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    Bad day at clinical

    Thanks, everyone. :) I'm studying today for my theory test tomorrow, so I guess that means I'm not leaving this week. I'm still dreading the thought of going back to clinical on Thursday, but I'll deal with that later this week... Thanks again. I'm going to print out some of your responses to keep with me for when I get discouraged. Krista
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    Nursing school & family: Now or later?

    Someone once told me (I think it was on this forum!) that there is never an optimal time to go to nursing school. There is always something that will come up... One thing that helps me to get more study time is building it into the time I spend at school. I try to arrive to school *at least* a half hour early (I try to get there even earlier, but it doesn't always work out). That half hour is all study time. I also try to spend the time between my classes *just* studying. It is just about the only time I'm able to do good, focused studying, but the time adds up and it is far more productive than any I spend studying at home. One other thing that has worked for me is making up note cards and taking them with me when I have to go pick someone up. There is invariable some wait time, and I figured it was just wasted sitting there in the car for fifteen minutes or whatever. Now that 15 minutes buys me a little bit of study time. You can also use them in the kitchen when you're making dinner -- just think about the time you spend sitting and thinking "I could be studying right now" and use that time with your note cards. :) The other thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to have perfect grades. I'm a perfectionist by nature, and it has been difficult for me to accept anything less than a 4.0, but to be in school with three little kids (mine are 6, 4 and 1), I've had to lower my expectations of myself. B's still get degrees (and so do C's for that matter!)! I know it is hard to accept, but just do the best you can, study whenever you get a chance. You'll do great! :) Krista
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    Happy Birthday to ...

    Happy birthday, Moni!! I hope it's a great one! Krista
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    Bad day at clinical

    Hi everyone, I had the worst day at clinical today. We're in a long term care facility for the next six weeks. We began clinicals yesterday, and I actually had one of those "I know I want to be a nurse" days yesterday, and I was really excited that I "knew" I was in the right place, even though I've been feeling like quitting for the past several weeks. Today, I may have been pushed over the edge. We only have a short clinical on Fridays, pretty much just long enough to help do feedings and to do assessments on our patients. Keep in mind, this was only my second day -- I fed my first patient ever yesterday. Today, my instructor told me to follow some of the NACs around that were passing trays so that I could learn to do that, and I somehow got roped (by one of my fellow students, no less!) into being the sitter in the dayroom, where three of the residents eat. Two of the three eat fine by themselves, but have some strange habits that keep them away from the other residents, but the third is a food thrower. The NACs were very specific in telling me that I needed to give her one thing at a time to eat or she'd dump or throw her food. So, that's what I did. I gave this resident one thing at a time, and it was fairly frustrating, since she wasn't very interested in eating. She dumped her water on the floor and kept throwing her spoon, but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. Meanwhile, one of the other residents in the room kept motioning me over and pointing to his plate. I honestly had no idea what he wanted, and I acknowledged him as best I could while trying to keep food off the floor from resident three. The med nurse on the floor was finishing up her rounds, and was glaring at me through the window. My instructor refers to her in class as "the troll," so this gives you some indication of what she's like. She came storming in and demanded that I put all of resident three's food in front of her. I told her that she had told me she was done, and was refusing to eat anything else. She again demanded that I put the rest of her food in front of her. So I did, and I'm sure you can guess what happened next...scrambled eggs and oatmeal all over the floor. This med nurse in the meantime had sat down to feed resident two (the one that had been motioning to me), and then said, "Why don't you go over to the kitchen and...oh, never mind. You don't KNOW anything, anyway." Imagine that said in the nastiest tone you can, and that is how it was said to me. She then got up and left the room. I cleaned up the mess from the floor as best as I could and moved the table away from resident three and asked her if she'd like for me to help her put her slippers back on. I was reaching down for the slippers when the med nurse came back in the room, pulled the tray back in front of the patient, right between the patient and I -- and VERY abruptly, I might add -- and then slammed down a nutritional drink in front of the resident, then went back over to feed resident two. Of course you know what happened next -- nutritional drink on the floor. The nurse just glared at me. I walked out of the room, saw another of my classmates in the hall and just started bawling. She pulled me into the bathroom and I recollected myself, and then my teacher found us and I started crying again. She pulled me into the conference room, reassured me that this was nothing that I had done and that the behavior of the nurse was unacceptable, then she took me to the nursing director's office where I had to repeat my story again. Then they called the nurse in question in and talked to her (my instructor also had some other problems with her that she had already discussed this morning). After she got chewed out by the director, she kept trying to corner me, but thankfully my instructor kept telling her to back off, that she had traumatized me enough for one day. Then on my way out after we were done for the day, she grabbed my arm, and I said, "Look, I'm not doing this today," and I removed her hand from my sleeve. I cried all the way home. Knowing that I am a new student, this nurse could have poked her head in the door of the dayroom and said something like, "Looks like XXX would like a little help eating this morning," instead of barking at me about the other resident and then doing the feeding herself. I think making suggestions is usually more effective than barking orders, particularly when this was not a life and death situation. I can't believe I'm paying tuition to be treated like that by a nurse on the floor. I also feel like I never want to set foot in there again. I've been teetering on the edge of wanting to quit, and after I got home, my husband and I discussed what would happen if I left the program. I just don't know what to do; I just know I never want to go back there. I also feel like a total baby for being upset about this; I mean, I know I'll have to deal with this kind of crap out in the real world, but being a student is hard enough without nurses that just can't be bothered by what they perceive to be idiot students. Maybe I'm really not cut out to be a nurse. What a miserable day. Krista
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    ADN or BSN? Which prepares better??

    ADN = Associate Degree in Nursing BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing Both are equivilent as far as licensure goes. LPN is not the same as an ADN; LPNs have a more limited scope of nursing practice and require less school. Both ADN programs and BSN programs turn out Registered Nurses that take the same test for licensing. Krista
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    ADN or BSN? Which prepares better??

    I disagree that you get more clinical time with a BSN. Where I live, there are only two programs in town, and it is widely known around here that we ADNs are better prepared clinically, while the BSNs are better prepared for management roles (but catch up on clinical skills pretty quickly after going to work). Both programs are two years long; everyone takes the same NCLEX at the end. I can also do the RN-BSN as soon as I'm done in one year with no additional clinical time (unless I choose to do the community health elective, and then it is minimal). That said, I agree with the other posters that said it just depends. I think both programs turn out good nurses, it just depends on what your end goal is. For me, ADN was the only choice because the BSN program is almost impossible to get into, even with an exceptional gpa. Back in my wild youth, I was not such an exceptional student (can you imagine?! ) and I have those old grades hanging over me. Since my ADN program is so many credits, I can hopefully make up for those not-so-great grades over the next 1.5 years and be able to get in the BSN and the graduate program I want to do. Krista
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    Life is good!!!!!!

    I'm so glad to hear things are looking up, Peaceful! :) I've been doing Weight Watchers for over a year now, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone! Make sure you go to the meetings, though, as it is really easy to "fall off the wagon," if you know what I mean. Having to be accountable to the scale and to the meeting have really inspired me! Any time I miss a meeting, I tend to gain a bit that week. They're only a half hour long, and there are usually tons of them around, so most anyone can work it into their schedule. It's also nice not to have to think about nursing school or my children for a full hour! BTW, I've lost about 50 pounds on the system and I'm getting very close to lifetime. So it does work! Krista
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    Here comes the fingernail biting!

    Waiting is definitely the worst part of the entire process! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! :) Krista
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    First Day of Clinical!!!

    I'm so happy to hear that, Julie! :) We had our clinical orientation last week and we have to do a scavenger hunt this week. We don't start our "real" clinicals until next week -- and I'm still really nervous! I hope mine goes as well as yours! Krista
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    Boy, what a reality check!!

    I was thinking about getting the charting and assessment Incredibly Easy books. Anyone have any opinions on them? Those seem to be my two sticklers right now. Krista
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    CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife. CNMs are usually nurse practitioners, a masters level program. Krista
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    I'm right there with you, kday. :) It will take awhile, but we can change birth one woman at a time. I tell anyone who will listen how great CNMs are and how much better birth experiences I've had with midwives, not to mention how much better their well woman care is. For some women, it takes getting that one *horrid* birth experience under their belt to change their minds. Maybe your c-sec lady will have second thoughts in a few months, start reading, then VBAC next time. Maybe. :) My goal is to have a freestanding birth center when I'm done with my formal education. I'd also like to get an add-on pediatric NP certification sometime so I can have a women's and children's center. Sometimes I think I'd be better off doing hospital birth, because I'd see a larger percentage of "those" women, the ones that think they can't give birth. There is such an opportunity to teach, if only people would take the time to do it in their early pregnancies (and not those hospital-here's-how-to-ask-for-your-epidural childbirth classes). I'm rambling now, but this is also one of my issues. Krista
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    Hi everyone, I know there have been a lot of these posts recently, but I'll throw mine in as well. I passed my first theory exam BARELY with a 78. 78 is the bare bottom lowest you can get to pass the class with a 2.0. I thought I was doing pretty well -- last week I got a 92 on our first skills exam, but it is weighted at only 1/4 of what the theory exams are. I HATE multiple choice tests. There. I'm glad I got that off my chest. I'm really bummed because I studied for this test, and there is just no way for me to study it any better. I swear, on virtually all of the questions there were three "right" answers, just one of them was a bit more right than the others. I'm really, really, really discouraged if this is as well as I can do with this level of studying. Krista
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    Dishonest Practices by Students

    I agree with Brandy. Our instructor also allows us access to all of her lecture notes on Powerpoint (they are all on the network that any nursing student can access if they choose), but if the students in your class actually *stole* from the instructor...that isn't right no matter how you look at it. I think you should report them, even if it is anonymously, just to cover your own behind. Krista
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    Yep. With my first, the doctor was *so* incredibly freaking impatient, it makes me mad even thinking about it. At one point he told me, "Look, I've been here since nine this morning and five women have already had their babies today. I really want to get home and get some sleep." My daughter was born, thanks to the pitocin, of course, at 11:24 p.m., about four hours after that $#%hole wanted to get home. I feel just terrible for inconveniencing him like that. I had a much different experience with the CNMs with my second birth. They were trained to wait it out, listen to the woman and let her listen to her body. It was really great. And my homebirth was even better. :) Krista
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    I should also mention that a better way to get the uterus to clamp down after childbirth is to encourage mom to breastfeed. :) No drugs needed. Krista