CPNE in Racine WI

  1. I passed!!! What an amazing experience!!! I want to that Anticoag nurse...your notes and test tips were amazing. To the future GNs...good luck and trust your instincts!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   EricJRN
    Congratulations! You're almost there! On to the NCLEX!
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    congrats ...please post your experience as soon as you have time....
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    Congratulations!!!!
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    Oh, well done! Now you get your ATT and RN, here you come!
  7. by   Lorie P.
    when you come down from cloud #9, tell us about your experience please!
  8. by   caliotter3
    Congratulations!!!
  9. by   marimar12
    Thank you all

    Well, I got to Racine on Wednesday Dec 5th. I was scheduled for Dec 7-9. I was afraid that I would miss my connecting flight or that I would get stuck in the airports because of all the snow

    Friday afternoon there were 6 students in the sim lab located in the hospital.
    We did our introductions and the CA gave us a go around of the stations explained everything we needed to do in detail. We got 15 to 20 mins alone to quietly take a good look and play with the stations. Take that time to work out your strategy.

    First station I had was IV drip, I had 20 mins to perform. I stated I was going to wash my hands, picked up my MAR, ID'd my patient, did my math calculation. Chose the correct medication, compared it to the MAR, donned gloves, assessed IV site, ID'd my patient again, checked my tubing for air, clamped the secondary line, spiked my med, hung it, lowered the primary solution. Adjusted my drops using the primary tubing clamp while the secondary tubing clamp was wide opened, compared my MAR to the patient again, compared the MAR to the assigned mini bag, checked my drop rate again, cleansed the IV port, attached the tubing to my patient, checked my rate again and I said, "I am ready for you to verify my drops." She asked had I completed my critical elements for this station, "I said I would like to sign my MAR" and I rechecked ID. "Congratulations, you've met all of your critical elements in this station.You are off to a strong start" I passed in 10mins! Oh, I verbalized everything...don't forget to state out loud everything you do.

    Okay guys, I need to sleep, I have to work tonight. Im sorry but I will finish this experience intermittently throughout the night. Thank you all for the congrats!
  10. by   Lorie P.
    way to go!! sounds like you were off to a very strong start. Get some sleep and rest.

    Just be sure to finish your story when you get the chance.
  11. by   marimar12
    Okay...

    The rest of my lab stations went pretty much the same way. I passed friday night with no repeats.

    I was taken up to the unit that same night. I was introduced to the floor by my CE. I was taken into an empty patient room. Now, this where have to tell you guys, St. Mary's is EXTREMELY nurse friendly. Everything you can possibly needfor your particular patient is right there.

    So, I recieve my assignment:

    PCS 1: 86yr female, admitting DX: Upper GI bleed
    assigned areas of care: Resp Asses, Abd Asses, Medication

    My CE hands me her chart so that I can review. I took 45mins doing that...I wanted to make sure I knew my patient.

    I go to the hotel and first thing I do is...
    jump in the jacuzzi! 15 mins later I was back in my room working on my careplan.
    Do not write anything but your planning phase.

    I chose: Impaired Comfort R/T upper GI bleed. AEB (I left blank)
    Intervention #1 Assess Comfort Level
    Intervention #2 Provide comfort measure: Mouth Care

    Saturday morning we met in the hosp. cafe with our CA. She took us to the student area. She gave us a pep talk and off with our CE's we went.

    As soon as I got to the floor I wrote my grid out on the back of my kardex and I handover my PCS kardex, Ce read it and told my I was now ready for my implementation phase.

    I washed my hands, entered the room and indroduced myself and my CE, I id'd my patient, I assessed her IV site. I explained what I was gonna do. Did vitals, declared vitals and started on my resp assess. Then, out of nowhere...the breakfast tray arrived. "I wanna eat my breakfast before it gets cold."

    I helped set her up and left. Did my as evidenced by which was patient laying in bed slumped to left side. Documented my mobility. Filled in my PCS Record Form, pulled out all my meds, (6 total)...and waited for my patient to finish up breakfast.

    Finally...I go back in th room, measured intake and sat her upright position. assessed lung sounds, had her deep breath thr mouth...exhale slowly...done. Before I layed her down..."Miss Patient Name, would you like to use the restroom before I begin your abd assess?" She didnt. I closed the door for privacy, asked her if she was in any pain. I layed her in a supine position with knees slightly bent. Pulled up her gown, looked for distention and contour. Auscultated all quads, palpated all quads lightly, I didnt have to measure girth so I sat her back up. I Id'd and triple checked my MAR. Gave her her meds, provided mouth care, changed her gown(not part of my assignment but she was covered in jelly and eggs.) I asked if she was comfortable. Put her call bell and phone in reach. Bed was low, upperside rails up x2, thanked her for her time and I excusd myself. I had 10 mins to chart! I was scribbling everything! Thank goodness for my grid because everytime I did a critcal element I crossed it off my grid. I finished just as my CE stood next to me and said time is up. BAM! Here you go sir...He read me the dreaded statement, took my PCS form and my carpenito's and told me "Wait here"

    I paced and paced and "Congratulations, you passed." I was so happy I started to cry!
  12. by   txspadequeenRN
    this is beautiful


    Quote from marimar12
    okay...

    the rest of my lab stations went pretty much the same way. i passed friday night with no repeats.

    i was taken up to the unit that same night. i was introduced to the floor by my ce. i was taken into an empty patient room. now, this where have to tell you guys, st. mary's is extremely nurse friendly. everything you can possibly needfor your particular patient is right there.

    so, i recieve my assignment:

    pcs 1: 86yr female, admitting dx: upper gi bleed
    assigned areas of care: resp asses, abd asses, medication

    my ce hands me her chart so that i can review. i took 45mins doing that...i wanted to make sure i knew my patient.

    i go to the hotel and first thing i do is...
    jump in the jacuzzi! 15 mins later i was back in my room working on my careplan.
    do not write anything but your planning phase.

    i chose: impaired comfort r/t upper gi bleed. aeb (i left blank)
    intervention #1 assess comfort level
    intervention #2 provide comfort measure: mouth care

    saturday morning we met in the hosp. cafe with our ca. she took us to the student area. she gave us a pep talk and off with our ce's we went.

    as soon as i got to the floor i wrote my grid out on the back of my kardex and i handover my pcs kardex, ce read it and told my i was now ready for my implementation phase.

    i washed my hands, entered the room and indroduced myself and my ce, i id'd my patient, i assessed her iv site. i explained what i was gonna do. did vitals, declared vitals and started on my resp assess. then, out of nowhere...the breakfast tray arrived. "i wanna eat my breakfast before it gets cold."

    i helped set her up and left. did my as evidenced by which was patient laying in bed slumped to left side. documented my mobility. filled in my pcs record form, pulled out all my meds, (6 total)...and waited for my patient to finish up breakfast.

    finally...i go back in th room, measured intake and sat her upright position. assessed lung sounds, had her deep breath thr mouth...exhale slowly...done. before i layed her down..."miss patient name, would you like to use the restroom before i begin your abd assess?" she didnt. i closed the door for privacy, asked her if she was in any pain. i layed her in a supine position with knees slightly bent. pulled up her gown, looked for distention and contour. auscultated all quads, palpated all quads lightly, i didnt have to measure girth so i sat her back up. i id'd and triple checked my mar. gave her her meds, provided mouth care, changed her gown(not part of my assignment but she was covered in jelly and eggs.) i asked if she was comfortable. put her call bell and phone in reach. bed was low, upperside rails up x2, thanked her for her time and i excusd myself. i had 10 mins to chart! i was scribbling everything! thank goodness for my grid because everytime i did a critcal element i crossed it off my grid. i finished just as my ce stood next to me and said time is up. bam! here you go sir...he read me the dreaded statement, took my pcs form and my carpenito's and told me "wait here"

    i paced and paced and "congratulations, you passed." i was so happy i started to cry!

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