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I did work as a nurse. I was in an ICU fellowship for 4 months and decided to quit before I had to sign a contract. I loved the patients, I loved the work but I didn't get along with most of the employees and the management was a joke. I would love to work in rehabilitation, or in a trauma center. But I have never wanted to be a floor nurse. It's not what I enjoy, I tried it and it's not what I want to do.
I start my BSN classes tomorrow (I'm currently an RN.) I will be finishing these classes next May and I'm trying to decide what I want to do with my life. I want to help people, that's my goal in life. I want to make a difference in the lives of others. I've been looking into the BSN - PhD program at Univ. of Cincinnati (I live in Ohio btw) as well as the MSN programs they offer. I've also been looking into OSU's programs and Toledo's as well. I'm just lost on what to do...I'm NOT a teacher by FAR, I could never teach others so that's 100% out of the question! I just don't know if I want to work on the outside and work in the Nursing Science part of things, or if I want to be a Practitioner and if so, what do I want to specialize in? I would love to travel the world and work in 3rd world countries, but i'd also love to...actually that's my dream. I just don't know if it's attainable, but if I do go for that, I want to know what kind of degree I need for such work..
that's where I'm lost, What kind of degree will lead me to my goal?
So i'm a new grad RN, just graduated the first week of May. For my final clinical (as there were to many students to find preceptors for, we had relatively small clinical groups with 5-6 students in each group) I was in the ICU, for 14 weeks I set along side some of the best nurses in the business and helped to take care of critical care patients, I received more experience in those 14 weeks than I did in 2 years of nursing school. I knew then that I wanted to be an ICU nurse more than anything, i'd been on almost every floor and nothing felt right...but stepping through those doors every day, I felt home...
So of course when that unit had openings for their Critical Care Fellowship (a 14 week class/work experience to get you to understand how the ICU works, as it's completely different from every other floor in the hospital) I applied. I was told that there was nearly 100 RN's, both new grad and experienced, who applied and they were only taking between 10 and 12 people. I didn't feel I had a chance...But I interviewed and did the best I could and waited for over a month before I finally got the call I had so desperately been waiting for! "I'm calling to ask if you're still interested in the Critical Care Fellowship?" of course I cried my eyes out and said, i think screamed, YES!
Now I've just been waiting, 7 weeks, for the start date. Which is in just 2 more weeks! I'm so excited to finally be along side those same nurses and Doctors again, with one of my best friends! (who also got in the fellowship!)
I took the NCLEX last monday and passed! (after 216 horrid questions) so I'm officially an RN and the fact that I got my dream job right out of school has made me one of the happiest new grads out there!
I can't help to boast about it, plus I wanted to encourage those other new/soon to be new, RN's that you can find the job of your dreams, you can be whatever you want to be! never give up!
I also wanted to share how deeply terrified I am of being in the ICU as a new grad O_O working with other nurses and my instructor, under their license is completely different than by myself, with my own license. ICU RN's get to make so many more decisions for their patients, they are with them and really have to understand their condition to an extent that is almost on the Doctor's level of understanding. We truly get to care for our patients without running around trying to pass med's all day. (That is not to say nurses with 6 patients DON'T care for their patients!) This floor is a 2:1 patients to nurse ratio (sometimes 1:1 depending on their condition) and although I feel like i'm ready to jump right in, i'm honestly absolutely terrified.
Has anyone ever been in this position? or at least understands the scaryness and may have some tips for me?
I definitely have to go with my own name on this one....
It's actually a really unique combination of both of my grandmother's names; my maternal grandmother Cora and my paternal grandmother Ronella, my father put the the 2 together to come up with Corella and the rest is history...
My biggest issue through school was dealing with a name most kids thought sounded exactly like Cruella Deville, so needless to say i was made fun of a LOT throughout school because of my name, in 2nd-5th grade I actually made my mother register me for school as "Corey" (the nickname most of my family gave me) just so i wouldn't have to bare the brunt of the name calling. It didn't work however as most kids knew my name, so I just gave up. After getting through school however I found that I truly LOVE my name. It's unique, easy to point out and remember, noone else has it (that I've seen anyways, although a quick google search leads me to other people with my name, along with a species of bird and a town in italy) Plus, it just sounds pretty...I have been called many things though, such as; Toyota Corolla, Crayola, Gorilla, and the timeless classic of Cruella gets around alot (especially seeing that before I became an RN i've been a dog groomer for the past 8 years, which is quite ironic if you think about it.)
I love hearing unique names though, and whenever I have a pt. who feels bad about their name or goes by a nickname so as not to deal with it, i like to share my struggles with my uniqueness.
It really depends on your study techniques that you've learned throughout school, how your nursing instructors are, how much material is between each test...etc...Every school is SO different when it comes to everything that laying down a specific was to study is extremely difficult. The most important thing though...don't give up the study techniques you've use for non-nursing courses! You can't change your entire way of thinking just for nursing school (although it IS completely different than any other program out there!)
My best advice is see what the teachers say, In our program we only have about 5 or 6 teachers total, so we deal with them more than once throughout the program. Each teacher is COMPLETELY different when it comes to how they teach, what they want you to know for tests, and how they get questions for the tests. Learning how each teacher works, and how to study for each teacher and each test is really difficult but it does help to understand how they work. (our class for example: we use the same textbook for all of our med-surg classes and for most of our teachers, even though its the same textbook, each teacher wanted us to focus on certain things more than the other, and each teacher demanded a different amount of time focusing on the reading and the other resources we had available to us, if we would study the same way no matter the teacher, we are likely to fail :|)
The best advice I can honestly think of, is to read the material, pay attention to what they want you to know, and really understand the concepts, the disease processes and treatment/nursing interventions for everything they want you to know. For instance, when you go over something such as Diabetes Mellitus (or type 2) you need to understand how the disease works and how it progresses, what parts of the body are affected, what organs are affected and how are they affected. What does it cause symptom wise, and how can you diagnose it. Then you need to understand what kind of treatment is available and how that treatment works to combat the disease and its symptoms. It's a lot of hard work, and I like to compare it to medical school, to me, nursing school is a 2 year medical school that pushes all the information it can into you that any general doctor learns over 4 years.
When you are looking at the concepts you are learning about, understand the big picture, how everything is affected...that's critical thinking, being able to use the knowledge you have about a subject, such as Diabetes, and applying it to a question that you may barely understand. Understanding the overall disease and how to manage it, as well as the priorities (ABC's, ABCDE's, and the nursing process) is what nursing school is all about...
Here's some thing I've learned in the past 2 years (I graduate in 58 days!!)
*Learn some relaxation techniques and how to destress. Nursing school is EXTREMELY stressful, and at times you will want to quit, you will break down in tears at least a few times, and with everything they require of you, you will feel overwhelmed at times. The best advice I can give is to learn techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and how to reduce text anxiety (I say this as Even students who usually do well on tests will usually have at least 1 test in their student career that will test their patience and/or could determine whether they pass or fail nursing school, learning tips to relax during your test such as taking a deep breath after every question, bringing peppermint, wearing red on test day, and taking a break after every 10 questions to "reboot" can tremendously help you throughout your classes.)
*Read ahead if at all possible! It will better prepare you for lectures and that way if you have a question about something you can bring it up during the lecture on that subject rather than a frantic email the night before the test that you may not get a response to.
*Don't forget about taking a break and enjoying time with your family and friends! I know everyone says to forget having a social life and that nursing school will take up all of your time, and while that sometimes is true you need to take a break every now and again. Try to go to a movie, have a family dinner, or go out and have fun at least once a week or every 2 weeks. the old saying of "All work an no play makes jack a dull boy" really stands true in nursing school, you can't spend ALL of your time thinking about, stressing about or studying for nursing school, if you don't take a break every now and again, and try to spend time with your family and friends you will either become even more frustrated and stressed, or it can hurt your relationships with your friends/family. (I personally separated from my husband half way through, and although a very good decision, it was partly because of school and it just added to the stress and I almost failed because of it) Going out with friends (NOT nursing school friends, which is another point i'll make later) and not thinking about school for a few hours is one AWESOME way to relax and destress!
*Make at least a few friends with nursing students in your class! I know a lot of times those students may fail, or decide nursing isn't right for them, or they may switch schools...etc...but making friends with others who are going through the same thing as you is one of the best things you can do to help deal with the stresses of school and even help your grades. I'm not one to study in a group, I do much better by myself, but at least once a week I hang out with a few girls from my class, we study together or just hang out, and getting another persons view point on certain material, or seeing what they have pulled from the readings compared to what you have read has helped me immensely! I can't tell you how many times that simply hearing what someone else read (that I somehow missed or didn't understand) directly resulted in getting questions right on an exam and helped me pass multiple tests! Plus hearing the struggles they are going through and being able to vent to someone who KNOWS what you're going through is much more helpful than to a close friend or family member who doesn't understand the struggles of nursing school.
*Try NOT to make enemies in school! I left drama back in high school 6 years ago and never wanted to deal with it again, but putting a certain amount of students (who usually end up being mainly females) in one group for 2 years together, there is BOUND to be some sort of drama! I've seen students almost get thrown out of school because of petty differences, arguments that have resulted in getting "U's" (which in our school means "Unsatisfactory", 2 of those gets you thrown out of the program!) Even if there is someone you don't like or don't get along with, either try to be civil about it, or tell a teacher/adviser so maybe they can work something out with you and the other student.
*If you have a problem, whether it be with the material you need to learn, a question on a test you didn't understand, or just any frustration with a class, teacher, clinical instructor, etc...Talk to someone about it! The WORST thing you can do is keep it bottled up or try to figure it out on your own. The teachers are there to help you! Your advisers are there to help you! and other students are there to help you! You will become a family with the other students and teachers, 2 years of your life are going to be spent with them! I have one teacher who, when i had almost failed thanks to the separation from my husband, asked me to meet with her in her office one day and asked me if I was having any problems that I wanted to talk about, because I wasn't the kind of student who failed and usually did really well in classes. I pretty much broke down in front of her and told her what was going on, and she asked me if there was anything she could do, if I needed a place to stay, made sure I had money and then gave me study tips and helped me with the class so I wouldn't fail. She is one awesome teacher, and most of them are like that. She came to me noticing my struggles and it really made me feel important. So don't think they are not willing to help, they want to see you succeed just as much as you want to succeed! remember that!!
*The last thing I can really think of, is to practice NCLEX style questions, those are the same type of questions they are going to be giving you on all of your tests, as nursing school prepares you for the NCLEX...so any book/website/program you can find that you can get NCLEX style questions from...USE IT!! If your school offers a program/website for additional material USE IT!! (Our school has a website called Evolve (which is part of Elsevier) that gives us extra study material from our textbooks, practice questions related to the material and tons of other ways of helping us with our classes...so don't underestimate the resources your school provides for you!
oh...and don't forget...
You're good enough
You're smart enough
and You're going to be a nurse one day!
I'm starting my 2nd year in just under one month (27 days to be exact) with only 2 semesters left i'm feeling the stress! This semester we're taking Pediatric Nursing, Maternal-Newborn nursing, and Cardiac/Respiratory (which is Adult Health II)
They're throwing so much at us because they switched from quarters to semesters starting this year, so after 3 quarters of nursing school, we now have 2 semesters left and they had to condense everything from 3 quarters into 2 semesters...which means more work for us :P
Basically I want to know what everyone recommends as good "extra" books for Pediatrics, Maternity and Cardiac/Respiratory. I know we are required to have a book on reading ECG's But I want to know what everyone has used, and what they have found to help during these classes???
I'm talking everything from Care-plan books, to "made easy" books...just anything that helped you through those classes!
Also if you have any pointers for Pediatric/Maternity clinical's and tips for studying and test taking....any and all help is appreciated!
I take my Netbook to class every day as well, its easier then printing out the power points before class (sometimes they don't even post the powerpoints until the morning of the class) that way i can make my notes on the power points and just print them out later...
Also our teachers are fine with recording the lectures, so I also bring a recorder to every class, sometimes when you have multiple nursing classes and since I have to take A&PII with those classes, it just makes life easier when my brain goes off on another tangent during those 4 hours lectures...
Started 3 weeks ago! Were in week 4 already! (were in quarters though so we only have another 6 weeks to go then finals!!)
Already 2 tests down (Aced both of them!) just had round one of check offs (passed both and feeling pretty amazing!!, it was Foley catheters and Wound care, monday i have Pharmacology check offs. then our first clinical day is next week!
I'm actually feeling alot better this quarter compared to last quarter...
were in Med Surg and Pharmacology this quarter and i actually enjoy these classes more then the classes last quarter, and although they are harder (20 chapters on the first pharm test, and we only had 2 classes, most everything was podcasts....) i'm enjoying it more and more!
Our first qtr. ended in Dec. 11...we lost 20 people out of 90, and gained 5 back this qtr. from who flunked out last year....plus at least another 5 or so people have quit in the first 3 weeks of the 2nd qtr....its crazy!!!
First off its crazy how schools differ in check offs...our head to toe assessment was the first thing we did first quarter (along with vital signs, Positioning, and Bed Baths) now (2nd qtr.) wet/dry dressing changes and foley cath's and med admin.
anyways...we had to do a video for our assessment, so much easier for us as we just had this poster made and hung out of site of the camera, we just looked at....
but the best way to go about it (what i did in clinicals) was think of mnemonics to help you...
Like JBudd said about IPPA, plus PERRLA (Pupils equal, round, and reactive to light and accommodation) make up your own mnemonics for each part of the body, or separate them into actions, (i.e. when you have to use a steth, or all the reflexes)
take your time, take a deep breath and relax...
also if your school has Mannequin's to use, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!! it will save your life!!
I go to Textbooks.com...they will give you the lowest prices on renting/buying used/new books on all the top sites...and will get you the cheapest prices...its free, its easy, and I got 600$ worth of books (would have been if i would have bought them at school) for under 100$ on eBay...so if textbooks.com doesn't work...search eBay!!
Look into either Pharmacology Demystified (a great book that i picked up for class, and it really lays out EVERYTHING)
also you could look into the "Made incredibly easy series" i ordered the pharm book, but haven't received it yet so i can't comment on how good it is with everything...
I'm 3 weeks into my pharm class, and yes its hard, but i really love the material, you really want to get in as much reading as possible because there is A LOT of material to cover!!!
In med surg, I have to memorize lab values (i.e. BMP, CBC, Lipid Panel, etc) and i'm having a hard time memorizing each of them, especially when the values are so similar.
My biggest problem right now is the differences in the BMP, Sodium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, all so similar and really killing my brain.
If anybody has any suggestions on how to memorize them? or maybe some mnemonics? I bought a Lab values made incredibly easy book, but it won't come in for a week or so and I have a test tuesday!
anything will help!!!
I start my 2nd quarter tomorrow, and i'm really freaking out about pharmacology and Med-surg (my 2 classes this quarter) I've seen the syllabus and i'm already freaking out....
so i wanted to see what the best EXTRA books are to buy for both classes...anything is helpful!
I've already downloaded all the flashcards from the Pharm thread on here...but wanted to get whatever i can to better my chances of understand the material and passing the courses!
thanks ahead of time!!!
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