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    Quote from CelticGoddess
    My daughters cat is on prozac (She has kitty ADHD and anxiety, just like her girl) and it cost us less to buy the human version (generic) than it would for our vet to order it and provide it. Things are weird like that.
    Our pharmacists laughed when she saw the script. She found it amusing.
    Our cat was on prozac, but giving him pills just made him nervous when he saw us. So, we had specially compounded transdermal gel formulated so we could rub it on his ear instead. That was about $150 a month 16 years ago. In our life before kids, with two incomes, we could cover that.

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    If you look at the big picture, taking a couple semesters to bang out some pre-reqs could drastically reduce your overall costs, increase the options available to you for schooling, and help you make some good connections along the way. You said you're in CT, the CT CC programs are all very good. Gateway, Capitol, Three Rivers and I think Naugatuck, all have very well establish ADN programs. It might seem a little longer, but the money you'll save might be well worth an extra year or two.

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    Alicerose likes this.

    I was in my later 30s when I finished my ADN program. At 44 I'm just starting my APRN program and I'll be done when I'm 46. I will have at least 20 years to practice, and for me the APRN salary will be an increase from my RN salary because I'm in a union hospital with almost six years experience. So, I may have some student debt, but the positions I will be eligible for as an APRN are much more what I want to do for my second career than my current floor RN positions. Good luck!!

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    Quote from Coffee Nurse
    Re: pizza party...don't. Just don't. These are not fifth-graders you're talking about here.
    My floor was all excited about the pizza party for handwashing compliance when I was just starting. Just saying it works for some.

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    Have Nurse, Kitiger, and Orion81RN like this.

    I guess I'm a bit uptight, but that might be a problem for me. Depending upon how closely I would be working with the manager, I might not consider a job after that interview. Would you have any other chance to speak with staff members away from the manager, do you know anyone that works there? Good luck with your search.

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    I'm sorry to read that you find yourself so fed up, but I'm wondering how much you had looked into nursing before you decided to make it your career? I know that all of these aspects of the profession could be drawbacks, but are they really surprises to you when you chose this career? I can see how your particular work environment would change the particular details about management and incentives, so maybe that was unclear. But you must have had a general idea of the salary you would be making, correct? You need to advocate for yourself in regard to breaks, and even abuse. You can stand up for yourself in a professional manner and in many cases that can deter further events, especially with doctors or other staff. If you don't like 12 hour shifts, find a job with 8 hour shifts, many of my coworkers are very happy with 12 hour shifts. And finally, how did you become a nurse and not realize you would be essential personnel. Somewhere in your education it must have been discussed that if you are in a patient care position, you are expected to get there even if there are outside events, like weather, to care for the patients.

    It sounds like a lot of your complaints stem from your own attitude. You could probably make your life much happier if you approached your job with a more positive outlook. The environment might not change, but your mindset strongly influences your experience. Since you say you cannot leave, I hope you can find a way to improve your situation. Good luck.

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    zoidberg likes this.

    Sacred Heart University will allow non-degree students to take classes. In case anyone else finds this old thread and still wonders.

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    Kitiger likes this.

    I understand your frustration, but while nursing is a science there is some room for subjectivity. I don't really understand your statement that you would have passed the day prior. How so? If it was because a different instructor was doing the grading, unfortunately, that's one of those things about nursing school that just happens. I can't think of why a day would make a difference other than that. Not saying it's fair, just that it's how it is. And I didn't find many of the tests in nursing school to be at all objective. When three of the four answers are mostly right and only one is the best *most* right, it's frustrating. Good luck.

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    I have sleep mask, best $6.99 or so I've spent at Amazon. Add my sound machine set to the beach and I'm all set. (For four hours or so.) Good luck!

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    Kitiger and direw0lf like this.

    I had a little trouble following the sequence of events in your post. I understand that you did not pass a first test due to some family issues, but then the second one was another simulation? Where was there a static vital sign display that looked like a monitor? And unfortunately, even if there are things going on, sometimes you have to go to work no matter what you're dealing with outside of work.

    Even though I asked, I think those details are a little beside the point. Nursing school isn't all about the black and white, there are moving pieces to everything. Maybe their expectations could be expressed more clearly, but unfortunately, as a student, in many cases you have to accept what is there as the criteria and work with it. Can you ask someone how you didn't pass the six rights portion if you're sure that you performed them? The world of nursing doesn't have clearly defined parameters either. When a patient comes in you have to assess everything, with unclear goals in many cases.

    If the underlying issue is an anxiety that affects your work, you should try to find some help to address that. Sometimes schools make accommodations for students to assist with similar things. As the student it's your job to be as proactive as you can. Do you have someone that runs the simulation lab? Can you get extra time there to run scenarios? Can you find youtube videos of similar assessments to watch successful ones?

    Good luck.

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    I also have a BS and MS in Molecular and Cell Biology. However, I think you're comparing apples and oranges with the two degree programs. I found my Biology based degrees more challenging in an academic way- memorizing pathways, reactions and developing an indepth knowledge of cellular function took more hours of studying than the nursing courses I took for my ADN. However, I found nursing school challenging in a different way, learning to answer test questions where many of the answers are "mostly right", putting together care plans and learning to deal with people where there is far less black and white than there was in the academic world of right or wrong answers. I think that being successful in my science degree programs required me to learn how to learn, so I had that going for me already in nursing school. I got through most of nursing school by studying from 4-6am on Saturdays. Learning efficiency was key for me, with a full time job and a family to juggle along with nursing school.

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    Quote from Susie2310
    I'm pretty sure the OP is not concerned about being complimented. I think he/she is concerned that his/her recognition of the problem was perceived as "good nursing" instead of the situation being perceived as a big wake up call for nurses to look out for this type of problem. The OP is saying: "This is basic nursing, folks."
    I also misread the tone at first. Mistakes are made, it's good that someone usually catches them soon enough. I'm sure it's frustrating when you are in an environment that appears unsafe.

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    Maybe the doctor has a better bedside manner with the patients than the nurses, but I'm not sure he was wrong. If the family really was anxious already, insinuating that there were additional problems could have been a mistake on the part of the nurse. If I'm in the room when a doctor comes in to talk, I usually wait until I'm asked a questions, because I don't know what that doctor looked up before coming into the room. I'm not one to back down when I know I'm right, but sometimes I have to remember that providing information just for the sake of information isn't always productive.

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    I don't know anyone at any phase of life, high schooler through retirement, that talks about having so much free time. (younger than high school they don't seem to care) It all gets filled up with different things depending on your phase of life. My kids were 1,3 and 5 when I started classes and then nursing school. Life at that phase was filled with care activities at home, and keeping three kids alive and fed- sometimes entertained. Ten years later I'm juggling two jobs and they can feed, dress and entertain themselves for the most part, and now they have activities all nights of the week that require chauffeur service and involvement on a different level. I've constantly been in school for those 10 years going through ADN, MSN and now NP programs. You do what you have to do, because otherwise you have to settle for where you are now. So, you'll get through it, and I can't promise you'll find more time anywhere along the way, but that's life. Good luck!

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    Depending upon who gave the compliment, I would think it was intended as a "good catch" sentiment, and yes, that's part of being a good nurse. We had a patient admitted from the psych unit into our med/surg unit and unfortunately, it's considered a discharge and readmission. None of the patient's medications were reordered upon admission. He got his 8am meds, and when I was covering for the nurse on break at 3am, he asked when he'd get his medicine and I realized he had no medications in the past 19 hours. Things happen, stuff falls through the cracks, somehow the first, second and third shift nurses all provided care and didn't realize he wasn't getting any psych meds. Fortunately, it clicked for me right away. The IV meds clicked for you. Are we awesome? No. Someday it will surely be us that missed something that next shift will pick up on. No one expects poor quality care, but mistakes happen and it's good that someone, in this case you, picked up on it. Just take the compliment, I don't think it brought the whole profession of nursing down a notch. :-)