Latest Comments by ctbui

Latest Comments by ctbui

ctbui 2,107 Views

Joined Dec 28, '12. Posts: 45 (7% Liked) Likes: 3

Sorted By Last Comment (Past 5 Years)
  • 0

    So we don't have clinically for this program? Where can I find more info about this school? I am currently trying to get into a Lpn RN bridge. Thank you

  • 0

    Hi I was just wondering which school did you went to for the LPN to RN bridge program? I'm currently looking but seems like I've missed all the deadlines btw I live in Georgia.

  • 0

    Hi everyone I just took the teas 5 today and I did not do so well and surprisingly it's math that is my lowest score, next is ready. I actually did good in science. I did not get to finish my math part, are we not allowed to use computer's calculator??? Because it was so hard trying to do everything my hand or mentally. I had to triple check my answers that's why I ran out of time. It was ridiculous. I must admit it was my fault for not studying much either. I heard gpc requires a really high score. Any advice? When should I take it again? Should I apply after taking the teas again? What other school should I apply? I have A's in a&p 1&2. Currently taking micro at another college. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

  • 0

    Hi everyone I just took the teas 5 today and I did not do so well and surprisingly it's math that is my lowest score, next is ready. I actually did good in science. I did not get to finish my math part, are we not allowed to use computer's calculator??? Because it was so hard trying to do everything my hand or mentally. I had to triple check my answers that's why I ran out of time. It was ridiculous. I must admit it was my fault for not studying much either. I heard gpc requires a really high score. Any advice? When should I take it again? Should I apply after taking the teas again? What other school should I apply? I have A's in a&p 1&2. Currently taking micro at another college. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

  • 0

    Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragements. My question now is should I put that 3 months worth of work on my résumé? And should I put the reason why I got fired/didn't get the job? Which I don't know why exactly.

    My unit manager offered me to be as a reference. Is it a good thing to use her or no? I feel really discourage now because its been over a month and I just now starting to look for a job; due to my recent wedding. Before I left my manager kept telling me, "when one door close, he will open another door for you".

  • 0

    Hi everyone with kind words and encouragement and stories. I just wanted to update you all how it goes. So today is my last day of my 90 days probation. DON called me to come early yesterday to see her. But when I came in she left already; she left the letter of separation for the unit manager to give to me. I was indeed in shocked and tears. I couldn't control myself bc this is quite unexpected. Don should have mentioned it was bad news or something so I can come prepared. Sigh. All it says was "unsatisfactory performance", I really want to know exactly what I've done wrong or not good enough. They knew I'm a new nurse. And I've gotten better and faster, I see improvements. I mean it's all a process of learning. There are 10 years experienced nurse who makes mistakes or behind some days too. Especially when nurses called out and only 2 nurses on the floor taking care of 60 pts on rehab floor.

    I was quite happy how unit manager tried to help me finding me another job and have me her info. Another nurse also called to talk to the don on my behalf. I felt blessed, because I know I've done the right things for people to look after me like that. And the only reason I was upset is having to leave those people. The sweet patients who gets super happy when they see me, I didn't even get a chance to say good bye.

    Overall I've learned a lot! I am also now IV certified. I got better talking to MD's. It was a great experience. But I just don't know where else would I be next? Am I really not a good nurse in the geriatric field? I really wanted to call the don and ask bc I want to learn from my mistakes but the unit manager said no. :/

    I really had longterm plans for the facility. Going back to school to get my RN while working there, and will continue to work there with my RN! And continue to get my masters and above, and still work in that facility. But now my dream is all over. I'm not sure if I'm in denial right now or depression. I don't know how to tell my mom. I just don't want her to be sad for me. Looking for school is quite stressful as well. Having to look for a good school that's less competitive. Bridge lpn to rn? associate degree of nursing? or bsn? Ayahhh wish me luck everyone!

  • 0

    Quote from Kashh
    I'm pretty new also. I got my license in Oct 2012 and started working the 7-3 shift at a LTC/Rehab facility since Dec. I've have good and bad days. When I work on the LTC side I am able get out on on time, but that seems impossible on the rehab side. You get faster as you go, learning your own little routine and what works best for you. I hate calling the MD or ARNP. I always practice what I'm going to say before I call. (ADVICE: if you're leaving a message make sure you know the call back number for your facility so that your message doesn't sound like "you can call me back at . . . .ughhh *turns to other nurse* whats our number ?") I also asked a lot of questions whenever I am unsure of something. With the CNA's, I just talk to them as my equal. I give them the same respect that I would want to be treated with. I always thank them when they give me vitals, or answer a call light and etc. I try to make them feel appreciated because without them, my days would be super crazy.
    So I heard different people says that they may put me in LTC side because its slower and more calm for me as a new nurse. I also heard that I'm gonna stay on rehab side because I learn more and there's much more admissions for me to learn and do (which I really need help on! So long and hard, especially if its handwritten). So from what I'm seeing so far is I'm staying on rehab side. Sigh but I think I prefer LTC first though bc rehab can sometimes be very overwhelming I don't get home until 3 am last night.
    Wow that advice with knowing the phone number ahead is wonderful to know! Lol anymore tips I should know when talking to MD? So I called a pt family last night at 1am, felt bad but I had to call them and let them know that pt's jtube noted not in pt. it kinda worries me how I chart on daily notes and 24hr report. Bc certain way u say it may mean its ur fault etc.

    Cna, trust me I be super nice to everyone equally. And thank everyone when they give me something or help me with something. I asked them nicely, or sometimes even sounds like I begged them for it. Sigh it's just so hard to deal with it. I just don't know how to be hard and firm. Nurses there are super nice and help me with anything. They even told me I should report the cna, but I'm not gonna do that until after a couple more times.

    It's been two weeks since I started 3-11 shift, I must say I only eat lunch. I don't have time to take breaks or eat snacks at work. I know it's not good but I try to do everything in time. Sucks thing is they deduct meal times out of my shift anyways.

  • 0

    Quote from tellis6645
    You bring back memories! It comes with time. There were some days in the first two weeks on my own where I was crying in the med room and conteplating quitting. It was very overwhelming. 1am isnt that bad, my first 3-11 shift on the rehab floor I was there until 2am.

    Organization: You have to find your own rythm on this one. Some nurses call them shortcuts, but really you need to find what works for you and what doesnt. For instance, I find that I save time if I do blood sugar checks during med pass rather than before or after.
    Confidence: Also comes with time. I was terrified of calling the doctor when I first started. I still dont like calling the doctor because I work nights and I have to wake them up, but the confidence is there. I lacked confidence in so many places, as an authority figure to the CNA's, in my assesments, in my pronounciation skills. I still pronounce meds wrong sometimes but I just laugh about it. My co workers either think Im stupid or hilarious because I pronounce ALOT of things wrong. If its something that really bothers you then just look up the medication or disease before you call the doctor so you know how to pronounce it. I just dont care all that much
    Review: I dont know that anything specific is going to help you. You should review your labs, know what they are for and what an odd result means. For instance, if the patient has a BUN of 42, but Cr and GFR are normal you know the patient is dehydrated. You should also know your diuretics because that is the main med that goes with an CMP (besides any potassium supplements). The rest will come with time. This job has taught me more than school ever did. I work as an LPN but have my RN Degree so that should tell you something.
    Faster comes with organization.
    Dont be to hard on yourself, give some time to adjust and you will be fine. Best of luck.
    Thank you so much for your advice! You just boost my confidence to another level. and it is always wonderful to hear experiences from other nurses. Quick questions. What is CMP? Sorry everything I learned from school is totally gone or hiding somewhere in the back of my brain right now. Lol I will definitely look it up tomorrow though. Also just want confirmations, why are u working as a LPN with a RN degree? Are u saying they paying u as a LPN wage instead of RN?

  • 0

    Brief about me:

    New lpn grad in Dec. 2012, Licensed in Jan. 2013, first hospice agency job lasted for 3 weeks. 2nd job is at rehab center.

    I had 2 weeks of orientation. Yesterday was my first day on the floor by myself doing 3-11 shift, which known to have the most admissions. (I oriented doing admissions for 2 days. And it took me the whole 8 hours to do 1 admission. It was very stressful, I was hoping to change shift or change floor because they also have a LTC floor with slower pace. ) luckily I didn't have any admissions the last 2 days. However it was my first time going thru the whole cart with 18 patients. One thing that stresses me out the most is the nurse aids. They don't seem to respect me I guess bc I'm new and nice. Anyone have tips or advice how to be stronger when dealing with them? I guess I am new that's why I don't have much confidence. Another thing is calling MD's, im afraid i say things wrong or doesnt makes any sense or even pronouce meds wrong. we had to look at labs and call md for abnormal values and know what meds they are on. So much i dont even know! i forgot what are the labs are for! But day one I didn't get out until 1AM. I live about 30 min away too so i was kinda worried. I did not take any breaks, havnt have dinner ever since I started this shift. Maybe it's a good thing for my upcoming wedding. but yeah I was really thinking about changing major!

    Day 2 i got a little bit organized, learned a bit from day one and tried to do the bs check first. My pts were so happy and excited that I'm the nurse for day. That made my day, proved me that I need to be there to be a good nurse for them. There were no labs nor admission for me today, so just med passing.

    Day 3- off day. "I want to be at work" feeling.

    How to be organized? What should I do first or last? How to be confident? How to talk? What to review or study? What do I need to know? How to be faster? Thank youu!

  • 1
    turnforthenurse likes this.

    Quote from turnforthenurseRN

    Let us know how you like them!!!
    Omg not sure if its because I had an easy day or what, but I have no back pain! I usually wear size 7-7.5 and that's what I ordered, when I first tried it on it was a little tight. But it's only because I'm not used to the style, after I stood up and push my feet back a little- it was perfect! It was light.. Ahh I kinda forgot the feelings, since its been only one day. I'll update everyone after a couple weeks or so. Oh btw, I had tons of compliments on it as well! thank youuuuuuu so much for people who introduced me into this Alegria! <3

  • 0

    That's exciting to hear! I cannot to wait to wear them tomorrow.

  • 1
    turnforthenurse likes this.

    Quote from ctbui

    Thank you all! I hope they fit well and cure my back & LE pain.
    I got my shoes today!

  • 0

    Quote from turnforthenurseRN

    Glad it finally worked! Hope you love your Alegrias as much as I love mine!
    Thank you all! I hope they fit well and cure my back & LE pain.

  • 0

    Quote from turnforthenurseRN

    Hmm, that's odd. I would contact them regarding that issue. And yes, that website is real, I have ordered from there before! They have fast 2-3 day shipping and free returns except for their closeout items. Though I bought a pair from their closeout selection and I was very happy with my purchase.
    Nevermind, I finally got it after soooo many tries. Had to pay with debit card instead if credit, weird but oh wells. I'm looking forward into it! I will update you all once I get it. Thank you soooo much everyone! Xoxoxoxoxo

  • 0

    Quote from Twinmom06
    yup...just got my rockstar ones the other day! It is their own clearance stuff....

    Got these last week - getting a lot of compliments on them!

    http://www.alegriashoeshop.com/Palom...p/pal-354s.htm
    For some reason they won't let me pay! Ahhh I'm so ******! Finally found a pair in my size for a decent price too.


close
close