PalmHarborMom (4,291 Views)
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One of the things that I found helpful was not memorizing the information for each medication individually. Instead, I grouped them into categories (ex. beta blockers or ace inhibitors) and learned their side effects, actions and contraindications. Then if there were specific side effects for a certain med, like Steven Johnson's Syndrome, I learned that. Our program really focused on knowing what to do and when. So knowing when to hold a med or when a side effect was life threatening or not was essential to getting an A in the class. Pharm is a difficult class but definitely doable. Learning 100 meds is hard but breaking them down into 8 groups is much easier.
You do have to already be accepted into a BSN program. But as soon as you are, you may begin the application process. I'm assuming that due to the competitive nature of getting into a program that most recruiters will not start the process until a person is accepted. If that is not the problem, it is my understanding that the boards meet monthly until all available slots are filled for the fiscal year. So it changes year to year when the boards stop meeting.
Once the process starts, it takes awhile to get everything together. Aside from professional references, personal references and your life history, you also need to get a physical, finger prints, etc. It took me a few months to get everything together. Currently, I am waiting to hear something.
While I am still in nursing school... My kids have presented me with a vast array of medical emergencies throughout the years. Just last month, my son had a DEEP laceration under his toes that sorely needed stitches. He was at a friends house so as soon as he called about the situation, I went into action. Crutches from the closet, towels and check for insurance card. When we were in the truck on the way to the hospital he tells me "Geez mom, you don't even act like it is a big deal that I almost cut off 3 toes!" He is 14yrs old so I asked him how he would feel about the situation if I was freaking out? Then he tells me, "You never freak out... But I guess that is what you are supposed to do. You just always know what to do." Later that night, I heard my daughter and him talking about the very same thing. Both wondering how I keep calm. Then my daughter said it right. "It would have to be real bad for Mom to freak out. If that ever happens, we are doomed."
I am hoping that I will be able to maintain the calm, focused thing going on while in nursing.
I wear Nurse Mates compression socks. You can get them in medical grade compression and in varying degrees of compression. I am still in nursing school but am a more "seasoned" student (42). I noticed that my legs were killing me after clinicals so thought I would give them a try. I love that my legs feel great after 13hours at the hospital. Some of my preceptor's have even decided to try them after hearing me rave.
Hopefully, you find something that works for you!
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