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Psychiatric residential counselor, student nurse
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    Columbia basin college Nursing 2019

    Phone call!
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    Columbia basin college Nursing 2019

    Nobody I know in the program works full time, and I only know a handful of people who work part-time (myself included). The majority don't work at all, it's just frankly too much. I also only work Friday-Sunday, and the only reason I'm able to while in school is because of the downtime in which I can study. Some resources to check out: 1. Foundation scholarship at CBC (can apply specifically as a student nurse - fill this out!) 2. STEPP program - make monthly payments towards your tuition so you don't need to take out a loan. 3. IF you work - check if your employer has tuition reimbursement.
  3. Thank you soo much for all your tips!!!! I really appreciate it a lot ..

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      Absolutely! 🙂

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    Columbia basin college Nursing 2019

    Absolutely! Oh my gosh, so many. Find a good stethoscope, but don't be spending tons of cash to get something like the Littmann cardiology. Things get lost or misplaced, and frankly, as a student nurse you won't be able to differentiate between a lot of the finer noises for a long time anyways My personal favorite has been MDF. They range from $60-100, are very comfortable, and sounds are very clear. Plus, free lifetime warranty and parts repair (at least on mine!). I personally did opt for engraving, however, don't put "nurse" or "RN" behind your name with the engraving, since you don't have your licence - but soon, young padawan, soon. If you don't already have one, you'll need a computer/laptop for home. My personal favorite is the surface pro - they can swap from laptop to tablet, and I can write or type notes, and write notes on top of the lecture powerpoints, which is so handy, and the battery lasts for ages. I'd avoid Apple products (like Macbooks), some students have struggled with the programs we use on them. You WILL need a printer as well. You just do. Most small supplies (like a blood pressure cuff) will be in a supply bag that you'll have to buy once you're accepted. Good rule of thumb is that if it's touching or going in a patient (with the exception of a stethoscope), it'll be either in the bag or provided in the hospital. You WILL need to buy a penlight, and hemostats are always handy too. Not necessary, but I also really enjoy my hip stethoscope holder. The Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN Examination book will be your best friend. If you bribe me with pizza, I may also share my quizlets I've made already for all the lectures and units. Buy compression socks and nursing shoes. I personally can't recommend Dansko clogs - a lot of students have not liked theirs. The shoes must be all black or all white, with no holes/mesh/any way a needle or bodily fluid could get through to your skin, and no extra embellishment (like the Nike logo). I personally wear lace-up, all leather shoes. They cannot be black and white (IE black shoe with white sole)- either one color or the other. Make sure they're comfortable! Your socks need to match your shoe color. A good clipboard! I personally love the foldable nursing ones on Amazon - they WILL fit in your school scrubs pocket! That's honesty the main things. I'm sure you'll purchase more things as you go (like an injection pad to practice injections), but that is the bulk of it, including your books! Great question!
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    Looking up patients on Facebook

    I'm not arguing, I entirely agree, but isn't the patients name PHI? And if you only knew that name due to caring for the patient, isn't entering that into a personal item (like phone or PC) a violation? At the very least, yeah, definitely creepy and ethically wrong.
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    Sen. Maureen Walsh Response to Backlash

    My thoughts exactly. This wasn't apologetic. She's not upset about what she said, she just wishes she would have kept it to herself.
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    Sen. Maureen Walsh Response to Backlash

    Per my local newspaper (I live in Washington), this is the only thing she had to say about her statement of 'nurses probably play cards', and is currently her only publicly released statement: “I was tired,” she said. “I said something I wish I hadn’t.”
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    Teachers Discriminating against students

    I'm sorry you had such a poor experience. I want to break down a few things. 1. You chose to work a grueling job during school. I understand that not everyone has the luxury to not work or take out loans, but you are also choosing to not set yourself up for success by working a job like that. If you already worked nights, why not find a slower job that would allow you some time to study? My school made it very clear that work could never come before school. 2. The instructors are only human too, so I can't necessarily blame them for looking at you in a negative light if you were falling asleep during lectures. I understand you listened to the lectures later, but the instructors likely don't know that, and don't care. It makes you appear outwardly uninterested.. 3. Which leads into my third point, instructors helping some students over others. Instructors can and will play favorites with students who show interest vs others that they see as uninterested or uncaring. 4. You overslept on your project. You need to take the blame there. Again, this comes back to the instructors helping some students over other based on how the instructors perceive the students. The instructors do not have to let you make up something that you overslept on. 5. You were not "cheated" out of your degree. If everything above was summarized accurately, there are several things you could have changed to set yourself up in a better position to pass. The only way this can end your career and future as an RN is if you choose to let it.
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    Looking up patients on Facebook

    1. Part of my concern was that if you look someone up on FB, they can appear on yours and your friends' "suggested friends" lists, and your account is likely to appear on the suggested list of the person you looked up. Even if it's legally allowed, is it ethical to establish that kind of online connection? 2. I LOVE, love, love your profile picture.
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    Looking up patients on Facebook

    If you're already part of some of the student nursing Facebook groups, you may have seen this going around before it got dirty deleted. I wanted to get some professionals' opinions. Apparently some nursing students and RNs believe it is okay to look up your patient's Facebook for the sole purpose of curiosity, not for an emergency purpose (IE trying to find a family member to contact, etc.) To me, this is very much a HIPAA violation, even though Facebook is technically public information. What is your thoughts on this?
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    Playing Cards

    I left a hashtag on her Facebook that she keeps deleting/hiding. #yourcareeriscoding
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