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dinobiceps ASN, RN

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dinobiceps is a ASN, RN and specializes in Med Surg.

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    Question about time management

    I work on a med surg floor. It is the designated COVID floor and usually only has a handful of COVID patients, probably around 5 max (including rule outs and unconfirmed positives). We also have tons of other precaution patients because we already have the PPE on the unit. A typical patient assignment is 5-7 patients, with 7 becoming more and more common. I find that precaution patients take up a large chunk of time, like I can spend around 15-30 minutes for a regular patient and sometimes an hour for a total care patient just passing nine o clock meds (I'm including gathering meds and equipment outside the room as part of this time). I just feel like I'm never able to get my meds passed in time. I'm often still passing nine o clock meds at eleven. It stresses me out, but at the same time when you have to assess a patient, crush meds and feed them to the patient, empty an ostomy, empty a Foley, do a dressing change and check blood sugar and vitals on an ESBL patient (we usually do not have a tech on the floor)... it just takes a lot time. So am I doing something wrong? And is it just me?
  2. I'm trying to gather together a career plan. I know I want to become a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, I know I want to live in Florida (the Orlando area), and I know I want to eventually own my own practice (I understand that Florida has pretty strict NP laws but I'm setting this thought aside for the time being; I'll deal with that another day). I'm definitely going to be getting my BSN and RN in the very near future, but the education requirements I need to get to run a successful Palliative Care practice are a little confusing to me. Should I go straight for a Master's program that offers a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner program? Should I just get a general Nurse Practitioner Master's degree and then get a Palliative Care certificate from there? Should I skip the Master's degree entirely and just go for the Palliative Care certificate? I'm only asking because there is a cost difference in the schools I would be looking at. Also, I want to make sure that I don't destroy my future practice by not having the proper education requirements.
  3. I'm a nursing student in New York State but really want to move down to Orlando a couple of years after graduating with my BSN and RN. I was curious if anyone knew any just general starting salaries or salary ranges. In a perfect world I'd like $75000 but that sounds really high considering that the average is like somewhere in the $60000s. But is it possible to get a $75k salary starting out?
  4. Both schools offer great programs - four years to achieve an AS, RN, and BSN all at the same time. The schools offer identical programs (the 1+2+1 DDPN) that have you attending one general school in Years 1 and 4, and a nursing school in years 2 and 3. The two schools are SUNY Polytechnic Institute (associated with St Elizabeth College of Nursing) and Le Moyne (associated with St Joseph's College of Nursing). I visited both colleges, and they, again, both seem pretty great. The biggest difference that appeared to me is that the SUNY Poly one seemed a lot smaller and more intimate. It's also a public school (state university) so the people that go there seem to really want to be there. It's my first choice, right now, but I'm also looking at Le Moyne because it's a name school and the St Joseph's program seems to have a huge hospital with lots of more opportunities. If anybody knows any information that might help me choose between the schools, that would be helpful!
  5. To begin, my plan is to get my BSN at my UG school and apply to medical school as I graduate. With the knowledge that it's extremely difficult to get into med school, I wanted to have a useful UG degree that would allow me to enter the medical realm as soon as possible after the four years were up, so that's why I chose to look into nursing. My first question would be - does the nursing track alone provide enough credits to get into med school? Like, are the general biology and organic chemistry credits fulfilled? The course list provided by the college I'm looking into (Fairleigh Dickinson University) describes the courses as "Chemistry for Nurses" and the such, so I'm not quite sure how that translates. If it turns out that those courses don't work for the med school prereqs, I was wondering if it would be possible to get a Chemistry or Biology minor at the same time as the BSN? Also: any tips even outside this question would be appreciated - I'm really new to the whole college search thing and I don't even know the right questions to ask.