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RT to RN Transition, not so easy!

Absolutely, positively, do not give up on your goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. You have wonderful healthcare experience, and you will be a terrific nurse. While you may feel being an RT goes unrecognized by schools, there is no denying your 8 years of patient care – which will serve you well -and has nothing to do with a GPA – patients don’t care, they just want you on their side. Plus your GPA is fine, it’s average. Your drive, your compassion, and your healthcare knowledge will ultimately outweigh any obstacles you now face. Are you saying that your current university offers an accelerated nursing degree in one year, after June 2009 when you get a bs degree, and are you guaranteed a position into this program? Feel free to [PM] – I can help you figure this out. I am a master’s prepared nurse.

By the way, my husband went through the same thing. He is now an Internal Medicine doctor. He was born to be one, and he knew it. He was turned down by many medical schools, who said his GPA isn’t good enough, and his MCAT (the test you have to take for med school) scores were horrible. He impressed the Dean at Columbia Med School with his drive. He got in, and failed his first year there, because he isn’t good at hard science, plus he is color blind, so he couldn’t get through the slide portion of histology, etc. He got through the second time. I am talking Ivy League education all along – undergrad and graduate. He is now the top producer in a large medical practice. And his patients have access to his cell phone, 24/7. 5,000 patients. They call only when absolutely necessary, which isn’t often. He takes such good care of them that most of them do not need to call him. He has had patients for 25+ years, and he goes to each and every funeral or calling hours. Does this have anything to do with GPA? No. And it doesn’t mean anything for you, too.

If you want it, go for it. Please do [PM] me!

Last edit by SteveNNP on Aug 9, ’08. Reason. email address deleted per site TOS

I feel that my role of a therapist is somewhat significant.

Why would you say somewhat .

Let me ask, what kind of respiratory program did you attend that kept you enrolled with a GPA 3.0? Secondly, what sort of facility only expects ventilatory support from the RT’s? Do you work in a teaching hospital? If so, perhaps a job with more clinical responsibility would be a better fit.

Although I have not gone to NS, I work with 2 RN’s that were previously RRT’s and a good friend from respiratory school is currently in NS. They all felt very well prepared and transitioned fairly smoothly. One is a manager on our med-surge unit (I think he’s nuts!) The other ICU nurse has been accepted to anethesia school, she said the interviewer was quite excited by her respiratory experience. And my friend wants to become a transplant coordinater. Either way, holding dual credentials is an asset.

Typically core curriculum credits will rarely transfer to another program. For example; a nurse going to respiratory school would not be able to transfer the core nursing credits. But if you were going to get a BSRC your resp. credits would count. Good Luck!

Hello. I am a Respiratory Therapist turned Registered Nurse. I was a therapist for 12 yrs when I became RN. You can do it don’t give it. And if all else fails you can alway do Excelsior the online nursing program that you can do if you are RT. Look them up. I went to a university. I think hospital experience as a RT is very helpful when becoming a nurse. I work in CCU, and I am a good resource for that unit. Nursing does have alot more responsibility than resp, however in the long run I think you will find it more fullfilling. Nursing has so many opportunities unlike resp. SO. I say don’t give up!

I say somewhat because as part of the critical care team, MDs and RN make decisions based on their assessments alone without my input.

Are you serious. That sounds like a terrible place to work, I assure you it’s not like that everywhere. How does this happen? Why would your director stand for this?

PageRespiratory, I do work in a teaching hospital. I’d like more autonomy which is why I chose nursing. Also with nuring there are many different ways to practice, my goal is to become an advanced level practitioner.

I worked in a huge (1200 bed) teaching facility outside NYC, and it was difficult to draw a gas let alone intubate a Pt. but the ICU residents relied heavily on us (according to them anyway) for Pt. assesment and vent/pulmonary support. While it was difficult to perform a clinical task (outside of a circuit change LOL!), we had a great working relationship with many of the docs. You must be very frustrated working in a limited capacity like that, I would be as well thats for sure. NS sounds like a great option on your way to accomplishing your goal. Have you considered PA school as an alternative?

Last edit by PageRespiratory! on Aug 10, ’08. Reason. Chronic finger – brain asynchrony.

PagingRespiratory, you don’t know how frustrated, I get when the Dr. talks directly to the RN about weaning, vent settings, blood gases ect. and I’m standing right there. When I graduate in June I plan on applying for both the accelerated Masters Entry Nursing and PA school. I heard PA school is extremely competative, more so than nursing. PA school would be nice because I would definitely have the autonomy that I so desire and I will only have to go to school for an additional 2 years instead of 3 for advanced nurse practitioner. Any insight or additional ideas are certainly appreciated. Thanks, PagRespiratory!

I know this post is almost a year old, but I have to ask, where did you find an accelerated nursing program that can be completed in one calender year?

Are you serious. That sounds like a terrible place to work, I assure you it’s not like that everywhere. How does this happen? Why would your director stand for this?

I worked in a huge (1200 bed) teaching facility outside NYC, and it was difficult to draw a gas let alone intubate a Pt. but the ICU residents relied heavily on us (according to them anyway) for Pt. assesment and vent/pulmonary support. While it was difficult to perform a clinical task (outside of a circuit change LOL!), we had a great working relationship with many of the docs. You must be very frustrated working in a limited capacity like that, I would be as well thats for sure. NS sounds like a great option on your way to accomplishing your goal. Have you considered PA school as an alternative?

*Sanchez RRT* Isn’t PA a Masters in Nursing? Are you saying that Ventgurl should continue her edu?


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