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Polly Peptide BSN, RN

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    Confused about this Offer?? HELP!

    I would be uncomfortable with the "additional agreements" clause. How can you sign something saying you will agree to "any additional agreements", of which you currently have no knowledge (and apparently neither do they)? I would ask that that paragraph be removed. What if they decide later to throw some horrible non-compete at you and you've signed this thing and should you ever leave your job, you can't take another one within 30 or 50 miles of your current one?? The "entire agreement" wording looks standard to me. It is saying that the written agreement supersedes anything that you may have been told verbally. However, if you are under the impression you will have benefits (and you WANT benefits), I would clarify that. In fact, I would get any and everything clarified IN WRITING before you sign...so you are comfortable with that last paragraph.
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    Where are NPs most/least in demand?

    The location quotient map tells the story. Hover over the different areas, don't just look at the map. In areas of highest concentration of jobs (assume this means jobs currently held by warm bodies), the salaries are also the lowest. This is also affected by COL (see CA). For example, salaries are quite low in Nashville, TN (as I mentioned above) where there is a very high concentration of NPs. Same applies to many areas in TN unfortunately. As you can imagine, job hunters find it difficult. Why are there low salaries? Many NP schools flooding the market with new NPs. Another issue (IMO) - low(ish) wages for nurses. Research that and you will find TN isn't anywhere near many other markets (even Nashville, which is NOT a low COL area) so when seeking upward mobility, the first thing many think of is "NP".
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    Pathway to CRNA

    CRNA now requires a doctorate (DNAP). You will need your BSN, minimum of one year of ICU experience (most will say that is bare minimum, and that is beyond orientation also, although some I've met affiliated with our local anesthesia school advised to apply as soon as the first year is up). You don't need your MSN first. There may be certain prereqs you have to get that you don't get in your nursing program so you will have to check your schools requirements.
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    Where are NPs most/least in demand?

    Anecdotally, it's my understanding that the Nashville, TN market is pretty saturated.
  5. In your experience, what is the most exciting, action-packed specialty? I think I’ve gotten over the hump in my Periop program and am finding my groove. However I notice that I most enjoy myself when there is a lot going on in the room. I am one who likes to be busy - opening things to the field, retrieving items from wherever, charting, problem-solving, drawing up and dispensing meds, you name it. While it’s nutty when there are tons of reps handing you things, I guess I like the pace. We are about to have to choose a specialty to train in (beyond learning general) and I am curious - what tends to be the most action-packed for you?
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    How did you know you liked it?

    I am still early in my residency so maybe that is my problem. But so far, I don't know if I really like what the circulator does. Setting up the room, retrieving supplies, listening for the needs of the scrub/surgeon, etc...just the routine nature of it...I guess I'm worried it won't "do it" for me. We had a worrisome situation with a patient's airway in a surgery...patient developed hypercapnia and it was a mystery to the CRNA. I went home and researched it and all I wanted to do was the follow the patient and figure out WHY and what to do about it. But in my role...it stops at the PACU hand-off. (And no, I don't think I want to be a CRNA). I almost LIKE when we are running around crazy busy because at least then we aren't sitting around with all the charting done, waiting to be needed. It just feels like checking things off a list and if things are going well, you WANT it to feel that way. I guess I am needing more action. And you don't want an OR to feel like that, right? I REALLY thought it was fascinating in the beginning, but that is wearing off. Our residency manager has encouraged us to let her know if we have those feelings. Is this normal "disillusionment" or am I not really cut out for the OR?
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    Tell me about your PeriOP 101 Program

    I am starting a Periop 101 program now. Ours is 7 weeks long with a total orientation time of 5 months. We spend Mondays in the classroom doing AORN modules, skills lab, and have guest speakers. Tues-Fri is spent in the OR with our preceptors. During this time, we rotate through all of the specialties. At the end of 7 weeks, we take the exam and are then placed within a specialty. Following this, we train in our actual specialties, growing more independent, until the end of approximately 20 weeks.
  8. I used UWorld and passed first try in 75 questions. However, I just graduated so our situations are a bit different. UWorld does not provide any review material, only questions. That is one limitation and may be in issue in your situation.
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    Duke MSN WHNP Spring 2020

    I went back in and was able to figure it out. Glad I saw this!
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    Duke MSN WHNP Spring 2020

    Anyone else responded to the interview email and get just a general timeframe for interviews? I'm talking a several days timeframe. On the website I had to go to to register, it said that interviews would be conducted from July 15-July 26 and that I would receive my interview date and time 48 hours prior. Did anyone else get the same thing?
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    Vanderbilt Nurse Residency Program Summer/Fall 2019

    On the Vanderbilt Nurse Residency website, it says the application for the Winter 2020 cycle will post on July 5.
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    Vanderbilt MSN 2019

    Congrats. What specialty?
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    How do I answer "What are Your Pay Expectations?"

    It seems like most employers require this information on applications before you even get to the interview. What do you do in those situations?
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    Women’s Health NP - Jobs to work from home

    What about telemedicine? There may or may not be telemed jobs for women's health listed in your area. But you could pitch the idea to an OB/GYN you know. You could be their NP that does medication management visits via telemed (blood pressure, antidepressants, contraceptives, etc). You could follow patients who have gestational diabetes, who would normally need to come in for frequent visits. You would need to do some research to figure out how to handle things like BP check, urinalysis, etc. But it is being done. This could be especially useful for a busy practice or a rural area.
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    FNP Duke, BSN- MSN/DNP Fall 2019

    Can anyone on here tell me how long the MSN-FNP program is? It is impossible to tell from their curriculum page.
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    shift preference? and pigeon-holed new grad?

    Thank you so much! I keep hearing - oh, once you go to the OR, you'll be stuck there. In some ways, I'm like...well, I also hear that many people who go to the OR don't WANT to leave. But also, I do think it's a bit of a myth that you can never leave. So I appreciate your words. I am curious about the shift preference for the very reasons you mentioned. I wondered if one version tended to get held over more often...for example, if the 12s were more likely to leave on time. But I am also curious what a 12 hour day in the OR is like. The manager I spoke with said that the 10 hour and 12 hour shifts are most popular, with the 10s by far being #1. I can understand not wanting to work 5 days a week. It's funny...this is a second career for me and all I've ever known is a 5 day work-week. However, I also had some flexibility IN the job. Like, if I needed to run out in the middle of the day to handle something, I could. No more with nursing. One thing I'm struggling with is that the facility only schedules M-F. That's great for most people but it would be nice if I had some weekend opportunities for work due to my kids' needs. That makes me want to do the 12s even more...but again, I'm worried about how challenging that may be. Call is only 24 hours every 8 weeks for the main OR. What I don't know is how it differs for specific service lines.
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