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  • Apr 27 '11

    A great reason to get your ADN first is that once you go to work at the hospital you can get tuition reimbursement and/or sign on bonuses and/or loan reimbursement. Some hospitals have colleges bring thier BSN programs right to the hospital.
    You can make money and further your education. It is doable. I earned ADN and now I am in my 11th class of a doctoral degree and I raised children.
    So, these are some good reasons. I tell my son that he needs to do what he wants. Unless your parents are nurses they really can not relate. Try to be respectful and listen to your parents. Everyone needs to make an informed decison. You could have your parents go with you to a seminar on the bridge programs. Good luck.

  • Apr 25 '11

    This is why baby should "room in" with Mom. Better for all parties concerned.

  • Apr 25 '11

    I delivered in a birth center and my son never once left my room. different the practices of birthing are from birth centesr to hospitals! As far as I'm concerned, everyone else can keep their grubby little hands off my kid, and we need not be seperated for time to "rest". I kissed the sleep dream goodbye when I found out I was knocked up

  • Apr 25 '11

    I am sorry for the losses suffered by families on both sides of this tragedy but I just can't get on board with the idea that the hospital threw the nurse under the bus.

    For whatever reason she made a mistake that resulted in a death.
    Accidents and mistakes happen but they still have consequences and you're still responsible for the outcome.
    If you kill a patient you don't get to keep your job. Harsh? Yes but it's a natural consequence whether you've been on the job for 27 years or 27 days.

    Causing the death of a patient is a career breaker even if the BoN eventually clears you to practice. To the hospital's insurance company and to the insurance company of any future employers it doesn't matter if it was a one time mistake in a long unblemished career the nurse is now uninsurable.

    I also don't feel it's an admission of anything that the hospital changed it's policy after the error. It's basic risk management, policies are written or re-written any time there is a need for it, good or bad.

    I can't begin to imagine the grief and guilt this nurse felt but choosing to deal with it by ending her own life is exactly that, her choice. The hospital, the BoN and the people who didn't hire her are not to blame for her suicide, she chose to end her life, she chose to inflict additional grief on her family.

    Do nurses honestly think a nurse who causes the death of a patient should get to keep their job?
    If a nurse caused your caused the death of your loved one you want them to keep their job?
    Would you want a nurse who had cause the death of a patient to care for your loved one?
    As a nurse, would you want to share patient care with a nurse who had caused the death of a patient?
    My answer to all 4 questions is no.

  • Apr 22 '11

    heartbeat I am so very excited to announce that I received a Job offer today for my dream job in Labor and Delivery!! I am graduating in May and I will be starting my Versant Program in August!!! AAHH!! I cannot believe it!! I am beyond thrilled!! I just had to share my great news with people who understand how much my heart wanted this and how truly HAPPY I feel right now!! heartbeat

  • Apr 22 '11

    Please, I beg of you, skip the junk food and bring some fruit and a veggie tray!

  • Apr 22 '11

    Whoa?! Neglect? That's harsh. Neglectful parents don't seek medical advice, nor do they seek alternative treatments...they NEGLECT and don't care. It sounds like she wants to know what it "might be" and then she can find an alternative way to treat it. Do I agree? I don't have to. Everyone has the right to make INFORMED DECISIONS about their care or their children's care. She calls for your opinion and then decides to treat her kids another way. I've dealt with a few friends like this also...when I saw the writing on the wall, that they did not want to use the albuterol or steroid, yet still had issues...that's fine. I will not judge because I look at all options myself and then make an informed decision for my own healthcare and those of my kids. However, I only will tell friends to consult their PCP or go to ER and it's out of my hands.

  • Apr 22 '11

    First of all, no, I don't think you are obligated to report someone in this situation. Parents actually can refuse treatment for children. Do you think her children are actually in danger? You think they should be removed from her care, that the children should go to foster care? I suppose if that's true, then yes, report her. But from what you've told us in your post, no, I don't think so.

    When I read your post, to me it seems that this woman isn't exactly secure in her beliefs on natural medicine and homeopathy, and is bouncing these ideas off of you. You are a "safe" allopathic practitioner in her eyes. Allopathic medicine is not the end all, and many of us know that. How many of us allopathic practitioners take vitamins or supplements, use massage, see chiros and acupuncturist? All of which is naturopathic medicine. She sounds like she takes it to the extreme (much like those of us who want a pill for everything, when diet and exercise and healthy living would suffice).

    I think if you don't want to remain friends with her any longer, that her views of natural healing and her rather unfriendly manner of throwing it back at you "thank goodness I didn't actually listen to you and take him to the ed" are stressful and rather toxic, then distance yourself from her. If you tend to enjoy her company most of the time, then I would let this little bit go. It's obvious that, in times of crisis, despite all her protestations, she *still* calls you for advice. In some manner, your advice must be comforting or informative for her. Keep telling her your opinion, why you believe what you believe, how you would handle it if it were your child, and then back off and let her make her own decisions.

  • Apr 20 '11

    Honestly, I have known a lot of really well educated, ethical, wonderful certified nurse midwives. I am all for them doing home births in low risk cases.

    The one involved here flouted so many rules and was completely unethical. She should never, ever practice again. She has damaged the whole CNM movement and their credibility.

  • Apr 20 '11

    I don't understand the drive to have the baby born at home... Too many risks - even with "normal and healthy" pregnancies.
    In a nutshell, it's this:
    Being told that your body must do this or that in a certain amount of time or you'll get a section, or that you mustn't even have clear liquids or you'll aspirate should you need a section (not based on evidence), or that you must be strapped to a monitor constantly, or that you can't move around as freely as you can at home, or any number of restrictions that, while they are hospital policy, can negatively affect a process that women's bodies know how to do instinctively.

    So many of the things that caused maternal and neonatal death a century or two ago when homebirth was the norm are no longer an issue. Rickets that led to grossly misshapen pelvises (pelvi?). Lack of handwashing. Anemia/poor diet. Closely spaced pregnancies. Grand multiparity. I could go on, but that's enough.

    The numbers out there are strongly in favor of homebirth as an option for low-risk women. This woman was obviously not low-risk; both her poor choice to birth at home AND the midwife's poor choice to attempt the home delivery are the kind of headlines that arm people with 'proof' that homebirth is dangerous. Again - while I'm a huge advocate of home birth in general, this case was not a good candidate for home birth, not by a long shot.

  • Apr 20 '11

    Quote from merlee
    Ouch - a breech at home? What was she thinking? Ouch.
    What was the mother thinking? This was HER choice, perhaps the midwife felt that her (the midwife) being there was better than the mother trying it on her own?

  • Mar 23 '11

    Quote from cotjockey
    Our 19 year old daughter is still on my husband's insurance plan...we pay the premium, we pay the deductable, we pay the pharmacy bill...we have every "right" to know our daughter's medical history.
    No, you don't. I understand that you feel you have a right to know what you're paying for ... I tended to feel the same way when my son was growing up. But your daughter is legally an adult and has an overriding right to determine for herself what medical information is to be shared and with whom.

    The question came up a lot when I worked in women's reproductive health settings. In fact, I have met adolescent health specialists that make it clear to parents that they will not divulge information that the child has asked them to keep private - usually this kicks in around the age of 14 or so.

    It's a risk/benefit decision. Many decide that it's worth the risk of p-----g off the parents to make sure the kid isn't hiding something important for fear his/her parents are going to find out.

    But for an adult child, the issue is clear, at least to me ... parents' dollars do not trump the right to privacy and self-determination.

  • Jan 23 '11

    Are you able to sit down with your instructor to go over the test and see where you went wrong? I did this and found that I need to strengthen my skills on questions that require critical thinking and application problems. Listening to my instructor explain the rationales behind what I got wrong really helped me and now I am doing so much better on my tests.

    As far as grasping the chapters you are tested on this is what I try to do:

    1. Read the objectives first
    2. Read the chapter and highlight important points
    3. Then I go back and answer the objections on paper adding what I highlighted to these notes.
    4. In class, I compare my reading notes to the lecture notes and see what I missed
    5. Then I rewrite the lecture notes from class.
    6. When I study for a test, I read the summary from the chapters being covered first. Then I read my reading notes, lecture notes and power points three times.
    7. I then have someone (usually my husband) quiz me on the info.
    8. I also utilize all the DVD's, websites, chapter questions and my NCLEX book when studying for a test as well.

    HTH! Best of luck to you.

  • Jan 21 '11

    Ignore those who say it's "so hard." Once you're past that and in your own groove it's grossly doable.

  • Jan 12 '11

    When you enter the room, think


    W wash hands

    I ID and introduce

    G Greet and Glove

    S Start

    And meds -


    P prepare


    G give and glove if injection or IV site

    S SIGN