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  1. Needing some advice: My fiance is currently an LVN working at the State psychiatric hospital. Today he was suspended due to being a "moderate risk" due to an incident with a patient last week. Last week, the patient had climbed a chair in an attempt to remove/mess with one of the security cameras hanging from the ceiling. After failing to comply with the RN/PNAs requests to get down, my fiance came out of the med room and removed him from the chair. As he was walking away, the patient charged at him and punched him in the face. My fiance then grabbed the patient, took him into an arm hold, and forced the patient down while other staff responded. This patient has repeated behaviors of assaulting other patients and other staff members. He is restrained pretty frequently throughout the week. Today was my fiances' first day back on the unit after being released from restrictions due to a mild concussion and hematoma from the assault. While being interviewed by the Investigator, the investigator is claiming that it appears my fiance was taking a swing at the patient and the patient was backing up. This would indicate a violation of patient rights and assault from a staff member. The security footage shows my fiance grabbing the patient after being hit and taking him down but no indication he was taking a swing at the patient. However, another employee who was a witness says that the Investigator is trying to make it seem like my fiance was attacking the patient back. Until the investigation is over, which could take 2 weeks, my fiance is suspended and has to use all his sick/days off to cover for the suspension. My question is this: what protections, if any, do nurses have when a staff member is attacked by a patient and has to restrain him from causing possible harm to other staff or other patients? This could possibly mess with his career when he didn't do anything wrong. He did not assault the patient and put the safety of the staff and other patients over his own well-being until the situation was handled appropriately. Do we need to hire a lawyer in order to fight any possible accusations? Is there a BON law that protects nurses from wrongful termination in such events? Any advice would be helpful. Thank you!
  2. Eliziel

    Austin Community College 2019

    As a fellow Level 2 EVC NS, I would suggest getting the print and ebook version of the text. It will cost around $450, but I have found it well worth it for studying. Understand that these books cover for ALL levels in your cohort. So for future books, you have 1 or 2 that will be added on per semester. IE, Level 2 is just an IV drug book, $50. Having the printed material can make it so much easier to study with while the ebook version makes it easy to access during clinical. Level 1 EVC teachers are the BEST ever! Without them, I doubt I would be where I am today. They really help you flourish as a student. As far as stethoscopes go, I would suggest investing in the Littman. I also have the MDF double lumen stethoscope version, and by far, the Littman hands down is the best for assessments. email me at arielle.egan@g.austincc.edu if you have any questions!
  3. Eliziel

    Austin Community College 2019

    I had to do a work around with the financial aid to get Nursing Skills paid for. I took 2 classes from the Pre-Nursing degree plan that would also be for the BSN degree, and took just enough classes to make the min required hours to get full grant money. Talk to financial aid, they helped me out, hopefully they will help you out too.
  4. Eliziel

    Austin Community College 2019

    A few of my classmates work while going to class and clinical. Understand that clinical schedules do not get released until the week before class. L1 and L2 are 2x per week for about 6 hours. L3 and L4 are 12h shifts. Class times are usually in the morning from 8-12 and labs are generally until 2-3 depending your group time. This also doesn't include going to the hospital the day before to get patient info. So nursing school can take up A LOT of your time. If you do work, make sure they are EXTREMELY flexible to your nursing schedule as well as study schedule. The first 8 weeks are pretty busy due to check offs, etc. Second 8 weeks are harder study wise because everything is more critical thinking than skill based. This is for Level 1 of course. I am just starting Level 2.
  5. Eliziel

    Austin Community College 2019

    Email your professor. Throughout your time at ACC, NEVER, and I mean, NEVER be afraid to ask where something is or for any sort of help. They are the best at helping.
  6. Eliziel

    Austin Community College 2019

    I'm so glad! The Nursing community at ACC is pretty great so I know for myself that helped ease a lot of anxiety. I found 1105 to be really fun and enjoyable, its an easy A if you study and practice the skills a lot. Its not hard like the program but it will tell you whether your suited for nursing or not. Get yourself your own stethoscope and blood pressure cuff to practice at home, but while in class, utilize their dinky teaching scopes because they are the ones you get tested with both in 1105 and during mastery check off first week of Level 1. You've made it here. ACC is really awesome! What campus is your preference?
  7. Eliziel

    Austin Community College 2019

    Hey guys, so first of all, congrats into applying into the ACC nursing program. I'll be starting Level 2 in August and I have to say it's been tough, but totally worth it. So as you may know. In order to apply for the program you have to have all pre-reqs and a GPA of at least 2.5. Well, for someone who's grades weren't the best and got into the program first round, I can say don't stress too much. If you did well on the HESI, and a decent GPA and have co-reqs, your pretty much in. My rank was a 33, and my GPA sucked. But I did well on HESI and had co-reqs. Letters probably won't go out until October, so don't stress. Extensions are pretty common now for the program for applications. Just study well for 1105, practice ALOT and study medication administration for Level 1 (non IV calculations), such as oral or injection. Piece of advice as well, if you have an eligibility problem with TXBON, submit a Declatory Order now, it takes about 3 months to get a response. Good luck! The teachers at Eastview are awesome, the sweat and tears are worth it, and the people you meet are just the best. If you have any questions, let me know!
  8. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    I didn't really study the chapters, I reviewed the powerpoints and studied the checklists for all the skills we need to know. The tests are basically common sense. What your supposed to do/not do, proper technique, I found most of the material was from the powerpoints and what you do in the lab. Ive been getting As on all the tests.
  9. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    The campus you get is the campus all your nursing classes will be at.
  10. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    In terms of "explain to the patient", it's really what your in the room to do and sometimes why. So if your just going in to give a blanket, that's what you say. Later when you do ROM, changing bed or vitals, hygiene etc, then that's what you'll say more and why. "Right now I'm going to help you walk around, give a bath and do some joint health movements and then change the linens for you. Do you have any questions or concerns?" Just imagine a real hospital scene and you'll be just fine!
  11. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    Don't stress about the scenarios. The first check off since you haven't learned any other skill yet, so just make sure you properly do entry measures, correctly don PPE and know full hand washing techniques (ie. how long the process is, how your supposed to wash your hands how much soap, etc ), taking off PPE then exit measures. At most extra from that you may give the patient a blanket or some water. Verbalize that your verify HCP order, no exp dates, giving privacy. The rest of the check offs your given simple scenarios that reflect what you need to demonstrate. In those cases they are literally real life like scenes. So don't stress over scenarios, focus on mastering all the skills. Everything else just falls into place! Good luck!
  12. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    I choose EVC as my first campus then CEC RRC. I heard RRC was really hard compared to EVC and the experience in general was better at EVC. It'll be a little harder for me since I live in NW Austin, close to Cedar Park, but I figured it would be worth it. Right now only thing I'm stressing about is child care arrangements in january lol. I really can't wait. It's been a long road.
  13. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    I got the letter!! Already accepted! Anyone else get in too?!
  14. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    5pm. I'm so anxious. Ahhhh...!!!!
  15. Eliziel

    Austin Community College ADN Spring 2018

    Oh, and it's best to verbalize everything that way the grader knows you know the steps and kinda helps makes things flow and not forget anything
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