Kate13 632 Views
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I'm in the minority here, but I would hang the vanc. But I work in oncology, where 7,000 platelets and no active bleeding is not so alarming. There are hospitals where that's the transfusion parameter. If the situation changes, pause the infusion and slam the platelets (vanc may well be done by the time the platelets are in your hands).
This young man could have been any of a dozen kids I have taken care of in the four years I've been a peds hem/onc nurse. People - even other nurses - ask me all of the time how I can do my job. They don't understand, it's not something in me. It's something in these kids. Courage, strength, above all, grace.
I won't address all of these issues as I went through a BS-BSN program, so my experience is different.
Community and Leadership/Management - these are NCLEX topics, and they cover some important ground. Many of the higher level questions on the NCLEX are leadership oriented. I will also say that you may not currently be interested in community health, but should you, god forbid, find yourself physically unable to handle hospital nursing (and getting hurt on the job is not unheard of), you may end up doing public health or hospice.
Research papers - If you want to actually excel at nursing you need to know how to read and interpret research. You also need to practice organizing information into a digestible and persuasive form, so that you can effectively educate your patients.
Care plans - I hated, hated, hated doing care plans, and in many units you will use a boilerplate pathway or a check-the-box care plan. However, doing a care plan from the ground up helps you see the overall picture of your client's physical and emotional needs. It helps you understand not just the "what" you are doing, but the "why." You will therefore be prepared to think a little more creatively and critically when taking tests and dealing with real patients.
Having said all that...none of these complaints are actually dumb, they are reflective of where you are in the process of learning. And griping about school is a good stress-reliever, and goodness knows nursing school is stressful.
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