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I think that learning how to cut to the chase and having faith in your knowledge would save a student oodles of time in this program. Learning how to "trim the fat" on the course info will save lots of time and effort. Brave the tasks and get them in the bag.
Course mentors, in addition to your main mentor are actually helpful and surprisingly available/quick to respond.
I decided to take a term break for 3 months so that I can enjoy my summer.
Applied Healthcare Statistics
I got spooked on this one and really dragged it out. There was a pre-assessment that was way harder and focused on different chapters than the actual exam (OA). It turns out that they have updated the PA within the last few months so it's not so scary. I studied a lot and watched the lectures. I passed on my first attempt. The lectures (videos) are actually helpful. This class had lots of terminology and concepts, but not a lot of calculation.
It's easy to get caught up in the wrong details on this. Feels like a lot of work for 2 one-credit classes, but I might have made it harder than it needed to be.
Probably the "bear" of my first term, though it still wasn't that bad. I followed the 20 day plan (found in the student success community) to the T and passed. 3 of my tasks passed on the first try, 2 of them had to be resubmitted more than once.
Health Assessment (OA)
I failed my first attempt on this by 2 points. There was a lot of provider-oriented material, but I found it to be a great refresher on assessment.
Applied Health Assessment
Pretty straightforward, follow the instructions. Helps to do it after you pass the written exam (i.e. I had no idea how to assess sinuses and tactile fremitus until I took this class). They want you to use certain software to produce a video, which complicates things a bit.
Care of the Older Adult
I thought this OA was pretty easy, but I used to work LTC as a CNA. Passed it on the first attempt. The most challenging material was on medicaid, medicare, and healthy people campaigns.
What if the Turnitin.com report indicates that my assignment generated a 25 percent match, but 14 percent comes from one source?
To clarify, the Turnitin.com report also scanned the reference/bibliography page to generate that number.
It is now May 1st at 2:33am here in Texas, central standard time. About an hour ago I visited the WGU student portal to officially enroll in my courses for the term by clicking the check box next to each class. Yes!
We have one more day before we are officially enrolled. Are you ready? What class are you starting with? Have you done anything ahead of time? How many CU's do you have to complete.
I will start first. Am I ready- HELL yeah, LOL. I have 38CU's to complete. I have task 1 for LUT1 ready to submit as soon as I have access to taskstream. I have also done the pre-assessment for Older Adult and scored a 77, so while waiting for LUT task 1 to come back I am going to study my weak points so that I can schedule the OA. I have also completed the chemistry review for Biochem so am ready to start on task 1 whenever. Can you tell I like to have several things in the fire at once. I will have several days a week when I will have very little time for studies due to my work schedule followed by several days off when after I sleep that first morning I will have several hours. I want to always have something brewing or ready to submit. My goal is to complete the program in 12-15 months. I have to be reasonable and I know that my 1st day off work is always the worst due to switching my sleep schedule and not sleeping well.
Good Luck everyone and looking forward to supporting and celebrating with everyone!
UPDATE: I did the intake interview with my enrollment counselor over the phone about 10 minutes ago. Everything is good to go (with the exception of my student loan amount), so it looks as if I will be starting the program on May 1st!
I spoke to my enrollment counselor yesterday, who informed me that I've been provisionally accepted into the program.
As a nurse who has left the clinical side of the profession, I've had a little time recently to ponder both the good and bad aspects of the vocation I chose long ago. And although it got to be too much for me in the end, there was far more positive than negative. Here are the things I used to love about nursing:
10) I very much enjoyed working in the most comfortable clothing on the planet. What other field lets you work in what are basically pajamas with lots of pockets? And sneakers?
9) Variety! There are so many kinds of nursing that it would take several lifetimes to try them all. Just in my own career, I've worked LTC, med/surg, ICU, mother-baby, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. I've been a CNA, charge nurse, floor nurse, care manager, and director of nursing, and now I'm a long-term care surveyor. What else can you do with a two-year degree that offers so many different opportunities?
8) The chance to meet many types of people and see so many different situations. I've cared for politicians, doctors, local celebrities, priests, and hospital CEOs. I've also cared for people at the opposite end of the socioeconomic spectrum and found their stories just as compelling. I've seen lives begin, and I've seen many more of them end. I've known 100-year-olds who survived massive strokes and were still living full lives, and I've known 40-year-olds who gave up and died within weeks of receiving a cancer diagnosis.
7) A decent standard of living. Although wages have flattened out quite a bit in the past ten years or so, nursing still pays better than a lot of professions that require more education. I do believe that the BSN will eventually be the entry point for nurses; however, for some of us who were either super ambitious or simply really lucky, it's been possible to go pretty much anywhere and do anything we wanted with our ADNs.
6) OK, I'll admit it: I really did enjoy taking care of people and making them feel better. When I was young, I cared for my grandmother who had been a nurse during World War I, and I remember charting her medications and giving report to the doctor who came around to visit (yes, I'm old enough to recall when they made house calls). I carried those memories all the way through my nursing career, and nothing pleased me more than solving a patient's problem and being able to say, "Everything is all right. I fixed it."
5) Interesting co-workers. Nurses come in all sizes, colors, nationalities, and philosophies of life, and I've learned something from each and every one I've encountered.....even if it was only the way I DIDN'T want to work or live.
4) Learning about so many fascinating diseases and conditions. In school, I was the only one in my entire class who got to see a real, live case of necrotizing fasciitis as it progressed during my clinicals. And thanks to the curiosity ingrained in me during my days as a student, I've also become something of an expert on the chronic health issues which affect me, as well as several of the people I'm close to. I can't imagine dealing with these conditions without the knowledge base I have as a nurse.
3) Nursing has also given me some much-needed patience. As a child and even well into adulthood, I had a quick temper and a tendency to go off like a hand grenade at almost any provocation; now, when confused, combative, potty-mouthed Martha asks me for the tenth time in five minutes where the (rhymes with duck) she's supposed to go, I'm not even tempted to tell her.
2) Nurses are still the most-trusted professionals in America. Need I say more?
1) To paraphrase the old Peace Corps ad: Nursing is the toughest job you'll ever love. And I did love it, even though I sometimes went home dragging my aching bones like an old tired dog and swearing I wasn't going back. If life events and illness hadn't intervened to make it necessary for me to change course, I'd probably have stayed at or near the bedside until retirement age. Still, as I look back on almost two decades in healthcare, I'm satisfied that I made the right decision to get out before I had nothing left to give.
But you see, it's like this: you spend a good piece of your life holding the lives of patients in your heart and hands...and when you leave, you discover that it was really the other way around all the time.
You will be putting in foleys, putting in IV's occasionally, assessing skin for color, temperature and skin breakdown, assessing pulses, use your critical thinking skills for positioning, if needed assessing breath sounds while you assist the CRNA's during intubation, using therapeutic communication skills while communicating with the patients and their families, occasionally drawing blood, on occasion changing out vents, and the great OR nurses that have been doing it a long time can anticipate exactly what instrument trays will be needed based on what the surgery is and what the surgeon needs to do.....I think ALL of this requires excellent nursing skills. You WILL be multi tasking and you will be part of a team that relies on you to make the surgery a success, not to mention you will be witness to some amazing interventions and see up close and personal the inner workings of the human body. You WON'T be juggling 8 patients at a time and stressing out over how behind you are.
BTW, some of the best ICU nurses I have worked with while I was in nursing school started out in the OR, they are very meticulous and are excellent nurses, you won't lose your skills if you go to floor or ICU later on in your career, your skills are part of you as a nurse and it will come back to you when you need it.
I love surgery, it's fascinating and I'm proud to be an OR nurse. Go for it!!
Whoopsadaisy, and all who commented Hang in there!!! We need you!! I don't know what it is, but to reference an old and negative nursing adage, OR nurses really seem to eat their young! I've been in my OR for just over two years now. I came fresh out of nursing school right into the OR and those first few weeks I really wondered what I had done to myself. Right off the bat I had to battle with the fact that not only was I new to the OR but new to being a nurse. So everything was new! But I'm still here! It all balances out I swear!
If I only had time to reference every which way I struggled. But I had an infliction I like to call Foley Follies. Right and Left, Left and Right I couldn't get a Foley in to safe my life, especially for one ever so particular orthopedic surgeon. He literally would watch me put the Foley in, or attempt I should say. God bless his heart, he does not have a reputation for his patience, but he would wait and let me try and as I struggled he would wordlessly step away and put on a pair of gloves and take over. Time after time, he never yelled but he always gave me the opportunity. And eventually less and less often he had to put gloves on, and pretty soon my Foley Follies were something of the past. And I have even been the person to save another persons Foley Follies!
That scenario kind of set my tone for how I handle the OR. Take it in stride because everyone will have idiosyncrasies and ways of doing things from the anesthesiologists to the CRNA's from the RN's to the surgeons, and as the nurse in the room we need to make it come together. Attempt the opportunities given to you and keep trying, the mistakes are worth it in the end if just to learn from them. Ask for help when you need it and try to hold on to that positive attitude! And try to hold on to what it was like being new, because there will be new nurses who start after you, who will struggle in their own ways and need people to remember what it was like!
Day by day little by little it will come together! HANG IN THERE!!
I don't expect very sick people to be happy go lucky at all. I may not be experiencing what they feel,but I can imagine how they feel.
And, I just wanted to know why in your sickest position, why be so miserable. I understand the issue of having cancer, or some sort of chronic condition, I just don't understand why the short temper or quick to get angry at people caring for you, but be so lovely to your aunt, or uncle who is in the room with you. I just wondered, what have we nurses done, that you act this way toward us. it's their family, so i get it, but we are here to help and care for you.
ANywho. I guess i was speaking from a sense that if I was in a vulnerable state, choosing certain people to be angry at would not solve my problem, it will only deteriorate my health.
It actually does take some toughness to be a peds nurse. You have to be able to squash down the whole they're-kids-and-kids-aren't-supposed-to-get-sick/die thing so that you can get the job done. If you're overly wobbly on that, you'll suffer and burn out early. You also have to be able to look a parent in the eye and tell them that Cheetos are not food, that soda is not a substitute for water and that all children need limits, such as an appropriate bedtime... You need to be able to tell a kid that you don't understand whine-language and that screaming for no reason isn't acceptable. You have to be able to look at a 3 year old who wants nothing more than a huge glass of water and tell them they can't have more than a sip because you know they're going to barf if they drink as much as they want. You need to be able to conceal your feelings when you're faced with a non-accidental trauma and the mom sitting at the bedside is the perpetrator. Peds nurses are tough.
We're also really good educators. We have to teach our patients and their parents about their illnesses and treatments in terms they can understand. It's an art, figuring out how to explain heart surgery to a 4 year-old or side effects of chemo to a 10 year-old. It's also tricky to know just exactly what a parent really wants to know about their kid's illness.
We're creative. Getting a child to swallow a med isn't usually straight-forward. Getting them to present a limb for an IV start or injection isn't easy. Getting cooperation from a toddler is a challenge on 20 different levels. Creativity is the key! If you can chatter away about pop culture icons such as Dora the Explorer and her monkey Boots, or Thomas the Tank Engine, you'll get a lot farther.
It does take a special person to work peds. Think of how differently each age group views the world and how much they understand about it. A peds nurse needs an arsenal of approaches that they've developed over time. Having kids of one's own isn't a prerequisite, but knowing how to interact with kids is. Good luck, and welcome to our Little World.
i got to feed my patient today.
it may sound really unexciting but believe me it made my day. see, like a lot of other nurses' aides i spent my days wishing the day would come when i would be the nurse. when i would save lives and do things that really made a difference. sure, i would still have to do some "aide things" but they wouldn't be that important anymore because i would be the nurse. i mean, i would be doing all the cool stuff, so giving my patient food wouldn't really be a big deal, right? wrong.
i got to feed my patient today.
sometimes i think we lose sight of why we do what we do. sometimes the unresponsive lady in 404 becomes just a number and a diagnosis. but that's not who we are, that's not what nursing is. we know how much the little things count. we know the seemingly insignificant can actually make all the difference in the world.
i got to feed my patient today.
at the beginning of my shift, she only awakened to a sternal rub. she would not talk to you. she was in afib with rvr and her pressures were high. her calcium was really high. i turned a repositioned q1h just like we're supposed to. i talked to her even though she didn't talk back. i smiled at her even though she didn't smile back. but then, something wonderful happened to me.
i got to feed my patient today.
at noon, her iv aredia had finished. by 2 o'clock this woman was sitting up and looking at me. in a matter of a few hours she had converted back to nsr, her pressures had come down to normal and she was answering me appropiately. we were talking. she turned out to be a peach. i hadn't known it because she was the pretty much unresponsive patient in bed 6 when i started my shift. it was the coolest thing. i talked to her and she talked back. i smiled at her and she smiled back. then the doctors rounded and advanced her diet. they couldn't believe her progress.
i got to feed my patient today.
i haven't been a nurse very long and i'm naive to a lot of things. today, though, i knew why i had picked the profession and i did. today, i was proud of what we do. today, i couldn't have been happier to feed my patient.
Me and my bf are going through problems as well that have definately gotten worse as my course load has increased. We have sat down and talked it out and tried to make changes the best we can. I can't say for sure if its making a difference but we're trying. It's hard to juggle school and a serious relationship. Throw work, friends, kids, pets, and everything else into the mix and it IS really stressful. And I think sometimes there is that tendacy to feel defensive because you are the doing all the work with school and then your need to put more effort into the relationship to make him feel better. My bf told me today that he couldn't wait till I was done with school and would have more time for other things (ie:him). My very unsympathetic response was that I'm the one doing all the work so don't complain to me. But I know that's not going to get me anywhere so I try to bite my tongue. Some men really do tend to get crabby when they feel like they are not getting enough attention. Make the effort to set aside the homewrk now and then to do something special. Watch his favorite tv show w him snuggled up on the couch while you scan the reading for the week. Remember to thank him for the little things that he (hopefully) does around the house, even just taking out garbage or doing dishes. Give him a nice kiss goodnight. Figure out where you can fit in little things. And try to keep the communication lines open.
I am answering this under the assumption that your relationship is otherwise good (ie: not abusive etc).
You sound beyond stressed. There is a good chance he is indicating needs to you that you are rebuffing/ignoring/missing because you are already overloaded. Sometimes the solution to that is to back off the "required" things and take a look at what really matters...and for most of us, if we have a good partner, having someone to love tops that list.
Take a night off. Off from school. Off from work. Tell him you are doing it because you miss him. Plan a night together doing what you love most. Reconnect physically and emotionally (yes, I mean sex..and GOOD sex, not just "check the box" sex). Express your appreciation for him. Be vulnerable. Ask for his help with your stress level. In general, our fellas love to fix things for us.
Put him on the priority list. I know, I know...it is full already and he is a grown adult yadda yadda. Be that as it may, a relationship needs nurturing and the people we love do too, individually. Make sure his goals figure in here too, that you sometimes talk about what he wants, needs, feels, experiences in a day. If you can get ready for your day outside the bedroom, do that. Take your scrubs/clothes and all you will need into the bathroom and close the door, or install a full length mirror somewhere in the living room if your apartment is small. He has indicated something you can do to help nurture him better - let him get his sleep. So even if he did it in a way that was less than ideal, acknowledge the communication. The message was clear... "I feel you are being inconsiderate". You may feel this is unjustified or that he should understand since you are so stressed or that he should have said something about it before now. Be that as it may, if it is within your power to, do something about it. You don't have to move heaven and earth, just something that lets him know you heard him.
It is hard to know from one post, but it does sound like he just misses you. Remind him often how soon graduation is...and express excitement sometimes instead of stress. Share that with him - you are doing this together. Hang in there! It is normal to fight when things get rough...but it is also normal to have relationships start falling apart then. Take the time...MAKE the time...to nurture your relationship the rest of the way through school. Every now and then make a point to think about all he has done to make this possible for you, or what things you have gone through together or what little things he does (put gas in your car? Load the dishwasher? Fold the socks? Get the oil changed? Bring you a sandwich? Kiss your head while you are studying? Warm your feet at night?) and see them as the message of love they are.
The key to happiness is gratitude. Focus on the things that are going right...and then share those thoughts with him. It will help him reframe things too.
Best of luck.
It's certainly possible to be both. In my experience, the people who try to make it sound like it has to be an "either-or" situation are just making excuses for their own weakness in one domain or the other.
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