snowiebella 2,653 Views
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Hey Guys and Gals, I just got off of the phone with Human Resources and I got the job, I start on the 27th of this month!!
Yes, you should know where to locate and palpate the pulses for the carotid, brachial, radial, femoral, popliteal, posterior tibial pulse, and the dorsalis pedis pulse, but you may learn this in skills lab...I learned the locations in fundamentals. You should measure the apical pulse with a stethoscope and the radial pulse with two or three fingers. Usually when you are palpating the other pulses with your fingers (or with a doppler for hard to find pulses), you are measuring the quality and strength of each pulse bilaterally except for the carotid pulse, this you do separately otherwise the patient can lose consciousness from reduced circulation to the brain. The strength measurement is as follows: +4 bounding, +3 full, +2 normal, +1 weak, 0 absent. Hope this helps!
the pedal pulse has been my enemy. Finally got it with help from my FF hubs. Make a "c" with your fingers and your thumb on the hand opposite the foot you want to check the pulse on (left hand right foot, right hand left foot), and cup the "c" around the foot with your thumb around the ball of the big toe. Slide your fingers from the outer edge of the foot to the inner edge. Don't be afraid to press firmly. You should be able to find the pedal pulse this way.
i update this thread ever so often as things happen....i just got accepted to the texas tech rn to bsn program and i am very excited....ec made all of this possible......
I'm so glad to see so many EC/RC success stories. I passed the CPNE in 3/94 and got my ADN in 5/04 (back when it was called Regents College) and RN in 7/04. Since then I graduated with my BSN via ISU's distance ed program and will graduate from USI's distance ed MSN/FNP program next May. I'm slated to start USI's DNP program next Fall. I think I might be one of the first in the US to do ADN/BSN/MSN/DNP all through distance ed.
Currently I own a vocational educational college that I started back in 1995, and am the CEO of a nurse registry I started back in 2000. I also serve in the California State Military Reserve as a captain in the nursing corps and as adjunct facult for public health nursing.
both posts above explain it very well, ec only requires you to register and qualify for the nursing program before you can take nc3, therefor you are able to take nc1-2 without paying the 1000$ enrollment fee. this is important because ec charges you a "yearly" fee of 500$, so if you can complete nc3-7 and the cpne within a year you can save yourself some money.
ec dosent require you to buy any materials, all you must do is pay for the exams nc1-7 are 220$ and they give you free content guides (also you can download all of the content guides free online from ec website and creating a online account "my ec").
what i have done is buy a couple of the basic books
1. fundamentals of nursing practice by: kozier publisher: prentice hall
isbn: 0536263442___ ed: 2007
2. wong's essentials of pediatric nursing by: hockenberry publisher: elsevier
isbn: 0323025935___ ed: 7th
used in course(s): exam 461
then i bought lisa arend's cd's (a former grad of ec with great notes), off of e-bay ( [color=#8a8a8a]http://search.ebay.com/_w0qqsasszlarendsqqhtz-1 ).
along with with ec practice tests (which are 60$ for two 100 question test), which give you ratonale for the correct and incorrect answers.
with the above i have passed nc1 this passed weekend and plan on taking nc2-7 over the next 4 months.
last but not least join up @ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freehe...lsiorstudents/
this is a great supportive group with study files and links, it is a bunch of ec students help each other out.
imo with the above you dont need to spend alot of money on publishing companies like rue/tcn or even excelsiors guided study packages
with ec if you dont have another degree and need to do other general ed credits you can do them thru ec or a local college you must have them done before you graduate.
lastly to pass ec you must pass a clinical weekend at a hospital what we ec students call the cpne. it is the final requirment to pass and it cost a hefty 2k. there is plenty of resources out there such as this workshop:
to help you pass this last class. ec and other hold more workshops also but they cost more.
your final cost is a graduation fee which is used to pay for all the processing used to get you ready to take the nclex and get your diploma.
the only fees you will ever have to pay (other than for your study materials) is your test fees (220 for all the nc tests), enrollment fee (895), yearly re-enrollement fee (450), and graduation fee (495), cpne (1725) and any general education credits you need (150-250).
hope it helps
I will be adding to this as I gather my thoughts, but this should be a good beginning.
Several strong suggestions:
Pay the $12 for the flash cards - EVERYTHING is on them
Buy the Mosby's. Carpenito is going away.
Beg, borrow or steal to get to the workshop.
Identify your stengths and weaknesses. For example, I KNOW that I need to palpate every pulse and auscultate every blood pressure I can before the exam.
And remember, they really want you to pass.
I aM floored. I just received notice from GA Board of Nursing that they denied the endorsement of my MN RN license because I did not meet clinical practice requirements . When I called the board, they transferred me to a their Legal Nurse Consultant who stated that effective July 1, 2008 GA would no longer endorse RN license from Excelsior College students with no previous RN experience. She suggested that I go to my licensed state and work for a while then try again, but she could not give me a time frame.
Has anyone else experienced this. I thought we should at least have gotten some sort of notice/warning before this type of rule be adopted by the board. I am going to file a motion for reconsideration using an Attorney. Before I entered Excelsiors program I called GA Board to verify acceptance. I had been accepted to a traditional LPN to RN bridge program; I could have been almost finished their too. I am so sad right now. I have been crying for two days. I think I will need to see my doctor for Zoloft.
I have been an LPN for over 13 years doing Med/Surg for at least 10. I work on a hospital unit right now. THIS IS SO UNFAIR!!!
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