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  1. Future-NurseRedHeart

    Nursing School Drug Testing

    My school drug tested us... We got blood tests so they can find stuff that's been in your system that a urine wouldn't detect.
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    How Does ATI Compare to NCLEX?

    Hello! I'm in my last semester of nursing school. I've been utilizing ATI practice questions a lot, and proctored exams are part of my program. I was wondering how ATI compares to NCLEX, are the questions easier or harder? Do they prepare you? I'm terrified of NCLEX.
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    Not Studying & Passing NS

    @blondy I think this comment is the best... That makes a whole lot of sense, thank you. I just felt weird not being in with the crowd, you know? I guess whatever works for me is OK. I just felt ashamed not putting a lot of work in and still doing well, I don't think I'll ever be the student who studies a lot, uses flashcards, and takes a bunch of practice tests, and that's okay.
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    Not Studying & Passing NS

    I think this comment is the best... That makes a whole lot of sense, thank you. I just felt weird not being in with the crowd, you know? I guess whatever works for me is OK. I just felt ashamed not putting a lot of work in and still doing well, I don't think I'll ever be the student who studies a lot, uses flashcards, and takes a bunch of practice tests, and that's okay.
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    Not Studying & Passing NS

    I'm in an accelerated program so we're 3 months in doing med administration, NG tubes, foleys, injections, wound care, etc. Being a CNA didn't do much because we finished all of the CNA stuff in a a few weeks. Our school director had a meeting with us because 52/68 students were failing, so yeah some other people are passing too but the majority of my class isn't doing well. I'm just worried that I'm doing something wrong because it seems like all nursing students struggle and study for hours, I'm just not sure how it's gonna be later in school if it'll get harder, because it'll be hard for me to break that habit
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    Not Studying & Passing NS

    Hi, everyone. I'm almost done with my 1st semester, I joined my classmates on an FB group and I realized everyone studies so much more than me. They have a bunch of note cards, study 5 hours a day, and do group study. I don't really do much at all, I study like 3 hours before a test and I get A's and B's, and everyone else gets C's and D's. I really can't study for long because I'm so easily distracted and I have chronic fatigue. I know I should be happy that I'm doing well with not much work, but I'm worried that I'm somehow doing something wrong. It feels weird to me that it's coming so easy to me but not for the people who try. Is this going to be bad for me in the next semesters when I really will need to study, or does it not get much harder? Should I break the habit even though I'm doing well?
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    NOC Shift & Your Health

    Hi, everyone! I'm a NOC shift CNA. I have been doing research on what shift I'd like to do when I finish nursing school, and I think I'd like to keep working overnights, but I have read that it's bad for your health long-term (Ex. Cardiac issues, weight gain, etc). Are these issues caused by sleep disturbances effecting your health, or is it about how you take care of yourself? I don't think it's the shift itself because my body naturally stays up late so this shift actually works better for me and I get less sleep disturbances. How do you keep healthy?
  8. Future-NurseRedHeart

    Losing the Motivation; Chronic Fatigue & Depression

    100% necessary
  9. Hi, everyone. I am in a full time accelerated nursing program (16-month entry level diploma RN) and I also work as a CNA. I find that I'm beginning to lose the motivation to study and put effort into school because I'm so exhausted/stressed all the time. I struggle with chronic fatigue and depression, so the normal being tired and stressed from nursing school is much worse for me. What kept you going so you could become a nurse, and how does it affect you as a working nurse?
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    Easiest Semester?

    Hey, all! I finish my first semester of nursing school in the middle of December, it's not too hard so far, we're about to start meds at the end of October. My program is a fast-track 16-month diploma RN program through a hospital. I was wondering, what was the hardest semester for you?
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    Just another "no friends in nursing school" rant

    I'm in my second month of school as well, and I don't have friends. I have people I work with in clinical and lab but other than that, we barely talk. I don't think I will make friends either, I'm here for my education and that's it. We should be friends!
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    Is There EBP Behind Two-Step Blood Pressures?

    For underinflating, I've always been told that if we hear a sound immediately upon releasing the cuff, we should close the valve pump it again while already inflated rather than completely deflating and starting over again
  13. My school has recently changed the way we take blood pressure from the normal, one step method so now we take a two step. If you're unfamiliar with two-step, I know my clinical instructors were, they had to learn it with us, this is accomplished by palpating the brachial artery and pumping the cuff until we no longer feel the pulse, deflate the cuff, then +30 to systolic so that you inflate 30mmHg above when you stopped feeling the pulse (If you felt the pulse end at 130mmHg then you inflate the cuff to 160mmHg), then you take the blood pressure a second time but now you are auscultating like you do normally in one-step but not inflating right to 200mmHg like you do with one-step, but to the number that you received from palpating, then boom after a lot of effort you have a reading! The instructors originally said they have no idea why we were doing it in the first place, which is not really encouraging. After us asking quite often "why" we have to do it this way, they figured out the "why" and they said the EBP behind it is that we put less pressure on the arm and it is supposedly more accurate. I don't understand this because 1. Whether or not you do 1-2 step, you get the same reading unless their blood pressure is over 200mmHg systolic 2. It is time consuming because it takes a while to find the brachial pulse and not lose it 3. It makes us look incompetent because rather than taking blood pressure once, we do it twice and at the beginning it takes quite some time, I believe this would cause the client to be less trusting of the nurse and question if they would want someone to care of them when they appear not to be capable of doing something as simple as taking vitals 4. You're taking blood pressure twice, doesn't that put greater pressure on the arm than it would inflating to 200mHg once? 5. Everyone is having a hard time feeling the brachial pulse especially because it isn't always strong, but when the cuff is inflated to a certain point the brachial pulse stops, wouldn't the radial pulse stop because it is below the cuff too? The radial pulse is much easier to find and not lose 6. My school says they keep up with the hospital and what they are doing so that we get "real world" experience, but in the real world, two-step blood pressures aren't done, they use an electronic cuff, which by the way, inflates to 200mmHg like we would when doing manual. Can anyone explain this to me because to my classmates and I, this makes very little sense. Thank you!
  14. Future-NurseRedHeart

    What's Your Favorite Drug Reference Book?

    We aren't getting them through the school, this is for my own reference. :)
  15. Future-NurseRedHeart

    What's Your Favorite Drug Reference Book?

    Hey, all! I'm on my second week of nursing school, in about 14 more weeks I am going to be passing meds. I would like to know what your favorite drug guide is so I can get one :)
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    First Week of School, Overwhelmed

    It's my first week of nursing school, and I feel so overwhelmed. I already broke down and cried because I feel like I'm not going to make it already. My school is a diploma program, I have class 5 days a week. I feel like they're starting in the middle, kind of like they expected us to come in with a pretty good amount of nursing knowledge already, they threw terms at us the first couple days that we didn't know and asked what's wrong with a patient and how to handle it. I though they would teach us about it first then ask us what's wrong and how to handle it, but that's not what happened at all and some of us can't help but feel lost and overwhelmed. I know so many of us in my group don't understand what's going on, some of them never worked in healthcare either so it's even harder for them. Is this normal? Will it change?