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jesskidding has 5 years experience as a LPN.

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    Nursing Student in Recovery

    Hello! Yes,I am still doing great. No relapse or cravings. I'm proud of myself, but I'm still hanging in there! It's been hard a few times, but I got through it. Thank you for asking!
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    Nursing Student in Recovery

    Thank you so much for all the positive comments and advice. I appreciate the time you took to respond. Writing has been such a significant part of my steps to recovery. I just starting at the beginning and went from there. I am now seeing so many root problems I never dealt with by literally starting from my conception. My family is a "just sweep all the bad stuff under the rug" type. The problem is still there, just covered up. I refuse to live that way anymore. I have been a member here for over 4 years and never thought I would be posting in this forum, but I'm here now. I am not embarrassed or ashamed. I just glad to have extra support. Thank you all again. *This is not my first time trying, but this time seems different. I had hid my problem from my husband before and now he knows and supports me. His family also knows and is very supportive. It's exactly a month today, not long I know, but it's the longest I've went. You have to start somewhere.
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    Nursing Student in Recovery

    Hey guys!It's been awhile since I've posted here.....anywhere on AN. I'm on a break from nursing school dealing with recovery of opiate addiction. I'm just seeking any advice. It begins literally in the beginning since I'm also in recovery from a difficult childhood and regaining control over my life. I've only been in recovery since August 2012, but you have to start somewhere.
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    dressing change

    My clinical instructor is a WOCN and she has sought out many dressing changes for us. We use clean gloves but change into a fresh pair when needed during the dressing change, such as right after removing the old dressing.We do not use sterile gloves. I think this many also be dependent upon hospital/facility policy.
  5. Hi Esme! I think she was trying to say at first she wanted to be a CRNA then after Psych she decided she liked that better. I was confused too until I re-read it. :) I'm sorry you are struggling. Try to find out what you were doing wrong, try to fix those things and try again. Good luck! :)
  6. You don't need to take all your books with you. If you want to take any...find out exactly which one(s) you will need for that day and just take those. I rarely take my because everything we need comes from Power Points.
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    One more week of freedom....

    Thanks for the advice! :)
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    *AN issue.....here is the rest. Also, if you have trouble taking tests this book is a great resource. Nursing tests are different from any other tests I have ever taken. Amazon.com: Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (9780803628182): Dr Patricia Nugent, Barbara Vitale: BooksDon't carry all your books to class. In my case I would need a fork-lift if I carried everything. Find out what you need for class and take only what you need. If I think of anything else I will let you know. Good luck!
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    I am not in a BSN program, but an ADN program. My advice is to stay as organized as possible. I bought a large calender and it on my fridge with important dates such as clincal, skills check-off days, and test days. It has helped me a lot. Also, buying a student planner such as this one, Amazon.com: Saunders Student Nurse Planner, 2011-2012: A Guide to Success in Nursing School (9781437727807): Susan C. deWit MSN RN CNS PHN: Books, has helped me too. It also includes great information to have on hand. If any of your instructors use power points study those. All my test questions in the past have come right from the lecture of the power points. Questions were never taken directly from the book just lectures and PP's. Keep ahead in everything. Do not get behind. It's really hard to play catch-up in a nursing program whether it's a ADN or BSN program. Don't go in thinking you know everything because you don't. You are there to learn. Nursing school isn't a place to try and become friends with everyone. There will be people you clash with and that's alright. Although you may make some good friends along the way. Find a good study group of just a few people and meet up with them regularly. Note cards really do help. If you struggle with math this software is really great to help you learn the ends and outs of nursing math. It's worth the money.http://www.amazon.com/Calculating-Drug-Dosages-Interactive-Approach/dp/0803615329/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1325716046&sr=8-3
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    One more week of freedom....

    My second semester starts next week. I am excited to get back into the swing of things, but I have really enjoyed my 4 week break. What can I expect for the second semester of an ADN program? I looked at our schedule and it looks like we are covering the exact topics we did last semester. Will be going more in depth with those concepts? Also, for those of you that are further along, did you think the first or second semester was harder?
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    How hard is sociology ?

    Sociology was the most ridiculous class I took before getting into nursing school. Very easy and unneeded in my opinion.
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    Anyone taken philosophy?

    I took a Philosophy class just to take it. I didn't need it for my nursing degree. I was just interested in it. It is a lot of thinking and reading. It was a very tough class and only a few people passed, myself included.
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    Real vs fake chest pain

    I would treat everyone as if the are experiencing true chest pain. It isn't for us to decide is the are faking or not. Always cover yourself and follow policy.
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    why do cna think

    This needs to be closed. I, too, smell troll. However, CNA's are an important part of healthcare. CNA's who have been working for awhile do learn things and pick up on skills, etc. Yes, many CNA's may call themselves "nurses", but so do MA's. Why would you even bring this up? Yes, "nurse" is a protected title in many states and many people abuse that title. It's not even worth discussing. It's going to happen. Just MYOB and move along. Not worth it.
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    Dealing with conflict?

    We have quite a few younger girls just out of high school in my nursing class. They still act like they are in high school. I just chalk it up to their age and immaturity. I ignore them and go about my own business. I am there to learn and become the best nurse I can be. I didn't go into nursing school looking to make friends with everyone. Although I have made some close friends in the process. :) You will deal with people like this during school and once again when you are working as a RN. I have just learned to let certain things go in one ear and out the other. Unless, it's constructive criticism and someone is helping me learn something. I have also learned to develop a "thicker skin".
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    Things You Know Now (And Wish You'd Known Then!)

    I have learned not to over study. All my test questions came directly from power points and lectures. I over studied and over thought many concepts. Next semester, I am just going to focus on the power points and lectures and not try to teach myself. I bought all this extra material to supplement my textbooks which was just a waste of time and money. I made the 1st semester way harder than it had to be.