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What is the purpose of NUR 330? lmao. This all seems like... common sense stuff that could be done in 8 weeks, not a whole semester. And it's really kind of boring... :zzzzz haha.

Pharm test was okay, there were a couple questions that were worded really tricky. Grrr. But we got the worst part out of the way and now we know how to study and what to expect on the test! It was nice of the teacher to go over the test right afterwards. I think I missed 6, so I'm pretty happy with it although I'm not Mr. Genius over there missing only 2! :p Congratulations to everyone for surviving it! WOO! Only 4 more to go! :)

Good luck to everyone at the Well Elder visit tomorrow and the first interviews!

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What is the purpose of NUR 330? lmao. This all seems like... common sense stuff that could be done in 8 weeks, not a whole semester. And it's really kind of boring... :zzzzz haha.

Pharm test was okay, there were a couple questions that were worded really tricky. Grrr. But we got the worst part out of the way and now we know how to study and what to expect on the test! It was nice of the teacher to go over the test right afterwards. I think I missed 6, so I'm pretty happy with it although I'm not Mr. Genius over there missing only 2! :p Congratulations to everyone for surviving it! WOO! Only 4 more to go! :)

Good luck to everyone at the Well Elder visit tomorrow and the first interviews!

330 is there just to give you a headache. or time to work on your case studies. or something like that.

the first and second pharm tests are pretty different if you didn't cover any actual drugs on the first one. good job, guys!

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The second pharm exam is definitely not on the same level as the first...make sure to study very well for that.

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Uh oh... the second one is a lot worse? haha. Do you guys know how our "Med cards" are supposed to go? The instructor brought up making "Med cards" but she never explained it and we won't have class for another week and a half (next week's lecture is on Breeze). Any suggestions on how to make those would be fantastic!!:yeah:

Any tips for the first 310 test? The instructor was helpful in giving us a breakdown of how many questions there are from each section. I'm trying to think of the material as assessment-based questions, not just brute knowledge but it's a little difficult at the moment :uhoh3: haha.

Our vital sign competency is on Tuesday! Yikes!!! Maybe it's because this week was shorter because of the holiday, but it seems like we are just FLYING through stuff now! Ah! It's a lot of fun, though. I loved meeting our Well Elder. The one we got assigned with needs a lot of help physically and emotionally, so I'm really glad we're here for her and to help her. This is why I got into nursing to begin with. :heartbeat

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Uh oh... the second one is a lot worse? haha. Do you guys know how our "Med cards" are supposed to go? The instructor brought up making "Med cards" but she never explained it and we won't have class for another week and a half (next week's lecture is on Breeze). Any suggestions on how to make those would be fantastic!!:yeah:

Any tips for the first 310 test? The instructor was helpful in giving us a breakdown of how many questions there are from each section. I'm trying to think of the material as assessment-based questions, not just brute knowledge but it's a little difficult at the moment :uhoh3: haha.

Our vital sign competency is on Tuesday! Yikes!!! Maybe it's because this week was shorter because of the holiday, but it seems like we are just FLYING through stuff now! Ah! It's a lot of fun, though. I loved meeting our Well Elder. The one we got assigned with needs a lot of help physically and emotionally, so I'm really glad we're here for her and to help her. This is why I got into nursing to begin with. :heartbeat

We didn't have to make "med cards" but maybe it's just a suggestion to help you study. It definitely helps if you can see all the info at a single glance by putting on an index card: the class, generic name, trade name, contraindication/precautions, category/schedule, dose, routes, etc. and all that. I remember I used to make grids and that helped me tons because if I didn't remember something specifically, I can remember where it was written on a grid (esp. if I grouped it in 3's because I can remember if things were written in the first, middle, or last box...just something I did on my own) and that helped me connect things together, I hope that makes sense.

To me, the 310 exams were the most unpredictable. You're definitely right that it's not all going to be straightforward from memorization. It's going to be questions like from the NET exam, where you really have to think, haha. I remember I thought I did so well on the first one but ended up making an 80, if I had missed 2 more I would've failed! Then on one that I honestly thought I did awful on and pretty much felt like I failed, I actually did great. Some of it comes from what you learn/do hands-on in 320 (lab) because the classes tie in together. Pretty much, read the questions carefully. If it asks for assessment, make sure the answer is an assessment not something that would fit into "planning" or "evaluation". The answer is never something a doctor would do, it'll always be from a nurse's standpoint. Just think of the NET, if there are 2 opposites, most likely it's one of the two; if there's an answer that is considerably longer than the others, it's probably that one because it umbrella's the others, etc. I hope this helps!

Good luck on the vital signs competency! =)

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What is the purpose of NUR 330?

I dont think there is a purpose lol. For us it was Facebook time!

Did you finish your vital sign competency? If so how did it go?

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Thanks for the Pharm suggestions, DollB! I'm definitely going to use those as my guidelines for the drug cards. And the 310 suggestions! I definitely feel like those tests are going to be the most unpredictable--but thankfully she gave us that breakdown of how many questions there are in each section. That'll help.

The vital signs competency was today!! It was so nerve wracking! I think I did pretty well, although I had no idea we were tested on the post-procedure stuff like actually having to state that we did the exam in a head-to-toe fashion and whatnot. Whoops. They were easy on us, though, since it was the first competency I think. I know I completely forgot to verify the patient's name/birthdate via their "identification bracelet" but I still passed lol.

I'm curious about labs, though--do they always seem to speed through everything? We did I&O, Feeding and Hair, Skin and Nails today and everything was so RUSHED! I never completely finished an entire lab in all three sections!! :crying2: I never feel like we're being actually TAUGHT anything, it's just "You need to do this, this this, this and this. Now find a partner and go!" Although there's one professor who seems to legitimately show us what we're doing. But still, overall, it's so overwhelming. Are all labs like this? :uhoh3:

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Thanks for the Pharm suggestions, DollB! I'm definitely going to use those as my guidelines for the drug cards. And the 310 suggestions! I definitely feel like those tests are going to be the most unpredictable--but thankfully she gave us that breakdown of how many questions there are in each section. That'll help.

The vital signs competency was today!! It was so nerve wracking! I think I did pretty well, although I had no idea we were tested on the post-procedure stuff like actually having to state that we did the exam in a head-to-toe fashion and whatnot. Whoops. They were easy on us, though, since it was the first competency I think. I know I completely forgot to verify the patient's name/birthdate via their "identification bracelet" but I still passed lol.

I'm curious about labs, though--do they always seem to speed through everything? We did I&O, Feeding and Hair, Skin and Nails today and everything was so RUSHED! I never completely finished an entire lab in all three sections!! :crying2: I never feel like we're being actually TAUGHT anything, it's just "You need to do this, this this, this and this. Now find a partner and go!" Although there's one professor who seems to legitimately show us what we're doing. But still, overall, it's so overwhelming. Are all labs like this? :uhoh3:

ah. forgot to mention that! make sure you know all of the pre and post exam behaviors (and that you do them/verbalize them) for every competency. i guess you know that already, haha. their rationale is that they want to know what you're thinking as you're performing the competency so they like to hear you verbalize everything. there are some times where this isn't needed, though.

labs sometimes do feel rushed, sometimes there's only so much you can learn from explanations and it ends up being a lot of the time was spent actually doing things and individually asking for clarification. other times it can be different and you will get very in-depth explanation on things, like focused assessments. today's lab probably felt pretty rushed because they had the three stations divided between 3 hours, which doesn't always happen. certain topics in lab (e.g. patches, eye meds, suppositories) lend themselves more to the short, 50 minute periods than others do. some labs have a lot more time devoted to them, like injections. you get the ENTIRE LAB PERIOD minus one small 50 minute spat in simulation for that day, and it's well deserved. and there are a couple times that you'll feel like you have way too much time, like the day you learn the neuro assessment, because that's ALL you're doing in that three hour period.

congratulations on the first competency, only two weeks until your next one :p

oh, and i hope well elder and preschool are going well for you guys, too!

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Soooo... I was looking over the schedule for lab competencies and I have a question for the current Junior 2's! I don't know if you guys had similar schedules, but there is a week where we have TWO lab competencies in one week. The first competency is for Injection, but the second one just says "HA competency". The thing that made me really worried was that the times are LONG for this, it says from 8:00am to 2:30pm and that's all we're doing that day. Does this HA competency cover EVERYTHING we've learned over the semester, like vital signs, HEENT, Hair Skin Nails and Neuro all in the same competency? :uhoh3: And then like 2 weeks later after time with the SIM, our schedule says we have another "HA competency". I don't get it :confused: haha

We had our first 310 test today! I personally think it went fairly well--better than I was expecting--although there are some questions that might have wrong answers to them. It's just nice to know the format, finally! Those questions sure can be tricky, there were a couple that I had NO idea what the right answer was between two options. Oh well, now to a weekend without much homework? Maybe? hahaha... :p

P.S. Those preschoolers are just so darn adorable!! I want to take them home with me!!! ...haha, okay, maybe not. But they're still cute :)

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tttt works as a RN - Emergency Department.

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Soooo... I was looking over the schedule for lab competencies and I have a question for the current Junior 2's! I don't know if you guys had similar schedules, but there is a week where we have TWO lab competencies in one week. The first competency is for Injection, but the second one just says "HA competency". The thing that made me really worried was that the times are LONG for this, it says from 8:00am to 2:30pm and that's all we're doing that day. Does this HA competency cover EVERYTHING we've learned over the semester, like vital signs, HEENT, Hair Skin Nails and Neuro all in the same competency? :uhoh3: And then like 2 weeks later after time with the SIM, our schedule says we have another "HA competency". I don't get it :confused: haha

We had our first 310 test today! I personally think it went fairly well--better than I was expecting--although there are some questions that might have wrong answers to them. It's just nice to know the format, finally! Those questions sure can be tricky, there were a couple that I had NO idea what the right answer was between two options. Oh well, now to a weekend without much homework? Maybe? hahaha... :p

P.S. Those preschoolers are just so darn adorable!! I want to take them home with me!!! ...haha, okay, maybe not. But they're still cute :)

Our schedules are the same. The health assessment competency you have the same week as injections is HEENT, skin, hair, nails, and neuro. Vitals is done with. The next HA competency after that is thorax, respiratory, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, musculoskeletal, and abdominal assessment. the times are long because you both have to do the assessments. plus, sometimes different people take longer.

oh 310.

preschool was a blast. haha. i was dreading it but i ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

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I just wanted to add that when you do hair skin nails, neuro, and HEENT one person does hair, skin, nails/neuro and their partner does HEENT. you dont both have to do all of it. And then for the other you would get thorax/respiratory/cardiovascular and your partner gets musculoskeletal/abdominal. And they'll let you have a note card with you for both competencies that you can look at up to 4 times which definitely helps!

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Question for tarabara, tttt, and dollb:

To study for the next pharmacology exam do you recommend just learning the drugs that are listed in the power-points? Also, some of the drugs are given in detail on the power-points and some are just listed with the name. Should we be using the text to study the specifics of those or just which category they fit into? Then, for the chapter on antipsychotic agents and their use in schizophrenia I noticed there aren't any of those drugs listed in the power-point, but we were still assigned the reading.

Thanks!

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