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  • Apr 3 '13

    I'm a LPN grad from NewCourtland's School of Practical Nursing (Philly) after graduating in July 2012 and licensing in August, I found a job in September that pays awesome in a sub acute/snf....sure it's stressful but it pays very well. I hang IVs and do extensive wound care in addition to electronic charting and med passes. I'll admit I was very diligent in following up and applying for jobs. But it paid off. It's a shortage in employment everywhere..not just for LPNs

  • Dec 12 '12

    OMG! Im so overly excited i can just cry! Took my med surge I final made a 98 yes a 98 on it! Overall grade 91!!!!!! This is all the valadation i need! My God is AWESOME! i have studied my butt off these past 8weeks & i proved to ME THAT I CAN BE AN "A" NURSING STUDENT! My goal is to gradeuate with honors & im on my way! Working extra hard next semester!

  • Oct 21 '12

    You get excited when you do your first rectal temperature

  • Oct 12 '12

    First let me say, please don't call yourself dumb! I'm sure you are a bright person.

    I am currently an LPN who is doing the LPN to RN bridge. My state sees the LPN program as comparable to the first year of nursing classes for an ADN program and grants LPN the credits for the first year of nursing classes if they bridge to RN.

    That being said, if the State believes that the content of the entire LPN program is equal to the first year of an ADN program, if you feel you are too 'dumb' to get through the ADN program, the LPN program won't be any easier.

    Please, don't call yourself names. Having negative self-esteem will only sabbatoge you. If you believe you are too 'dumb' to do it, you will make it a self-fullfilling prophecy! While neither the LPN nor RN classes are easy by any means, they are not so outrageously difficult that only people with genious IQ's will pass.

  • Sep 8 '12

    I have to speak up here- as a white RN, I was hired for a position I wanted so very badly in a urban minority neighborhood in a public health clinic because it was with the medically underserved, uninsured and under insured, because it was with patient population, I knew from working in the hospitals for many years, how medically chronically complex they were- in other words- this was my "dream job" because of the challege, my belief in the health care reform and this was my chance to participate in that reform. i could forsee many things down the road for that nursing position and that clinic( the potential). I was told by HR it was a new position and to make it my own. I was met with such bullying, lack of respect, ignorance and down right insubordination, the refusal of even a good morning in the AM, the refusal of some staffers to even orient me- by not showing me anything, would not talk to me and even had 2 call out sick on the days they were to orient me. I was screamed at and put down in front of the patients, their families and other staff. My patients were from every minority one could think of and were very nice and receptive. Some would stand at the desk in line to speak to me as opposed to the staff who had been working there. I treated them with respect and dignity and tried to do the best I could for them and I know the patients recognized this as one eldely gentleman said to me- "ma'am you came through for me once, can you do it again( with reference to finaggleing him an appointment)". which if one tried hard enough it wasn't too difficult TO ACCOMPLISH. These patients were not treated with respect or even helped by their own. They were thought of undeserving and it showed in the staffs attitude toward them. These patients were also sicker than alot of patients in the hospital and certainly sicker than their insured and more well off counter parts( the staff)
    I ended up leaving that position after a few short weeks of this treatment and what I saw done to these patients. I did not, however, leave without reporting the provable nursing regulation infractions to dept of health of which I received a very positive letter back from- the clinic was served with deficiencies!

    I don't want to hear that discrimination only is toward minorities because I have seen and experienced it first hand - it is not. I have seen African Americans treat other African American who they percieve has being beneath them because they don't have insurance like dirt and deny them high quality health care- like a simple doctors appointment,I have seen the African American nurse talk to African American patients with disrespect and dishonesty. I have seen minority nurses treat minority patients poorly even though those minority patients are well dressed- one lady was dressed in a linen long skited out fit, she was on her way to work- a job that did not offer her health insurance and her earnings were too low for her to afford a policy out of pocket. I say an African american father accompaniy his chronically ill child to an appointment- he was a car mechanic again who could not afford insurance family plan monthy payments out of pocket and no health insurance benefits offered at the garage. No one was willing to accomodate the lady in the linen outfit for an appointment, no one was willing to inform the dad that the clinic offered free transportation to university medical services to specialists for his daughter.
    And it might suprise everyone to know that alot of the patients I saw in this clinic were dressed in nursing scrubs- worked as home health aids!! no insurance. seeking care for their kids and themselves- including GYN visits.

    I am very bitter about this and feel I have every right to be. This does not speak well of nursing!!!

  • Sep 8 '12

    Quote from ablpn
    Again, people who are NOT African American can not speak on it. They are not black and have not had our experiences with trying to prove that we are equal and just as good a nurse as our white counterparts.
    Do you not even see the hypocrisy of this statement?? Do you really assume that there are no whites who live in areas where whites are the minority? Do you really think no whites have ever experience racism or discrimination based on the color of their skin? Don't you dare. I'm white. I'm neither proud nor ashamed of the color of my skin. But I have lived as a minority during two periods of my life, once where blacks were the majority, and once when hispanics were the majority. I have also experienced racism based on the color of my skin, sometimes escalating to the level of violence. So don't you ever accuse me of not understanding what it's like to be the recipient of racism, discrimination, or bigotry, because it's just not true.

    I don't deny that racism exists, but I also don't think that the raw statistics can explain the true *extent* of the problem. I've not only experienced racism, I've also witnessed it from whites towards blacks (I spoke up and ruffled some white feathers by doing so) and from whites towards hispanics, and all sorts of other combinations. But I didn't see it only in the south. I saw it up north, too. It's not always white vs others, sometimes it's black vs hispanic, asian vs black, black vs white, hispanic vs asian, you name it, it's there. Whites do not have a monopoly on ill feelings towards other races, and blacks don't have a monopoly on being recipients of discrimination--lots of other races would be mighty insulted for you to pretend as if their plights are not as bad, not as important, not as relevant, etc. And you also can't dismiss half the world's population regardless of race: women. Remember that black men voted before white women. Black men have gained many such advances before white women. And women, much like minorities, also still experience discrimination. By saying that non-blacks can't speak on it, because they haven't had your experiences, is an ignorant and untrue statement. If you are a woman, you've been treated differently and likely discriminated against for not having a penis.

    So yes, I *can* and *will* speak to issues of racism. I hate it. I hated being on the receiving end, and I hate to see it happen to someone else, and I will speak up about it both while it happens and after the fact in ways that I *hope* will make a difference, such as on this forum. And I sincerely hope that we can all work together to alleviate problems associated with racism. We can't make someone not be racist or sexist or ageist or any other -ist, but we can each do our part to make their impact less, to help create a culture within our communities and organizations where -isms are so despised that, even if you are secretly an -ist, you wouldn't dare admit it or even act on it. But we don't accomplish that by ostracizing based on race. That Is Part of the problem! You do it by speaking up *at the time* that the -ism is taking place. You see someone dissing an old person? Hopefully you have gotten to know them and can point out the ways that "old person" can run rings around all those dissing youngun's! You see someone taunting someone for being a typical whitey? Hopefully you have a relationship with that white person and can defend them to their taunters, and point out some of their impressive skills, hobbies, or some interesting tidbit from their past. You hear someone using a racial slur? Call them out, and make it clear that those sorts of words have no place in civilized society, and you won't just let it slide. Shame the person publicly--they likely won't use that word outside their own home again. They may not change their minds, but their minds are private, and not under your control. But you can help to minimize the negative impact of their words and actions on others.

  • Sep 8 '12

    And to the girl who said "If you're not African American you cannot comment on it"- You think African Americans are the only ones who get discriminated against? And you think African Americans don't do the same discriminating when I was the only non-African American in that job? Please get over yourself. Anyone who is different from the others in any environment is a target for discrimination.

  • Sep 8 '12

    Quote from Jeweles26
    Oh, I'm sorry. I know this might not be very PC, but racism is racism, no matter who it is against. And white people are not the only people who can be racist, just like they can be discriminated against. You assume that white Southerners are racist? Do you think maybe that is racist, assuming that just based on the color of their skin and their geographical location? What about African American preachers who encourage race warfare? Racism works for everyone you know. Offering positions and scholarships based on the color of your skin is wrong, and I HAVE seen it many times, not intended for white people.
    ...and sexism is sexism. When I was searching for scholarships the VAST majority I found were for minorities and women. If you were a female minority you had it made. There were more scholarships than you would be able to apply for. Do a google search for scholarships for single mothers then do one for single fathers and see how big of a disparity there is.

  • Sep 8 '12

    Quote from misstgo
    @brandonlpn that's not a 'culture thing', that's a 'ghetto thing' lol. I completely agree with you though. When I had my son, I gave him a name that wouldn't tell his ethnic background. Sad but true. *shrugs shoulder* the point is racism will never end. I have been called the 'n' word so many times by people I have never met. Especially when I play xbox online with my husband. I can always expect to be called a 'ni***r' at least 3 times. Smh......
    No disrespect to your hubby but I think that is part of the problem. Its almost like if as a race African Americans are being racist to themselves. Things like "thats my ni**r" and keeping it amoungst ourselves and our music as ok, then getting offended if say a white person calls us that is totally hyprocritical. I do not know of any other race that does this. do you?
    We gotta respect ourselves as a people so we can be respected by others. Martin Luther must turn in his grave everytime he hear a young black educate male or female calling each other by that n - word. Well some Africans Americans are ok with it, for me, I don't tolerate it AT ALL. If one of my "buddies" call me a "n - word" I will punch him to hell and back. Anyways, one thing we have in common is I named my kids as same way as you did, whereas my wife wanted these traditional african american type name, in the end we agreed together to keep name neutral at the same time naming them after close relatives which was a plus.

  • Sep 8 '12

    Quote from misstgo
    that's not a 'culture thing', that's a 'ghetto thing'
    Ha, ha, ha Misstgo keep it 100! I was very intentional in choosing my son's name. No mid-name apostrophes, no random capital letters, and nothing ending in 'quon' for goodness sakes! As much as it pained me, I even went with a traditional spelling. Not as much fun, but for me, as a parent, it was the right thing to do. NO, it shouldn't have to be that way, but it IS and I'm not going to let my kid pay the price because I want to fight the system.

  • Sep 8 '12

    @brandonlpn that's not a 'culture thing', that's a 'ghetto thing' lol. I completely agree with you though. When I had my son, I gave him a name that wouldn't tell his ethnic background. Sad but true. *shrugs shoulder* the point is racism will never end. I have been called the 'n' word so many times by people I have never met. Especially when I play xbox online with my husband. I can always expect to be called a 'ni***r' at least 3 times. Smh......

  • Sep 8 '12

    I will agree that this does still happen this day and age, even though it shouldn't. I'm sure a lot of it is subconscious on the part of the hiring manager. But it happens all the same.

    Since black parents know what kind of discrimination is out there, I can't help but wonder why they name their daughters names like "Sharika" or "Latonja". It's their right, for sure. And they should be able to embrace their own culture. But the fact remains that those names carry certain connotations, whether we like it or not. Why would you limit your child that way, fair or unfair?

  • Sep 1 '12

    The arenaline rush, the unpredicability, the acuity, the controlled chaos, the horror, the rewards, the pace, the constant changing scenery with different patients, different injuries.....the challenge.

  • Aug 22 '12

    I'm a new RN, but I venture into the LPN section sometimes because I was an LPN for so long and still identify with it. I loved being an LPN. It was the best foundation for my current role than I could ever have imagined.

    I was an awesome LPN!! I was confident in my skills, knew my scope, and handled my business. I know one day I'll get to that place as an RN, but I just wanted to check in here (if you don't mind) and say how much I love my fellow LPN's. I get a bit overwhelmed with my new job and responsibilities at times, and I'll never forget how I got my start.

    I wish hospitals still used LPN's, it would really be a win/win situation and I might've stayed an LPN for life. LPN's rock. They're resourceful and know how to get the job done. I'm so proud of the contribution LPN's make to the profession.


    Keep up the great work!!

  • Aug 20 '12

    I started my practical nursing program Feb 28th, 2012 for a part time program that lasts 24 months and I've gone continuously since then with an 11 day break for summer...

    I can remember like yesterday how nervous I was on that first day, it seemed like I was the youngest student there, most of the other students were late 30's or 40's or even 50's and I'm only 20 years old, I have a three year old daughter (yes, I got pregnant at 16) I dropped out of high school in 11th grade to take care of my daughter and I got my GED when she was almost 2, so none-the-less I felt like the teen mom of the class and that no one would take me seriously.

    I remember thinking the male teacher looked really angry and serious and down to business. I remember thinking how unfriendly most of the women looked, and that I wouldn't make any friends. I remember how I'm not a CNA or an MA or anything of the such, and a lot of other students have prior experience, while at the time I was a home health aide.

    I remember thinking that I probably wouldn't make it past the anatomy final that happens in mid summer, because I've heard how hard anatomy was to pass and how students drop like flies on a&p final day, I heard I would get no sleep, I would have to eat, sleep and breathe nursing, I heard how hard it was, and how I would have no life, I heard how brutal and mean nurses and nursing teachers are.

    I heard how I would fail because I'm a single mom, and I have rent to pay so I can't be goofing around thinking I'm gonna go to school and make something of myself, that would be unheard of, I have to continue working my barely above min. wage job and live paycheck to paycheck, since I have a toddler to take care of.

    I remember how my mom was hesitant of how I was going to do and how she didn't want to have to babysit all the time for me to go to school on evenings and weekends, she asked me if I could just settle for making $12 an hour.

    I had no faith in myself, I'm not sure what pushed me to enroll, but I did it anyways. I was sure I was going to fail before I made it to scary clinicals, and I didn't even wanna think about clinical on the off chance that I did make it to them, I couldn't imagine inserting a foley or an NG tube in someone in front of that unfriendly and mean looking teacher.

    But crazy enough I kept going back! After a few flunked tests, I started really buckling down with studying, I am a very smart girl (or at least I like to think so! according to the program administrator I'm no dummy to have GED scores like I do! lol) so assumed I didn't need to study really hard, and I didn't need to let nursing consume my life.

    Now on August 20th, 2012, I have made it almost to the 6 month mark.

    My male teacher is an awesome teacher with a wonderful sense of humor, he's very patient and understanding, most of my classmates have become good friends of mine and we are all very supportive of each other.

    I passed the dreaded a&p final in july with an 87 final grade for the class (77 is the minimum to pass and not be kicked out).

    I won't lie, I have been making due on a lot less sleep than I'm used to, nursing does consume my life, but I like it, I actually love it, it's more than school, it's more like my hobby, I love nursing and I love learning.

    I made it to clinical, we started in a nursing home, and I've done tube feedings, foleys, sterile dressings, and with ease because I have a great instructor who talks me through everything and is very patient and wonderful.

    Right now, we are on the topic of careplans and ADPIE the nursing process during class time, and right now I'm working on a paper on evidence based practice which is due in about a week, I'm not going to lie and say nursing school is a piece of cake, because it's not, but if it's really what you want, you can do it and I know I can do it now too! I'm sure things will get tougher, I have 18 months to go but I know I'm not stupid if I made it this far!


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