OK - I need a pep-talk

  1. hate to sound like a whiner...well, i guess not because i am about to whine...

    as i have mentioned before on other threads i am a junior @ a BSN program that is "community oriented" and i am freaking out!!! we have soooooo much work to do and i don't feel like any of it is teaching me how to beaRN

    i understand the validity of being aware that there are people of other cultures and not overstepping bounds - i have grown up in orlando florida, i went to school w/ people of all cultures, i took psych, developmental psych, sociology all as prereqs...we all feel as though we are being trained to be social workers and are very frustrated w/ the whole thing...

    i feel so let down, 2 of the professors are the worst professors i have had the pleasure of encountering. one of them told our entire lab group that the preferred IM site for a child/infant before walking is the ventrogluteal!!! the book said a zillion times to only use the vastus lateralis!!!! UGH!!!

    please, has anyone survived a "community oriented" program? e.g. compile a "community health assessment", find a healthy family for a case study and follow for 2 years, develop cultural presentations (ours is Asian CUlture & Chronic Illness)

    i am sorry to sound like such a baby!!! i just thought i'd be involved in patient care NOT seeing the community as the client OR at least i'd hope to be given THE CHOICE based upon my interests

    anyhoo :angryfire i apologize i just needed to get that all out...
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  3. by   kittyw
    I survived 2 semesters of community health ... Family health assessment ... community health assessment ....

    We were sent door-to-door to complete a health survey. Later I found out that there was a KNOWN DRUG DEALER in the neighborhood..... they know that he actively dealt drugs out the the house & knew BEFORE they sent us to do door-to-door surveys!!!!!

    My family that I did my family care plan was supposed to be some impoverished family (with no income) that really needed some help. I found out that both the mom & her live-in bf were already NURSES where I go to school. It just made me sick to see a family abuse the system ... not going into details but there was some government system abuse BIG TIME going on.

    I wish we could have had cultural presentations ... I'm so sick of hearing our school tell us culturally compenent care but we're given absolutely NO education regarding differing cultures. Would be very nice to have a one hour class to go over the "typical" cultural beliefs, etc... understanding, of course, that there are individual variations but to at least get us to think about and help to understand the differences - instead of telling us to do it without any background.

    Hope it gets better ...
    Kitty
  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    (((((hugs))))))
  5. by   GPatty
    Hang in there, Kiddo. Once you get through the crappy parts, there will be parts you love. Honest. But it all can't be peaches and cream.
    Did you mention to your instructor that the book said the vastus lateralis and not the ventrogluteal? I would have.
  6. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    Hang in there, Kiddo. Once you get through the crappy parts, there will be parts you love. Honest. But it all can't be peaches and cream.
    Did you mention to your instructor that the book said the vastus lateralis and not the ventrogluteal? I would have.
    actually, the other professors in the room corrected her 'cause we were looking very perplexed

    so, do y'all know how often the way things are taught in nursing school are done in reality??? i know buy reading on here that nurses are really overworked w/ too many patients and not enough time...so do they actually take a pulse for 30 seconds, or do the bed bath by washing and drying each part sequentially or do both arms get washed and dried??? Oh - do practicing nurses palpate the brachial pulse, fill up the cuff, get the palpable systolic and then do the B/P on both arms??? if they do i've been going to some cr@&&! nurses - cause nobody's ever done that on me....

    thanx,
    sarah i'm a big fat whiner this week...

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