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jodispamodi, BSN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-P 720 Views

Joined Mar 7, '08. jodispamodi is a RN. Posts: 36 (33% Liked) Likes: 35

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    I second on calling the union! You can delay the meeting until you have time to talk to them. Hopefully its something minor. I learned to keep all my report sheets after being scapegoated for something someone else didnt do. Good luck, be strong, and at least your manager told you about the meeting in advance. Many blindside you while you're working.

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    I used mosbys care plan book it covered all 3 parts and was the main reason I didn't implode during care plans in school. Its well worth the money

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    Haha, so just to confuse you further... No the patient does not always have a medical diagnosis before the nurse writes the nursing care plan. Going back to my appendicitis case, the patient may have right sided abdominal pain but not the typical sx of appendiicitis. So the patient may be admitted with abdominal pain (which is really a symptom not a diagnosis)the patient could in fact have gas, constipation, appendicitis, colon cancer, so on so forth and in that case where the patient does not have a clear cut diagnosis yet you would work your nursing care plan for the symptoms/potential problems they have, and if they do have a medical diagnosis you still do the same thing. Does that make sense? Hope so.

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    I did google it but wasnt able to find much info, or at least not was I was looking for. Thanks for the link I'll take a look.

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    Scottishtape likes this.

    I think you're a little bit confused.... and the terms are confusing. MD does not use nursing dx to diagnosis disease. To try to explain: the medical dx is the disease or condition the patient has, ie appendicitis, influenza, fractured femur, etc. The Nursing dx are basically assessing for problems (hopefully preventing) problems from those diseases/conditions, for example: the doctor diagnoses appendicitis, doctors tx would include, surgery, abx, pain medication etc; The nurse gets a patient with appendicitis, nursing dx would include: skin integrity, assessing for s/sx of infection, return to baseline bowel function, risk of electrolyte imbalance, maintain o2 sat above 90%(if had anesthesia), etc. (I'm doing this off the top of my head so hope its not confusing)

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    I used pathophysiology for dummies. Personally I felt it gave better info than the textbook but tests are based off the textbook.

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    I actually didnt use anything and passed first try, but I had prior medical experience. I would suggest a good medical terminology book, possibly one for medical transcriptionists. Good luck!

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    I had to work full time during school, its hard but doable. You just have to commit yourself to seeing it through no matter what.

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    wait a minute, pee? you get to pee and dont have to hold it so long your bladder stops telling you its full,lol

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    elkpark likes this.

    This is a SCAM! The Dept of Ed does not contract with anyone to give loan advice. You can call them directly and speak with someone who can help you without paying a dime.

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    In my program we had many student nurses who were over 50, even a 60year old! I would suggest though seeing if you could possibly shadow a nurse before you start school, many people love the idea of becoming a nurse but when they discover the real duties/politics/tasks they realize its not for them. We had several people, of all ages 20's-50's drop out after first clinicals when they realized it wasnt for them. So yes you can become a nurse at 53, but make sure you know what you're getting into. Best of luck to you.

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    brownbook and RN_1978 like this.

    Find out how busy the surgery center is first. I worked at one was told I was full time hours 7-330 but when it was slow and this was often 3 days out of 5, I was finished by 10am or 11am. I was an hourly employee so didnt get paid when we went home early.

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    Hi, I don't know if I'm posting in the right forum but... I'm considering going to grad school for NP, they want the miller analogy test for admission. Has anyone taken this? I've never heard of it, I' m afraid of the GRE because I'm math phobic (although I can do med conversions,lol) Can anyone tell me what to expect? or study for? Thanks.

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    additionally, talk to the course professor, ask for extra help! Go to the labs and find a co student who is good and practice, practice, practice.

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    Here.I.Stand likes this.

    So you have to understand that the nurse on the floor has a job to do, and often many tasks. My suggestion for next time would be to introduce yourself, no need to shake hands really, ask the nurse if its ok to shadow them (sometimes nurses are having a hard day) and if they say it isnt have your instructor find someone else. pay attention in report but if you havent heard of something, don't interrupt or ask what it is, write it down go on a computer and try to research it, you have to realize that the time spent answering costs the nurse time as well. Follow the nurse but dont be a literal hound dog pup give them some space. Lastly when I was in clinicals I always tried to find something positive to say to a nurse I was with, it really helped rapport. I've always enjoyed students but a couple of times with a challenging day or patient or whatever have had to say, give me some space for a bit. Don't take it personally.


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