I suppose I should post this on the student forum but I think I need the help & advice of seasoned nurses. I just started nursing school
(LPN) 3 weeks ago. I have no former experience in the health field so one of my classes is designed to get us all on a par with the CNAs who have those skills down pat. I'm doing OK with most everything but vital signs, most specifically, blood pressures.
I can't seem to "hear" that first beat or realize that it was the first clear beat, so my systolic is usually a bit low. And then the beats stop & I don't realize it until too late. I also just plain have a difficult time hearing the beats with all the other extraneous sounds probably caused by movement of the person or the stethoscope. I am an older student & my hearing isn't what it used to be but I'm not deaf by no means. The more frustrated I get the worse it is. I have to test out with an instructor soon & I have to match her numbers within 2. The way things are going, it's not going to happen. This is realy stressing me & it's carrying over to my other studies. Yesterday I took a quiz that was pretty easy & I made two very stupid mistakes. I know it's because I am letting this get to me.
PLEASE, do you have any suggestions or advice? Any "tricks of the trade" you'd be willing to share?
Oct 28, '06
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Last edit by MrsMommaRN on Oct 28, '06