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    I graduated from the 2007 Tulsa class. For the most part the program was very disorganized and everything felt like it was thrown together at the last minute. It is also very consuming of your time! I spent an average of 60 hours per week on this program in addition to classes/labs/clinicals. I will agree that the pharm teacher, if it is who I think it is, is truly an angel. She saved our class from the poor info we got in A&C (that prof's no longer there). If you are self-motivated than you will do fine and will be prepared for the NCLEX - I passed my first time. If you are looking strictly at long term payoff this program is worth the chaotic journey :typing

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    Quote from vamedic4
    Ouch...I say find a new doctor, preferably one with at least SOME experience in pain management. It bugs the snot out of me that people can't get adequate treatment for their pain. Many doctors are ignorant, scared, or both when it comes to pain management issues.
    And thank your husband for his military service, grims_mom . I hope he gets to someone who will get him back on the road to wellness again.

    vamedic4:spin:
    Thanks! We are trying to get him a new Dr. but it is through the VA so not likely to happen and he won't refer to a specialist for the neuropathy or the pain.

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    Quote from gauge14iv
    Someone who wasn't a drug seeker wouldn't even be concerned about this.
    I beg to differ. My husband has ulnar neuropathy bilat and also has chronic pain from falling out of a 5-ton army truck with full combat gear (about 60 lbs) on at the time. He has has bilateral tib/fib stress fractures and feet problems from jumping out of planes -all thanks to time in the military. He is in constant pain. He is also a combat medic, paramedic, & law enforcement officer. He will probably have to retire in a couple of years b/c the neuropathic pain and symptoms have become so severe.

    Every time he goes to the doctor to discuss pain management he dreads it b/c he worries about telling the doc how much and how often he really hurts. He thinks that it makes him look like a drug seeker when all he really wants is to control the s/s. He is currently on hydrocodone 7.5 & Trazadone (both on his days off), Methacarbamol, Tramadol, 800mg Ibuprofen & Salsalate (when he is working). The Tramadol, Ibuprofen, & Salsalate don't help very much but at least allow him to function at work with only a few people know how miserable he really feels.

    Suggestions for him? He does worry about it & is not a drug seeker.

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    Quote from phriedomRN
    K, as a pierced and inked nurse I take issue with that. I've had IVs started a few time, and each and every time they were worse than the things I've had done in the local tattoo parlor.
    This is the post I was agreeing with - just did it wrong.... I must be tired tonight.... oh well

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    carolmaccas66 likes this.

    I'll second that. I have several piercings and tattoos but crumble anytime a syringe or IV comes at me. There is no comparison between medical procedure needles and piercing/tattoo needles for many reasons. I really wish that people would stop assuming that they are all the same - they're not!

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    My apology...I was not meaning to be defensive. I was just saying that I can see it from both sides and that it can be very scary for both the psych pt and the officer involved. I don't know that there is a good answer in our current political structure to get rid of these situations that would serve in the best interest of all parties. I'm sorry that you thought I was being arrogant or on a high horse when that was not my intent at all... your IQ statement on the other hand I'm not so sure about... that seems like a pretty low blow, but that's just my opinion.

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    Pharmocology is not a separate class here. Also, A&P have to be taken separately and they were by far my hardest subjects! Not that I was friends with Chemistry either but A&P is still coming back to bite me. If you like maps and geography Anatomy probably won't be too hard for you... Good Luck!

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    I have worked in correctional facilities and worked to restrain some mentally ill people. Some of them can be talked down....and then there are some that cannot be held down by 4 people. I have seen officers thrown off by mentally ill people while still being held by other officers. These officers do not have the option of medications to subdue and are often trying to keep the person isolated from crowded areas where problems would further escalate. I had one inmate that tried to throw an officer off of a second floor railing (another inmate managed to stop it). I am no longer in corrections but my DH is a police officer, Army medic, & civilian EMT. He will try any means necessary to "talk down before take down" as officers here are taught. The reality is that sometimes these people have reached a point of agitation where they will not/cannot let anything else in and everything is perceived as aggressive...especially if they are dealing with a stranger or someone in a uniform. Yes there are dirty cops (nurses, lawyers, etc) out there but as DH puts it he is there to "Protect and Serve, not Stop and Harass".

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    I am currently in the OU ABSN program. If you have a family or have other obligations (work, chores, etc..) rethink your choice! I have spent about 10 hrs per day on classwork (not including class time) everyday since classes started and we are in class Mon-Fri from 8-5 (usually). Also, the people are very disorganized and most of them do not communicate well with students. The horribly designed WebCT program just makes things even more difficult. Yes I'm glad that I am in the program and thankful for the opportunity. However, if my family weren't so supportive and willing to do most of the housework, cooking, & pet care (we have 3 inside dogs) there is no way I could succeed.

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    Does anyone know of a good place for replacement earpieces? I have little ears I guess because the earpieces on the Littman really hurt and I dread using it. I've been looking on line with no good results. Thanks!



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