Melodies of Legend 1,839 Views
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Well done! I love, well all of it, but especially the last sentence. We nurses, and ]nurses to be, really do save patients' entire lives and quality of life.
The short answer? All of it. Especially since most instructors try to stress more common drugs. Believe me, they do come up during clinical and you'll be glad you studied your butt off in patho and pharm so you already know what to do and what to expect.
How were your A&P grades? Have you taken the classs recently? Did you finish taking both 224 and 223? There's a very broad spectrum of questions on that topic. A&P questions were more "big picture" oriented. Review your class notes.
How comfortable are you with metric to English conversations, ratios, and military time? Don't worry give you a calculator.
Reading was super easy; if you made it this far into my response I wouldn't worry about that section.
Grammar was a little tricky, but not bad.
Do practice problems for grammar, math, and review A&P.
You'll do fine!
Thank you for sharing your story and his. I choose to become a nurse, not work as a nurse and I want to always remember that.
I'm sorry that my cat voted on your poll; she loves to sit on my laptop. She has no experience as a renal nurse, so just ignore her butting in.
Sunshine took the words right out of my mouth. She/he is correct.
Go straight for RN. More pay, more jobs available to you, and more variety in settings to suit what YOU want to do.
You do need to understand basic chemistry concepts as a nurse; I can honestly say it helps with understanding pharmacology and pathophysiology. I'm in an ABSN program and boy do they not have time to explain things you should have learned in your prereqs.
Do you really want to be in a program that doesn't care if you have all the background knowledge you NEED to do well in your courses?
I hope that helps. Good luck!
To put it simply-YES!
Questions in nursing school exams are written as if you got at least a B in A&P and remember ALL of it. The nursing professors don't have time to review so don't cram in A&P now, study it as if you will remember it the rest of your career, because...that's reality.
I say kudos to you for knowing what you want! Don't be pressured into becoming a nurse if you're not passionate about it, money alone won't be worth it.
Well, here is my experience; please take it with a grain of salt.
I got my CNA license right before starting my accelerated BSN program. I find that if I want to keep my GPA high AND actually get some sleep, I can't work while in school. (You can probably work if your program is not accelerated.) I don't regret getting CNA clinical experience as I want to go into ICU after graduation and ICU nurses ( at least from what I hear in my area) need to do most, if not all, of the tasks that are often delegated to CNAs in say a med-surg floor. My classmates are fine with starting IVs, but call me to show them how to empty urinary drainage bag or give a bed bath if it's their first time. It's because our school spent about 2 weeks teaching what I learned in 6 weeks in CNA school.
That being said; honestly, a CNA and an RN are extremely different roles, responsibilities, and require different kinds of thinking. You will still be a great nurse if you didn't become a CNA first. I was expecting to the first week or two of clinical to be a breeze because I was a CNA first, boy was I wrong! Everything they tell you not to do and not to touch in CNA school is thrown right out the window. In my ABSN clinical, I spent a very small portion of my time doing the things I learned as a CNA. I had/have great nurses who drilled me on the rationale of why this patient was on this medication, the method of action on various medications, how does this disease presents it's classic signs and symptoms, when to hold a drug, and most importantly great assessment skills and what to do with your findings.
As for job opportunities in the future, I'm glad I have it on my resume; but at the same time the only new grad nurses I know do not have CNA experience who found jobs within 2-4 months. Your nursing clinical is just like having an interview, work hard and show the staff that you will be a grad worth hiring-network! Being a CNA isn't the only way to get your foot in the door, you can become a nurse tech (and you don't have to extra pay money and extra time in school). I think if-scratch that-when I get into the ICU, the hiring manager will care more a little more about my critical care residency that I will do after graduation than being a CNA before.
The short version: Becoming a CNA first is nice, but not necessary.
Again this is my experience and in my area. Do what you think is best for your situation and good luck!
I don't even know if it is threatened so much as it is just engaging in a ******* contest that a vast majority of people seem to enjoy. Look my degree penis is bigger than your degree penis, I'm better and more important that you, and so on and so forth.
I record the lecture and combine that with the lecture notes. Afterwards, I would fill in the gaps by looking up specific things in the book that I didn't feel were covered thoroughly enough by my teacher. Then I'll test my understanding by doing practice NCLEX questions. After studying that, I look for videos, animations, pictures, and mnemonics to help retain what I learned. Then to review before a test I make charts comparing disease processes and drugs that will be on the test and do more practice NCLEX questions.
Studying the material in different ways for works best for me. Just reading for hours on end from the textbook just isn't going to keep me actively engaged with the material and keep me thinking critically.
Firstly, look up which school has a higher NCLEX pass rate and start asking around which hospitals favor which grads. This will make a huge difference and make your choice clearer.
From what I heard, I degree in a field that is unrelated in your area of nursing doesn't really count as a bonus when you're job hunting later on.
Maybe you can post a powerpoint of the things you're going to say and key terms a couple days before the class. Make it mandatory that the students read it and then look up/e-mail you any terms they do not understand. If your program requires a textbook, make it mandatory to read the pages you're going to cover and look up unfamiliar terminology. That way the students will have their questions ready before class and hopefully you can spare 5-10 minutes before class that they can ask you these questions.
I know it's hard, but it will make your students more marketable when they're out searching for jobs. Furthermore, it promotes safety to ensure your students can understand the procedures you're teaching and understand their clients.
Hope that helps! Good luck and don't give up.
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