CT Pixie, BSN, RN 27,414 Views
Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'.
CT Pixie is a RN.
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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.
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.
Running for a comfy chair and popcorn for the fireworks that are sure to begin.
But I'll bite...any nurse who is making 'BIG nursing mistakes' cannot hide for long. Others will notice and report it. From there its up to the powers that be, what happens to said nurse..no matter WHAT his/her age.
And those who don't want to 'risk' anything because their kids depend on them...what about those of us who got in and want to/need to get home when our shift ends because WE have kids at home that need us? Your decision not to come in directly affects me because I am required to stay later at work and be away from MY kids.
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.
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.
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