CT Pixie, BSN, RN 29,085 Views
Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'.
CT Pixie is a RN.
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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.
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.
I'd be looking at the indications for use (what diagnosis warrants this type of med) the classification of the med..and warnings/precautions of the med.
If you look, you'll see a pattern of side effects and warnings/precautions with certain classifications. Once you get to the body systems you'll understand WHY that med does what it does and WHY it causes side effects etc.
While I was in LPN school we had to do "drug cards". Take a look at this post..it should help..(check out Yummy Chocolate's link)
I see some people saying this, but its so nice having 4 days off free to do whatever you want vs. 2. Once I'm up, dressed and ready, I'd rather just keep going and get it over with. Driving to work 3 times a week vs. 5 with traffic. Most nurses on 12 hour shifts rave about it in the hospitals.
Home phone rings
Me: Hello, Unit B, this is Nurse Pixie how may I help you.
Any Alarm rings (microwave, preheating oven, dryer cycle done etc)
Me: turning on heels to go find the offending infusion pump
Needing to use the bathroom
Hands over cell to daughter and asks she cover my phone for a couple of minutes
If/when i have time I always find ways to be with my residents. I'll comb their hair, give them a nice mani (soaking their hands, lotion, polish etc), wash them up, just sit with them and talk, read to them, or sit quietly and hold their hand.
No aspect of care (ADLs, physical, or emotional) is beneath me or nor am I of the thinkin something is just one person or the others 'job'. I'm a nurse, I provide care to them.
I often envy my team of CNA's, they GET to have that 1:1 time w/the patients. I miss that.
I became an LPN 2 months after I turned 39. (2008)
I will graduate from my RN program a month after turning 44. (2013)
BSN should be around age 45-46 but that age won't stop me.
Like you I think to myself.. you should have done this after high school. Would have had a LOT of years in by now. Then I remember everything that happened in my life did so for a reason. After high school was just not the time for me to do it. Things did not fall into place until I was much older.
The way I figure the government is saying I cannot collect full social security benefits until I am 72..that minimum age keeps creeping up and up so I may have more years in nursing than I realize..haha.
The average age in my classes is early-mid 30's.
#15 Don't flip out in class after a test complaining that one or all of the following:
"you didn't mention that in the test review. I didn't think I needed to study it"
"I didn't study it because you didn't mention it in lecture"
"I studied it for hours and you didn't even put one question on the test about it"
You are responsible for EVERYTHING in the chapter, regardless of it being mentioned in lecture or not. They cannot lecture each and every word in the chapters. Its YOUR responsibility to read and study, not their responsibility to tell you each and every question on the test. Oh and just because it wasn't a test question doesn't mean you don't need to know it. You ARE going into the nursing field and everything you've read, heard and been lectured on IS important, whether it was on your test or not.
#16 Don't base your opinion of a teacher's ability to teach on what you got on a test. Don't "warn" new students about that teacher by saying she gives trick questions, doesn't test on what she lectures etc and that she's a poor excuse for a teacher.(countless times I've heard people squalking about a teacher how they are idiots who shouldn't be teaching because "the whole class failed" (read as that student and her friends didn't do well on the test.) However those of us who attended class, did read the assigned chapters and paid attention during lecture all do well..humm..maybe its YOU and not the teacher.
I worked a LTC facility in the early 90's. The cap was a required part of the nurses uniform at that facility and at many others that my friends worked at. I think I stopped working in the facility in 93 or so, and they were wearing them then.
It's not just nursing that has this type of policy. Absenteeism is grounds for dismissal/firing in most careers/jobs.
I was fired from a retail position I had . I was never late and never absent in the year preceeding my dismissal. As a matter of fact I was the one who would come in early and stay late as well as come in on my days off to fill in.
I called in sick (I truely was sick). My boss (who also owned the small retail store) told me if I didn't come in for work that day to considered myself fired. I didn't go in and he called me at the end of the day to tell me I was fired. I called the Labor Board and inquired if I could be fired for calling in for one day in a year. When asked to read our handbook policy on absenteeism, it stated, the employee would be fired for excessive absenteeism. The board said since 'excessive' is subjective and it didn't give a specific number of absences that would be considered excessive, I could be let go. The owner of the company may feel that one time in a year is excessive while someone else may say 6 times in a year is.
After years in geriatric nursing, I can often smell death days before it happens. My olfactory system usually interprets it as a sickish, sweetish, sort of meaty odor---sort of like hamburger that's just about to go bad, only more subtle than that. Of course, I've never mentioned the aroma to a patient or his/her family......nobody wants to discuss such a thing. But I wonder sometimes if we nurses and aides are the only ones who smell it?
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