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Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'. CT Pixie is a RN. Posts: 4,312 (42% Liked) Likes: 4,834

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  • Aug 24

    I've carried malpractice insurance since I was an LPN student (yes students can be sued for things done during clinicals). Once licensed as an LPN, I kept it. I'm currently set to graduate with my ADN in May and once I take and pass the NCLEX I'll change my insurance from LPN coverage to RN.

    Why? No one is going to get my back other than me when the dookey hits the fan.

  • Aug 17

    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.

  • Aug 16

    Working LTC I've seen this often. One patient and her family stand out. The husband would not leave her side for a couple of days. His children, grandchildren and I all pleaded with him to go with them to their house (literally 2 minutes away) if to do nothing else but to shower, change and brush his teeth.

    Thankfully, he agreed to do just that. He came back and she was still with us which made him realize that his leaving would not cause or stop her from going. The family all gathered around again and then later left. The husband stayed behind. He told me he was running down to the vending machine downstairs and that he'd be right back while the CNA's tended to the patient. It was no sooner than the elevator doors closed that the CNA came to me and said the patient had passed. I know she was waiting for him to leave.

    And then there were those (my own grandmother included) who hung on until every one of their loved ones that they held close and dear were 'home' with them. My grandmother was 'waiting' for her son. Calling for him frequently. (her grandchildren had all come to the house, some of us flew into be there, her daughters and husband was there). My uncle was a long distance trucker and was on the road when my gram declined and was close to death. We did not want to call him and have him drive like a maniac trying to get home before she passed, knowing that could lead to more tragedy. Gram hung on....we all prayed she'd let go. Then it dawned on me, she was waiting for her son. I told my grampa, the next time she calls for him, you go in and just tell her 'you' are there (acting as the son). She was in and out of consciousness and when she finally called her her son my grandfather went in and said, its ok mom, i'm here. You could actually see a change in her, it was as if she relaxed and were at peace. Five minutes after my grandfather did that, she took her last breath. I don't care what anyone says, I 100% believe she was waiting to pass until her family was ALL there.

  • Aug 15

    A cool way we were taught to convert from units of say grams to milligrams etc was this:

    First you have to know bigger to smaller measurements for example:
    Kilos, grams, milligrams, micrograms.

    Then are you converting from larger to smaller? Think of the L in Larger..the bottom part of the L is pointing you in the direction the decimal place must move. For each measurement you are moving you move the decimal point 3 places. Going from kilograms to milligrams..you are going from a Larger measurement to a smaller one so the L is pointing you in the correct direction (to the right). Ok, so now you know which way the decimal is going..now you need to know how many times you must move it. Kilos to grams (3 places) grams to milligrams (3 places) now you know you are moving the decimal in the kilo measurement 6 places to the right.

    The same can be done for converting smaller measurement to larger ones. The S in smaller also points you in the direction you are to move the decimal point..to the Left (see where the bottom part of the s is going..to the left). Then again, you figure how many spots to move it. Volia' your done.

    You do have to memorize the basic measurements from Larger to smaller k, g, mg, mcg..and so on.

    To remember grains to milligrams think of a clock. 15mg is 1/4 grain, 30 mg is 1/2grain, 45mg is 3/4grains and 60mg is 1 grain. 15 minutes after is quarter after, 30 minutes is 1/2 hour, 45 minutes is 3/4' of an hour and 60 minutes is 1 hour.

    When ever I have conversion tests I always put the L and S at the top of the page, write down the order the measurements go larger to smaller and I put a clock on the paper marked with the 1/4hr, 1/2hr, 3/4hr and 1hr and inside put the corresponding conversion...

    Hope all that babbling helped some.

  • Aug 12

    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.

  • Aug 12

    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.

  • Aug 9

    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.

  • Aug 4

    A simple, thank you for the offer but I have decided not to take the position.

    Why did you waste your time to fill out an application as well as interview if you had no intention of working sub-acute? Just curious.

  • Aug 4

    A simple, thank you for the offer but I have decided not to take the position.

    Why did you waste your time to fill out an application as well as interview if you had no intention of working sub-acute? Just curious.

  • Aug 4

    A simple, thank you for the offer but I have decided not to take the position.

    Why did you waste your time to fill out an application as well as interview if you had no intention of working sub-acute? Just curious.

  • Jul 28

    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

  • Jul 24

    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

  • Jul 23

    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

  • Jul 23

    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

  • Jul 21

    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


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