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  1. sneakymom2011

    Does your school use dosage calc software and clickers?

    We have a clicker (Turning Point software). But we also have distance learning students, the software never worked for them from day 1 a year ago, so it's not used. And we paid for that and it irks me There was a math program (that I still have access to) to learn dosage calculations. I think I used it for the first test, then I had my husband- who loves math- explain it to me and I never used the software again. And it kind of irks me b/c I paid for it We did have something called MedsPub that was bought out by ATI. They just gave us a class on how to use it yesterday. It sounds good, I need to go ask one of my classmates for the codes so I can take a demo test. The only thing we have to use it for are the end-of-course exams. And we have to remediate on those tests for 30 minutes or we can't sit for the final. I don't think there's math software with the ATI site b/c we've learned all the math that we need to know for the whole nursing curriculum. We get a test that we have to take for every course, but after the 3rd level you don't learn anything new. Cheryl
  2. Well- I got put in a clinical site for this rotation that's a 40 minute drive one way from my house. And I'm complaining here about it No I don't like it. My teacher said she's a stickler for being on time and looked directly at ME after I told her where I was coming from. Since I have to drive the furthest distance out of the 10 of us. But I'll suck it up and get there on time. Even early. Even if it means leaving the house at 5:45 am clinical days. It's only 6 weeks- 10 clinical days. I can do anything for 10 days if it means I'm that much closer to graduation :) Cheryl
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    Summer is almost over

    I've been off since June 30. And it's gone WAYYY too fast. Didn't help that my youngest hurt her knee (fractured her growth plate) at camp 2 weeks ago so she's been in a knee immoblizer since July 12. And hasn't been able to do a whole lot of anything We did manage to see a couple of movies. And I had a childhood friend come here last weekend. We all leave on vacation tomorrow- the girls to Europe with grandma (and hopefully my youngest's knee will be ok) and dh and I to Vegas. I come back on the 11th of August, and I only have a couple more days after that before beginning the 2nd half of medsurge. UGH. Not looking forward to the frantic pace of school. But- we get a different lecture teacher. I'm not sure how much I like her online notes (the first day's lecture were posted online today). But as long as I can follow along in the book, and she doesn't talk a mile a minute, I should be ok. And since my daughter was laid up for three weeks, I managed to get a pretty good chunk of the paper that's due the 1st week of Sept finished. All I have to do is proofread, figure out how to APA refrence a website, and it's finished. And- I'm kind of beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 9 months, 2 more semesters until graduation. Cheryl
  4. Med-surge. UGH. I just don't like it much either. We're on break right now too. When I go back, we've got 4 tests, a final and a paper due. The paper I'm currently picking at (not due until Sept but I plan on having 99% of it done by the time we go back) I wasn't real fond at the way my last teacher did lecture. What made me the angriest is that I re-wrote every single one of her darn notes for the last test- then I proceeded to not do well on the test (there were some questions I second-guessed, and lab stuff that I should have known). Just UGH. At one point I told the family "I'm done. Not going back in August. Don't care that I'm passing clinical. I'm done." Then I think of how much work I have put into the last year. And that there's only another year (well less than a year when I go back) left. And I get a new clinical assignment (I wasn't real thrilled where we were these last 8 weeks). And a new lecture teacher. And when we go back half of the next test is on Psych stuff- stuff that I saw during my Psych rotation. We were told too that if you make it through medsurge- you can do anything. Though I'm still just annoyed right now b/c I downloaded the schedule for the next 8 weeks and there's a test the day after Labor day. Kind of puts a damper on doing much of anything Cheryl
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    Are there any acceptable absences?

    Not excused at my school. You can miss class- if you call in and say you aren't going to be there. But be careful. Because more absences than 3 without a REALLY good reason can mean you get 3 points taken off your final grade. Which can be the difference between failing and moving onto the next course. If you're late 5 times, that counts as an absence so you need to watch those too. For clinical- you are allowed to miss no more than 10% of the hours. For this semester I think it's 180 hrs so you can miss 18. BUT- clinical days are 6 hours each so it's like 3 that you can miss for the semester. So far I've only missed 2 clinical days. One because I burnt my hand bad enough that it caused a blister that hadn't popped, and there was no way I was caring for pts with that (though looking back I could have- maybe I just wanted a "mental health" day b/c it was an oncology floor and I was DONE with oncology) The 2nd one I missed b/c I was sick. And we were working on a peds floor. With sick babies. Didn't miss any this semster so far. There have been days that I need a "mental health" day, but since they don't want us coming into clinical sick, I'd rather use those days when it's absolutly necessary. Cheryl
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    TCC's Nursing Program (Virginia Beach area)

    I'm at Sentara now. In their last diploma RN class. It's not an RN program anymore- it's a 3 year BSN. I know some of the teachers who are teaching the BSN program, and they are good. It's just that it's 3 years now instead of 2. And you HAVE to have your CNA in order to apply to Sentara's program. I know some people who graduated from TCC's program (and that is a 2 year ADN program) They said it was a good program. Bon Secours is also a BSN program. Riverside (which is on the Penninsula) is still a 2 year diploma program- I know a couple of people who applied there as well. Thomas Nelson Community college (also on the Penninsula) has a 2 year ADN program. That's all the ones that I know of. I know that NSU has a BSN program, and I think it has an RN program as well (it did when I was reseraching schools 2 years ago). ODU has a BSN program. But with the BSN programs, there are a lot more prerequisites. They gave us the option last year of opting out of the diploma program and applying for the BSN program, but there were at least 3 more classes (plus the online classes) that I'd have to do, and I'm just DONE right now LOL. Hope this helps. Cheryl
  7. sneakymom2011

    Passed Med/Surg and completed my 1st year

    Good job! And I read what you did to change test-taking skills and I do the same thing- "second-guess" or read the question wrong. On my last test, I got a question wrong, and I was sitting there in co-op reading the question going "DUH- that's the right answer and I put the wrong one down :mad:" I never thought about covering up the answers. I'm only looking at 1 question at a time, but I'm seeing the answers as well, that's a good idea. Thanks for the advice. I'm halfway through the first half of medsurge. And also at the halfway point in my program. Have a good break. I just started mine today and it just feels nice doing NOTHING right now Cheryl
  8. sneakymom2011

    Summer break....

    Less than 1 week. 1 test on Monday, a full day of clinical Tuesday. Then clinical until 12 Wed, then we do mid-term evals and I am DONE for 6 weeks. I so need this break Cheryl
  9. sneakymom2011

    Just want to vent- again

    Ugh. I did this last semester, and everyone on this board is just so supportive- I thought I'd pour out my feelings again This time I'm in medsurge. I had Psych clinical for the last 2 weeks, and I really kind of enjoyed it (though it was a VERY long day- 12 hours). I think I may have found a calling in nursing. But- I had to go back to my medsurge floor this week, for our last 2 weeks of clinical. And it was just a frustrating day. I got annoyed at my instructor. We have to teach a med and write a paper on it- it's due 4 weeks after we get back from a break that I VERY MUCH need at this point. But, with the amount of work that we've been doing, I am not putting it off any longer, and I really want to teach. So I thought I'd do it this week, and I passed the idea onto my instructor. She didn't want me to teach the CT I had, and that kind of annoyed me (but I didn't say anything to her). She did say I could choose someone else on the floor to teach, and then she said that I do have next week to do it as well- and the reason she chose the CT for me she did this week was b/c I hadn't given an IV drug, and I need to do that before I finish these 8 weeks. So I finally decided that yeah, we can do it next week. I'm probably the only person in my group who hasn't taught anyone yet. And it's not like I hate this teacher. I really do like her. She's one of my favorite teachers, I thought I wouldn't like her, but I'm learning a whole lot from her :) I just don't want to be writing this paper at the last minute. I've talked to several people who wound up doing so, and they wound up having to repeat the class. Which at this point is NOT an option, I fail- I'm done, I'm a CNA. So after sitting and sulking for a while (I was thinking that she hated me LOL) and reading the rubric for this paper, I understand just why this CT I had for today and tomorrow wouldn't work. And that I needed information on the CT- a lot of it, and that just trying to throw it together tomorrow on another CT that I've never seen before wouldn't work. And then my Psych teacher- tells me to "enjoy the rest of this class" Well- hate to say this but I am NOT enjoying medsurge right now. I am passing but JUST passing, and it is frustrating me to no end I did pass the test we had yesterday, so that gives me hope. But my 1st 2 tests were just below passing. UGH I think I know where I went wrong on the last test, my grades have been steadily improving with each test, so I feel ok with the one on Monday. And I still have another 8 weeks, 4 tests and a paper to bring the grade up to a level where I'm comfortable. Not to mention my kids are out of school, I'm getting guilt feelings b/c they need help at VBS this week and helping is NOT an option (can't miss school or clinical. I have Thursday and Friday off but I really don't feel like sitting in a worship rally listening to 400+ screaming 1st-5th graders ) I need to finish my paperwork for tomorrow. At least it's not as much as we had to do for Psych. Cheryl
  10. sneakymom2011

    Ridiculous book vent

    I had to buy a $150 acess code for skills lab. What a waste. I've used it 3 times total. I looked at it again a few weeks ago b/c we did a skills lab on IV's, and it was useless What makes me angrier- is the fact that added into our tuition are 2 websites. One of them is a math site. I used it 1st semester. Haven't used it since but I'm still charged for it. And then there's this ATI test site that we had to pay for- that we can't even USE anymore! And it had NCLEX questions on it So of course there goes another $30 for a med-surge NCLEX book so I have SOMETHING to practice on for tests Just one more thing that just frustrates me about nursing school Cheryl
  11. sneakymom2011

    One year down, one more to go...

    4 more weeks and I'm on summer break. My graduation is June 2011 so I'm almost at the 1 year to go mark too! It still just feels strange that I've got almost a year behind me. BP, VS, assessments aren't big bad scary things anymore. Neither is going into a patient's room and taking care of them. We just got training on IV's. Now THAT's something I'm a little intimidated with. Esp since I'm not even going to get a chance to do them for 2 weeks b/c I've got Psych rotation. And then it's only 3 more clinical days until vacation. I'm going to need a refresher course after 6 weeks Cheryl
  12. sneakymom2011

    Highly disturbed today at Clinical...

    Well it is kind of sad. However- when I see stuff like that- I try to look at the other side as well. I'm on a medsurge floor this 8 weeks. The gentleman I was taking care of couldn't get out of bed. The CNA that he had also had 18 (yes 18) other people to take care of (vitals q/4 baths etc, etc). He was weak, and pretty much a full assist. Well- the bed hadn't been changed. The CNA asked me if I'd change the bed. And do a bath The bed was NASTY. He's incontinent, and there was poo all over the pad. Food all over the sheets (I don't think the bed had been changed in days) It took me 10 minutes to ambulate him from the bed to the chair. This was after 10 minutes to try and wash him (and I got the really nasty parts clean). And then change the bed. That's almost 30 minutes on 1 pt. And remember the CNA had 18 of them. And then I felt bad b/c a fellow student had a pt who was bed-ridden and had a hard time moving. And she had an explosive BM, and she had to clean it up by herself because the 7 of us were busy with our 1 patient. During post-clinical we talked about this. Because several other students made the same comment, how overwhelmed the CNA had to be. And the nurse was telling me (apologizing actually because I hadn't seen her all day) that she was behind on meds and she was sorry she didn't have more time to spend with me today. And then we kind of freaked out- we're supposed to go to 2 patients by the end of this semester (I'm almost halfway through a diploma RN class) as to how we're supposed to get everything done. Then of course is the flip side- where I asked a CNA for help and she couldn't help me b/c she was surfing the hospital site so she could update her MEDICAL INSURANCE Cheryl
  13. sneakymom2011

    I don't know what to do with myself.

    Not bored here. Just unmotivated I had 10 days off between OB/Peds and Medsurge 1. I started Medsurge on Monday. And I knew it was going to be a struggle to do work in it. I had no idea how much. I did do all of the reading for the next 3 lectures. And I did my own outline (courtesy of my medsurge NCLEX book- I'm hoping doing that will help in lecture.) It's just that we have a LONG day tomorrow. And now Monday's going to be a LONG day. I was supposed to go to clinical orientation today. BUT- our clinical instructor's teaching another class. And I found out through another classmate that we're going on Monday. (she asked the woman who's in charge of clinical assignments what was up). And what annoys me the most is that there is NO EMAIL, NO NOTICE ON BLACKBOARD. And there was supposedly one this morning. I only have class for 8 weeks. Then we have the rest of the summer (until August) off. I don't like the fact that this class is broken in 2- but I think I'm going to seriously need those few weeks to "recharge". Cheryl
  14. sneakymom2011

    Do you find the National type tests easier than your NS ones?

    Congrats Cheryl
  15. sneakymom2011

    Do you find the National type tests easier than your NS ones?

    It's a test they use to assess children under the age of 6. It can give you an idea if there's any kind of delay. Come to think about it now- I don't even remember having a test question on it. But we HAD to go over it in post-clinical Cheryl
  16. sneakymom2011

    Do you find the National type tests easier than your NS ones?

    Denver 2 test Denver Developmental test And I know that b/c I finished OB/Peds 2 weeks ago and we had a test question on it. We had to go over it in post-clinical . Anyhow- my school doesn't use any national tests either. As a resourse, we have something called Medspub that has NCLEX type questions, and after the last 2 classes we had mandatory tests, and then we had to spend 30 minutes in review. BUT- we were just told yesterday (I started medsurge) that in June they're being sold to ATI and we won't have access to them anymore. There's something on our syllabus called ATI testing- don't know what that is. And I don't think even if we had to take them that they'd be counted b/c we're the last diploma RN class, and I don't think the BSN program even uses medspub. Cheryl
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