This is why it’s a BSN…

The class I’m talking about is Research.  Yup, a whole class dedicated to looking up, reading and interpreting interventional articles.  We had our first test today and I don’t think I did too bad, all things considered.

But this class is one of the main distinctions between a BSN program and an ADN program.  Learning about research, learning about community health, learning about management, these are all things that we have in our program that the ADN doesn’t.  These items don’t actually make us better RN’s, but they do set us up to move on to our MSN or DNP or PhD more quickly.

You see in today’s world that is the way things are going.  Soon, although I’m not sure how soon, the entry level for an RN will be a BSN.  And if you want to become a nurse practitioner you will need to have your DNP and if you want to teach you will need to have a PhD in nursing education.

I’m not here to debate the trend, but I must say that for the most part I agree with the way things are going.  RN’s do a lot of work and are an integral part of healthcare.  We should be recongized and celebrated, and not demeaned by someone saying we “just” have an ADN or whatnot.  It is also really neat to see the progression of DNP where it will stand next to MD and DO.  Just think of the possiblities!

I love education.  As much as I might complain, I really enjoy learning new things.  And knowing that when I get my BSN and my RN I can continue and get an MSN and a DNP and so on is very exciting for me.


Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spring Break!

Yup, it’s that time of year again, when I get to be crazy and topless at bars in Mexico…wait, that’s not me!  I have kids and a husband and no extra time or money to go to Mexico.  Instead I’m thinking up creative ways to still study while not have the kids go stir crazy in the house.  We will be travelling to visit family for Easter, but they aren’t that far away.

On a happy note, I have some things in the works for this blog coming up.  I’m thinking about having Medicine Mondays or something like that where I get to share everything I know (which is by no means definitive) on different drugs.  I’m hoping this will help me as well.  And maybe Wacky Wednesdays where I share the strangest thing that has happened to me that week.  I dunno, I’m still working on it.


Published in: on April 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

How not to be a doctor- or what I’m learning in clinicals part 2

Well, I had the most interesting clinical this week as I saw a doctor verbally attack my patient.  I was in the room working with the other patient when the doc came in all blustery and full of piss and vinegar.  He basically treated my patient as though they were a child who had been bad.  I had some crazy flash-backs of my own father firing questions at me like that, questions that there really is no right answer to.

The gist was that my patient had be hospitalized previously a few months back for the same thing out of state, but the patient did not know which hospital or doctor.  The patient also did not know the full name, address and phone number of the family friend they were staying with here.  So the doctor decided this was a drug seeking scam and tore into my patient.  Asking how they could not know these things etc.  The issue is #1, the state they were hospitalized in previously is not their home state, they were just passing through and #2, there really is something wrong with them that requires treatment and pain relief.

While it could be true that the patient needed to get the information for them and that things needed to be straightened out, the way the doctor went about it didn’t win any prizes for caring or compassion.  And it isn’t as though this doctor was dealing with this patient for a long time, they had never met before.


Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Joint Commission

I read a lot of medblogs, specifically nursing blogs, so I’ve heard quite a bit about The Joint Commission, or JCAHO if you’re old school.  Many of the things that I “hear” are nurse bloggers bitching about the increasing amount of paperwork that TJC has created for them, much of it redundant and unnecessary.

Well, today in class we were covering documentation and TJC and HIPPA and all that and I questioned my professor about what I had heard.  According to her TJC just gives us the outcome we must meet, and it is up to the facility to make it happen, now if Hospital A takes 3 steps to get there and Hospital B takes 10 steps TJC doesn’t care, as long as you meet the outcome.  Therefore, it becomes our responsibility to work with our hospitals to make paperwork, policies and procedures that work for both the safety of the patients and the benefit of the nurses.


Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 2:39 am  Leave a Comment