El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07 - page 64

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  1. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    You plunge air in, and listen to determine placement.

    Water is gravity, from what I remember. Please clarify this with your classmates!

    Good luck!
  2. by   Pecked2DthByChickens
    Well, I just finished and passed. I forgot to put my gloves on until halfway through, as I reached in my pocket and felt them - ARGH. Oh well, I got a 96 so I am happy.

    And yes, we had to do a gravity flush, not a syringe/plunger push. Interesting huh? The videos and books say to use the plunger/syringe. Oh well, gotta do what the professor wants huh.
  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Congrats, Pecked. You'll get in the habit of putting gloves on. ha

    96 is great!
  4. by   Spill
    pecked- great job on ck off!

    How did you do Yang and Jaxia on test 1?
  5. by   Yin Yang
    Hey Spill - I did pretty good considering I didn't study like I usually do. I'm accustomed to making A's, and I didn't (unless we get some points which she hasn't posted yet). Oh well, I'm going to work harder on this next one and try to bring it up...how about you?

  6. by   JaxiaKiley
    Not as well as I had hoped, and not as bad as I expected. This is going to be a very long semester for me.
  7. by   Spill
    Uh, its going to be a very long one for me. I just failed my 2nd ck off! I got screwed on the narcotic IM ck off- so not fair that some got to ck off doing reconstitution (that's easy) OH WELL---this is life- I can still re ck off and get a 78 right?

    What happens if you fail the 2nd time? or should I even ask?
  8. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I'm so sorry, Spill. I know it's not a good feeling at all.

    Hoping to make you feel a little better, many people fail the IM check-off the first time. It takes soooooo much practice to do it as a check-off....with your hands shaking and all that! We were told last semester that they expect people to not pass the IM the first time, it's been that way for a long time. So, they understand.

    You will recheck for a 78. If by chance you do not pass that one, they will give you a 'contract'. You have to pass the 3rd one, if you didn't pass the 2nd one. There are only 3 tries.

    Stay focused, and practice, practice, practice! Ask other students in your clinical group to help you. Practice at home until you know it like the back of your hand.

    Practice/study at the same time as studying, if you need to, but practice, practice, practice!

    Refill your bottles, etc with water if needed, and keep practicing both reconstitution and narcotic...you never know what you will get retested with.

    Most importantly....STAY POSITIVE! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   Yin Yang
    Hey Spill - what part did you have trouble with on the narcotic-anti-emetic? I failed one check-off last semester. You fill out a paper, have to go to the skills lab to practice and get it signed, and write a statement as to why you think you failed. It's goofy, but whatever. You will do fine on your second one. Give me a yell if there is anything I can do to help...

  10. by   Spill
    Well, I had trouble gettnig the narcotic out of the vial. I blame that entirely on the vial!!!!! (why are we using vials for ck off that have been refilled- there was no air pressure and the liquid would not come out! I tried every technique I could think of- you should just be able to put your needle in and pull back on the barrell to get the liquid---I went back and checked out another vial SAME THING---this also happened to other students that got Narcotic----this is not fair!

    Thanks Fun for your feedback! I really appreciate it!
    Thanks Yang for offering help-
  11. by   Yin Yang
    I believe there is an appeals process, isn't there? Did you guys have to use the tubex for it? I'd be appealing it if I could. If there are multiple tubes and the liquid wouldn't come out of any of them, how is that your fault? That's pretty screwed up. Can you talk to Iris and find out what on earth was wrong with them? I'm so sorry this happened to you. That doesn't sound like you failed it to me....more like they sort of screwed you....

  12. by   LKG6
    Quote from Spill
    Well, I had trouble gettnig the narcotic out of the vial. I blame that entirely on the vial!!!!!
    Do you have some original/never been used narcotic vials in your skills pack? Can you use those during check offs? Katie
  13. by   Spill
    Thanks guys for your responses. I have been so busy, and I haven't had a chance to get on here. 2nd semester is kicking my butt! My lucky number is 78! I am holding on to the edge, but I'm not going to let go!

    How is everyone else doing?