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  1. Meowmixer

    Nursing Salary Survey 2014

    Geographic location: WV Pay rate: $22 In which area / specialty do you work? PICU What type of license do you have (RN or LPN)? RN What type of degree and/or certification do you have? PALS How many years of experience do you have? 1.5 Are you full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN status? FT What shift do you work? Rotating, Qmonth Do you receive any shift differential? 5% for nights and weekends Are you a manager or supervisor? No
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    Oooo...good so far, busy. I've never been so excited with B's in my life. How's it going for you?
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    Senior in high school, dreaming to be a nurse!

    It helped me out :) I got my CNA licence the fall after i graduated high school it really opens your eyes to a lot about the profession. I saw so many people in my nursing class start and be in complete shock when they're pushed right out into clinical and expected to go into patients rooms and actually *touch* people. Meanwhile they just worked 3 years to get into the program and they're completely rethinking their chosen profession. So yes, i say go for the CNA, give it a try. While you're doing that look at a local community college and take some super cheap classes to start your nursing degree. It's very rare that someone just jumps right into the program, if they do they're completely stressed trying to get through nursing classes and a&p1/2, micro, statistics, etc.
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    "Just" a CNA

    Ok, i'm just going to give the basics but I need some advice on what to do in a situation with a nurse co-worker. A little background info. I've been a CNA for 6 years total. I've done 3 years on telemetry, 1 year in the PICU, and 2 years in the ED, so i've been around a little. I'm also a nursing student finishing my ADN next year. By all means I don't feel like I know everything about being a CNA that there is to know but I hope one can admit with my experience I should fluently know how to do my job, and well. I started a new job in November and since i've been there i've gotten nothing but good feedback about my work performance. I'm Never one to boast but I've always had a great work ethic. I'm getting paid to do a job so i'm going to do it to the best of my ability. I had to switch shifts this semester because my classes are all over the place and it put me on a guaranteed 36 hours a week spent with a certain nurse (unable to change this around). Well, I put in my 36 hours this week and it was without a doubt the worst shifts I have ever worked, and it wasn't the patients. I shared 3 patients with this nurse and absolutely nothing I could do for these patients was right. I consistently offered assistance to the bathroom, vitals were on time, they were turned, fluffed, and taken care of to the best of my ability. I also had 10 other patients so i was unable to Just float between those three rooms. If I was not with this nurse every time she stepped foot in their rooms i was in the wrong somehow, even though i received no notice she was going to check on them. Every tiny thing she could possibly find she would pull me aside and in a sweet but incredibly condescending way tell me about my wrong doing. For instance, a very capable alert and oriented lady had her first accident in 4 days, even though I offered to take her to the bathroom 20 minutes prior before i left the room after doing vitals, and she declined. The nurse came out to desk with linen and made the comment to my charge nurse, not to me, that i was right next to, that it was the second room that she walked into that I had a patient that was incontinent (the other non-incontinent patient apparently spilled a small amount of urine from his urinal that he didn't bring to my attention). I apologized, smiled, got up immediately to help, thanked her for helping me get better at my job, and each time it made her more angry. So, needless to say this kept up all night. I continued to kill her with kindness, and it appeared to make her more and more angry. I got the impression that I'm *just* and aide to her and she feels she needs to establish a certain level of superiority over me to feel better about herself. She also made it a point to go around the unit, talking to the rest of the staff, to express how * frustrated* she was with me. A couple weeks ago she also made another aide cry, and made a new grad quit immediately after orientation with her because she felt "stupid and incapable" after being put on orientation with her. My question is what should i do? I know i need to pull her aside and talk to her because like it or not, until i can find a new job we must work together. I just don't want to get into a back a fourth argument with her. I never got defensive and apologized whether it was my fault or not every time she approached me. I am also going to let my manager know there is a problem beforehand in case she gets upset at me standing up to her and trys to make false complaints about me to my manger. I don't work again until later in the week so i have some time to cool down, she had me incredibly angry and frustrated before i left work in the morning my 3rd shift in a row (i've never felt to useless and insulted) so the cool down is completely necessary. Has anyone had to deal with this before? Would it maybe be better to try and ignore it and see if she backs down? And another perspective would help. I know nurses have a hard earned licence on the line but i'm doing nothing to endanger patients in any way. I honestly do not know what else I can do in order to please her and give her no reason to get upset besides completely ignoring all of my other patients and checking on her patients every 15 minutes, even stripping down the up at lib patients to make sure they are not wet. Thanks for your thoughts :)
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    For those of you at the calu campus I made a facebook group to continue the tradition from the other classes, just search for "CCAC @ Cal U Class of 2012 Nursing" will help out with the tons of questions we will have :)
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    I apologize, i've e-mailed the lady and she's giving me a run around, getting pretty frustrated. She told me she didn't know what was in the bundles, which I find hard to believe. If the bookstore, shannon, and the elsevier lady do not know what is in the bundles someone has got to be lieing. I refuse to pay for books I already have! Going to call Elsevier tomorrow and speak to someone, I Will have an answer. I mean the company ships and sends the books in the bundles, they can't tell me they do not know what is in them.
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    I'm going to go ebooks. Dolan seems pretty set on you needing them in class. But i also have an ipad and an iphone. It's way to convenient to carry my ipad instead of 15lbs of books. The clinical instructors said they will carry a med surg book and a drug book, so I should only need to bring my iphone to clinical for reference just in case. Besides it has been too many times i've spent an hour on one question because I couldn't remember where I read something. The search all of your books feature is just amazing and a huge time saver. If you have an iphone or a nook/ipad I recommended ebooks hands down. If you don't want to buy them all (i'm not) i'm going to e-mail the lady that spoke to us at orientation for a list of whats in the packages. Would you like me to send it to you when I get it?
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    Uniontown on Monday here. Which is wonderful since I live in uniontown. I was really surprised to see how far away all of the clinicals were. I applied for cal because I live close not because I enjoy driving. Feel bad for the people in uniontown that have to drive to mercy.
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    ack, they are out of their minds if they expect me to pay $200 to park and Then ride a bus.. And i'm really glad to hear about the teachers :) Hopefully they are similar at Calu
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    Kin have you gotten your affiliate number for parking yet? Emailed the guy on Monday and I haven't gotten a response yet
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    Yea, calu is starting late . I'll see you there!
  12. Aye, you can find some good pictures and quizzes online. Spend as much extra time in the lab as you can, we always had students that would leave an hour before lab was up (they were allowed as long as they thought they were finished). The teacher would even give bonus points to those 2-3 that stayed until the period was actually finished. What I did to study was look at the pictures or the keys from the models, memorize all of the words in order from top to bottom and re-write them each about 20 times. I found a lot of my not being able to identify the part was all of the new words they introduce, the first step is to actually learn the words. Once you know the words top to bottom you just have to know where the parts are and you can just plug in your list like you're re-writing it from memory when test time comes. Also mnemonics always helped there are sure to be tons of good ones online :) Good luck! I used this in both a&p 1/2 and passed both with A's. It's time consuming but you have to be willing to put in the time to get the grade.
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    Of course theres two different books..thank you either way :) Orientation is this Friday, hopefully I can get some answers.
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    Problem with School Advisor

    Aye, please slow down and re-type that. It's very hard to understand, i'm not sure what you're asking or even trying to say.
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    CCAC Spring 2011

    Thanks for the reply guys :) I assume i should be fine with the books i have then, again, as you said unless theres an assignment from one of them...I managed to pull up some type of book list off ccac's site from the course search and it looks like i have the same med surg book, which is nice because it was almost $200 itself, and the $30 concept map/care plan book (ill take what i can get). What fundamentals book do you use? I have potter and perry right now. If it's different I can at least look it up online and see if it's similar. Figure I should at least have the fundamentals book the first semester. Thanks again!
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