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deleern has 9 years experience and specializes in LTC, MDS Cordnator, Mental Health.

I started the LPN program in Aug of 2004. My hubby was not happy about me wanting to go to college. He thought it was too much for me to handle. I had signed up and promised I wouldn’t go if he said no… I missed the 1st week of school because he couldn’t make up his mind, Monday morning I told him that he better tell me if I could go or not and he wouldn’t say anything so I took that as a yes and went to college…. I went to my 1st class and it was Nursing 1 the instructor took attendance and afterwards she asked me to pick up my books and step out into the hall she said that I couldn’t start a week late that they have already taken a test and I missed the lecture. So I didn’t say a word and went to the councilors’ office and asked if there ANY of the programs in this college that the student guide didn’t applied to. He said no, so I turned right around and went back to the class. Sat down asked if I could have the power point. And she handed it to me. After the lecture she said I would need to take the test tomorrow. I said fine. I took the 1st test and the second test on the same day… I failed the first test because they take 10% off for taking it late. I got an 80% (a C) on the second one. So I just plugged away… continued on. At Midterm my instructor pulled me aside and told me I was at a high D… I asked her if she was kicking me out. She said no because I had perfect attendance. I told her that it’s not over until the fat lady sings and this fat lady hasn’t sung yet!!! I paid for this and I was going to go to the end even if I failed it… I would just take it over if I had to. The second semester I took 3 classes online A&P II, Psycho social & med terminology that helped with the sleep issue. I could do them on my own time. Our school has open enrollment and I took 18- 21 credits a semester I graduated with a 3.5 GPA in three semesters partly because when I was a student there 27 years ago I was a straight A’s at that time. I believe during the LPN I had a 3.0 I continued taking my Co required pre- req. classed so that my work load would be lighter later in the RN program. I worked 5 nights a week as the Charge nurse on the night shift. And 3 day shifts. I was accepted into the part time program. So my RN program was 3 semesters long. I only had the core classes left…. Thank God. Those classes were the hardest classes I have ever had. Organization was one of the keys to my success I bought a large day planner. Everything about school and personal life was in it. I knew when my tests were and when projects were due. If future papers were on the agenda I kept a list of ideas or things I would like to research. I always kept in mind what my future practice would entail. (Geriatrics) It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I had many struggles though it I worked for local nursing home full time. I work 10 shifts per 2 week period. And usually work 1 to 2 - 12 hour shifts if someone called in. I graduated with a 3.12 I didn’t get any time off. With school and work it was 12 days straight until my weekend off. I told the “kids” the other students that this is just a short Blip in my life and I will get through it. I graduated in May of 2007. Took the NCLEX the same day my 1st granddaughter was born…(I knew she was in labor but she and my husband did not want me to postpone it) well I took the test and made it back to my daughters side to have my hand in on the delivery. (Another story some day.) I found I had passed the NCLEX the next day. That’s my story.... Yes keep going don't stop... it is so easy to let life get in the way. And you know what… what other people think is unimportant. The rewards are great. I finally have job satisfaction!!

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  1. deleern

    What is Abandonment?

    My question is I have a 6 to 2 LPN that the replacement for her did not show up. The DON was already covering a shift in the Locked memory care unit for another call in. she left the keys on the desk and left with no one on that cart.
  2. deleern

    What is Abandonment?

    "What about" the next shift didn't show up the nurse put her keys on the DON Desk and left.
  3. deleern

    5 Types of Nursing Careers You Never Considered

    we have a terrible time finding nurses in Mental Heath. now they want to expand from a 10 bed unit to 25...I can not foresee this being easy to staff.
  4. deleern

    Ways to Use your PDA/Smartphone - updated 2010

    I just changed Companies, on May 10th was my change over date I was unable to receive calls... this is a Cell phone company , Really?... I was told this was a known issue... So on sunday I became the owner of a Droid.
  5. deleern

    RN's In Nursing Homes ?

    I work in LTC...you need excellent time management skills
  6. deleern

    Skyscape and nursing school

    I graduated from RN in 2007. I purchased a PDA for RN program. I used it every day. The 3 things that I used the Most was the Davis Drug book, Tabors, and Documents to go. the Devices are so much better than what we had available. I was the only one beside my instructor that used one. (I had purchased the nurses constellation from Skyscape, if you do that get it on you laptop as well. I was so happy that I did.) Today, in my practice I use a Blackberry. I use Epocrates Drug hand book it is free, i also have Medscape this just became available. I did take my Text books to class. during the LPN I had a tote in my car that I had everything in it. I would exchange books during break. By the time I was in RN I only had 2 classes a semester. I had a brief case for each class (one was clinical) Having the PAD lightened the load greatly. I speeded up the drug checking as well. you are so lucky to have so much available... Good Luck
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    Help nurses!!

    3.12 4 years 65,000 In rural MN
  8. deleern

    iPhone vs Android?

    I have to make a decision soon as to what phone to choose with AT&T. They gave me a Blackberry but my contract is up and I am planning on upgrading. I am allowed to use my phone for work as I am house charge and I cover 4 wings. They txt me. and I have all my reference books on it. as well as things that I need to remember... will it make a differance if i am used to window type products. I have never used a Mac of any kind.
  9. deleern

    How old were you when you finished nursing school?

    Nursing is my second degree. I worked full time though the whole thing I started the LPN program at 45 and graduated as an RN at 48. During that time I worked Nights fulltime and went to school full time. I graduated with a 3.47... I will be startig my BSN this fall and then doing my masters.... should be a NP by 57.
  10. deleern

    How old were you when you finished nursing school?

    LPN I was 46 RN 48....
  11. deleern

    What's the longest you would commute for a job??

    30 Min one way...
  12. deleern

    Alzheimer's: Communicating in Pictures

    I am a unit coordinator for a Alzheimer's unit. we just started making a picture scrap book "this is my life" its good for the families and the residents....
  13. deleern

    Has anyone taken 3 sciences at the same time?

    I Took Micro Biology, Advanced Phys, and Chemistry, and Abnormal psych.... Plus worked full time...
  14. deleern

    Am I being realistic? Nursing school at 45?

    Sorry Duplicated
  15. deleern

    Am I being realistic? Nursing school at 45?

    i sold my insurance agency dec of 03. after 4 months of settling the new owner in. i started looking at my options. if i didn’t have health insurance my profits would be eaten up to quickly. my husband and i are older i was 45 and he was 50 it is really hard to find affordable health insurance. i knew i wanted to go into nursing so i started at local nursing home in may of 2004 as a na-r, i needed health benefits and they had a full time opening on the noc shift with benefits. i do not sleep well at night so i thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. na-r is very hard work. i knew that my body would not tolerate this for long. i enjoyed the residents and liked this kind of work. i started the lpn program in aug of 2004. my hubby was not happy about me wanting to go to college. he thought it was too much for me to handle. i had signed up and promised i wouldn’t go if he said no… i missed the 1st week of school because he couldn’t make up his mind, monday morning i told him that he better tell me if i could go or not and he wouldn’t say anything so i took that as a yes and went to college…. i went to my 1st class and it was nursing 1 the instructor took attendance and afterwards she asked me to pick up my books and step out into the hall she said that i couldn’t start a week late that they have already taken a test and i missed the lecture. so i didn’t say a word and went to the councilors’ office and asked if there any of the programs in this college that the student guide didn’t applied to. he said no, so i turned right around and went back to the class. sat down asked if i could have the power point. and she handed it to me. after the lecture she said i would need to take the test tomorrow. i said fine. i took the 1st test and the second test on the same day… i failed the first test because they take 10% off for taking it late. i got an 80% (a c ) on the second one. so i just plugged away… continued on. at midterm my instructor pulled me aside and told me i was at a high d… i asked her if she was kicking me out. she said no because i had perfect attendance. i told her that it’s not over until the fat lady sings and this fat lady hasn’t sung yet!!! i paid for this and i was going to go to the end even if i failed it… i would just take it over if i had to. the second semester i took 3 classes online a&p ii, psycho social, & med terminology that helped with the sleep issue. i could do them on my own time. our school has open enrollment and i took 18- 21 credits a semester i graduated with a 3.5 gpa in three semesters partly because when i was a student there 27 years ago i was a straight a’s at that time. i believe during the lpn i had a 3.0 i continued taking my co required pre- req. classed so that my work load would be lighter later in the rn program. i worked 5 nights a week as the charge nurse on the night shift. and 3 day shifts. i was accepted into the part time program. so my rn program was 3 semesters long. i only had the core classes left…. thank god. those classes were the hardest classes i have ever had. organization was one of the keys to my success i bought a large day planner. everything about school and personal life was in it. i knew when my tests were and when projects were due. if future papers were on the agenda i kept a list of ideas or things i would like to research. i always kept in mind what my future practice would entail. (geriatrics) it was the hardest thing i have ever done. i had many struggles though it i worked for local nursing home full time. i work 10 shifts per 2 week period. and usually work 1 to 2 - 12 hour shifts if someone called in. i graduated with a 3.12 i didn’t get any time off. with school and work it was 12 days straight until my weekend off. i told the “kids” the other students that this is just a short blip in my life and i will get through it. i graduated in may of 2007. took the nclex the same day my 1st granddaughter was born…(i knew she was in labor but she and my husband did not want me to postpone it) well i took the test and made it back to my daughters side to have my hand in on the delivery. (another story some day.) i found i had passed the nclex the next day. that’s my story.... yes keep going don't stop... it is so easy to let life get in the way. and you know what… what other people think is unimportant. the rewards are great. i finally have job satisfaction!!
  16. deleern

    Re-directing tips needed for Alzheimer's/behavior pts

    Interventions. (I am a unit manager for a Alzheimer's unit) I keep a note book in the nurses station. if some thing works we write it down.... One fellow in the afternoon around 3pm he wants to "bum a smoke" I give him 2 tootsie rolls he eats one and puts one in his pocket. He Pats his pocket now and then to check and see if it still there. At 2PM we draw the shades. put Lawrence Welk on the Big screen TV we have Lavender oil we Put on a handkerchief and place in wheel chair or tuck into a shirt pocket. and we serve "drinks" Juice, Water and Coffee. (Dehydration) We monitor Pain and discomfort very carefully. Sometimes they just need to go to the bathroom. Medication is the last resort... we keep track if we are using PRN's
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