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    Put down by the seasoned nurse

    Thanks guys. I just want to say though that I DID tell her, when I was assigned to her, that from 0700-0900, I am taking info on my 3 patients. Then at 0900, I have to be downstairs to give report. I clearly stated that to her. And she even asked me what things I can do so I told her those things i mentioned earlier. So I clearly told her what I can do. I am just amazed how she almost didn't care if i came back to the unit after my preconference with my instructor...because she said to me that by the time i get up there, things would be done. I am SURE there are more things to do when I get back but she wouldnt let me get off by her side. She would insist that I look this disease up that my patient has and shed constantly ask me why or what is this and why is your patient on this ceratin medication. I would tell her the patho of the disease and a the background as to why my patient have this. but shed ask more like why is this med for that or why is she taking this. I asked her nicely if i can look it up on my drugbook really quick but she insisted I should have know this by now. I am not a pahrmacy, pharmacist, nor a drug book. And if they so know the drugs very well, why would they have drug books all over the nursing station...So when shed ask me what is this med for, I would just say what it is and I would even put it in my own words that I can understand and explain it to her but still, she wouldnt accept my answer. I know I should let this thing go but it is just hard for me to get it off my head. I have to get it out somewhat by venting on here. But anyway, I didnt even get much done...I mean I wasnt even able to assess any of my patients so I have nothing to go by because she wants me by her side to listen to her. But anyway...My instructor told me that day that we have one more week for the med-surg rotation so next monday, I am going back to that unit, and if shes there, I would just smile and ask her if she needs any help...if not, move on. I am sure shes gonna want to talk to me then and I think I would just listen unless she really wants to hear what I think about her treating me. She did tell my instructor yesterday that she felt bad but have to see that for myself. So..now I have vented it off here..I do feel much better. and thank you for all those who responded.
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    Put down by the seasoned nurse

    Yesterday, I was at my clinicals in a hospital. I was up there by 7 to listen to report. There were 3 nurses working on the floor and 1 CNA at the time (1 CNA arrived later). The two nurses in the report room were taken by my classmates. I could not find the other nurse so I asked my classmate if he knows her. He pointed me out to her and asked her if she didnt mind working we a student. She said no. So i went on and tagged along with her. I then proceeded to pick my 3 patients and I told her from that time till 0900, I am taking information on the patient that I picked. So while I was taking info on my patients, she asked if I could start an IV. I of course said yes. I couldnt pass up that opportuniy. I assessed that patient and removed his old IV. Not realizing the time, I told her I wouldn't be able to do the IV because I havent even finished getting info on my first patient. You can see on her that she was ticked-off. She asked me what else I can do. I said I can pass meds, draw blood, start IV, PICC dressing, etc..So after I got all my info for my 3 patients, me and my classmates start packing up to head to our pre-conference downstairs and I let my nurse know that we will be back after the conference. She told me that by the time I am up there, everything will be done. So I told myself I am sure there will be other meds to pass later. So we went downstairs, gave report to our instructor, and went back. When we got back, I went into one of my patients room to introduce myself. After I did that, she called me and started asking me what is wrong with that patient. I told her exactly what I know but it wasn't enough for her. She wanted me to look it up which I did and still wasnt convinced at what I told her. I even put it in my own words that I can understand it but still she didnt like it. So that whole time I was there, she wanted me to be next to her and watch her how things ARE supposed to be done. I asked her if I can go assess my patients. She told me I couldnt because I dont know what my patients have. In my head, I said I have the info here so I have a general idea why my patient is here. Then she proceeded to ask me what Have I done so far...I said to her that not much besides introducing myself to the patient. She said thats not good enough. She asked what block of nursing I was in and said block 3. Then she told me I should be able to do more since I am so far along. I wanted to answer so bad but I kept my mouth shut. I calmly told her if I can go ahead assess my patients now. She said no. So i got stuck next to her or when there is a nurse doing something she thinks I havent seen, shell tell me to go to that nurse. Then few minutes later, she pulled me to the side and told me exactly this : 'If an employer interviews you, do you think you'll get hired based on what you have done so far today?' I told her no. But in my head I told myself 'its because you wouldnt let me assess my patient so I can take care of them. Was it her place to tell me that? After that I couldn't take it anymore so I told her i am going to lunch and talked to my instructor downstairs. I found out she also talked to her about me not wanting to do anything. I was like WHAT????? I asked her if i can do this and this but she wouldnt allow me. My classmates that were with me saw the whole t hing too so my instructor knew I wasnt lying. I told her everything that had happend and then I broke down. I couldnt take it anymore of what she told me. I pretty much vented on my instructor and my other classmates. I felt bad but I rather take it out before I head back upstairs. My instructor said she should not have said that I am un-hirable base on my work today. That was not her place to say that. So to fix things up, she placed me on another unit with my other classmates. I went up there and I was able to do more like PICC ressing change, IV d/c and some other things that that nurse wouldnt let me. I felt better towards the end of the day. My classmates told me to not let it get through me. Well it did for a bit and I just cannot seem to let it go. It is almost playing in my head constantly what happened that day. Can you guys tell me on what I should do with this kind of situation. Any response will be helpful. Thank you for listening to my venting.
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    What PDA/ Smartphone are you guys currently using?

    Since block 1, we were told that we can use the pda's, blackberries, and so forth AS LONG as we dont take any personal info from the patients chart. Since block 1, they recommended us to use the PDA version of the books so that we dont have to tug them during clinicals. The most I have seen being used (in my school at MCC-Boswell) in my block are blackberries, palm centro, and iphones. Some students choose to just have the books. I guess its personal preference. But we have asked this since block 1. And they told us as long as we didnt take any personal info, then we're good. Even one of the instructors for block 1 at my school recommend having them for clinicals since she uses palm centro herself But definitely check with your school if you are allowed.
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    What PDA/ Smartphone are you guys currently using?

    what school did you get accepted in?
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    What PDA/ Smartphone are you guys currently using?

    Hey jke530, Congrats on getting in. As far as what program to get, it really is up to you. I still have an active subscription with nursing central. But when I got the storm, I looked at downloading skyscapes nursing constellation plus. Why? Because it has all wjat nursing central from unbound has PLUS RNotes, drug calculator, and others. Plus they can crosslink with each other. If you do choose the skyscape, go with the subscription instead of the standard so u save money. But you should look at both before picking one. Let me know what u picked. BTW, I'm typing this on the storm ...lol.
  6. With all this hype about the iphone and the blackberry, which one are you guys using? I was just wondering because I currently have the blackberry storm 9530 and running skyscpae's nursing constellation plus and LOVING IT! I used to use the nursing central on my ipaq but the skyscape program came with more like the RN notes and other extras. And also to those who uses blackberry, you guys wanna share the PIN for the BBMessenger so that we can all chat about NS or anything in particular about school? And by the way, congrats to those who got in for Fall 2009!
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    Where are we on MCC waiting list? Stamped 4/08

    https://hceweb.maricopa.edu/CFIDE/docs/hcies/placementWtBd.cfm This is the link to the MCCDNP whiteboard. It'll give you guys and idea how long of a wait you are in for. Hope this helps!
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    How far in advance is orientation?

    Usually, the orientation starts one week before the class starts...depending on the school. But so far, It has been that. You might want to call the school you are interested in applying to and ask them when orientations start. That would be your best bet as to when you should be here. Good Luck!
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    Mesa CC/Boswell Nursing Option

    Hey guys! Whew! MAde it to Blcok 3 starting August 2009. I'm excited that we start Med-Surg then OB/Peds....So how is everyone feeling so far about MEsa-Boswell? I'd like to know because I can tell you I have a lot of things to say...More good than bad though...:-) Those starting Block 1, I might see you guys on orientation day because I might volunteer to hand out stuff and do tour of the school. Can't wait to start Block 3! WOOOOOO!
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    How far in advance is orientation?

    Hi there... Usually, before the new block starts, they will give you all the paperwork (either via email, mail, or the school website, which in my case my school has a website.) http://nursing.maricopa.edu/CurrentStudents.php thats a website for current students...it'll give you the healthcare documentation checklist and such, and whatever else you need to really start the program. Once you get accepted, they'll tell you you need to have this and this...and this site will tell you what you need. I hope this helps...
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    How far in advance is orientation?

    Hi there! Well, when I started block 1, the orientation was like the week before classes started. For block 2, i think we had a med-surg orientation the day of the first class. Now, for block 3, our orientation will be on the start day of classes as well. This is from the MCC-Boswell location.
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    I passed block 2!

    Thank you. But I am so ready to go back to school. I even ordered my book already. So once those arrives, I am going to read them. It'll give me something to do during the summer if I don't take classes.
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    Required/Optional Texts

    Hi there... I have to somewhat agree with what the other posters have said. But really it is all up to you. When I started block 1, I bought all the optional texts and although I didn't use it much that first semester, it became required for the next semester. Personally, I like having the optional books. It gives me something to read, not just because i want to read it but because it gives me a heads-up on future lectures if my book becomes too much for me:D But its all up to you... good luck in nursing school.
  14. sweetsmuckers

    I passed block 2!

    Thank you.
  15. sweetsmuckers

    I passed block 2!

    Woohoo! My studying till the break of dawn finally paid off. I know its not over yet but im getting closer to achieving my dream of becomming an RN (grad date of may 2010). I start block 3 on august so im really happy!
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    Current/past students...what is your schedule?

    congrats! heres my schedule when i was in block 1: http://www.sunhealth.org/nurse/ type that address to your address bar because if yo click the link it wont show up...then: go to class schedule, then click block 1. it says fall 2008 but the schedule is still like that... as far as supplies go: get a pda...u dont have to but very useful during clinicals because we use a program called unbound nursing ...something like that...that has the medical dictionary, lab pocket guide, and so on. very useful. and also...get one of those ccart with wheels because at times, you will be carrying all your books. what else can i tell you? hmmm....read in advance, do all your work and youll be good to go.....good luck again!