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Nps Save Lives
06-26-2007, 09:18 PM
Hello to all! I am a newly minted Family Nurse Practitioner who has been a huge fan of Kim at Emergiblog for a few years. I look forward to networking on this forum and hope to pick up a few good tips and maybe give some myself!;)

augigi
06-27-2007, 01:32 AM
Congratulations on your graduation!! What a huge achievement! :)

GuitarGirlRN
06-29-2007, 04:25 PM
Congrats! I'm considering FNP--but haven't quite made up my mind. What drew you to FNP? Did you consider other specialties? What are you going to do with your degree?

Nps Save Lives
07-04-2007, 11:10 AM
Thanks! I can't believe that it's finally over! :eek:

Nps Save Lives
07-04-2007, 11:12 AM
I originally had a job in a Pain Management/Neuro specialty but the job fell through. I chose FNP because of it's broad spectrum of uses. You can care for everyone from Peds to Geriatrics in this genre. I am currently working in a family practice in my area and am loving it! No more heavy lifting!

MyOwnWoman
07-04-2007, 02:46 PM
Congratulations NPS.

KimRN
07-04-2007, 05:53 PM
I originally had a job in a Pain Management/Neuro specialty but the job fell through. I chose FNP because of it's broad spectrum of uses. You can care for everyone from Peds to Geriatrics in this genre. I am currently working in a family practice in my area and am loving it! No more heavy lifting!

Family practice rocks! And I use an NP whenever possible! They spend more time, are less rushed and can spot the deviations that mean a doctor needs to be involved. Couldn't ask for more than that!:)

kate loving shenk
07-05-2007, 07:49 PM
hi all--

i am an OB/GYN NP who currently is practicing as a L&D nurse.

long story short, i'd still be a practicing NP but politics dictated that i make a move.

and being on the front lines has been a great experience. i am so glad to "see" clearly the hard work and dedication of nurses everywhere.

KimRN
07-13-2007, 08:56 AM
hi all--

i am an OB/GYN NP who currently is practicing as a L&D nurse.

long story short, i'd still be a practicing NP but politics dictated that i make a move.

and being on the front lines has been a great experience. i am so glad to "see" clearly the hard work and dedication of nurses everywhere.

If you feel like writing, I'd love to hear about the "politics" involved in being a nurse practitioner! ;)

kate loving shenk
07-14-2007, 09:38 PM
If you feel like writing, I'd love to hear about the "politics" involved in being a nurse practitioner! ;)

just saw this question--will be glad to respond.

i received a certificate to practice as an OB/GYN NP in 1987. however, i got a job where i was able to mentor with a physician i call The Pediatric Guru, and then was able to practice solo as a Peds NP as well as an OB/GYN np for 17 years.

we worked in a clinic serving the indigent with FP and OB/GYN residents who were learning in affiliation
with an area hospital.

because i was practicing as a peds np without an actual certification, i was forced out because of malpractice issues. these issues weren't a problem in 1987 but at the beginning of the 21st century, we knew we couldn't ignore what became the elephant in the room.

budgeting wasn't available for full time work doing my OB/GYN NP work, so i had to move on.

political issues surrounded the need for higher degrees in nursing, the board of medicine vs the PA nurses association, DR/NURSE and gender issues, and if i think about it more, i know this list would grow.

i believe i was well suited for the work i was doing, but now, i feel inspired to write not only about nursing issues, but how the power of thought influences the kinds of (spiritual) experiences we have every day.

KimRN
09-04-2007, 02:54 PM
hi all--

i am an OB/GYN NP who currently is practicing as a L&D nurse.

long story short, i'd still be a practicing NP but politics dictated that i make a move.

and being on the front lines has been a great experience. i am so glad to "see" clearly the hard work and dedication of nurses everywhere.

Do you find that your NP experience helps you as an OB/GYN nurse? I would think that advanced assessment skills and experience would make you invaluable! Do the doctors have more interest in your opinions with the NP background?