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KitKat2019

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  1. KitKat2019

    Blew a vein during clinical

    Hello all, I just wanted to rant about my OB clinical day and how stressful it was. A charge nurse came to me and told me to get my professor to draw labs on a triage patient today. Ok cool! Practice for me. I talked through it with my professor since it has been 8 months since I've started an IV or drew labs. I haven't had much time or opportunity to practice on a weekly basis in nursing school so I felt a little on the rusty side today. As soon as we walked into the patient's room I could immediately feel that I wasn't wanted because I'm a student and they were probably expecting someone with experience to draw her blood. Totally understandable. I would feel the same way. I couldn't see any of her veins with a tourniquet on and could barely feel the two veins that were parallel to one another. My instructor said "oooh, this is a good one here" and I had to go by what I was feeling since I none of her veins were popping. The problem was her vein curved to the left and I had to go in straight, then angle the needle to the other side. This was only my 2nd time drawing blood since last semester in nursing school (We had 4 months off in the summer) and I feel like a total failure! I punctured the other side of her vein even when I tried to go at a certain angle and my professor called me out in front of the patient saying, "you blew the vein. Ma'am would you like for me to stick you this time?" She said, "Yes, please." I was so embarrassed and still feel like a horrible human being because I absolutely did not intend to do that. I really feel terrible because I feel like the patient and her family hates me and my professor thinks I'm stupid. I know I need to practice more but I'm literally terrified to stick someone else again. To make matters worse, I had to use an 18 gauge needle to draw all of the labs, so I'm sure it didn't feel to good!! I'm afraid to keep practicing because I don't want to hurt someone, but I know it's the only way to get really good at something. Has anyone had something similar happen to them and can relate? I feel like I don't have support in my nursing program either.
  2. KitKat2019

    Blew a vein during clinical

    You're a bully and should not reply to anyone's post with that kind of attitude.
  3. KitKat2019

    Blew a vein during clinical

    You're a bully and should not reply to anyone's posts with that kind of attitude.
  4. KitKat2019

    I was not close to anyone during nursing school.

    Girl, I am right there with you. Except I'm finishing my last two semesters of nursing school and still don't fit in to any "group". My experience has been that nursing school is catty and full of mean girls, so I quit going out of my way to try and be friends with any of them. I started standing up for myself and calling people out when they were mean to me and I feel like I've gained some respect my last two semesters. But honestly, I stopped worrying about "not having friends" in nursing school. I could honestly care less at this point. I'm moving cities anyway with my husband when I graduate. You're not alone :)
  5. KitKat2019

    Blew a vein during clinical

    Thank you all for your advice I really appreciate it :)
  6. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Hi everyone!! I am a first semester BSN student and I'm kind of in a predicament... I don't know how to go about this because I don't want to have a target on my back. There is a girl in my cohort who showed me that she wrote down word-for-word questions from our mock dosage calculations test. I don't know if this is a big deal, but my intuition is telling me this isn't right. We are not supposed to take pictures and/or leave the classroom with our tests and this girl sitting next to me wrote down the questions/answers during review time. She showed this to me after class and I don't know if I should report this or not. My entire cohort is studying together in a couple of days for our med calc and first check-off and I really don't want to go because I don't trust this girl. She's also made me feel really uncomfortable bc she's asked me very personal questions that I don't feel comfortable sharing. It seemed like she was digging up info about me and she also would ask me things like, "The table you sit at during lecture is so loud, what are they talking about?" Also, she asked, "How could you afford a wedding while in college?" "What does you husband do for a living?" Etc. Those are things you ask your friends NOT someone you just met 3 days ago. And she insisted that I don't buy a parking pass for our simulation lab bc "we are all riding together." I said, sure! but I may need to come in on my own time in case I need to practice and study in the library", She said, "No if you go during the week, we'll ride together bc I need to practice too." She is trying to control me and wouldn't let me buy a parking permit. I have a family and other responsibilities and sometimes our schedules won't overlap. She never has anything to follow up with her odd Q's and I just don't feel like I can trust her. Any advice??
  7. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Oh, so you condone an aspiring nurse to cheat her way through school? I'm sure you would want her saving your loved one's life in the near future... Nice to know!
  8. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Actually,this is not true. Our professors said, "No phones, no taking pictures.. all tests must be returned before leaving." The test was practically the same as the mock test. The professors were appalled when I let them know someone was cheating. They are probably going to watch this girl from now on.
  9. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    I know it sounds insane, but those words came out of her mouth. I said, "I'm going to get a permit so I can have one too." She said, "no don't get a permit because we'll all ride together." I said," I need one so I can come in on my own to use the library or practice my skills." She said, "no I'll ride with you whenever you go in." I gave her a weird look and walked off. It was really strange.
  10. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Very true. I needed an outside opinion since I overthink everything lol. thank you
  11. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Given those choices, I'd rather people think I'm a "snitch" then become a part of the wrongdoing. I'm a newbie, I appreciate your advice :)
  12. KitKat2019

    Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Would I have a target on my back if I reported this, and everyone found out that I "snitched" or whatever? Or what if the instructor thinks I'm just trying to get people in trouble? I know it sounds silly and I haven't done anything wrong, but I don't want it to backfire on me. What should I tell my cohort when they all plan to get together and study? I know she's going to share answers with all of them and I don't want to be apart of the cheating.
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