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Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'. CT Pixie is a RN. Posts: 4,314 (42% Liked) Likes: 4,859

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  • Jan 22

    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    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.
    Was she from a European country? I had several professors in college who were born and raised in European countries and they do pronouce it like "Celine' as in Dion.

    I also have a caregiver to one of my patients who was trained as an RN in Hungary and she pronounces it that way. The first time she said it she noticed my perplexed look as i tried to figure out what she was talking about. She laughed a little and said..'oops, forgot, you say 'say lean' here'.

  • Jan 15

    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.

  • Jan 13

    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.

  • Jan 13

    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.

  • Jan 10

    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.

  • Dec 21 '16

    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.

  • Dec 21 '16

    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.

  • Nov 19 '16

    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

  • Nov 16 '16

    Quote from morte
    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??
    That's the newest NCLEX RN/PN thing. They require all cell phones be placed in a sealed plastic type thing. (not see through). You hand your phone to the person as you are registered in, they place the phone in the bag and seal it. You then place it in the locker you are assigned to. Once your test is over and you go through the palm scan etc, you go back out to where the lobby area is (where the lockers are and where you first came in) and get your things out, you then have the pearsonvue employee unseal the bag and retrieve your phone.

    The reason? People come up with ingenuious ways to cheat. I'm sure more than one person had their cell phone and used it during a break/bathroom etc to either call someone just to have an innocent chit chat or to use the phone to do a really quick review of info.

    the reason to wait for the person to take the phone out of the sealed bag...because they tell you to. simple as that.

  • Nov 12 '16

    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

  • Oct 20 '16

    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.

  • Oct 17 '16

    Quote from Pinkmegan
    Love it!!
    Interesting to read that you can have shared rooms in LTC. These a very much frowned upon in the UK.
    All the LTC facilities I've worked in have 95% shared rooms. I did clinicals in one that had 4 patients to a room . Hated those places. The facilities I've worked in have 2 people to a room. Of my 17 rooms on my hall, 15 of those are double beds, only 2 private rooms.

  • Oct 15 '16

    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

  • Oct 13 '16

    Quote from Franemtnurse
    It makes me wonder how many were actually buried alive.
    and thats the EXACT reason we now have the old saying "saved by the bell" and "graveyard shift" . Way back when, many people were buried alive. In an attempt to "save" the people if they happened to come to when in the coffin in the ground, a string was put in their hand, the string was then threaded in some way to come out of the ground and attach to a bell. That way, if they weren't dead and came to, they could ring the bell to alert people they were alive (saved by the bell). The people who would watch and wait..."the graveyard shift"

  • Oct 9 '16

    Can't remember what show it was (Grey's perhaps) and the person had an IV. Except it was the drip chamber taped to the arm and it was pointing in the wrong direction.

    Before I could say anything, my youngest daughter grabbed the remote, backed it up to the scene again, paused it and screams...'what FOOL inserted the iv spike into the person and in the wrong direction?!?! Maaaa! Can you believe how stupid these people think we are!"


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