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by Conqueror+ Conqueror+ (Member) Member Nurse

Conqueror+ has 22 years experience .

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I have been a nurse for 20 years and am applying to grad school. I do not have anyone at my current place of employment to ask for a LOR. My DON has made her feelings clear about nurses "abandoning the bedside" for advanced practice. She is an excellent diploma program prepared nurse. My ADON is more progressive but afraid of going against her boss. I am not comfortable getting a letter from either of them because my target programs prefer letters that are not seen by the applicant. I have a 3.9 gpa from my BSN, lots of experience, 425 MAT and I cannot trust them to write a letter that is acceptable. Any ideas? I understand if you feel this means I should not be allowed into grad school but I am seeking solutions if you do not mind. I haved worked hard for a long time and do not want to settle for a program that does not require L'sOR

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anchorRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Military.

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What about your immediate supervisors, i.e. nurse manager? Surely your DON or ADON does not manage all nurses at the bedside.... I would think your immediate supervisor/manager would know you better personally anyway.

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Conqueror+ has 22 years experience.

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Our facility is small we only have a DON and ADON

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Conqueror+ has 22 years experience.

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We as charge nurses run our individual units

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gelli.25 has 4 years experience and specializes in OR Nursing, Critical Care, Med-surg.

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What about educators? physicians? co-workers?

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Pixie.RN has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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If you are set on this program, ask the ADON. She doesn't have to tell the DON. That seems to be your only option unless you switch to a school that doesn't require an LOR. Even if you can't review it, it sounds like the only way you are going to be able to apply. I think it's better to go for it than to continue to ponder the issue. Good luck!

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anchorRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Military.

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I would think another charge nurse on the unit/ward would be a good option as well. surely there are more than just one charge nurse. What kind of facility is this?

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Pixie.RN has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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I would think another charge nurse on the unit/ward would be a good option as well. surely there are more than just one charge nurse. What kind of facility is this?

Depends on the LOR requirements, I suppose.

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Conqueror+ has 22 years experience.

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Depends on the LOR requirements, I suppose.

You are correct. The requirement is one direct supervisor, one nursing faculty, and one APN

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A charge nurse is a direct supervisor, in my opinion. I think you are over thinking it.

i couldn't imagine an admissions committee saying, "Whoa! Twenty years, stellar stats, but her letter isn't high enough up." Especially if your other references rock.

Faculty LOR is to confirm you can hack a program. APN is to confirm you are a good fit for profession. The supervisor that you are an upstanding employee.

I used a former supervisor and they were good w it. I called to ask, but I had not worked alongside my current supervisor- ever. She was in an offsite office.

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Conqueror+ has 22 years experience.

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A charge nurse is a direct supervisor, in my opinion. I think you are over thinking it.

i couldn't imagine an admissions committee saying, "Whoa! Twenty years, stellar stats, but her letter isn't high enough up." Especially if your other references rock.

Faculty LOR is to confirm you can hack a program. APN is to confirm you are a good fit for profession. The supervisor that you are an upstanding employee.

I used a former supervisor and they were good w it. I called to ask, but I had not worked alongside my current supervisor- ever. She was in an offsite office.

I agree but I am the charge nurse I don't have a charge nurse. The school is adamant that it be your current supervisor. I really did explore many options before posting. I did come up with a solution but it was very cumbersome and I hoped that you guys might have some better ideas.

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I wasnt comfortable with my current manager knowing either and the brick and mortar NP school I was accepted to didnt give such LOR specifics. I asked a teacher, my previous manager that left for another hospital and a former coworker. I was told by admissions that your GPA is more important than references to them.

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