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  1. I need to vent about my Nursing program

    I always scratched my head over the material in lecture. Once I started getting into clinicals where I can apply what I have learned and see it in action, it all made sense. My head was spinning trying to remember chem 7s, CBCs, ABGs and everything...
  2. Considering Nursing, Good and Bad?

    Volunteer at your local hospital. You will have an excellent opportunity to see nurses in action and see if it is something you want to do. I did that, and as a result, I just finished my second semester of nursing school and am halfway to the NCLE...
  3. Help me pick a surgery to observe!!

    A lot depends on the facility. A teaching hospital will most likely be better than a private hospital. I was fortunate to be at a teaching hospital and got to see some great procedures (BKA, ORIF, double mastectomy and bilateral lap salpingo oopher...
  4. Starting nursing school this fall. Any tips?

    I would echo this. Nursing school can be a real time suck while in session. Enjoy the breaks. If you feel the need, read a bit of your fundamentals text but don't go too far overboard. As far as supplies, get a good stethoscope. I like my Littman...
  5. Ask the nurses to do cool stuff!!!!!

    Absolutely agree with this. I have been able to remove a picc and help with removing a chest tube and jp because I asked. All great experiences that most of my classmates haven't done yet. All because I asked when I saw them on the orders for my p...
  6. Helpful Items to Purchase for Nursing School

    Cheap watch, comfortable shoes, clipboard (the folding nurse one is great), lots of pens and pencils, some sharpies, highlighters, lots of paper. Some good shears, a good stethoscope, drug guide (hard Copy or on your phone/tablet if allowed). Everyo...
  7. Clinical Instructors say the darndest things

    There are far worse things in life than not having your clinical instructor's endorsement for being a psych nurse. Did you want to be a psych nurse?
  8. PICC line question

    Hello everyone, I am a second semester student and have a question. My med-surf clinical instructor stated that removing a PICC line is a sterile procedure. I questioned (in a nice way) why that is the case. She really couldn't answer. I get why ...
  9. PICC line question

    Basically the answer I got was because it needs to be sterile on insertion and care. I asked if that is the case, why doesn't pulling a foley need to be sterile?
  10. PICC line question

    Fair enough. When pulling the PICC, you are removing it from the pt. I get insertion needs to be sterile because you are introducing something into the body. However, removal is removing and not introducing. On a side note, disagree is rather stro...
  11. Los Angeles Pierce College Spring 2018

    Oops, double post...
  12. Los Angeles Pierce College Spring 2018

    Hi everyone, I am also in the semester ahead of you. I truly recommend listening to Denis. He is full of information and has proved very helpful and a wonderful advocate for our class. When he says to make a class Facebook page, make a class Faceb...
  13. I would guess it is the same for all. I don't see anyone being ostracized or left out and everyone seems to move easily between any groups. As for the groups themselves, they are just about what bench you are on during breaks and they are pretty fl...
  14. First semester nursing student here. Everyone in my program is very helpful and friendly. We share notes and study materials and help each other out with the subjects we are god at. I feel far more connected with my fellow students that I have kno...
  15. Should I Go to Nursing School?

    You shouldn't have to be enrolled in any program to volunteer. Most hospitals have websites that have links to volunteer opportunities. Many of the different units in the hospital will have positions for volunteers. I have been volunteering in an ...
  16. Will I have a social life in nursing school

    Just remember quantity does not equal quality when it comes to studying. Find your effective study strategies and you can balance everything. Just be disciplined enough to say when and where you can let go. I am a current nursing student and can te...
  17. Should I Go to Nursing School?

    I would volunteer at a hospital to see what nurses do. That is what I did when thinking about changing careers. Now I am 6 weeks into my first semester of nursing school and am happy I had some idea what I was getting myself into. Good luck!
  18. Already been told I shouldn't be a nurse (Rant)

    I wouldn't worry at all about what an instructor in a CPR course says. They don't know what you are capable of or how you will perform as an RN. The only ones that can tell you that are your instructors at nursing school, and even then, they could ...
  19. Nursing @ 32?

    6 weeks into my first semester. 43 here, will be 45 when i graduate. You are not too old by any stretch. If you want it, go for it. The only advice I will give is to go all in and don't regret not doing it sooner. You can't change the past and i...
  20. To late to start?

    As others have said, 35 is not too old. I am 43 and just started (about to start my 3rd week).
  21. Pre req 5 years limit?

    As previously stated, it depends on the school you are applying to. I am going back to school after earning a BS in Biology in 1995. Because this was so long ago and many of the prereqs I took back then, I was limited in the number of schools I cou...
  22. NYT Article: Men don't want to be nurses, and their wives agree

    I am switching jobs from teaching to nursing (beginning nursing school in August). My wife is very happy and excited for me to start the career. I agree that those who are predisposed or interested in nursing and not put-off by the idea that it is ...
  23. Los angeles pierce college Rn program for fall 2017

    Nothing new here, just waiting on the drug test. Doing the TB test this afternoon. Getting excited for this to start! Fortunately, I had a full physical in mid-March. Don't need to get another one.
  24. Los angeles pierce college Rn program for fall 2017

    I haven't heard from them beyond a confirmation email that I have accepted a spot in their fall 2017 cohort. In it Karla said she was planning on sending info either last week or this week.
  25. 43 and starting an ADN program this fall.