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    What has been your Favorite Class?

    Im just curious. What has been your favorite class while in school? What class are you looking forward to most? Mine would have to be Sign Language, I loved my ASL Class. The class I am looking most forward to is my Critical Care Clinical, and My Staff Mngt class. Anything unusual? BrandyBSN
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    What is this?

    I am not sure what hyperbaric nursing is. Would you fill me in? Thanks Brandy
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    Student Support Group?

    Would any of you like to be in a student support group on AOL Instant Messenger? We can add each other to our lists, and any time we are online, we can be available to eachother for support? If so, my screen name is BrandyBSN. I would be thrilled to have some other nursing students or recent grads to compare with? Could be a lot of fun!
  4. I was just wondering if any of you use Palm Pilots, Handspring Visors, or the like. I have a Visor, which I use for much of my class work, grades, schedules, but I also have an ABG decoder, diddlebug (a post-it note type of program) which I use to jot down notes to myself, patient notes, vitals, and labs i need to check. Does anyone else use your PDAs in the clinical/practice setting? Thanks BrandyBSN
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    Heavily Tättooed: Can I get into nursing???

    I work in a small town, Community Health currently, and in an ER before that. I have a tattoo on my shoulder, and patients never saw it, however we had a tech that had tattoos on the backs of her hands, a respiratory therapist with peace and lover on the tops of his knuckles, two radiology techs and one RN with tribal style arm bands that always show below their sleeve line. I dont think that in this day and age of healthcare professional shortages that facilities can afford to be that picky. If you are licensed, can do a good job at patient care, they need you, regardless of how much ink you have. That being said... nursing schools are a different story. The way the students look does reflect on the clinical program and the school that they are attending. Because they are PROVIDING you a service (by educating you) they can afford to be more demanding. Worst case scenerio, you will probably have to wear a long sleeve t-shirt under your scrub top. yes, there are several make-ups that you can use, but i would not recommend them in a clinical setting. with the amount of times you will be washing your hands, and at times up to your elbows, the make-up is not practical. Even if it the label says it is waterproof, it will fade during the day. It, is also fairly expensive to do your whole arms with every day. Follow the rules to the best of your ability, get through school, and then I doubt that you will have any problems in the workforce. Good Luck, Brandy
  6. Hey all. Many of the student nurses have already heard this, but for those who were not online when I got home, I will explain. Many ADNs have taken a few of my posts as condescending. I didnt outward say exactly what I thought, but their conclusions may have been right. I did think that a BSN nurse was better than an ADN nurse. But I didnt have all the facts. Logically, I could not understand why anyone who dispute this "fact". Unfortunately, for my pride anyways", it is not always a fact. In theory, my thoughts were "if I have been doing assessments for 4 years, and you ADNs have been doing it for 2, have on earth can you say that I would not be better at it than you?" But, I had the wrong "facts". After going home this weekend to play golf, i talked to a few of my friends from highschool that have gone into nursing at different universities. They were a year behind me in school, and they are juniors in their BSN programs now. They were talking about "just starting assessments". I asked "havent you been doing that for a while now?" I was shocked to learn that they hadnt done ANYTHING related to nursing in the past 2 years. They were just starting. You see, in my nursing program, we start doing assessments as Freshmen, during our first semester. So I assumed that all nursing programs did that if they offered BSNs. I learned that this is NOT the case. From what I gathered, my program is an exception, not a rule. Many dont even accept students into the nursing major until 60 credit hours have been completed, and they have junior status. If this is the case, then BSN nurses who have attended those programs have no more "nursing" education than those who have an ADN, and have gone for 2 years also. I cried when I found out. I learned that I was SOOO wrong! I thought that since my physical assessments, and clinical skills started when I was a freshman, that all other programs were the same way. I will have had 4 years of assessment technique when I graduate with my BSN, but not all BSNs have that. Many started out when clinicals started in the JR year, not before. SO they really do only have 2 years of "nursing", and 2 years of gen eds. Same experience level, same length of nursing education... Not all programs are like mine, and not all programs are just for the JR/SR years... but learning this has really changed my opinion on a lot of issues. I honestly dont "think" I meant to be condescending in my posts, but in all likelyhood, I probably was. I am a student, 21 years old, and I often jump to a side before I have all the facts. I am still young, and still learning... but I can promise you all this. From now on I will look much more closely at the "quality" of the education, not the quantity". I am still very proud of my BSN education, which really is nursing for the full 4 years here, but I guess I am "more" proud of my nursing program than I actually am of my degree. I'll still wear it on my name badge, and I will still sign it once I pass my NLCEX, but i will think about it differently now. It doesnt quiet hold the same "status" symbol for me that if did before this weekend. All programs are not created equally, and all nurses are not created equally, but the degree that you hold says very little about who you are, and what you do. I always felt that I would be a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree holder first, a nurse second... I feel like I will be a Registered nurse, who happens to have a Bachelors Degree. Quite a turn around for my stubborn brain. Yeah, im still damned proud, but not of my degree as much as what I have learned, and what kind of a nurse I hope to be, and what I can do for other nurses and my patients. So... here is the apology part of my post. Tricia, Anne, LeAnn, and any other ADN nurses that I have offended, or have been condescending to, rather purposefully, or subconsciencely, I am truely sorry. But I can promise you this... My way of thinking has changed. Qualtily is better than quantity, experience always outranks education, and this chick KNOWS that she has a lot to learn. And I thank you for helping me learn this valuable lesson. I am sure I will be a better nurse because of what I have learned from all of you. Thanks for Reading, BrandyBSN
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    dog shampoo for LICE!

    I might get some flames for this... but i havent been fried for a while so here goes... I can understand that some families can not afford 100$ to pay for RID. Its expensive. there is a Walmart brand that is a lot less... but that is beside the point. Many of these parents who can not afford to spend 20 bucks on their kids health come to the ER to get treatment. We cant treat them, so they just "dont" treat them. They send them back to school, and infest other children. This makes school life worse for kids that are already labelled as "poor" or low-class. These are the same parents that magically have the money to buy cigarettes, brand name soda and foods, while their children get put to the side with the trash. They have the money to buy DVDs, rent movies, eat at McDonalds, and wear expensive tennis shoes while their kids are barely clothed, holes in the socks and toes of their shoes. They can afford HBO, but can't afford generic motrin for their children temperatures. And I am definately not talking about the parents that are broke-broke... that means NO perks for themselves OR their children. There are public agencies to help these families. I'm talking about the people that complain about been "so poor" yet can afford the finer things for themselves, but not for their children. It literally makes me want to vomit. As far as using Dog Shampoo on your children. I dont care if the "active ingredient" is the same. There is technically roast beef in ALPO... but I am not going to feed it to a child. Its not graded safe for children. Not to mention it is not formulated for human hair oils. I love my dog. She uses my shampoo (vet said that was ok) because it smells good and helps detangle her hair. She could eat my food if we were too poor to buy her her own... but Im not going to share her kibble and wormer pills. those are meant for her, not me, and definately not my child. BrandyBSN:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
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    Labrynthitis (VERTIGO!!) Please help me!!

    Yes! I can relate! I had the first ear infection that I had had in atleast 14 years 3 months ago, and am still suffering from the dizziness plus a perfed eardrum. Drink LOTS of water, it helps with the draining, and also swallowing seems to make the pain better (if you are still hurting). I'm past the pain now, but i can't turn my head quickly from side to side, or look up and down very fast. Its been over 2 months, and It is just now starting to be better this week. It is terrible, and I hope you get better very soon. BrandyBSN
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    BSN or ASN?

    I "Highly" suggest that you search for this subject in the old archives instead of rediscussing this issue. You will find that there are many ways to look at this issue, and groups that are very passionate about each. Please review the old posts. They will answer any/every question you could imagine. Thanks, BrandyBSN
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    QuadraMed and Need Ideas!

    I recently changed jobs temporarily, and am now working in information systems. Our hospital bought QuadraMed to use, and after travelling to Virginia for training, I am heading the application team for patient charting and plan of care. I am currently working on setting our hospital assessment documentation as "lists" for electronic charting. The main problem I am having right now, is staff "buy-in". There is a ton of negativity towards computers, and many older nurses are threatening to have a mass exodus. How did your hospitals approach the negativity and apprehension of the current floor staff? Our GO-Live is set for July 15th. I have dictionary review starting next tuesday. Any ideas for making it better for staff? Also, if anyone has experience with QuadraMed, please let me know! Thanks So Much! BrandyBSN
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    QuadraMed and Need Ideas!

    Our application implementation team is composed of 9 RNs, one from each area of the hospital, one Resp. Therapist, a nurse who currently works in data processing, and one software application educator. They are referred to as "HATs" Hospital Application Team members. I am the "ACE", or Application Content Expert. I am transplanted into this role, as the first "ACE" we had quit prior to going to training in Virginia. Because I had previously worked as a hardware technician for my university I was offered the job. We have started training the end-user staff. Class size is limited to 10 students, and there are both myself, and the software applications educator that are conducting the training. We have spent extensive time on the curriculum, and standardized examples and teaching plans. Those that are familiar with computers do very well, but those that are not are having a very hard time. We have found that a large percentage of the nurses in our facility can not perform basic keyboarding skills, or operate a mouse. We are now in the process of offering an "intro to computers" course. However, often those that sign up -- do not show up for class, which is extremely frustrating. We have no "power" to force nurses to come. Currently I am trying to set up a vendor fair, and am awaiting confirmation from the invites I have mailed out. Ergotron and Dell are our two top picks for carts and computers. We are also testing some tablet PCs, but are finding the Pens tend run away, and data entry is not easy with the program. Dictionary review starts tomorrow. Hopefully I will have some good ideas at the end of the week. Thanks!
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    schooling required;

    I got my hair cut yesterday, but it has been pretty short for a while. I am in ER every 3rd weekend, and working full time in information systems, atleast until august, then the position may become permanent :) Hugs! BrandyBSN
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    schooling required;

    you wouldn't be required to go to a community college... it all depends on where you apply, and if you get accepted to a university. I can't honestly say that I know someone who has dropped out of HS, and gotten into a 4-year program with a GED, but I know that it IS possible, and I am sure there are members of this board that have either done it, or known a nurse that has done it. Congrats on trying to take this next step to further your education! Hope it works out well for you. Apply where you really want to go, go talk to an admissions counselor... they could put you on the path you need to get the answers you want. BrandyBSN
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    Maxed out student loans??

    Definately dont put any part of college on credit cards, high rates will kill you. Some universities have "hardship loans" to take out for short-term use, or workstudy... have you looked in to these options? Also, if you have any equity in your home, you could considering taking out a line of credit against property... just make sure you can handle the payments. Normally HELOC (home equity lines of credit) have decent interest rates if only used short-term. I wish you the best of luck. Lack of finances are one of the most stressful situations in life. Take that from a 2002-grad-an-broke RN :)
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    Maxed out student loans??

    I really doubt that clearing up "recent" credit problems will really do that much for you, as they look at patterns over extended time periods.... School is going to be stressful enough without having to worry about creditors knocking on your door, plus if you default on student loans that sticks to your credit report for years and years. Do yourself a favor and get your debt paid down before this next adventure. It will put less stress on you, and increase your chances of success. JMHO, BrandyBSN
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    New job! No more hospital for me!

    Congrats Cherry! I hope to be joining you soon in the "normal" schedule of life. I just starting working on the hospital computer system full time in February, getting ready for computerized charting. Its a temp job right now, pay is the same, I still have to work every 3rd weekend, but if the position becomes permanent, I wont have to do that any more. I love working in ER, I love the skills, and the pace, but with terrible staffing, poor morale, and co-workers that call in VERY frequently leaving us high and dry, I can't wait to start something new. I'm being very careful not to burn any bridges though... I might want to re-travel them someday, and definately want to get an invitation back at a later time. Congrats! BrandyBSN
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    Extra pay for certification or degrees?

    We get a whole 50 cents an hour more for having a BSN, and 25 cents on hour for Certifications. Its better than nothing... but it doesn't make a significant difference in the paycheck, or in the rate I am paying down my student loan debt.
  18. Hey all! Sorry I havent been around much lately, been so busy at work with new information systems and what not, feel like I havent had time for anything as of late. My hospital is sending me and 9 other nurses to Restin, Virginia for training on our new "QuadraMed Affinity" so that we can come back, and be the liasons for updating the systems as needed.... we have implemented this program for order entry and results management, as well as our admitting and registration departments... however with Phase 2 beginning, we are a new team in charge of Clinical Charting. Our job will be to design the software for all nurses to use to chart on patients, and later in the year, will be bringing in the MDs for their charting on the patients. Has anyone completed this type of training, or used Quadramed for charting. If so, how did it go, what did you like, not like. etc. Thanks in advance! BrandyBSN
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    blood doesnt bother me in the least, but anything from the lungs or bowels will send me to the dirty utility room bleaching my skin to kill whatever the patient was harboring. good poll :) BrandyBSN
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    Suicide Pacts - A Vent

    This week has been "national nursing home dump in the ER week". Happened over mother's day too. Kids go see their parents/grandparents that they havent seen since christmas and all of a sudden realize that *GASP* they dont look too good! So what do they do? Bring gram and gramps to the emergency room. Along with 25 family members that are "oh so concerned" about that particular family member that they only care to visit twice a year. Grampa has had a UTI for 3 months... but TODAY it is an emergency. GRRRR! We are short 4 full time RNs, down two techs, and we dont use LPNs in the ER per hospital policy, people keep calling in sick even when we KNOW they are not sick because they know that when they come to work they are going to get triple patient loads because we have no staff. This has made me decide two different things... Im going to start working as a part time recruiter for the hospital at Missouri Universities to get new grads into our facility... If I have children, I am going to be really really nice to them so they pick a nursing home that actually ASSESSES before they send me out half naked in an ambulance for a CHRONIC UTI. If I DONT have children... im making a suicide pact with someone, so that they shoot me the day I can't make it on my own. Ok, I rarely rant anymore... but this felt GOOD!
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    Just wanna say----------->

    Been a week that way here in ER. Not sure why but i think i have triaged everyone living in the county atleast twice this week. its nice out side... PEOPLE GO HOME!
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    yes, a few weeks ago 4 year old boy raped by his uncle. bad situation. will probably have to go to court.
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    Sprained Ankle

    "RICE" it! Rest Ice Compress (ace bandage or something) and Elevate it! Hope you are feeling better soon!
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    Nurse Doctorate degree

    so thats only 600 clinical hours??? thats not much... or was that just the first year. that would sound about right.
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    You'll kick butt :) relax

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