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  1. LPN vs. Paramedic
    If your end goal is RN and you're looking at becoming either a Paramedic or an LPN/LVN, I would say to go LVN/LPN. The Vocational/Practical Nurse is still a Nurse. There'll be less to learn/catch up...
    Apr 18
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  2. Using Laptops on for Med Pass
    The big problem with any laptop is battery life. Most laptops, including the one I'm on right now, only have sufficient battery life to run about 2 1/2 to 3 hours without recharging. If I change some...
    Apr 18
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  3. Made a Med Error in Clinical.. :(
    At some point, we all make med errors. The question that remains is how bad are the errors! Sometimes it's a little too much, sometimes it's just not enough med. Scanning the meds does help reduce...
    Apr 18
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  4. Pre reqs at community college v/s university
    My two bits about this topic: Community/Junior College courses are cheaper and sometimes can be MUCH cheaper than courses taken at the University level. Just make sure that the courses will transfer...
    Apr 18
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  5. American River College Fall 2014
    Congratulations on getting accepted to a program! Both programs are good. Unfortunately I don't recall if Sac City is doing their Sutter Extended Campus program this coming Fall as that isn't done...
    Apr 17
    Forum: California Nursing
  6. American River College Fall 2014
    Sorry you didn't get in, but keep applying. As long as your status is something like "Applicant Qualified" you're good to go. Keep applying and eventually you'll get in.
    Apr 17
    Forum: California Nursing
  7. What if you don't get into a nursing program?
    I'm (almost literally) the poster boy for persistence in reapplying. I was a qualified applicant at the RN programs I applied from the first time I applied to them, and 13 consecutive times, I was...
    Apr 17
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  8. I stopped at 75.. :(
    As stated above, there are people that got the CC page and have passed. When you're doing the PVT, the status of your exam should say "delivery successful" or something like that to indicate that the...
    Apr 17
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  9. Cold Feet
    Having cold feet is a normal reaction to proceeding toward the unknown. If you know what you want and you've done well in your prerequisite courses, you should do just fine in nursing school. Here's...
    Apr 17
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  10. American River College Fall 2014
    No, I got in 3 years ago, under the previous application process. I'm due to graduate this semester and my current classmates all got in with the current process. In fact, my first cohort was the...
    Apr 16
    Forum: California Nursing
  11. Starting nursing school..why am I so afraid?
    You've done the same thing for 21 years. Yes, you will have an incredible leg-up on some of your classmates when it comes to some of the very basic nursing tasks that you've done for so long. However...
    Apr 16
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  12. ECG tracing?
    That "mmHg" chart shows what's going on. When you see a bump "up" in pressure, that represents systole, or contraction. The magenta line is atrial pressure. The blue line is ventricular pressure. The...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  13. Pre-nursing school fitness
    While I won't be your diet buddy, remember you need to be careful about your diet. Ensure you're getting good nutrition and watch the calories. You don't have to starve yourself. Exercise is a good...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  14. Wound evisceration, what should be the first action?
    This is something I learned in my Trauma Courses: as gruesome as an injury looks, you still need to assess your patient. While an eviscerated bowel is an emergency and you'll need to do something...
    Apr 16
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  15. Pre-Nursing PreReq Questions
    Thanks Heathermaizey! That's a very important reminder about the fact that junior college courses aren't easier than a 4 year university's courses. They can actually be sometimes a little harder......
    Apr 16
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  16. How to wear name badge on inpt. psych unit
    When I did my psych rotation, I wore my badge on a standard clip, not a retractable one nor a lanyard (even if breakaway). My keys were either in a pocket or clearly out of bounds/reach for an easy...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. Pre-Nursing PreReq Questions
    If you have at least some understanding of biology, you should be able to go into Micro without too much trouble. As to the sequence you should take the coursework, I suggest you start with looking...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  18. A Little Whiny
    Unless the new grad programs in your area use grades as a screening tool, I wouldn't worry too much about grades unless you plan on applying to grad school. Those grad schools may only look back a...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  19. Rejected on First Admission
    Just know that your application is one of very many. Keep plugging away and try to get all of your education out of the way before you're accepted so all you must do is take the program courses,...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  20. Using the "Q" word
    I learned about the "Q" word many years ago... while it's seemingly a rather innocent, gentle word... the horror that it brings is absolutely indescribable. Whenever I'm at work, I never utter that...
    Apr 15
    Forum: About A Nurse - Nursing Cartoon Series
  21. CA BRN new requirements for NCLEX RN international students
    For California, "license by reciprocity" = "license by endorsement" and in any case, California will do their own assessment and determine whether you meet the requirements. If you do, great! If not,...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nurse Registration
  22. Sacramento City College ADN 2014/15 - Anyone hear a decision yet?
    From my own experience, Sac City and ARC send out their acceptance letters within about a week of each other, and more likely within a few days of each other because they both know they're competing...
    Apr 15
    Forum: California Nursing
  23. Assessing PERRLA
    Today I had a patient whose pupils were about 4mm bilaterally, equal, round and non-reactive. When assessing the pupils, I noticed a rather tell-tale flashing back there... the patient used to have...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  24. Assessing PERRLA
    That or they just left the Ophthalmologist's office...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  25. Who went straight for ADN?
    A lot of people go straight to RN. While nursing school is fast paced, they slowly bring you up to entry-level RN in such a way that you gain experience working with patients as you go along. Having...
    Apr 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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