interested in learning what clinical settings you may have worked in before becoming an NP and how it helped you (or didn't help you!) Thanks so much!
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    Path to Wound Care

    Thanks Verdeacres! Good luck to you too!
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    Path to Wound Care

    Hi All, I'm curious about and interested in wound care and have been for some time. I've been working in a primary care setting for a few years and would like to pursue a career in wound care nursing. I have a couple of questions about this path: 1. Do any wound care clinics or inpatient wound care departments consider hiring nurses who have not yet taken a wound care course and are not yet certified, but have every intention of doing so and would happily agree to sign up for a course upon hire? 2. If I find that I'm not able to be hired directly into wound care due to lack of experience, what would be the best field of nursing to pursue in order to gain some necessary experience? I'd prefer inpatient nursing, but would consider home health nursing if I were advised that it's the best way to gain wound experience. Thanks so much!
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    Path to Wound Care

    Hi All, I'm curious about and interested in wound care and have been for some time. I've been working in a primary care setting for a few years and would like to pursue a career in wound care nursing. I have a couple of questions about this path: 1. Do any wound care clinics or inpatient wound care departments consider hiring nurses who have not yet taken a wound care course and are not yet certified, but have every intention of doing so and would happily agree to sign up for a course upon hire? 2. If I find that I'm not able to be hired directly into wound care due to lack of experience, what would be the best field of nursing to pursue in order to gain some necessary experience? I'd prefer inpatient nursing, but would consider home health nursing if I were advised that it's the best way to gain wound experience. Thanks so much!
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    Getting Back Into Acute Care

    Hi Everyone, I've been a nurse for 10 years. I started in med-surg and did that for about 3.5 years, then transitioned to primary care. I've been out of acute care for about 6 years now and am thinking about going back to acute care. I'm a little nervous about the transition- I do recall how stressful med-surg could be and I'm worried that I'm a bit rusty now. Has anyone else made this kind of transition and how did it go? Any advice for the transition? Thanks!
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    Path to ICU

    Thanks so much, EMNMRN! So you're really learning nursing from the ground up in ICU! I would think you'd have to ask a TON of questions!! Hopefully your colleagues are patient with you. I keep hearing ICU is hard on your back- are you finding that to be true? Thanks for your time in responding to me!
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    Path to ICU

    More questions for you, EMNMRN- so then I take it that you learned telemetry/reading rhythm strips, all the different lines and all the meds on the job? Did you have a fairly long orientation? How was your nurse preceptor? Do you typically have just one patient or two? Does your ICU team work fairly well together helping each other turn patients for cleaning up, etc? And lastly, do you work nights? Is it pretty much a rite of passage that you have to start on nights and work your way to days? Sorry for all the questions!! Thanks so much!
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