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  • Dec 14 '11

    Quote from merrywhiterose
    You should've left out the last paragraph.
    Why? The article is about how an event sparked realizations for the author. Why should she edit her own natural response to the events. You could have stopped reading. She should not have to speak half-truths when she is speaking of her own experience.

  • Dec 14 '11

    It really boggles the mind to see how defensive some of you are. Nursing is no place for narrow minds. Neither is this world.

    That comment about "almost getting out the checkbook" was absolutely disgusting. The author of this article is talking about the lives of innocent children whom you were willing to help until you discovered that the nurse who authored the article is a Christian? All I can do is shake my head.

  • Dec 14 '11

    I applaud you for speaking your faith. In this age of political correctness, many feel they have to keep quiet about their beliefs for fear of offending someone. It takes courage to profess your faith in mixed company, and not everyone can do it. Good for you for speaking up.

    It is a shame that some people will choose to disregard the entirety of your article because they have different beliefs. Why can we not take from it whatever speaks to us, and disregard a part if it does not?

  • Dec 14 '11

    What is the problem with the last paragraph? Religion bothers you so? That is a bit sad that people are so judgemental that a nice and interesting article is suddely disregarded because she believes in God. If you don't believe, then take it with a passing thought that her religion brings her comfort, what brings you yours? And share it with us, unless you are afraid to get judged as well.

  • Dec 14 '11

    A very touching and informative read and I appreciate you sharing in your last paragraph your beliefs. Please do not ever feel discouraged to do so.

  • Dec 5 '11

    How sad that the family got such weird information.

    I had a patient in clinical who had an unidentified prion disease (not CJD, and the CDC kept requesting more samples, which can't be good) and all we used were gloves. As the ID doc said, "You're fine unless you decide to eat his brain." Of course, that leaves you wondering how the poor patient got the disease!

  • Dec 3 '11

    Quote from Jolie
    Urban myth. Chicken pox is a respiratory virus, transmitted by airborne route. Licking a lollipop, while gross and disgusting, won't cause a case of chicken pox.

    Well no ****. It was a joke referencing the following story and not a serious solution.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7AB0SW20111112

  • Dec 3 '11

    Quote from ScottE
    Sounds like it might be easier to find someone who has an active chicken pox infection. There is always the pre-licked lollipop route.
    Urban myth. Chicken pox is a respiratory virus, transmitted by airborne route. Licking a lollipop, while gross and disgusting, won't cause a case of chicken pox.

  • Dec 3 '11

    Sounds like it might be easier to find someone who has an active chicken pox infection. There is always the pre-licked lollipop route.

  • Dec 3 '11

    Quote from clandestine-approach
    As the another nursing school semester comes to an end, some of us are bearing witness to those peers of ours who may not be moving on in the program, or will have to repeat the semester.

    As this saddens me to witness... I want to take a minute to communicate to those who are not moving on due to performance issues. As harsh as this may sound... those of you are not going forward are doing so justifiably. These programs are easy to fail, yet hard to succeed in beyond mediocrity. If you have failed, and yes below 75% is failing, then you SHOULD NOT be moving forward and the hospital floor and those potential patients you would be exposed to are much safer due to these standards.

    Your peers "know" that you struggle with concepts and they too are concerned with patient safety when it comes to your caring for patients. It takes dedication and time to "comprehend" vs. "staring at" the literature to GET this material. After soliciting information from "my peers", as well considering how much time I study to achieve comprehension as well as reflective high scores, a 40hr/wk study schedule is a reasonable expectation for understanding the material.

    40 hrs a week studying is reasonable???? HOLY MOLY GUACAMOLE (as my daughter would say). I am so happy I am naturally smart and didn't have to study 40 hrs a week to do well. :|

  • Dec 3 '11

    Wow. Seriously? Get off your high horse.

  • Dec 3 '11

    Quote from clandestine-approach
    As the another nursing school semester comes to an end, some of us are bearing witness to those peers of ours who may not be moving on in the program, or will have to repeat the semester.

    As this saddens me to witness... I want to take a minute to communicate to those who are not moving on due to performance issues. As harsh as this may sound... those of you are not going forward are doing so justifiably. These programs are easy to fail, yet hard to succeed in beyond mediocrity. If you have failed, and yes below 75% is failing, then you SHOULD NOT be moving forward and the hospital floor and those potential patients you would be exposed to are much safer due to these standards.

    Your peers "know" that you struggle with concepts and they too are concerned with patient safety when it comes to your caring for patients. It takes dedication and time to "comprehend" vs. "staring at" the literature to GET this material. After soliciting information from "my peers", as well considering how much time I study to achieve comprehension as well as reflective high scores, a 40hr/wk study schedule is a reasonable expectation for understanding the material.
    While I agree with you that those who fail shouldn't be allowed to move forward in the program, this post comes off as rather condescending and chastising. How do you know that those who are failing didn't take the time to study or learn the concepts? How do you know that they "stared" at the material instead of trying to comprehend it?

    There is no need to make a post for self-praise and talking down at others. You don't know their situation, I'm sure, just like they do not know yours. Nursing school is difficult and not everyone can be as smart and as perfect as you.

    P.S. This is coming from someone who is NOT failing out of Nursing school.

  • Dec 3 '11

    As someone who may be "bitingthe dust" in the next coupleof weeks, I would like to give my own perspective. If I flunk out of the program I'm in,it will because I flunk clinical lab. (We don't deal with real patients yet.) I have a 90 - 95 GPA and understand the concepts. I just got totally freaked out by my clinical instructor and got stage fright during validations.

    I'm going to be re-validated on the assessments I failed. (Open gloving=sweaty hands and a big tangled octopus of rubber!) If I flunk out, yep. I did it. I own it. It's on me. I don't blame anyone else.

    Do I understand why they will have to flunk me? Yes. Do I agree? Yes. Do I like it? No.

    But that's the way it is. I'm trying to stay focussed on everything else I have to get done in the next two weeks. I have spent hours and hours practicing, and I've done what I can do. However, the anxiety is hard to bear. I will give it my best effort until the end.

    I just pray that I will accept whatever happens.

  • Dec 3 '11

    I agree that:
    concepts must be understood
    class/clinical/lab must be attended
    hands-on must be satisfactory
    communication must be satisfactory
    test-taking strategies must be understood
    team work is key
    independence is key
    ability to take direction is key
    critical thinking is key
    and...
    if you failed it, you own it and you need to correct it before you can move on.

    But...

    What constructive criticism was offered in the original post?
    I do agree with the reality check, but the rest is lost on me.

    And what does this comment, "LVN to RN Bridge" I’m guessing you took, which you struggled with, instead of a real concern for helping others recognize and manage through identified weaknesses", have to do with anything?

    I'm not sure what you are trying to say there.

  • Dec 3 '11

    Judging from the tone of your post, I really doubt it saddens you to witness these people's failures.

    "I want to take a minute to communicate to those who are not moving on due to performance issues"

    You're not really communicating to them... unless you sent them an email to this very post.

    Overall, this post has left me shaking my head in wonder.


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