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jc3015 has 12 years experience and specializes in RN. Med/Surg.

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    Lung Sounds!!

    Relax. I don’t know how long I kept referring back to a cheat sheet just to be sure I documented the right lung sound. I wound up having to get a much better stethoscope because I had so much trouble hearing sounds in very overweight or obese patients.
  2. Ikve worked 12 hr nights, 7p-7:30a for the last 8 years, but I’ve always been an afternoon/night person. 12 hrs wasn’t a main problem, having a single day off was a wasted day of my life. I asked my manager if I could get 3 days in a row. I’ve wound up doing a weekend option, F/Sa/Su, and that’s been great for me. Not to mention, there was a pay bonus. Friday night is a bit rough at 0200-0400, but the rest is OK. Oh, and I’m 66.
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    New Grad Trying to Make a Decision

    School prepares you to get a job as a nurse, you actually learn to nurse on the job. Which of the two jobs (or any other opportunity that might arise in the meantime) will best prepare you for the career you obviously want, in peds?
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    Yes Ma'am, I mean Yes sir

    I graduated nursing school at the age of 53. I get some double takes on the phone, but mostly from family members. Since clinicals, I usually was mistakenly called ‘doctor’. My clinical instructor thought that was a real hoot... until one day, with a group of other students (mostly in late 20’s) a patient asked me if I was their instructor. The others didn’t let my instructor hear the end of it.
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    42 Years Old - Is it too late to become a nurse?

    In 2006, I was laid off after 34 years and became a nursing student at the age of 53. Ten years l'm working Med/Surg in a hospital. Going back to school wasn't bad for me, however being a male in the program of mostly 20-25 year old women took a bit of adjustment.
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    How old is too old to safely practice?

    I turn 63 next month, and I'm having no difficulties. I plan to work until 66 at least. Then how much longer I work will depend on my knees and ankles... everything else is fine at this time. In my spare time I photograph, read and design computer programs. Pushups for my brain.
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    Doctor stole my stethoscope

    I have mine engraved with my name and it's in my pant's cargo pocket when I'm not using it. It doesn't make much sense not to have it with me, as I'm not always sure when I'll need it.
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    Just talked to a nurse- I feel so down & anxious

    Job availability will vary with your location; When I got my LPN I needed to work a year before I went into my ADN program. The only jobs available (in Southern Illinois) for LPNs were LTC, clinics and giving flu injections. At our local hospitals the only LPNs that were hired were those who were already employed there (CNA, tech) or were able to get into an LPN/RN bridge program. Since the hospitals were in the process of going to all-RN staffing, their existing LPNs got the choice of get an ADN or retire by a deadline. Needless to say, not a lot of jobs there. Last year I graduated with my ADN, passed my NCLEX-RN and had to remain in the LTC I had worked at part-time during ADN. I've received a couple interviews at the hospitals, with no luck. In fact, two of the women I graduated from LPN classes got hired. They had failed out of some classes the previous year and graduated in my ADN class, while I went straight through ADN and passed my NCLEX-RN, first try, minimum questions. Still... good for them! One even offered to be a reference for me on my next application. Still, they're good people and they'll be good nurses. At my LTC I'm not in the work situation I really wanted (getting much more med/surg experience), but I'm enjoying the residents I care for, and they seem to enjoy my work. I'll bet there will be a job out there for you, even if it's not what you originally visualized. Besides, getting that LPN or RN license will certainly keep your mind occupied for a while. If you want to care for people, go for it. It wasn't my prime motivation (sorry, I needed job security), but I really have been enjoying what I'm doing. Besides, I'm planning to keep submitting applications to the hospitals until I wear them down or they plead with me to stop. j
  9. I had a few instructors that lectured from the Powerpoints, claiming that all their test material would come from them, claiming their intention was that students would spend less time copying what they said and could pay attention to the lecture. BUT, they were afraid that it would promote absenteeism, so they would delete words, phrases, or even entire sentences from the Powerpoint outlines. Problem... some omitted sentences were so lengthy that everyone was scrambling to copy down the material, causing the instructor to stop or return to previous slides that it really wasn't an efficient use of time.
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    Unbound vs. Skyscape

    I looked at the app, and as far as I can tell, you can only go to the Nursing Central site and select entries that exist within the Nursing Central titles (Tabor's, Davis' Drug Guide, etc.) I didn't see a way that you make ad lib entries. On my iPod, I DO have a 'lite' copy of Flashcards Deluxe. This does allow you to make custom decks of cards, using a text editor or even better, an Excel file. You can add images and sounds too. j
  11. I was a 3.8 GPA student going into my LPN program and pulled straight As. Then I went into the ADN program. Different beast, altogether. I was studying way more and barely managing mid-Bs. However, when we took the ATI exams for each class at the end of the semester, I was doing level 3s on each, so I felt a lot better. I got a high score on my mock-NCLEX exam, needed to exit the program. I was doing moderate on the class exams, but doing much better on the actual "thinking" exams. I think those will be the most important. Can you apply what you know? j.
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    How much time do you *really*spend studying?

    I had great admiration for my classmates who were in a similar situation to many of the respondents here, those working full time and those with heavy family responsibilities. I breezed through A&P , Psych and Micro, ut those were pre-reqs. I've seen many persons with 'relaxed' study habits hit the wall in ADN or BSN studies. I studied as often as possible (I agree that more time is, indeed, a luxury). Many in class would talk about what was happening on 'Big Brother' or 'Dancing With The Stars'. My TV remote had a film of dust on it when the semester ended. I admire others who can do it, but I had to go the total immersion route, so that I can be a good nurse on the job. BTW. Four of the ladies who were often commenting on TV... they're repeating Pharm or MedSurg 2 this semester. j
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    How much time do you *really*spend studying?

    I studied, maybe 2-3 hours daily for my LPN program and pulled a 4.0, NCLEX-PN in 85. My ADN was a different beast, altogether. Our program recommended 3 hours study per credit hour and I felt as though I was having trouble retaining information at that rate, put I pulled through with a 3.70, and wrote my NCLEX-RN first time in 75 questions. Funny thing; one of my classmates was some kind of savant, photographic memory, or something. Remembered EVERY detail. Was Harry Potter's "Hermoine in class... always was waving her hand at a question. Straight A's, really nice lady. Complete pain in the butt in clinicals, though. She couldn't apply anything she'd memorized. Being an RN is ALL about critical thinking.
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    Do you actually READ your nursing books or just skim?

    I always read my texts, although with that much to get through, I was reading at a speed WAY beyond my comfort level. The books that ATI provided us accompanied me everywhere, as they gave a really good synopsis of the text material. I was an A/B student and passed my NCLEX-RN at 75 questions. Since I took the NCLEX, I've been rereading all my Pharm and Med-Surg texts, at a somewhat more relaxed pace.j
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    First Interview!

    I just had my first interview as a new RN this week. Overall, I think it went OK, but like other comments here, I'm not going to get too bent worrying right now. I did enough of that waiting for the NCLEX results. The floor manager tried to get me to relax (mostly successful). I'd gone through one of those canned surveys ("I work well in groups...Strongly Agree/Strongly Disagree" types of questions), and the manager said she wanted to ask some questions of her own. One was a typical interview question, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Seeing as how I turn 57 later this month, that's a relevant question. Another question: "Give me an example of how you went above and beyond what was expected of you on your current job?" I actually had a couple really good answers for that. Unfortunately, I was brain-dead at that particular moment and gave an OK answer, but nowhere as good as the other two. [sigh]. Google 'job interview questions'. I saw a few of my interview questions in there. j
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    Is it to late for me to become a Nurse?

    Wow. This thread sure grew in a hurry! I'm a male LPN, I'll be 57 next month, and I just passed my NCLEX-RN last Thursday. In the last two years (almost) I've had no problems at all with respect to my age. I had plans to try this back in 1990, but I wound upgrading my job at that time and let it slide to the back burner. If you think this is a type of work you want to do, 30 means nothing. j

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