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    Random CNA skills questions?

    I am located in NC and I take my exam in Kanappolis Friday if anyone has tested there?! I can tell you the answers in the book I have, which is based on averaging the statewide standards. But here are a couple of my questions I hope y'all can help on.. -In NC the list of steps for catheter care doesn't say anything about cleaning perineal area it only says to clean at least four inches of the catheter but my instructor for my one day class taught us to do peri care and catheter. Would I be okay just doing the catheter? If you are being tested on cleaning a catheter, generally that is ALL you do is the catheter. This is, from what I understand, similar to doing a partial bath - in Michigan you ONLY demonstrate the partial bath skill, no peri care. Of course in real life, you would perform the peri care, too. -Is it okay to lay the dentures on a paper towel thats on the counter? It seems like it would be hard to hold the dentures while putting toothpaste on the toothbrush without laying them down. To my knowledge, it is ok to do that before you brush them but not after. -Where does the toilet tissues, handwipes, blood pressure stuff equipment like this go after the skill is finished? Toilet tissues, gloves, disposable stuff should go in the trash. Soiled linen woudl go in a laundry bag, and the blood pressure equipment should be sanitized and put on a "clean" (not sterile, but a place where you put clean linen or the side table?) surface.At the beginning of your state test, you will have the opportunity to ask your tester where the place to put garbage is, dirty linen, ect. -Will I have the chance to ask about locking the wheel chair and bed because I know all settings are different and I want to make sure I know how to use their equipment correctly? Yes, before the test they give you time to go around, look for linens, ect., so during that time you should look at the controls on these items. -After feeding a client is it okay to lay them back down in laying position or is it necessary to keep them up? In the booklet it doesn't say either Lower the bed, but keep the incline up at least a bit. -Lastly any tips for peri care? I am terrified about getting this skill as it is the only one that really intimidates me Generally you would not do peri care for the state test on a person, so it will be on a mannequin. In Michigan, it's female peri care that is the tested skill because you have to be more careful with this. You keep a towel or bath sheet over their lap and a towel over the leg area, and only expose the vaginal area as much as you have to. Fold your wash cloth in a manner to not dirty the cloth in between wipes, and wipe down the middle, then on the inner labia farthest away from you, then closest, then the outer labia and inner thigh area farthest away from you, then closest, and remember to either get a new cloth or use a non-soiled part of the cloth for each wipe. Then, remove the towel on the legs but be sure to cover them with the gown. Thanks for taking the time to read and offering any help you can!
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    dealing with the death of a baby

    Midwives, have you ever lost a baby? If so, can you describe that experience for me? Being a midwife is flowing through my veins, but I am concerned about the emotional aspect of losing someones baby. Helps? Thoughts?
  3. I think the title pretty much says it all...does anybody know?
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    Accelerated BSN Program help

    Hey people...how did you PAY for your accelerated BSNs?
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    shaky hands?

    Hey! I've posted in here for awhile and thought about going into nursing once I get my undergrad degree in psychology. I have problems with regulating blood sugar at times; I have to eat every 3-5 hours (at the most!) or I wil become very shaky, nauseated, and weak. I have two questions based on this- 1. My hands are always a little shaky. Can I do this job? Does anyone else have problems with shaky ends? 2. I have to eat on time, or at least drink some ensure or slim fast, just to keep the sugar up. Will I have time to do this? I don't want to be a pansy, but I can't do my job well without food in my system. And I don't want to get into nursing and be a bad nurse.
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    rehabilitation in the NICU

    Hi! I'm an undergraduate student with a psychology major. I haven't been sure of what I wanted to do and I ended up on this forum because I was interested in nursing. Reading about the NICU in this forum, something about this work has really caught my heart. I'm wondering if there are rehabilitation professionals who work in the NICU, such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists at your NICU? Also, what is the extent of their role, how much time do they put into the NICU, ect. I'm not sure if I even want to be in the NICU, but like I said, after reading a great deal in this forum, I can't seem to shake off the notion of working in the NICU!
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    First Assist in OB Surguries

    Question! As nurse midwives, do you get to be the first assist on C-sections that are done on your patients? I'm interested in nurse midwifery, but I HATE the idea of having to abandon my patients should they have complications. I also think it would be very cool to be able to do first assist, anyway, even when its not on my patients; even for GYN surgeries. Is there any scope for this in the midwives' practice?
  8. On Thursday my Grandpa called my Dad and said he needed to go to the hospital because he didn't feel well. We decided to have an ambulance come for him so that EMTs could watch over him on the trip to the hospital. Upon arrival a CAT scan found that he had an aortic aneurism. My grandpa was lucid and the aorta hadn't ruptured, so the vascular surgeon felt that his odds were good, even though he was 80 years old. My family and I waited and waited. 3 hours passed but we knew this was an extensive surgery. Finally a nurse came out and called out my Grandpa's name, and we came out into the hallway to talk to her. She explained that shortly after my Dad left the aorta did burst and my Grandfather went into shock. He coded several times and they anticipated him coding again. When my aunt asked the nurse "Will he die?" she was honest with us and said his odds were very poor. Both my aunt and I asked if we could see him one last time, and she said she didn't think so but would try. In about 30 minutes our nurse came back out and explained that the doctor was unable to finish the surgery but that they were transferring Grandpa to the ICU so that we could say goodbye. We were able to hold his hands while he passed, see him one more time, and say all the things we needed to say. We believe (probably against what science would tell us!) that he heard us. My little sister leaned in close to him and said "Bye, we love you, say hi to Grandma for us". It was a sad moment but we were so blessed to be able to have that time with him. There wasn't a dry eye in the ICU. We feel that the surgical nurse pushed for us to be able to see him one last time and that the nurses in the ICU were also advocates for us being able to be with him during his passing. As soon as they got the ok, the one of the ICU nurses ran out to get us and hurried to rush us into the ICU, using her card key to let us in. My family and I are so thankful to the nurses for helping us experience my Grandpa's sudden death the way we needed to. For the rest of our lives we will never forget their kindness and we will be able to remember this moment the way we would want to. Just a story I wanted to share. For all you nurses out there, never underestimate the influence you have on people's lives.
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    Crazy hours

    I'm very interested in being a nurse in the neonatal field, but I can't quite figure out how you guys cope with the bizarre hours. Working 12 hour shifts at night seems difficult on anybody, especially someone who is a mother with a family, ect. I'm also interested in being a CNM, but the thing is, those hours are crazy, too!! I also have a mood disorder, although its mild. I feel that the goofy (as in, not going with the "normal" workweek) might throw me off, cause my moods to cycle and ultimatley, make me very unhappy! What is your advice about the schedule in the NICU? I'm really interested in this field at all levels, but I'm just not sure if I can handle the hours.
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    Hardest things to deal with in NICU...

    Thank you for the info. I am interested in providing family support/mental health, maybe in the form of a support group or something, if I ever become a nurse.
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    Please help!

    I will try to help, but take what I say to do with a grain of salt, as I don't even have a full rubric to go from. Ok, so lets say you want to write a paper on why nurses are so important in a hospital system. There are many things you can say about this topic that are NOT based on examples or personal experiences. You can give statistics about how often nurses catch doctors mistakes, hours of patient care that they provide, describe the job duties of a nurse, and talk about the idea that nurses are necessary at all levels of patient care. However, that is not a very interesting paper. To make it more interesting, you add examples and anecdotes about why nurses are so important. You could start your paper about the NICU by jumping right into the story. "I was confused and scared as I looked down at my XX lb. baby beneath the clear wall of the incubator" Then go on to describe your experience and how the nurses helped you, your family, the doctors, ect. Then you go on to describe how nurses benefit the health care system as a whole, using facts, stats, ect. You can also throw in something like an example of what would happen to a hospital if there were no nurses. This is just an idea of a potential structure for a paper. Sorry if it came too late!! Good luck.
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    Hardest things to deal with in NICU...

    I would really, really like to know who is responsible for mental health/family support in the NICU. I am not a nursing student (although I am considering it), but I am a psychology major with an interest in mental health. I also have a particular interest in the NICU and in neonatal and pediatric medicine. Would a nurse be able to provide family support/counseling in a certain role, or would that be the role of a different type of provider? Thank you! Lindsay
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    The bad stuff

    Thank you guys so much for telling me your experiences and stories. I'm definitely going to be shadowing at my local hospital's NICU when I go home this summer so I can see a bit first hand. Overall, it sounds like an amazing field, but a difficult one as well. A lot like many fields of nursing. Its a hard choice...the hours of nursing are not too bad; long shifts but not everyday. And the pay is good, and the work is without a doubt important. But dealing with life and death so often, especially the death of chlidren, is a pretty brutal thing. Not work to be taken lightly or engaged in without being fully committed. In other words, I still need to think about things. But I really do appreciate your input.
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    The bad stuff

    Hi. I am a senior in college about to graduate with a psychology major. I've thought about nursing for several years, and just recently I've thought a great deal about neonatal nursing. I do have some concerns, however. I am a very sensitive person, probably too sensitive, and I feel like when someone is hurting I really do empathize and feel their pain. But, I am moved by what goes on in the NICU and I think it would be wonderful to get to care for babies and educate parents. Really wonderful. But what about the bad stuff? How bad does it get? Would I be going home crying every night? How often do you lose babies? What is the hardest thing about this job? Aren't the hours horrible, too? I also have seen some people reference the idea that parents sort of force medical interventions on their baby when its probably time to say goodbye. I am wondering what the nature of these problems/interventions are. I have worked in a vets office and seen a lot of animals die and get put to sleep, which is very sad. But for most people, that loss does not compare to the loss of a child. That raw emotion and sadness really does scare me. I also heard that in NICU they starve babies to death. Why? I really would appreciate any information you have!! Love :heartbeat Lindsay
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    99 Balloons - Warning. You'll probably cry your eyes out.

    Wow. I cried my eyes out! I've been thinking very seriously about being an NICU nurse, but after watching this I don't know if I can do it.
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    Doctors blackballing NPs/DNPs

    Truthfully, I think that the PAs have a better educational model for existing in the medical world, but I do think that the holistic nature of nurse training is useful. My main reasoning for wanting to be an NP rather than a PA was because my interest is primarily in peds, neonatal, and ob stuff- which are pretty dominated by NPs rather than PAs. And I wanted to be a nurse first in order to get experience in the medical world before becoming a midlevel. I'm a slow learner, but a detailed and thorough learner, so I want to have my time to get it all figured out.