CrazyNurseGrrl 1,407 Views
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I've heard good things about the "Incredibly Easy" series - they have an NCLEX study and an NCLEX Q&A and several of my friends have the Q&A. Have you looked at the CD for Saunders? It's great too!
There is a situation I feel I need to do something about - I don't feel right just sitting back and doing nothing.
The situation is in regards to my significant other's new step-father. He has "Agent Orange" cancer in several locations throughout his body. He's done chemo, radiation, etc. Drugs. At this point, all that's available to him are trials. But he's in bad enough health his doctor doesn't even want to do that. I realize this is a complex situation. I realize the above is practically no information - but I don't exactly want to ask him to sign his chart over to me. For one, I don't know that he wants help. Two - I am by no means super-qualified.
He's dealt with this cancer for nearly 2 decades. When I first met him about a year ago, he was considered "stable." He lived a relatively normal life and ate (though not enough) on a regular basis.
He had a minor bowel obstruction and surgery for it a couple months ago - decent recovery. Nothing had to be removed.
The biggest problem is that he can't eat - he throws it all up. This has been going on off and on the entire time I've known him, but he's lost a significant amount of weight in the past couple months.
He tried to see a new doctor last week an the new doctor basically turned him away because his other doctor "knew his case." Which I understand - but it seems like his current doctor isn't doing enough. OK, I get that he will die of this cancer - and who knows in how long - but he has never received education in the type of nutrition he needs to be taking in. When he can eat, he doesn't eat the right things - and after a couple discussions with him, it's quite obvious no one ever educated him about this.
Right now, anything he takes down he throws right back up. I don't accept he's "just throwing up." Shouldn't there be a reason behind this? Either obstruction? or a med he's on? or where his labs are? or something? Shouldn't someone be attempting to manage this?
If eating regularly isn't an option, shouldn't someone be discussing the possibility of PPN or TPN?
He doesn't know what's going on. His wife doesn't know what's going on. I just don't get it.
Does anyone have any advice? Is there a resource I can direct him to, or look at myself?
I know this will kill him eventually. But I feel like more can be done right now that will prolong his life (and allow him to enjoy it), and I feel like it's at a dead end right now. Like someone needs to offer him some options for managing what he has - because right now - it just seems like no one's doing that.
Thank you for any help or advice you can offer.
I am by no means an expert... but I have heard very negative things about it. I know of a young woman who began in the program and left it - and is now trying to get in elsewhere - because she felt the school was of poor quality. I do believe that an individual can learn a lot, in the face of perhaps bad teaching...
While considering where to go to school, I requested information from them, and while this is no indication of their program, I immediately had a vibe of "I do not want to go here" just from how outdated and unprofessional the information they sent me appeared and read.
If you are interested in this school I recommend requesting information as well as visiting - speak to current and graduated students - the nursing office should be able to provide this to you. Check if you can see their lab rooms. Get a good feel for it. No matter what anyone else thinks, this may give you the best idea of whether or not this school is for you.
100% test grades, final included as any other test.
Everything else is pass/fail.
I actually like it - you either know the skill or you don't. And if you can't do it without contaminating or some other mistake - well then, you nee more practice!
My gut reaction is to say "No, you don't have to be GREAT at science." Or "REALLY GOOD." However, you DO have to be motivated and work hard to understand the science, despite that. I am NOT a science person, but I got 3 As and a B in my science classes because I studied, did the homework, paid attention in class, etc.
That will take you pretty far... and you may realize you're actually pretty good at it, once you understand it. I always struggled with it in high school, but when I had something concrete - a way to APPLY it (as in, how will this be used in nursing?) that helped a ton.
Go take your biology class, or micro. And also, who your teacher is can make a huge difference. I use ratemyprofessor.com (or .org?) and make sure I get an instructor who students rate as being helpful, clear, etc.
First of all. You can do it. Yes, there will be insane moments/weeks/months. But you won't go insane (permanently anyway )
While on one hand it would be nice to do the LPN route first - I will say at my school, that one year of LPN is considered to be more difficult than RN. Because so much is condensed into one year.
I recommend you get your CNA and work at a hospital - that's one most of my fellow students do. It gives you real life experience, and let me tell you - it has helped a ton in nursing school. You go in already knowing so much, as well as being able to interact with patients.
Maybe I'm just being... ignorant... but at the hospital I work at you can wear any type of underwear you desire - so long as you're not showing them (and/or your butt crack) off. Not that the hospital would ever pull down my pants and check (or that I like thongs) - but that would really bug me if my work place tried to regulate my undergarments!
As a nursing student you know there are all sorts of reasons for anxiety... and this is probably a bit isolated, but I experienced anxiety enough that it interfered with my life.
And then I limited myself to ONE cup of coffee a day (and had caffeine at no other time - no soda, caf. tea, etc.)
Let me tell you, my anxiety issues went nearly completely away.
You describe anxiety on a slightly more severe level than I had - but I know when you're studying it's so easy to pound coffee, soda, tea, etc. - hope this advice helps someone out there!
I looked at the site and it had the required GPA of 2.0, then like a 2.8 in the prereqs. and then ACT comp of 17 and science of 18....
but i didn't know if you really need to have like a 3.5 gpa and 27 plus for act scores.
I know a lot of schools give a set gpa requirement but the lowest GPA accepted is actually way higher. Is that how JCCC is?
We wear our school color - it's a dark red that most companies call "wine". Wear it top and bottom with our school's name and "Nursing Student" in a gold color on the left breast. Just regular scrubs.
So glad we're not wearing white! I'd have to buy all new underwear!
Do you have all your prereqs taken care of? KU requires all of them, and JCCC prefers most of them, as well as CNA - but don't worry, you can take a CNA course in as little as 2 weeks (but it's intense and 8 hours a day I think!).
Both KU and JCCC have their requirements for prereqs and coreqs on their websites, so definitely check those out.
Both programs want to see that you want to be a nurse and will be successful as a nurse - they are both selective, but who would want to go to a nursing school that accepted anyone who just up and decided that "hey, that looks like fun!". So yes, they'd love to see volunteer work, or working as a CNA somewhere. That helps - but I know people who got accepted into both programs without either. It is also based off of GPA in prereqs, an interview for JCCC and personal statement for KU, ACT scores, and other things as well.
I recommend getting info on both programs - KU has a great open house for people considering their nursing school, and JCCC will practically next-day mail you a packet of information regarding theirs. Both are selective, but anyone who has good grades, a decent ACT score, and who really wants to be a nurse (and has done things that SHOW that) should be able to get into one or both. For some people it takes a second try getting in. That's just how it goes. I will say I know of people who were accepted to KU but not JCCC, and vice versa. It just depends.
My recommendation is to look at the specific prerequisites they require. If you don't have them and won't have them done by the time applications are due - well, then, get a job working part-time at a hospital or volunteer, while you're finishing those prereqs. That's what I had to do - had a bachelor's and everything, but didn't have all my science courses or my CNA. So did all of that in 2 semesters while I worked at a local hospital. I was accepted to both programs and chose the one that fit my life best.
Good luck, let me know if you have any further questions!
I was driving home from clinicals today with my clinical group and someone mentioned car accidents and how a nurse should respond - then another person replied that if you see an accident(or whatever other disaster) and don't stop to help or take action, you can lose your license.
Don't get me wrong - regardless of my license, I'm pretty sure I'd stop... but that seems really strange to me. So every EMT, Paramedic, LPN, RN, and MD should stop if they see somthing happen?
Does anyone know if this is anywhere a part of your licensing? (other than ethics).
While I would stop - I think this sounds kind of bogus.
And by the way - Brown Mackie will quote some great pass rate to you. The problem is, clinicals are "competitive" to get into. Less than half the class ever gets to go to clinicals, and thus take the NCLEX. And that's not even considering the people who drop out because they recognize how terrible the program is - Brown Mackie may say they have a 90% pass rate when that's really reflecting something more in the 30% range.
I am very interested in camp nursing. I thought I read somewhere that some camps will allow you to come in and work if you're about to start your second year of nursing school. I have noticed a few places that want a nurse aide in addition to a nurse - but nothing like what I described. I've found a few are looking for LPNs or EMTs or RNs - just someone with general knowledge, so maybe THEY would accept someone with a year under their belt?
Anyway, I was just curious.
Also, could someone please give me an example of a "typical day"?
And do you work 10 days straight, 8am to lights off, then have a few days off, or how does a typical schedule run?
Thank you very much for your help!
I think some people have already given great advice for HOW to tell her... my 2 cents is: I PRAY that someone would tell ME if I were having that problem. Keep that in mind!
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