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CatieK

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  1. Hi there, senior nursing student here. The other day I had my first day of clinical in the PICU and I made a completely stupid and dangerous mistake. My poor patient was on numerous drips and have numerous IVs in her right arm. One of the IVs went bad over night shift, and another went bad soon after we completed our morning assessment. She really needed another IV and she was a very hard stick. After about 30 minutes of trying, the vascular access team finally got an IV on her. Shortly after, we get busy by the doctors rounding, linen changes, trach suctioning, etc. The nurse then asks me if I can take out the IV that had gone bad upon our morning assessment. So I go ahead and take out the IV. It was the WRONG IV. I accidentally took out the brand new IV that they had just placed! Now the two IVs were very close to each other, both on the right forearm. However I still should have which was which considering I had watched them place the IV not even an hour ago. So basically I felt absolutely terrible and incompetent for the rest of the day. And worse, I will be working with this same nurse for the next month. I feel like I could write a book titled "How to make your preceptor hate you 101." Oh and even worse, this is the unit that I would like to be hired into when I graduate in 6 months. The nurse continually told me throughout the day not to feel bad, that it wasn't that big of a deal, but I know it was. This patient was a critically ill patient. She needed that IV access. Thankfully they were able to place a midline in her later on that day, but still. It was completely my fault that they had to do that. I guess now I am asking for advice on how to mentally move past this, and on how to make it up to my preceptor. Are any hopes of becoming a PICU nurse completely ruined? Because I sure feel that way right now. I am trying to let it go and go into my next shift with a positive attitude, but I just feel like I have ruined the whole thing by this one mistake. Any comments and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    It happened to my neighbor who is currently a senior in nursing school!
  3. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    Awesome, I'm glad someone made a FB group. I just joined
  4. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    I just got my acceptance letter as well! I'm so shocked honestly. Fingers crossed that everyone here who got on the alternate will soon be accepted too :)
  5. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    I haven't received anything yet. I suppose they don't send all of the emails at once? I'm stressing!
  6. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    I know, right? My group didn't actually get to go in, but it still seems really cool. And I'm so happy they gave us a date for when we'll hear back. Now I don't have to stress for the entire next month.
  7. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    Yeah apparently they do the tour before the essay! I'm glad I got there early. It really wasn't bad though. Everyone is super nice and helpful, and the topic is extremely easy. They definitely just want to see whether or not you can form a competent paragraph. To everyone who did it today, were you able to write the full 2 pages?! Mine was like a page and a half. I hope that's okay!
  8. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    Oh goodness I can't even let myself think of class schedules and stuff because I am trying so hard not to get my hopes up. So does anybody know exactly what we'll we doing this week? I know it's 30 mins for the essay, typed on Word, and then a tour of the nursing school, correct? Does anybody have any more details?
  9. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    I have a cousin who is a senior at LSU Nursing and she suggested slacks and a blazer. I might wear a dress and a blazer though idk
  10. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    I thought the interview went okay. I'm hoping I do really well on the essay though. I'm scheduled for the 28th too! At 11 am I'm pretty sure.
  11. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    That would be amazing!! The only info session I attended was last year at LSU-BR and they didn't give us the essay topic.
  12. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    I almost chose that one! Honestly, I doubt it matters what you picked just as long as you explained it properly. I'm still nervous though. I can't believe we have to wait nearly 2 months before we know anything!
  13. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    If anyone is willing to share, what did you choose as the core value that you implement in your life? I chose professionalism, but I'm just really unsure of my answer. I'm curious to see what other people chose.
  14. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    Just completed it! They asked about implementing a core value, who is your inspiration, how you resolve conflicts, what would you do if you don't get in, and a demonstration of something. I'm missing one question but I can't remember what it is... What I did was jot down what I wanted to say on a piece of paper for each question as a reference in case I lost my train of thought and that really helped. Its really not bad! Although I did have to use my phone to record myself because my laptop's mic wouldn't work :/
  15. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    Same. Good luck!
  16. CatieK

    LSU Spring 2018 BSN

    When are you all planning on doing your interviews? It seems like its going to be easy because of the unlimited time we have to form our answers, but I'm still nervous