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Medic - Urban and Inner City EMS

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    Where Am I?

    Forgive the rant...I'm lost, someone please send directions! For years I've worked pre-hospital...never had a problem finding a shift...as a matter of fact I recall shutting my phone off and ducking everytime a fire truck rolled by my place...all in the name of a day off. They're shutting down local fire stations...fire fighters and medics are getting laid off left and right...can't find a per diem position to save my life. I hear about the nursing shortage and yet I see veteran RN's being sent home because of low acuity. I come in for a shift on my home unit and get transferred to another floor...I've never been here! Finally...I think something is wrong in the world when I can't find a job in the Emergency Department of a regional hospital because I don't speak fluent Spanish. Is there something else I can do with a BSN?
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    Senior? Maybe...Maybe not... VENT

    So sad... Trying to understand...the stringent requirments...you have to be strong just to get in...I was a 3.9er...A good friend of mine was a 4.0 and was dropped the second semester. I worked with students and thought "I hope oneday I'm as good as they are" ... and then THEY'RE GONE! Now I'm gone... No excuses...just keep rolling I guess. Hats off to all the RNs that made it through the battle...
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    Senior? Maybe...Maybe not... VENT

    Thanks for the hugs...This is a small private college... I guess this is typical of nursing programs...Exams count for 80% - 85% of the final class grade. Your exam average must be at a specific level in order to qualify for the remaining 15% - 20% to be applied to your final grade. I missed the average by a few points and so my clinical hours and assignments count for ZERO. Anyway... Boo hoo! and Wha! The class I failed is only offered once a year and I can't continue in the program without the class. I have to sit on my duff until spring 2010 at which point I can take the class again. To add insult to injury I'm told that in order to continue (in addition to passing the class I failed) it is recommended that I audit all junior classes to stay current AND I must pass the exams for the classes I have already taken and passed... My greatest concern now is real life...This program does not allow...correction, forbids students from working. I planned for a 2010 graduation. I'm delayed now...I'll need to get a job. Who knows what I will be doing or where I will be next Spring... If there is any wonder why there is a shortage of nurses this is it. I passed all my ATI's at a level 3 ...exceeding NCLEX requirements - better than 90% chance of passing the boards...but I can't get past the class. Go figure! Love you all! I will find a way and catch up eventually!
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    Senior? Maybe...Maybe not... VENT

    Needed a 95 on the final ... made an 85 10 points ... missed the average by 2.9 points Now what?
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    Senior? Maybe...Maybe not... VENT

    Holding my breath...what's done is done. I am looking at "Plan B" ... Hope I can shred it by days end!
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    Just finished OB rotation

    I had several experiences... Midwifery Clinic - awesome experience. I was involved in assessment, physical exam, BPP, lab work, etc. I saw about 15 patients in an 8 hour day. I attribute the positive experience the the midwife who kept me by her side throughout the day. Nursery - Ran buck wild with the babies! Observed 2 c-secs and then took two newborns from birth to discharge to postpartum. I worked with veteran nurses who allowed me to function at a high level. Postpartum - eh...was OK. Best part of the experince was taking vital signs on a newborn, and feeding. I was not allowed into any patients room...oh wait...my nurse did allow me to distribute ice in the morning. Very disappointing. Labor & Delivery 1 - Sucked! I was told "men don't work in L&D" ... well isn't that just discriminatory in nature! I wallowed around for 8 hours...hung with the CRNA and watched epidurals. Labor & Delivery 2 - I was permitted to observe one vaginal birth ... patient was a "friend of a friend's friend" :) Good thing because if not for her I would have cleared maternity clinicals without ever seeing a vag birth Impression: Experience depends on the instructor/preceptor. I found the more education and experience the nurse has the better your experience. The APNs and veterans invited me back to the nursery and several suggested I consider working in NICU. The younger nurses and ADN nurses asked "so why did you decide to become a nurse" and "so are you going to work in the ER?" ... I guess in nursing women take care of babies and guys deal with the blood and guts. Hmmm. Lots of tension...I couldn't quite put my finger on the source of tension in these clinical areas but it was very similar to the feeling I get when left alone too long in a classroom with 50 other women. Men are from Mars...I would recommend visiting Venus but be certain not to stay too long. My 2 cents
  7. I don't think I've ever felt this low. I thought I had it... This has been a very long year and I feel beaten up...maybe just plain beaten. I was willing to consider the problem was with me but after three semesters of watching honor students slowly fall by the wayside I'm convinced there is a problem with my program. When I was considering nursing programs I looked at class size and NCLEX pass rate. I thought small school, small classes and high pass rate was the perfect choice. I think I made a mistake...should have looked at retention rate. Hind sight 20/20...right? I've found that most programs have about a 20% attrition rate. My program has a 20% graduation rate. My evidence...this years graduating class. 50 enrolled, 14 getting pinned. Holding my breath for grades...waiting to see if I continue.
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    Georgia House Bill 475

    This sounds like tennis...doesn't it?
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    Georgia House Bill 475

    Why do you doubt this will not pass the senate and be signed by the governor?
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    Georgia House Bill 475

    FYI: Georgia House Bill 475 PASSED the Health and Human Services Committee this afternoon. http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/pdf/hb475.pdf
  11. I just had a post conference from hell...my instructor afterwards called me into the office and asked me "WHY did you decide to become a nurse?" She then proceeded to have me read aloud the Nurse's Code of Ethics and then told me that I had no compassion. Instructors teach us to be nonjudgemental and compassionate and yet they are judgemental...hmmm. There is a word for this... Anywhere else in the world and I would have told her to pound salt...but because I am AFRAID of being blown out of nursing school I must reply "yes mam". If there is any wonder why there is a shortage or why new nurses choose to leave the bedside during their first year THIS is it.
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    Why do I want to be a nurse? Vent - Rant

    I agree...I feel better today but I am still worried about getting bounced
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    Why do I want to be a nurse? Vent - Rant

    I went to the dean and was told "don't worry about it...you'll be fine" ... It's the same response I get each time something like this happens. At first I thought these events were just drama but now I believe there is more focus. After watching students drop off one by one many of us feel that any one of us could be next. At this point students are afraid to upset the apple cart so to speak so people are being quiet. I was told in private that I "need to learn how to play the game". I know dropping sounds crazy but there are many other factors at work here...my GPA is being slowly chiseled down...I came into this with a 4.0 and now slowly buy surly I am dropping. I lost a scholarship this semester...I was overlooked for nurse cancellable loans too. I am starting to catastrophise thinking that I may end up failing this class. I am in a small school...In my program if you fail one class you cannot continue...a student must wait one year before returning to repeat the failed class. I don't have the resources to hold out for a year...I've got just enough money to make it to graduation before I need to start selling organs.
  14. Bad week... Thought I had overcome all the adversity from last semester...all the trouble I've been having with one particular professor for whom I can do nothing right has seemed to disapate. Last semester I was in danger of failing this professor's class three weeks into the semester...I transferred out to another class, another professor and recovered with a "B" as my final grade...got a 94 on my final up from the 70s. This semester I'm back with the professor from hell but I've been getting the grades on exams and cruising through clinicals without a hitch... And then BAMM! I was called to the mat by Professor Hates My Gutts, PhD. for a clinical rotation...My professor received a nastygram in regard to my performance signed off by two RNs. I was blown away by the accusations and the fact that my instructor was uninterested in my side of the story. I received a ZERO for the clinical which means I am basically one step away from finding a new career. (Two zeros and you are out the door) The nurses charged me with everything from OSHA violations to abandoning my post. None of it made sense...One of the complaints was that I "ate breakfast at the desk"...I was sitting with three other nurses who were eating breakfast. I asked if anyone would mind if I ate an apple. Of course the response was "go ahead"...my god the letter stated that I ate breakfast in a patient care area and violated OSHA rules. ??? The letter goes on to state that I left my assigned clinical without authorization...Truth be told...yes I did leave the area, however with the supervisor's permission. I was asked if I wanted to observe a specifc area of the unit with a physician and then was introduced to a doctor and handed off to him. Anyway...the letter basically sights events that did occur however the circumstances are twisted in a way that makes me look like a monster. Turns out the supervisor of this facility, the person who gave me permission to eat, leave, etc is the same person who wrote the nastygram AND happens to be BEST FRIENDS with Professor Hates My Gutts, PhD. I have worked in a hospital setting for 10 years and never had a problem...not with a patient, not with a supervisor...not a problem. I was a top student until I encountered Professor Hates My Gutts, PhD. who seems to detemined to make sure that no male students graduate from this program...I am the last one left. I was so upset by this event...the accusations, that I decided to drop. I have been miserable for a year now...can't sleep, can't eat...I've developed chest pains that present each and every time I have to go to class or clinical with this professor. My advisor would not allow me to drop...the dean said NO WAY, "You will graduate this program" ... I HATE GETTING UP IN THE MORNING! ...I used to get up in the morning and could not imagine life as anything other then a nurse ... Now I have this little voice saying "you're not cut out to be a nurse" nagging me every single day. I've gotten to the point now that if I do graduate there is not a chance that I will work as a nurse. I am thinking administration or prehospital but I can't see myself entering into practice after all the drama and nightmares I have endured in nursing school. Anyone every feel this way? Thanks for "listening"
  15. Can anyone help me? I need a Friedman Family Assessment Model template. I have an assessment guide which is the "short form" version of what I need. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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    NICU Summer Extern?

    Do they let you use your assessment skills? I was told that externs function basically as a tech or nurses aid. My thought was if I am going to work as a tech then I can at least do this in an area where I can see something new....and besides...Little People, Little Poop...right? :) This makes sense though...I think I am looking at this as an experience, not a lesson. I did not consider the extern as something that would help me finish off school. Hmmm.... I've heard med/surg a few times...I worked on med surg as a tech...I don't want or need any more practice working as an aide. Please no more med/surg. Maybe I'm just getting tired here...I've been working on a 4.5 year program for 5 years now and have over a year left to go... When do we get to the part where we get to put tubes in people?