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ellifant specializes in ob, geriatric, peds.

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    Cardiac care plan

    Is his main diagnosis at the present time the fractured femur or are his other medical problems being exacerbated? The #1 concern is always airway and breathing but if they are not issues at this moment concentrate on the femur
  2. Yes there is one in EVERY class. The person that comes in mind in my class not only asked a million questions she would actually look back and want to copy your notes! She sat in front of me, so the next lecture I sat somewhere else and she followed!I think she did this because most of the time she did not even know what was going on.
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    Dear Henry

    I really needed to read your story right now. My husband has been working insanely crazy hours lately and I have to admit I have been complaining about not seeing him. TThis made me realize there are many ways to express love for your spouse and family. We need to value the time we have no matter how little there may be and just appreiciate.
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    My First Day With A Wonderful Lady

    March finally arrived and I was on my way to my first med-surg clinical. The instructor came to each of us assigning a patient, giving us a report on their diagnosis and sent us on our way. I was so nervous looking through a"real" chart to learn more about my patient before I entered the room to introduce myself as a student nurse and gathering as much information as I could. I had been informed by my instructor that this patient was also going to be my first care plan. Her name was Judy and she had been admitted through the ER for abdominal ascites and hyponatremia. She appeared overwhelmed and apprehensive of all the medical things going on around her. I realized quickly I was dealing with a human being who was relying on me for knowledge! I assessed from head to toe asking questions as I went along. I learned that Judy described herself as a simple woman, who didn't like doctors and whose job was to take care of her family enjoying gardening and her dogs. Her husband worked as a custodian in the hospital to provide for the family. The ascites was cultured and found to be positive for malignant cells. Her blood sugar was 322mg/dl and her blood pressure was elevated. A CA-125 result was 15250(the norm is I comforted her as best I could with no experience under my belt. We learned how to take blood sugar levels and inject insulin together. We prayed together at her request and I let her have privacy when her husband periodically came to see her. She was so courageous placing a mask of happiness on when her three sons came to visit. She informed me her husband and she slept in the living room to give their sons their own rooms. This was becoming very serious and she knew it but was still more concerned about how her family was going to deal with her illness. I stopped in to say hello as my rotation continued. I received 100% on my care plan of her and thanked her for being such a great patient. Her diagnosis ended up being uterine cancer, end-stage IV. She was discharged home and I have seen her in the hall coming in for blood work during my fifth week. She still had her same smile and said she was feeling fine, although her body language said she was in pain. My instructor informed me on our last day of this rotation that she had passed away the night before at home surrounded by her family. My heart went out to her family because they were her whole world. God just needed this angel who always smiled even when things were bad.
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    Crying at pinning...

    I cry just imagining myself walking across that stage and even dream about which instructor I will pick to actually "pin me".:w00t:I can't wait for that day. I have even made a pact with a fellow student that on the day of that last exam, we will have a limo waiting at that door for us( with a red carpet of course!) Just to savor that moment and FEEL the pressure just peel from our shoulders!
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    Starting Nursing At 40...am I Too Late???

    As my 40th birthday present to myself, I began my venture into returning to school. I have to admit it is the best thing I have ever done! I am now in the program with 3 semesters left and so glad I have done this. There have been times I have had to really give myself a good kick, IT'S HARD with family, work school and studying. I have cried from being overwhelmed but I remind myself how bad I want this and continue on. What a boost for my self esteem to think hey I am doing this! It is also great to study right along side your childern and set a great example. My 12 year olds grades have actually gone up since I started school! The dedication to studying can sometimes be trying, I'm always stuck in a book and miss out on a lot of invitations for fun but I know how this is going to pay off in the end. Just think as you are being pinned as a nurse how great that will feel! Do it! You will so good about yourself!
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    Anyone start their career late in Life?

    Todd, I don't think late in life even matters! In my nursing program I am 43 and most of my clasmmates seem to range between 30's to 40's. Never say never and just go for it! Nursing is always something I wanted, I just waited until my childern got older to start my adventure and I know now how rewarding this is becoming for me and the example of education it is setting for my kids.
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    Nose Piercing

    In our clinicals we are allowed to only wear ear piercings that are posts, one for each ear, no necklaces, braclets and only a wedding band. The purpose is for us to look professional and reflect a good image to our school.

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