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    Question for anyone who attends CSN....

    I ended up rescheduling my job orientation and took the exam. I'm glad I did too because the test was difficult and 5 points would've hurt me pretty bad. Thanks for your feedback!
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    LPN,ASN, or BSN

    I didn't think micro was tough. It was interesting so I found learning the material easier. I had a lab to take with it also. I took it with my AP11 lecture and lab and pre-calc. I think you can handle both.
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    LPN,ASN, or BSN

    First semester consists of basics which is usually 2 days and can range from 9am to 12pm, sometimes till 2 or 3pm on both days and then you'll have a pharm class to take one day which is usually an hour and a half. After about 8 weeks of basics you'll start clinicals which are two days a week every other week and you'll have skill check offs to do at school which is a separate scheduled time of your choosing. Second semester consists of Nursing of the Adult Client 1 (NAC 1) which is 2 days a week and clinicals 2 days a week. Prior to going to clincials you have to "pick up your patient info" at the hospital the day before. Clinicals for every semester is the whole day usually from 6:30-2:00pm depending on which hospital you choose. You won't take another Pharm class but you do need to take a calculations class at the beginning of every semester and make a 90 or above in order to pass. They allow you three chances to get the grade otherwise you'll have to drop the whole semester. I haven't had 3rd semester yet so I can't give advice as to what to expect.
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    LPN,ASN, or BSN

    You don't that much more to go. If you apply for Sept, you are most likely to get accepted for next fall. This will put you right at the 3 years your looking for. Just be sure to get all the pre-reqs done before you actually start the program bc there will little time to squeeze another class along with the studying, care plans, and clinicals. Good Luck!
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    LPN,ASN, or BSN

    I would go speak to a college advisor whether it be at a community college like Delgado (off Old Spanish Trail in Slidell) or to a university such as SLU, UNO, LSU or some other large college. This way you can figure out what you need as to what you've taken already. I could help tell you what you need if you are interested in getting your ADN from Delgado/Charity School of Nursing bc I'm a student there as well. I can't help you with the others bc I haven't attended them. If you want, list the classes that you took and I'll tell you how much further you've got in order to be able to apply at CSN. CSN usually takes 6 mos to a year waiting list to start and then you've got another 2 years to go through the program (4 semesters with summers off).
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    Looking for a handy skills book for clinical

    I have a WONDERFUL book that's called, "Photo Guide of Nursing Skills," by Sandra Smith, Donna Duell and Barbara Martin. It has everything your looking for with step by step pictures of procedures and descriptions of how to perform. Check it out! You'll love it!
  7. I have bookmarked this page bc I will need reinforcement on this subject throughout my semesters of testing. I'm one who overthinks questions too and I can't seem to stop doing it. I'm a analytical thinker and many times my mind carries me further than it should. Thanks for the all the posts here!
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    Drug info help: Betahistine

    I've looked in my 2008 drug guide and my PDR 2008 and don't see it listed. I wonder if this is still on the market bc it does state that it was first originated in 1970.
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    Ok, the "APE to Man" thing, please help!?

    anatomically speaking from my post, this is as if YOU are the patient. So as a nurse you would look at the patient and know that the aortic valve is on YOUR left.
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    Ok, the "APE to Man" thing, please help!?

    A P T M: The aortic valve is located at the right 2nd intercostal mid sternum (next to breast bone). The Pulmonic is located at the left 2nd intercostal mid sternum (next to breast bone). The tricuspid is located at the left 4th intercostal space (next to breast bone). The mitral (aka Apex) is located at the left 5th mid clavicular intercostal space (look at mid clavical area) but of course is measured at the 5th intercostal space. You can hear the S1 and S2 sounds at the 4th and 5th left intercostal space and easier to hear if the patient is lying on their left side. Keep in mind that if a patient has cardiomegaly from heart damage, the apex may be heard more laterally towards the side.
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    Nac I info please

    Your welcome. A kick in the gut is a true description! I still sit here and think, "Man, I could be starting my 3rd semester." I just know that when I sit in lectures and go to clinicals it won't as hard to grasp this time. I'm looking forward to starting again. Let's just hope I get a spot for Fall. There weren't any classes open so I may have to wait till January.
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    Nac I info please

    IV therapy relies upon knowing the iso, hypo, hypertonic solutions. Get a good firm grip of how these solutions work. This was taught near the end of 1st semester and you'll have another lecture or two on it during your first week of 2nd semester so really pay attention and study it. An example question: A patient comes into the ER with a BP of 82/50, P120, urine output of 10ml/hr, , and is weak and lethargic. What kind of IV solution would you give? To answer this you need to analyze first what's happening by the S/S's and secondly diagnose the problem. The patient is showing classic signs of dehydration. By knowing these facts, the question may ask: What type of IV solution would you give to this patient? D5W, Ringer's solution, D5 1/2 NS, or 0.45%NaCl. In order to answer this, you have to know what the solutions are and the effects of osmaolarity. D5W and Ringer's are isotonic. D5 1/2 NS is hypertonic and 0.45%NaCl is hypotonic. Answer: Give 0.45%NaCl (hypotonic) bc it depletes the intravascular space by causing a fluid shift into the cells which will cause the BP to rise. You will have to watch his I&O and electrolytes when giving this solution bc they can easily go into overload. Isotonic and hypertonic solutions expands the intravascular space and will cause the BP to drop. The first two tests comes from tons of new material that took a whole lot of my time studying it. You also need to know and understand the acids and basis and how to interpret them. If you have get the book, "Fluids and Electroylytes Made Incredibly Easy", this will help with everything I mentioned above. Plus, there are great links on this board that will help you TONS! Look for plenty of resourses here by doing search for whatever it is your stuck on. 2nd semester comes on strong and doesn't stop until the end. You've already learned the foundation of nursing in basics, now you will apply that with patient scenerios along with what you'll learn in Nac 1. 2nd semester tests takes more time to think out and the answers will all sound good if you don't know the information well. Don't be fearful and just stay strong, focused and plan lots of study time. I will unfortunately be repeating Nac1 bc my average was a 76.5. I missed passing by 2 (1pt.) questions on the final but I'd rather have to repeat again to get a stronger foundation than to just get by and struggle the rest of the way through my semesters. I'm still a student myself and I'm learning so if anyone reads this and finds a discrepancy please let me know.
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    Charity clinicals schedule?

    I've been through two semesters at Charity and I can say that some people do find the time to work while in nursing school. It just depends on how well you organize your time for studying, classes, and work. You will be taking a pharmology class along with your basics lecture and will have two days of clinicals every other week for the first semester. They do offer night classes and clinicals as well. I think the night classes start at 4 and clinicals are at the same time but don't quote me on this time. I never took night classes but that's when I think I remember it starts. I certainly never had the time to work and hold a job but I have kids too. If your single without kids or have good family support you may be able to swing the work. Just keep in mind that these semesters are packed with TONS of information for you to read, interpret, analyze, critically think, and study. It takes alot of my time but I also have 3 children who are in younger grade school and I have to help them as well. I wish you luck in nursing. Just be prepared, plan ahead with your studies and you'll be fine.
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    discussion in comuunity health nursing >>>

    Good Luck on getting a response. That's asking a lot and honestly too much brain work for me.
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    Charity Nac1 exam next week...

    Thank you!
  16. butrfli

    Charity Nac1 exam next week...

    Thanks to both of you for answering me. I wish you luck with your finals as well. I'm just gonna look forward to my peds and mental health rotation next fall and do the best I can to get there. Thank you.

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