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Joined May 18, '10 - from 'Tampa'. MedChica is a I float everywhere.. She has '3.5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Psych, LTC/SNF, Rehab, Corrections'. Posts: 578 (52% Liked) Likes: 1,039

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  • Jul 28

    We all need faith- I hope that wherever the wind may blow, no matter how difficult life comes- faith can reach us all. I have faith there has to be a better tomorrow; why? Because without it, there's no use in living. I'd say faith is enough- enough to give us Hope.
    'No use living'...for you.

    I'm an atheist and I get on fine, thanks. If there's something to be done, I understand that I can't lean on some sky-god to carry me 45% of the way. I have to pull myself together and take myself there with my own two little legs.
    Through sheer willpower and action have I done as much as I have in this life.
    I have plenty of reasons to go on living and plenty of things to be proud of. My life's work - the life that I lead - is something to be proud of.

    I thought that it was a nice story, too. Until I hit the conclusion.
    Yes - this poster IS talking about 'religious faith'. Obviously.
    So, because I don't have religious faith - there's no point in living. Great.
    It doesn't offend. It annoys and I've no idea why any in this thread would try to pretend that the individual is not saying what's so clearly written in black bold print.

    ...and they wonder why militant atheists exist.

  • Mar 15

    We all need faith- I hope that wherever the wind may blow, no matter how difficult life comes- faith can reach us all. I have faith there has to be a better tomorrow; why? Because without it, there's no use in living. I'd say faith is enough- enough to give us Hope.
    'No use living'...for you.

    I'm an atheist and I get on fine, thanks. If there's something to be done, I understand that I can't lean on some sky-god to carry me 45% of the way. I have to pull myself together and take myself there with my own two little legs.
    Through sheer willpower and action have I done as much as I have in this life.
    I have plenty of reasons to go on living and plenty of things to be proud of. My life's work - the life that I lead - is something to be proud of.

    I thought that it was a nice story, too. Until I hit the conclusion.
    Yes - this poster IS talking about 'religious faith'. Obviously.
    So, because I don't have religious faith - there's no point in living. Great.
    It doesn't offend. It annoys and I've no idea why any in this thread would try to pretend that the individual is not saying what's so clearly written in black bold print.

    ...and they wonder why militant atheists exist.

  • Feb 7

    Yup.
    I'll be honest, I hang with some pret-ty accomplished women. I'm the only one in school trying to get my degree...still. A professional student. For a time, it frustrated me because I was not moving forward...and my friends are all in the next stage of their family/professional lives. I'm stagnant.

    So, my friend was talking about her doctorate and how happy she is one day. Blah, blah, blah.
    I kept wishing that she'd just shut up.

    ...and I thought about that feeling for a day because it felt a tad...wrong.
    *laugh*
    Usually, I'm the 'cheerleader' of the group. People come to me when they go on a new path. They like talking to me because I'm nonjudgemental and I build them up. There's nothing that I like more than a new project - a new venture!
    How exciting. Possibility... What could be... The future...is exciting, to me.
    You toss an idea out there and we'll be bouncing ideas off each other all night.

    ...and I was happy for my friend. Happy that she was completing life goals -- but, I didn't want to hear about her success. For some reason....
    I came to the conclusion that I felt this way because her success reflected negatively on me. Her success made me think of what I had yet to accomplish...and I wasn't happy where I was. I was annoyed that everything wasnt' going faster for me. I...was projecting my inner frustration onto her.

    I'm gonna be even more honest: I am incredibly self-involved so it's not in my being to 'envy' or 'compete' with other people. Half the time, I'm in my own bubble. I compete with myself. Usually, I'm on the recv'g end of envy...because I'm a winner...whose used to winning.
    *laugh*
    I'm not accustomed to being outdone.

    But, those feelings gave me lots to think about. It just kinda hit me, like, "Ok. So...this is how inadequacy feels...? Is this - am I 'hating'?"
    *laugh*

    Good God.
    ...and, y'know -- there are a lot of people out there who feel like this ALL the time. In fact, everytime they're around someone better looking, with a better body, a better family life, a better career, an education, nice material possessions, a good mate, etc... You get the idea. You know them. They usually develop issues with the other individual, "Oh, they think they're better than everyone..."
    No - you think they're better than you.

    I had an acquaintance who was always talking about how others bragged. Actually, it's not that others bragged. It was more like...she'd hang with accomplished folks and end up feeling like pooh because, compared to them, she hadn't accomplished crap since highschool. Standing next to them, she was...'lacking'.
    ...and felt it.
    (and knew it...but wasn't honest enough to admit).

    So, believe it or not, my friend and I talked it out. She told me to stop being so hard on myself. That I was accomplished in my own right. Now, everything's cool.

    ANYWAY --
    Yeah...that's all it is. I talk about college all the time at work. Sometimes, the LVNs and I are in a total 'nursing school didactic' bubble...and everyone just sits around looking.
    If others feel in such a way (about my schooling), they never said a thing.
    I probably wouldn't have noticed, anyway.
    ...and, if I had, I probably would've been totally blase`and dismissive about it. Possibly chalking it up to a 'personal problem'.
    In truth, it is...

  • Jan 31

    I'm attending a for-profit school.

    - I don't have to worry about tuition because I'm not paying for it. The military and grants pay for it. So...what debt?
    - I already have a job lined up. $19.50 and it should go to $20.00 in a few mths. I worked as a CNA. I networked like crazy. Nepotism...pays off. LOL
    - NCLEX scores were comparable to that of the regular schools. I thought, 'Why not...?'

    The only drawbacks?
    - Disorganizaton. My God. I'm satisfied with the education that I'm rec'ving. We have some really great instructors, but...SMH
    It's not them. It's 'management'. The typical 'right hand doesn't know what the left is up to' type situation. Our instructors are playing it by ear lke us. LOL There's always something crazy going on with the schedule or something crazy going on with the room assignments...or some headupa..sitis type situation going on with the clinical dates.
    I knew that something was strange when they kept flagging the militry vets for immunizations. There are, like 5-6 in my class and we were, like, "No - we don't need these immunizations. It says so on record and it says 'exempt' on the freakin' paper.
    We are I M M U N E!"
    LOL It took like 5 weeks to straighten out. They kept losing the paper even though the woman told us to just slide under her door. Next day? She doesn't have it!
    Jesus Christ! Well - where was the paper running off to? LOL
    Probably the same place where socks end up after washing them, I'm sure.

    Well, graduation is right around the corner. After countless scathing feedback memos, mindless complaining, numerous face-to-face b...h sessions with the instructor and program director?
    We're all just too worn out to fight these people any longer. They tried to accomodate but things just got worse. It's like that saying, "If you think our problems are bad, just wait until you see our solutions!"
    Meanwhile -- GRADUATION, as I just said, is right around the corner. The countdown has begun. We're all just like, "Get me the hell outta here!"
    LOL

    - Clinical sites. We keep losing them! We, at least, got to attend the hospitals. The classes behind me? I dunno what they're going to do. It's sim-lab for everyone, I guess. Why do we lose them? The hospitals don't want LVNs there. I've been paying attn to the job openings and...there actually has been a slow-down in the number of LVN positions available. I don't care about working in a hospital right now. The pay is low. More importantly, my first year as a nurse? It's all about getting as much experience and my certifications (ACLS/ IV)...and, at the end of the day? It's about us just getting our foot in the door. I've seen that even the most stubborn among my classmates (those with no med exp who joined b/c of the 'shortage') are happy to take a job - any job - when it's all said and done. I have a few classmates making mad dashes to get their CNAs before graduation. I'm proud that my classmates are realists. LOL I don't want to see anyone fail.
    I used to tell them of the struggles that I'd read about on this site - from new grads who couldn't get work - every day and tell them to hush up and be grateful that they have offers to complain about. .
    Anyway, yes. During maternity rotation? The hospitals kicked us out because the RN students from another school were there. TWICE!



    Why'd I attend a 'for-profit' school?

    - I got 1 word and 2 syllables for you: WAITLISTS!
    LOL
    I'm not kidding around. There's a pre-nursing student at my job who shakes her head at the matter, too. The RN programs in my city boast a 2 year waitlist on average. She's going to Corpus, I think, to finish up her BSN. A good place. It's the border. She should be able to find a job down there.

    I wasn't even halfway done with my pre-reqs. When I learned of the wait, it just killed my motivation. Please -- I'm 31, not 21. Everything is on hold until I get out of school. 31 years old is too old to be in this phase of my life: Still in school. Stagnant... and going nowhere.
    "What do you do for a living?"
    "Oh...I'm a 'career student'!"
    Seriously?
    LOL
    No. It's time to have a life. 'Student' is not a career.

    - I'd switched majors (and no I'm not one of those who rode in on the 'nursing shortage' wave. I'm not new to healthcare. Just switching to the nursing side) and didn't have the energy to do the hoop-jumping required for traditional nursing school.

    - Way I see it? I'm beating the competition to the jobs. None of us have any idea what this job market's going to look like in 1 year (which is the time that I would've graduated had I chosen an ADN program). There is an influx of people fleeing into nursing right now. I'm 2 steps in front of the horde, honey! LOL Supply/Demand will tilt in Texas. We have too many people coming in from other states and too many other people jumping into nursing right now. Saturation WILL come to the bulk of Texas. Sooner rather than later. It's just a matter of 'when'.
    I'd like to get my RN after this...then work on my degree. But...babysteps. My mission at this time was getting my training, getting my nurse credentials and getting my foot in the door... the fastest way that I know how.

    I'm pleased with my choice, despite the headaches.
    ...and, contrary to popular belief, every student attending a 'for profit' isn't a bumbling idiot. In truth, most of my classmates either have med experience (paramedics, xray, medical sec(i forget the technical term., etc...) and/or have already taken their college basics. They're not stupid. They can add. The understand debt-income. LOL

    They, like me, hit their heads against a wall and just... gave the traditional schools the 'bird'.
    LOL

  • Jan 30

    I'm attending a for-profit school.

    - I don't have to worry about tuition because I'm not paying for it. The military and grants pay for it. So...what debt?
    - I already have a job lined up. $19.50 and it should go to $20.00 in a few mths. I worked as a CNA. I networked like crazy. Nepotism...pays off. LOL
    - NCLEX scores were comparable to that of the regular schools. I thought, 'Why not...?'

    The only drawbacks?
    - Disorganizaton. My God. I'm satisfied with the education that I'm rec'ving. We have some really great instructors, but...SMH
    It's not them. It's 'management'. The typical 'right hand doesn't know what the left is up to' type situation. Our instructors are playing it by ear lke us. LOL There's always something crazy going on with the schedule or something crazy going on with the room assignments...or some headupa..sitis type situation going on with the clinical dates.
    I knew that something was strange when they kept flagging the militry vets for immunizations. There are, like 5-6 in my class and we were, like, "No - we don't need these immunizations. It says so on record and it says 'exempt' on the freakin' paper.
    We are I M M U N E!"
    LOL It took like 5 weeks to straighten out. They kept losing the paper even though the woman told us to just slide under her door. Next day? She doesn't have it!
    Jesus Christ! Well - where was the paper running off to? LOL
    Probably the same place where socks end up after washing them, I'm sure.

    Well, graduation is right around the corner. After countless scathing feedback memos, mindless complaining, numerous face-to-face b...h sessions with the instructor and program director?
    We're all just too worn out to fight these people any longer. They tried to accomodate but things just got worse. It's like that saying, "If you think our problems are bad, just wait until you see our solutions!"
    Meanwhile -- GRADUATION, as I just said, is right around the corner. The countdown has begun. We're all just like, "Get me the hell outta here!"
    LOL

    - Clinical sites. We keep losing them! We, at least, got to attend the hospitals. The classes behind me? I dunno what they're going to do. It's sim-lab for everyone, I guess. Why do we lose them? The hospitals don't want LVNs there. I've been paying attn to the job openings and...there actually has been a slow-down in the number of LVN positions available. I don't care about working in a hospital right now. The pay is low. More importantly, my first year as a nurse? It's all about getting as much experience and my certifications (ACLS/ IV)...and, at the end of the day? It's about us just getting our foot in the door. I've seen that even the most stubborn among my classmates (those with no med exp who joined b/c of the 'shortage') are happy to take a job - any job - when it's all said and done. I have a few classmates making mad dashes to get their CNAs before graduation. I'm proud that my classmates are realists. LOL I don't want to see anyone fail.
    I used to tell them of the struggles that I'd read about on this site - from new grads who couldn't get work - every day and tell them to hush up and be grateful that they have offers to complain about. .
    Anyway, yes. During maternity rotation? The hospitals kicked us out because the RN students from another school were there. TWICE!



    Why'd I attend a 'for-profit' school?

    - I got 1 word and 2 syllables for you: WAITLISTS!
    LOL
    I'm not kidding around. There's a pre-nursing student at my job who shakes her head at the matter, too. The RN programs in my city boast a 2 year waitlist on average. She's going to Corpus, I think, to finish up her BSN. A good place. It's the border. She should be able to find a job down there.

    I wasn't even halfway done with my pre-reqs. When I learned of the wait, it just killed my motivation. Please -- I'm 31, not 21. Everything is on hold until I get out of school. 31 years old is too old to be in this phase of my life: Still in school. Stagnant... and going nowhere.
    "What do you do for a living?"
    "Oh...I'm a 'career student'!"
    Seriously?
    LOL
    No. It's time to have a life. 'Student' is not a career.

    - I'd switched majors (and no I'm not one of those who rode in on the 'nursing shortage' wave. I'm not new to healthcare. Just switching to the nursing side) and didn't have the energy to do the hoop-jumping required for traditional nursing school.

    - Way I see it? I'm beating the competition to the jobs. None of us have any idea what this job market's going to look like in 1 year (which is the time that I would've graduated had I chosen an ADN program). There is an influx of people fleeing into nursing right now. I'm 2 steps in front of the horde, honey! LOL Supply/Demand will tilt in Texas. We have too many people coming in from other states and too many other people jumping into nursing right now. Saturation WILL come to the bulk of Texas. Sooner rather than later. It's just a matter of 'when'.
    I'd like to get my RN after this...then work on my degree. But...babysteps. My mission at this time was getting my training, getting my nurse credentials and getting my foot in the door... the fastest way that I know how.

    I'm pleased with my choice, despite the headaches.
    ...and, contrary to popular belief, every student attending a 'for profit' isn't a bumbling idiot. In truth, most of my classmates either have med experience (paramedics, xray, medical sec(i forget the technical term., etc...) and/or have already taken their college basics. They're not stupid. They can add. The understand debt-income. LOL

    They, like me, hit their heads against a wall and just... gave the traditional schools the 'bird'.
    LOL

  • Jan 29

    First, a little complaining: Nursing in Fl sucks.

    This state attempts to lowball nurses and I didnt go to school to be a med aide. It's completely inefficient. I dont care anything about delegating skills away to unlicensed persons. Fact is, the pts are too many and nurses have MORE IMPORTANT things to do than be chained to a cart for 2 to 4 hours a shift. Thats not nursing.

    - St Pete/Clearwater is a good area. Lots of PRNs available. I dont work that area. But, Bon Se cour is hiring. Theyre always hiring. They tried to lowball me with $17 base and $2 shift diff. A weekend double nonbaylor...with makority psych pts. The recruiter tried to tell me that avg pay for a lvn with 2 yrs experience was $17 for the tampa area. Frankly, I couldn't care less. $17/hr is s*** . Secondly, don't insult me acting as though a $2 shift diff is something spectacular and I shld tap dance for joy because you're now paying what you shld be offering as a base. Furthermore, I earned $20 plus baylor as a new LVN. So...'whatever'. Why shld I accept more work for less money? Good luck staffing your facility on a weekend. So, the phone call ended. I get to Fl months later and recv a call offering $21.6 for the position. That's more like it! I didnt take the job, though. So, I tell you all of this to say: Hit up Bon S ecours! LOL
    The gettin's good. You may do better than I did. These facilities want a whole lotta something for nothing.
    - Dont attempt to commute to central Tampa or Brandon for a job. Though this city is small, Tampa/St pete is not a commuter city. The highway system is completely inefficient.
    - When you get here, know that youre going to have to get fingerprints AGAIN before you get hired with your first job. The job will send you.

    My advice?
    -- Dont touch LTC/Rehab/SNF unless it's PRN or PT. PRN pay is generally $21. FT pay is much, much lower... It's like that in MOST places around the city bc many facilities are under the same company. Some of the places dont pay time and a half, either.... I'm not lying. I was warned against picking up shift when I was FT w/end by coworkerd. When I rail against Fl, i do it with good reason.

    -- Dont sell yourself short. Dont work for pennies unless the exp or shift benefits YOU and dont be afraid to walk if they dont offer what youre worth. Screw these facilities. It may not look like you have options bc its difficult for an out-of-stater to secure employment but just wait until you hit Florida. You have experience; therefore, you have options. Jobs are all over. Spot interviews will never cease to be.

    -- Don't limit yourself. "Well, I've only worked peds so I guess I can do nursing hom--" No, ma'am. What *can* you do? We're both bridging to RN and the exp will be valued whether or not we remain as we are.
    ****Nonclinical positions are an option. i recvd interview requests for Case Management and MDS. I backed out but I do know that LVNs do well in case management bc it's an RN position. I cant provide info for you to f/u on. I deleted the mssgs but these are tampa positions.
    ****There are two psych facilities that i know of in tge tampa bay area. Gracepoint and some facility up in n. Tampa.
    ****Dialysis. I bombed the interview. Bad nerves. LOL Davita is ALWAYS hiring, though. You need an IV cert. You do a phone interview; then, they bring you in to interview with the nurse manager and another whose job title isnt related to nursing.
    ****Staffing. Today, I recvd a job offer with Visiting Angels Senior Homecare. 22/hr. 813 929 7067. POC:christal bectal. Ive never done honecare so I dont know much about it but I'm posting info in case anyone is interested.
    ****Urgent Care. Interviewed but did not accept with an urgent care clinic of adventist. Two 12's and a split. $15-17/hr.
    ****Corrections. I got on at the hillsborough sheriff's office. $22/hr. Infirmary. No med pass, praise Jesus. I havent started so I dont know about shift diff but it's gotta have some.. Also, I think the scale may be different because another that I know got on at 21.5. The jails are staffed by naphcare.

  • Jan 19

    The 6th and final time my coworker (on the Go Home Countdown) says, "It's almost time."
    ...and it actually is.

    When my favorite nurse/aide coworkers are working!

    When we initiate chest compressions and they come back. Like, "We did it! Hi-Five...."

    When I have a hospice pt (DNR) circling the drain and I feel as though I'm making them comfortable enough to go out peacefully. I don't know that I am but I "feel" like I am.

    When I get my 'nurse rush' burst of adrenaline around 5/6p...and the pt/visitors actually notice and comment on how hard I work - 'cause I do, damn it!

    Seeing my favorite "pleasantly confused" pts. The things they say - they crack me up.

    WOUND CARE! I like tunnel wounds.

  • Jan 11

    Quote from ashley2009
    I graduated in May 2012 from an LVN program. I did very well in Clinicals but on test, i ranged from C's and D's. Some B's. My test date is Thursday and i been studying every day, making sure im not over studying also. I have taken several ATI tests and im getting 63%-70%. Its really discouraging. I'm also studying from the Saunders Book and doing flash cards. Since I'm doing bad on ATI test, will I do bad on NCLEX?
    I don't understand the problem. How are you doing so 'poorly', in your opinion?

    For the quizzes, 60% denotes 'content mastery'. Coach might have you take more tests and assign some homework, but you'll move on to other modules.
    ATI demands a 95% chance of passing for the 'greenlight'.
    My school? We had to have a 90% chance of passing...and that's about a 60% on the Predictor, I think.
    If you're getting 63-70% on your tests, it still represents a high pass-rate percentage.

    From my ATI page:
    Criterion-Referenced Measure -
    Probability of Passing NCLEX-PNŽ:
    The following expectancy table was developed by
    comparing PN Comprehensive PredictorŽ scores
    to NCLEX-PNŽ performance for a sample of PN
    students. As can be seen from the table, higher
    Predictor scores tend to indicate a higher
    probability of passing the NCLEX-PNŽ. However,
    students should use caution when interpreting
    the table because numerous factors can influence
    performance on both the Predictor and the
    NCLEX-PNŽ.
    For example, note that a student with a score of
    57.3% correct would be expected to have a 90%
    chance of passing the NCLEX-PNŽ on the first
    attempt. Although this is a high probability of success,
    it is not a guarantee. For every 100 students with this
    score, 90 are predicted to pass and 10 are predicted
    to fail.


    PN Comprehensive PredictorŽ VATI Individual Score
    Predicted Probability of Passing the
    NCLEX-PNŽ
    74.0% - 100.0% 95%
    66.7% - 73.3% 94%
    62.7% - 66.0% 93%
    58.0% - 62.0% 91% - 92%

    54.7% - 57.3% 89% - 90%
    50.0% - 54.0% 85% - 88%
    44.7% - 49.3% 79% - 84%
    38.0% - 44.0% 65% - 77%
    30.0% - 37.3% 41% - 62%
    20.7% - 29.3% 11% - 38%
    0.0% - 20.0% <10%

    I found the NCLEX to be way less comprehensive than ATI. Everything was dialed back. Even the SATA, though there were a lot of them on my exam, weren't that bad. Actually, I'll be even more honest -- and I usually don't like saying it like this b/c so many people on this board seem to have such difficult with that exam, BUT: I thought NCLEX was easy. There, I said it. LOL
    There was a degree of difficulty, but I - a wee little black woman of average intelligence - thought it 'easy'.
    I knew that I'd passed halfway through the exam and when I walked out of there.
    ...and that's something else to consider.
    Wouldn't you rather that your test prep be harder than the actual exam?

    Either way, there are no guarantees which is great for those who need to improve.

    The only thing that ATI does is test knowledge content, application and comprehension.
    Either you know it or you don't.
    Yet, 'comprehension' is a something that can be improved. Nothing's set in stone.
    So, you're not cranking out 80's and 90's on your quizzes? So what?

    You can do poorly on ATI, but you can STUDY and still pass NCLEX.
    Conversely, you can do excellent on ATI. Take a break. Schedule the exam 4 months later. Not review and bomb it.
    ...like a certain valedictorian that I know, exactly 3 cohorts ahead of mine, who shall remain forever nameless. It happens like that, I'm telling you.
    The valedictorian failed NCLEX. How embarrassing...and not because she 'failed'. Rather, because it really made no sense for her TO fail.

    How can you forget it, I wonder? NCLEX questions are pretty basic. It truly is just ensuring that the nurse has enough competancy to not kill anyone.
    So, someone who pulls A's out of their butt for every test from Fundamentals to Pharm to Leadership should retain enough info to pass NCLEX, the first time.

    Oh, yeah - I'm judging it! LOL Make no mistake about it.
    Like a year's worth of schooling just leaks out of your brain? Maybe GVNs/GN's should start packing their ears with cotton and duct-tape their ears before they go to sleep at night.

    How can you forget? It's not like you stop studying once you land yourself a job. Heck, I STILL research and study things. Every night.
    When you apply for jobs - with staffing and homehealth, especially - you still have to take competancy tests. It's not like some of these employers are going to take your word for it.
    "Oh, yeah...I graduated with a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale..."

    "Uh, yeah...here. Can you prove it?" LOL
    I've an interview tomorrow (why am I still up on ALLNURSES? LOL) and I had to take 4 tests (with time limits) for those people.
    - HIPAA. 15 questions
    - Infection Control. 15 questions
    - Nursing Comprehensive. 50 questions.
    - LVN test. 30 questions.

    For another job that I wanted but didn't get, I had to take a dos cal/pharm test and a matching Pharm exam. 'Match the disorder with the med that treats it'.
    Like, 20 questions a piece. The math was simple, though. 'Desired/Have'. It's not like I was calculating gtt rates.

  • Jan 6

    I like having the week off to do 'whatever the hell I want', period.
    I work Sat-Sun. 7-11p. The funny thing is, everyone but people in nursing thinks this is a cool shift. You'd think I would have to fight my coworkers off for this shift...yeah, right. My coworkers are so conditioned to work through the week - they think I'm 'missing out' because I don't have weekends off.

    'But you work during the week end...?"
    '...but I have 5 days off.'
    "Yeah, but you miss everything that happens on the weekends."
    "You mean what happens on SATURDAY because 'Sunday' is the day to sleep it off before I have to drag myself to work at the buttcrack of dawn on Monday. Did I mention having 5 days off..."

    You can pick up another job. I did.
    You can go back to school. I am.
    You can lay around and blow farts all day. No comment.
    Most times, I'd just drive around. Walk around the store. Go to the spa. Piddle about the house.
    Honestly, I understand that some things are just plain better 'in theory, only'. The less I have to work, the less productive I am.
    Last Friday, I resigned from my clinic job upon deciding to return to school. I bought Grand Theft Auto 5 about 3 weeks ago. I've been playing since Saturday. My boyfriend just shakes his head. To be perfectly honest, I just might spend the better half of the week on my 360.
    ...and not a single hint of shame shall be felt about it.

  • Dec 13 '16

    I like having the week off to do 'whatever the hell I want', period.
    I work Sat-Sun. 7-11p. The funny thing is, everyone but people in nursing thinks this is a cool shift. You'd think I would have to fight my coworkers off for this shift...yeah, right. My coworkers are so conditioned to work through the week - they think I'm 'missing out' because I don't have weekends off.

    'But you work during the week end...?"
    '...but I have 5 days off.'
    "Yeah, but you miss everything that happens on the weekends."
    "You mean what happens on SATURDAY because 'Sunday' is the day to sleep it off before I have to drag myself to work at the buttcrack of dawn on Monday. Did I mention having 5 days off..."

    You can pick up another job. I did.
    You can go back to school. I am.
    You can lay around and blow farts all day. No comment.
    Most times, I'd just drive around. Walk around the store. Go to the spa. Piddle about the house.
    Honestly, I understand that some things are just plain better 'in theory, only'. The less I have to work, the less productive I am.
    Last Friday, I resigned from my clinic job upon deciding to return to school. I bought Grand Theft Auto 5 about 3 weeks ago. I've been playing since Saturday. My boyfriend just shakes his head. To be perfectly honest, I just might spend the better half of the week on my 360.
    ...and not a single hint of shame shall be felt about it.

  • Sep 27 '16

    - Make sure the cart is stocked BEFORE you start. Rule #1.

    - Make sure you've got mixed thicken liquid. It's a pain in the booty to have to stop and hunt down powder.

    - Make sure you've got ensure and formula on the cart.

    - Disoriented/Sundowning/Dementia pts? Go with the fantasy. Don't get frustrated with exit seekers. Be creative in your redirecting. "Let's wait for breakfast. Then you can go to work after you eat." ; "It's dark outside and everyone's asleep. Let's wait until sunup." ; "We've got a nice room for you over here with a tv in it. All paid for and everything. Let's come this way so I can show you where it is. They'll bring your breakfast to you."

    - I like to manually flush but, in the world of auto-flush buttons, there's no excuse to not have well hydrated PEG pt's.

    - During report, figure out your blood sugars and your crush/whole people. Also, make note of who needs BP/P and O2 Sat.

    - Leapfrogging with the CNA helps create a buffer for the pt who likes to talk about everything under the sun.

    - Get in the habit of using paper towels when you deal with PEGs.

    - Give PRNs with the med pass if you know the pt will request it.

    - When you pop a narc flip the card backwards & return it to its spot. When it's time to review the count, just go to the narcs that are flipped backwards. I never sign as I pop narcs. Slows me down. I pop and flip. When I've finished everything? I open the cart, search for flipped narc cards & refer to my notes to record the times of admin.

    - Keep gloves in your 'clean' pocket.

    - Skin tears happen. Keep some TAO & island/bandaids on the med cart or in your 'dirty' pocket.

    - Temporal thermometers are quicker.

    - Use pulse oximeter for pulse.

    - Keep your wrist cuff and pulse oximeter within reach. Steth, too, but it can stay on the side of the cart if yours has a carrier. At one facility, we're told to record manually. No one does. I certainly won't get on here and lie as if I do.
    Whatever. You're not going to be doing manuals for routine BID/TID vitals unless the numbers are out of range or change of status. Other than that, you'll have to take more scheduled BP/Ps than you will listen for bowel and lung sounds.

    - Recognize a potential situation and head it off:
    a. Skim through the blood sugars. 0630 b/s (recorded at 0400, most likely, and it's a lazy nurse so they don't think to give the pt anything to maintain glucose levels) of 70. It's 0700. Think you should go look over the pt or recheck the blood sugar? B/S of 210 recorded at 2445. 0200 B/S recorded @ 97. S/S begins at 200 so they didn't rec'v much insulin. Think they're dropping to quickly? Think you might want to keep an eye on them? Think a little glucatrol...or OJ or a shake or sandwhich and milk might help?
    b. Alarm going off? Answer it. You can keep a lot of people off the floor that way.
    c. Family member that you've never met comes in & everyone's talking about how they're such a huge pain in the booty. Don't duck and dodge them. Remain cheerful and available. You've gotta make a good first impression or they'll sit and nitpick and create problems for you the entire shift. I've seen it. With "problem" visitors, being proactive always works for me. That family member may not be what others say they are anyway. Could've had a bad day. Could've dealt with rude nurses/aides. You never know. I
    d. Fall risk/wandering/elopement with combative tendencies on 1x1 presently seeking an exit to "go to work" dragging the CNA up all over the facility. Potentially combative pt looking especially volatile this morning with raised voice and pressured speech and all the distracting/redirecting in the world isn't working. As soon as you get on the cart pop those PRNS. Ativan, Geodon, xanax, apap, etc....
    Anyway, behaviors escalate with time. Redirection doesn't always help.
    Medicate "now" and you won't have a situation to contend with "later".
    Medicate "now" and you don't have to scrape them off the floor "later".
    It's about keeping them calm and safe...and uninjured (and out of handcuffs for assaulting staff)...and in their home. Too many incidences and they'll eventually be put out of the facility. If yours is one of the few geripsych places available, where will they end up? Jail, maybe.
    No joke. This happened to a former pt of mine. The facility didn't 'put him out'. His stupid ass daughter took him away from us and put this 63 year old low-impulse control having occassionally psychotic man (who couldn't even watch the news at times because it gave him homicidal ideas. Seriously. He came to me contemplating murder/assault of another because of something happening on tv. Had to talk him down,buy him a soda and pop some ativan.) in an ALF. Well, he set it ablaze one night according to the local news. Now, he's in jail.
    The aides and nurses where I worked were just like, "Well, what the hell was he doing in an ALF in the first place?"
    Of course, he should be taken to task for breaking the law and endangering lives. He just doesn't belong in jail. He's (mentally) ill and, literally, "knows not" what he does, at times.

    - Don't memorize unless you're writing every order.

    This is what I call 'thin line' corner cutting that is typically done in real world:
    - Start medpass earlier. Hit the PEGs and trachs early.
    - Lots of bolus feeds/PEGs and you're running late? Push it. Same goes for combative (MR, disoriented) pt's on PEGs. Push it. Clamp the tube, draw up two syringes of water and push them through. They're fed, medicated, hydrated & the line is patent. Win-Win for the shift. I wouldn't let an Ax0x1 or disoriented and deluded pt lay in filth or refuse to bathe so I won't have them refusing anti-HTNs, ABTs, anti-anxiety and psych meds. If they have a psych dx, you already know that redirecting has it's limits & continuous refusals of important meds only hurts the pt in the longrun.
    - Med noncompliance. They're AXOx2 or manic/schizo/disoriented and getting loopier by the day? Crush up important meds (throw in any ordered sedatives), add a bit of water. Put in microwave for 5-10 sec. Mix in coffee, juice or shake and serve.
    - Always add crushed meds to HOT food and salads with creamy dressing.
    - Throw the albuterol in the nebulizers. The pt will get to them. Just remind them.
    - I'll check PEG placement once a shift. Good enough.
    - A/Ox3 to 4 residents may be happy to have you place their meds at the bed side. Especially, if they don't like to be awakened or bothered. Just check to ensure that they've taken them. Warning: Don't leave meds unattended in the room.
    - Do 0630 accuchecks at 0400. Just don't give the insulin unless longacting. You don't want them crashing out on morning shift.
    - Pass creams/groin/abd fold powders to the aides. Just be aware that these are medications and technically a CNA can't administer. Do I use them to administer, anyway? Heck, yeah. They can throw on nystatin when they're changing them.
    - Jevity 1.2 (for instance) out for continuous feed? Crack open some cans and pour it in the bag. No one has time to be doing bolus feeds on 6 residents.
    - Heavy number of PEGs/Bolus w/hordes of meds BID/TID/QID? I will give every OTC (and once a day med) that I can on the first feeding/administration. You really can't bypass most OTCs. They need their iron and vit d. They need their protonix, lactulose & pro/uri stat. They need their eye-drops. They need their neb txts. Gotta give it.
    - Sometimes, benadryl helps...

  • Sep 27 '16

    - Make sure the cart is stocked BEFORE you start. Rule #1.

    - Make sure you've got mixed thicken liquid. It's a pain in the booty to have to stop and hunt down powder.

    - Make sure you've got ensure and formula on the cart.

    - Disoriented/Sundowning/Dementia pts? Go with the fantasy. Don't get frustrated with exit seekers. Be creative in your redirecting. "Let's wait for breakfast. Then you can go to work after you eat." ; "It's dark outside and everyone's asleep. Let's wait until sunup." ; "We've got a nice room for you over here with a tv in it. All paid for and everything. Let's come this way so I can show you where it is. They'll bring your breakfast to you."

    - I like to manually flush but, in the world of auto-flush buttons, there's no excuse to not have well hydrated PEG pt's.

    - During report, figure out your blood sugars and your crush/whole people. Also, make note of who needs BP/P and O2 Sat.

    - Leapfrogging with the CNA helps create a buffer for the pt who likes to talk about everything under the sun.

    - Get in the habit of using paper towels when you deal with PEGs.

    - Give PRNs with the med pass if you know the pt will request it.

    - When you pop a narc flip the card backwards & return it to its spot. When it's time to review the count, just go to the narcs that are flipped backwards. I never sign as I pop narcs. Slows me down. I pop and flip. When I've finished everything? I open the cart, search for flipped narc cards & refer to my notes to record the times of admin.

    - Keep gloves in your 'clean' pocket.

    - Skin tears happen. Keep some TAO & island/bandaids on the med cart or in your 'dirty' pocket.

    - Temporal thermometers are quicker.

    - Use pulse oximeter for pulse.

    - Keep your wrist cuff and pulse oximeter within reach. Steth, too, but it can stay on the side of the cart if yours has a carrier. At one facility, we're told to record manually. No one does. I certainly won't get on here and lie as if I do.
    Whatever. You're not going to be doing manuals for routine BID/TID vitals unless the numbers are out of range or change of status. Other than that, you'll have to take more scheduled BP/Ps than you will listen for bowel and lung sounds.

    - Recognize a potential situation and head it off:
    a. Skim through the blood sugars. 0630 b/s (recorded at 0400, most likely, and it's a lazy nurse so they don't think to give the pt anything to maintain glucose levels) of 70. It's 0700. Think you should go look over the pt or recheck the blood sugar? B/S of 210 recorded at 2445. 0200 B/S recorded @ 97. S/S begins at 200 so they didn't rec'v much insulin. Think they're dropping to quickly? Think you might want to keep an eye on them? Think a little glucatrol...or OJ or a shake or sandwhich and milk might help?
    b. Alarm going off? Answer it. You can keep a lot of people off the floor that way.
    c. Family member that you've never met comes in & everyone's talking about how they're such a huge pain in the booty. Don't duck and dodge them. Remain cheerful and available. You've gotta make a good first impression or they'll sit and nitpick and create problems for you the entire shift. I've seen it. With "problem" visitors, being proactive always works for me. That family member may not be what others say they are anyway. Could've had a bad day. Could've dealt with rude nurses/aides. You never know. I
    d. Fall risk/wandering/elopement with combative tendencies on 1x1 presently seeking an exit to "go to work" dragging the CNA up all over the facility. Potentially combative pt looking especially volatile this morning with raised voice and pressured speech and all the distracting/redirecting in the world isn't working. As soon as you get on the cart pop those PRNS. Ativan, Geodon, xanax, apap, etc....
    Anyway, behaviors escalate with time. Redirection doesn't always help.
    Medicate "now" and you won't have a situation to contend with "later".
    Medicate "now" and you don't have to scrape them off the floor "later".
    It's about keeping them calm and safe...and uninjured (and out of handcuffs for assaulting staff)...and in their home. Too many incidences and they'll eventually be put out of the facility. If yours is one of the few geripsych places available, where will they end up? Jail, maybe.
    No joke. This happened to a former pt of mine. The facility didn't 'put him out'. His stupid ass daughter took him away from us and put this 63 year old low-impulse control having occassionally psychotic man (who couldn't even watch the news at times because it gave him homicidal ideas. Seriously. He came to me contemplating murder/assault of another because of something happening on tv. Had to talk him down,buy him a soda and pop some ativan.) in an ALF. Well, he set it ablaze one night according to the local news. Now, he's in jail.
    The aides and nurses where I worked were just like, "Well, what the hell was he doing in an ALF in the first place?"
    Of course, he should be taken to task for breaking the law and endangering lives. He just doesn't belong in jail. He's (mentally) ill and, literally, "knows not" what he does, at times.

    - Don't memorize unless you're writing every order.

    This is what I call 'thin line' corner cutting that is typically done in real world:
    - Start medpass earlier. Hit the PEGs and trachs early.
    - Lots of bolus feeds/PEGs and you're running late? Push it. Same goes for combative (MR, disoriented) pt's on PEGs. Push it. Clamp the tube, draw up two syringes of water and push them through. They're fed, medicated, hydrated & the line is patent. Win-Win for the shift. I wouldn't let an Ax0x1 or disoriented and deluded pt lay in filth or refuse to bathe so I won't have them refusing anti-HTNs, ABTs, anti-anxiety and psych meds. If they have a psych dx, you already know that redirecting has it's limits & continuous refusals of important meds only hurts the pt in the longrun.
    - Med noncompliance. They're AXOx2 or manic/schizo/disoriented and getting loopier by the day? Crush up important meds (throw in any ordered sedatives), add a bit of water. Put in microwave for 5-10 sec. Mix in coffee, juice or shake and serve.
    - Always add crushed meds to HOT food and salads with creamy dressing.
    - Throw the albuterol in the nebulizers. The pt will get to them. Just remind them.
    - I'll check PEG placement once a shift. Good enough.
    - A/Ox3 to 4 residents may be happy to have you place their meds at the bed side. Especially, if they don't like to be awakened or bothered. Just check to ensure that they've taken them. Warning: Don't leave meds unattended in the room.
    - Do 0630 accuchecks at 0400. Just don't give the insulin unless longacting. You don't want them crashing out on morning shift.
    - Pass creams/groin/abd fold powders to the aides. Just be aware that these are medications and technically a CNA can't administer. Do I use them to administer, anyway? Heck, yeah. They can throw on nystatin when they're changing them.
    - Jevity 1.2 (for instance) out for continuous feed? Crack open some cans and pour it in the bag. No one has time to be doing bolus feeds on 6 residents.
    - Heavy number of PEGs/Bolus w/hordes of meds BID/TID/QID? I will give every OTC (and once a day med) that I can on the first feeding/administration. You really can't bypass most OTCs. They need their iron and vit d. They need their protonix, lactulose & pro/uri stat. They need their eye-drops. They need their neb txts. Gotta give it.
    - Sometimes, benadryl helps...

  • Sep 21 '16

    Quote from ashley2009
    I graduated in May 2012 from an LVN program. I did very well in Clinicals but on test, i ranged from C's and D's. Some B's. My test date is Thursday and i been studying every day, making sure im not over studying also. I have taken several ATI tests and im getting 63%-70%. Its really discouraging. I'm also studying from the Saunders Book and doing flash cards. Since I'm doing bad on ATI test, will I do bad on NCLEX?
    I don't understand the problem. How are you doing so 'poorly', in your opinion?

    For the quizzes, 60% denotes 'content mastery'. Coach might have you take more tests and assign some homework, but you'll move on to other modules.
    ATI demands a 95% chance of passing for the 'greenlight'.
    My school? We had to have a 90% chance of passing...and that's about a 60% on the Predictor, I think.
    If you're getting 63-70% on your tests, it still represents a high pass-rate percentage.

    From my ATI page:
    Criterion-Referenced Measure -
    Probability of Passing NCLEX-PNŽ:
    The following expectancy table was developed by
    comparing PN Comprehensive PredictorŽ scores
    to NCLEX-PNŽ performance for a sample of PN
    students. As can be seen from the table, higher
    Predictor scores tend to indicate a higher
    probability of passing the NCLEX-PNŽ. However,
    students should use caution when interpreting
    the table because numerous factors can influence
    performance on both the Predictor and the
    NCLEX-PNŽ.
    For example, note that a student with a score of
    57.3% correct would be expected to have a 90%
    chance of passing the NCLEX-PNŽ on the first
    attempt. Although this is a high probability of success,
    it is not a guarantee. For every 100 students with this
    score, 90 are predicted to pass and 10 are predicted
    to fail.


    PN Comprehensive PredictorŽ VATI Individual Score
    Predicted Probability of Passing the
    NCLEX-PNŽ
    74.0% - 100.0% 95%
    66.7% - 73.3% 94%
    62.7% - 66.0% 93%
    58.0% - 62.0% 91% - 92%

    54.7% - 57.3% 89% - 90%
    50.0% - 54.0% 85% - 88%
    44.7% - 49.3% 79% - 84%
    38.0% - 44.0% 65% - 77%
    30.0% - 37.3% 41% - 62%
    20.7% - 29.3% 11% - 38%
    0.0% - 20.0% <10%

    I found the NCLEX to be way less comprehensive than ATI. Everything was dialed back. Even the SATA, though there were a lot of them on my exam, weren't that bad. Actually, I'll be even more honest -- and I usually don't like saying it like this b/c so many people on this board seem to have such difficult with that exam, BUT: I thought NCLEX was easy. There, I said it. LOL
    There was a degree of difficulty, but I - a wee little black woman of average intelligence - thought it 'easy'.
    I knew that I'd passed halfway through the exam and when I walked out of there.
    ...and that's something else to consider.
    Wouldn't you rather that your test prep be harder than the actual exam?

    Either way, there are no guarantees which is great for those who need to improve.

    The only thing that ATI does is test knowledge content, application and comprehension.
    Either you know it or you don't.
    Yet, 'comprehension' is a something that can be improved. Nothing's set in stone.
    So, you're not cranking out 80's and 90's on your quizzes? So what?

    You can do poorly on ATI, but you can STUDY and still pass NCLEX.
    Conversely, you can do excellent on ATI. Take a break. Schedule the exam 4 months later. Not review and bomb it.
    ...like a certain valedictorian that I know, exactly 3 cohorts ahead of mine, who shall remain forever nameless. It happens like that, I'm telling you.
    The valedictorian failed NCLEX. How embarrassing...and not because she 'failed'. Rather, because it really made no sense for her TO fail.

    How can you forget it, I wonder? NCLEX questions are pretty basic. It truly is just ensuring that the nurse has enough competancy to not kill anyone.
    So, someone who pulls A's out of their butt for every test from Fundamentals to Pharm to Leadership should retain enough info to pass NCLEX, the first time.

    Oh, yeah - I'm judging it! LOL Make no mistake about it.
    Like a year's worth of schooling just leaks out of your brain? Maybe GVNs/GN's should start packing their ears with cotton and duct-tape their ears before they go to sleep at night.

    How can you forget? It's not like you stop studying once you land yourself a job. Heck, I STILL research and study things. Every night.
    When you apply for jobs - with staffing and homehealth, especially - you still have to take competancy tests. It's not like some of these employers are going to take your word for it.
    "Oh, yeah...I graduated with a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale..."

    "Uh, yeah...here. Can you prove it?" LOL
    I've an interview tomorrow (why am I still up on ALLNURSES? LOL) and I had to take 4 tests (with time limits) for those people.
    - HIPAA. 15 questions
    - Infection Control. 15 questions
    - Nursing Comprehensive. 50 questions.
    - LVN test. 30 questions.

    For another job that I wanted but didn't get, I had to take a dos cal/pharm test and a matching Pharm exam. 'Match the disorder with the med that treats it'.
    Like, 20 questions a piece. The math was simple, though. 'Desired/Have'. It's not like I was calculating gtt rates.

  • Sep 16 '16

    Someone turned on the 'Way Back' machine. LOL

    Requisitions were composed on a typewriter.
    I had one of those as a kid! I'm glad for computers. You know how many bottles of white-out I went through trying to type a page? Error after error. Back then, most who typed actually HAD to look at your fingers.

    IV pumps were used only in Peds and ICU. Nurses had to calculate the drip rate using the second hand on their watch and a roller clamp to regulate the flow.
    I still try to retain this skill. Actually. Why?
    Anything could happen. My former occupation, radiology, has gone digital...but it's still important for techs to know how to shoot on regular film, calculate time 'techniques' by hand, process film, duplicate film without a CD and operate/troubleshoot the processer.
    The system went down twice and the techs were having to do everything manually and there's a whole mess of xray techs out there who can't change processor chemicals or shoot with their own 'techniques' unless the computer's helping them out. The technology is great. Saves time and money, but it actually does tend to produce techs who are less skilled. In my opinion.
    I've no idea why we were ever paid as much as we were. Not that I'm trying to be the barrier to anyone's cashflow, but...seriously. A robot could do it. A fair amt of xray techs get paid $23+/hr to robotically do their jobs to begin. That's why, to those whom I suspect of only entering nursing for the money/stability? I tell them to go straight to radiology. I'm serious.
    You're not the quarterback. The nurses are. LOL Unless it's on the table, housekeeping cleans it up. You don't have to 'tap-dance' for the rude pts.
    I don't see that nursing has been revolutionized to such an extent (where everyone's literally and completely dependant on technology) as xray techs, but it's something to think about.
    Stay up on the old skills. You never know when they might come in handy.

    "State boards were 2 grueling days of exams that were completed with number 2 pencils. No computerized tests in those days."
    LOL I had to explain to one of my aunts about the process. She was kind of confused when I told her that 'the machine shut off at 85 questions'. Her brow furrowed. 'Well, when I took boards, I had 200+ questions. Ya'll do it by computers now? Hmm..."

    Nurses notes and vital signs were recorded using pen with 4 colors of ink as different colors of ink were used on different shifts. Actually only 3 were used since there were 3 shifts.
    Now, this I remember. Those in my family who are nurses used to always have these.

    "Patients were called Mr. or Mrs."
    I still do this and this still goes on. I feel weird about calling someone 20 years my senior by their first name. It just shows a complete lack of home-training (manners), in my opinion.
    Nurses wore uniforms which consisted of white dresses, white hose, white lace up oxford shoes, and, of course..........white nursing caps!
    I actually like 'whites'. I've always thought it very professional looking, in my opinion. I thought this way even before I became a nurse. I'm prior svc military and dress/appearance are pretty important in my eyes. 'Whites'... just scream 'authority'. Position. Nurses in whites look...'important'.
    Its kind of like with medical doctors or NPs. You can tell who they are because they're always running around with a clipboard and a lab-coat over their casual professional attire... looking 'important'.
    I'm just not sure how realistic it is to wear. Personally? I could imagine myself fussing (primping) with it all day...and don't let them give me a swing cape! LOL
    I would be forced to 'don'... The Cape...every single day. I'd be whooshing and swinging all over the hall.
    You know how I know? Again - ex-military. Sometimes, we'd have to wear our service (dress-up) uniforms. Worked in the hospital. Still...it was hard to not be conscious of your clothes with every movement. Doesn't matter what you're doing. When you're in a service dress uniform and not up to par, everyone will clock it. It was no thing to see someone within the dept stop a coworker to fix their slightly askew necktab. Crisis averted. Actually, even when it came to the old BDU's (the battle green).
    "What? No creases...?" *rolls eyes in disgust*
    Military folk do fuss with their uniforms. It's just done in a very serious and 'manly' way. LOL
    Or, they 'did'. The new uniforms don't require much. It's actually pretty difficult to look a mess in them, but some do the impossible and manage to pull it off.

    Then, there's the subject of dirt. I wore a white top and 2 hours into my shift, I had:
    - blood on the back (from where a resident grabbed to alert me that they'd scratched themselves)
    - chocolate pudding down the front. I was trying to lift a resident and got it all over my shirt. (it was pudding, FYI. Not pooh...although that's happened, too)
    - dots of Prostat and depakene on the bottom of the shirt. I just said 'the hell with it' and wiped my hands on my shirt/pants. It was already DIRTY!

  • Sep 6 '16

    Quote from pumpkinfuturelpn
    I am getting a lot of negative feed back from my fellow CNA co-workers. They congratulated me on getting accepted into the program but they are making comments like you think you better than us now. And certain ones are saying dont forget where you came from and I dont want to be a nurse! I hate to get into a argument with them but its getting on my nerves, I worked hard to get accepted into the program. I REALLY need some feedback as to how to handle the situation! I DIDNT EXPECT ALL OF THIS NEGATIVITY!!
    I've never encountered this and if I have? I probably never noticed. I study quietly on breaks and I come to work to pick up my checks in my school uniform.
    That's how folks knew that I was in school. People will ask questions and cheer me on and say how they'd 'wanted to go to nursing school, too'.
    Of course, my response was always, "Well, what's stopping you? You're smart. You can do this. Just study. The 'health science' discipline is difficult. It's just that there's so much info thrown at you in a short period of time..."
    The answer is always some variation of being too dumb, too old, etc...

    But with some people? The success of others allows them to reflect on what they're not doing/unable to accomplish.
    So -- if you're happy? Be happy.
    If I'm nursing school? I just am.
    If I made a good grade on a test? I just did. Unlike this type, I compete with no one but myself.
    You shouldn't have to hide that you're in nursing school or hush up about this, that and the other in order to make everyone in the free world feel better about themselves.
    I'll give support and encouragement, but if you're asking me take your issues into my self...like it's MY fault that my success gets you down?
    Sorry.
    It must really suck to go through life feeling so inadequate around (what you perceive to be) your 'betters'. But...that's a 'personal problem, babe. It's nothing to do with me.
    LOL

    As far as work is concerned? Please...
    I don't sweat people at work. Work is professional; not personal. I do my work and go home. My coworkers are not my friends. They're just people that I work with in that place that holds my paycheck hostage.


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