lalopop86 3,814 Views
Joined May 16, '11 - from 'Raleigh, NC'.
lalopop86 is a Nurse Tech/Nursing Student.
She has '2' year(s) of experience.
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I'm so nervous too! I'm someone who likes to plan ahead and have every detail worked out. Not being in control of my schedule and really having no idea what I'm going to be doing is driving me crazy!
What I'm most nervous about is that everyone I've talked to says be prepared for no sleep, because they were up every night doing projects & care plans... I get incredibly sick if I don't get a good nights sleep! Is this going to make it impossible for me to be a nurse?
"nobody said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it"
and my all time favorite~
"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?"
First of all...breathe...and breathe again. Are you worried or nervous about any specific thing regarding clinical or just in general? Has your teacher or clinical instructor given you an idea of things you need? I was also nervous on my first day of clinical but let's face it- on the first day of clinical you haven't really earned the right to do a whole lot and they aren't just going to throw you to the wolves. At least in my program we had a clinical orientation day and they eased us into it each time we went. Just remember to never do anything by yourself that you are uncomfortable with. It'll be okay!
I wouldn't if you can help it. Organic chem is a large one to tackle in itself, adding anatomy on top of it alone would be a lot. Both are very time consuming. Organic made me cry a lot too. Wah. Good luck
I'm sorry that you are experiencing this. This is an exciting opportunity for you, and the feeling of being accepted into a program that you worked your butt off to get into is like no other. I don't know what it's like to not have the full support of all your family, but my advice is to shrug it off as much as you can. Distance yourself from them if you have to. Because once school starts, you really won't have the extra energy to spend on negative people in your life.
Renal! I love those kidneys. This thread is a total #nerdalert and I love it
I think what happened was that I did not inject the needle all the way. I gave an injection this morning on a pt who had a slightly distended abdomen and it was fine. Thank you guys for the replies. It always made sense to me that since it's a subq it could be given in the arm, but I never thought to give Lovenox any differently because we always learned to do it in the abdomen and that's just what everyone at our facility does. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest from the trees when you're learning! Thanks again
I recently was taking care of a pt in clinical who had an extremely distended abdomen and I found it difficult to administer a Lovenox injection. It was hard to grasp enough skin to "bunch up" and as a result (of the pt's distention and/or my technique, probably a combination) while I was pushing in the med, the needle popped out of the pt's skin the Lovenox started to drip out. Can someone give me some advice on how to correctly administer these types of injections on someone with a distended abdomen? This shook my confidence and I would love to know some tips for when I run into this again. Thanks in advance
Happy for you! The first day of clinical at a new place can be scary... really glad for you that you had a great experience.
I think it just depends. I have not ever seen the use for them in our program, because being an ADN program we are in one class each semester (clinicals 2 days a week & class the other days for 3-4 hours). We have a ton of books but most of the time we don't use them in class. The majority of us have all of our books on our computers so I've really never seen the need to bring a suitcase full of books to class even though some people do it anyway.
Yeah I wouldn't do that. You definitely won't have this much free time once the program starts, I promise. I know that wasn't quite your question, but that's my advice Congratulations on your acceptance!!!!!!
When I was young & in high school I was absolutely terrified of needles. I would almost pass out when I had to go to the doctor in fear that I would be given a shot or they would have to draw blood. I am now 26 and just got done with my first semester of nursing school and while I still do not like having blood drawn from me, it is MUCH different to be the one that holds a needle. I thought it would bother me giving injections and starting IVs but you are more concentrated on performing the skills correctly rather than the needle itself. To me, it has been one of those mind-over-matter things- did I really not want to live my dream because of a fear? To me, the answer was no. If you want to get over your fear of needles, I would recommend looking on youtube how to give injections/start IVs. The more you see it done, maybe the less fearful you will be.
Roll with the punches, get organized, do NOT let yourself get behind, and don't miss class. Ever. Unless you're in surgery or dead.
First of all, like the above said, don't get down on yourself for an 80% on your first test. Nursing school is tough, and you don't have time for negative self-talk. You never know what to expect on the first test because it is all new to you. I too recommend getting in a study group but make sure they are people who are going to stay focused and are as motivated as you. If you don't do well in study groups, I highly recommend comparing your notes after class with 1 or 2 other people. I don't study well with other people unless we are strictly reviewing so I used this method in my Fundamentals class and it has worked well- you never know is someone caught something you missed when you were writing or accidentally spacing I would also recommend purchasing multiple NCLEX practice books and practicing questions because as one of my instructors told us- "there are only so many ways you can ask a question." It takes practice because nursing school is a whole different ball game and the tests are completely different from anything you've done before (like I have to tell you that...). When I take tests, I try to treat every answer as a T/F question. It usually helps narrow it down to 1 or 2 answers.
OMG love. I have finals this week and needed a laugh!! THANK YOU!
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