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    How do you get 1238 for input for #20? I get 1475mL. Is that wrong?

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    For tuition only I would say its just over $6000. Ivy Tech offers a lot of financial aid and scholarships as well.

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    Quote from indymom4
    Uniform House did all the patches and everything from Indy. I'm kinda confused about the uniform thing. Can anyone at Indy clarify? For Fun. Lab, we can wear street clothes but just have to wear the lab coat? OR we can wear the whole uniform? What about Fundamentals and Pharm? Do we have to wear the uniform to those classes?
    This is the way it was last semester:
    For lab we could wear street clothes, and our lab coat OR the uniform. Make sure you always wear your name tag. I dressed both ways, it just depended on my mood!

    No uniform needed for Fundamentals and Pharm, but if you have your lab and lecture the same day you can just wear to lecture whatever you wore in lab. =)

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    Quote from indymom4
    I picked up the Pharm book for a little bit but decided not to spend too much time because I didn't know for sure what we would need for the first week. I didn't want to study the wrong stuff. I've been reading mostly out of the Fundamentals book. I was surprised to find it an easy read, and actually interesting for a text book.

    I have tossed around the idea of a study group, but I've always found that study groups are a huge distraction for me because they tend to go off topic quite a bit. I'll have to see what the people in class are like before I know if that's something that will work for me or not.
    Thanks for the pointers!! And yeah.....that Med Surg book is massive!
    I understand what you mean about study groups. It can really work if you keep the group fairly small and have those in the group who really want to study. Even a study partner works well.

    The Fundamentals book is a good book, but the teacher skips around it a lot. Your lab quizzes (which are done online) are over the assigned chapters in the blue Fundamentals book. Not too bad, really.

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    Quote from indymom4
    Oh Man. I have a feeling the reading is going to be impossible to keep up with. For next week in Pharm alone, we are doing Chapters 1-4 and 6.
    I wonder what the reading for the other classes will be like!!
    Here are some pointers for Indy students:
    Don't sit down and try to get through 4 chapters at a time in Pharm....do a little at a time. Also, pay close attention to the little focus boxes in the chapters. You will see test questions from there. Really, the first test wasn't that difficult, the second one was harder, then the last ones were easier. The teacher gave us three opportunities for extra credit too. I recommend either printing out the powerpoints before each class to take notes on, or take a laptop. Pay attention to what the teacher repeats....because she does that for a reason.

    As for Med-surg.....honestly, I didn't read much because there was just no way. Even the teacher knows it is nearly impossible. You have seen the book, right? Again, pay attention to bold print, focus boxes, and diagrams in the chapters. I suggest forming a study group for both classes as soon as possible. It was a great help for me.

    Good luck everyone!!

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    Quote from coltsgrl
    yep! I was just talking to a friend of mine and told him my schedule, his response ... "talk to ya in 2 years" It's sad, but kinda true, and it's nice when you do have a friend that realizes the commitment that this is. Im sick of the ones that are always b!%@hin' that you never call and never have time. oh well, im sure i'll make new friends lol! (ones that don't mind hearin about all the crap we did that day...well just call it 'studying')
    Believe me, you will form some amazing friendships in nursing school! I am so glad I decided to go back to school because I can't imagine not knowing some of the people I have met along the way. You will be able to relate to each other and be there for each other. Nursing school is very stressful and it is nice to have a group of people who love and understand you and what you are going through. School is definitely a roller coaster, but enjoy the ride.

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    hee hee...yep it's a different book, Focus on Nursing Pharmacology 4e.
    Bioterrorism??? Wouldn't think that be in the front of the book, the author must be a little paranoid.
    Be careful with the question and answers at the end of each chapter. Some of the answers are incorrect and it was brought to the author's attention. Needless to say, it was very frustrating not to be able to trust using it as a study tool.

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    Dannelboo....can you tell us if we need to memorize all of the assessments and interventions for toxic effects of drugs in chapter 3, for pharm? If so, I'd loveeee to have that done before school starts! Thanks!
    Here is what I can find in my notes regarding your question:
    Rash/hives
    Assessment
    Abnormalities in the skin, red areas, blisters
    Interventions
    May need to discontinue the medication

    Stomatitis
    Assessment
    Inflammation of the mucous membranes
    Interventions
    Frequent mouth care

    Superinfections: destruction of the body's normal flora
    Assessment
    Fever, diarrhea, and vaginal discharge
    Interventions
    Supportive care (mouth/skin care), give antifungal medications, stop drug responsible for the infection

    Blood dyscrasia: bone marrow suppression
    Assessment
    Fever, chills, and weakness
    Interventions
    Monitor blood counts and protective isolation

    Toxicity:
    Liver
    Assessment
    Fever, nausea, jaundice, change in color of urine or stool, and elevated liver enzymes
    Interventions
    Discontinue medication

    Kidney
    Assessment
    Change in urinary pattern or elevated BUN and creatinine
    Interventions
    Notify physician, stop medication, or decrease dosage

    Ocular toxicity
    Assessment finding: visual changes
    Interventions: monitor for visual changes when giving medication known to cause ocular damage; discontinue medication after notifying physician

    Auditory damage
    Assessment finding: damage to the eighth cranial nerve
    Interventions: monitor for hearing loss; discontinue medication after notifying physician

    Hope this helps!!

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    Quote from indymom4
    Good luck on the surgery! Hopefully it all goes smooth and you don't have to miss anything.

    Side note: Did we have to have a BP cuff at Indy? I didn't notice if so, so I need to get one!
    I got my stethoscope at the IT Bookstore. I got a Littmann lightweight and it was 50 bucks. I was able to charge it to my financial aid.
    I have started reading the Pharm also. Seems like a LOT of memorization but I'm trying not to freak about it.
    My advice is to buy a BP cuff to practice with. I bought mine in the IT bookstore. You will have to practice and record vital signs for an upcoming assignment. Another reason to buy your own cuff is because the ones at school (indy) are BAD. They really all need replaced. The instructors will let you use your own cuff during the vital signs check off that will take place before you can move on to your clinical site.

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    HI!! Just to let you guys know.....teachers will post their syllabi on blackboard a several days before school starts...so really, anytime. You will be printing A LOT, so be sure to stock up on printer ink. The teachers post most everything on blackboard--they don't hand much out in class. This includes powerpoints, notes, syllabus, study guides, etc. You will also be doing a couple of discussion boards, so it is a good idea to get in the habit of checking blackboard daily.

    It is a good idea to start the reading for Pharm. Pharm is taken in best if you don't do it in huge chunks....do a couple pages at a time and let it soak in. Come back to it and do some more. Even if you are at work and only have 15 minutes...read a little Pharm. You will get powerpoints to go with the chapters. In order to pass the tests, you WILL have to read the book.
    Another book to start looking through is the atlas. You will study almost everything in that book in medsurg.

    Good luck to everyone as you start your wonderful journey!

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    Quote from Henny95
    Thank you Sharrie, as for the other replies you obviously are not training/trained nurses as you would show compassion and thoughtfulness. I came on this site for assistance not sarcasm - I wont bother again!!!
    I agree Henny, those responses were not helpful at all and a bit uncalled for, in my opinion. We should all help each other out when we can, not be treated with such disrespect as you just were. As Sharrie said, please don't give up on us yet...there are some great people on here who are willing to be helpful and have some great wisdom to share.
    Thanks for posting Sharrie.

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    I think it is up to the individual. If you hate online classes, then it probably isn't for you. I took Pharm in person, but wish I had taken it online. A friend of mine took it online and received an A without much effort. I worked my behind off for a B. For me, I don't think the online class would have been harder than going in person. You get more time for quizzes in the online class and of course, you can use your book for them.

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    I checked labs all over the place and couldn't get what I needed for nursing school. I had to go to my docs office and have it done there. I don't know what it costs because for some reason I never received a bill for it. Lucky me!

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    I am in the same boat! Have you taken the required IVY class? Are you planning on furthering your education and work towards your BSN? Are you in the ASN program at Ivy Tech?
    If you are interested in a BSN down the road, there are classes you can take at Ivy Tech that will transfer to IUPUI. I added an econ 101 class to take me to full-time. There are other options as well, which I can email to you if you are interested. That way you will have a list of classes to take if you need a few extra hours and then you won't have to worry about taking them later!

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    Quote from 2bNurse Elizabeth
    The Richmond campus requires us to buy uniforms from the bookstore, but they run really, really small and they can't get any larger sizes from their new supplier. I saw on some postings that others of you from other campujses are getting Ivy Tech scrubs from places like the Uniform House. I went to their website, but they require a user name and password to order. Is this something you have to get from the school? I thought I might try to order from there if the pants are similar in color.
    We don't order from the school, it is straight through Uniform House. If you call them, I am sure they can help you. I have had really good customer service there. I always ordered my uniforms in person, not online. That is ridiculous that they make you buy from the bookstore, although there aren't enough sizes for everyone.


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