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  • May 16

    I write to you today, tired and wondering when I'm going to catch a break. Test after test , clinical after clinical- I feel like I can't catch my breath. Thehours upon studying during the late nights and early mornings are breaking me down. I have never been so physically, mentally, and spiritually drained in my life. But let me stop complaining, because this is just a season. Some days, I try to compare myself to a tree. They look as if they won't live during the winter, but just look at them during the spring. They have blossomed, matured, and have become what they are meant to look like. You know just what we have to go through, how long it will take, and how hard it will be on us, but you also know that it will help us to stand taller and become stronger.

    Thank you for this opportunity to be in college so that I may earn an education. Thank you for the future you already have planned out for me. I may feel as if things don't look good now but I know that you have not brought me this far to leave me here alone. But I need you more than I've ever needed you, because I'm not able to do this on my own. I apologize for the times I've turned to my Med-Surge book rather than my Bible. I'm sorry for replacing the opportunities I've had to pray with thoughts of worry about my next MedSurg test. Please, help me to always remember to put you first and then after I do that, everything else will fall into place. You have instilled a desire within me to take care of your children, I just ask that you would make me capable. As I learn, let the concepts enter my mind, register, and stay there. I am amazed more and more everyday at your creation of the human body. Every bit and piece of us is so intricate and delicate. Help me to understand what our bodies are supposed to do and what to do to help a person whose body isn't working like it should.

    I want to be a source of your light in my patients' dark time. Nobody wants to be in the hospital but let your spirit work through me to instill hope in them. When they say that they want to give up, remind me to tell them to keep pushing through, just as I hear you saying those same words to me during this time. I pray that there is meaning behind what I am doing, don't let it be for nothing, send me confirmations and encouragement along the rest of the way.

    If anyone of you are feeling down & feel as though you want to give up


  • Apr 4 '16

    Indeed, He is risen. Alleluia.

  • Mar 28 '16

    One thing about Easter that grabs my attention is this: In the book of the John, chapter 20: 15Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'"…

    He appeared first to a woman, and by some accounts, a woman who had been a woman of ill repute. He called her by name, and she recognized His voice. I am so thankful for a Savior Who, although I do not deserve it, loved me enough that "while I was yet a sinner" died for me....and rose again.

    Happy Easter!! He is Risen!

  • Mar 20 '16

    Quote from NJ2008
    Wait, how did my post turn into a thread? I don't remember doing that, lol.
    I split your post off into its own thread a couple of days ago. I figured your question would attract more replies if it was in a standalone thread.

  • Mar 19 '16

    My (non-nursing) credits from WGU were evaluated by my local state University and many met General Ed requirements, others did not. But they were still counted as elective credits because WGU is regionally accredited.

    Interestingly, or should I say, unbelievably, the same credits the state university allowed, the community college did not transfer. Ugh!

    I still think WGU is a great school.

  • Mar 19 '16

    WGU credits can be transferred to other institutions due to regional accreditation.

    As the previous poster mentioned, you will have a difficult time obtaining transfer credit for nursing coursework regardless of where you took the classes.

  • Mar 19 '16

    Quote from NJ2008
    Are credits from WGU able to be transferred to another school? I am not talking about transferring a degree, I mean transferring classes from WGU to another school, if for example you find that you don't like WGU.
    That's more a question of the policies of the school you plan on transferring to, not the school you would transfer from. I don't see any reason why WGU classes would not transfer, assuming that the course met the other school's transfer criteria.

    In general, most schools will not accept transfer credits for classes that are considered part of their core nursing program. So it's likely that, for example, statistics would transfer, but health assessment would not.

  • Aug 7 '15

    Quote from elkpark
    A) The OP and the person writing about being in school at a religious university are two different people.

    B) I don't hear any kind of negative "verbal tone" in what the OP wrote. On the contrary, I found it v. professional and appropriate. I would think that clients who are v. religious would prefer that nurses be honest with them and take steps to find someone who shares at least some of their beliefs to pray with them rather than just "pretend" to pray with them. I, for one, would find that offensive and belittling, and it would destroy any "trust" I had with that person a lot more thoroughly than someone saying to me what the OP wrote.

    Lying to clients (which is essentially what we are doing when we pretend to "pray" with clients), even "little white lies," as in this situation, is not good nursing practice and is not building trust with or showing respect to clients. I'm surprised that so many people here are advocating for that.
    So i am right... People could interpret the OP's post in different ways. You interpreted it in a positive way while i DID NOT. Since we strive for a patient-centered care, i am only telling the OP to be careful with words and actions. If the patient shares the same beliefs as OP, then you can be honest and blunt all day about how praying is not EBP (ok, i am being sarcastic here in case you are going to disasgree with it not being EBP). But if he/she is religious and believes in prayers, you really don't have to elaborate on your beliefs like the OP wrote it. No need to say you don't believe in prayers. Keep it to yourself! The patient obviously believes in prayers... And for many people, prayers give them a sense of hope. Let them be. You don't believe in praying? Then stand there while they pray... It shows respect. While the OP didn't offend you, it does not mean it is acceptable to say the same statement to everyone else. I didn't tell him or her to lie. Nowhere in my post said anything about lying. You can be honest while being tactful. I only said to be careful with words or actions that negate someone else's belief systems. Please don't put words in my mouth :-) Thanks.

    PS: I pray a lot. And honestly, anything that negates my sacred beliefs is offending to me. But I choose to filter what i say to others. Filtering is different from lying. We can agree to disagree all day. No need to discuss.

  • Aug 7 '15

    This is a poem I wrote recently. I am a new geriatric nurse. I graduated in May and have a heart for our older adults. Thought I would share. Be the nurse who prays for your patients, and never forget what nursing is all about...

    A Nurse Who Prays for You

    I had a patient, an old woman the age of 86...
    Who asked me to pray for her
    Light a candle at church, with a look of doubt
    Got me thinking
    And realizing what nursing is all about

    My dear, you have a nurse who prays
    For you and every patient she has, had, and will have
    Today and everyday
    She doesn't not forget you when you leave the hospital walls
    A scary and vulnerable place
    She will remember you always and keep you in her heart
    You, my sweet patient, can never be replaced.
    In her prayers, you will forever hold a part...

    Sweet old woman with wrinkles on your face...
    You are the very reason I do what I do each day...
    Of course, my love...I remember you and think of you when I pray.

    Dear old man with ears that do not hear quite as well as they used to
    But with a smile that melts my heart...
    I may not remember your name, but I can still see your face and hear
    your voice in my mind.
    And I promise you have a nurse who prays for you each and every day.
    In nursing, I find love, I find meaning, I find old souls to touch my life everyday,
    If only for a short while...
    You are the reason I work, the reason I smile...
    The reason I pray
    Today and everyday.

  • Apr 25 '14

    This whole issue is an arguement of semantics. I'm sure the CNA hasn't a clue what meds may be ordered and for what specific issues but "pt X in Rm 2218 needs a PRN" is shorthand at this center for "Mr. Jones is becoming aggitated and combative. l'm concerned for his and the staffs safety. Could you please see him to determine if there is something you can do to help him regain control? - Take the shorthand- the CNA aren't giving the pill, just telling you that behavior they have seen improved with pharmacological intervention is happening again and may require the same cure. That is part of thier job.

  • Jun 30 '13

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    *jaw drops over the fees

  • Jun 16 '13

    Just to add..... When atheist nurses are dealing with the spiritual needs of Christians, it would be best to not refer to God as a "magical being". Those who believe in God do not view Him or His power as "magical".

  • Mar 29 '13

    That's a shame, our MAs our outstanding. Your administrative leadership needs to set the standard for professionalism. I agree, the behavior you describe is indeed appalling. However, I really must object to your use of the term "ghetto" in that context. I am sure you did not intend racist connotations, but just so you are aware, it is really pejorative and unacceptable language among polite company.

  • Oct 2 '10

    I am not trying to defend those who pretend to be nurses as a form of self-aggrandizement. However, it seems as though some of the people describing themselves as nurses (some MAs and CNAs, for example) are doing so because it's simpler than trying to explain the true nature of their jobs to the majority of patients. I imagine it's a lot easier to just agree you're a nurse (or at least not disagree) than to correct each of the dozens of people who misidentify you each day and then spend who knows how long trying to explain how your job differs from that of a nurse. That clearly doesn't make it right, but it does make it a bit more understandable (at least to me).

    Maybe I'm overestimating the difficulty involved in trying to explain such differences to a succession of patients (the majority of them probably elderly). But it already seems as though a substantial proportion of people have only a vague and very dated impression of what nurses in general do today. Trying to explain why someone who does what a nurse used to do 20 years ago or who shares some overlapping responsibilities with certain nurses isn't actually a nurse seems like a losing battle when attempted on an individual basis. Perhaps groups representing and/or advocating for nurses should band together to produce a public awareness advertising campaign about the basic varieties of nurses (i.e., LPN, RN, NP) and what they're actually responsible for doing in this era. It might clear up some of the misconceptions and out-of-date notions, and at the same time help raise the public's appreciation of and respect for nurses.

    It's just a thought. Sorry for the tangent.

  • Dec 13 '08

    I am not a member of the ANA for just that reason. I'll finish my BSN in May and still won't join. I want an organization that stands up for nurses--all, not just a few. The ANA pretty much disgusts me.