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- Aug 3, '12 by gurjit123Quote from CallieNMDefine basic calculations. I heard from a current student we will have to take a math exam on orientation day for my bsn program. ANy information about that you may know. What to expect?Yes!! We have to know basic calculations by the time we go to orientation.
- Aug 3, '12 by willowitaLooking through the pictures in my med surg book, I'm afraid of being shocked. It'll be the first time I see a lot of this stuff in person and while I hope to keep a cool exterior, I'm just afraid of having a negative reaction. I would hate to make someone feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. So I have to be mindful of about myself. I hope it gets better with exposure and time.
- Aug 4, '12 by Patti_RNQuote from CallieNMClinicals sites are chosen by the school, and specific assignments are very carefully chosen by the instructors. Nursing students' first rotations are typically non-complicated patients who are fairly healthy (considering they are hospitalized!) It's a gradual process of learning how to interview patients, obtain their health histories, do some basic patient teaching, help with hygiene, etc; as you learn more and gain more experience your role will expand to dressing changes, inserting urinary catheters, NG tubes and starting IVs. Before you graduate, you'll probably do a rotations in peds, cardiac care, labor and delivery and critical care.I know that nursing school is not going to be easy. I know that we will have to get dirty and do things we have never done before, but when we begin clinicals will we be put into situations where life and death are a possibility? Like if someone crashes, as students, would we just sit back and watch the professionals do the work, or will we be having to make the right choices then and there to keep this person alive?
I was just curious as to what we will be doing, specifically, while at a clinical site?
You should NEVER be on your own to make life and death decisions, after all, you're a student and you're learning, so you'd have no idea what to do. When you're doing any procedure for the first time your instructor or the staff nurse will be with you, and they may be with you the second or third time, too, or until you've gained confidence. Even when you're a new nurse, you should have a transition period where you are given more responsibility as you become more competent.
If, in the extremely unlikely possibility that you do have a crashing patient on your hands, you should not respond in any way outside your ability and skill level. Your first duty is to seek help. Don't push the call button, don't pick up the phone--open the patient's door and yell, "I need help!" Others will come running. Don't even try to start CPR until you alert others. You'll never see so much activity and well-practiced efficiency as when you see a code--each staff member has a role and they know it well.
- Aug 4, '12 by jeannepaulNeed motivation? Watch the movie "Rudy". When I was in school and got down thinking I couldnt do this anymore, I would watch this movie, which is a true story, and the challenges he faced and worked through, gave the motivation I needed to keep going.
I think I watched that movie at least 2-3 times a week sometimes. It made me cry everytime I watched it, and just talking about it would start the water works, but it is so inspiring... I highy recommend it!!!
Also listen to Zig Ziglar, he is a motivational speaker, very funny and effective.
And never forget.... YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
- Aug 4, '12 by johnstoyI start in September hamner76....and I agree 100%....I'm excited, and deep down I KNOW that I can do it....but I'm TERRIFIED of failure...it's a horrible mixture of emotions. I'm a 34 year old woman who has been married for quite a few years and I have kids - 2 with special needs. It's going to be a lot to juggle.
Just tell yourself that you CAN and you WILL do it - you have came this far.
- Aug 4, '12 by missnurse01the big thing that kept me on my long long long educational journey (have been basically taking classes for nearly 18 years-did lvn, adn, bsn, extra classes for grad school, etc) was that time will continue to go by. It doesn't matter if I take a program or a class or whatever, the years will still turn. I work with nurses that four years ago when I was halfway from my bsn program they said 'yeah, I need to start that'. four years later they haven't, they could have chipped away at it, only a class at a time, and have been done by now. I also think about whatever job it was that I liked the least prior to nursing-if I don't continue, would I want to do that for the rest of my life?
doseage calc-these are usually taught with dimensional analysis. It is actually very easy when you learn it. look it up!
killing pts-you will fear this for years. on the way to work your tummy will be in your feet worrying that you will kill someone that night, on the way home you will worry that you missed something. But it makes you careful, and think. just always assume you don't know everything and ask someone that knows more than you do if you can't put your finger on something or need help. it's really okay to ask for help, always. still do it 15 years later.
critical thinking - usually comes with experience. You won't really learn it in nursing school. Always just remember that you need to know the why of every action (why are they allowing that pt's bp so low? or u/o to get so low? and not the other pt)...
I have a lady I really aspire to be like, I thought I had it rough growing up and my young adulthood, no support in any way from friends/family, had a child die, lived from couch to couch during school, etc etc etc. but she has done way more in her life than anyone else I know, worked 6-7 days a week since starting college and has continued 30 years later to do the same to support her family, homeschooled her kids, cares for her invalid husband who has radiation 3 times a week they have to pay out of pocket for, sleeps 2 hours a day, aspires to climb everest, and and and. She is awesome, if she can push herself, so can I. You will see people like this in nursing school.
it is true, if you want it bad enough you will make it happen.
good luck to everyone!
- Aug 4, '12 by CallieNMQuote from gurjit123As far as I know "basic" meaning turning Lbs to Kg. And apparently some drug calculations. I do not know yet, its just what I heard from a student in the program from last term.Define basic calculations. I heard from a current student we will have to take a math exam on orientation day for my bsn program. ANy information about that you may know. What to expect?
- Aug 4, '12 by wgc2345678Thank you to everyone who has shared their fears. It is so nice to know I am not alone. My biggest fear, like so many others, is failing. I have worked so hard to get where I am at. There have been many sleepless nights, test anxieties, and cram sessions. I have overcome them all. It would crush my spirit to come this far and then fail in nursing school. Good luck to everyone!
- Aug 4, '12 by PhoenixbyrdSince I'm on the cusp of getting my CPR training, I've become a bit apprehensive about real possibility of death, and how I will personally and professionally handle it. That is, I know I will spring to action once I master the skills - but how to deal with the reality of failing to revive someone? How will I deal with seeing life ebbing away? My imagination is running on overdrive.
- Aug 4, '12 by wordsofmymouthWow there are so many things I'm nervous about. Thanks everyone for sharing your fears; it helps me feel less alone.
My fears list includes
- explaining things to patients/families
- not having enough confidence
- freaking out and/or passing out (it's happened)