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    University at Buffalo CRNA 2019

    Hello I am considering applying to UB CRNA program in the future. How was the application process for the program. SInce you got in do you mind sharing your stats just for comparison as a guideline on what they look for. How is the program? How are the clinicals and where are the clinical sites? DO you feel that it is manageable?
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    CRNA application for Barry University May 2020

    Congratulations! What were your stats? I am following but won't be applying for maybe another 2yrs or so. But starting to look at what I need now.
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    Barry CRNA starting May 2019

    These are amazing stats!! Are you planning on completely transitioning from NP to CRNA? Didn’t like the ACNP role? I’m always interested when I see APPs who either did NP then switched to CRNA or vise versa. I’m in the boat of deciding whether to do NP or CRNA...Barry is my first school choice for CRNA.
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    CRNA to ACNP or FNP repost

    I am truly interested in hearing your perspective as to why you would like to crossover to NP practice being a CRNA? I have been researching this and debating whether to do the FNP program or go the CRNA route. Is there a reason for the change? I love versatility and even with just a regular advanced practice job search, FNP appears to offer more opportunities in most states, sort of how RNs can work across settings they chose, the FNP offers the advanced version of the versatility that BSN-RN offers, jobwise. However, I doubt that the training for FNPs is suited for acute care settings- they work everywhere; inpatient, outpatient, primary care, plastics, independent practice aesthetics/botox non-invasive clinics, urgent care etc...but they dont work in ICU settings typically. Your previous & current critical care experience might make you an exemption to work in either acute care settings or other settings you chose if you go the FNP route. But ACNP would restrict you to just acute care settings. If you want to be boxed into the acute care adult world then that's the sure route. Then again, states vary, at the hospital I am at in NY, there are FNPs in acute care, they had years of previous critical care experience as nurses. Another thing you may consider is PA programs that will allow to crossover to PA practice in two years given your other grad school classes & experience. But that is just a thought. I would still love to hear why the change
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    University of Rochester MSN 2019

    Thank you so much Netzi81. So I was late with application and applied for the fall of this year. I just got an interview (via phone this time d/t COVID19) but it went well from the perception I got from the Director. So now I am waiting for that acceptance email. I am thinking of taking at least 6credits per semester. She gave me a program template as a guide of how the classes are set up. I currently work the weekend contract so I hope that may be feasible in terms of scheduling. It's scary to hear of it being the "HARDEST" thing as you stated but working full time and going to grad school full time is no joke! You are amazing!! Thank you so much! I hope it all goes well.
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    AdventHealth University (AHU) MSN-FNP

    Good luck everyone
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    Personality traits of CRNAs?

    Just curious, since this post was from 2013, how is everyone here doing today? Did you get into or complete CRNA school? What would you add or subtract? I’m looking into pursuing the CRNA path. I’m honestly trying to get all the info I can prior to doing so...any helpful hints are appreciated 😊
  8. Hello, how is the job market for AGPCNP graudates in west palm beach FL? Interested in relocating from NY to palm beach county in Florida. I will be starting the program here in NY but I wanted to survey the job market in FL and the job market fro AGPCNP in general. The program I'm doing is starting in the fall, will be two years and it means I will only be covering patients aged 13 and up. Do you think its harder for AGPCNP graduates to get a job? Anyone who's completed the program who can shed a light on this? Any general guidelines from all over is fine, but specifically from west palm beach FL would be great. Thank you 🙂
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    2019-2020 HRSA NHSC Scholarship

    Hello, I would like to apply for the 2020-2021 NHSC scholarship & it’s not open yet. I just wanted to find out....when did the scholarship open in 2019? Just wanted to have an idea of when it opens. I also signed up for their email updates.
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    Rochester Regional or University of Rochester?

    Hello, I have worked at both and they are both great hospitals in my opinion. RGH, at least on my floor had more of a family feel. Extremely busy but a family feel with coworkers. People were friendly & supportive. it’s a culture that’s truly driven in that institution, especially for newer nurses. & it is this friendly work environment, family feel reason that keep some nurses there despite the crazy workload. I left the place & still have some coworkers there that I talk to & meet up with. The work load and staffing ratio was the killer for me. Did not even match the pay rate. We had days where we’d have 7pts & the charge nurse would also have 7pts. I had no time to even sit or take a break, by the end of your 12hr shift, you’re wiped out. I guess it may be different in other floors like ICU where you’ll have 2pts. But my health and sanity needed to come first. Strong hospital on the other hand is bigger and will not give you that warm friendly family feel. It’s kind of expected, but I’m a transplant from NYC so I can handle a lot & still actually find them friendlier than Manhattan folks. I shadowed on a couple floors at strong prior to picking one and one thing I can say is that their nurse-patient ratios are WAY better than RGH. & this was important for me. Salary was better for me too & they also offer wknd contract & float positions if that’s something you’re looking for & those pay even more. This part of NY (Rochester/Western NY) in general, pays way less than say NYC or staten/Long Island/Brooklyn areas in NY . If you look it up you’ll notice it’s less than the national average & people will rave living cost all they want at me when I bring this up but regardless, ROCHESTER area pays low in general. Strong pays a 90% tuition reimbursement for UoR & a 70% reimbursement if you’re going to other institutions like keuka or St. John Fisher. I’m not certain how much RGH reimburses but they also have tuition benefits. I hadn’t decided to look into going back to school when I worked there. I overheard from RNs there that RGH plans on giving 100% tuition reimbursement but this plan is not out yet & one might need to work for them for a certain time first and you might have to ask them. Health benefits seem to be the same at both institutions. But generally I feel that RGH may have more to offer to be more competitive. They both offer some type of housing loan (10k?) if you plan to purchase a home in a certain area and work for them for I believe 5yrs...I wasn’t interested in this but you can look more into it. Both institutions offer life insurance & 403b. RGH has FREE membership to their gym or a $25/month rate to LA fitness. I always went to their free gym. Strong has some gym on their campus but it’s $35 a month. I never go there my fiancé does. But they also have discounts to join the YMCA which is what I opted for. overrall I just cared for my health & sanity and picked an institution that offers safe patient nurse ratios & better pay, (the benefits are just a bonus and I feel like they both have great benefits) otherwise if it wasn’t for my fiancé, our/his extremely well built life here and the house, I would be back in NYC lol. I love the energy there and the many many hospital options there. All the best as you decide which one you pick
  11. Hello, I’m looking to relocate with my husband to downtown west palm beach from NY. Good Samaritan in west Palm would be about 5mins from us once we decide to relocate to this area we’ve seen. However I do not know what the pay rate for RN is. I have a BSN and 3 years experience in med/surg, surgical and oncology. Any idea what the pay rate would be? Many thanks.
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    Columbia DNP 2018

    Hello, that is astounding for a non-refundable requirement. I am glad I found your post as I was just looking at their info. I plan on applying to a few schools,Columbia and NYU included. Since you opted for NYU, how is their DNP program? Is it primarily online or do you have to commute to classes on campus? & do you find it manageable with work?
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    University of Rochester MSN 2019

    Hello all, I come bearing gifts, just kidding, I come seeking answers 😊...anyway, in all seriousness, can anyone kindly tell me about this program? I am considering applying for the January 2020 start. How hard was it to get into the program? What were entry requirements? What are the schedules like? Are they mostly days or evenings? If so, what are the class start and end times? Are there people working while doing this program and how is scheduling working for you? Is it doable, with work? I have no kids & have a supportive fiancé, I currently work as a floor RN and will continue working full time and plan on taking their FNP program part time. Any thoughts? Or Anyone in the program that may help?
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    Nursing @ MSKCC

    This is so late. But how is MSK? Do you like it? What is the process needed to get a job there?
  15. A lot of valid points from former posters but I disagree with some of the dissuading comments. Nursing is a great stable career and a great return on investment. You have family members who are nurses which is helpful. I suggest shadow a hospital nurse (for the full 12 hrs like someone has said)- at a hospital, because nursing homes and home care are different from hospitals. Consider having to work weekends, holidays, nights etc. Also go straight for the BSN. A lot of hospitals require than lately. I initially did a BS in public health and a masters in healthcare management and consulted for a bit and that wasn't as great and then I did an accelerated 1yr BSN. I was 30 when I did nursing as a second career. I do not regret it at all and I have never had such a peace of mind career wise. Is the job hard? Absolutely! But it is rewarding. You also don't have to work in a hospital if you don't want to. After passing my boards, it was the first time in my life that my main problem was deciding which offer to pick. As someone mentioned, in Hawaii, landing jobs at a hospital as a new grad may be dire. It is the same thing in NYC unless you know someone, but just move, get the hospital experience in some other hospital for a year or two then move back to hawaii or wherever you'd like to be. In nursing, your pay also increases with experience. Or you can decide to work in LTC or nursing home as you can land a job in these, fresh out of school. When I was doing my accelerated 12month BSN, all the students in my class were second-career people. One was a 45 yr old MD from Cuba who did not want to go through the boards and 4yrs of residency all over again in the US (as that was protocol if you were an MD from another country) but she still wanted to work in healthcare for it's rewards and choose nursing. There were accountants, an IT guy, graphic designer etc etc...One doctor on my unit used to be a lawyer then switched to medicine...what I'm trying to say is that people have a change of heart and it's ok to follow your passion. It is never too late. Just be aware that nursing is a hard job but definitely rewarding. You will also never be bored like you state and learning is continual. For instance, I am just completing my 1yr as a general surgery nurse at a great hospital and now in my 2nd year I just got an offer in oncology at another competitor hospital and I am already reading up. Prior to picking oncology, I shadowed for openings in the cardiac OR, general OR, Trauma med/surg and MICU but loved and decided that oncology it is this time. Basically, I am saying that you will have your options to pick from. Also you don't need to do your DNP now as most hospitals pay for schooling. So why spend the extra money now. I personally don't care for being an NP, even though the hospitals I work at offer tuition reimbursements. One of my main reasoning is that, although the work-life balance will be better with great day hours as an NP, I do not want to get bored & complacent once I specialize as an NP, nursing gives me the option to diversify specialties much easily than it would if I were to go on to be an NP. I am also not of the entrepreneur mindset, meaning I have no intention of having my own NP practice. A nurse who worked on my general surgery floor for 15yrs just recently switched to go into the NICU, a new passion of hers. The general surgery NP who's been there much longer than she has been would like to switch but she still hasn't been able to do so. This is not to discourage you, you can still go for it, but I'm giving examples for you to work with. With regards to dipping on your IRA for funds, there are hospitals that still offer pensions and retirement benefits and you can easily research that and find out when the time is right. So you will resume good benefits in nursing and get your returns back. Lastly, do not go to an overly expensive nursing school, especially now. I wish you good luck on this journey. I'm sure you will not regret it. You will have those days that are hard at the hospital but if you have a passion to get into nursing, I don't think you will regret it.
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    Which hospitals to recommend in NYC?

    Im just seeing this thread and NYlady was really great in her descriptions. I know this is an old post but I am enlightened. I'm starting my 2nd year of nursing as of Jan 2019. I was on a general surgery floor for the first year and starting Jan I'll be on an oncology/hematology floor. I moved from the NYC area to western NY (closer to Toronto, CA) to work for the top magnet hospitals in this area & grow my experience, as it was difficult to find work in the top NYC hospitals without experience. I declined a high paying LTC and physician office job both in midtown manhattan (as a new grad) and moved just so I could get hospital experience and at this moment I feel like I made a good decision. I plan on completing 2yrs here, getting certified as soon as I hit that 2yr mark, then relocating back to NYC. So I am being really patient. I am also starting to do my research now so I could be prepared when the time comes. Any updates on your findings (in terms of best pension plans/benefits and unionized hospitals in NYC/Manhattan)? Did you eventually get a job in NYC? If so, what tips would you suggest and how was the interview and hiring process if applicable?
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