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hi, i wanted to know are there any mdc students who know any information on the nursing program. i have all my requirements and all i need is chemistry. i am trying to apply to the accelerated... Read More

  1. by   akspudus
    Wow folks...Sorry I have been pretty much absent from the boards for the last few weeks. I just finished Advanced Med/Surg. Failed care plan/critical thinking the first time through. It was the first time I have failed anything in nursing school was quite crushing. In fact the majority of my class failed either one or both of the exams. But, pretty much all of us ended up passing the next week. So, the story has a happy ending. Just remember to the KISS principle when you take those exams. If a horse is kicking you in the face....don't go blaming it on a zebra.
    Anyhow, I have one more class between me and a pinning ceremony December 17th. I have that "I can't believe this has an end" sort of feeling.
    How is everybody else doing? Everybody surviving? How is everyone doing in fundamentals? Or any other class for that matter. I have between now and Monday to help. After Monday I might disappear again. Disappear into Professional Nursing Leadership.

    akspudus
  2. by   NURSESTAR
    You must be sooo excited to be almost done!!!!!!! GLUCK AND CONGRATS!!!!

    I have my Med Administration skills test tomorrow!!!!!!!! (1st sem)

    My professor is going to do:

    1) PO
    2)IM
    3) SUB Q..OR..ID

    Any pointers??!!
  3. by   NURSESTAR
    BTW.. I am sooo frikkin nervous..I think this is going to be the WORST/most difficult exam this sem.........so many small details to memorize!! ugh!!

    :zzzzz
  4. by   akspudus
    First pointer...
    RELAX!! In a few months...you'll be looking back at those skills tests and laughing. Just remember the five rights. Make sure each one of those is covered....then draw up your medications...check labels the three times.
    When I took that skills exam...I remember most people were stressing themselves out to the point where they could not perform. They got that deer in the headlights look...and froze.
    Do some practice math questions at home...play with a syringe to practice accurate volume measurement....and go for it.

    akspudus
  5. by   Jessica1024
    Akspudus!!!! You failed a test?! What is there left for me? What hope do I have! That sounds horrible. That must of been so difficult. I wish I was finished. I just can not bear the thought of having to repeat any classes at all! Why did you fail? How could that be? It must have been near impossible. Lucky you! All done. It must be so wonderful. Now I am even more nervous. Goodness nursing is hard. I can harly breath. 12 midnight and I am still going work for class. It is never ending and it scares me that you failed that test.
  6. by   Nips
    Quote from akspudus
    Wow folks...Sorry I have been pretty much absent from the boards for the last few weeks. I just finished Advanced Med/Surg. Failed care plan/critical thinking the first time through. It was the first time I have failed anything in nursing school was quite crushing. In fact the majority of my class failed either one or both of the exams. But, pretty much all of us ended up passing the next week. So, the story has a happy ending. Just remember to the KISS principle when you take those exams. If a horse is kicking you in the face....don't go blaming it on a zebra.
    Anyhow, I have one more class between me and a pinning ceremony December 17th. I have that "I can't believe this has an end" sort of feeling.
    How is everybody else doing? Everybody surviving? How is everyone doing in fundamentals? Or any other class for that matter. I have between now and Monday to help. After Monday I might disappear again. Disappear into Professional Nursing Leadership.

    akspudus
    I was in the same boat as you. I had never failed a test before this juncture. Out of 30 students in my program (bridge online) only 3 people passed the Adv Med-Surg CP/CT/ Pharm tests the 1st time. We all passed the second time (today). Most of us failed for miner things that we corrected this time around. I too am looking forward to the pinning ceremony.
  7. by   Jessica1024
    I can not wait for that last semester. I want to be there already. It really seems soooo far away.
  8. by   Melissa7611
    FSUMiamiBoy...i can't pm you until i have posted 15 messages! OMG! This is mesage 12 i think...So i have to answer you on here. I didn't apply to the scholars program, bc i don't want to commit to either hospital for 2 years! I don't want to be locked into anything. You never know what life can bring you. Did you apply?
  9. by   FSUMiamiBoy
    Hey Melissa,
    Yes I applied to the Jackson Scholar's program, just waiting for the interview! Have you noticed, time is going fast! It'll be 2009 and we will be in Nursing School, how exciting and scary at the same time!
  10. by   akspudus
    Quote from butterflyyessy
    Akspudus!!!! You failed a test?! What is there left for me? What hope do I have! That sounds horrible. That must of been so difficult. I wish I was finished. I just can not bear the thought of having to repeat any classes at all! Why did you fail? How could that be? It must have been near impossible. Lucky you! All done. It must be so wonderful. Now I am even more nervous. Goodness nursing is hard. I can harly breath. 12 midnight and I am still going work for class. It is never ending and it scares me that you failed that test.
    Ahh..well we all can falter. The Critical Thinking and Care Plan exams are a little crazy sometimes. Our scenario was a male firefighter, 40 years old, that had sustained burns over 40% of his body...36 hours ago. He had tolerated the fluid resuscitation for the first 24 hours well and was receiving additional replacement fluids...and a TON of them. He starts to manifest difficulty breathing....etc..etc. Looks like pulmonary edema secondary to fluid overload to me. I faile critical thinking becuase I wrote "Call doctor and ask about reducing fluid infusion rate and possible use of diuretics". According to them, you CAN'T have fluid volume excess that early after..and diuretics might kill him...so you can't even talk to the doctor about it. Lesson learned: Just say "Call Doctor and advise on patient change of status; recieve medication/tratement orders".
    I faile care plan because I used the nursing diagnosis fluid volume excess AEB... Again..according to them there is NO WAY this patient can be fluid overloaded. Lesson learned: Only use a nursing diagnosis you can PROVE based upon the scenario. Yes..there was signs and syptoms of pulmanary edema in this case...which they wanted us to use a repiratory nursing diagnosis. Treate the alterations of health that the patient is manifesting...not what is medically making the patient manifest those alterations.
    Keep it simple. Don't come out swinging to hit a home run when an infield grounder will work. In fact...most of the people that failed critical thinking or careplan were struggling in lecture. Most not all. Some of our best students did great in critical thinking and care plan...but a lot of our best students did not. When looking around the room during re-take....it was a virtual "who-is-who" of our class. Of the top ten students of our class....maybe two were missing. And the rest of us wondering how the heck we go ourselves into this predicament. But, we got through!

    The best advise I can give someone with critical thinking and care plan is to keep it simple. Think like your being taught to think...like a nurse. You may be being taut all sorts of disease processes...but think how those disease processes are effecting the patient and treat that...not the disease.
    When you write your critical thinking "to do" list...think of what you would do in the patient's room as a reaction to the presented situation. What will keep this patient alive until I get more orders from the doctor. What additional information is the doctor going to need to give me those orders.
    For care plan...look at what the patient is doing right now. Compile a nursing diagnosis and care plan from that. If the nursing diagnosis you want to use requires more tests to PROVE..then you have the wrong diagnosis. In my case...auscultating the lungs...and an I&O assessment would have proven/disprove my nursing diagnosis of fluid volume excess. The key was..I DIDN'T have those assessments..so I couldn't use that Nursing Diagnosis.

    Anyhow...I hope my experience helps you out.

    akspudus
  11. by   Jessica1024
    Hey Akpudus (Did I spell it right? LOL)

    Just saw the professors are out. What is your opion on Prof Marie Etienne?

    Any ideas on how she treats her students, and if they are able to pass her class. I have heard many neg comments about the way she teaches, and that she favors certain students a lot more. Is this true?

    Right now I am taking Ponce, and I love her. Her class is very doable. Just study her powerpoints and study from the book and you should do perfect.

    I am just worried because this other prof seems horrible, and I have her for two classes, not only that but it is a difficult class too. (MED SURG.) I have heard horrors. Please let me know so that I know how to approach this situation. You just know everything. TELL ME BEFORE YOU DISAPPEAR AGAIN PLEASE!
  12. by   Jessica1024
    BTW please let me know more about MED SURG. I am prepared for the difficult. I already have a bunch of study guides for that and pharm. I am very excited! I even bought a book on pathophysiology, and everything. You know me. THis whole experience is super exciting. All I want to prevent is failing anything that is all. I want to pass all my classes and get out of MDC already LOL!

    Let me know anything that might help me now coming up,and dont forget to tell me about the teachers.

    Thanks and good luck on that pinning ceremony. You deserve it so much.

    When my father was in the pinning ceremony years ago I was in the middle of him and my great grandmother while she was placeing the pin on him, it is a beautiful picture. One of my favorites. Make sure to take a nice picture. They really are special. Now when I go to the pinning ceremony I want my father and my children to be there LOL! As you can see I make a lot of plans for the future. I just think I have to gear up for nursing. It is wonderful, but I feel as if I am in a constant fight with the world to get through all these classes. The end is reaching and so far I have done WONDERFUL. No A's, but I am still soooooo happy. Critical thinking care plan exam coming up quickly, and ATI too. Dec is right there, and I feel soooooo ready and excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   Jessica1024
    BTW For the students that are going to enter now on their first semester CONGRATS! All of my fellow students were laughing because nursing school is so exciting when you get in, you have high spirits and you are soooo excited about nursing, after three weeks you are near dead, and just wish you could get through the semester quickly. Just take it with humor. Humor and a realistic approach will get you through some very VERY stressful times in Nursing.

    AND DO NOT GOOOO FOR THE GRADES. Go to be the best you can, the best nurse does not mean the best grades. Just remember that please!!!! OR YOU WILL SUFFER. Leave GPA at the door and get ready to learn.

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