New nursing student

  1. Hi everyone!:roll
    My name is Courtney and I'm starting an ADN program Sept. 2. I'm 26, married, and the mom of an adorable little red-headed girl who is 3. I've already gotten all of my non-nursing classes out of the way and will graduate in May 2005 if all goes well. I am also taking a phlebotomy class this summer to help me get into the nursing groove of things.

    Good luck to everyone! I hope to get to know everyone better through our journey to become nurses
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   Ortho_RN
    Good Luck.. And congrats on being accepted into the program...
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    courtney, welcome!

    congratulations and all the best to you.
  5. by   allthingsbright
    Hi Courtney! I hope to be starting this fall and graduate in the spring of 05! Welcome to you-may things go smoothly in your phleb clas and have a great summer!
  6. by   flenoy
    Hi, everyone. I am a junior in a BSN program and I'm really excited about my first clinical rotation in Med-Surg this fall. I am taking Pharm II, Nursing Research, and Logic for the summer session. I was going to get a part-time job working in a local hospital, but I was advised my several of my 6th semester friends and a few instructors that it wasn't a very good idea. Has anyone taken Med-Surg yet? I have heard plenty of horror stories about the class so I'm very anxious for it to start! I got straight A's for the spring semester so I'm pretty happy.:roll
  7. by   Jen2
    Hello Courtney

    I also start an ADN program sept, 2. I also have been working in a Hospital as a phlebotomist for 2 years. After you do your phleb course, maybe you can try to get on as an occaisional employee at a hospital. My phlebotomy training has helped me so much. In our hospital the phlebs go to all the codes, and I've already seen and experienced so much from this, even saw a chest cracked open in the ER. I hope that all this experience will really help me going into the program. I also worked in a physicians office for 4 years as a Medical Assistant. Just remember, Phlebotomy has a definite knack to it and everyone has their own technique. The most important thing is that you develope the technique that works for you. It's all about confidence. Sounds like we're in the same boat in alot of ways so good luck to you and let us know how it goes.
  8. by   kimmicoobug
    Welcome! and good luck with starting your program. I think doing the phlebotomy class is a good idea. If ever you need to vent once you start your classes...you know where to come!
  9. by   happystudent
    HEy girl!

    welcome to the bb. Good luck in the program! Im headed into nursing three this fall Aug 27. After that one more semester and HEre I come Boards!! whoo hhoooo

    Good Luck!
    Happy
  10. by   txreyna
    Hey Everyone!

    Thanks for all the great posts.

    I just heard today that during the first two weeks of phlebotomy class all the students have to practice on each other... should I be nervous about this?!?

    Wish me luck, and let me know what kind of experience you guys have had with this.

    --Courtney
  11. by   Jen2
    Courtney

    Don't be nervous. Just remember the person who is sticking you, will also be stuck by you. Remind them of this before they stick you. At first, when sticking someone if the blood does not go into the tube, the needle should by taken out (and this should be no more than a little pinch), however never let someone who is just starting to try and reposition the needle once it is in your arm. You should never try to reposition the needle until you now what you are doing this is where the pain comes from nerve damage, bruising etc.... If no blood appears in the tube kindly just say remove. When students come to the hospital that I work in to do their externship, I always let them go ahead and stick me first, before they try a patient, this gets their first stick on a stranger out of the way and I have great veins that cannot be missed so it's also a big confidence booster. You will do fine. Where I live the phleb courses require an externship with 100 sticks for graduating. If this is the same in your area remember that most out-patients in a clinical setting will have more than one tube of blood to be drawn some may have up to 18 tubes, especially for transplant and live work-ups it is important that while you are in training that you practice switching tubes. Make sure that you understand the anatomy of the arm and relax. The stick will hurt more if you are tense. Just remember don't let someone dig in your arm Let me know if you have anymore questions, I would be glad to help.
  12. by   Jen2
    Sorry that's liver work-ups and not live work-ups. If their having their blood drawn I would hope that they are alive. Hee Hee. Good luck
  13. by   nursebucky
    Hey Jen, I am a Phlebo also. What about the patient who tells you that they have rolling veins and no one can ever get them...and then you see they have big fat healthy veins, and you get it on the first try....?!?!?!?!?! ahahahahahah

    Welcome.....I start nursing in the Fall. 33 yrs old, no kids except a husband.

    Bucky, SN
  14. by   FutureNurse2005
    Welcome! Congrats and best of luck to you!

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