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Whull1 has 7 years experience as a BSN, DNP, RN, APRN, NP and specializes in DNP, NNP-BC, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, DCSD.

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    Pre-Boards Title

    No worries, I passed boards. DNP, NNP-BC it is. Thanks all!
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    DNP vs PhD

    Graduating with my DNP tomorrow! Biggest take-away and easiest way to understand both degrees. PhD- Researchers (actively creates and publishes research), Prepared for Academic Settings, 4+years even after Master's, established terminal degree DNP- Evidence-Based Practice Implementers (takes research findings and puts it into practice), Prepared for Clinical Settings, ~2years Post-Masters, relatively newer (~10years) I have seen both interchangeably in academic and clinical settings. Meaning I have seen PhDs in the clinical settings and DNPs in academic settings, especially teaching in specialities. I have worked with PhD prepared NPs and currently work with DNP prepared instructors. The PhD NPs said they went PhD route, because DNP was not around or was too new. Again, this is a VERY simple explanation, but probably the easiest to understand.
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    Pre-Boards Title

    Hi all, quick question. I didn't see this asked when I searched the topic. I just graduated from a DNP-NNP program. When writing out your title, pre-boards, do you write out DNP, NNP? Or just DNP until you pass boards? Thanks!
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    New subspecialty (ELBW and Neuro) NICU certifications?

    No worries. It was multiple choice format. I think 150 questions? Yes, results are immediate. It honestly wasn't that bad. Good luck!
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    New subspecialty (ELBW and Neuro) NICU certifications?

    I didn't study for it. This exam was straight forward, can take it at home. I took it after working a shift.
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    NNP Programs

    Yes, we have at least one FNP obtaining her NNP cert in my group. I am attending Rush University's DNP-NNP program, with expected graduation coming up this December. At Rush, prior to COVID, you had two mandatory campus visits (skills week and DNP defense) in the four year program (I'm part-time). I love Rush. The Neo classes are amazing!
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    Any 22 weekers out there?

    My son was a former 22 1/7, 499 gms with ETT, tape and drapes. Stayed in the NICU for four months, discharged home on 1/4 NC three days past due date PO feeding. Grade 2 left sided IVH. He's now seven and full of life. Just lost his second tooth and just completed first grade. Loves watching cartoons and eating chocolate. Hates homework. The healthcare team asked what we wanted. We said "we don't know." The team said, "If he comes out crying and active. We'll do what we can for him." When my wife pushed him out, it was the longest moment of silence. No one moved, no one breathed. We all just waited and he cried three times and the team was on him. Intubated for two months. Born October 28, extubated to BCPAP December 24. Feedings started DOL 3. Oral care started within first hours of life. Did he get septic during his NICU stay? Yes, but his nurses were amazing and advocated for him constantly. I mirror my NICU nursing care after these amazing nurses. Did we have a Neo pull up a chair, while we read to him in his incubator and tell us our son "would never amount to anything and be a vegetable." "He has a 15-22% chance of being CP or a 46-67% chance of being cognitively developmentally delayed." Sure did. After this, the Neo never came back to talk to us. But this kid is everything to us. He solidified my passion for NICU, so much so I am graduating this December with my DNP-NNP. I fight for these micro's and give their parents hope. I allow them to have their joy and share their pain if their little ones don't make it. I know what it's like being in their shoes and seeing their kid be poked and prodded and not being able to do anything about it. I fight to let parents do skin-to-skin with these "fetuses" because literature says it helps. I comfort the parents when they cry because they got to touch their kid or hold their kid, cause no one else would let them. Do all of them turn out like my son. Nope, but some do. They deserve this chance. "A person's a person, no matter how small. And you very small persons do not have to die. If you make yourself heard." Here is my son's page: https://www.facebook.com/littlemiracle2012/ Every kid deserves a chance.
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    STABLE Instructors?

    STABLE Support Instructor here. Love the STABLE program, never could find the time or money to attend the live Instructor course. I've been teaching it over four years. If you can't do the Lead Instructor option, do the support Instructor. It's the same thing, you just can't teach it by yourself.
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    RNC-NIC help

    Just do questions! I did a review course, it was helpful. But the area I wanted to cover, cardiac and vent management, was glossed over.
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    NICU Subspecialty Certifications

    I am interested in taking the ELBW exam. I do not see a question book listed for the Golden Hour in the "Study Resources." The sample questions were easy. Did you take the exam?
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    New subspecialty (ELBW and Neuro) NICU certifications?

    I currently work in a large, US top rated, NICU. We do have a special ELBW unit, that you have to be trained to work in. I want to take the ELBW exam because micro's are my favorite population. I am currently a RNC-NIC nurse and have my NANN Developmental Care Specialist designation. Looking for tips or study materials for this new ELBW exam.
  12. As a nurse in a DNP program, I have yet to see this. In my ADN program, we had one instructor that hated students and would do this. I worked in a teaching hospital where one MD was notorious for doing this to residents. Especially, when it came to patient status changes, current medications and interventions. It was awkward, however it's hard to save a resident, especially when a resident comes in thinking they know the patient yet never asked for an update on the patient prior to rounds. Or when you have to constantly correct the resident during team rounds.
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    Floating from the NICU

    I think new nurses (1-2 years post school) should float to get a wide variety of patient types. When you're fresh out of school it is easier to float because you still understand and remember basic nursing school knowledge. Also it helps you verify that you're current specialty is what you want to do for the next 40 years. As a new nurse (close to three years of experience) I started out in NICU, cross trained to General Pediatrics and Newborn Nursery. I have worked full time in a Level III NICU, ED and now a Level IV NICU. By floating and cross training I was able to see what nursing had to offer (the areas I was most interested in) and took full advantage of it and now I have a specialty that I call home. Is it scary and uncomfortable? Yes! Absolutely! But so is NICU when you go to your first delivery where the baby is crashing.
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    MSN, DNP, or PhD -- Which is right for you?

    Great article! About to start my BSN to DNP, specializing in NNP in bout 4 months! Love what I do and am so happy that there are options available to pursue higher education.
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    Questioning a doctors order

    Always ask questions!! Always ask why! That is the best advice I ever got. So what if a Doctor yells at you. You are there for your patient not for your doctor. I used to hate asking docs for orders or asking peers for advice. After working in ED, I got over that real quick. You need to protect your license, not the Doc's or the supervising RN.
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    Interview for Neonatal NP

    I got accepted to Rush's NNP Program too, I start in August 2017! Crazy excited but really nervous! See you at orientation!