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  1. bluwavyhat

    What am I, chopped liver?

    I hope your mom gets better too. The hair are standing up on the back of my neck, I believe my parents know your mom or dad. I have learned to take a deep breath especially going to office visits with my family. I must admit that I never laughed so hard. Thank you all for letting me know it is not just me.
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    Why is it so bad to be an LPN ????

    You are right. I think whether you are getting a degree or diploma, a sound accredited program is a sound start to any career. No problem with stay at home moms. Children seem to need more supervision these days, but you have a good support system. Stay with it. Keep your books and put your name in them.
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    I like the advice and truth out there. If you left nursing, what did you change to? Thank you for the reminder about things that I stopped doing like golf, bowling, and movies too. I believe that I stopped breathing some along the way. A vacation-- what is that?
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    Injured Football Player

    I do not believe, and only allege that China's programs are unproven as yet, and we do not know at what cost political prisoners and the unborn have paid the ultimate price for their current knowledge. Research sanctioned and unsanctioned continues on in this area. I think hospitals in countries or place like Singapore, Malaysia or Cuba have a better track record in this area and will not offer any false hope. My geography or memory could be stale, but I think 60 Minutes had programs that reflected the outstanding level of care each place could offer. No, I would not put him on a plane to China.
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    What to do?

    I think you should finish the prerequisites, and find a way to go to school. You found a job that pays $15 an hour as a CNA, think what a LPN liscense with prior experience can bring you. Is there an opportunity in the program's hospital at employment on another floor that you will not do clinicals on. Have you considered being a private sitter with your CNA experience? Does agency work pay pretty well in your area? I hope you can join a program and move on. I work with some great patient care techs, and I wish they went on for a liscense in nursing, but circumstances are different for everyone.
  6. bluwavyhat

    Already off on a bad foot and school has yet to start

    "It is amazing for me to see that instructors that are actually teaching LPNs think low of us. What I noticed when I went to nursing school is that the professors used to say "When you all become RNs..." and that used to piss me off to no end. Many think that LPN is a stepping stone rather than an entity or career of it's own. I would attend there if that is what you wish and just do well. In terms of making friends, I just say to be yourself, but also to be careful of who you befriend. My experience showed me that nursing school on any level is highly competitive, and many may decide to befriend certain people to use them; especially if a student is doing better scholastically than others. I have seen some students do unsafe things just to do someone else in; such as bringing down a siderail on the bed or raising the bed to the highest position so that the instructor can discover it and blame it on the student that was assigned to that client. There were some arguments that almost went to knock down, drag out fights because students were jealous of each other. This did not apply to every student, but, I say that it is nice to have a friend or two, but mainly focus on your education. Those group projects were hell to me, because there will always be a person or two that shift their work on some of the others. This causes stress because each group member's grade is affected if the work is not complete. I used to state what my contribution for the group project would be, do it early and then concentrate more on the exams; which were preparing me for NCLEX. I don't wish to sound negative, but, just be careful who you associate with, because when all is said and done, this is YOUR future. People can drag you down if you are not careful." Too Right! Organize for each day, study a couple of hours at a time to get into the subject matter. Practice in the labs whenever possible. Manage your time wisely in clinicals, and start, do, nursing notes as instructed. Do not loan any books or personal stethoscopes and find out the books you need each day. Secure your items and choose your classmates wisely. Observe people. You were not born yesterday, and people have not changed in the world. This is a sorry truth, but do it. Nursing is a higher calling, but it appeals to all walks of life. You seem to be someone for the instructors to be jealous of, because you can do the LPN program, and finish an RN program early in your life. Too bad they cannot be positive. Some programs try to weed out the weak and it is only human, but you are smart, and not weak, or feeble minded. You can do this one day at a time. It is true not everyone will stay or finish, but you will if you put your mind to it.
  7. bluwavyhat

    so far, love the job, hate the culture

    I hate to say it but you are right, but not in general. I like everyone that I work for or work with, but that cynicism does creep through. I hope things will get better, or I can find my place. I most likely will find my place and keep threading in the allnurses site to keep grounded. lol.:wink2:
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    Like Water Off a Duck's Back.........

    Re: Like water off a Duck's back..... "Advocate Mode and sent an urgent fax to the office that left no question in anyone's mind about where I stand on pain treatment, its priority in my building, and doctors who can't be bothered to take five seconds to scribble their signature on a fax to renew the order." Keep in mind, the Dr. did not retire without the knowledge of the staff, because someone always knows it and will standby and let you act on less than perfect information, it just did not filter out to you. Consider that the patient or the family could have received written notice of the Dr. intention to retire. Maybe your patient has a great presence of mind, but I believe pain concerns can cloud their memory or distract them from the Dr. mentioning his retirement to them. The patient does need you to speak up, but whether it is by fax or phone keep it factual, restrain yourself from subjective observations when it comes to Dr. and business, these things never mix. If your Dr. want to pass the buck among themselves, they can do it without your attempting to referee. A resident has to look out for their own future and will do so. You look out for your future, and consider if there is a history of not renewing medications, then comb your patient's orders for renewel dates, make a list and contact the physicians, or fax if this is what the facility does, fax the list to the physician or team within 5-7 days out from the renewel date. It is my perception, and I know it is hard not to be bent out of shape, but the only reason your administrator did not take the Dr. on is because he did fail in his duty, but I bet they knew that he retired. You are now seen in a new light both positive and negative. I hope you carefully documented the facts about the renewel, and who was contacted etc... . No kidding, I cannot express my gratitude enough that you have reminded me the importance of documentation. Nursing is precarious enough some days without mudding the water.
  9. bluwavyhat

    Advise please...How the heck do I get OUT of pts room????

    I have not mastered this area yet, but I like the advice given above. Try if situation allows to place chatty to the end of the med pass, but when you enter the room concentrate on the med pass, ensure the patient either takes the med or refuses it, chart or note accordingly, and take over the conversation politely, end it, and firmly move out the door. Chatty patients often know you are busy, and do not care. Some chatty patients run hot, cold, or indifferent. Some patients try to control the situation on their own terms, and your med pass will be held up due to their decision-making process about the same pill they have taken six hours ago, but take once a day at home, but now the doctor has them in the hospital taking it twice a day. Stick to your med pass, Chatty will still be there, and you have work that needs to be completed, too many patients rely on you to get them their medications on time. Chatty has to respect your work, even if they believe they know what you do, or have been in the hospital many times, or have relatives who are in the medical field. Keep your humanity, but stick to where the rubber meets the road, and keep moving...
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    WHAT DO NURSES DO? --help me respond to this question

    Your answers are awesome. I like being at the bedside while a md does a procedure on my patient that is where I learn the intrinsic idea behind the diagnosis related to their view, and intentions. I can read all the notes I want in a chart, but I think we learn best while our coworkers are in action. :wink2:
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    feel terrible, "I don't care anymore"

    I agree about the burnout, change of scenery, mental and physical health issues. Do not try to solve it all at once, but try to honestly look your patients in the eye, and kindly find a way not to let them overload your senses. Put the question to them, about what are they doing to help this latest situation they have found themselves in? It cannot all be solved, but thank them for sharing, and keep them on track about their most current issues.
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    What do you think??

    I think sound points are made in all the prior post, yet I remember surveys at the end of my preceptor program. This questionnaire will be another avenue to enlighten the preceptor program in your facility.
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    Reasonable requests made to the med-surg nurses?

    I might have missed this in your thread, but did you leave your contact information in her chart at the nurse's station or fill out a request to review her chart for family contact information. I believe one of your siblings, possibly the older sister, will find it strange not to hear from her, and it might start the ball rolling too. I do not see it as impossible if your name and number were posted at your mother's bedside, because it will be considered part of her belongings and personal information, then it will be protected until she is more coherent.
  14. bluwavyhat

    I'm freaking out really bad

    If you feel uneasy now, chances are you might feel overwhelmed in class day one. There are some who drop out the first day, then week two, three, etc. Remember circumstances change. It is hard to concentrate when you are upset, so I can suggest study groups (try more than one until you meet with a meaningful group), because there is safety in numbers. When you join one, listen, and do not worry if you do not know the answers, don't spend more than 5 minutes discussing fears (there are time constraints that involve childcare, employment, and bill paying, grocery store runs for each member). Move on to the first subject, bring highlighters, pencils, and paper until you find your own notetaking ability. Ask your instructors if you can record today's class whenever you start class instruction. Take notes in class too. Write whatever the instructor writes on the overhead, board, or verbally spends time on. Read some assignments ahead of class and keep up on the reading because it takes time for the information to sink in, put the book down, do a chore or pay a bill, and pick it up again, after a while it will start to click. Best of all listen, because some classmates may have a simple explanation that will help you remember, do not purchase unnecessary books either, just the required ones. Reward yourself for courage to ask for help and do not stop doing this when necessary as it is a lifelong process. Use one on one study sessions or study groups. Come early, and practice in labs, read today's assignment a little more. Practice in labs as often as you can and bring your book. Watch your CD Rom to learn techniques that help save lives, and remember the people in the picture practiced before the camera was switched on. Anything can be edited to perfection in computerland. Mark your books with your name, do not loan unless you can get your book back. If you are uncomfortable with study groups due to humility than I suggest you swallow your pride, and open your eyes and mind. Plus be sure where the nearest restroom is nearby at all times, because your instructor and classmates will appreciate that you have a disposition, but you are able to control it. And when a smart***, know it all, asks why did you enroll in nursing? Do not entertain mr., mrs., or ms legacy, class A student, or the outright disruptive jealous individual (yes, you make people jealous intentional or not, do not let it go to your head or take advantage of others in the wrong way, and remember there are people who will be manipulative throughout the course). Just move on, stick with it, it will make sense........God Bless, Good Luck. :yeahthat:
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    Lost Temper -- Yelled/Swore at Patient

    It can happen to anyone. Abuse goes both directions, and we must work to eliminate its' presence. Don't lose heart. Sometimes we absorb a little too much in our surroundings and unhealthy feelings well up the quickest sometimes. I recently read the most important thing that we can do is think a thing through, maybe pause for a moment, but think. :)
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    Bad Rep for Med Surg

    Thank you for the suggestions in these threads, but I feel less than efficient somedays, and the patient's attitudes in the acute/chronic care setting are too negative. I understand the diagnosis cannot be cured one hundered percent. I have a silly idea about improving a patient's quality of life. If I can educate myself and the patient too on this theme things could turn around. Is there such a language as patient speak? The cattiness is only the tip of the iceberg on a med surg floor. I have cinical attitudes from coworkers, patients, and family, but this is an accepted norm on the floor. I like med surg work, but I need to polish up my skills first, and only then will I believe that I can seem effective in my work. I am there for the work, and as far as I can see any unnecessary drama from all parties referenced above can stay off the floor. Do not get me wrong I find some coworkers truly inspirational to work with each day, but I will feel silly for sharing this observation, so I keep my nose to the grindstone. Med Surg is tough because you can get bogged down into two deliberate areas being patient care and medication administration. Unfortunately I feel my skills suffered from tunnel vision, and only I can make up for this alone. I feel there are a great deal of misgivings about working a med surg floor. You forgive yourself for the stuff you signed on for and tell yourself not to quit. I am looking for a second wind. No lie...:smackingf