On this episode of RNFM Radio, we welcome Brittany Stone, the nursing personality behind the Nurselyfe nursing blog.
Brittany has been a Registered Nurse for five years and is currently in graduate school with the goal of becoming an acute care nurse practitioner. On Nurselyfe, she blends her knowledge about the graduate school experience, nursing, and healthy living, and helping nurses keep their sanity and care for themselves while caring for others.
Acute care nurse practitioners tend to work in ICUs, while some will work in the ED and other departments. The acute care NP manages all levels of patient care, just like a resident. There is risk of toe-to-toe push back since the NPs are stepping into a medical world still adjusting to welcoming ACNPs into those milieus; some physicians feel threatened by ACNPs and don’t want to lose ground to nurses.
Brittany has seen physicians and residents at one hospital where she works being very receptive to ACNPs, while the physicians at another facility are quite resistant and apparently feel threatened.
Brittany really put herself out there as a nurse, taking the sickest patients, soaking up as much knowledge as she could in preparation for becoming an ACNP.
In her online life, Brittany is blogging about the nursing grad school experience, nurses’ health and self-care, as well as the challenges faced by nurses in their careers. She is also working on a book that will serve as a guide to nursing graduate education, and we’re excited to see it when it’s ready for prime time!
According to Brittany, when beginning the process of narrowing down your choices for pursuing training as an APRN or nurse practitioner, one of the first choices to make is whether you’d like to work on the inpatient or outpatient side. From there, the next choice is choosing a specialty area within that outpatient or inpatient milieu. The practice areas where you’ve been working as an RN give you ready insight into what you might like to do as an APRN; like Brittnay, you can also shadow a few APRNs in order to discover what their workstyle is like.
Brittany will graduate in August and take her APRN exam in the late summer! We’re so excited for her!
Connect with Brittany:
- Website: NurseLyfe
- On Facebook
- On Twitter
- On Instagram
- Listen to Brittany’s interview with Elizabeth on the Your Next Shift podcast that recorded early in 2016.
This episode of RNFM Radio is sponsored by the good folks at American Sentinel University. As a fully accredited online university, American Sentinel offers a variety of courses related to healthcare and nursing, including RN to BSN, and five MSN programs: Informatics, Case Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, and Infection Prevention and Control. They offer an RN to BSN/MSN, a program, as well as two tracks for those wishing to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. American Sentinel also offers a certificate in Prevention and Control that assists clinicians in acquiring the knowledge they need to develop best practices for infection prevention and control. Please visit RNFMEducation.com for more information.
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