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Joined Jul 13, '05 - from 'Behind the Big Sequoia Sempervirens'. HeartsOpenWide is a "Birth Center" Staff Nurse. She has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne'. Posts: 3,071 (25% Liked) Likes: 2,026

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  • Jul 15

    I guess they did not make you take a spelling class... sorry I couldn't resist...if you are going to sell yourself; sale yourself, but don't shoot yourself in the foot in the process.

  • Jul 15

    Quote from cajun-junkie
    apparently you didn't read my post, i did go to a 4 year nursing school! i left, i did the psychology, microbiology, and chemistry and passed each class with nothing less than a b. i just didn't think a speech giving class, orientation, and a few others were needed to be a nurse. so i'm going at it bass akwards! i even studied for my nclex. so dont tell me, i dont know what im talking about. i do. i chose to study this profession because i want to help people, not to say im better than someone else, because i rank higher.
    i am in a bsn program an we have to give 20 min presentations this semester. i would not want to attempt that without a speech class. and regardless whether or not i ever give an official speech when i become a nurse does not matter because to pass my nursing classes which will give me permission to take the nclex i have to give speeches and presentations, many of them. you can study the nclex until the cows come home, but without the proper nursing classes thye are not going to let you in the door to take the test. with an additude like, "i did not think taking such and such class were needed to be a nurse..." just further proves you don"t know what you are talking about. in my school any one can take micro, chem, and psyh; they are pre-requs' just like speech, they are not nursing classes. you have to apply for those; and get accepted, and if you did not take the speech class because you thought it was unnecessary, i am sure they did not accept you without completed pre-requs

  • Jun 9

    Work flow? It's "Ebb and Flow" you have to be able to go from zero to sixty in no time flat. When your busting at the seams and another labor walks in the door, there is no transferring them to another hospital.

    I like how one nurse put it: in L&D you are caring for two patients, one of which you can't even see!

  • Jun 7

    well, my college is pritty much telling me to start back at square one and choose a different major..... they said that if I can't pass the first milestone without accomodations then I certainly can't finish the program or get liscensed by the state because they won't make any accomodations for the NCLEX. all of this when I have a higher GPA than a majority of the 'regular' students that pass the TEAS.
    I was too ashamed to admit that I might have a learning disability as well. Not until the semester before I transferred to the University did I final buck up and get tested. They found I had leaning disabilities in 'math calculations' and 'working memory' which impeded my performance when put under time pressures. Once it was discovered that I had a learning disability I was granted time and a half and a private room for testing. I wish I did this at the beginning of my college career. I got into nursing and continued to use my "testing accommodations" that were granted to me as a learning disabled student. I ended up graduating with honors and was accepted into Sigma Theta Tau. Since I was protected under the state I also got extended time and a private room for the NCLEX (because it is law and I am protected under the disability act) which I passed the first time. Having a learning disability does not make you dumb, as I have proven; and your GPA proves as well...we just learn a different way than other people and have to have adjustments made so that we can reach our full potential. Don't be ashamed, get tested, earn your accommodations and perform at your best; you won't ever regret it. I never did.

  • May 16

    California has it's ratios on that: Couples 1:4; post-part women only 1:6; NICU 1:2; Labor: 1:2; Antepartum 1:4. The baby exists and is a patient, how can your hospital not include it in the census?

  • May 4

    This sounds like BS to me. Its not like you have orange hair and can dye it back, or a piercing you can take out. Maybe because I am in California and live in an area where people are pretty liberal (went to nursing school with a nose ring and Monroe piercing and was never asked to take it out, went to school with several people that had visible tattoos and they were never asked to cover them up; work with a girl who has piercings ALL over and our employer has never asked her to take them out). I am guess that you live in a conservative area and they think tattoos are offensive. Maybe you should tell your teacher the way she dresses offends you and she would be required to change her clothes or go on probation. Your tattoos are not going to make a difference of what kind of nurse you are going to be; I would do what ever it takes to get your money back and go apply to another school without such ludicrous rules.

  • Apr 2

    You need to know what you learn in re-reqs before you get to nursing school. Its also a way to weed out students. If you can not do well in the basic of basic stuff, your not going to fend well in nursing school. And what is with the waiting? I got into my nursing program right away. Apply to a school that is merit based, and have excellent grads of course.

  • Mar 16

    You can not concentrate and retain the educational material when you are in that much pain and throwing up. You are not going to keep either of the two meals down when you are in that much pain and throwing up.

  • Mar 16

    I am sorry if this comes off harsh, this one hit a personal nerve; but until you have dysmenorrhea then learn to be empathetic. I missed 1-2 days a month when I was in high school because of it, I had to go on Lorcet it was so bad. I threw up for 1-2 days non-stop and it felt like some one was literally stabbing me with a knife in my uterus an twisting it every 5 mins. I ended up solving the problem after I turned 18 and went on the pill for 11.5 years but still suffered from menstrual migraines. Now that I have been off the pill for 7 months my periods have slowly come back to the way there were when I was a teen, last month they were so bad I doubled over with pain and considered going back on the pill even though my husband and I are trying after 10 years of marriage. I now have a prescription for 800mg IBU to help prevent the cramps and some Ty#3 if it does not work. I am NOT the type to take pills unless I really have to, my Aleve expires before I can use it all. When you have dysmenorrhea you do not just bleed like a stuck pig, you do not just have cramps...

  • Mar 6

    A fetal heart rate tracing in the 60 for over three mins despite interuterine recesitation, prepping for an emergency c/s---asking the patient to sign the consentant; the doula tells the patient "remember you have options"...

  • Mar 4

    I have been an LDRP nurse for three years. I now have my RNC. I started out in OB as a new grad. It was very hard and stressful at first. You can do it! My biggest suggestion is to hold your head high and have confidence. Labor and delivery is like a bunch of hens in a hen house. Women can be brutal. Don't let them get under your skin.

    If they offer to orient you on day shift, ask if you can orient on nights (since that is where you are probably going to be any way) People on night shift tend to be way more relaxed and laid back, at least in my experience. About the only good thing to learn from day shift is scheduled C/S, get comfortable with them so that when you are on night shift you are not scared, because most night shift C/S are emergencies.

  • Feb 16

    Not to sound starky, but "beggars can't be choosers" It is hard enough to get any job as a new grad, let alone one that pays well, does not require weekends, and is only 8 hr shifts. As others have pointed out; these are usually reserved for the experienced/seniority nurse.

  • Feb 10

    I would never get pregnant in nursing school OR within the first year. Nursing school is very hard, but learning how to be an actual nurse is even harder. I want to get pregnant too. I have been married over 9 years and just turned 29. No kids yet. I just graduated nursing school. It is very hard to learn how to be a nurse. I want to wait at least a year until I start trying.

  • Jan 10

    Quote from azb91
    Any suggestions on how to beef up my resume for a new student? I am going into my sophomore year and was thinking about volunteering at the hospital I want to work at. Working is not really an option, I am a single mom with two kids and my schedule is only open for a few hours in the afternoon. Any suggestions would be great!
    I do not know what department you want to go into, but I got my doula certification, NRP, ACLS; these are things that you could do that are done on-line or over a weekend. Find out if there are classes in your area for continuing education for nurses. Even though you would not get the credit towards CEUs when you get your RN at this point, you could add an "additional education" section to your resume and list all the different classes you took. I know that volunteering might be your best option but it is often not a job that involves direct patient care. Not always though... You could see if they have a sitter call list. If some one needs some one to sit with a patient that is going to try and pull tubes out they could call you from a list and see if you were available. Also, see if your area has a program for dying patients. My area has "No One Dies Alone" and many people volunteer to sit with people that do not have any family or friends and are on the way out. You could volunteer at a Woman's Shelter. Just try to avoid volunteer work that does not really involve patient care, like working in the gift shop, or delivery goodies on a cart in the afternoon. Although they are both nice ideas they really are not going to really have significance on your nursing resume.

  • Dec 6 '15

    Seems like it would be better time management for you to chart when you have time. I chart when I do it, not when I am told I am allowed it. It could be a safety issue if are made to wait to chart until your designated time...what if you forgot to chart something because it happened 2 hours ago and you have 5 patients to chart in that designated time. Do you need a hall pass to take a **** too?