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  • Nov 20 '12

    I just completed my LPN to RN program while working full-time NOC, I had many lost hours of sleep that is for sure .. it's pretty crazy to get back into student mode after being the nurse for awhile.

    Care plans, concept maps, and the whole change of scope was a bit to get used to as well. Brush up on your basic dosage calculations because the critical care ones get a lot longer! I also recommend starting to answer or practice NCLEX-RN questions now.

    The easiest part... the delegation questions r/t to CNA and LPN scope... well we already know what we can and can't do.

    Good luck!

  • Jan 27 '11

    I was thinking about my Baltimore jail parking advise and wanted to add that, although it should be relatively safe in daytime, you should still be savvy and alert on the in any urban area. Lock all your valuables in the trunk. They probably already told you not to take much into the jail. Usually, I make it a policy to only take in my car key, drivers license, and any papers needed for my visit. Less to deal with at the security checkpoint. Someone should meet you there to walk you in. If you are interviewing with Francis, Kim, or Robbin, tell them how you know me and that I send my regards :heartbeat

  • Jan 27 '11

    Quote from lm8539
    Can anyone tell me what SHOULD you do if you found an inmate down, or an inmate threatening to jump?Can you also give me some tips on how you would deal with manipulative behavior or what special skills are necessary to work in this environment?
    ManDown or Threat to Self/other Harm: first hit your alarm to summon or otherwise summon assistance. If man down - assess for danger to self or have C.O secure scene. Then proceed to assess inmate for extent of medical intervention needed and act accordingly. For Threat to harm: Summon assistance. Use psych skills to maintain inmate attention, and assurance of no need to self harm. Do not attempt to bring the inmate down as they may take you with them.
    Manipulative behaviour: Set clear and firm limits. Let inmate know that manipulation is not acceptable nor will it be tolerated.
    Special skills - respect for yourself and the ability to set limits in a fair and balanced manner.

  • Jun 26 '09

    Martinsburg; I do not know about DC

  • May 25 '09

    I have a three year old and a kindergartener. Studying is tough when they are around! I will often take them to fast food places that have playlands in them. I will also sit outside in our yard with a book when they play. You may also try trading study time with another classmate, by taking turns caring for each other's children to give each other some quiet time to study. Also, you may want to get some good educational software titles, Reader Rabbit Baby and Toddler and Jumpstart Toddlers gave me hours of good, quality time. Then, there's Mother's Little Helper, the television. Don't feel like a bad mom, just know that if you have to let your kids watch too much tv, you are doing it for the greater good of the family. I always feel guilty that I'm missing out on quality family time when I shoo them away to entertain themselves. But it's for the best, money is a great thing to have when raising children and keep reminding yourself that there will be better days when you have the $$$ to provide greater quality experiences with them. For example, we're going to Disneyworld after I graduate, and they know it! So that helps them put it into perspective why I study so much. They can't wait until Mommy's a nurse!

  • May 22 '09

    i actually interested in the LPN prog in PA pls could u give me a contact number to call the school for futher information?i tin its actually best to do the 12months rather than going thru that hell of pre -reqs and spending two yrs.

    Quote from Jules A
    The money is going to be at nursing homes but
    we are lucky to have some hospitals that hire LPNs. Last I knew, Union Memorial, Harbor, Kernan and I think Northwest hire LPNs. Spring Grove over in Catonsville is a state psych hospital that hires LPNs and I believe most of the VA hospitals will also. I've also seen ads for a company over in Columbia that hires LPNs for telephonic nursing which might be a cool job especially while in RN school.

  • May 21 '09

    good idea!

    My only "trick" is making a mobile station thingie for 10pm rounds, when everyone is in bed. I take a 2-bay laundry cart and line one side with a huge black trash bag and wheel that around with me. I put a box of gloves, bottle of hand sanitizer, and bag of soapy washcloths on top and I have everything I need.

  • May 21 '09

    So I was having this huge issue with the bedpan with one particular resident. He calls for it a lot and often doesn't go. But when he does, man look out! It's huge, loose and you can NEVER get it out of the pan! So I was just throwing the whole thing away.

    Another aide told me the best trick! Put a plastic can liner over the bedpan, stuff it down in the inside and use it that way. Then when I remove the pan, I can turn the bag inside out, toss in the wipes and be done with the whole process! Amazing!!!

    I love stuff like that! And when I told the aides on my new floor, they were amazed the newby had some great trick they didn't know What do you pass on that makes your life easier?

  • Apr 14 '09

    It doesn't matter how many questions you answered in the test. It's all about answering the right questions and having a succession of right questions. The software is programed to make a decision whether you have competency or not. This can happen as early as 75 questions and it can take all 265 questions. 75 questions and off only means that you either passed well or you were far from the mark.

  • Apr 14 '09

    I would do both. Patient Care Associate/Technician positions usually require that the person be trained in both and also in EKG interpetation. It was a win-win for me when I obtained my phlebotomy certification. My course allowed us to take the certification exam and then, I went to do volunteer work in a hospital for a month to just draw blood. I became very good and eventually, got hired for a few agencies that allowed me to draw blood exclusively. Eventually, I got hired as a Patient Care Associate. The same place that hired me allowed me a full time leave of absence with pay to become an LPN...and STILL, I get many side positions because I am not afraid to draw blood.

    I believe that having both will enhance your chances to obtain a hospital position.

  • Apr 14 '09

    I have no idea about "fattest job" - there are a lot of jobs out there.
    However, I myself am overweight, despite the fact that I run around like crazy 40 hours a week. It's a mystery.

    However, I was overweight before I ever became a CNA - the job is not the cause.

    For one, I think bigger people do well as CNAs because we tend to be a little stronger, which goes a long way when it comes to lifting people, pulling them up, etc. Of course, smaller people have the benefit of having less weight on their feet.

    But, I've discussed this before with some people I work with. Not only are there a lot of overweight CNAs, there are a lot of overweight nurses, too. We thought that one reason for that might be the nature of the job. It's exhausting, and after a long workday, we all agreed that we rarely have the energy to do much for ourselves, whether that entails working out or cooking a fresh healthy meal.

    But, like I said - I seriously doubt we're the "fattest" job.

  • Apr 14 '09

    No offense to the people who write these article's but they obviously have a desk job and have NO CLUE what CNA work entails. I'm not a CNA yet but I have many friends who are and let me just say that NONE of them are *fat* and some have actually said they've lost weight since starting their job. Maybe they think that the healthcare industry is so stressed and over worked to where *they think* when people get off work...all they do is eat, or perhaps gain weight caused by stress...I don't know. But CNA work being the fattest job out there? Impossible!

  • Apr 13 '09

    All of the above.
    There are two types of nurses...those with bad backs and those that are going to get a bad back. It sucks but there you go, we are a profession of heavy lifters and movers. Stretching and yoga helps, as do supportive shoes.
    Nothing though...and I mean NOTHING can replace proper body mechanics. Learn it and love it. It will make your life so much happier.

  • Apr 13 '09

    PS-I hope you don't take my above post negetive. That is one of the best things about this board also-is to let off steam, laugh a little and knowing we are all in the same boat navigating through the ice bergs at times.:heartbeat

  • Apr 13 '09

    And, as for not covering the residents?
    Just wait. You'll find that most of those residents are so used to it, they could hardly care less and in fact are likely to throw their clothes off before you could even reach for something to cover them with.

    Everyone's idealistic and "appalled" during clinicals. Everyone.