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    MSW to PMHNP/FNP (dangerous ideas!)

    (also my typos are appalling!!!)
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    sweaty person + humid summers = sweat through scrub tops

    Thanks, @barcode120x, for the input. It sounds like the dri-fit undershirts are helpful for you and are worth checking out. We have a surprisingly decent set of colors for our student nurse uniform: white or black shoes and socks (the black shoe/sock combo was apparently hard fought battle that just went through), navy bottoms, and "ceil blue" scrub top (or ultramarine blue polo for lab or community clinicals). The light blue tops look nice in contrast with the navy bottoms, but alas, don't do bubkis for sweat. I've found some decent athletic socks that are comfy and seem to work well to keep my feet dry. Weirdly, they are labeled L/R at a time in my life when I'm lucky to remember where my keys are at!
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    Help! I Can't Get Rid of My Dark Cloud

    Nugget will do anything for food. Can't you tell nobody ever feeds or pets or loves this poor doggle? Truly, though, she is cross trained as a therapy dog, so she's got therapeutic communication nailed.
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    Help! I Can't Get Rid of My Dark Cloud

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    Wise One Liners

    If ONLY I had known this in pathophysiology!
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    MSW to PMHNP/FNP (dangerous ideas!)

    Pharmacology kicked my ***, but I kicked back! It's really interesting to me that I catch myself at work thinking about information in different ways than I have in the past. For example, I look at a patient's problem and med lists and find myself thinking through implications of not just emotional health, but also physical health. We have Fundamentals of Nursing this summer, which includes one classroom evening and one lab evening (in addition to clinical weekends). Since I go right from work to school and my job doesn't object, I wore my clinical uniform, white shoes and all, to work this week. The doc I've worked most closely with over the last 2.5 years asked me to help her with a procedure (I&D facial/neck abscess... yummy). We both cracked up about how the only thing that changed was my clothes, but now she looks at me and things, "Hey, you're a nurse. Can you come help me with this?" (instead of just looking at me as a social worker who can help with emotional/behavioral stuff) Oh--I also wanted to add that as I look back on my original post, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings. Among them are: -GRATITUDE for the encouragement of you all, and critical thinking encouraged about which path (PMHNP/FNP, NP/PA). I feel really solid in my choices. The plan is PMHNP, by the way. I've made good friends with the psychNP at the health center where I work who had lots of good things to say about working in integrated primary care, which is what I'm already doing and my heart loves so hard. -KIND HUMOR toward my naivety and just not knowing what I didn't know. I'm sure this will continue to happen, and I'm glad that I have some light hearted chuckles about my younger self. It's nutty to me that I've been having this conversation since 2012, and here I am seven years and a move ALL the way across the country and a few attendand delays. I'M DOING THE THING!!! Yay!
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    MSW to PMHNP/FNP (dangerous ideas!)

    Pharmacology kicked my ***, but I kicked back! It's really interesting to me that I catch myself at work thinking about information in different ways than I have in the past. For example, I look at a patient's problem and med lists and find myself thinking through implications of not just emotional health, but also physical health. We have Fundamentals of Nursing this summer, which includes one classroom evening and one lab evening (in addition to clinical weekends). Since I go right from work to school and my job doesn't object, I wore my clinical uniform, white shoes and all, to work this week. The doc I've worked most closely with over the last 2.5 years asked me to help her with a procedure (I&D facial/neck abscess... yummy). We both cracked up about how the only thing that changed was my clothes, but now she looks at me and things, "Hey, you're a nurse. Can you come help me with this?" (instead of just looking at me as a social worker who can help with emotional/behavioral stuff)
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    Picking Clinical Sites

    Ohh. I didn't see all these replies... need to remember to turn on some kind of alert. This is my first semester of hands-on patient care. We have had a communication clinical and health assessment lab where we practiced on each other. Summer term just started last week. I believe I'm going to be on inpatient rehab, but there's actually two clinical groups at the same site, so I'm not entirely sure what we will be doing. This clinical is for fundamentals, so we will be doing hygiene, vitals, meds (assuming I pass my med math exam on Tuesday), and whatever else we are allowed to do under the supervison of our clinical instructor. We definitely will have to write 3 care plans associated with clinicals this summer, but I'm not sure if that gives you any ideas about what else we will be up to. My coworkers seemed to lean heavily toward hospital because "you get to see a lot more there." But one wise and calm and kind person I respect said she would choose long term care/SNF because of the slower pace and time to focus on patient care. Our first clinical weekend is next weekend, June 1-2. I'll try to remember report back.
  9. Hi all. Student nurse here. Suggestions needed! I'm naturally a "high sweat" person at my baseline. I also live in an area that gets quite hot and humid during the summer. Combining these factors means I get pitted out/sweat through my scrub top, which is not a pleasant look or experience. It's not just armpit sweat, it's back sweat, too. Like I said, I'm just naturally a "high sweat" person. Have any of you found that a wicking-type fabric undershirt helps with this kind of issue? Or an undershirt in general? Thanks for any pro-tips.
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    Scrubs that survive thick thighs

    I really appreciate this thread. Thank you. I get annoyed when my favorite pants of any sort get thigh rubbing holes before the rest wears out. I'm still a student in a part-time second degree program, but we have lab one evening a week followed by back to back clinicals Sat/Sun this summer and fall (and a few other semesters coming up), so was thinking about adding a pair of scrub pants to ease the laundry-doing pressure on those crazy weeks.
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    Older Students - 40 +

    We aren’t old... just used to a regular schedule!!!
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    Older Students - 40 +

    Thanks for the encouragement. It also helps that I’m in a job where my role is really interesting and worthwhile in an organization that is a good match for my personal values. It will be 6 years from starting the BSN program to psychNP without any hiccups, and a full 10 years since I started the prerequisites. So apparently I’m playing the long game.
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    Older Students - 40 +

    One definitely can take the direct entry route, and it would be much more time efficient. Unfortunately I’m not in a position where I can stop my full time job to attend school full time.
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    Older Students - 40 +

    I decided to go for it at 43. I had been chipping away at prerequisites one at a time over a few years, but got to the point where I had to decide to dive in or not, as half time is the minimum number of credits I could take for the BSN program. Since my goal is to be a psychNP, I figured I could be 50 and continue to be an LCSW and that would be fine, or I could be 50 and have the option to practice as a nurse/nurse practitioner and that would also be really interesting. It helps that I arrived at a clear goal of psychNP because of my experience as an LCSW, I think. One of the things I've really enjoyed about being a social worker is the wide array of opportunities available with that training. I suspect nursing will be similar in that respect. The BSN has a lot of options. Specialty training as MSN leading to credentialing as NP is obviously more discrete, but I think the ability to do lots of things is part of what appeals to me. One of the physicians I work with tried to convince me to go to med school recently. If I were in my 30s, I would abosolutely consider it. But in my 40s, I have to say that I really appreciate my sleep more than credential-based respect.
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    Full Ride Scholarship or Not? Advice needed!!

    I hear you, @ThirdGenNurse. It's easy to focus on what's available right now, and how it might affect you right now without thinking too far down the line about how a three year commitment might impact your longer-term plans. If you're feeling flexible and willing to be committed to someone else's ride, it might be worth it to take the scholarship. But if you're clear about what you want and don't want to change your plans because you're really clear about what you want, stick to your guns in spite of the temptation to say yes to the scholarship that takes you on a different track.
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    Picking Clinical Sites

    We have the option in our program of selecting our clinical sites provided we are in good standing with academics and financial obligations. If you had the option to choose between the following types of sites for your first hands-on clinical site, what would you choose and why? Inpatient rehab Inpatient veteran's home Long term skilled nursing home Hospital affiliated with long term nursing home Inpatient hospital
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