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- Aug 25, '05 by sirIQuote from I_B_Nurse_RobinHello and Welcome to Allnurses.comHello....I am new here, but not new to nursing....I have been an LPN for 20 years, and am currently employed as a surgical techologist....I have also just started back to school at Mountain State University in the LPN-BSN program....I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you....thanks!
We look forward to seeing more of your posts, B_Nurse!!
- Aug 30, '05 by crjnursewarriorQuote from barefootladyBarefootlady,Please tell the student who has to go the evening before clinicals to pre-plan for her patient the instructors are very picky about this part of the clinicals. I have seen one instructor be very nasty to a student who could not pre-plan because of transportation issues. A couple of students who rode together actually came in early, around 5:30 am gathered data, and went to the lobby/cafe to do pre-plan sheets. This made for a very long day but it was better than making 2 trips to Beckly, especially when winter weather and snow was an issue. Other students actually got rooms at a local hotel, split the costs, did the pre-planning and reported for clinicals ready to go. I should not tell you this, but there are ways to cheat on pre-planning, some info on certain diagnosis is a given, make the sheets and leave the test results blank, do as much as you can before hitting the floor. Nurses do not like the way students take the charts and do not check for outstanding orders or leave them on tables open, so please, at least tell the unit clerk where you will be with the chart, Always check to see if there are outstanding orders on the chart before you remove it from the desk, and Never leave it on a table open. I know you have heard all of this before but I think this reminder needs to be reinforced often.
One of the facilities where you will be having clinicals is sort of "old-fashioned" and the other facility is high tech and cold. NEVER let any of the staff at either of these facilities hear you make a negative comment regarding their style of nursing. I have known students who were given lots of abuse after a remark, warrented or not, was made known to the staff. One or two of the doctors at these facilities are jerks with no patience and will, if given the chance, be rude and nasty, report this behavior immediately to your instructor, these guys are in need of discipline and not reporting their behavior leaves the students and staff with just another stressor to deal with.
Personally, I love the students, their fresh outlook on nursing always gives me energy, but when staff is short, patient load is high, and procedures are in progress, please be patient with your staff nurse. I wish all of you luck, I know completing the BSN is hard work.
Thanks so much for the helpful info! I will let my friend know all of this, too, since she is ahead of me and will encounter all of this first! It sounds like you speak from experience. Did you attend the program at MSU? In any event, your advice sounds like good advice for ANY nursing student! Thanks again!
- Aug 30, '05 by barefootladyTook a course or two at MSU, but I have just been around a long, long time.
- Sep 13, '05 by kenyohunt1hello all I attend MSU also. I live in clarksburg but go to school in charleston. I am in the second semester as well. We have a really great and patient instructor for this semester so it is not as hard as I originally thought it was going to be. I hope to keep in touch with all of you maybe share info and experiences helps keep the spirit up at any rate.
- Sep 14, '05 by barefootladyJust a reminder to all the nursing students, many of the staff nurses on the different units you will be visiting may seem cold, aloof, and unfriendly. Please try to remember, they see many people everyday, patients, family members, and visitors not counting physicians, interns, other dept staff. Most of them are just really busy and have their minds focused on the patient and the task at hand. You know if you have spent much time in the hospitals here, staffing is topsy-turvy, so please do not assume they are not interested in your questions or in helping you. They are just busy in most cases.
I applaud the students who have a good instructor, one who "knows" the pulse of the floor, some of the staff, and makes realistic assignments. Too many times I have seen students flounder due to lack of guidance and simple instructions. REMEMBER, if you are not sure of a med, a treatment, or an activity, do not proceed without checking with the nurse assigned to that patient. It sometimes makes for a bad day when you cannot go about your assigned tasks but doing no harm to the patient is more important than your time schedule. I know your instructors have given you instructions not to bother the nurses, but too often, the instructor has a limited view of what the patient is really about and only the nurse can give you some of that all important inside information.
I am sure most of you will do fine, just remember when you do not know for sure what is going on with the patient, or if a doctor has a special way of doing things, ask the nurse. You will be surprised, most of the nurses are willing to help, they just need to know you have questions.
- Dec 20, '05 by kenyohunt1hello wnated to know if anyone is or has attended mountain state univ. lpn-bsn program? I am in my 3rd semester and wanted to know what the nursing part of the program ( semesters 5-8 ) is like. How many times a week do you attend class and clinicals. Really any info would be appreciated. thanks