beekee 2,309 Views
Joined Jun 19, '15.
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You might want to double check that. Most places will list that you took a course more than once on your transcript, but only include the last grade in your GPA calculation.
Have you looked at the admission requirements for OHSU? They require that you have a 3.0 in the pre-requisite courses and you can only retake a class once. Usually, nursing programs get far more applicants than open seats. The easiest way to cull the pile is via GPA. You will want to get A's in the remainder of your pre-requisites.
Have you done the math to figure out much the monthly loan payments will be? It's around $900 per month for 10 years if you borrow $88,000. That's $900 per month you are not contributing towards retirement. Depending on your wage when you start, that could be one week a month or more you'll be working for that loan payment.
I paid less than $15k for my ADN, BSN and MSN. And I started my ASN after age 40 and did all three degrees in 3 years. At your age, and really, at any age, $88k is way too much.
Well, it'd probably help to know what you do like, what interests you and what you are good at. People who graduate with degrees in English or history have to think outside the box because most job titles don't say "English" or "history." In the same vein, just because a job doesn't have "nursing" in it doesn't mean you are not qualified for it. You just need to get more creative.
Sales and insurance are two options. Management is another idea; perhaps in a treatment center, fitness facility, health food store, chiropractic office, etc.
I'm not an ICU nurse, but if ICU is what you want, go for it!
Admittedly it's not fair but the scope of the problem is many orders of magnitude greater when directed toward the paired X's compared to the XY's and hence a much higher priority.
Are a lot of nurses on your unit newer? When I'm on a floor with a great deal of "institutional knowledge" (aka experienced nurses), I feel so supported and safe. But when I go to a floor manned by a bunch of newer nurses, well, it can be much more chaotic. Sometimes, newer nurses don't even know what they don't know. Everyone of us was (is) new at some point and we make mistakes, miss things, and doubt ourselves. However, it's not ok to be nonchalant about it. Keep asking question, researching and being the best nurse you can be.
But, I would try to find a unit full of experienced nurses.
Yes, that type of information is important. Sometimes, we get a "second chance" with change of shift. I often will try to approach "challenging" patients/families differently than I might otherwise. Often, I find a new approach and a new nurse helps whatever situation that has arisen. Obviously, some situations aren't going to get better no matter what I (or anyone else) do.
However, there is a way to phrase this information in report.
BAD: The shift was utter hell. Patient A is a bombastic arse. Patient B is on the call light incessantly and has ridiculous demands. Patient C is a drug seeker who will do everything in his power to manipulate you.
And a more constructive way:
BETTER: Patient A does best with choices (do you want your pills first or your eye drops). Patient B needs some extra TLC and time. It probably is a good idea to set boundaries with Patient C early.
By the way, I would encourage you to memorize when to hold (and call the provider) medications. Some instances when you'd want to consider holding a medication: elevated creatinine, heart blocks, low potassium, low heart rate, low blood pressure, loose stools. I'm sure there are tons more, but I'll let you figure out what medications you'd hold if you had a patient with any of the above.
I've seen plenty of nurses dole out the senna without looking to see if the patient has diarrhea. Or milk of magnesia to a patient with poor renal function. Do you really want to give an albuterol new to someone with tachycardia? Maybe, but it might be worth asking about an alternative. What about giving warfarin with cranberry juice?
Congratulations! Enjoy the new journey. I hope it brings you happiness.
Change your user name to something anonymous. The best position? Sometimes, it's the one that hires you. If you have choices, I'd say the best is the one that most aligns with your interests, skills and goals.
As I understand it neither poster thus far has any specialized knowledge to impart on this highly motivated nursing student, eager to learn.
I prefer to not trust my memory on these things. I look it up. Every time.
When I was new, I helped everyone too. Then, I realized that no one else responded to bed alarms, call lights or other needs. I quickly became burnt out. I'm not saying that you shouldn't help, but you need to make sure you have enough in the tank to take care of your own patients.
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