lalopop86 5,546 Views
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Nurse Tech/Nursing Student; from
2 year(s) of experience
I work on a telemetry unit and my tasks are generally about the same as northernguy minus stocking and add getting blood from the blood bank, taking samples down to the lab sometimes, filling water pitchers, changing sharps boxes, and tidying up patient's rooms (well, it isn't a requirement but I can't stand it when there's trash laying out on the bedside table and clutter is all over the room; it's also unsafe for the patient). We also weigh our patients daily. How busy is it can often depend on the census of the unit or what shift and day it is. On my unit, weekends are generally slower but that does not mean there is a ton of downtime. I love everyone I work with and my nurses treat me wonderfully but then again I also bust my butt when I'm at work and have learned to anticipate my patients' needs and I also keep good communication with them (such as vital and BGM values; pertinent info). Patients are hit or miss but you will have that anywhere. You will do more than "take temperatures all day" anywhere you work
I'm sorry you feel that way- I second what someone above me said, ask the CNAs for help! I work as a CNA in a hospital and I LOVE helping the nursing students that do their first semester clinicals on our floor.
Thank you all so much for your wonderful encouraging comments. I had an intense fear of needles as a child, and I think it definitely has to do with having control of the needle. I will keep all of your comments and suggestions in mind as I "man up" and let my classmates stick me Thanks again!
I would definitely speak with your health care provider about your anxiety. Hopefully they can steer you in the right direction to learn some coping skills, etc. to help you. Please try to bear in mind that while it is important to look at the forest, it is also important to see the trees. If the obsession with what happens post-graduation is getting in the way with learning essential nursing/critical thinking skills, accreditation of your school won't much matter Good luck!
I need help with a situation. I am a new nursing student and at the beginning of our clinical orientation a few weeks ago, our clinical group practiced blood glucose monitoring on each other. Well, I almost passed out when we did this. I am not sure what it was because normally the sight of my own blood does not bother me, the prick was not painful at all, and I am a CNA in a hospital and have done this to others about a million times! The same thing happens to me when I have to get blood drawn, I feel like I'm going to hit the floor. I'm worried because soon we are going to be giving each other injections and starting IVs on each other and I'm worried I'm going to keel over every time we go to lab. When we were doing the BGM I tried to contain it to myself so nobody would notice and had to tell myself to calm down and breathe which helped some, but I still got this feeling. Anybody have any words of wisdom as to how to not be like this?
don't do anything except sleep, read for fun, cook elaborate meals, and enjoy free time with family & friends as well as your hobbies. Seriously.
LOVE IT! LOL
Ours are cookie monster blue.... gag. We have the option of wearing white pants but nobody does.
If I had to guess, I would say it was a combination of the physical activity, the getting up early, the stress of being at a site that you may not be 100% comfortable or familiar with, the stress of doing patient care as well as paperwork and the other things that you have to do when you get home. No suggestions unfortunately. Nursing school in general makes me tired
I'm in NC
Thanks! I definitely lucked out. I had a little bit of public health experience, but not much. I hope you can get in at a hospital, I absolutely love my job! Good luck.
Not necessarily. I received my CNA in April and got a job at a local hospital in June. I was floored and couldn't believe it, but it can happen!
I just started an ADN program this month (finally!) and I love it so far! I got my B.S. degree in Public Health about 4 years ago and while I love health and wellness promotion, it just wasn't "enough" so I decided to go to nursing school. What I'm wondering now is- how do I become a public health nurse? Is it enough to couple my ADN with my Bachelor's in Public Health, or are you required to have your BSN? Will I need to have a few years of floor/med-surg nursing under my belt before I move onward? I also have my CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)- is this worth anything in the realm of public health nursing? Any advice or insight would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!
I too find desired over available easier to understand. Is there a reason you need to do your calculations in ratio form? If not, stick to desired over available so you don't get confused.
As a CNA who works on a telemtry unit and a nursing student I say TAKE IT!!! Good luck!
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