WANTED: Nursing student tidbits of advice - page 27

hey guys, I start this fall in my nursing program and Im extremely anxious!!! Im looking for any advice that will help me in school. Whats the thing you can NOT live w/o during nursing school? What... Read More

  1. by   cingle
    Orientation starts for me on Monday (08/24/09) so I'm sure we'll get the info about drug screening at that time. The only thing I've read so far is that it's against the rules to take even PRESCRIBED narcs, but I don't know about benzos, ADD meds, etc.

    I've taken Vicodin off/on for the past 3 years for a chronic condition which is not aggravated by activity (or I wouldn't be going into nursing!). I've been concerned enough about drug testing, though, that I haven't taken any in several days -- maybe a week -- and have been instead taking WAY too much ibuprofen. I can truthfully say that I am not impaired in any way when taking my usual very lose dose. I realize, though, that this is a very commonly-abused drug and I understand why schools/hospitals must be cautious.
  2. by   NurseKitten
    They can't tell you what you can and can't take, although if you end up needing to take it, they can keep you out of clinical that day.

    As long as you have a prescription for it, and it's for a legitimate medical use, they really can't say anything about it.
  3. by   KellRrn2b
    First day of class tommorow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Im soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo READY.

    First day of clinicals tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who else is starting tommorow (aug 24)?
  4. by   JennNJ83
    Quote from mrskellrd
    First day of class tommorow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Im soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo READY.

    First day of clinicals tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who else is starting tommorow (aug 24)?
    ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   Prettyladie
    I start tomorrow. I have class at 10 but its spanish, but my health assessment class is at 1 to 350. We have clinicals on Tuesday, but I have been talking to previous students who say we don't start clinicals until a month from now; so I don't know what we would be doing during that time frame AND our orientation isn't until Saturday which is STILL ridiculous to me.
  6. by   KellRrn2b
    I only have Fundamentals of Nursing tomorrow (NUR 120) from 2:30-3:50.
    My clinical instructor told us at orientation that the first day of clinicals we will just be getting oriented to the hospital and school. We will learn all of the safety guidelines of the hospital and specific floor we start on. We also have a planned scavenger hunt...which could either be totally fun or totally lame..or maybe a mixture lol. My first clinical rotation is Orthopedic..and im excited enough about that (wish i started on med-surg tho).
  7. by   ShantheRN
    Yay for you guys! Let us know how it goes

    I have 2 more weeks of freedom....but I have two interviews this week! Well actually 4, because you have to interview with two managers per department. I'm trying to tell myself there's no pressure on it LOL

    I'm being cautiously optimistic - I bought a really great backpack (Staples is doing 25-50% off theirs, in case you still need one!), some pens, and highlighters. I'm waiting on everything else.
  8. by   cingle
    I start orientation tomorrow, which lasts through Thursday. First "real" day of classes will be Friday.

    I'm surprisingly calm -- thankfully -- but really looking forward to getting started. It's been a long time coming!

    Looking forward to hearing from everyone tomorrow evening to see how your day goes...
  9. by   biblepoet
    Quote from mlo4567
    I fully agree. Friends always make everything in life easier & bearable:wink2:
    Especially since they are the ones who are going to understand how you feel. Misery loves company. Good shoes are a must also. Also no man's an island I think it is important in nursing school. Those of us with houses the house does not have to be perfect because there is only so many hours in a day and nursing school eats up alot. Get a good nights sleep because you do not want to be sick all the time and eat well balanced meals health is really important. Do not pull all nighters if possible all it does is make you sleepy and you will not remember more stuff that way study as you go.
  10. by   vickyp
    Quote from landesmummy
    omg, get that livescribe pen as soon as you can...i just wish i had had one earlier...get the 2gigabit, you need, if your instructors talk as much as mine!! a friend of mine goes to a school where they do not allow taping & she taped with her pen & got all a's...
    I have never heard of this so I looked it up I am ordering one in the morning. I am in my last year of nusing school and they decided this semester we couldn't use our tape players and I need mine. So thanks for the info I will sure be putting it to good use!!
  11. by   TessaMae
    If they told you you can't tape lectures, you realize this pen still is taping the lectures? I am not one for breaking the rules but if you are going to sneak and tape the lectures with a recorder pen (which mind you stands out because it is different and you need a specific notebook) why not just hide your tape recorder and save the money??
    It was tough for me to get used to not taping lectures but it wasn't worth risking getting out of the program IMHO
    Quote from vickyp
    I have never heard of this so I looked it up I am ordering one in the morning. I am in my last year of nusing school and they decided this semester we couldn't use our tape players and I need mine. So thanks for the info I will sure be putting it to good use!!
  12. by   KellRrn2b
    19 hours til my first class of nursing school ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   beth66335
    Quote from TessaMae
    They screen for all illegal drugs. If you are on a prescription med that falls into a similar category, typically you will have to show proof. Usually they will ask you what meds you take prior to the test however. When you say which wont show up are you referring to illegal or prescription meds? Some people worry that things like poppy seed bagels would show up as opiates (cocaine) but this is not true, you would have to eat literally a pound of poppy seeds not just a bagel a day.
    That's not necessarily true...my husband tested positive years ago when getting his Q clearance and he had eaten poppy seeds on a bagel the day before. He has never done opiates or any other illegal drugs in his life and it did show up as trace, but still I would avoid poppy seeds for now to be safe,lol!

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