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A&Ox6, BSN, RN 17,663 Views

Joined: Apr 16, '12; Posts: 603 (52% Liked) ; Likes: 925
Psychiatric Nurse/Student Advisor/Writer/Speaker; from US
Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience

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  • May 27

    I'm a senior nursing student, but I tutor first semester students as well. I currently tutor in dosage calculations, but I have also done individual and group fundamentals review as well as teaching students techniques for building great care plans.

    I have seen that with dosage calculation, it's best to teach with things they know. Since these students haven't dealt with IVs and IM/SQ reconstitution... I give examples in regular life and then show them that it's the same problem. For example, if I'm tutoring someone who has kids or little siblings, I use formula to teach reconstitution. They know formula, so they can see that 2 oz water makes a bottle with 2.5 oz formula for example with a new strength. I also use formula to teach calculating TPN/enteral nutrition.

    I use baking cakes to teach conversion. For example, this is the recipe, but you only have a teaspoon or you only have a shot glass. Rewrite the recipe. Tell them their friend from _______ country has a baby and says baby weighs ____ kg, how big is baby in lbs.

    I find that students want to learn, and teaching students so that they can understand is the best way to ENGAGE them.

    As a side note, I've noticed that many students who have difficulty with care plans or nursing process were never taught how it works. Sure they were told to buy a NANDA I or a care plan book, but so many of them don't realize that they shouldn't be making things up. The nursing model follows the patients' manifestations, not what they should present with since they have a certain dx in their chart. Of course it doesn't help when professors want students to write their care plans without seeing the patient. It also is unhelpful when professors make up dxs.

    The best advice I got from my professors and that I give to my students is to buy a nursing dx book (not NANDA I) and to practice 5th grade math before starting the program.

  • Apr 20

    Quote from Alex Egan
    How many on camp at any given time? 2000 sounds crazy but if your doing one week seasons than that's only like 350ish on camp at once. Either way that pay is crazy low if your not bartering tuition.
    2000 campers at a time. Most of the nurses do barter tuition. For me, I was a school nurse, had the summer off, and I don't do well with boredom. I actually had a lot of fun. I was lucky because I had a paycheck coming in all summer (12 month pay schedule) and I sublet my apartment so I actually made more per month than when I was working. Also, I had free food, utilities, entertainment...

    I thought of it as a money making vacation instead of a low pay job.

  • Apr 20

    "Patient seen ambulating through the unit. Requests medications to be brought to bedside because of inability to walk. Client is reeducate do regarding medication times, treatment goals and unit rules."
    This is a malingerer. I will not play those games. She can definitely walk to the station. If she says she fell, I will not take the responsibility.

  • Feb 5

    I changed my user name recently, and I figured I would give an update. I recently saw an old conversation about whether it is A&Ox3/4. I maintain that I am more sane than them all, and thus I am A&Ox6

  • Jan 8

    My sister is a transcriptionist, and she once called me to ask if it is possible for a client with double BKA to have pedal pulses. I told her that we may be surprised...

  • Nov 27 '17

    "Patient seen ambulating through the unit. Requests medications to be brought to bedside because of inability to walk. Client is reeducate do regarding medication times, treatment goals and unit rules."
    This is a malingerer. I will not play those games. She can definitely walk to the station. If she says she fell, I will not take the responsibility.

  • Oct 21 '17

    What I meant about a PhD is that if you go into research and conduct clinical trials that prove the efficacy if music as a nursing intervention, you might be able to bring a change about in the future of nursing. Who knows? You may be able to start a new field.

    Set your goals high!

    However, of you want to be able ti use music in practice, music therapy is probably a much more practical choice!

  • Sep 20 '17

    Quote from lilhemc
    Have you ever picked up the phone and the person on the other line says: "Yellow!" (Instead of "Hello!")
    I would respond: "Green!"
    When my phone greens, I brown and pink up my phone and say yellow!

  • Jul 19 '17

    Quote from cracklingkraken
    I wouldn't say I have a phobia of clowns. I certainly hate them and think that they are the creepiest things ever, but not to the extent of a phobia. I HATE spiders though. If one was on my windshield while I was driving, I might crash. No joke.
    "Why did he have to say follow the spiders? Why couldn't it be follow the butterflies?"
    ---Ronald Weasley



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