Latest Comments by miss_di

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miss_di, RN 2,938 Views

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    Hello everyone, im currently waiting on my ATT before I can get a schedule for my NCLEX but Im currently planning to sit for the test late July or early August. That leaves me about 2 months to study. I have barely studied yet and just answer questions most of the time, and I tend to jump from on topic to the next without thoroughly going through each diseases or meds.

    I have NCLEX mastery and just came across UWORLD (still considering if I should subscribe to this or not). I also have the Saunders Comp Review 6th edition. I also have audio lectures on my phone from Feuer which my friend shared with me years ago. Are these enough?

    Currently NCLEX mastery shows 66%. What percentage should be my goal?

    When I read Saunders, i get overwhelmed with the amount of information i need to go through. I graduated 2006 and its been a while now since I last took a major nursing exam like this. I work and i live alone, so now its not the same as studying for the board exam I took in my home country, where all I had to focus on was preparing for the test and did not have to worry about working or even prepare meals for myself.

    Im just scared and stressed, and barely get any studying done especially after work because I come home tired everyday and have to do chores.

    I dont know where to start or how to organize topics or plan my study time. Can anyone share any pointers or topics to focus on for the test.

    im just in distress. Help

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    Studying for my NCLEX-RN.

    Does hepatitis B virus cross placenta?

    Saunders book states that it does but WHO website shows that its a large virus so it doesnt cross the placenta.

    Im confused. Help.

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    purplegen1 likes this.

    I am applying for the NCLEX now and yet to get my ATT.
    I have been trying to answer some review questions but I feel like none of the items I study are retained, and I dont seem to have the motivation to really study, and dont know where to start. I am just extremely overwhelmed by the amount of information that I need to remember. Its been almost 10 years since I last sat for the license exam in my home country, so I have no idea anymore as to the current trend of the nursing exams. Also, working as a nurse focused in adult medical surgical meant that peds, maternal & child, and psych will be my areas of weakness. I dont want to sign up for review classes, but I have my reviewer on hand.

    I need advice and tips. help

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    Ive been working in a wound care and hyperbaric unit in my hospital, so now i do both wounds and drive chambers. Im looking to get certified, but our hospital would only fund for Certification througg IIWCC international Interprofessional wound care course..its a year long online course with class hours for about 2 weeks in the beginning and upon completion of the online modules.. i dont know much about it, i was wondering if this course is accredited..

    Ive been thinking of doing APN in wound care like be a CNS. But I just dont know where t start and which programs are accredited.

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    Im aware this is an old post. But I have the same questions in mind now. Did you get to pursue your wound care education? How was it?

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    How does a nurse become a wound care APN or a CNS in wound care? What are the pathways?

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    I currently work in the Middle East as a staff nurse, and posted in a Hyperbaric and Advanced wound care unit. I have no certification on both specialization but have been working in this unit for the past 2 years. I am looking at getting certified in the near future but I have other priorities for now. I have no idea which steps to take and what certifications are available, and which school to go to. I plan on doing it online since I work full time. I have a BSN and a RN. Any suggestions?

    I was also wondering if wound care clinics in the US hire nurses without certifications?

    My nurse manager is a CNS wound care. I am considering that path someday.


    Any advice/info would be great. Thanks everyone.

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    LDRNMOMMY likes this.

    Where do you work as a wound care nurse? In our wound care unit, we use either normal saline or a cleaning solution form a company I cannot "advertise" here. We usually just irrigate the wounds, and soak the wound bed for a few minutes with a piece of gauze and saline or wound cleanser. We can gently wipe the wound and lift some loose slough and fibrin layer, but we never scrub.

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    I moved to the middle east for my fiance. When I meant having to deal with admin/HR, it pertains to paperworks that needs to go through them; They move so slow, the word urgent doesnt even exist in their vocabulary; Policies and protocols that change more frequently than a fickle minded woman; appraisals that remain on paper and has nothing to do with pay raise; the local's mentality of being superior over everyone else; patients and patient's relatives who think they are VIPs (not everyone, but most do); colleagues who have this idea that assuming a charge nurse position means they get to boss people around and avoid work; and the restrictions especially towards unmarried women.

    Perhaps i may just seem like I am complaining, but it makes me wonder if the problem is me and my expectations and perspective toward certain circumstances, or is it really my current work place.

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    poppycat and ICURN3020 like this.

    I have been a RN for almost a decade now. I was one of those lucky ones who were able to land a job after graduation. I have worked in 3 hospitals so far and in this third one, I have the same discontented feeling again and have the urge to resign. The last two ones were of similar reasons. Sometimes I wonder if I am just under the illusion that there is a "decent" hospital out there, where I wont have a hard time dealing with people in the admin/HR; where I wont be so burnt out; where everyone at work are just kind and helpful.

    Most days I feel fulfilled doing my work and caring for my patients. I know for sure their simple "thank you" goes a long way. However, there are days that I just feel unhappy and even consider shifting to another profession.

    At this point now, I am on the verge of resigning. But I am aware of the scarcity of nursing jobs, and part of me fears being unemployed.

    I just want to be happy. I suppose working in the middle east does add to the depression I feel. The restrictions and culture and some of the local's attitudes are some of those things that really gets to me.

    I need to look into myself too and my attitude towards my circumstances. But what would be your reason as a nurse to stay working in an institution? I would really want to stay longer than 3 years on one institution.

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    I have always wanted be an ICU nurse and eventually get into cath lab or anesthesia school (also because I'm tired of having to deal with more than 5 patients in a crazy busy medical floor), but never had the opportunity to even get a foot in the door. It was always because "I dont have prior ICU experience". What makes it even worst is there arent any hospitals in my area offering critical care training, so I really dont know where to start.

    Recently I got a job in a HBOT unit in a hospital in one of the Gulf Countries and I was surprised I was assigned here, because I did not request nor applied for that position and clearly stated in my apps that my previous area was in the Medical Ward.

    I don't know much about HBO nursing so looked online and I posted a thread under Hyperbaric Nursing hoping to get more information on this fairly this new specialty but did not get any replies, I have a feeling there aren't that many HBO nurses out there. I am just in distraught because I dont feel happy in my new area and just not interested in wound care and having to sit for hours beside the chamber. I still want to get into ICU and more realistically maybe start in a Step Down unit. I spoke to my nurse manager about it, she tried to convince me that HBO has a pretty good career prospect especially if I want to move to other countries. However, I am not convinced and still contemplating to transfer to a step down unit.

    If my transfer wont be granted due to staffing issues, will HBO be a good area to specialize in? (FYI, fiance is a US Navy and when we get married I foresee frequent move. That means I will have to put out apps a lot until he retires.)

    HBO nurse pay? Job opportunities?

    I am just really confused. I know HBO is better than going back to the medical floor. But I feel like I am going the opposite direction from critical care (correct me if I'm wrong). I am about to write a letter of request to transfer, how do I make it convincing?

    HELP!

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    Ahmed.Nasr likes this.

    Hello everyone.

    So I was just recently hired in my new hospital and much to my surprise I was assigned in the Hyperbaric Unit. I did not even show interest on this area, and have never had any experience driving a chamber before. I thought I'll give it a try, see if its interesting, plus an additional skill will make my resume look good.

    So, I am at the moment gathering information on this area of specialization..like the job market, work load, certifications etc. Any hyperbaric nurses out there who can shed light on this fairly new field for me? What do you like or dont like about HBOT? Also, my nurse manager in the area is a wound specialist in addition to her hyperbaric certification, I have read that this goes hand in hand... any advice on this one?

    Another concern is (may be out of topic) my fiance is in the Navy, and when we decide to tie the knot he wants me to move with him with every orders, so therefore I might have to put in job applications every 3 years, and I was wondering if there are many opportunities for hyperbaric nurses all over the US or in other countries..

    Thanks..

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    Hello everyone. I have just been offered a job in one busy acute hospital in Saudi Arabia, so I did a little research about this place and there were several nurses complaining about the hospital, the Director of Nursing and some colleagues. Work conditions they say are really bad, that the Nurse Director and other nurse managers are inconsiderate..

    Now I just want to stay positive and go one with my visa processing. I decided I would take the job because to be honest, jobs these days are rare especially in the nursing field. Also, I need to add more years in my experience and given the reputation of this 600 beds acute hospital, I know I will gain a lot of skill and knowledge in bed side nursing care. However, reading all of those negative feedback do scare me a little. I just want to prepare myself emotionally and mentally.

    Having said all that, I would like to ask for some advice from all you seasoned nurses on how you deal with difficult people (colleagues, bosses, nurse managers etc.) and how you go about with extreme work conditions. I suppose I just need encouraging words to get me going for whatever is in store for me in my new workplace.


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