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Joined Jul 25, '11 - from 'New England'. mercurysmom is a Disabilities Advocate; Consultant. She has '27' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Early Intervention, Nsg. Education'. Posts: 159 (71% Liked) Likes: 533

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  • Jan 17

    A face mask and vicks vapor rub under your works wonders. If the patient asks why you have a mask say you have a bit of a runny nose.

  • Jan 17

    I would speak to an admissions advisor at BCC to find out what your evening class schedule would be and then talk to your manager to see if there is a workable solution. Do NOT sink $20K + into a for-profit LPN program with a low pass rate. Do you really want to go in to debt (since your job won't pay for it) for something that you might not even be able to pass NCLEX? Not worth the risk.

    Get a quality education. Sounds like BCC is quality with a 100% pass rate. There's usually a way to work around things. I would definitely arm yourself with all the info you need and then schedule a meeting with your manager.

    Good luck

  • Jan 15

    On more than one occasion in elementary school they told my mother that the reason they did not advance me to the next grade ahead of my peers was because I would reach a point around adolescence where I would pay the price for being out of touch with the others, so I was out of touch anyway. Believe me, sitting around bored in class does not make for a challenging or pleasant time at school. I finagled my own catch up plan by engineering my early high school graduation. I still was not socially up to par and still paid the price in college. No matter what the situation was, I have always felt that no one ever took a good look at my emotional needs nor did they effect changes that were beneficial to me. Think long and hard about what is truly in the best interests of your daughter and don't go pushing like a freight train just because it seems like the thing to do. Problems in childhood and adolescence have a funny way of lingering on into adulthood. Just saying, from experience.

  • Jan 13
  • Jan 13

    Nurses eat their young because young nurses continue to post items about nurses eating their young. You see, it drives us to it.

  • Jan 13

    No specialty is immune. All nurses eventually develop a taste for young flesh. The toxic environment results from the subsequent passing of gas as those old nurses digest their young meals.

  • Jan 12

    I think some of the newer nurses are astounded (or don't really believe) that most of us who came down the pike more than a few years ago had clinical instructors that took full responsibility for teaching their students.

    I was NEVER supposed to rely on the staff nurse to teach me. I had to report things I'd done or let her know about changes in her patient's status. I know she went over the MARs behind me (her responsibility to her patient didn't go away just because I was there) to make sure everything got done. Occasionally she'd offer me pearls of wisdom if we happened to cross paths. But she was NOT responsible for teaching me. Why would she be? That would be incredibly crass of my university to try to use staff nurses as FREE labor, all the while charging ME tuition for...INSTRUCTION.

    My CIs were on site every minute. They were there to teach us nursing. They NEVER threw us onto the floor nurses and disappeared. It's only recently I guess that schools are pulling this on hospitals. How great is it for them that they can take on too many students, charge them out the wazoo for tuition, inflict the students on the staff nurses, then try to make the nurses feel GUILTY for not wanting to provide free services for them, all the while giving the students the impression that that staff nurses (who have absolutely zero affiliation with the school) have some kind of noble obligation to take on students with no compensation or reduction of patient load? You know, because those nurses were students once, too. Not only that, the student nurses go into the situation believing that they are somehow lessening the work load of the staff nurse, not adding to it. And apparently they graduate still believing that!

    It boggles the mind that this is apparently becoming SOP now.

  • Jan 12

    Quote from roser13
    And please - again: the floor nurse is not your instructor. Teaching nursing students is not remotely his/her responsibility. I cannot emphasize that strongly enough. You have an instructor who should be on the floor, assisting/tutoring the students. Don't say it can't be done: My CI did it with one hand tied behind her back.
    ^^ This, a hundred times.

    In none of my clinical experiences or, later, as a clinical instructor, were the staff nurses ever expected to take any responsibility or put any time or effort into teaching the nursing students. This phenomenon of dumping nursing students on the staff and expecting them to do the clinical instructor's job is fairly recent and, guess what? Lots of staff nurses don't like it.

  • Jan 12

    At the end of the day . . .

  • Jan 12
  • Jan 12

    Quote from pixierose
    Not every kid out there has fun "being a kid."
    It's true. I was a 45 year old bitter divorcee in a child's body. My dad called me "little grandma". One time we were discussing crazy things kids do, and I noted that I never did any of those things. My dad replied "that's because you were never a kid".

  • Jan 12

    I have an almost 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. It can be a tough age, full of uncertainty and confusing. They're both not the school dance, super involved type of kids -- they are truly introverts, just like mom. And being an introvert at the MS/HS level is difficult, especially in this day and age. However, while hardly "carefree," I can't imagine either of them knowing so firmly what they want to do as a career either. My son doesn't have a clue, and my youngest "likes art" and is choosing her HS Freshman electives based on that.

    But ... that's *MY* kids.

    I think if the OP's daughter is *truly* interested, than the parents can foster the interest by the many suggestions provided by other posters. Make learning a life long process that doesn't have to start at an "official" age; just ensure that it is truly what she wants (i.e., and not what *mom* wants), and tailor it according to developmental appropriateness and what's offered in her area.

    Not every kid out there has fun "being a kid."

  • Jan 12

    Quote from lnvitale
    Send her to high school so she can be an adolescent, go to prom, crush on people her own age and do all the rite of passage stuff one needs to do in order to become a young adult, much less a nurse.
    I've seen some awesome products of a 100% homeschooling educational that are very well socialized. There are a lot of negative pitfalls to both public and private schools too.

    In the perspective of human history, segregation of young people is an anomoly. Our current educational system seems to foster a delay of young people assuming the responsibilities of adulthood.

    Maybe that's why this young lady in question has so much on the ball?

  • Jan 12

    Quote from llg
    My family has had some academically gifted students and my sister was an elementary school teacher with a special interest in gifted children. Here is what they/we have done: focused on using those high school years to develop "well-roundedness" and emotional maturity. So my gifted niece (who has always been a math and science whiz) participates in sports and paints. Her younger brother (with an even higher IQ) played in Little League to develop social skills and is now entering beginning high school with a plan to try out for the tennis team as a means to develop his body as well as his social skills.

    The goal is not to push through to PhD as fast as possible with a narrow range of experiences that warp the genius's perspective to just science and math. The goal is to happy, productive adults who are healthy in every way -- emotionally, socially, spiritually, and academically.

    I suggest the OP first make sure that her daughter is involved in activities outside of academics so that she develops well in all dimensions, not just science and math. I'd also encourage her to take courses in the social sciences and humanities to develop those areas of her mind. Regardless of her eventual career path, understanding people and all that human life involves will enrich her career and her personal life. Things like art, music, literature, etc. can engage her daughters mind and help her develop into all that she can be in every aspect of intellectual life. Physical activity and a social life will also help her live a full life.

    Then, look for a good university that has a great honors program for gifted students.
    Good points about filling out her development/education with non science classes as well.

  • Jan 12

    It might behoove her to get her CNA at 16, but I believe that is the minimum age for that program.
    She may find that nursing isn't exactly what she thought it would be, and she has plenty of time to look at other fields that are just as academically challenging.

    Otherwise, as many others have suggested - working towards a bachelor's in science - chemistry, biology, or the likes, is likely to help her most in terms of fulfilling academic requirements and maintaining personal growth.

    One other caveat - you can only get financial aid in the form of grants or subsidized loans for a higher degree; so once you have an associate's degree, you can't get that type of financial aid for another associate's degree.. same for bachelor's and master's. I'm not sure if this is a consideration for your family or not, but it is something of which to be aware.