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Joined Aug 20, '09 - from 'Somewhere in the USA'. tokmom is a CMSRN. She has '30' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff'. Posts: 4,676 (61% Liked) Likes: 8,627

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  • Sep 24

    We had one doc that loved to have dramatic temper tantrums. Throwing charts, pens and flopping down in a chair throwing his arms up in the air.

    One day doc was having a whopper of a tantrum. The chart went sliding down the station floor, a pen went whizzing past someones head. The dr the flung himself in a chair. Guess what? As he sat down, the chair, with wheels, moved. Doc hit the ground hard, lol. Sort of put a damper on his drama.

    The rest of us scattered like mice, snickering down the hall, and left him sitting there.

  • Sep 17

    My philosophy is to not kill anyone or miss any orders during my shift.
    It took me one shift on my own to develop this practice/philosophy. lol.

    I recommend this approach to all new grads.

  • Sep 10

    My philosophy:

    1) Make no med errors

    2) catch any pt circling the drain before they code

    3) get out on time

    4) get my lunch at the very least

    5) Be mindful of burn out

  • Sep 8

    Every department is its own specialty. That wasn't aimed at you, OP, but that comment drives me nuts.

    If you can stick it out for 6 months just to get the background. Even psych pts get sick suddenly.
    After your six months then leave.
    Having 7 pts is crazy. We max at 5.

  • Sep 4

    Every department is its own specialty. That wasn't aimed at you, OP, but that comment drives me nuts.

    If you can stick it out for 6 months just to get the background. Even psych pts get sick suddenly.
    After your six months then leave.
    Having 7 pts is crazy. We max at 5.

  • Sep 4

    Quote from la_chica_suerte85
    I've seen this a lot, too and it especially gets touted by some of the nurses that float to the med-surg floors I've been on. I think there's a certain degree of "flash" and status that comes with being in a specialty but with Med-Surg, you have to be all things to all people. The time management, the total care pts (i.e. you are the sole caregiver -- no PCT, no CNA, no one to help you), the range of diseases/syndromes and everything else requires someone who has a broad knowledge base and excellent organization skills. I don't really get where this idea came from, though. I can see the excitement with higher acuity and maybe the more complex med admin and assessment but you really have to be on your toes in Med-Surg just as much. At the end of the day, anywhere is a good place to start. Experience is the most valuable thing.
    Med/Surg IS a specialty. Nobody seems to realize that.

    Any floor can and will be awful, with high rates of burnout, if staffing is sub par. Again, it's NOT med/surg that is horrible, it is what management does to med/surg that is so terribly wrong.

  • Sep 4

    Quote from RN_Mommy_2_3
    Thank you, Tokmom for your motivating words. I'm getting out of my little funk, I think. I'm getting so excited for this class to be over so I can start Health Assessment. Are there any recommendations for this class? Or any instructors to avoid? PM if so.

    Thanks so much and CONGRATS to you on your BSN!!!! I cannot wait to be in your shoes!
    Thank you!

    Ignore my post to you on the other thread. I didn't know you were this way too.

    Anyway, I can't really say to much about my professors/instructors. I only had a potential difficult instructor that I dropped before I started the class, and the one I had for spirituality, graded very hard. I barely got an A in that class, and I was glad to see it over.

    TIP: Check out the announcements before you start the class. The classroom is typically loaded on Friday, so you have the entire weekend to go through and read their announcements and other personal tidbits that clue you in to the difficulty.

    If you read an announcement that gives you the willies and you want a different instructor, do NOT post on the wall or anywhere on the forum, when it officially opens on Monday. Call your advisor and get moved. Pandora and I avoided potential problems with an instructor that did not seem like a good personality fit, by reading the rules and regulations in the announcement section.

  • Sep 4

    Health assessment is a busy class. In fact, it seemed to level off (or I got used to the busy-ness of the course) after community. I told my advisor (as I was standing in the corner of the DME supply room, ranting into my phone) that these classes were too busy for someone working full time with families, and every class just seemed to ramp up to a higher level.
    He promised me that the work levels off, and it did. So hang in there. It does get better, but those first few classes come with a learning curve. You have to learn how to be a student, when you are still expected to be a wife, mom, and employee!! If my kids wanted any social interaction with me, they had to come sit next to me and my laptop . My husband totally took over cooking, and most of the cleaning, because it wasn't going to get done any other way.
    My work probably had the most of my attention, because I'm the breadwinner and I didn't need to get fired, lol.

    My nursing and garden magazines are in a big pile, my flower beds suck, my car needs to be shoveled, and I'm sure my credit score took a nosedive because I paid bills late, because I forgot. Yep, totally scatterbrained .

    So lean on others for help with chores, and say good bye to your family and focus on school if you have to, to get the assignments done.

  • Sep 4

    Quote from taurus099
    Tough or just time consuming ? You think it's feasible to work 3 12's and do this program ? I am single and do not have any kids
    I have a husband with health issues, 7 kids (only 5 at home and one is special needs, so a busy child) I work 3/12 hr shifts, but am involved in union activity, work committees and spend easily over 40 hours a week at work at times. So yeah, single and no kid, it is doable.

    The first three classes it seems keep you busy. I remember thinking that I would never get organized to get it all done and just when I thought I got the gist of the class, the next one had even more activities in it. You will develop a method to the madness that works for you. I have a tendency to get in the class room early, look around, grab the syllabus and copy the DQ to Word so I can work on them. I start the initial reading and start my first paper.

    Now this is me. Some wait until the last minute and do fine. Do what works best for you.

  • Sep 4

    Quote from BeautyonDuty
    @tokmom, Thank you so much for your in put. I did not know there was a rule about posting instructors names on here, wow thats crazy. I am so worried and scared though because I had such a hard time in nursing school and the thought of writing so many papers is a little overwhelming. I HATE writing papers because it takes me FOREVER just to come up with the introduction and to even write about something in length. Papers have never been my forte in general. I do not have the gift of "gab" lol if thats how the saying goes. But I read this entire post and others and for the most part everyone seems to like GCU so maybe I can be successful there.
    If this makes you feel any better, I hadn't been to school for well over 20 years, did not know how to operate MS Word, or power points and thought APA was a kind of motor oil. Now, I can whip out a power point in a day (in rough, but doable form) and get the skeleton of a paper completed. Believe me, you become proficient very quickly.


    Know APA 6th edition. If you don't. start boning up on Owl Purdue or the APA website

    Stats? Get familiar with the lingo

    Work ahead if you can. Yes, you will have no social life until you can get into a routine and even then it will be limited if you are a slow writer, but it is doable. You just have to have the commitment and the desire to see it through.

  • Sep 4

    Quote from BeautyonDuty
    Hello all I am new to this. After reading this post and many others I think for sure I will be enrolling to GCU. I am not the sharpest tool in the box and work slower than others. I was wondering if ANYONE could tell me which instructors to avoid, and which instructors are AWESOME in the RN to BSN program. Any suggestions would help. Thanks in advance!
    Hey Beauty,

    Welcome to the group! We are not allowed to post instructor names where they are visible. I do have the say, there are some tough ones, but that isn't always a bad thing. I only had two that I would have avoided if at all possible. I did. The other I had no clue about, and I suffered for 5 weeks, taking 10-15 point hits on papers.
    What you can do is get on the classroom site on Friday after it loads. Classes start on a Monday, so this gives you plenty of time to cruise through the classroom. If you see any announcements that are alarming, such as "Any paper with APA mistakes will be returned to you with a 0% and if corrected, the returned paper will have an automatic deduction of 20%". (Yes, this really was an announcement and yes, I ran for my life). Soooo...if you see something like that and you are not so sure about your APA and feel the hair on the back of your neck rise, then do NOT post. Call your advisor and get out ASAP. Just a tip that worked well for a few of us.

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    consider yourself lucky to be out of there.