CT Pixie, BSN, RN 30,057 Views
Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'.
CT Pixie is a RN.
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I can only speak for myself but I can honestly say that I truly enjoy and love my 30's much more than my 20's! I am "established" so to speak. I have everything I ever wanted, great husband who's a wonderful dad to our two beautiful, intelligent daughters, a comfy home, plenty of food to eat, clothes on our backs, a great job and an even better one in 7 wks! I feel comfortable in my own skin now. I don't worry about who might be saying what about me. I am far past the high school antics. (although many in my class try to pull me into the drama that they create). My older daughter (sophmore in high school) is now my buddy/friend, she is old enough now to understand what I've been telling her for years now LOL. My little one (1st grade) and I are the best buds too! Its nice to ENJOY my children and its nice that they WANT to be with me! In my 20's I wasn't as self-assured and confident, worried about who was saying what blah blah blah. Worried about how people would perseive my parenting skills (I was 23 with the first and not married to my hubby at the time) now, I don't give a rats patooty what others think of how I am raising my kids..they are MY kids and I will raise them as I see fit.
Here's to hoping that my 40's are even better than my 30's! Which in all honestly will probably be the case as I will FINALLY be doing (nursing) what I've wanted to do since I was a wee litle girl!!
Happy belated birthday..rock on with your bad self!!
Oh, I did say something to her..it was during graduation AFTER they sent my paperwork to the State for clearence to take the NCLEX and I had my NCLEX test date...
After I had accepted my diploma, I stopped right in front of her leaned in and I hissed in a hushed tone ..she had better hope and pray I never ran into her in the community because I could not promise her I would not lay her out. Her face was priceless. This was a woman of close to my age (I was 39 and she was only a couple years older than I). I did see her out in the community (we lived in the same general area) looked her dead in the eye. She saw me, spun on her heels and went in the other direction.
Of course, now thinking about it I really should have reported it. Why I didn't, I'm not sure.
I worked two jobs as an LPN, full time for an insurance company (40 per week) and 16 hrs per week in a SNF. I was also going to school full time for the LPN to RN bridge. (husband, 2 children, blah blah blah)
Currently I work full time for the insurnance company and 16 per week for an outpatient office. And going to school part time for my RN t BSN.
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.
I found that the "out of left field" and weird NCLEX questions more resembeled the Kaplan ones than they did the Saunders or Lippincott. But the more detailed rationales that the Saunders and Lippincott gave helped me when I was doing the wacky NCLEX questions.
so I guess Kaplan does help in the sense that they train you to expect wacky, weird, out of nowhere questions. :uhoh21:
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.
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