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Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in homecare/LTC

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  • Dec 2 '15

    For those of you out there that have recently taken the NCLEX-RN and had to go the whole dreadful 265 questions-do not think you automatically failed! I took mine Friday morning at 8am..and just found out the results today Sunday at 8:52am and I PASSED!!!!! All of my friends were saying they stopped at 75 and under 100, so after I passed that number I was losing all hope and dignity..cried my eyes out all the way home and couldn't stop shaking! I would have bet my life on it that I failed..that's how sure I was..the test screws with your mind big time! I talked it over with a few people and they said if you have a lot of multiple-multiples it's a good sign because they are higher difficulty just because you had to take every question DO NOT automatically think you failed!

  • Oct 21 '15

    Passed my test! I can't believe it! I finally am an RN and it feels GREAT!

  • Oct 23 '14

    I promised to come back and post an update......I passed my boards at the beginning of October. I actually sat for the NCLEX at 9am, and was done and in my car by 9:51am. I had 75 questions, all of which I believe were somehow incorporated in the study guide you've provided. I know I told you before, but I tell you again, YOU ROCK!:bowingpur

  • Oct 23 '14

    All three of us passed the first time with 75 questions. If you know everything on this guide you will do well. Kind of long but worth studying.

    Best of luck to you
    Please give me feedback

    Jay BSN

    HESI Hints & NCLEX Gems

    * Answering NCLEX Questions

    Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    * Physiologic
    * Safety
    * Love and Belonging
    * Esteem
    * Self-actualization

    Nursing Process
    * Assessment
    * Diagnosis (Analysis)
    * Planning
    * Implementation (treatment)
    * Evaluation

    * Airway
    * Breathing
    * Circulation

    Normal Values

    * Males 14-18
    * Females 12-16

    * Males 42-52
    * Females 37-47

    * Males 4.7-6.1 million
    * Females 4.2-5.4 million

    * 4.5-11k

    * 150-400k

    PT (Coumadin/Warfarin)
    * 11-12.5 sec (INR and PT TR = 1.5-2 times normal)

    APTT (Heparin)
    * 60-70 sec (APTT and PTT TR = 1.5-2.5 times normal)

    BUN 10-20
    Creatinine 0.5-1.2
    Glucose 70-110
    Cholesterol < 200
    Bilirubin Newborn 1-12
    Phenylalanine Newborn < 2, Adult < 6
    Na+ 136-145

    K+ 3.5-5
    * HypoK+ . . . Prominent U waves, Depressed ST segment, Flat T waves
    * HyperK+ . . . Tall T-Waves, Prolonged PR interval, wide QRS

    Ca++ 9-10.5
    * Hypocalcemia ... muscle spasms, convulsions, cramps/tetany, + Trousseau's, + Chvostek's, prolonged ST interval, prolonged QT segment

    Mg+ 1.5-2.5
    Cl- 96-106
    Phos 3-4.5
    Albumin 3.5-5
    Spec Gravity 1.005-1.030
    Glycosylated Hemoglobin (Hgb A1c): 4-6% ideal, < 7.5% = OK (120 days)
    Dilantin TR = 10-20
    Lithium TR = 0.5-1.5

    Arterial Blood Gases ... Used for Acidosis vs. Alkalosis
    * PH 7.35-7.45
    * CO2 35-45 (Respiratory driver) ... High = Acidosis
    * HCO3 21-28 (Metabolic driver) ... High = Alkalosis
    * O2 80-100
    * O2 Sat 95-100%


    Digoxin ... Digiband
    Coumadin ... Vitamin K (Keep PT and INR @ 1-1.5 X normal)
    Benzodiazapines ... Flumzaemil (Tomazicon)
    Magnesium Sulfate ... Calcium Gluconate?
    Heparin ... Protamine Sulfate (Keep APTT and PTT @ 1.5-2.5 X normal)
    Tylenol ... Mucomist (17 doses + loading dose)
    Opiates (narcotic analgesics, heroin, morphine) ... Narcan (Naloxone)
    Cholinergic Meds (Myesthenic Bradycardia) ... Atropine
    Methotrexate ... Leucovorin


    RN Only
    * Blood Products (2 RNs must check)
    * Clotting Factors
    * Sterile dressing changes and procedures
    * Assessments that require clinical judgment
    * Ultimately responsible for all delegated duties

    Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
    * Non-sterile procedures

    Precautions & Room Assignments

    Universal (Standard) Precautions ... HIV initiated
    * Wash hands
    * Wear Gloves
    * Gowns for splashes
    * Masks and Eye Protection for splashes and droplets
    * Don't recap needles
    * Mouthpiece or Ambu-bag for resuscitation
    * Refrain from giving care if you have skin lesion

    Droplet (Respiratory) Precautions (Wear Mask)
    * Sepsis, Scarlet Fever, Strep, Fifth Disease (Parvo B19), Pertussis, Pneumonia, Influenza, Diptheria, Epiglottitis, Rubella, Rubeola, Meningitis, Mycoplasma, Adenovirus, Rhinovirus
    * RSV (needs contact precautions too)
    * TB ... Respiratory Isolation

    Contact Precautions = Universal + Goggles, Mask and Gown
    No infection patients with immunosuppressed patients

    Weird Miscellaneous Stuff

    Rifampin (for TB) ... Rust/orange/red urine and body fluids
    Pyridium (for bladder infection) ... Orange/red/pink urine
    Glasgow Coma Scale ... < 8 = coma

    Myesthenia Gravis
    * Myesthenic Crisis = Weakness with change in vitals (give more meds)
    * Cholinergic Crisis = Weakness with no change in vitals (reduce meds)

    Diabetic Coma vs. Insulin Shock ... Give glucose first - If no help, give insulin
    Fruity Breath = Diabetic Ketoacidosis

    Acid-Base Balance
    * If it comes out of your ass, it's Acidosis.
    * Vomiting = Alkalosis

    Skin Tastes Salty = Cystic Fibrosis
    Lipitor (statins) in PMs only - No grapefruit juice
    Stroke ... Tongue points toward side of lesion (paralysis), Uvula deviates away from the side of lesion (paralysis)
    Hold Digoxin if HR < 60
    Stay in bed for 3 hours after first ACE Inhibitor dose
    Avoid Grapefruit juice with Ca++ Channel Blockers
    Anthrax = Multi-vector biohazard
    Pulmonary air embolism prevention = Trendelenburg (HOB down) + on left side (to trap air in right side of heart)
    Head Trauma and Seizures ... Maintain airway = primary concern
    Peptic Ulcers ... Feed a Duodenal Ulcer (pain relieved by food) ... Starve a gastric ulcer
    Acute Pancreatitis ... Fetal position, Bluish discoloration of flanks (Turner's Sign), Bluish discoloration of pericumbelical region (Cullen's Sign), Board like abdomen with guarding ... Self digestion of pancreas by trypsin.
    Hold tube feeding if residual > 100mL
    In case of Fire ... RACE and PASS
    Check Restraints every 30 minutes ... 2 fingers room underneath
    Gullain-Barre Syndrome ... Weakness progresses from legs upward - Resp arrest
    Trough draw = ~30 min before scheduled administration ... Peak Draw = 30-60 min after drug administration.

    Mental Health & Psychiatry

    Most suicides occur after beginning of improvement with increase in energy levels
    MAOIs ... Hypertensive Crisis with Tyramine foods
    * Nardil, Marplan, Parnate
    * Need 2 wk gap from SSRIs and TCAs to admin MAOIs

    Lithium Therapeutic Range = 0.5-1.5
    Phenothiazines (typical antipsychotics) - EPS, Photosensitivity
    Atypical Antipsychotics - work on positive and negative symptoms, less EPS
    Benzos (Ativan, Lorazepam, etc) good for Alcohol withdrawal and Status Epilepticus
    Antabuse for Alcohol deterrence - Makes you sick with OH intake
    Alcohol Withdrawal = Delerium Tremens - Tachycardia, tachypnea, anxiety, nausea, shakes, hallucinations, paranoia ... (DTs start 12-36 hrs after last drink)
    Opiate (Heroin, Morphine, etc.) Withdrawal = Watery eyes, runny nose, dilated pupils, NVD, cramps
    Stimulants Withdrawal = Depression, fatigue, anxiety, disturbed sleep


    o Hypoventilation = Acidosis (too much CO2)
    o Hyperventilation = Alkalosis (low CO2)
    o No BP or IV on side of Mastectomy
    o Opiate OD = Pinpoint Pupils
    o Lesions of Midbrain = Decerebrate Posturing (Extended elbows, head arched back)
    o Lesions of Cortex = Decorticate Posturing (Flexion of elbows, wrists, fingers, straight legs, mummy position)
    o Urine Output of 30 mL/hr = minimal competency of heart and kidney function
    o Kidney Stone = Cholelithiasis
    * Flank pain = stone in kidney or upper ureter
    * Abdominal/scrotal pain = stone in mid/lower ureter or bladder
    o Renal Failure ... Restrict protein intake
    * Fluid and electrolyte problems ... Watch for HyperK+ (dizzy, wk, nausea, cramps, arhythmias)
    * Pre-renal Problem = Interference with renal perfusion
    * Intra-renal Problem= Damage to renal parenchyma
    * Post-renal Problem = Obstruction in UT anywhere from tubules to urethral meatus.
    * Usually 3 phases (Oligouric, Diuretic, Recovery)
    * Monitor Body Wt and I&Os
    o Steroid Effects = Moon face, hyperglycemia, acne, hirsutism, buffalo hump, mood swings, weight gain - Spindle shape, osteoporosis, adrenal suppression (delayed growth in kids) . . . (Cushing's Syndrome symptoms)
    o Addison's' Crisis = medical emergency (vascular collapse, hypoglycemia, tachycardia ... Admin IV glucose + corticosteroids) ... No PO corticosteroids on empty stomach
    o Potassium sparing diuretic = Aldactone (Spironolactone) ... Watch for hyperK+ with this and ACE Inhibitors.
    o Cardiac Enzymes ... Troponin (1 hr), CKMB (2-4 hr), Myoglobin (1-4 hr), LDH1 (12-24 hr)
    o MI Tx ... Nitro - Yes ... NO Digoxin, Betablockers, Atropine
    o Fibrinolytics = Streptokinase, Tenecteplase (TNKase)
    o CABG = Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
    o PTCA = Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
    o Sex after MI okay when able to climb 2 slights of stairs without exertion (Take nitro prophylactically before sex)
    o BPH Tx = TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) ... some blood for 4 days, and burning for 7 days post-TURP.
    o Only isotonic sterile saline for Bladder Irrigation
    o Post Thyroidectomy - Keep tracheostomy set by the bed with O2, suction and Calcium gluconate
    o Pericarditis ... Pericardial Friction Rub, Pain relieved by leaning forward
    o Post Strep URI Diseases and Conditions:
    * Acute Glomerulonephritis
    * Rheumatic Fever ... Valve Disease
    * Scarlet Fever
    o If a chest-tube becomes disconnected, do not clamp ... Put end in sterile water
    o Chest Tube drainage system should show bubbling and water level fluctuations (tidaling with breathing)
    o TB ... Treatment with multidrug regimen for 9 months ... Rifampin reduces effectiveness of OCs and turns pee orange ... Isoniazide (INH) increases Dilantin blood levels
    o Use bronchodilators before steroids for asthma ... Exhale completely, Inhale deeply, Hold breath for 10 seconds
    o Ventilators ... Make sure alarms are on ... Check every 4 hours minimum
    o Suctioning ... Pre and Post oxygenate with 100% O2 ... No more than 3 passes ... No longer than 15 seconds ... Suction on withdrawal with rotation
    o COPD:
    * Emphysema = Pink Puffer
    * Chronic Bronchitis = Blue Bloater (Cyanosis, Rt sided heart failure = bloating/edema)
    o O2 Administration
    * Never more than 6L/min by cannula
    * Must humidify with more than 4L/hr
    * No more than 2L/min with COPD ... (CO2 Narcosis)
    * In ascending order of delivery potency: Nasal Cannula, Simple Face Mask, Nonrebreather Mask, Partial Rebreather Mask, Venturi Mask
    * Restlessness and Irritability = Early signs of cerebral hypoxia
    IVs and Blood Product Administration
    o 18-19 gauge needle for blood with filter in tubing
    o Run blood with NS only and within 30 minutes of hanging
    o Vitals and Breath Sounds ... before, during and after infusion (15 min after start, then 30 min later, then hourly up to 1 hr after)
    o Check Blood: Exp Date, clots, color, air bubbles, leaks
    o 2 RNs must check order, pt, blood product ... Ask Pt about previous transfusion Hx
    o Stay with Pt for first 15 minutes ... If transfusion rxn ... Stop and KVO with NS
    o Pre-medicate with Benadryl prn for previous urticaria rxns
    o Isotonic Solutions
    * D5W
    * NS (0.9% NaCl)
    * Ringers Lactate
    * NS only with blood products and Dilantin

    Diabetes and Insulin

    o When in doubt - Treat for Hypoglycemia first
    o First IV for DKA = NS, then infuse regular insulin IV as Rx'd
    o Hypoglycemia ... confusion, HA, irritable, nausea, sweating, tremors, hunger, slurring
    o Hyperglycemia ... weakness, syncope, polydipsia, polyuria, blurred vision, fruity breath
    o Insulin may be kept at room T for 28 days
    o Draw Regular (Clear) insulin into syringe first when mixing insulins
    o Rotate Injection Sites (Rotate in 1 region, then move to new region)
    o Rapid Acting Insulins ... Lispro (Humalog) and Aspart (Novolog) ... O: 5-15 min, P: .75-1.5 hrs
    o Short Acting Insulin ... Regular (human) ... O: 30-60 min, P: 2-3 hrs (IV Okay)
    o Intermediate Acting Insulin ... Isophane Insulin (NPH) ... O: 1-2 hrs, P: 6-12 hrs
    o Long Acting Insulin ... Insulin Glargine (Lantus) ... O: 1.1 hr, P: 14-20 hrs (Don't Mix)
    o Oral Hypoglycemics decrease glucose levels by stimulating insulin production by beta cells of pancreas, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing hepatic glucose production
    * Glyburide, Metformin (Glucophage), Avandia, Actos
    * Acarbose blunts sugar levels after meals


    o Leukemia ... Anemia (reduced RBC production), Immunosuppression (neutropenia and immature WBCs), Hemorrhage and bleeding tendencies (thrombocytopenia)
    * Acute Lymphocytic = most common type, kids, best prognosis
    o Testicular Cancer ... Painless lump or swelling testicle ... STE in shower > 14 yrs ... 15-35 = Age
    o Prostate Cancer ... > 40 = Age
    * PSA elevation
    * DRE
    * Mets to spine, hips, legs
    * Elevated PAP (prostate acid phosphatase)
    * TRUS = Transurethral US
    * Post Op ... Monitor of hemorrhage and cardiovascular complication
    o Cervical and Uterine Cancer
    * Laser, cryotherapy, radiation, conization, hysterectomy, exenteration ... Chemotherapy = No help
    * PAP smears should start within 3 years of intercourse or by age 21
    o Ovarian Cancer = leading cause of death from gynecological cancer
    o Breast Cancer = Leading cause of cancer in women
    * Upper outer quadrant, left > right
    * Monthly SBE
    * Mammography ... Baseline @ 35, Annually after age 50
    * Mets to lymph nodes, then lungs, liver, brain, spine
    * Mastectomy ... Radical Mastectomy = Lymph nodes too (but no mm resected)
    * Avoid BP measurements, injections and venipuncture on surgical side
    o Anti-emetics given with Chemotherapy Agents (Cytoxan, Methotrexate, Interferon, etc.)
    * Phenergan (Promethazine HCl)
    * Compazine (Prochlorperazine)
    * Reglan (Metocolpramide)
    * Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
    * Zofran (Ondansetron HCl)
    * Kytril (Granisetron)

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    o Syphilis (Treponema pallidum) ... Chancre + red painless lesion (Primary Stage, 90 days) ... Secondary Stage (up to 6 mo) = Rash on palms and soles + Flu-like symptoms ... Tertiary Stage = Neurologic and Cardiac destruction (10-30 yrs) ... Treated with Penicillin G IM.
    o Gonorrhea (Neisseria Gonorrhea) ... Yellow green urethral discharge (The Clap)
    o Chlamydia (Chlamydia Trachomatis) ... Mild vaginal discharge or urethritis ... Doxycyclin, Tetracycline
    o Trichomoniasis (Trichomonas Vaginalis) ... Frothy foul-smelling vaginal discharge ... Flagyl
    o Candidiasis (Candida Albicans) ... Yellow, cheesy discharge with itching ... Miconazole, Nystatin, Clomitrazole (Gyne-Lotrimin)
    o Herpes Simplex 2 ... Acyclovir
    o HPV (Human Pappilovirus) ... Acid, Laser, Cryotherapy
    o HIV ... Cocktails

    Perioperative Care

    o Breathing Es taught in advance (before or early in pre-op)
    o Remove nail polish (need to see cap refill)
    o Pre Op ... Meds as ordered, NPO X 8 hrs, Incentive Spirometry & Breathing Es taught in advance, Void, No NSAIDS X 48 hrs
    o Increased corticosteroids for surgery (stress) ... May need to increase insulin too
    o Post Op restlessness may = hemorrhage, hypoxia
    o Wound dehiscence or extravisation ... Wet sterile NS dressing + Call Dr.
    o Call Dr. post op if ... < 30 mL/hr urine, Sys BP < 90, T > 100 or < 96
    o Post Op Monitoring VS and BS ... Every 15 minutes the first hour, Every 30 min next 2 hours, Every hour the next 4 hours, then Every 4 hours prn
    o 1-4 hrs Post Op = Immediate Stage ... 2-24 hrs Post Op = Intermediate Stage ... 1-4 days Post Op = Extended Stage
    o Post Op Positioning
    * THR ... No Adduction past midline, No hip flexion past 90 degrees
    * Supratentorial Sx ... HOB 30-45 degrees (Semi-Fowler)
    * Infrantentorial Sx ... Flat
    * Phlebitis ... Supine, elevate involved leg
    * Harris Tube ... Rt/back/Lt - to advance tube in GI
    * Miller Abbott Tube ... Right side for GI advancement into small intestine
    * Thoracocentesis ... Unaffected side, HOB 30-45 degrees
    * Enema ... Left Sims (flow into sigmoid)
    * Liver Biopsy ... Right side with pillow/towel against puncture site
    * Cataract Sx ... Opp side - Semi-Fowler
    * Cardiac Catheterization ... Flat (HOB no more than 30 degrees), Leg straight 4-6 hrs, bed rest 6-12 hrs
    * Burn Autograph ... Elevated and Immob 3-7 days
    * Amputation ... Supine, elevate stump for 48 hrs
    * Large Brain Tumor Resection ... On non-operative side
    o Incentive Spirometry ... Inhale slowly and completely to keep flow at 600-900, Hold breath 5 seconds, 10 times per hr
    o Post Op Breathing Exercises ... Every 2 hours
    * Sit up straight
    * Breath in deeply thru nose and out slowly thru pursed lips
    * Hold last breath 3 seconds
    * Then cough 3 times (unless abd wound - reinforce/splint if cough)
    o Watch for Stridor after any neck/throat Sx ... Keep Trach kit at bed side
    o Staples and sutures removed in 7-14 days - Keep dry until then
    o No lifting over 10 lbs for 6 weeks (in general)
    o If chest tube comes disconnected, put free end in container of sterile water
    o Removing Chest Tube ... Valsalvas, or Deep breath and hold
    o If chest tube drain stops fluctuating, the lung has re-inflated (or there is a problem)
    o Keep scissors by bed if pt has S. Blakemore Tube (for esoph varices)... Sudden respiratory distress - Cut inflation tubes and remove
    o Tracheostomy patients ... Keep Kelly clamp and Obturator (used to insert into trachea then removed leaving cannula) at bed side
    o Turn off NG suction for 30 min after PO meds
    o NG Tube Removal ... Take a deep breath and hold it
    o Stomach contents pH = < 4 (gastric juices aspirated)
    o NG Tube Insertion ... If cough and gag, back off a little, let calm, advance again with pt sipping water from straw
    o NG Tube Length ... End of nose, to era lobe, to xyphoid (~22-26 inches)
    o Decubitus (pressure) Ulcer Staging
    * Stage 1 = Erythema only
    * Stage 2 = Partial thickness
    * Stage 3 = Full thickness to SQ
    * Stage 4 = Full thickness + involving mm /bone

    Acute Care

    o CVA ... Hemorrhagic or Embolic
    * A-fib and A-flutter = thrombus formation
    * Dysarthria (verbal enunciation/articulation), Apraxia (perform purposeful movements), Dysphasia (speech and verbal comprehension), Aphasia (speaking), Agraphia (writing), Alexia (reading), Dysphagia (swallowing)
    * Left Hemisphere Lesion ... aphasia, agraphia, slow, cautious, anxious, memory okay
    * Right Hemisphere Lesion ... can't recognize faces, loss of depth perception, impulsive behavior, confabulates, poor judgment, constantly smiles, denies illness, loss of tonal hearing
    o Head Injuries ...
    * Even subtle changes in mood, behavior, restlessness, irritability, confusion may indicate increased ICP
    * Change in level of responsiveness = Most important indicator of increased ICP
    * Watch for CSF leaks from nose or ears - Leakage can lead to meningitis and mask intracranial injury since usual increased ICP symps may be absent.
    o Spinal Cord Injuries
    * Respiratory status paramount ... C3-C5 innervates diaphragm
    * 1 wk to know ultimate prognosis
    * Spinal Shock = Complete loss of all reflex, motor, sensory and autonomic activity below the lesion = Medical emergency
    * Permanent paralysis if spinal cord in compressed for 12-24 hrs
    * Hypotension and Bradycardia with any injury above T6
    * Bladder Infection = Common cause of death (try to keep urine acidic)
    o Burns
    * Infection = Primary concern
    * HyperK+ due to cell damage and release of intracellular K+
    * Give meds before dressing changes - Painful
    * Massive volumes of IV fluid given, due to fluid shift to interstitial spaces and resultant shock
    * First Degree = Epidermis (superficial partial thickness)
    * Second Degree = Epidermis and Dermis (deep partial thickness)
    * Third Degree = Epidermis, Dermis, and SQ (full thickness)
    * Rule of 9s ... Head and neck = 9%, UE = 9% each, LE = 18% each, Front trunk = 18%, Back Trunk = 18%
    * Singed nasal hair and circumoral soot/burns = Smoke inhalation burns
    o Fractures
    * Report abnormal assessment findings promptly ... Compartment Syndrome may occur = Permanent damage to nerves and vessels
    * 5 P's of neurovascular status (important with fractures)
    * Pain, Pallor, Pulse, Paresthesia, Paralysis
    * Provide age-appropriate toys for kids in traction

    Special Tests and Pathognomonic Signs

    o Tensilon Test ... Myesthenia Gravis (+ in Myesthenic crisis, - in Cholinergic crisis)
    o ELISA and Western Blot ... HIV
    o Sweat Test ... Cystic Fibrosis
    o Cheilosis = Sores on sides of mouth ... Riboflavin deficiency (B2)
    o Trousseau's Sign (Carpal spasm induced by BP cuff) ... Hypocalcemia (hypoparathyroidism)
    o Chvostek's Sign (Facial spasm after facial nerve tap) ... Hypocalcemia (hypoparathyroidism)
    o Bloody Diarrhea = Ulcerative Colitis
    o Olive-Shaped Mass (epigastric) and Projectile Vomiting = Pyloric Stenosis
    o Current Jelly Stool (blood and mucus) and Sausage-Shaped Mass in RUQ = Intussiception
    o Mantoux Test for TB is + if 10 mm induration 48 hrs post admin (previous BCG vaccine recipients will test +)
    o Butterfly Rash = SLE ... Avoid direct sunlight
    o 5 Ps of NV functioning ... Pain, paresthesia, pulse, pallor, paralysis
    o Cullen's Sign (periumbelical discoloration) and Turner's Sign (blue flank) = Acute Pancreatitis
    o Murphy's Sign (Rt. costal margin pain on palp with inspiration) = GB or Liver disease
    o HA more severe on wakening = Brain Tumor (remove benign and malignant)
    o Vomiting not associated with nausea = Brain Tumor
    o Elevated ICP = Increased BP, widened pulse pressure, increased Temp
    o Pill-Rolling Tremor = Parkinson's (Tx with Levodopa, Cardidopa) - Fall precautions, rigid, stooped, shuffling
    o IG Bands on Electrophoresis = MS ... Weakness starts in upper extremities - bowel/bladder affected in 90% ... Demyelination - Tx with ACTH, corticosteroids, Cytoxan and other immunosuppressants
    o Reed-Sternberg Cells = Hodgkin's
    o Koplik Spots = Rubeola (Measles)
    o Erythema Marginatum = Rash of Rheumatic Fever
    o Gower's Sign = Muscular Dystrophy ... Like Minor's sign (walks up legs with hands)


    o Bench Marks
    * Birth wt doubles at 6 months and triples at 12 months
    * Birth length increases by 50% at 12 months
    * Post fontanel closes by 8 wks
    * Ant fontanel closes by 12-18 months
    * Moro reflex disappears at 4 months
    * Steady head control achieved at 4 months
    * Turns over at 5-6 months
    * Hand to hand transfers at 7 months
    * Sits unsupported at 8 months
    * Crawls at 10 months
    * Walks at 10-12 months
    * Cooing at 2 months
    * Monosyllabic Babbling at 3-6 months, Links syllables 6-9 mo
    * Mama, Dada + a few words at 9-12 months
    * Throws a ball overhand at 18 months
    * Daytime toilet training at 18 mo - 2 years
    * 2-3 word sentences at 2 years
    * 50% of adult Ht at 2 years
    * Birth Length doubles at 4 years
    * Uses scissors at 4 years
    * Ties shoes at 5 years
    * Girls' growth spurt as early at 10 years ... Boys catch up ~ Age 14
    * Girls finish growing at ~15 ... Boys ~ 17
    o Autosomal Recessive Diseases
    * CF, PKU, Sickle Cell Anemia, Tay-Sachs, Albinism,
    * 25% chance if: AS (trait only) X AS (trait only)
    * 50% chance if: AS (trait only) X SS (disease)
    o Autosomal Dominant Diseases
    * Huntington's, Marfans, Polydactyl, Achondroplasia, Polycystic Kidney Disease
    * 50% if one parent has the disease/trait (trait = disease in autosomal dominant)
    o X-Linked Recessive Diseases
    * Muscular Dystrophy, Hemophilia A
    * Females are carriers (never have the disease)
    * Males have the disease (but can't pass it on)
    * 50% chance daughters will be carriers (can't have disease)
    * 50% chance sons will have the disease (not a carrier = can't pass it on)
    * This translates to an overall 25% chance that each pregnancy will result in a child that has the disease
    o Scoliosis ... Milwaukee Brace - 23 hrs/day, Log rolling after Sx
    o Down Syndrome = Trisomy 21 ... Simian creases on palms, hypotonia, protruding tongue, upward outward slant of eyes
    o Cerebral Palsy ... Scissoring = legs extended, crossed, feet plantar-flexed
    o PKU ... leads to MR ... Guthrie Test ...Aspartame (NutraSweet) has phenylalanine in it and should not be given to PKU patient
    o Hypothyroidism ... Leads to MR
    o Prevent Neural tube disorders with Folic Acid during PG
    o Myelomeningocele ... Cover with moist sterile water dressing and keep pressure off
    o Hydrocephalus ... Signs of increased ICP are opposite of shock ...
    * Shock = Increased pulse and decreased BP
    * IICP = Decreased pulse and increased BP ... (+ Altered LOC = Most sensitive sign)
    * Infants ... IICP = Bulging fontanels, high pitched cry, increased hd circum, sunset eyes, wide suture lines, lethargy ... Treat with peritoneal shunt - don't pump shunt. Older kids IIPC = Widened pulse pressure
    * IICP caused by suctioning, coughing, straining, and turning - Try to avoid
    o Muscular Dystrophy ... X-linked Recessive, waddling gait, hyper lordosis, Gower's Sign = difficulty rising walks up legs (like Minor's sign), fat pseudohypertrophy of calves.
    o Seizures ... Nothing in mouth, turn hd to side, maintain airway, don't restrain, keep safe ... Treat with Phenobarbitol (Luminol), Phenytoin (Dilantin: TR = 10-20 ... Gingival Hyperplasia), Fosphenytoin (Cerebyx), Valproic Acid (Depakene), Carbamazepine (Tegritol)
    o Meningitis (Bacterial) ... Lumbar puncture shows Increased WBC, protein, IICP and decreased glucose
    * May lead to SIADH (Too much ADH) ... Water retention, fluid overload, dilutional hyponatremia
    o CF Kids taste salty and need enzymes sprinkled on their food
    o Children with Rubella = threat to unborn siblings (may require temporary isolation from Mom during PG)
    o Pain in young children measured with Faces pain scale
    o No MMR Immunization for kids with Hx of allergic rxn to eggs or neomycin
    o Immunization Side Effects ... T < 102, redness and soreness at injection site for 3 days ... give Tylenol and bike pedal legs (passively) for child.
    o Call Physician if seizures, high fever, or high-pitched cry after immunization
    o All cases of poisoning ... Call Poison Control Center ... No Ipecac!
    o Epiglottitis = H. influenza B ... Child sits upright with chin out and tongue protruding (maybe Tripod position) ... Prepare for intubation or trach ... DO NOT put anything into kid's mouth
    o Isolate RSV patient with Contact Precautions ... Private room is best ... Use Mist Tent to provide O2 and Ribavirin - Flood tent with O2 first and wipe down inside of tent periodically so you can see patient
    o Acute Glomerulonephritis ... After B strep - Antigen-Antibody complexes clog up glomeruli and reduce GFR = Dark urine, proteinuria
    o Wilm's Tumor = Large kidney tumor ... Don't palpate
    o TEF = Tracheoesophageal Atresia ... 3 C's of TEF = Coughing, Choking, Cyanosis
    o Cleft Lip and Palate ... Post-Op - Place on side, maintain Logan Bow, elbow restraints
    o Congenital Megacolon = Hirschsprung's Disease ... Lack of peristalsis due to absence of ganglionic cells in colon ... Suspect if no meconium w/in 24 hrs or ribbon-like foul smelling stools
    o Iron Deficiency Anemia ... Give Iron on empty stomach with citrus juice (vitamin C enhances absorption), Use straw or dropper to avoid staining teeth, Tarry stools, limit milk intake < 32 oz/day
    o Sickle Cell Disease ...Hydration most important ...SC Crisis = fever, abd pain, painful edematous hands and feet (hand-foot syndrome), arthralgia ...Tx + rest, hydration ... Avoid high altitude and strenuous activities
    o Tonsillitis ... usually Strep ... Get PT and PTT Pre-Op (ask about Hx of bleeding) ... Suspect Bleeding Post-Op if frequent swallowing, vomiting blood, or clearing throat ... No red liquids, no straws, ice collar, soft foods ... Highest risk of hemorrhage = first 24 hrs and 5-10 days post-op (with sloughing of scabs)
    o Primary meds for ER for respiratory distress = Sus-phrine (Epinephrine HCl) and Theophylline (Theo-dur) ... Bronchodilators
    o Must know normal respiratory rates for kids ... Respiratory disorders = Primary reason for most medical/ER visits for kids ...
    * Newborn ... 30-60
    * 1-11 mo ... 25-35
    * 1-3 years ... 20-30
    * 3-5 years ... 20-25
    * 6-10 years ... 18-22
    * 11-16 years ...16-20

    Cardiovascular Disorders

    o Acyanotic = VSD, ASD, PDA, Coarc of Aorta, Aortic Stenosis
    * Antiprostaglandins cause closure of PDA (aorta - pulmonary artery)
    o Cyanotic = Tetralogy of Fallot, Truncus Arteriosis (one main vessel gets mixed blood), TVG (Transposition of Great Vessels) ... Polycythemia common in Cyanotic disorders
    * 3 T's of Cyanotic Heart Disease (Tetralogy, Truncus, Transposition)
    o Tetralogy of Fallot ... Unoxygenated blood pumped into aorta
    * Pulmonary Stenosis
    * VSD
    * Overiding Aorta
    * Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
    * TET Spells ...Hypoxic episodes that are relieved by squatting or knee chest position
    o CHF can result ... Use Digoxin ... TR = 0.8-2.0 for kids
    o Ductus Venosus = Umbelical Vein to Inferior Vena Cava
    o Ductus Arteriosus = Aorta to Pulmonary Artery
    o Rheumatic Fever ... Acquired Heart Disease ... Affects aortic and mitral valves
    * Preceded by beta hemolytic strep infection
    * Erythema Marginatum = Rash
    * Elevated ASO titer and ESR
    * Chest pain, shortness of breath (Carditis), migratory large joint pain, tachycardia (even during sleep)
    * Treat with Penicillin G = Prophylaxis for recurrence of RF


    o Day 1 of cycle = First day of menses (bleeding) ... Ovulation on Day 14 ... 28 days total ... Sperm 3-5 days, Eggs 24 hrs ... Fertilization in Fallopian Tube
    o Chadwick's Sign = Bluing of Vagina (early as 4 weeks)
    o Hegar's Sign = Softening of isthmus of cervix (8 weeks)
    o Goodell's Sign = Softening of Cervix (8 weeks)
    o Pregnancy Total wt gain = 25-30 lbs (11-14 kg)
    o Increase calorie intake by 300 calories/day during PG ... Increase protein 30 g/day ... Increase iron, Ca++, Folic Acid, A & C
    o Dangerous Infections with PG ... TORCH = Toxoplasmosis, other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, HPV
    o Braxton Hicks common throughout PG
    o Amniotic fluid = 800-1200 mL (< 300 mL = Oligohydramnios = fetal kidney problems)
    o Polyhydramnios and Macrosomia (large fetus) with Diabetes
    o Umbelical cord: 2 arteries, 1 vein ... Vein carries oxygenated blood to fetus (opposite of normal)
    o FHR = 120-160
    o Folic Acid Deficiency = Neural tube defects
    o Pre-term = 20-37 weeks
    o Term = 38-42 weeks
    o Post-term = 42 weeks+
    o TPAL = Term births, Pre-term births, Abortions, Living children
    o Gravida = # of Pregnancies regardless of outcome
    o Para = # of Deliveries (not kids) after 20 wks gestation
    o Nagale's Rule ... Add 7 days to first day of last period, subtract 3 months, add 12 months = EDC
    o Hgb and Hct a bit lower during PG due to hyperhydration
    o Side-lying is best position for uteroplacental perfusion (either side tho left is traditional )
    o 2:1 Lecithin:Sphingomyelin Ratio = Fetal lungs mature
    o AFP in amniotic fluid = possible neural tube defect
    o Need a full bladder for Amniocentesis early in PG (but not in later PG)
    o Lightening = Fetus drops into true pelvis
    o Nesting Instinct = Burst of Energy just before labor
    o True Labor = Regular contractions that intensify with ambulation, LBP that radiates to abdomen, progressive dilation and effacement
    o Station = Negative above ischial spines, Positive below
    o Leopold Maneuver tries to reposition fetus for delivery
    o Laboring Maternal Vitals ... Pulse < 100 (usually a little higher than normal with PG - BP is unchanged in PG). T < 100.4
    o NON-Stress Test ... Reactive = Healthy (FHR goes up with movements)
    o Contraction Stress Test (Ocytocin Challenge Test)... Unhealthy = Late decels noted (positive result) indicative of UPI ... "Negative" result = No late decels noted (good result)
    o Watch for hyporeflexia with Mag Sulfate admin . . . Diaphragmatic Inhibition
    * Keep Calcium gluconate by the bed (antidote)
    o Firsts
    * Fetal HB ... 8-12 weeks by Doppler, 15-20 weeks by fetoscope
    * Fetal movement = Quickening, 14-20 weeks
    * Showing = 14 weeks
    * Braxton Hicks - 4 months and onward
    o Early Decels = Head compression = OK
    o Variable Decels = Cord compression = Not Good
    o Late Decels = Utero-placental insufficiency = BAD!
    o If Variable or Late Decels ... Change maternal position, Stop Pitocin, Administer O2, Notify Physician
    o DIC ... Tx is with Heparin (safe in PG) ... Fetal Demise, Abruptio Placenta, Infection
    o Fundal Heights
    * 12-14 wks ... At level of symphysis
    * 20 weeks ... 20 cm = Level of umbilicus
    * Rises ~ 1 cm per week
    o Stages of Labor
    * Stage 1 = Beginning of Regular contraction to full dilation and effacement
    * Stage 2 = 10 cm dilation to delivery
    * Stage 3 = Delivery of Placenta
    * Stage 4 = 1-4 Hrs following delivery
    o Placenta Separation ... Lengthening of cord outside vagina, gush of blood, full feeling in vagina ... Give oxytocin after placenta is out - Not before.
    o Schultz Presentation = Shiny side out (fetal side of placenta)
    o Postpartum VS Schedule
    * Every 15 min X 1 hr
    * Every 30 min X next 2 hours
    * Every Hour X next 2-6 hours
    * Then every 4 hours
    o Normal BM for mom within 3 days = Normal
    o Lochia ... no more than 4-8 pads/day and no clots > 1 cm ... Fleshy smell is normal, Foul smell = infection
    o Massage boggy uterus to encourage involution ... empty bladder ASAP - may need to catheterize ... Full bladder can lead to uterine atony and hemorrhage
    o Tears ...1st Degree = Dermis, 2nd Degree = mm/fascia, 3rd Degree = anal sphincter, 4th Degree = rectum
    o APGAR = HR, R, mm tone, Reflex irritability, Color ... 1 and 5 minutes ...7-10 = Good, 4-6 = moderate resuscitative efforts, 1-3 = mostly dead
    o Eye care = E-mycin + Silver Nitrate ... for gonorrhea
    o Pudendal Block = decreases pain in perineum and vagina - No help with contraction pain
    o Epidural Block = T10-S5 ... Blocks all pain ... First sign = warmth or tingling in ball of foot or big toe
    o Regional Blocks often result in forceps or vacuum assisted births because they affect the mother's ability to push effectively
    o WBC counts are elevated up to 25,000 for ~10 days post partum
    o Rho(D) immune globulin (RhoGAM) is given to Rh- mothers who deliver Rh+ kids... Not given if mom has a +Coombs Test ... She already has developed antibodies (too late)
    o Caput Succedaneum = edema under scalp, crosses suture lines
    o Cephalhematoma = blood under periosteum, does not cross suture lines
    o Suction Mouth first - then nostrils
    o Moro Reflex = Startle reflex (abduction of all extremities) - up to 4 months
    o Rooting Reflex ... up to 4 months
    o Babinski Reflex ... up to18 months
    o Palmar Grasp Reflex ...Lessens by 4 months
    o Ballard Scale used to estimate gestational age
    o Heel Stick = lateral surface of heel
    o Physiologic Jaundice is normal at 2-3 days ... Abnormal if before 24 hours or lasting longer than 7 days ... Unconjugated bilirubin is the culprit.
    o Vitamin K given to help with formation of clotting factors due to fact that the newborn gut lacks the bacteria necessary for vitamin K synthesis initially ... Vastus lateralis mm IM
    o Abrutio Placenta = Dark red bleeding with rigid board like abdomen
    o Placenta Previa = Painless bright red bleeding
    o DIC = Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation ... clotting factors used up by intravascular clotting - Hemorrhage and increased bleeding times result ... Associated with fetal demise, infection and abruptio placenta.
    o Magnesium Sulfate used to reduce preterm labor contractions and prevent seizures in Pre-Eclampsia ... Mg replaces Ca++ in the smooth mm cells resulting relaxation ... Can lead to hyporeflexia and respiratory depression - Must keep Calcium Gluconate by bed when administering during labor = Antidote ... Monitor for:
    * Absent DTR's
    * Respirations < 12
    * Urinary Output < 30/hr
    * Fetal Bradycardia
    o Pitocin (Oxytocin) use for Dystocia... If uterine tetany develops, turn off Pitocin, admin O2 by face mask, turn pt on side. Pitocin can cause water intoxication owing to ADH effects.
    o Suspect uterine rupture if woman complains of a sharp pain followed by cessation of contractions
    o Pre-Eclampsia = Htn + Edema + Proteinuria
    o Eclampsia = Htn + Edema + Proteinuria + Seizures and Coma ... Suspect if Severe HA + visual disturbances
    o No Coumadin during PG (Heparin is OK)
    o Hyperemesis Gravidarum = uncontrollable nausea and vomiting ... May be related to H. pyolori ... Reglan (metaclopromide)
    o Insulin demands drop precipitously after delivery
    o No oral hypoglycemics during PG - Teratogenic ... Insulin only for control of DM
    o Babies born without vaginal squeeze more likely to have respiratory difficulty initially
    o C-Section can lead to Paralytic Ileus ... Early ambulation helps
    o Postpartum Infection common in problem pregnancies (anemia, diabetes, traumatic birth)
    o Postpartum Hemorrhage = Leading cause of maternal death ... Risk factors include:
    * Dystocia, prolonged labor, overdistended uterus, abrutio placenta, infection
    Tx includes ... Fundal massage, count pads, VS, IV fluids, Oxytocin, notify physician
    o Jitteriness is a symptom of hypoglycemia and hypocalcemia in the newborn
    o Hypoglycemia ... tremors, high pitched cry, seizures
    o High pitched cry + bulging fontanels = IICP
    o Hypothermia can lead to Hypoxia and acidoisis ... Keep warm and use bicarbonate prn to treat acidosis in newborn.
    o Lay on right side after feeding ... Move stomach contents into small intestine
    o Jaundice and High bilirubin can cause encephalopathy ... < 12 = normal ... Phototherapy decomposes bilirubin via oxidation ... Protect eyes, turn every 2 hours and watch for dehydration ... The dangerous bilirubin is the unconjugated indirect type.


    K+ ... Bananas, dried fruits, citrus, potatoes, legumes, tea, peanut butter
    Vitamin C ... Citrus, potatoes, cantaloupe
    Ca++ ... Milk, cheese, green leafy veggies, legumes
    Na+ ... Salt, processed foods, seafood
    Folic Acid ... Green leafy veggies, liver, citrus

    Fe++ ... Green leafy veggies, red meat, organ meat, eggs, whole wheat, carrots
    * Use Z-track for injections to avoid skin staining

    Mg+ ... Whole grains, green leafy veggies, nuts
    Thiamine (B1) ... Pork, beef, liver, whole grains

    B12 ... Organ meats, green leafy veggies, yeast, milk, cheese, shellfish
    * Deficiency = Big red beefy tongue, Anemia

    Vitamin K ... Green leafy veggies, milk, meat, soy
    Vitamin A ... Liver, orange and dark green fruits and veggies
    Vitamin D ... Dairy, fish oil, sunlight
    Vitamin E ... Veggie oils, avocados, nuts, seeds
    BMI ... 18.5-24.9 = Normal (Higher = Obese)


    Essentially everyone goes to Hell in a progressively degenerative hand-basket
    * Thin skin, bad sleep, mm wasting, memory loss, bladder shrinks, incontinence, delayed gastric emptying, COPD, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes

    Common Ailments:
    * Delerium and Dementia
    * Cardiac Dysrhythmias
    * Cataracts and Glaucoma
    * CVA (usually thrombotic, TIAs common)
    * Decubitus Ulcers
    * Hypothyroidism
    * Thyrotoxicosis (Grave's Disease)
    * COPD (usually combination of emphysema and CB)
    * UTIs and Pneumonia ... Can cause confusion and delerium

    Memory loss starts with recent - progresses to full

    Dementia = Irreversible (Alzheimer's) ... Depression, Sundowning, Loss of family recognition

    Delerium = Secondary to another problem = Reversible (infections common cause)

    Medication Alert! ... Due to decreased renal function, drugs metabolized by the kidneys may persist to toxic levels

    When in doubt on NCLEX ... Answer should contain something about exercise and nutrition.

    Advanced Clinical Concepts

    Erickson ... Psycho-Social Development
    * 0-1 yr (Newborn) ... Trust vs. Mistrust
    * 1-3 yrs (Toddler)... Autonomy vs. Doubt and Shame ... Fear intrusive procedures -

    Security objects good (Blankies, stuffed animals)
    * 3-6 yrs (Pre-school) ... Initiative vs. Guilt ... Fear mutilation - Band-Aids good
    * 6-12 yrs (School Age) ... Industry vs. Inferiority... Games good, Peers important ... Fear loss of control of their bodies
    * 12-19 yrs (Adolescent) ... Identity vs. Role Confusion ... Fear Body Image Distortion
    * 20-35 yrs (Early Adulthood) ... Intimacy vs. Isolation
    * 35-65 yrs (Middle Adulthood) ... Generativity vs. Stagnation
    * Over 65 (Older Adulthood) ... Integrity vs. Despair

    Piaget ... Cognitive Development
    * Sensorimotor Stage (0-2) ... Learns about reality and object permanence
    * Preoperational Stage (2-7) ... Concrete thinking
    * Concrete Operational Stage (7-11) ... Abstract thinking
    * Formal Operational Stage (11-adult) ... Abstract and logical thinking

    Freud ... Psycho-Sexual Development
    * Oral Stage (Birth -1 year) ... Self gratification, Id is in control and running wild
    * Anal Stage (1-3) ... Control and pleasure wrt retention and pooping - Toilet training in this stage
    * Phallic Stage (3-6) ... Pleasure with genitals, Oedipus complex, SuperEgo develops
    * Latency Stage (6-12) ... Sex urges channeled to culturally acceptable level, Growth of Ego
    * Genital Stage (12 up) ... Gratification and satisfying sexual relations, Ego rules

    Kohlberg ... Moral Development
    * Moral development is sequential but people do not aromatically go from one stage to the next as they mature
    * Level 1 = Pre-conventional ... Reward vs. Punishment Orientation
    * Level 2 = Conventional Morality ... Conforms to rules to please others
    * Level 3 = Post- Conventional ... Rights, Principles and Conscience (Best for All is a concern)

    Calculations Rules & Formulas

    Round final answer to tenths place
    Round drops to nearest drop
    When calculating mL/hr, round to nearest full mL
    Must include 0 in front of values < 1
    Pediatric doses rounded to nearest 100th. Round down for peds

    Calculating IV Flow Rates
    * Total mL X Drop Factor / 60 X #Hrs = Flow Rate in gtts/min

    Calculating Infusion Times
    * Total mL X Drop Factor / Flow Rate in gtts/min X 60 = Hrs to Infuse


    1 t = 5mL
    1 T = 3 t = 15 mL
    1 oz = 30 cc = 30 mL = 2 T
    1 gr = 60 mg
    1 mg = 1000 ug (or mcg)
    1 kg = 2.2 lbs
    1 cup = 8 oz = 240 mL
    1 pint = 16 oz
    1 quart = 32 oz
    Degrees F = (1.8 X C) + 32

    Degrees C = (F - 32) / 1.8
    * 37 C = 98.6 F
    * 38 C = 100.4 F
    * 39 C = 102.2 F
    * 40 C = 104 F

    Fall Precautions

    Room close to nurses station
    Assessment and orientation to room
    Get help to stand (dangle feet if light headed)
    Bed low with side rails up
    Good lighting and reduce clutter in room
    Keep consistent toileting schedule
    Wear proper non-slip footwear

    At home ...
    * Paint edges of stairs bright color
    * Bell on cats and dogs

    Neutropenic (Immunosuppressed) Precautions

    No plants or flowers in room
    No fresh veggies ... Cooked foods only
    Avoid crowds and infectious persons
    Meticulous hand washing and hygiene to prevent infection
    Report fever > 100.5 (immunosuppressed pts may not manifest fever with infection)

    Bleeding Precautions (Anticoagulants, etc.)

    Soft bristled tooth brush
    Electric razor only (no safety razors)
    Handle gently, Limit contact sports
    Rotate injection sites with small bore needles for blood thinners
    Limit needle sticks, Use small bore needles, Maintain pressure for 5 minutes on venipuncture sites
    No straining at stool - Check stools for occult blood (Stool softeners prn)
    No salicylates, NSAIDs, or suppositories
    Avoid blowing or picking nose
    Do not change Vitamin K intake if on Coumadin

  • Oct 23 '14

    Well concentrate when you go , once you sit on your station put the ear phone on your ears ....even if you not listening to the audio..helps not get one question at the time...don't change your answer...don't think WHAT IF...NOOOOO that is no what if...a tip that worked for me on selected all that apply ...I used true or false... I got select all the apply on cord prolapse on maternity, I got colchicine toxicity....I got autonomic dysreflexia( select all the apply)..I got select all the aplly for symptoms of megacolon disease on kids; peds...I got what you instruct the pt after a pacemaker implant...I got what 2 ekgs...OMG me and my friend got the same question; she also passed... after surgery on a patient with cholecystitis.. which of those would you follow up immediately... I picked the pain on the right shoulder bc means bleeding...don't forget your labs and I hope you printed out a 35 pages study guide that is going around all I read that 2 pretty good, may god bless you ...I know is hard but try to be calm and focus on and only on the questions you doing ....may god bless you can do this!!!

  • Dec 3 '13

    Well as a current DAY student at ECPI, I will tell you this place is not for everyone. As a person who was about to take my pre-reqs for a second time because I've tried for so long to get into the programs here in the Charlotte area for so long that they were becoming too old for a current program, it works for me! I wanted to just get my foot in the door before just generating a large loan amount to owe, so I enrolled in the lpn program. I'm not sure if you're interested in attending fulltime (day) or part time (nights), but if you are looking to attend fulltime, you CANNOT work while in the day program. Don't believe the hype when people talk of this place not being "a real school"... I cannot speak for the computer, technology programs there, but the nursing program is VERY MUCH A REAL SCHOOL. As well, take into consideration that your normal classes that take 16 weeks to complete at a C.C., are done in 5 weeks here. So you must commit to studying every night... no exceptions. You must pretty much dedicate yourself to completing school or it just wont work. I personally like the program... I have a passion for science & healthcare so studying and passing is something I enjoy, but if you have no true passion for this and want to become a nurse for the money, you're better off at a cc. I say that because for courses like A&P I&II it is pretty hard to learn and understand the science and terms literally overnight. I'm averaging an 89.2 right now, but I see classmates around me averaging way lower... and you need to pass your classes with an 80 average or you will have to repeat the course. And with the price or tuition here... think about what it will cost to repeat a course here. The upside to it is that IF you are failing, tutoring is offered for all of your classes. So its not like the intent is to get your money and have you fail... They actually do help you alot. Its a very small school so you can get more attention than you would at a cc. Same goes for math. I see classmates failing there too, but the teacher offers turoring, as well as doing videos etc. If you're interested in the RN program, the only difference is an extra 3 months, more classes at one time, more labs, and more money. I personally decided to take the route of doing lpn now, then transitioning to a Charlotte lpn-rn bridge program later (gaston, cshs). I figure I can do their classes at a slower pace, but become a nurse now and save some money. Its really a personal choice. If you do decide to visit the school and talk to a counselor ASK THE REAL QUESTIONS! I asked some things that made the counselors uncomfortable, but at the end of the day, if I'm going to pay all this money, they need to be answered. Find someone like myself who is actually in the program, doing fairly well and can answer questions for you. Again I stress this is not the place for everyone, but would i suggest the program to someone else... ABSOLUTELY.

  • May 17 '13

    I passed I passed I passed!!!...its official, after much worrying stressing and freaking out I found out today that I passed my second semester of nursing school. This semester really put me to the test. I'm in an ADN program and these semesters are so hard because they are fast paced learning all the material we need to be an RN.
    If it wasn't for psych and for my psych instructors in which one gave me some words of wisdom and the other I had to prove wrong, I wouldn't have never made it in my opinion! I prayed for this and I feel my prayers were answered but now I have to make good on my promises and put more afford in my studies next semester. I literally passed by the skin of my teeth. I. You need a 78 out of 100 to pass and I got a 77.6 in which rounds up to a 78 so yea...
    So for this summer I will be studying all my weak areas at school of course in the skills lab and my theory material in the library. And of course I'm going to RELAX!!!
    I'm really proud of myself and all those that made it but also wish the best for those who didn't cause some of my really close classmates didn't make it which really sucks!
    I can only imagine what's in store for me next semester...

  • May 14 '13

    What an awesome thread; you GO girl!!!!

  • Sep 27 '12

    It's not just nursing school that keeps you from ever sleeping! Being a nurse means you're always tired too! Hahaha.

  • Sep 27 '12

    now I know what I'd be looking like 2 years from

  • Aug 13 '12

    Quote from jrinoldi
    Im gonna need extra help around the house(spouse) and i need tons of support not to mention i will have less time for friends.... Im really worried my fiance wont put in the extra effort around the house and help with the kids more while i study. i was wondering if anyone had a way to make him realize Nursing school is not gonna be easy and that im gonna need more help than ever. And my friends i dont know if i can make them realize that for the next two years im not gonna be able to spend as much time with them, ANY IDEAS? Thank you
    From my experience you can not change people. The only person you can control or change is yourself. So your husband and kids may pick up the slack and they may not. You just need to be okay with whatever the result is. The house isn't going to be spotless while we are in school. Just be okay with it. In my house we do chores three times a day for about 30 minutes. It works for us. On the weekend I clean things I just can't stand. But usually I leave it during school semester. During the break I made a ton of food that is frozen. So everyone can eat. My point is figure out the things that has to be done to you and figure out a plan for that. Then don't let others bother you about it. This will be a short period in your life. It will pass. I do understand your situation though. I have seven kids, a husband, family, and friends that all expect so much from me but this time right here... The next couple of years are for me. Is it selfish..,maybe but they have me for life!!! Completing this program promises a better future for us all! My heart understands your frustration good luck!!!!!

  • May 13 '12

    So pumped for my orientation may 30th! I have so much to get done! Such as my physical and titters, uniforms, books, and a bunch of other stuff I can't think of cause there is just so much to do! I've been done with my pre-reqs and co-reqs since last December and I've been taking classes related to nursing just to stay in school. I'm finishing up the spring semester this week and I'm kinda wishing the Summer away to start school in the fall.... I will prolly regret saying.. Anyways! I plan on keeping my 24hrs at the hospital as a CNA cause it truly benefits me! The nurses I work with are great and they are always teaching me! It's gonna be hard going to lect/clinical all day then an 8hr shift at the hospital... But It's manageable.. I'll be practically living at the hospital!

    Congrats to everyone being accepted! And to those wait listed don't give up! Keep trying! It took me an extra year to get in because I didn't have one of my classes done to apply! Good luck to everyone!

  • May 13 '12

    I recently got accepted into my local community college's ADN program and am so excited!! I am also taking Pharmacology and Nutrition courses this summer to ease my load a bit in the fall. Can't wait to start! I've been busy buying all of my supplies for the fall -- all-white (!!!) scrubs, lab coat, shoes, etc. Waiting on the the book list to be released so I can begin bargain shopping for those too. Good luck to everyone and congratulations!

  • May 13 '12

    I was accepted to Chattahoochee Technical College's ADN program which starts in August! I am so nervous but cannot wait for the program to start. Congrats to everyone - we have all worked so hard to get to where we are. Good luck!

  • May 13 '12

    Oh yeah!! Got into a very competitive program and am super pumped. We kick off August 20. Got round one of my immunizations and heading out tomorrow to order my uniforms. Asked me if I wanted my name embroidered and I was like, "Are you kidding?? Slap my name on those scrubs!!" I think I'll frame my acceptance letter.

    BTW, in a cohort of 80, I'm one of 3 guys. Any other men out there?

    Congrats to all my fellow 2012-ers. I look forward to sharing here.