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  1. I graduated in May of this year. I have been working for a year as a patient care tech or "nurse intern", as my hospital likes to call it, on a med-surge floor that has since been converted into the official Covid-19 unit. My residency starts next week and I have to accept my official offer in a few days. Unlike many others in my cohort, I will be doing my entire 12 week orientation on my unit instead of rotating and will be there the entire year. I was going to accept the starting salary without a fuss because I figured even though I have been working there a year and have experience with covid patients, I still am brand new and need training. However, I found out that one of my class-mates who has also been working at this hospital as a PCT on a different floor, negotiated her starting salary months ago to something many dollars higher per hour by explaining to them that she was valuable since she already knew her floor and how it worked. I didn't even realize negotiation was an option for new residents. I am stressing out now because I want to also ask for a raise, yet sort of feel like it would be in bad taste doing it the week before residency starts. I also am not sure what to do if they say they don't negotiate residency rates - do I bring up my class-mate? I'm not sure what to do, but as it stands I will be working overtime every week after orientation to make enough money and also be isolated from my family who are already afraid to be around me because I'm exposed to covid patients. What should I do? And if you think it would be okay to ask, how would I do so without sounding demanding and ungrateful?
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    How do you eyeball respiratory rate effectively?

    I wanted to do the hand on chest or back thing but we haven't been taught that yet and will be marked off.
  3. We had our first lab yesterday and practiced vital signs. My partner was able to see my RR pretty easily while checking my pulse because I have a large chest and it's easy to see when things are moving (and I tend to take slow deep breaths.) I failed to see hers though. She's rather flat on top and her nursing uniform is kind of baggy on her. I found myself randomly staring at her chest all the time trying to see something move but the top was blocking it. The only time I saw anything was when she was facing away from me and I could watch her back (because the top was pulled more tightly there.) but she turned back around too soon (and we are told not to alert them that we are taking RR.) The stomach is also a no go because the shirt is baggy there too. Her shoulders didn't move much either. I also thinking having her lay down and cross her arm over her chest would be a giveaway since we are told to just do it sitting up in lab to be casual. Anyways I am desperately trying to get tips on what to do in this situation. We have to perform these things in front of the class as demonstrations so I have to get it right.
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    Hesi exam question

    I was wondering if on the exam, on questions about hormones, do they list the whole hormone name such as somatotropin or just the acronym? It would make my studying a lot easier if I just had to remember STH vs. the entire word.
  5. I've been reading the study tips section on here but I can't quite find a solution to my problem, so I thought I would ask directly. Right now I'm taking 1 class. A&P 1 + lab. The lab is easy, 100s on everything. But the lecture... man oh man. To be clear, more than 80% of the 190 students failed the first exam. The highest score was an 82 I believe the professor said. I scraped by with a 74, which mortified me. Even though I technically passed, if I kept that up there would be no way I'd get into the nursing program. Minimum score is B+. On the first exam, I studied just our PowerPoints which included notes from the teacher. I wrote out questions and answers by hand which took FOREVER. I'd spend at least 5 hours a day from day 1 doing this. I ended up running out of time and couldn't study the last chapter on the test at all. On the 2nd test, I studied the provided study guide and not the PowerPoints. I tried various methods here. Tried reciting the guide from memory which was useless for me as I forgot everything, recorded myself reading the guide outloud which was also useless for me. Nothing at all was retained from these methods. Finally made flash cards using quizlet. Ended up making 80%, but still ran out of time. And still not good enough grade wise. 3rd test... I went all out. I made a 94. Highest in the class. The problem is it took my whole day every single day.. I made over 2100 flashcards. Average of 400 per chapter. Anything and everything in the guide and notes were used and not one repeat. My hands are still aching. I'm happy for the grade but ive never been more miserable. I'm so nervous I don't sleep. I live on redbull. I need help... Desperately. I can't keep this up. There is no way I can devote this kind of time to a class once I actually get into the program. We are required to take 6 courses at a time, if we make below an 80 overall in any of them we are dropped. The rules are crazy strict... Are all nursing courses like this or is it just A&P? I need tips on what to put into a card and what not to...i put terms, break down steps (like on transcription and translation etc.), random tidbits of info...just EVERYTHING. Yes it works but it is beyond time consuming. I feel like I must learn everything or else I'll keep failing with the rest of the class. I wish i could just read the notes and look at graphs and it be enough... But I'm too forgetful. Please help.

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