CherryPez15 1,095 Views
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Hi Everyone -
Thanks for your support and replies to my original post. I should have clarified a few things first off:
1. Yes, I am taking meds & seeing a doc about the panic attacks. I've been seeing him for approx 2 yrs now.
2. The Dean of the college left a message on my machine yesterday that she wanted to "reply" to my "note" (a 3 page letter) but wouldn't be in her office until Monday/Tuesday. Grrr!!!
3. Someone (sorry I can't remember your screen name at the moment)asked what I could do w/ a degree in Biology - LOTS! I could still be involved in the medical/science field, just not a "hands on" approach (with patients, that is). I could also do research for drug companies, perhaps leading to a pharmacy degree. There are also many other options such as teaching, environmental bio, etc.
4. As far as the disabilities act, I don't think I'd have a case, and this is my reasoning: Patient safety. I know I have panic attacks that can occur any time, whether I'm stressed or not, it's just one of those things. But godforbid I should have an attack while giving an injection/med or transferring a patient from bed to chair - there are so many things that could go wrong. I'm not giving up though, I'm interested in seeing what the Dean of the college has to say.
Ok, I think that's it for now! Thanks again everyone for your support and comments - much appreciated
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I don't post here much, but I was just wondering if anyone has gone through what I'm currently going through.
I missed 4 clinical days (3 days on the hospital floor, 1 day of OR observation) due to severe anxiety attacks. I've had them for a few yrs now - they've been manageable, I see a dr about them; but they've never this bad.
My instructors say it is now too late in the semester for anything to be done (translation: "you fail clinical"). So, thanks to my stupid panic attacks and inflexibility of the nursing administration at my school, not only do I get an F in clinical but it is also their policy that I will receive an F in theory, as well - even though my average is in the high 80's to low 90's. Due to F's in both clinical and theory (although I don't believe the F in theory is a "real F") It is the school's policy that I am dismissed and may not repeat the course (one year from now) for credit.
I've written a letter to the dean (don't worry, I took out all the swears I had in there the first time I wrote it - haha). Seriously though, it's a professional sounding letter just stating my position and feeling that there was very little support for me or flexibility in how to make up my missed clinical days. Our instructors always said "We have to work with our patients due to their ever-changing conditions." Does that not apply to us as nursing students, as well???
Bottom line - the chairwoman of the nsg program has said that maybe nursing isn't for me (even though I loved every minute of it - the care plans, endless reading, practicing skills in the lab). I'm wondering if I should believe her or just take this at face value and believe this happened for a reason and I wasn't meant to be in nursing. I can understand the chairwoman's viewpoint - god forbid I had a panic attack while caring for a patient!
My plan now is to begin classes at another college (4 yr, not 2 yr) for my Bio degree. I have a ton of electives & core courses done, so I really don't have that much more to go actually, which is nice.
Has anyone been in this situation where, due to the panic/anxiety attacks they were unable to pursue nursing?
Thanks everyone & again, sorry for this tremendously long post. I had alot to get off my chest!
I'm a fellow nursing student in my second semester of an RN program. I was thinking about this the other day & was wondering about something:
After all your exposure to the medical field, being on the floor for clinicals and taking care of patients, has anyone here ever considered being an MD or switching to pre-med to go on to medical school?
You were joking about those nursing majors getting up & leaving class, right?? I mean, if they get flustered with chemistry what are they going to do when they have a difficult patient in the hospital--just walk away because they "can't handle it?"
Ok, I'll get down off my soapbox now, but I just had to reply to your post.
RN in 2003,
BS in Bio 2004,
then on to...
I'd love to be paying the low tuition that some of you are paying!!
My college costs $290 per credit hour, plus a $65 "student services" fee (whatever that is), a learning/library resource fee of $100/semester and $50/year testing fees. With what I'm paying I should have just stayed with a 4 year university. Oh well - live & learn.
Believe it or not, I actually like our uniforms.
We have a choice of wearing either a navy blue or white polo shirt with navy blue or white cargo pants and white shoes or sneakers (I get to wear my comfy Sketchers - yay!!!) The only bad thing about the shirts is that they're short sleeve - and it's always SOOOOO chilly on the floors. We're not allowed to wear a sweater or long sleeves.
Good luck in trying to decrease your caffeine intake. I've been trying to do it for a while now & it is extremely difficult - headaches, nausea. Like the other poster's have said--don't go cold turkey, especially with the new semester coming up. Nursing school is stressful enough w/o having to give up caffeine!
The best advice I can give is just to try to cut down very gradually, and if you HAVE to have caffeine, just have a smaller portion than you usually would, i.e., half a can or half a glass of soda, instead of the whole thing. I'm better than I used to be; now I drink some kind of juice (grape/apple/orange) in the morning as opposed to a big glass of diet pepsi to start my day. LOL
Good luck in your upcoming semester!
(going into 2nd semester of ADN program!)
You're really bored as a unit secretary? Wow, I'm surprised. I'm so busy on my shift I literally don't have time to get bored. LOL Can I ask what it is specifically, that you don't like? Don't you get to schedule tests, order labs & help the nurse's w/ their patients?
I recently started as a unit sec/unit clerk & I'm far from bored; I learn something new every day & the nurse's let me know if they're doing a procedure they know I'd like to see. For example, the other day I got to see a nurse put in a Foley cath. I guess it all depends on what hospital you work at & how much the nurse's/med staff let you observe. If you haven't already, you might want to try asking the staff where you work if you could observe some of the procedures they do; I think that would make work a little more interesting for you. I hope everything works out for ya--
I'm starting nursing school in the Fall as well & I would definitely go for the Unit Secretary/Unit Clerk position! I just started as a Unit Clerk at a small local hospital & love it. I'm learning SO much & getting some incredible hospital/medical experience. I'm set up with a preceptor for about 3 weeks & then decide (along with my supervisor) if I am ready to be on my own. I have alot of responsibilities & the job can be stressful at times, but so far I really like it. The nurses are happy to have a nursing student at the unit desk & are offering all kinds of advice even though I'm not even in school yet. It's great! I'm training in the ICU & will eventually move up to a med surg floor. If u have any questions, feel free to reply or just e-mail!
I'll be working at Griffin on a med-surg floor & occasionally floating. Nope, I've never had any Unit Clerk/MST experience, but I've worked in dr's offices & as a nurse's aide. They have job postings on their website if you want to take a look: www.griffinhealth.org. It's a small hospital & everyone I've met so far has been very friendly. If you need any more info, just let me know,
It was nice to hear from someone else who went to St. V's. And you're right, they don't have the 3 yr diploma prgm anymore. Instead, they have a 2 yr ADN with the option to bridge over to a BSN through Sacred Heart Univ. They're also doing some huge renovations, adding a 60,000 sq ft to the hospital itself.
I'm starting a new job soon as a Unit Clerk/MST at a local hosp to get some real "hospital experience". I figured by working in a hospital I'd be more comfortable when it came time for clinicals, plus, I might actually learn someting (=
Not sure how often you check your mail, but I dropped a note in your mailbox.
I'm going to St. V's this fall too! I just finished up the last of my pre-req's there this spring. I can't wait to start the nursing part of school this fall.
Drop me a line here or e-mail me if you want to chat--
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