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Joined: Jun 26, '08; Posts: 19 (16% Liked) ; Likes: 3
RN; from US

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    Nathan Adelson is wonderful. They have 2 inpatient units and do homecare as well.

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    Thanks everybody for the tips!

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    So you think it would be helpful to review a pharm book thats comparable even if its not the same? I am willing to spend $50 bucks if it means it will help me make it through the course-it seems like a wise investment-but I wasnt sure how each edition varies. But i guess a basic pharm book should work well....?

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    Hey everyone,

    So I am starting the nursing program this fall and all I have heard are HORROR stories about pharmacology 125-especially regarding my particular instructor. We have been told to get our books as early as possible and review-we have even been given chapters to review in the pharm book. Unfortunatly for me, (and other students who need financial aid) our book award dose not kick in until one week prior to the begining of class, and you can only purchase the books in a package for 700+ dollars. Oh, by the way, you cannot buy the books and then use to book award to repay your funds, so it dosnt look like I'll be getting the book until they release my funds.

    Does anyone out there have any tips, pointers, words of advise, ANYTHING that will help a student to be successful in pharm(its our first semester pharm) that I could maybe start doing now or tips to help me through the semester?

    Any positive feedback would be lovely! I've had enough of the negative feedback! lol

    By the way, I am not looking for an easy way out and I can accept a challenge but I would just like some tips from other students or nurses who were successful in pharm125

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    meintheUSA likes this.

    Quote from canesdukegirl
    I was recently on vacation at the beach, and the house that we were renting did not offer linen service. So I was busy getting all of the linens on the bed for our guests when my best friend walks in and asks me if she could help. I tossed her a few pillows. When she saw that I was turning the pillow cases inside out and then gripping the pillow while turning the pillowcase right side out, she just stopped. She said, "What in the world are you doing? Trying to put on a pillow condom?" I just busted out laughing, and explained to her that in the OR, we could not "shake" linens. She was so impressed with the efficiency of this particular way of changing pillow cases, that she called me from home to tell me that she had adopted the "pillow condom" method!

    I am glad to see other people know this method! Its sooo great! You dont have to shake or struggle with the pillow at all! My CNA instructor taught it to us 6 years ago and I have never seen anyone else do it except for myself!

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    I guess it depends on who interviews you. I see your points, I understand the logic and even agree with you, but what the hiring manager thinks and sees on a resume is more important. I was giving my personal thoughts and my experience in applying for CNA jobs. If your resume states that your last 3 jobs were waitstaff, bartender-whatever and on the second page it states that you were a CNA it is my thought that they may not get to the second page and think that you do not have health care experience. Many jobs, especially right now, want to hire individuals who already have heathcare experience, sometimes they ask for at least 1 year of experience. My overall point is that you should tailor your resume to show that you are the right person for the job which I believe is by putting together your most relevent job experience.

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    Otessa likes this.

    To foreverlor;
    I am the same age and I tailor my resume to the feild. For example, If I were to apply to be a waitress I would put my waitress jobs on there. If I'm applying for a healthcare job then I put mainly health care related jobs. I have found that health care jobs want to see what I've done in health care not what restaurant I worked at. However, if you have large employment gaps in doing this I think its wise to put your last 5 jobs. I try to keep it short and sweet with a strong cover letter.

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    Ok, I thanked before i clicked. The only one of those sites thats still up is the last one where I wasnt able to find any practice iv drip or flow rate questions... anyone else have any leads? I know this thread is veryyy old...

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    Thanks a lot! This will definity come in handy!

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    as far as i know waiting lists are not used anymore. It is competitive though. You need to have all of the pre-reqs finished, good grades and good test scores. I applied without one of my pre reqs (i was finishing it when i applied since you apply at least 6months before the program starts) and i got in as an alternate. That meant that if someone gave up their spot it would go to me because my points were close to the cut off. luckily, somone gave up their spot and i got in. good luck to you!

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    To my fellow CNAs.....

    Keep doing great work! I have worked in 3 diferent states over the past 6 years and have found that some CNAs don't care about their patients and lack even the slighest bit of common sense. Please don't let it discourage you!

    Also, if you can deal with it emotionally, try hospice. Yes, its tough and yes every single one of your patients is going to die relitivly soon but it is rewarding. I work at a hospice where we have 4-7 patients during our 12 hours shifts and its a wonderful enviornment. I am able to take extra time to speak with and try to make families feel welcomed and cared for ALONG WITH my patients!! (I say families first because often is hospice the family needs more consoling than the patient.) It is an amazing feeling to be able to be with someone in their last days and to be able to provide excellent care both physically and psychologically.

    I will say again it is hard and its not for everyone, but it can be so heart warming. In hospice you tend to get paid well and have less patients than a nursing home which is always nice. I recommend trying it out, maybe going for a per diem position and see how that goes. You'll either love it or hate it.

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    BackfromRetirement likes this.

    Please don't go into nursing for money and job security. The job is sooo much more than that. It tugs at your heart strings daily, its stressful, high paced on your feet for 12 hours a day work. Sometimes, you dont even get to pee for 12 hours! Its tough but it is rewarding. Nurses get paid well, but IMO if you dont love the job it wont financially be worth the stress, responsibility and emotions. Also, as for job security I have met many nursing students with bachelors and associate degrees who cannot find a job. With budget cuts going on at hospitals right now they cut all the new grad programs which took in brand new nurses and gave them some extra orientation to the hospital and the job before they started. Also, the hospitals and nursing homes are only hiring nurses with experience. If you just graduated and no one will hire you how are you going to get experience? I worked with a woman who worked for a LTC facility for 5 years as a CNA, she was a great employee and an excellent CNA. SHe graduated from nursing school last year and they wouldnt hire here because she didnt have experience as a nurse! Its tough out there right now, even for nurses.

    Good luck to you.

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    I have been a CNA for 6 years (since I was 16) so I always got the....."Honey, are sure you're old enough to do this?" lol I look super young as well so that never helps. Even now at 22 I had a 93 y/o woman as me if I was about 14 years old!! She was very kind though. Family members and patients seem to doubt that I've had enough experience and usually follow up with a question regarding how long have I been a CNA. When I tell them 6 years and when they see how I act towards the patient and the respect given they are always pleased to have me. But, it takes a few minuets to get there! I am starting nursing school this fall so I am more than prepard to continue to get the "Honey are you sure your old enough for this?" question much more frequently....

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    Unfortunatly, I am not surprised to hear of this treatment. I have been a CNA for 6 years now in Connecticut, Florida and Nevada and it seems that everywhere you go you meet people that just should not be working in a patient care setting. I meet men and woman who have no actual deisre to take care of the patients, but because they are making 10 + an hour they do the work. I believe thats what it comes down to.

    If you don't enjoy helping people, if you don't have patience, and if you can't stand bodily excrement then you're in the wrong field! However horrible it is for you to clean up a patient who cannot control their bowels it is intensly more horrible and embarrasing for the patient who can't help it and it slowly losing control of their own body. Imagine the feeling of losing control of your own body, and having to rely on other people who make fun of you while they "help".

    I have had truely disgusting experiences over the past 6 years but I have never said anything in front of a patient, even if I "thought" they couldn't hear me. I also think that caregivers whether nurses or aides or whatever you are, should speak up when working with such coworkers. You don't have to be rude, but sometimes just saying something along the lines of "I will not tolerate this behavior in front of our patients" can be enough to make a person stop. Of course, don't attempt to have this talk in front of the patient! If that dosnt work then its time to tell a supervisor.