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It's not a clot

Specializes in Intensive medical care.

So yesterday marked the adventure of nursing school, day #3.

Wow, you guys weren't kidding, it is a lot. For some reason I am strangely calm about the the tests and homework. Well, let me back up, I am calm now. Not so much a few days ago.

We are having our first skills check off on vital signs on 9/8. Ok, fine - I knew this was a part of nursing school. So what's the problem you ask? Well I couldn't hear ANYTHING when trying to take a BP and yes, before you ask the scope was on and in my ears properly. I also couldn't palpate the brachial pulse. Not even on myself (which I somewhat jokingly started this whole thing about me having a blood clot in my arm).

Anyway, it got to the point where I was in tears thinking that I was going to fail the skills check off and have to leave the program. Then something funny happened. This girl that I somewhat knew (we had A&P2 together) showed me how she did it (she's an MA) and the curtains parted, sunshine and puppies fell from the sky and I could auscultate the BP and palpate the brachial artery. It's gotten to the point were I spent my day off outside the school library asking people if I could feel them up and take their BP. Maybe things will work out after all. Good luck everyone!!!


traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

Aw glad you are doing better!!!!!


Has 4 years experience. Specializes in CVICU, CPCU.

Well I am sure I will be in your shoes come tuesday!

The whole calendar they give us seems a little overwhelming, but I haven't gotten to excited yet. I suppose I will after the test!

You know that MA was a Godsend. I was able to auscultate the BP and brachial artery in skills lab, but had a horrible moment on my first patient in clinicals. I thought my nursing school career was finished. I even cried on allnurses about my experience. Luckily, my CI and the allnurses crew calmed me down and gave me tips, but I have been there.

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