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  • Sep 1 '14

    There is no difference between scope of practice. There is no such thing as "ADN scope of practice". Both are RNs and that is what dictates scope of practice.

  • May 10 '14

    On my very first clinical day, a classmate and I were attempting to remove a bedpan from beneath a very large patient. We were reminiscent of the three stooges as we played a twisted version of tug-of-war with this bedpan. Finally, it dislodges and a perfect round ball of poo flies out, and rolls under the bed. My instructor peeks in and sees me sprawled out on the floor under the bed, trying to catch this elusive ball of waste. My classmate was trying so hard to stifle her laughter she was red and shaking. The poor patient probably thought we were the biggest idiots on the planet!

  • May 10 '14

    Another favorite nursing student caricature is the one who decides that s/he needs to co-teach. In my skills lab, we have a girl who paraphrases everything the teacher says right after she says it. She's not doing it to check for her own understanding, she's trying to reiterate it for the rest of us! It comes of as very arrogant, but we just try to laugh it off.

  • May 10 '14

    I have a classmate that raises her hand as if she is going to ask a question then, when called on, restates everything the instructor said immediately prior to her raising her hand. I mean, I understand the need to assess for comprehension, believe me I do, but shouldn't that be an internal dialogue? We also have a pair of 20-year-old girls that spent the last Med Admin skills lab taking selfies while holding IV bags. Oy.

  • May 10 '14

    I remember having a lot of people that would just ask ridiculous questions like, "excuse but if you're in a situation where you have an iv but no fluids, is it better to let the patient get dehydrated or try to infuse them with water?? And what if you only have salt water??"

    Where are you doing your nursing, dude?? A desert island?

  • May 9 '14

    We also had a classmate that either had or was currently experiencing what ever condition or disease we were discussing. A small group of us enlisted the instructors assistance and created a rare imaginary disease that was mentioned in class....... Funny thing was she thought she heard of it and her aunt might have been suffering from it. Go figure...

  • May 9 '14

    A pre-nursing student I knew was very, very disturbed by torsade de pointes. She read the little blurb on my EKG handbook and exclaimed, "WHAT?! You mean the heart twists around and around in the chest?!"

    No, no, no. The EKG tracing twists around like this...

    Attachment 14303

    She breathed a sigh of relief.

  • May 8 '14

    Wow, such compassion for a mother attempting to provide the best life for her child.

    I think it's pretty clear OP that you're here to attack people and pick a fight. No thanks.

  • May 5 '14

    Autistic is a spectrum. Many people with autism are verbal, highly intelligent, academic high achievers. Unfortunately many associate autism with "idiot savant". There are people with autism that are non-verbal and appear to be of lower cognitive functioning and have extremes of behaviors, often self injurious behavior.

    A high functioning academically gifted individual with autism could easily qualify for a staff role in a college or nursing school.

  • May 5 '14

    May I ask what is wrong with austism? My husband is an aspie and our son is autistic. I'm sorry your school sucked but that isn't one of the ways it sucked.

  • Apr 30 '14

    We had a amateur actor recently that could learn a little from the pro's. Was having tonic-clonic movements, but would stop when we would sternly tell pt to stop. No Ativan required.

  • Mar 23 '14

    No, everyone does not. Put your foot down.

  • Mar 23 '14

    Just remember that no matter where you practice, when you change specialties it takes 6 months minimum before you feel like you have a good grasp on the basics of the job 90% of the time. In that time frame you begin to feel like maybe you are not dangerous. It takes about a year before you feel more or less competent in all aspects of the specialty. It takes about 5-6 years for the average nurse to achieve expertise in a given specialty.

    Good luck.

  • Mar 23 '14

    Once I left bedside acute care nursing I never looked back. That was more than 3 decades ago. You are only limited by yourself and your fears.

  • Mar 18 '14

    Was there a PCA assigned to those patients? I am a clinical assistant and responsible for all VS. All the information goes on one flow sheet in the computer and it does not say who took the VS. It just shows the time it was done and what they were.