The Lull Between RN and NP
All required packets have been submitted to their respective
entities. My immune system has been prepped with a TDAP booster, influenza vaccine
and PPD administration. Drug screen was completed and now I have to do what I
do not do best: wait.
To keep my mind busy I have been cranking out the hours in
the ER as an RN and have also been researching ways to keep myself ready for NP
action. Although I am performing nursing tasks, I always do my assessment and
think, "What would my NP alter ego do?" I am very fortunate to work with other
practitioners who I can clarify why they chose certain treatment paths without
worry of feeling sublevel.
There are many different nurse practitioner educational
programs available, so I know that clinical experiences can vary and with that,
differences in the ability to develop certain skill sets such as suturing, 12
lead EKG interpretation, digital blocks, etc.
For some, these might be skills that they would prefer not to
have to complete, but for me, they are things that will keep my day varied and
exciting. I have looked at some adjunctive courses to enhance these skills, but
with them come a bit of a cost factor. Again, I am fortunate enough to have an
understanding employer that knows that I am still developing these skills and
will hopefully have a good preceptor who will show me the ropes. I have looked
into obtaining the following additional resources for practice:
Stat 12 lead EKG tool
I would love to hear what resources you have used to help
get you through your practice!
I have also had the opportunity to think about my long-term
future and further educational goals. There is a definite push of NPs
completing their doctorate. I had thought at first that I would jump right into
the DNP program right at the finish of my MSN, but I am currently education-ed
out. I need a hiatus after spending the last 9 years straight in school. Once I
feel like I have settled into practice, there is also a definite desire to do
some sort of teaching. And this is why I chose to become a family nurse
practitioner! So many options out there in the world.
I look forward to finally posting about patient care, the
lessons I get to learn and the transition into my new workplace. Until then
life still seems pretty much like it always has!