CSN pre-req. question - page 3

by HeidiLover

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Hello :D New CSN student here hoping to get some advice from you nursing students! My goal is to get into the RN program by Fall 2010. I'm getting a late start on my education at 28 years old.. I've been out of school for 8 or 9... Read More


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    Word problems like, how much Lisinopril would you give mr. smith if the tablets came in 10mg tablets and his doctor ordered 20mg po bid? (2 tab twice a day by mouth)
    Did you take notes on the rest of the stuff? record any of it you would just love to share with me? I am a crazy person-- I am full time. I took Pharmacology online and I have Monday clinical from 12:45-6:45pm and Wed & Thurs 8-10:50 am lecture and lab classes. I cannot remember what # block it was because I did not realize we had to choose a block number and I was not very organized when my lottery # was called. I still have it, but it is upstairs and I am too tired to go get it. I already trained for 2 hours today. How about you? Full/part time?
    I took an excellerated CNA course this summer just trying to get on in a hospital sooner rather than later- no luck so far. I guess now I am THE toolbox for missing the toolbox class...
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    :chuckle That is too funny! Well, I have all of the handouts which she kinda substituted for making us take notes. I didn't record anything because frankly she didn't explain the math to us very well at all, and the care plan stuff was actually fairly easy. Math problems got a little more complicated than that and we had to show all the work.

    For example: Order: 125 mg IM weekly. Child's height and weight: 82 in., 105 lb. Child's drug dosage: 30-50 mg/m2/week Available: 10 mg/ml or 100 mg/ml. (a) What is the child's m2? (b) Is the dose ordered within safe parameters? (c) Which concentration would you choose? (d) How many ml will the child receive per dose as ordered? OR Infuse dobutamine 250 mg in 500 ml D5W at 10 mcg/kg/min. The patient weighs 143 lb. The concentration of the solution in 500 mcg/ml. How many mcg will be infused per minute? Per hour? How many ml per minute? Per hour?

    Anyhow, they aren't really that difficult to do when you apply the rules of dimensional analysis and cross multiply correctly. I would be more than happy to share copies of all the stuff with you if you would like. I am full time also, my classes are Tues - Thurs. Tues 12 - 2:50 Lecture, Wed 8 - 10? Pharm, and 11 - 1:50 Lab, Thur 6:45a - 12:45 Clinical. I guess we won't be having any classes together but I will be spending all day at school from Tues - Thurs at minimum anyway. Otherwise I will come home and procrastinate!

    I am furtunate to have had a TON of experience in health care. I have been an EMT since I was 20, and I worked and volunteered as an EMT for 6 years in New Jersey. I worked in the ER for about 6 months too and the nurses I worked with let me do everything, so I have done every invasive procedure nurses are allowed to do many times already. I have worked as a medical assistant for about 3 years here in NV too. I currently work as a firearms instructor out near Pahrump though, so it is quite the opposite teaching!! Sorry to hear about your CNA class, did that cost a bunch of money? I noticed you had to buy a different uniform for that class, or is it the medical assistant class that has a different uniform?? Anyhow, we will have to meet on Thurs during the ATI review somehow and I will try and bring that information for you to copy if you are interested.
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    Our history is not so different. I too am en EMT-P, I was a CNA more than 5 years ago before I was an EMT. With the economy the way it is, I figured that I could get a job in the hospital as a CNA for lower pay than an ER tech but maybe not... I cannot start until my prints come back from the FBI because in NV if you have worked as an NAT (nurse assistant in training) you can only do it once in a lifetime- to which I did not know.
    I thought I was going to hate the CNA clinical rotation- but I was so wrong! I loved it. I miss taking care of people (I did not work while doing my RN pre-reqs) to the point that I did not care that I was "back stepping" (my previous license expired as my emt-p training did not count for ceu's) in my medical training. You know that people in LTC centers need the care the most so I took advantage of the fact that there was so many of us and spent alot of time doing extra care on each of my patients. It is so weird, as an emt you have so little time to form attachment to anyone, but it seems to be the opposite in nursing.
    The CNA uniform is almost the same, white top with navy blue bottom. I am glad I am on the full time track though because the uniform is so HOT in the summer! You 'notice' a lot...
    Yes, the math problems do seem a bit more difficult. I would have to do the math on that, or have the medicine in my hand to figure it out. I guess that makes me a kinsnetic (sp) learner! lol!
    You will still be at school on the same days as I will be except for Tuesdays. I do the same thing, stay at the school to study cuz once I go home, I am done too. I have also found an alternative pharmacology class to sit in just in case the online class is not enough ya know? I took it online because there are many times things progress so slowly I am nearly sleeping.--or I am stressed about another subject and studying that instead! One is on Tues afternoon & the other on Wed eve.
    You were brave to sign up for the 6:45am clinical or you live right next to the school. Which one is it?
    Did you get your 'book bundle' yet? I did. It has a lot of books in it.
    So that makes you about 31 now? Maybe? Am I close? I have no idea, just guessing from your history. Yes, I would really appreciate meeting up with you at the ATI review to get copies of the information. That would be super great! Tell me what color of shirt you are going to wear, and I will figure out who you are without any other information.... emt's have a certain kind of walk... lol... it lasts a lifetime even after you are not in the field. well, as long as you have not gained 150 lbs that is.... that would alter it a bit.
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    I sent you a PM in reply to your last post mia70.
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    okkk. sorry. I did not realize the rules... sorry.


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