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  • 1:35 am

    Most medical terminology comes from Latin (sometimes Greek) words.

    When you are studying the terminology, get into the habit of taking the words apart and looking at the Latin roots. You will see the same roots over and over. Knowing the meaning of the Latin roots will give you an idea of the meaning of the word.

    For example:

    The Latin root for hyper is over or above.

    So hyperthermia is a temperature over or higher than normal.
    hyperkalemia is potassium higher than normal
    hypercalcemia is calcium higher than normal
    hypernatremia is sodium higher than normal

    The Latin root for hypo is beneath or below
    So what is the meaing of
    hypothermia
    hypokalemia
    hypocalcemia
    hyponatremia

    Here's one for you - hypodermic. Hypo means beneath and derm means skin, so a hypodermic is a device used to inject medicine below the skin.

    The Latin root myo means muscle.
    The Latin root cardio means heart.
    The Latin root itis means inflammation.

    So what is myocarditis?
    What about myocardial infarction?
    Cardiomyopathy?
    myometrium?

  • Jul 17

    Thank you so much! The job interview went pretty well? The Director of Nursing was late (she was the one who interviewed me) so I had a great amount of time to practice interviewing myself! I was lucky to have her, we have many things in common! At the beginning, we just had a conversation which made me comfortable then she start asking me questions. I'm still waiting for my second interview, my recruiter is still waiting for spots to be open for my second interview. I am still applying for other job openings though.

  • Jul 12

    Have you possibly thought of becoming a special education teacher? You'd still get to use your teaching degree but, you'd get to see a little of the nursing aspect as well teaching children with disabilities. It may be a more rewarding path for you without giving up your teaching degree or your feeling of wanting to help the sick/disabled. I know someone who is a special education teacher and she works alongside several aides and a school nurse in the classroom. In my local school system the special education program starts at age 3 and they can attend till age 21 so, you could choose to teach younger children, teens or even young adults with special needs. My friends little boy that has cerebral palsy will be starting the program this fall at age 3. Sorry to throw a 3rd option into the mix (lol) but, it could be something to consider?

  • Jul 12

    Excelsior's web site has not been updates as of yet, but House Bill 2950 was passed this last legislative session and signed into law in June; it goes into effect in September.
    As a part of this bill, Excelsior College will continue to be recognized by the State of Texas as a valid School of Nursing and can be directly licensed after graduation and passage of the NCLEX.

    This bill basically lays out requirements for out of state nursing schools (pretty much Excelsior). There are some things that need to be met (NCLEX pass rate will be monitored and program reviewed if too low), but it seems that Excelsior and Texas is all happy again.

    There are several items set out in this bill related to nursing (like keeping the BON in existence till at least 2029) as well as updating some Nurse Licensure Compact updates to name a few.

    H.B. 2950

    Summary of the H.B.

  • Jul 1

    To keep your job, go to your manager and say "I appreciate your feedback on my performance. I really want to improve. Can you help me understand specifically what I need to do differently?" Then listen carefully. Do not argue; do not be defensive.

    It's very important that you receive no more resident complaints. If you don't know what is triggering the concerns, ask your manager or charge what they think is at the bottom of the complaints. You may be unaware of aspects of your performance that are threatening your job.

    Once you and your manager agree on a performance improvement plan, meet regularly to make sure you are on track. "I'd like to meet with you in a week to check in". If you are meeting your goals, your job will be much more secure. Best wishes.

  • Jun 25

    For the most part, I only refuse a patient if I've had bad experiences with that patient/family before. Sometimes that happens. The families may not want you back, but you were accidentally assigned. I've had a few patients that were judgmental about race (sometimes schizophrenic), and find that working with them can be more detrimental to the patient. Overall, I realize that there are "easy" days and "hard" days with nursing. Even when someone tries to make a balanced assignment, your 5 "walkie-talkies" can be on the call bell every 2 minutes or critically ill, or your 5 incontinent patients can be great to work with. On my unit, it is very common to change a patient with someone else. (I can work well with the "demanding/needy" types, so they are easy to "trade" with). I've never refused a whole assignment, usually just a patient. Someone always has the easiest team, and someone the hardest. Everyone's day will come for each.

  • Jun 20

    The more I see from you, purplegal, the stronger my feeling is that you really should not be a nurse. Please go find something that is going to make you happy. However, if you think laying in bed all day would be that thing, you will eventually find out the hard way how much of your life you are wasting with such wishes. Chances are you will then wish you did not have to lay in bed all day.

    Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is a choice. Get treatment for your issues. Seriously.

  • Jun 20

    Ok, I think I'm going to step away from this thread.

    My mom has stage IV breast cancer. She's been in the hospital all week.

    Yeah. Truly lucky is she.

    Nearing the end of her life ...

    I'm sorry, but please ... GROW UP. If you are that unhappy with life, as your posts always seem to me, do something about it. But lamenting about how envious you are? There are no words.

    I'm out.

  • Jun 20

    Excellent topic!
    I am frustrated by 70-80 year old doctors and nurses who continue to practice long after they are relevant or competent. I will be damned if my colleagues or the board will have to come asking me to turn in my license... for that reason anyway, lol.

    For those of you who are young you won't believe the changes that take place in later years. I'm about a decade away from being as slow and wifty as I'm willing to get while still practicing. My plan is to retire at 62 or 65 if I'm not able to secure some sort of health insurance and need to wait for medicare.

    I have lived simply, saved plenty of money, invested in real estate as well as stocks. I have no intention of helping out any relatives as they have plenty also and I'm not worried about large, unforeseen medical bills because even at this age I'm not interested in any extraordinary treatment. We have plenty of friends and interests so I seriously doubt I'll be bored but if so can always volunteer.

    My nest egg was created to fund my retirement so its getting spent. The plan is to spend nearly every penny I have prior to being unable to care for myself and signing in to the cheapest, most horrible nursing home where my iron clad advanced directive will result in nothing but pain meds until I quickly croak from sepsis and/or neglect.

    Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.

  • Jun 7

    You won't have a hard time finding a job if you're willing to follow a couple of guidelines:
    1) Location location location. Some areas of the US are saturated, some areas of the US are very new grad friendly. If you're willing to move, you'll probably find a job somewhere.
    2) BSN vs. ADN: If you live in a saturated area and wish to remain in that area, you'll need to get your BSN. If you live in an area that's hiring a lot of new grads (many states in the Midwest), you'll be able to get hired with your ADN while signing a contract that you'll get your BSN in 3-5 years.
    3) Your school's accreditation. All nursing schools must be accredited by the state, but respected schools seek further accreditation though organizations like ACEN. This is probably the most important factor. You absolutely must choose a school that has the appropriate accreditation.

    My entire class has secured jobs, and most of us secured our positions months before we graduated. The Midwest may have rotten winters, but it is good for something!

  • May 28

    Talk about being in the right place at the right time!! The first graders were eating lunch and they asked me to cover the front desk (about 20 feet away from the cafeteria) for 10 minutes. All of a sudden a teacher looking terrified comes running to me yelling "Someone is choking". I had just answered the phone when she grabbed me and I threw the phone onto the desk and went running. The little boy was legit choking. I did the heimlich and a giant glob of food came up and out How he fit that much food into his mouth is beyond me. Anyway, he then vomited, cried and will be fine. I called his mom to tell her so she is aware. Poor kiddo is still shaking. The funniest part is, I went back to the front desk and the hone rang and the person says "Um, I just called a few minutes ago and think the call got dropped" I said "actually, the phone got dropped, by me".

  • May 27

    Can I play the former cam girl with a heart of gold who went to nursing school three weeks ago and now works, OR, peds, ICU AND mans the 'front desk'???? PLease- it's my DREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM job- honest!

  • May 27

    You're not too old, but there are things to consider.

    How will you fund your education and is it worth the investment at this point in your life? I have an ADN and think about obtaining a BSN from time to time ...but I also have small children whose college funds I want to contribute to as well as retirement that I need to save for.

    How realistic is it to assume you'll get accepted into the RN program right away? These programs can be competitive and some even have waiting lists.

    What kind of pay and opportunity can you expect as a new graduate in your area? How does it compare to what you're making in your current field?

    How do the physical demands compare and how healthy are you, in general? Nursing can be labor-intensive (especially jobs readily available to new grads), and I've noticed a substantial difference in how I feel as I grow older (I'm also in my early 40s).

    How will school and building a new career affect the time you have with your children?

    Good luck with whatever you decide. I'm happy that I went to nursing school, although I was older (mid thirties). I didn't have kids then, though ...and no prior degree- just a low-paying, dead-end job.

  • May 19

    Quote from Davey Do
    I recently attended a meeting that was held in order for us to meet the new CNO. I took notes and some of his words are verbatim:
    sam-20cno-jpg

  • May 19

    Quote from SummitRN
    This unit is on the fast track to the "it list!" Blast fax kudos all around! We are going to maximize this paradigm shift making sure we meet the ask of each patient client, then distribute the deliverables to the cloud as it applies to client care. Now, if you would remember to put the cover sheets on your TPS reports before they go out and pick up a teamwork opportunity on Saturday, we'll be at peak efficiency. If you could go ahead and come in on Sunday too, that would be grrrrreat!
    I just want to put strychnine in your guacamole.


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