RN trying to get back into the field and have to take a meds test.... help

  1. Hello All,
    I am new to this site and I have been an RN for ten years... I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home and raise my children. Now it is time to go back into the work force and I have to take a medication test and boy do I feel stupid. All the changes, I would really appreciate some help if there is anyone out there that could help me bone up on these. Thank you so much for this site as I am not feeling lonely anymore.... Now I know there are so many nurses out there and I am just one more added to the whole wonderful lot of us.... Good luck to all of you nursing students, keep your heads up and your hearts true....
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    About lilmommaann

    Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 2
    I am just entering back into the job force after a ten year absence and have to take a medication test again..... wow scary!!! Please help me bone up.... Thank you...


  3. by   suebird3
    welcome to allnurses.com! nice to meet you.

  4. by   slinkeecat
    remember this:
    did I kill him? D=digoxin I=insulin K=potassium H=heparin
    these are drugs that you need to double check w/ another nurse
    Never ever IV push Potassium...

    Do yourself a favor and get a current med book mosby put one out w/ a great format that gives nursing implications/ home health tid bits/ pt education... about the medications.....
    good luck to you!!!
  5. by   lilmommaann
    Thank you so much for the welcome and the hints ... I am really kind of scared to re-enter the nursing field again after being away for so long, but my sister-in-law is a nurse here in the area and she is also supporting me:wink2:. I just hope that it all comes back with the ease of being a mom
  6. by   fgoff
    Welcome back! When I had to take a med test at the hospital I'm at know the Nursing Recruiter gave me a study packet. Check to see if one is available or if you could speak to someone about where to focus your studies.

    I found the one I took to be mostly basic nursing (safety, teaching, monitoring, 6 righgts) related to medication administration with very common medication (insulin, heparin ect.) and followed a format much like a NLN test...
    If this is true for your maybe a NCLEX Pharm review book could help.

    Best of Luck!
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck! Welcome to Allnurses!
  8. by   mamason
    I know the feeling. I've been off work for about a year and can't remember my calculation formulas. Had to buy a book for review and am currently trying to reteach myself. Boy, do I feel stupid. I've only been practicing for around two years though. My friend says if you don't use it, then you lose it. I think she might be right.
  9. by   slinkeecat
    Hey, I have been an ACTIVE nurse for 16 + years and we are computerized at my hosp and pharmacy calculates everything now... Well, we lost power and systems failure made all of us feel so stoopid, because computers take skills like calculating doseage and it is hard to remember the formulas... do not feel bad .... it will come back to you eventually!!!!