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What to Look for in a Nurse Practitioner Program – Part 3

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If you missed part 2 click HERE

 

To cyber or not to cyber?

Nowadays much of our educational advancements are offered online. For some, this is a great tool for those that are very organized and self-starters while for others, not having the daily accountability of being in a classroom setting is difficult or working online is not their learning style. For those of you “pro-cyber” learners out there, just know that you will be required to attend campus a few times a year, or whatever is designated by your school and accrediting body, in order to practice skills before starting your clinical rotations.

It is the hope that after reading this, it helps you formulate your thought process of what kind of program is right for you. Don’t make any quick decisions, start a “pro-con” list as you start to do your research. I tell any potential student to talk to as many people as you can that are doing what you want to do. Do they like it? Any advice for you? Anything they wished they would have known or done when in your shoes? The more consensus you can get from possible future colleagues, the better. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need in order to make the best decision for YOU. Then do your own research so you can make sure you aren’t questioning your decision once you select the school you like, because all of that time will need to be focused on being the best student you can be so you can be the best practitioner you can be!

To get to a Nurse Practitioner School, we all must start somewhere. Check out my book by clicking the book cover below on how to get into the competitive world of nursing school!

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What to Look for in a Nurse Practitioner Program – Part 2

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If you missed part 1 click HERE

So consider this…

Want to work with kids?, think about becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Want to work with “fresh out of the womb” kids, look into becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Think working with kids of any age is good birth control? Then maybe being an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner is right up your alley.

Like working with people of all ages? You will want to find a Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Or do you find interest in working with those with mental and behavioral health problems? Then look for a Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

As you begin your search, you will want to ponder the time commitment to each program. Some programs will offer full time and part time tracks but if being able to still work while going to school, which was important for me, you should add that to your list of questions to ask to see if you can handle working full or part time. For me, I chose a full time program which was a 3 year program in which I was able to work full time during the first two years but had to drop to per diem during the final year so I could fulfill my clinical hours, work on my dissertation project and focus on classes in order to graduate on time.

What kind of degree will you end up with?

The writing on the wall is saying that the terminal degree of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will be the standard at some point, but isn’t set in stone. Your options are either a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or DNP degree when it comes to nurse practitioner programs. It will just depend on what you want to do with your degree, what the standard in your home state is and what is offered. Another popular route for those with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that want to advance to the terminal degree is a BSN-DNP degree. This isn’t offered everywhere or in every specialty yet, but if it is of interest to you, be on the lookout! However, if you are one that has a Master’s degree already, then you may want to search for a school that has a Post Master’s to DNP route.

Stay tuned for Part 3 HERE.

To get to a Nurse Practitioner School, we all must start somewhere. Check out my book by clicking the book cover below on how to get into the competitive world of nursing school!

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What to Look for in a Nurse Practitioner Program – Part 1

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What to Look for in a Nurse Practitioner School- Part 1

For many of us, deciding to continue our education or to go back to school as a working professional is a big decision in and to itself. If you are in this boat, welcome aboard! It is my goal to help you navigate the sometimes difficult and confusing waters that is trying to find the right nurse practitioner school for you.

First you have to ask yourself “why?” Why are you wanting to go back to school? Are you looking to accomplish an existing goal? Is it part of the natural progression for your career? Make more money? Notoriety? Your answer will be one you will want to refer back to when you need the motivation when times get a little tough and you ask yourself “what in the world did I get myself into?”

Next you will want to visualize where you see yourself working:

Do you like regularly scheduled patients in an office setting? If so, then you will want to look for a Primary Care program.

Do you like the unexpected patient census with various possible working hours in a hospital setting? If you answered a resounding “yes!” then you will want to look into an Acute Care program.

Now the compass is pointing you in the direction that requires you to figure out what kind of patients you want to serve.

Anytime I would interview a new nursing student I would always ask what kind of patients they saw themselves working with. The general type of response would be something along the lines of “I want to work with babies or old people…they are just so cute!” Then I would ask them the same question after they started doing their clinical rotations and there was always a handful of people that would change their story to something along the lines of “I can’t handle these kids! I want to work with another group!”

But since you most likely have some “miles” under your nursing belt, chances are you know what type of patients you want to serve, even if it means there is a new group you want to change to.

Stay tuned for Part 2 HERE.

To get to a Nurse Practitioner School, we all must start somewhere. Check out my book by clicking the book cover below on how to get into the competitive world of nursing school!

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors – For the Health of It – Episode 20

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

October is breast cancer awareness month! It is important to know your risk factors associated with breast cancer!

In this episode of For the Health of It, I discuss:

1) Main factors that influence risk of breast cancer
2) Factors that decrease risk factors of breast cancer
3) Factors that increase risk factors of breast cancer
4) Breast cancer screening methods

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