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havehope, ADN, CNA, RN 13,405 Views

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    $800 that's crazy! Your employer should pay for that. I'd try challenging it, especially if you practice as a CNA now and know how to do skills.

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    This link will be a big help! Start by learning the classes of drugs and the basic side effects (you can't go wrong there). My course you had to learn the classes and only a couple drugs in that class that you were required to know for the test. So, don't waste your time trying to learn and memorize every drug out's impossible. I not only did flash cards but made charts with the class, prototype, side effects, contraindications, and Mechanism of Action/Other important information (nursing implications,etc). I color coded them too for example Anti-hypertensives were one color. Don't worry about studying too much before you start b/c each school is different. We were only required to know the exact mechanism of actions for the antihypertensive drugs. Good luck.

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    SopranoKris likes this.

    I just finished today (1st semester of 4). Although it went fast, I'm so glad it's over. I was going to do classes towards BSN, but I need a break! Good luck to you!

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    Quote from mzsuccess
    havehope. so its not worth it? where are you from?
    Well, I guess any pay increase is good. But, you were talking about taking a course? I didn't have to take a course. She gave us maybe 3 sheets of pages of skills we were to get checked off on. Like, taking IVs out, take foleys out, etc. and once we got checked off on all the skills we moved up to a II. Weigh your options, if this class is going to cost a lot I wouldn't do it. If it doesn't I would go ahead and do it. If you decide to get another job of course a CNA II looks better than a I.

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    I've only taken Pharmacology and Fundamentals/Foundations and I second mks2012-fluids and electrolytes were hard! It's interesting, but hard.

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    Like the above poster said, it depends on your program. I know in my area, it looks bad on your transcript. Of course, a student that has good grades and no withdrawals,etc. looks great. However, if there is a legit reason for the withdrawals just state them in your essay. I withdrew from A&P I and explained my reasoning and had no problem getting into the program.

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    I love the hospital compared to skilled nursing. My personal experience: there is better teamwork at a hospital, I have fewer patients, and get to learn new things all the time (which is great since i'm in nursing school), and the pay is better. At the hospital there is also more staff so this allows for better teamwork,etc.

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    I went from a CNA I to a CNA II (the highest I can get) and I only got maybe a 60 cent increase. However, we do get yearly raises as long as you arrive on time, don't call out much, etc.

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    I have no suggestions, but to go through the book and do the online questions. I'm taking Pharmacology and Fundamentals. I can't believe it's worth 60% of your grade. Thank goodness ours were only 5%, but then again the instructors never taught or referred us to ATI. Anyway, good luck!!

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    jennifer_app likes this.

    Well said. This is why I am glad I became a CNA first. I've had so many nurses more than willing to help me with CNA tasks…I've also had some nurses who wouldn't dare help and if the patient wanted cold water, they would call me. This has taught me to thank EVERY individual for their help, you don't realize how much of a help they are until you don't have them anymore. (Volunteers to help walk patients out of the hospital when you are super busy, radiology tech that transfers each patient to and from an exam, dietary whom bring the patients dinners to the unit..I couldn't imagine having to go to the cafeteria to pick up everyone's dinner).

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    Quote from xoemmylouox
    This is great information. Unfortunately I was one of those who did not fully understand the importance of this. Not to mention I was misled by the staff at said school. I am planning to futher my education and am running into roadblocks. My advice to everyone is to know what you are getting yourself into.
    I also do/did not understand the importance of this. However, can someone please help clarify. My school (ADN) is ACEN accredited, but provisionally approved by my state's board of nursing being that they changed from a diploma program to a associate's program not long ago(maybe 1 or 2 years). After reading the thread, i'm still a little confused. The school is also getting federal financial aid.

    Thanks in advanced for the help and clarification. I'm glad someone started a thread on this to make students more aware.

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    I started off at a LTC facility for one year. A job then came open at my local hospital and I have now been working there for a year. LTC isn't your only option. You have doctor's office(although they are very hard to get in my area), home health, private sitting, hospitals, and I'm sure there are more options out there.

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    If it is going to be too much of a struggle, I would stay with the current job. Because, nursing school and working is probably going to be hard enough and to add the stress of being able to pay bills will be even harder. I've known great nurses that were not CNAs and i've known great nurses that started as a CNA. When it comes to employers hiring i'm only assuming they will choose a nurse that had nursing experience, but everywhere is different.

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    Quote from RyanCarolinaBoy
    This is what I think. I think too many people care waaay to much about other peoples jobs to mind their own. If the guard wants to sleep n lose his job that's his business. I'm gonna do my job and get out of the room. And yes I used to work in a hospital that got a LOT of prisoners. Sometimes the guards napped. Big deal. I was there to be a nurse not the guards mama. Geez...people and the moral high horse go to far sometimes.
    Yeah, and if I didn't care like jadelpn said if this was say a murder because, usually we do not find out why they are there. If he has say, life in prison what is stopping him from taking control over the hospital, especially since none of our inmates are handcuffed (most come in with chest pains)? Then I would look like a fool for not saying anything.

    KelRN-I completely agree and it wouldn't have been as bad or I would not have gotten frustrated if, one was awake and the other was sleeping. But, with both of them sleeping and I got at least one sleeping twice made me furious.

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    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.

    Quote from Fiona59
    The COs that come to guard in my facility are all on OT. They arrive in pairs with DVD players and camp out for the night with their lunchboxes. They've always been alert when I've gone into a room.

    My question is how did you know what your prisoner was in for? We aren't told. They just arrive. One we did know what he was in for because he was notorious in our region.
    Yeah, we don't know either (and I like it that away). However, he came from a place that houses only sex offenders.