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Discussion in 'First Aid Station' started by rabidchicken, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. rabidchicken

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    What is your CURRENT license and what are your career goals? Just curious what other's opinions are on career advancement.

    FL Registered Nurse

    When I was in nursing school I was determined to go on and become an NP. Times have changed and I no longer have that desire. Seeing NPs and PAs busting their butts for little pay (relative to hours worked) turned me off from the idea of pursuing it. Currently I am enrolled in an MSN program specializing in informatics. Hopefully there is less butt busting in this path.
     
  2. mbick

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    My current license is RN, and I just retired from a hospital where I'd worked 25 years. JCAHO and I just needed a little more distance. I had become totally undone, overwhelmed, disillusioned by all the minutiae that interferes with actual patient care. Loved my pediatric patients. The endless committees and the "Next, Newest, Biggest" fill-in-the-blank, not so much.

    I think your choice of combining informatics with your RN background is right on target, especially since computerized healthcare records will soon be the norm. (Sooner than all RNs being baccalaureate prepared which was all the ya-ya when I was in school 35 years ago.) I'm sure you considered being a CRNA--the ones I worked with had quite the plum jobs.

    The ironic thing about your post is that I have just started a part-time job with a longtime friend, and I am learning to put HTML code in documents to be uploaded to the company website. Going out now to purchase new software and start learning how to use that.

    You have my congratulations and good wishes for your success.
     
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    Physician and Surgeon (odd how they phrase it)... certified bored/board certified Emergency Physician, specialist in hyperbaric, flight and travel medicine. USAR 62A.
     
  4. rabidchicken

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    I totally agree with what you are saying about the hospital. I already have a :censored: in IT, so I figured it was a no-brainer. Informatics seems to be booming. I have had physicians at work already start to request consultations with me for EHRs in their private practice. Good luck with the HTML!
     
  5. rabidchicken

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    I don't know how you do it. The hours you guys put in would kill me. Just balancing one class, work, wife, and kids is a chore.
     
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    Sleep is for the dead.....
     
  7. ProjeKtWEREWOLF

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    I'm a British RN (Mental Health).

    Currently working in a Medium Secure Unit for mentally disordered offenders. Previously worked in Dementia care and Acute Inpatients Psychiatry. At the moment I'm basically a well paid babysitter/prison screw as I'm on the intensive care ward, which equals maximum security and low stimulus.
     
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    LPN License Practical Nurse, Pennsylvania USA
    Been doing this 12 years. Started out as nurses aid at 18 years old now I'm 38 thought I wanted to change the world, now I know I can only change my corner.
    I've spent time in alot of specialties. I've done alot of dialysis.
    I currently work in a domiciliary, taking care of homeless and addict, alcoholic Veterans in recovery I love my Veteran population.
     
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    British trained mental health nurse. Worked in secure wards, PICU's, dementia, nursing homes, community. Currently working a little outside my field of expertise and my patients have acquired brain injuries and behavioural problems and not all that much mental health problems. Just going a few months to expand a little. My biggest issue is the sheer amount of paperwork and virtually no time with the patients!

    Goal is to get a community mental health nurse role in something like early intervention in psychosis or acute community care and also hope to be back in Australia in around 2 years.
     
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    I am an EMT-B, soon to start paramedic school.
     
  11. rabidchicken

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    Same here. I worked in a hospice house for about a year and loved taking care of the veterans. There is no greater honor than giving one his last salute.
     
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    Agree totally with this statement.
     
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    Physician Assistant in Emergency Medicine. I also do some locum work at various hospitals. Some places I do ER, inpatient, nursing home, clinic, the whole shebang. I have been in emergency medicine since 1994. I got my First Responder when I was 16. I then went to paramedic school and did that. I was getting burnt out, and was working on my prereqs for med school. One day I was working ambulance for an urban EMS system and we ended up with 3 violent patients (as in, full-on hand-to-hand combat) in one shift plus a bunch of other nasty stuff. I sort of snapped. Took some days off. One of my co-workers told me about the PA program at the local university so I applied and got in right away. I sort of felt I had to do it to survive. Everyone asks me "Are you ever going to go to medical school?" The answer is unlikely. I work enough that I make more than many doctors, so if I did, it wouldn't be for the money. If I do anything else, it would probably be something outside of medicine. My ideal job? Owning a knife-making business or tactical gear/gun shop. Or something in finance. If I ever lose my wife, God forbid, probably a priest.
     
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    The phrasing is funny, it seems to hint someone can be a surgeon without being a physician,
     
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    EMT-P for 13 years....in EMS for over 20. Currently in a fire based system full-time and private service part-time. At the ripe old age of 49 I'm considering RN school for my retirement years. My dream retirement job would be a captain on a small tugboat or a resupply/crew boat.
     
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    Psychiatric / Chem Dep ACCESS RN,since 1994.
    I do the ER Psych/Chem Dep assessments for 74 MD's,PA's and APRN's,at a 325 bed hospital.
    And liason with local LEO's,Judges,Paramedics,EMT's, Firefighters,the State Mental Hospitals...and sometimes: The U.S.Marshals Service.
    Or work as Charge Nurse on a 12-bed Max Security Unit.

    Sooner or later,all my friends'll be in.

    Seriously,though: I've been at this vocation long enough to remember when it was about: Patient Care.
    NOT: an enforced priority of charting enough to cover everybody's a**.Especially the hospital's....
    Between JCAHO,State & Fed Regs,and administrative decisions made on a golf course, we now be puppets.

    ~Gnarly
     
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    Perhaps it's a throwback to the days of Barber Surgeons when physicians and surgeons were two different trades. Like how even today surgeons in the UK use the title Mr. instead of Dr in reference to this.
     
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    I'm currently a part time Paramedic - General Duties and a full time medical student currently in my 4th of 5 years. I've got a slight interest in emergency medicine, but no real idea of what specialty I'd want to take up.
     
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    True and so sad.
     
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    I'm an EMT-B in California. Want to eventually become a Tac-medic. So Paramedic School, and Post.