CT Pixie, BSN, RN 26,945 Views
Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'.
CT Pixie is a RN.
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I personally know at least half a dozen nurses (LPN and RN) who lost their licenses due to narcotic abuse/use/diversion in the last 2 or 3 years. There were several more I didn't know personally but knew of who lost their licenses for drugs. The only one I know of that didn't lose it due to drugs was one I went to high school with one who lost her license due to physical, mental and verbal abuse of the quad patient that she was the home care nurse for.
On occasion I look through my state's disciplinary minutes and more ofthen than not its all drug and/or ETOH related.
Actually you obviously saw you license number at this point lol how long??!! I'm dying over here. Tested this Monday, feel good about the test actually and I'm getting the "good pop up". I can see quick results tomorrow BUT those are still unofficial. I need to see it on the BON site ya know? Hopefully by Friday?? This is torture...
I had a patient who referred to NS as "Celine", as in, Dion. Regardless of how many times I correctly said "saline", she never did get it.
Yes, quick results are available on weekends as well as holidays.
As I posted in your other nclex post, I got my NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN on Saturday and Sunday. I have friends who got their results on holidays.
It not 48 hours to the minute that the results are available. keep checking...if you tested on Thursday, your results should be available sometime today.
I entered LPN school a month before I turned 38, marrie,d 2 kids, full time job, school was also full time M-F 7a-330p (none of the traditional college 'breaks' or vacations, we went straight through from Mar 2007 thru June 2008). Hubby was 100% behind me and supported me the entire time, as did my daughters. Everyone pitched in to help ease the burdon of the house chores, laundry, dinner etc.
I graduated 15 months later with high honors. Passed my NCLEX on the first attempt and had landed my 1st job even before scheduling my NCLEX.
Now I am 43 (my birthday was last week), I'm in my LPN to RN bridge, still working full time, in school just a credit shy of whats considered 'full time'. My lowest grades are in the high B+ range and my highest are A+. Husband is still my biggest cheerleader and support system.
I think a lot of being successful in working full time and going to school is having tip-top organizational skills. And you need to be self-disciplined enough to do what you have to do, when you have to do it. You need to know what has to be done and by when and know how to prioritize accordingly.
While working full time and going to school full time (with or without children) is difficult, its not impossible.
Just re-read my orig reply to this post from 4/22/12...at the time I was in the LPN to RN program.
Fast forward..graduted the RN program and continued on for my RN to BSN. Still worked full time job (40hrs/wk) and a part time job (24hrs/wk) and graduated cum laude with my BSN this past May.
First off there is no way on God's green earth you can ever memorize every drug in the drug book..well..unless you have a photographic memory. That's why they have the drug books
I work LTC as an LPN and my main meds are diuretics, laxatives, anticoagulants, hypertension meds, psych meds, Antilipidemic, insulins..and on and on..
Usually its easier to get the classifications down and then you can usually use an educated "guess" as to the side effects. Do you have your classes Pharm book yet? If you do, just go through the book and check out the sections (usually broken up by classifications). Don't even attempt to try to go through the entire Mosby Drug Ref book..you'll go crazy.
I was in the same boat. All my gen eds were finished and only had my nursing classes. They weren't enough credits for FA. I knew I was going right back for my BSN (which as at the same college I was already attending). You were not allowed to take any of the RN to BSN nursing classes until you were an RN BUT you could take any/all of the gen ed classes needed for the BSN class. So I did that. I added as many gen ed classes to my RN classes that i knew I could handle and went from there.
However, I only did that knowing I was going to the same school and that I would be accepted into the RN to BSN course.
I went to LPN school when one daughter had just turned 15 and the other had just turned 6. I worked full time from home and had a very supportive husband
It can be done but you have to learn organization and learn what takes priority and when. And don't ignore the family!
My husband picked up more of the household chores than he usually did which really helped. Both my daughters were very excited that their Mom was going to school.
In order to help my little one with reading (at the age of 6 she was reading at a 4th grade level!) she would sit on my lap as I read chapters. She would read to me from my book and I'd read to her. That kid learned the pathway of the blood through the heart before I got it down pat . She liked being with me and felt like a big girl helping momma with her homework. The older one would quiz me before tests etc. The hubby did everything he could to help me study.
Don't leave things for last minute. If I had spare time, I always tried to read ahead or do homework that wasn't due then but was coming up. That way I was always ahead of schedule. I think it was easier to do things because I knew I had this day and time to get this or that done and if it didn't get done, I was up a creek b/c there was no other time frame. I had a way I organized things on certain days I did certain things. If you will be the one cooking, take a good chunk of time to cook for the week and freeze it. I used doing laundry as a 'timer' for studying. I'd throw a load of wash in and begin reading, when the washer chimed it was done I'd stop reading/studying and go put it in the dryer..get a drink, stretch and go back. When it was time to take the clothes out I'd fold them somewhere I could lay my book out and read as I folded clothes. Washing dishes I'd put my notes up on the window sill in front of the sink and study/read as I washed dishes. Multitasking while doing 'mindless' things such as folding clothes or washing.
Find ways to include your children in your education. You will be a great roll model to them showing the that education is important.
I graduated w/high honors and my husband and daughers sat beaming in the audience.
I worked as an LPN for 3 yrs and then went to my LPN to RN program. Because I never really stopped taking classes my family was use to the whole routine and it made it much easier when I went into the RN program. Again, kids and hubby did all they could to help me and they earned that dipolma as much as i did.
Best of luck
what is the reason for waiting to have someone take your cell phone OUT of the bag?? for that matter, why put it in one , in the firstn place??
I was a month from turning 38 when I started my LPN schooling.
I was 42 when I started my pre-reqs and other courses for my LPN to RN program.
I was 44 when I started my RN to BSN.
I turned 47 a month before getting my BSN.
You're going to be 30 anyway. Do you want to 30 with no degree and/or license OR you do you want to turn 30 with a degree and/or license. The choice is yours
A month before I turned 38 I started my LPN schooling. Graduated a couple months after turning 39.
At 42 I started the years worth of pre-reqs for the LPN to RN bridge, and at 44 I graduated with my ADN.
In a couple of weeks my first classes for the ADN to BSN begin at 44 1/2 years old to the day.
Interesting to read that you can have shared rooms in LTC. These a very much frowned upon in the UK.
I'm a LTAC/LTC LPN and damn proud of it. Yes, when I answer the standard question of "what hospital do you work at" when someone finds out I'm a nurse with "I don't work at the hospital, I work at a LTC facility" more often than not, I am met with the look of disgust and the 'ohh, ok'. Just once I'd love for those people to shadow me at work for a week, hell, I'll take a day.
And maybe then they will see that I'm not 'wasting' my education or skills, I'm not JUST a boo-boo kisser and band-aid applier. My residents for the majority have very complex and sometimes more acute than chronic issues. My short-stay residents are those poor souls who have basically been kicked out of the hospital because the insurance company/TPTB or whomever decided that they can't stay any longer. Much too sick and unable to go home without 24/7 SKILLED nursing, they are shuttled off to me. Where I get to take care of the much too ill person with my limited resources and much too often to my own accord.
I/we do what we can with what we have. We don't have this specialist and that one to consult with or have our questions answered like the nurses in the hospitals. And yet we are thought of by the 'hierarchy' of the nursing totem pole as brainless nurses who probably work in LTC because we can't cut 'real nursing'. That patient you just had on your floor that required a lot of your time and nursing know how, the one who was discharged earlier..well I have them..and around 30 others just like them. I challange YOU to do my job for a day
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