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  • Feb 17

    Yes, some folks did work awfully hard to get into the program and then leave.
    Nursing is not everything to everyone.
    Sometimes a person just realizes, "Hey, I don't want this. This isn't for me".
    That's okay.
    There's nothing wrong with that person's intelligence, maturity or discipline.
    They just are not into it anymore and pursue other things.

    Like others have said, most students don't drop out-- they fail out.
    Nursing school is a whole different beast.
    If you go for your Associates... well, I guarantee that will be, hands down, the most grueling Associates you could ever slave to get.

    Okay, then... so they fail out.
    Why?
    They never learn how to study "smart".
    They never try to break the code of the NCLEX.
    They try to cram the night before the exam like it's their high school history exam... erm... no.
    They turn in poor work.
    They are dangerous in clinical.
    They are unprepared for clinical.
    They can't take direction.
    They don't take responsibility of-- or learn from-- their mistakes.
    They are mentally and physically burnt-out and sleep deprived!
    They have a life-changing event that tips the scales on their already unbalanced lives!
    For the love of all that is holy!
    Inability to focus, arguing with an instructor, cheating, missing lab returns...
    I could go on and on...

    I've got to quit this.
    My stomach hurts.

  • Feb 8

    Quote from bookwormom
    1)Get a job in a health care related field, such as CNA. it will give you some experience and help you have a better idea of nursing.

    And if you can get a CNA job with an employer that offers tuition reimbursement, you could get a good chunk of your nursing school paid by your employer.

    Some employers require you to work as a nurse for them for a period of time after they pay for your school-- some do not.

    I went to a community college, got tuition reimbursement and a nursing scholarship through work. My education was practically free and I was not required to stay with my employer afterward. I also had my job handed to me because they knew me and my work ethic.

    Just tossing out another option for you.

  • Feb 8

    Quote from NurseGirl525
    Do you understand why psych patiebts are some of the least to be compliant?
    I'm sure Meriwhen does indeed know. She was stating a fact that they have poor compliance.

  • Feb 7

    We had a funny and charming gentleman who was bopping his way up to the nurses' station. On his head was a sharp fedora hat.
    The charge looks up and exclaims, "Well, look at that hat! Hey, are you a detective? You Dick Tracy or something?"
    The pt grinned from ear to ear, slapped his hand down on the desk, leans in and exclaims, "Well, I don't know about Tracy but I have the ****!!"

    We all split a gut!

  • Feb 5

    Quote from NurseGirl525
    Do you understand why psych patiebts are some of the least to be compliant?
    I'm sure Meriwhen does indeed know. She was stating a fact that they have poor compliance.

  • Feb 3

    My husband is a retired cop and he's told me that he would never give a nurse a ticket. The nurse would have to be doing something pretty bad before he'd even consider it.
    Now, I do not speed and I try to do whatever I have to do so that I won't get pulled over. I think it's embarrassing.
    However, I have been pulled over-- it happens-- and I have not gotten a ticket. I was in scrubs and my car also has a FOP sticker on the rear window. I am also very respectful.
    So was it because of my scrubs, my husband's sticker or my delightfully polite and charming demeanor ?
    I don't know, but probably none of that hurt one bit.
    I don't think any of us should be zooming around breaking speed records-- or the law, in general-- because we think we're going to get a free pass...
    But if I get pulled over and the kind officer wants to give me a break, I'm not dumb enough to argue.

  • Feb 2

    Quote from Lev <3
    This poster likes to stir up trouble FYI.
    Yeah, I was trying to sit on my hands and not reply at all... then Heron answered with some fine emoticons... which was funny because I was restraining myself from using the poop emoticon...
    Nope... not even worthy of a poop emoticon.

  • Feb 2

    Quote from Pythinia
    That's a lot of descriptive words you use on a patient... to deal with the immature, ignorant,abusive, manipulative, controlling, unstable bipolar,angry, and the never ending parade of nut jobs!

    Why don't you find another vocation?
    Are you even a nurse?

  • Jan 30

    Quote from Pythinia
    That's a lot of descriptive words you use on a patient... to deal with the immature, ignorant,abusive, manipulative, controlling, unstable bipolar,angry, and the never ending parade of nut jobs!

    Why don't you find another vocation?
    Are you even a nurse?

  • Jan 30

    Quote from Pythinia
    That's a lot of descriptive words you use on a patient... to deal with the immature, ignorant,abusive, manipulative, controlling, unstable bipolar,angry, and the never ending parade of nut jobs!

    Why don't you find another vocation?
    Are you even a nurse?

  • Jan 29

    I deal with these types of folks from time to time (gero psych). They are extremely exhausting, and the only thing gets me through a shift is knowing that this patient cannot stay inpatient forever. My time dealing with them is limited... except when nobody wants to accept the patient (shocker!!!) to their living facility... ugh! I always felt sorry for the staff that had to deal with them long term. I remember having some lu-lus in LTC, but your resident (former resident!!!) wins the prize.

    Do not feel guilty for feeling less than compassionate. This type of person feeds off of sucking others dry. They want to see you miserable because they are miserable... but we already know this. I just want you to stop feeling guilty! Let yourself enjoy that fact that she is gone! Yes, she's somebody else's problem now, but with her noncompliance, she may do everyone a favor and bow out early... which is probably what she really wants, if you get down to it.

    I'm glad she's gone... you deserve a break! Take care.

  • Jan 29

    I work geri-psych.

    Listen to report.
    Pull my meds.
    Check my labs, orders and vitals (MHA's do VS)
    Try to skim the chart as I f/u on wonky labs and VS.
    Get interrupted constantly.
    Do my med pass and assess my patients as I go.
    Get interrupted constantly.
    Try to verbally redirect, then distract my agitated geros.
    Play whack-a-mole as all my high fall risk geros try to get up and "walk" at the same time.
    Redirect my geros who are banging on the exit doors, because they "have to go home and feed the baby".
    Break down and prepare the Haldol, as quickly as possible, because staff are trying not to get kicked in the face or nads.
    Get interrupted constantly because my noncompliant diabetic is in my face, demanding chips now, and doesn't care I'm bookin' it with a syringe in my hand, while staff is trying to hold down an 88 year-old man who thinks he's Bruce Lee.
    Check my orders and find the psychiatrist wants my patient to have ECT tomorrow... no labs, EKG or x-rays done. Crap.
    Try to get all of it done in half a shift while constantly being interrupted.
    Take my patient to the toilet because all of the MHA's have disappeared somewhere.
    Stop everything because a patient has chest pain and crummy VS.
    Deal with a medical emergency.
    Get an admit.
    Deal with constipation... though not my own.
    Try to be therapeutic in my interactions with my walkie-talkies, while my butt-hole is in a pucker because I'm one noodle away from drowning.
    Med pass again and visiting time.
    Deal with the visitor that is absolutely crazy. She is demanding Mom be put on this antibiotic that she read about on WebMD, instead of the one Mom is on. I come close to asking her is she has a lab at home and has run the culture on the urine herself, but I contain myself.
    Try, again, to get dementia patients to take their meds. I promise them it's not poison.
    Find poop on my WOW.
    Play with the phone as I finish up coordinating the ECT, check on my chest pain patient in ER and watch my Haldol patient wind back up again.
    Get interrupted for a warm blanket by a patient who has decided to walk past the MHA in the hallway and ask the nurse allllllllll the way over here at the nurse's station with a phone in her ear.
    It's bedtime, but the patients do not sleep. They are milling around in the dark. It looks like Night of the Living Dead.
    Make an old lady put her clothes back on.
    Give report and run like hell.

  • Jan 27

    Quote from Pythinia
    That's a lot of descriptive words you use on a patient... to deal with the immature, ignorant,abusive, manipulative, controlling, unstable bipolar,angry, and the never ending parade of nut jobs!

    Why don't you find another vocation?
    Are you even a nurse?

  • Jan 27

    Quote from Pythinia
    That's a lot of descriptive words you use on a patient... to deal with the immature, ignorant,abusive, manipulative, controlling, unstable bipolar,angry, and the never ending parade of nut jobs!

    Why don't you find another vocation?
    Are you even a nurse?

  • Jan 26

    Quote from Chance010507
    Has anyone ever gone from a CNA to RN and missed it? How different is the relationship?
    I was a CNA for over 20 years before I became a nurse. I loved being a CNA. I often miss the hands-on care and so I do it whenever I can.

    Yes. It was nice to be able to just get the nurse when things got sketchy. It was nice to then help the nurse and just be Robin and not Batman. It was nice to go home on time!

    I filled in as a PCT last week. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It was a break from admissions, doctor calls, treatments, family visits and med passes that usually are fraught with niggly glitches and complications that drive me up the wall!

    I will say, I do like my paychecks better as a nurse, so there's that.


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