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Yes, as long as you have passed one semester of nursing school, you can register and sit for the STNA test. I personally went through the classes and was told that by the DON of the program. Two of my classmates just registered and took the STNA test 2 weeks ago without taking the training classes. We are in our third semester (just started) so all you have to do is find a testing agency and register for the test. This link should help you locate an Ohio testing place. http://www.hdmaster.com/testing/cnat..._STNA_Home.htm
In peds we had to double check everything. Even OTC meds.
You have to be very creative sometimes....Do you have a list of nursing diagnosis, sometimes just looking through them can be a lot of help. I just finished nursing school in May and Passed NCLEX in June, if you are early in the program they just want to see that you can critically think.
If a patient is old, confused, and alone in a new enviroment, what could be a problem?
She could have a UTI.....Old people can become confused due to a UTI....Or could have had a stroke or many other things....just 2 biggies
Risk for injury related to unfamiliar enviroment---re-orient frequently--keep free from clutter etc
Impaired communication related to disorientation and confusion
risk for skin breakdown r/t incontinence manifested by patient's change in mental status
Risk for falls
risk for impaired nutrition r/t change in patient's mental status
Well I hope this helps!!!!!
GOODLUCK....nursing school can be very tricky and annoying, but it will be worth it
ok, first off think of your care plan as capturing this patient's nursing problems at one moment in time--like a photograph captures a picture of something happening and preserving that one moment in history. so, don't be concerned about followup info. your care plan is about this 88-year old's nursing problems and what you're gonna do about them as of that point in time where you entered his life. our job as nurses is to assist patients in responding to their diseases and conditions and helping them achieve their activities of daily living. in putting together the care plan we begin by collecting data and then sifting out the data that is abnormal. that abnormal data is what becomes the basis for the care plan. the data we are most interested in concerns the following:
I have Lab Notes (the spiral book) I also have a PDA but much prefer this little book.
Fits in my pocket perfect and it has what I think you're looking for. It will say for whatever lab what is the most likely cause(s) for an increase/decrease.
I can flip back and forth for different things (which is why I prefer this for labs rather than the PDA) and it's working well on my last 6 weeks of 12 hour clinicals before graduation
Feels great to be able to answer questions that my instructor may throw at me.
i think it's mosbys, we have davis on our pda's, i like the book better.
employers look for people who have:
We use to have a teacher on our psych unit for the adolescents also.
We have teachers employed by the public school system who are assigned to our hospital full time to be the link between the kids and whatever school system they attend. They supervise their educations while the kids are in the hospital. They are not nurses. They are regular teachers.
I think that's the most common approach. And you would be surprised how much they get accomplished in that brief period at the bedside or in the classroom. When you eliminate the fluff and the distractions, so much can be done. Years ago I worked in a peds extended care unit where one of our patients was a teenager. She managed to keep up with her classmates until such time as she went for a transplant and then she fell behind. (And she was NOT the most cooperative kid in the world either!)
oncology will be medical patients receiving either surgical or medical treatment for cancer. they may be hospitalized because of a complication related to the cancer treatment or because of the cancer itself causing a medical problem. cancer treatment today is moving toward being treated as a chronic disease. having gone through radiation therapy and chemotherapy myself i can tell you that these modalities of treatment can cure the cancer but leave the patient with other problems. which is why oncology is primarily a medical specialty. you are likely to see patients with just about anything going on and any kind of treatment and device. it would be interesting. oncology nurses are experts in chemotherapy and the cancer treatments and their side effects. lot of ivs and picc lines. they are also very compassionate. their patients think about and face issues of life and death daily. lot of psychosocial issues going on. yes, you would learn and see a lot from working on this kind of unit.
you need to give ceclor to a patient who weighs 31 pounds. the doc order is ceclor 20 mg/kg/day in 3 divided doses. you have ceclor available in 125mg/5ml. how many ml will you administer in each dose?
1. GRAVITY; Ex: When you are giving a bed bath to a large elderly female lying in bed dont look for scars from a double masectomy, roll her over and retrieve her breasts or from wherever they are.
2. CONTACT PRECAUTIONS; Ex: You will see many nurses go into the room taking no precautions other than the standard ones. However, your clinical instructor WILL make you gown up as if your patient is an alien and you are about to take them back to the spaceship.
3. SHIFT CHANGE REPORT; Ex: Really listen to what the nurse tells you about your patient and look at their chart for past surgeries. You do not want to go into your patients room and do a head to toe assessment and ask a double amputee about the strength in his legs.
4. WE ARE STUPID; Ex: Don't hesitate to ask the nurse, tech, etc. a question because you may look dumb...because we already look dumb....and they were once too.
5. HIPPA; Ex: Yes you will begin to act like you are in a secret society, only trusting your mother.
6. OPPOSITE SEX BATH; Ex: Wash the penis last, if he becomes aroused you calmly discontinue and ironically have completed the bath. Seriously, dont keep bathing.
7. CODE BROWN; Ex: Yes, we have all been there and so will you. This is when you will wonder why there are no gloves available that come up to your elbows. Grab a yellow gown off a door of a patient that is on contact precautions and slip the gloves on over the gown cuffs.
8. KNOW YOUR HOLES; Ex: Urethra, Vagina, and Anus. We are all diffrent and the urethra is NOT always above the vagina. Enough said.
9. PUT IT BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT. Ex: When you are done placing a urinary catheter in an uncircumsised male...put the foreskin back where you found it.
10. TAMPONS. Ex: You will be greeted with your monthly hello as soon as you put on your white uniform and are at the hospital. Bring them in your bag and bring some for your clinical group.
Author: Me KP
there are 2 sides to being understanding and "getting over" the way people treat you; what's good for the goose is good for the gander. there in no reason for any professional nurses to be "snappy" or "eating students"--at any time--for any reason. that is just a cute way of saying someone is exhibiting bad behavior. that kind of behavior is never acceptable no matter what the circumstances. having a bad day or being upset over the death of patient that was unsuccessfully coded and taking it out on an innocent person isn't justification for being nasty to someone who has no idea what a nurse just experienced. neither is going home and kicking the dog or beating up one's spouse. remaining calm headed and finding other outlets to release stress is the correct way to handle the stress. expecting people to stand there and take the brunt of someone else's anger and upset is absolutely outrageous and wrong.
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