Rules for Nursing School - page 4

Following on from the other "Rules" Threads: 1. Turn off your mobile phone, if it absolutely must be on, let the lecturer know and keep it on the lowest possible volume or on silent (it is a rule at... Read More

  1. by   Daytonite
    When you're in clinicals and your period comes earlier than expected, a Chux folded and applied to the inside of one's panties works nicely until you get home. You might "crinkle" a little when you walk.
  2. by   pfitz1079
    If annoying people understood that they were annoying, they probably would choose not to do be so.

    Here's a hypothetical:

    Two years from now you're out of school and working as an honest-to-god RN. Your unit is understaffed (the norm), it's three AM (because all the bad stuff happens at three AM), and your patient is making a mad dash for the Pearly Gates. Your cell phone rings and its hubby with a situation he can't handle. Every patient on the unit is sick, and no staff can be spared.

    Decision time.

    My point is, this job will require sacrifices. Most of them we make ourselves, but some are made by those close to us. If you can't learn to make those in the classroom, you'll find it that much harder in practice.

    Nursing school is about care plans, exams, clinicals, and tough (often draconian) rules. It's also about becoming part of a profession that sometimes takes more than it gives. If you, and your family, can't handle that, then the time to decide that is now, not 3 AM.

    Best to all,

    Pete
    RN, CFRN, EMT-P
    Writing from the Ninth Circle
    Last edit by sirI on Apr 29, '07 : Reason: TOS
  3. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Quote from Daytonite
    When you're in clinicals and your period comes earlier than expected, a Chux folded and applied to the inside of one's panties works nicely until you get home. You might "crinkle" a little when you walk.

    And if you don't get the chux in time...hydrogen peroxide to deal with the stain.:imbar
  4. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Quote from pfitz1079
    If annoying people understood that they were annoying, they probably would choose not to do be so.

    Here's a hypothetical:

    Two years from now you're out of school and working as an honest-to-god RN. Your unit is understaffed (the norm), it's three AM (because all the bad stuff happens at three AM), and your patient is making a mad dash for the Pearly Gates. Your cell phone rings and its hubby with a situation he can't handle. Every patient on the unit is sick, and no staff can be spared.

    Decision time.

    My point is, this job will require sacrifices. Most of them we make ourselves, but some are made by those close to us. If you can't learn to make those in the classroom, you'll find it that much harder in practice.

    Nursing school is about care plans, exams, clinicals, and tough (often draconian) rules. It's also about becoming part of a profession that sometimes takes more than it gives. If you, and your family, can't handle that, then the time to decide that is now, not 3 AM.

    Best to all,

    Pete
    RN, CFRN, EMT-P
    Writing from the Ninth Circle

    Name calling. Don't do that in nursing school.

    I actually am not the hypothetical person YOU are talking about. I don't think it is be fair for you to (assume) that everyone ("whom we're") feels the need to point the finger you have. You don't know me at all. As a matter of fact I have missed less time in class and clinicals then single non married people in the class. Huh go figure. My point is you seem to think that the rules are set up to make you happy and to inconvenience you. You seem to have no compassion for the people around you. Like you said in the past...it's about the paycheck for you.

    Your hypothetical situation...so unlikely to happen it's not even funny. So I'm not going to even go to entertain it more then I have.

    You are no longer a student...maybe it's time to let go of the anger you seem to be harboring from the time as a student.
    Last edit by sirI on Apr 29, '07 : Reason: quoted edited post - edited to comply with TOS
  5. by   ann945n
    Quote from SAHStudent
    Nice. The idea that a word is offensive and the suggestion that you might want to remove it from your regular vocabulary gets a "whatever".




    I can't believe what I'm reading. First the attitude about a word that IS very OFFENSIVE to people and you can't even consider taking that idea seriously in the nursing profession. Nice.

    Now to suggest that the men in Iraq are playing with guns and bombs is just terrible. I don't even have family currently over there nor do I believe in the war but I read that and feel sad for the people who have family members over there who are not playing but fighting and dying. Again you should really consider what you are writing.

    I've seen special treatment by people who don't have families at home and just like they were owed something. It happens and it's not dependent solely on the person's situation at home. Some people just expect it. Try to not dig on people with serious responsibilities outside of school. People juggle and sometimes have to sacrifice a little at school so that we aren't always sacrificing at home. Not everyone with "baggage" wants special treatment...they just want to get through and be treated with dignity from their judgmental classmates.

    In the end your rules aren't life and they aren't at my school.

    I, a mother of 4 children some with special needs, will continue to bring my cell phone to school and clinicals because in the end my family is more important then school. I will show up late if my husband can't get home in time to watch the kids. I will leave early if a child is sick and it's more then my husband can take care of. Now thankfully I have been late very little, not absent at all and left early maybe once in 1 years. I do not judge those in my class who have had to do it more often though. In fact 1 girl is late at least once a week. I get her a handout and take notes on it while I'm doing my notes. It's not special treatment. It's caring.

    I'm stunned by the offensive remarks you make and defend. I am stunned by your attitude while generalizing different groups of people.
    I have to polietly disagree with you here
    I had a husband in Iraq for 14 months and I am not bothered at all by someone saying they are playing with guns and bombs because they are. Its a silly stupid war, I wish they would all come home and end this replay of vietnam, we all know how it ends....
    Also I would have to agree that the ONLY people in my class that get special treatment is those with families and kids. I see it ALL THE TIME. I agree with the other poster, its not my fault you waited to go back to school when you had kids and a house payment and so on, you should get treated just like me, single with little to no debt, life is hard deal with it, i hope your teacher takes away your cell phone like she does with the non-family people, its not appropriate to have one on at ANY time. We are all students, no special treatment for anyone, its not fair
  6. by   Skrawberri
    I said it on another post, but I'll say it again here...

    Get an NCLEX review book! I have Mosbys but Saunders is good too. Start doing questions now, and then read the reasonings for the answers. Especially when you first start you won't know anything, but trust me, it helps. Use it especially during 2nd semester, or whenever you do Med/Surg class. After each system is talked about in class, review it in the book and do related questions. I promise it helps! I wish someone would have told me this earlier on in this semester, I'm just finding out around finals time!
  7. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Quote from ann945n
    I have to polietly disagree with you here
    I had a husband in Iraq for 14 months and I am not bothered at all by someone saying they are playing with guns and bombs because they are. Its a silly stupid war, I wish they would all come home and end this replay of vietnam, we all know how it ends....
    Also I would have to agree that the ONLY people in my class that get special treatment is those with families and kids. I see it ALL THE TIME. I agree with the other poster, its not my fault you waited to go back to school when you had kids and a house payment and so on, you should get treated just like me, single with little to no debt, life is hard deal with it, i hope your teacher takes away your cell phone like she does with the non-family people, its not appropriate to have one on at ANY time. We are all students, no special treatment for anyone, its not fair

    I just know my friends get very upset when people belittle what their loved ones are going through.

    The only person in my class who gets special treatment is a woman with an older child.

    I can't believe anger.

    "i hope your teacher takes away your cell phone like she does with the non-family people"

    How childish! I don't think I should be the only one allowed to have a phone. I don't think people should be answering them. My phone is on me in case of an emergency. The only calls I will answer are from my husband who does not call unless there is an EMERGENCY.

    I really can't get over the anger. Yes we should all be treated the same but I think the rule of no phone...it's none of their business what is in MY pocket.

    I just don't get the anger.

    Maybe another rule should be...lighten up, it's not a competition, mind your own business and don't worry about other people's issues!
  8. by   sirI
    please keep to the topic, "rules for nursing school", and not make it personal.
  9. by   pfitz1079
    why the refusal to address the hypothetical? trust me, the situation is real, any nurse with kids has gotten that one for real.

    the rules exist because that's how you make nurses. it's supposed to be hard. i didn't get that when i was sitting in class, but now i do. this isn't like working in an office or selling things. this job carries moral responsiblity and there's no easy way to learn how to shoulder that burden.

    pete
    rn, cfrn, emt-p
    writing from the ninth circle

    Last edit by sirI on Apr 30, '07 : Reason: TOS
  10. by   BoonersmomRN
    Help one another out. At clinical if you are finished early see if any of your fellow students could use a hand. Don't go sit on your duff in the break room or where ever else complaining how everyone else is " so slow". Stop putting down the skills of your fellow classmate if you are faster/better at it then them....chances are you totally stink at something yourself.

    Show up on time for clinicals. The person with the 5th flat tire or 10th alarm clock that " broke" overnight...it gets OLD...it also always seems to put the CI in a bad mood...so for the love of it all...think of your fellow man.

    If you are in a group project that has an oral presentation - DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you get up to speak and can't answer a single question...it really infuriates your felllow project-mates when you look like a baffoon up there and make the presentation look like it's ill-prepared....when all if US were prepared for our parts ( total pet peeve of mine lol).

    Have a sense of humor. It will go a LONG way in making a bad day better. Don't be "that person" who takes every single thing personally..seriously.

    Lastly please refrain from gossip/drama/etc while waiting for pre-post conference/lecture to begin. The instructor is still in the room!
  11. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from SAHStudent
    I can't believe anger. I just don't get the anger.
    I understand the point being made about what happens when we get on a floor....I understand everyone has family issues....it's a fine balance and we each have to make our own decisions when push comes to shove about which will take precedence in our lives...

    I also take issue with the use of the term "retard"....I haphazardly used it the other day in front of my 19 y/o and I thought he was going to clock me (I'm a child of the 70's and it was used very loosely in those days)...he let me know in no uncertain terms it was unacceptable...he's worked with Special Olympics and is very sensitive to others...I took his reprimand seriously and apologized as he was right...

    As to the anger issue....man, after looking through a few threads in the past day or so, I started wondering if it was the stress of coming up on finals for so many of us, lol....and with that, I'm heading up to do some studying....

    Good luck all!!
  12. by   newlife30
    Rules:
    1. If you are given reading assignments, start them early.
    2. Try to get all your books as soon as possible.
    3.Don't get caught up in the drama ie: gossip, cliques,etc.
    4. You have a problem with someone, take a few minutes, get your thoughts in order, and THEN address your concerns to the individual, without labelling, using I statments and keeping your voice neutral, sounds corny, but it works.
    5. If you are having diffculties, ask for help IMMEDIATELY. A study buddy or group is great for exams.
    6. Review, Revew, review.

    I follow my nursing program like a horse race. I wear blinders so that my focus is on the goal. I help out my fellow nursing students when I can but I don't get caught up in the "fluff". They help me and I help them. We work as a team and I appreciate all the different backgrounds, personalities, cultures, etc. that I encounter...on the topic of the cell phone ...if there's an understanding between the teacher and the student and the cellphone is on vibrate...what's the problem! Some students have more responsiblities than others, are we going to argue for everything! btw: i'm single and have no kids...my friends can call me later!
  13. by   studentforlife
    I second the motion regarding getting an NCLEX book. Buy it. Read it - do the questions again and again and again. The same is true for ATI books. They're a great resource.

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