Overpaid nurses

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  1. azPharmD2B

    azPharmD2B 5+ Year Member

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    What a great attitude. You sound like the hundreds of pre-nursing students I am surrounded by that constantly bitch that most of their pre-reqs are worthless. Guess what, if you put in a half assed effort I'm pretty sure you won't get anything out of the class and of course you'll be able to say it hasn't helped you be a better nurse.

    I had to take a year of calculus based physics to get into pharmacy school, do you think I am ever going to use any of it? I won't be using a catapult to launch the pills into the patient's mouth, so why did I have to learn about gravity, acceleration, velocity, etc? Why? It teaches problem solving skills. It teaches you to evaluate a problem, gather data, formulate an approach, then to solve it and check to see if your answer is logical.

    Instead of going into a class assuming you won't learn anything, go in looking for opportunities to learn and apply those things. I have a friend who's been a nurse for 20+ years, she has a half dozen set of acronyms after her name. Do you think she uses every single bit of information she has ever been taught in class? Of course not, but that's more a reflection on the specific type of work she does than on her education. She could manage the entire nursing staff at a hospital if she wanted to. But she doesn't want to do that any more. Were those classes a waste? No, she might change her mind some day. I'd much rather have that knowledge waiting in the background in case I need it some day, than to be stuck in a situation I am clueless about because I wanted to do the minimum in school.
     
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    jwk CAA, ASA-PAC Contributor 10+ Year Member

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    Maybe you should stick that foot in your mouth where is belongs. Josh has a couple of degrees as I recall - according to your profile, you don't have any yet. In addition, he's applying to an AA anesthesia program, so that means he has taken calculus, physics, organic, and biochem as pre-requisites. He obviously has more real-world knowledge and perspective than you do, since he's actuall been out in the real world.
     
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    zenman Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    But he does have a point. Every single course you take does not have to be directly related to your field, unless you're in trade school. I think some teachers just do not stress how their courses will help you in many areas.
     
  5. Josh L.Ac.

    Josh L.Ac. MSA/LAc & BSN/RN --> AA-S 7+ Year Member

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    Are you serious? I would love to take classes like cadaver anatomy in my FNP program since it would translate into me being more effective with trigger point injections (and those funny little acupuncture needles too). I would also love to have a real, advanced pharmacology class instead of the barebones one offered in my [soon-to-be-over-on-cinco-de-mayo] FNP program.

    Unfortunately, instead of taking those classes [which I cannot take at another school and have it considered "elective credit"], I have to develop my own personal nursing theory with a color graphic representation. Wow. That ought to translate well into practice...which is the entire point.


    BTW, I loved my year of calculus-based physics. I never sweat so hard for a B in my life. Granted I didn't have a clue how to study back then...



    [Returns to finishing his literature review on "acupuncture in the treatment of chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, and headaches" that is due tomorrow night for his advanced nursing research class. Actually going to try and get this published...]


    Wait, what did you say about needing to apply myself?




    Bro, I have to hit you with an analogy:

    You will learn a bit about boxing from jumping rope. It teaches you to keep on your toes plus works muscular endurance. But you know what translates much more into becoming an effective boxer than jumping rope?











    Actually boxing.
     
  6. zenman

    zenman Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    "Much more" wasn't my point though, just that about any course will help you in some way.

    A few years ago there was a bodyworker who was holding seminars where participants worked with cadavers. Might cruise through some massage mags at your local bookstore and see if you can find it.
     
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    Maybe you should pull your head from your *** before assuming that someone who is pre-pharmacy has never been in school or worked doing anything else. My profile contains jack **** because I have elected to not fill it out. I happen to have 10+ years, 2 degrees, and a half dozen industry certificates in computer science. Half of that time being spent dealing with medical industry equipment and personnel.



    Oh and Josh, you're more than welcome to take my cadaver lab for me this upcoming year. I have no desire to have my hands on, in, or near a dead body. I couldn't even handle dissecting a dead cat in general biology.
     
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    I don't know. I am always picking the brains of the docs at work. I would love to get more education. I actually agree with Josh on this. The closer I look at the NP curriculum, the less enchanted I am. I'm not sure it's going to give me the education I want or need. No disrespect to the NPs here. I don't know if any midlevel degree would at this point.
     
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    You can always pick up electives outside of nursing such as over in pharm...I've done that with psych and physiology.
     
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    In MY opinion, the reason there is a nursing shortage is because prospective nursing students become CNA's, and think it will be good experience, and then realize that they hate it. :rolleyes:

    Maybe that is just me....who knows.
     
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    I'm here to procrastinate and crash your thread. I feel so incredibly similar about my graduate program. It was 62 credit hours and so full of fluff it was like a Build A Bear workshop threw up in the social work building.

    The worst part were the overlapping assignments. Our faculty hated one another so they never collaborated. I had to write THREE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES over the 2 years. Not just something creatively small either... 50 plus page autobiographies, each from a diff perspective relying on different resources expecting different outcomes and different formats for the genograms to accompany each paper. TOTAL waste of my time... though, by the last one, I did finally take it seriously and learn some new stuff about my family.

    The idea with the social work busy work was that if we could explore our own experiences through at least 2 15-pg minimum papers per week, we would somehow gain the insight we needed to become effective clinicians. Sad part is... I never get insight through writing... I get it through experiencing, so it was all lost on me. Seriously, I gained 90% of my knowledge in my 1500 hr field experience and got very little, if anything, from the classes.

    The only bigger waste of my academic time/dollar came in undergrad. I was elem edu/psych and an edu class, art for the child, required assignments that literally required 15-20 hrs per week outside class time to complete. Paintings, etchings, $200 in supplies, sculpture, etc... stuff that NO elementary school kid could every actually do within the confines of a classroom. Nothing realistic... crazy ho.

    Thanks for letting me hijack your thread. My sis is in a MSN program right now and I have 2 aunts who went through it all but never really talked with them about their choices. I guess I missed the opportunity to bond with my sis over the poor use of some class's time.

     
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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121011475341071811.html?mod=2_1566_topbox

    This could offer some insight. The gist I got from the article is that there is not a shortage of nurses, but a shortage of pay. The article suggests that now that the economy is slow, a lot of nurses who aren't working as nurses are coming back. So, maybe the upside (money, benefits) of working full-time as a hospital nurse just didn't outwieght the downside (hours, time spent on feet, etc.) until now. The article also shows that this is not the first time we've seen a "surge" of nurses in response to a slow economy. FWIW...
     
  13. Josh L.Ac.

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    Zen,


    I guess the point I'm making is that I shouldn't have to add classes to the FNP program when they should already be an integral part of the program. My initial goal was to be a FNP specialized in pain management, so I was ready to add classes as electives that would be naturally beyond the scope of a typical FNP curriculum.

    But what I found was that the FNP programs do not really prepare the nurse to even function as a basic family practice nurse practitioner. Instead, time is spent on "advanced nursing theory" or writing literature reviews on a topic that is supposed to be later explored in the form of a research project...not to be published, of course, but rather PUT ON A POSTERBOARD AND DISPLAYED FOR THE NEXT UNIVERSITY "NURSING RESEARCH DAY"!

    Sigh.


    The point of a FNP curriculum should be to prepare the nurse to actually function adequately in practice. But looking at the curriculum, I'm just not seeing it.


    Now I have to get back to studying for the MCAT for AA school...
     
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    So true, sadly. I have a coworkers going through an FNP program. She says she barely reads and just BSes her way through everything. She scares me. The whole thing scares me, honestly. As I've said before, for my health care I'll stick with a physician.

    The thing that also bugs me is her idea that if she can just pass the program that's okay. I repeatedly say to nursing students: "Remember, you're not just studying for a test, you're studying for a career." As someone who wants to be solely responsible for the health care of others, she should have a drive to learn and it disturbs me that she doesn't.
     
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    Our instructors in nursing school repeatedly tell us, "remember, C=RN" as if just passing is sufficient. One of my big disappointments with nursing school is that it is so easy. Now, granted, I have a background in Biology AND worked in hospitals for several years before going to Nursing School, but the hardest thing about school is that the instructors have a lot of hoops you have to jump through in an attempt to MAKE it hard (it seems like they really like being able to say a high percent of students fail...).

    I am wanting to go on to get my MSN after a few years experience and being an NNP. I was hoping that an MSN program would give me the intellectual challenge...maybe not. Although, maybe NNP will be more challenging than FNP?
     
  16. Josh L.Ac.

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    Around here, NNP make as much as midlevel anesthesia providers because in many hospitals, they do many procedures. I can't say anything about their training, but the few that I have met seem seriously high-speed.

    It was refreshing, actually.
     
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    That's good to hear! I know that most Neo docs really respect them (they get along much better than most NP/MD I've seen). So, I'm hoping that says something as well. I had NO idea it paid as well as anesthesia! I did know there are lots of procedures (which I like).
     
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    I think a biology degree would give you quite the head start. :laugh:

    One thing to remember is that you can make it challenging if you want to. Never be the person for whom Cs and mediocrity are adequate. You won't have a different degree as a result but you will be a far better provider.
     
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    Well, I don't TECHNICALLY have a Bio degree, I needed another Botany class...:sleep: I think I have a Bio minor except that I didn't fill out the paperwork to get an official minor.

    Yeah, Cs are absolutely unacceptable for me. I got a B this semester and vowed that it will be the last time. That B was due to getting complacent and not studying (not slacking off, but not studying AT ALL until the final...).

    I have always said that I will work harder and go above and beyond and that extends to my MSN as well. I will be the guy who is taking the extra elective classes like someone mentioned.

    My worry is that you can really only judge the fitness of the profession by it's minimum standards. Technically, there are people out there who can do the absolute minimum and still graduate and go on to practice. THAT is what scares me about totally independant NPs. I'm sure there are a lot who know what they're doing, who went the extra mile, but as long as the minimum standards are so low...
     
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    That's a very good point that Mundinger and her crew lose sight of. It's not the top people who will cause DNP's to be reined in, it's the bottom, incompetent ones. Can anyone say online DNP? :laugh: As the morbidities and mortalities start rolling in and the evidence is indisputable that the DNP's are ill-trained to handle their roles, then regulations will be put in place and laws will be passed to restrict what they can and can't do.

    All we need are a few high profile cases...:smuggrin: Why do you think I favor letting NP's and DNP's assume attending positions at major hospitals right now? Let them shoot themselves in the foot.
     
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    Exactly. It shouldn't be dumbed down, but it is. If you're a rogue and ask a lot of questions, people look at you funny. One of my co-workers and I complain constantly about the lack of education in our unit. It's awful. The only education we get is from pinning down docs and asking questions. Some of them will take the time to teach. You just have to know who to ask.
     
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    Isn't it aggravating? "Continuing Education" in hospitals involves being checked off on skills annually (yes, I can use a bladder scanner) and reading the occasional obvious article. Whoop-de-freaking-doo.
     
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    All while being taught by nurse educators that make more money than me.



    Actually we do have some that are high-speed, which makes me thinks they have to dumb-it-down so that they have a high pass rate...which leads us back to where we started.
     
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    I hear you but you can't expect much from a profession that can't straighten out their entry level degree...
     
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    Farmer Jane Anti-ANA RN 2+ Year Member

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    And those who are trying to standardize it can't even manage to promote the BSN without insulting half the profession...
     
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    Not as well as CRNAs, but as well as first-year attendings where I work. Gotta love the union....

    And this is a whole 'notha topic, but I saw an article in the WSJ that talked about a DNP/PhD credentialing/certification exam after graduation that is to be developed in conjunction, and closely mimic the USMLE Step 3.

    Pretty sure I don't want to take anything like the Step 3 with only my 0-2 yr old patient population training. I'll leave that to the rest of you.
     
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    "Pretty sure I don't want to take anything like the Step 3 with only my 0-2 yr old patient population training. I'll leave that to the rest of you."

    a generalist like an fnp or pa should be able to pass something like this without too much trouble. the pa boards are already based on step 2/step 3 so we wouldn't have to add any extra studying. most pa's study for step 2/step 3 and the md fp board prep for the pa boards.
     
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    Seriously. A Master's degree in anything else is starting to look better all the time, except I'd have to pay for it!
     
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    Please. An MSN is one of the best degrees a person can have. I'm not a nurse and nor do have any nursing training. The stuff I know about nursing has come from talking to nursing students and from when I worked in a hospital for 3 years.

    Sure an MSN may not be "hard," but I would take an MSN over a M.S. in Biology or any other life science field in a split second.
     
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    I agree, but do you have any idea how many hours per week many paramedics work regularly? I know guys who routinely do 80-90hr weeks all year because it's the only way they can provide for their families earning $18/hour (not to mention working in environments far more stressful than a lot of floor nurses).

    I have a good idea how stressful nursing is but nurses don't routinely get weapons brandished at them, bitten/spit at, screamed at and threatened by family members, walk in creepy houses to discover rotting corpses, roll up on the scene of an MVA with dad decapitated next to his alert and oriented eight year old, have patients refuse to acknowledge their infection status or give any information at all, etc.

    A nurse who isn't overburdened by their patient ratio who is pulling in more than 75K per year doesn't really have a whole lot to complain about from this perspective.

    EMTs and paramedics who make $12-19/hr, in fact, do.
     
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    Totally agree. the most I ever made as a paramedic was 6.75/hr. they paid us so little because they knew we worked so many hrs(mandated 240/mo as 10 24 hr shifts min).
    we all worked overtime. one guy would take off 1-2 days/mo and work the rest of the time....
     
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    I missed where this discussion became an RN vs. paramedic competition.

    ETA: I agree they're underpaid--just has nothing to do with nurses.
     
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    your description is fair for emt-basics, not medics. until you have done it you really can't comment(sorry). paramedics today rarely contact the hospital for medical direction anymore. they are allowed fairly broad autonomy in decisions regarding significant interventions like crichs, RSI, etc some places have medics giving tpa in the field, putting in central lines, even perimortem c-sections....to me that merits better pay than a ups driver or pizza delivery guy....
     
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    In most cases, you are paid what you are worth. That is the reality of employment. Most jobs in this world can be done by millions of people. A few jobs can only be done by those trained to do the job. An EMT job can be done by millions of people. A nurse can also be done by millions of people. A doctor can be done by a large amount of people, but only a select amount have the CORRECT KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING to do the work of a doctor.

    An MET that knows how much they will be paid before getting the education and chose to live in Boston, New York, Los Angeles (and other large cities) have no right to complain. Sorry! That is the reality of it. It is a choice of action that a person CHOSE TO DO. A $14/hr job isn't bad, but it won't give you much in the largest citites.

    If you want to talk about a job that millions can do that reuires a lot of education and training that is easy work, look at your local family and marriage counselor. Counselor: there is a communication problem in your family. Family: No kidding! Counselor: so tell me about your last argument (verbal).............................
     
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    An EMT course is pretty basic, but I thought a paramedic was a two-year degree. Combined with the hazards they face and the hours, yes I think they should be paid more.
     
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    yup, most medic programs are now 2 years, have college prereqs, and require prior training/work as an emt-basic.
    to an outside observer any job is easy. for example:
    "general surgery is easy. navy corpsman during wartime have performed open appys with good results on submarines using only local anesthesia. how hard can it be if an 18 yr old with 2 weeks of training can do it?"
    (see my point, there is obviously more to general surgery but anecdotal stories can make anything look impossibly hard or incredibly easy).
    reference:
    The most dramatic accomplishments of submarine hospital corpsmen were three who had to do surgery while submerged. Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler "Johnny" Lipes performed an appendectomy aboard the USS Seadragon on 11 September 1942. Lipes used improvised instruments made from mess deck utensils and instructed assistants as the procedure went on in the officers' wardroom. PhM1c Harry Roby performed the same act on the USS Grayback as did PhM1c Thomas Moore aboard USS Silversides, both in December 1942.
     
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    Not an actual reference, just a family story: three of my grandma's sisters were nurses. Two of them served in Europe during WWII. My Aunt Irene was in a frontline hospital, where wounded soldiers were treated directly from the battlefield. At one point the only doctor was killed and only the nurses were left to do "meatball surgery." So they did. As Emed said, doesn't mean surgeons are no longer necessary.
     
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    I'm a latecomer to this discussion, but all I can say about the original topic is, WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR A NURSING JOB LIKE THAT??!!

    I've never begrudged doctors their salaries, not with all you folks have to go through to become doctors in the first place. But in my neck of the woods, the only health 'professional' making that kind of money is the CEO of the area's major (monopoly) healthcare provider organization. Not the physicians, not the PAs, and certainly not the nurses!!

    Wow.......just when you think you've heard everything...........
     
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    IME, lots of places are looking for more paramedics. Lots of EMTs, very few paramedics. I know I've been in several situations in which a needed transfer was complicated by not having adequately trained people to accompany the patient. For a lot of transfers, only a paramedic can do it. EMTs can't. That leaves trying to find an RN to do a transfer, which is usually easier said than done. Plus, we (RNs) don't know our way around the back of an ambulance--it's not a great situation to be in, but without paramedics there are few other options. IME we could use quite a few more of those guys.
     
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    The real problem isn't among nurses or doctors salaries. It's these cannibals running around on a football field or basketball court and getting paid MILLIONS.

    What really bugs me is how my patients always complain about the price of healthcare and ten minutes later they are purchasing five hundred dollar football tickets.

    Lets all wake up, Nurses/Doctors/EMTs/ etc. etc. are all severely underpaid for what we do for people compared to the forementioned professions.


    350k a year in Cali a lot? Haha, a crummy 1500 sq foot house costs a million bucks in certain areas there.


    Like I said, all healthcare providers are underpaid. Stop the bitching and get done your schooling and help somebody instead of arguing over salaries amongst each other...
     
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    Healthcare providers are not underpaid. Nurses make more then the aveage starting salary for a person with a B.S. degree. PT, RT, and a lot of other fields get paid well into the 40,000 dollar range. These are all above what the average starting salary is for a person with a B.S. degree. So shut up and go and stroke your ego elsewhere.

    How do they even get the money to pay these athletes so much? Well, this is kind of an easy question to answer. The biggest part of profit is from the dedication of the fans. If Americans didn’t spend so much time watching and reading about sports, athletes wouldn’t be paid as much. Exactly, the fans are the ones that go to all these sporting events paying ridiculous amounts of money for tickets and for team merchandise and everything else that involves all these sports. Yet they ask, why are ticket prices so high? Well tickets are pretty expensive. For normal season games to see the Seattle Sonics, the prices range from $9 - $110, but that doesn’t even show anything close to courtside seating. I remember looking for tickets to the past Lakers vs. Sonics game that was on February 28th at ticketmaster.com and noticed that they had tickets for more than $500. It’s so amazing to see that people really pay that money to see one game. Now to the recently built Seahawks Stadium, in their pocket schedule it shows prices ranging from $20 - $72. With club seating costing anywhere from $150 to $280 a game. Ticket prices haven’t always been this high though. On an ESPN show, a discussion involving athlete’s salaries was recently discussed. The profit not only comes from the fans though. You have to remember those owners of the teams. We have situations where we have owners entering the system who pay $500, $600, $700 million for teams.
     
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    ProLogic 2+ Year Member

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    Ok, if you guys think that there's so little schooling involved, with high pay, why don't you become a nurse?
     
  44. Justine

    Justine 7+ Year Member

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    ^^ exactly! I'm pretty tired of people saying that ADNs only need two years of schooling too because it is not true! They end up having to take a year and a half worth of pre-req's and THEN start nursing school for two years.

    Might as well get a BSN, like I did. Cost barriers, I suppose.

    And to the person who noted that an LPN is superior to an RN due to practical skills? Or an ADN to a BSN? What would you say to this graduated BSN student who worked as a nurse tech on a floor and had a ADN student come up to me and ask, "Can you take so-and-so's VS?"

    "Um, we do them in an hour routinely. Is there a reason why you need them done? (and why you can't do it yourself, nursing student!)"

    "Well, no. I'm just curious."

    Seriously?
     
  45. Josh L.Ac.

    Josh L.Ac. MSA/LAc & BSN/RN --> AA-S 7+ Year Member

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    What just happened?
     
  46. foreverLaur

    foreverLaur MSN, RN, CNE 7+ Year Member

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    The ADN programs around here don't have prerequisites... one does it just requires you to be a CNA or take their one course first.
     
  47. core0

    core0 Which way is the windmill 7+ Year Member

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    The LPN vs BSN arguments are over here: http://allnurses.com/

    David Carpenter, PA-C
     
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    4thelonghaul Ultra-user 2+ Year Member

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    Free Market is a wonderful thing. Ebb and flow will occur - supply and demand....
     
  49. Justine

    Justine 7+ Year Member

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    Isn't this particular forum for nurses? I'm a member over at allnurses.com as well.

    I've never heard of an ADN program that doesn't require one to take A&P, MicroBio, etc., but I suppose I could be wrong.
     
  50. Nasrudin

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    Interesting discussion.

    As a former nurses aide in San Francisco I couldn't help but to marvel at the bank being pulled in by people with associates degrees. You'd have to operate a crane for a high rise project or be a blue chip business person to make that kind of quid.

    But the original poster chose to illustrate an exception. I remember this dude who worked 2 full time jobs and did some overtime at both so anyone who works that hard will do well.

    But as to how well and why, that's something that puts all the right cards into the nurse's hand when they live in an area with high union density. It's only a fluke of culture and historic denigration that allows the CNA to get away with its nut-punching tactics. That and the fact that because of their unique and ubiquitous role they have the health care infrastructure by the balls.

    Nurses in other areas should take notes on the CNA. Those mf'ers are straight gangsta.

    Oh and this thing about turf. Physicians I'm sure feel an upward push of nurse-clinicians but I can assure you it pales in comparison to the downward crush on the nursing support staff. Nobody plays better at turf wars than a bunch of long-down trodden women who are now holding the spades. Physicians have been too busy with their noses to the grindstone to see what's been going down. When nurses organize like the CNA there's just no stopping the inertia for better or worse. Of course they'll say it's for patients---HA! that's funny. Safety isn't about safety for grandma it's about job safety and the power to control the work place for the better for one special interest group. Any justification to the public is lofty-sounding BS.
     
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  51. fab4fan

    fab4fan TiredRetiredRN Gold Donor 10+ Year Member

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    You're right. CNA is advocating for a better work environment for nurses. Duh! So what's wrong with that? They also have other agendas that have nothing to do with money/cmpensation for nurses. How well versed are you with what they do? I'm a member of the CNA/NNOC. Maybe we could discuss this. Or not.

    Patients have been paying attention to what the CNA has been doing and there's considerable support out there for us. CNA/NNOC isn't just in CA anymore. Coming to a state near you...
     

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