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  1. essarge

    Hows everyone doing in clinicals?

    Psych clinical in the state hospital is interesting to say the least. Community health nursing is great! My site is the same place they filmed "Dead Poets Society"! I hang with the school nurse all day long.
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    So stressed out

    All of these answers are very good. While I don't do meditation, I do make sure that I am organized for the week ahead. I have all of my papers done by Friday night (the one day I have off from work), and I have a weekly calender printed where I write everything that is due that week. Most computers have a calendar program in them and it really helps me to look ahead so that I can be prepared. Organization is a key to feeling less stressed while in nursing school. Good luck and go get yourself a good calendar program for your computer.
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    Can someone help me understand process recordings?

    I hate process recordings!! I found that, while they were supposed to be an "educational tool", it made you very self-conscious when talking to a patient/resident. You were constantly thinking "did I do that right?" or "is my body language right?" or "is my instructor watching me?". We did get graded on these and sometimes it was very subjective to what the instructor thought you should have done because that was the way that they would have done it. I've got three more to do in this semester and then I'll never have to see another one! Can't wait!
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    Have you ever felt used before?

    I have found that when someone asks for help that by giving it to them, I retain things much better myself. As far as being used? Yes. But I just figure it is another life experience to learn from. Has it stopped me from helping people...absolutely not. That's why I'm entering the nursing field.
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    History Poll

    I think that I would put a page from Florence Nightengale's journal and then one from a nurse's journal today to show the difference between then and now.
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    Downloadable or printable charting forms

    I would suggest going to the hospital that you do your clinicals at and asking them for some and make your own copies.
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    Need Help in Nursing Situation Questions

    Hang in there. You will be learning these things as you go along. I would suggest you pick up the Saunders Edition of NCLEX for PN. It shows questions and rationale. This will help you quite a bit.
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    Student challenging the nursing instructor

    No Mandy, things have not changed much (except the way the NCLEX is given). Teachers still rule the roost and suddent death happens quite often....of course that's after being a POW for some time!!! LOL!
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    Student challenging the nursing instructor

    I am now a senior and there have been many "discussions" in class concerning the correct answer. We have one instructor that, even when it is shown in the text in the students favor, will not change the answer! Sometimes I feel like a rat in a maze, if it's wrong turn right, if it's right turn right...although we do get a crumb now and again but not very often. Thus, most of us have stopped arguing with the instructor and just hope and pray that we will all graduate in May '04!!
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    BSN college experience

    I guess all I can say is an education is what you make of it, no matter what type of college (private or public) you choose to go to. In the end we all take the same NCLEX and start practicing at the same level. I feel that if you study hard and learn as much as you can, you will come out with the same basic knowledge no matter what school you attend. The one thing you do want to look at though, is the NCLEX pass rate. This will tell you how good the education process is at that school. I chose a state university because of cost constraints. This university has 100% pass rate and has an excellent education process. Hope this helps.
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    study skills website

    I've forwarded this to one of the instructor's at my school. Thank you, it should help many students who may have difficulty when studying.
  12. While taking the pre req courses to make me a "more rounded person", I've managed to round my arse out to an extra 15 pounds. Hopefully I'll lose it before graduation in May!
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    Why Do You Sleep In Class?

    I agree with you stating that there are discreet seats in the rear of the class and that is where I sit with my recorder (just in case). That being said, I have never actually fallen asleep, just can't concentrate on lecture until I get a "power nap" when I get home and can relisten to the lecture. Perhaps those that have "Mr/Ms Sleepy" sitting next to them (unless there is assigned seating) could politely ask them to move to the rear of the room. There are good ways to handle things and bad ways to handle things. This is a good way for a student nurse to handle a situation with maturity and empathy without offending the person involved.
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    Why Do You Sleep In Class?

    As student nurses, one of the things that is taught is empathy. This is not only with just the patients but also with anyone else. I work full time and attend school full time thus I am extremely tired during lecture. I record my lectures so that if I miss something, I can catch it when I re-listen to them. I am a little disturbed when people pay more attention to what other students/employees are doing in class/work (sleeping etc.). This tells me that they may not be concentrating on the instructor. Unfortunately, I also see this happening at work in the hospital. There are co-workers that are more concerned with what other employees are doing than with the patients. This in turn affects the patients and the rest of the staff because someone has to pick up the slack. Please try not to worry what other people are doing in class or at work. Their actions are their own. If they choose to sleep that is on them and not your problem. Concentrate on what you need to do in order to get to your goal of becoming a nurse.
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    aaahhhh....triggers!! Homework is a biggy for me. I tried to quit and did very well for 5 months then my marriage broke up. Right back at it and smoked twice as much. And the cost is astronomical! After reading this thread, I'm seriously thinking of doing it again. You'd think that I'd learn by watching the patients that I take care of with smoking related illnesses. There is alot of suffering there (air hunger, SOB, etc) so maybe this thread was started for a reason. Good luck to all the quitters. I guess "quitter" is one term that is ok to use in this case:D