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Slhengy has 10 years experience and specializes in Cardiac, Ortho, Med/Surg, ICU, Quality.

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    Went Home Dilaudid in Pocket

    This is exactly why we shouldn't get into the habit of carrying medications in our pockets. I don't even carry my narcotic lock box keys in my pocket because I know people have taken them home before. I work for the Sheriffs office and they will come to your home if things are missing.
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    Evening Shift Nurse Trying to Improve Health

    I work corrections and work 5p to 5a. I maintain my weight by eating Keto. Carbs are what kills us at night so just avoid them. Eat lots of jerky, eggs, meat and vegetables. I know you are tired but you also need to exercise (cardio and weight train) to reduce your looming chronic diseases. I exercise on my days off even if I am tired. You can do it....just find your mojo. Put a motivation picture on your fridge to remind you of your goals. If you cook for others, start introducing carb free meals into the mix and then transition to no carbs at all. Learn to make carb free bread, cauliflower pizza and zucchini instead of noodles. I did it and my entire family lost weight. No excuses! It's time for a lifestyle change.
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    Universities with prearranged NP Practicums

    babyNP.....That's not true here in Colorado. Our brick and mortar schools still make you get your own practicums. I am attending one.
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    Universities with prearranged NP Practicums

    Did she live in Washington or another location? Just wondering if I need to move there.
  5. Does anyone here have a list of Universities that pre-arrange practicums for NP students? I am so sick and tired of trying to find my own while trying to go to school and work. This is absolutely absurd! I am single (without children) and I am willing to relocate to another state if necessary. Also what are the chances that I could transfer to another school this late in the game? I have two classes left before practicums begin. Thanks for any responses.
  6. This group was created for previous and current UCCS NP students who would like to network, give practicum advice or help fellow students just get through school. UCCS Nurse Practitioner Students
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    FNP vs. Adult/Gero

    I won't lose any credits if I remain in the same school, which I intend to do.
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    FNP vs. Adult/Gero

    Hi NP's! I have completed my first year of my FNP and have about two classes left before I start practicum. Because I selected FNP, I have to do a pediatric practicum. Problem is.....I don't really like kids all that much. It's just the way I am wired. For some reason I thought that once I graduated, I could choose where I wanted to work with my FNP but I was told (by my professor) that according to the Colorado State Board of Nursing, I had to see all ages including kids or my license could be in jeapordy. With that said, I would appreciate opinions on switching to Adult/Gero. As far as school goes, the Adult/Gero is basically the same as FNP but without the pediatric rotation. I also would like to add that I am currently a corrections nurse and will be seeking employment as an NP in either a corrections or a prison system. There are no kids there and I would only see patients 18 years old and above. Am I making a mistake by considering the change to Adult/Gero? If so, tell me why. Thanks in advance for comments.
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    FNP Nurse Practioner in Colorado Springs

    I am just now looking for my practicum sites. So far I have a verbal commitment for a county jail, an Urgent Care and a SNF. I still have to look for a women's health clinic and a PEDS clinic. You just have to put yourself out there and visit a few places. Put together a CV and be prepared to interview on the spot when you walk into a facility. Always leave them your resume and CV.
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    FNP Nurse Practioner in Colorado Springs

    Sadly, Colorado loses it's new NP's to other states after passing the boards, due to the 1000 hours that we have to be "supervised" by a physician to gain prescriptive authority. The problem we are running into is that all of the job postings require established prescriptive authority. How can we get the supervision that is required by the Colorado Nursing Board if we can't get jobs because they all want established prescriptive authority. No one wants to work with new NP's. After I graduate and pass boards, I am moving to another state that has minimal to no supervision requirements. I don't have 3 years to waste making next to nothing and having to log my hours. As for UCCS, it's a great school but be prepared to look for your own practicum sites.
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    Intimidated by Younger Nursing Students

    I was 37 when I completed my RN, 43 when I completed my BSN and I am now 49 working on my FNP. You can do this! Do not let ANYONE intimidate you! Go in to your class with confidence and tell yourself repeatedly that you can handle this! You will have the same kind of pressures when you are a practicing RN so use self talk to get you through.
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    Correctional setting or clinical setting??

    I am a BSN currently working in a jail and also pursuing my FNP. I plan to work here as an NP once I graduate.
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    Correctional setting or clinical setting??

    I would work PRN for both the hospital and jail and see which one you like better. I bet you like the jail better. Hospitals are notorious for overworking their nurses to the point of them leaving the industry completely. Also there is more stress to deal with in a hospital.....family members, demanding patients, standards of care, core measures, joint commission, diagnostic tests, entitled patients, a$$hole doctors, dietary inclusions, physical therapy, case management, micro managing, etc. All this AND you make less.
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    Correctional Nursing Pros/Con and Environment

    I haven't done any of those things that you listed and I don't think it is fair to assume that any nurse has or compare us to inmates. That is stretching it a bit.
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    7 Things You Weren't Taught in Nursing School

    Just because you have not seen bullying in 40 years in YOUR workplace does not mean that it does not exist. It sure in hell does! Hospitals are run rampant with nurses who bully other nurses and staff. No need to look internally for that one.....it's all up in just about every hospital I have worked in.
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    University of Colorado Colorado Springs (FNP)