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AragornSkywalker

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    Dating classmates?

    Thx for the advice. Bummer.
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    Dating classmates?

    Mostly laziness on my part. I'm not saying these are my only options, just whether or not is it a good one.
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    Dating classmates?

    Is this a good idea? From what I can see, Pros: - Always have something to talk about - Using "busy" as an excuse has an actual chance of working - Better chance of finding someone who is smart and will be financially independent - M/F Ratio - Physical assessments can suddenly be very fun Cons: - Good chance of not wanting to listen to more nursing stuff after your shift - "Busy" might actually be the case, and relationships are distracting - Better chance of finding someone who is uptight, competitive, and controlling - M/F ratio means anything you do will be gossiped about. So if you mess up with one girl, it might mark you to the rest. - Might have to work with an Ex - Overexposure from class time. Seems like a toss-up.
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    Quick Question about IVs and Syringes

    There is usually a bit of air between the syringe and the cassette. Some form of medication that needs to be delivered over a few minutes?
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    Quick Question about IVs and Syringes

    If you hook up a syringe to the B-port, and backprime it, but the end pops out. Would it still be safe to infuse the drug if it is done quickly? On one hand, it is exposed to the open air, but don't we also do other sterile procedures that are far more exposed like Foleys?
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    Frustrated with Nursing Home Clinicals

    Ive completed 2/3 nursing home clinicals, and I am so lost and frustrated. After using EPIC, I hate paper charts. Not only am I lost as to where to find certain information, I can't read most of the handwriting either. The labs are all old, and interpretting them feels like an exercise in futility. There are 4-5 "current" dx and 4-5 comorbidities, and I just found out most of them are on there for billing medicare. Had I known sooner, I wouldn't have spent my first 2 care plans addressing irrelevant or outdated pathos. Then there are my nursing Dx. One of my patients has hemiparesis on the left side with contractures in the arms and legs. All he does is lay in bed before getting wheeled to in front of the TV. Self-care deficit and impaired mobility both leaps to mind, but then I consider what interventions I can realistically perform and I am just lost. I thought about having him attempt to perform more self-care with the right arm, but the PCA just shaves and hoses him off in 5 minutes because she has 9 other pt to attend to. He says he plans to leave, but I dont see how that is likely. I did the gero depression scale and the answers were all over the place. He seems depressed though. I just don't know what to hope to accomplish besides keep him and safe and not getting worse. I have 3 weeks and my instructor says that is alot of time to get something done. But it took me 2 weeks just to get an understanding of this patient. I have 1 clinical left and I want to at least appear to be starting on the right path. Our goals and outcomes should be achievable during our clinical periods, so should they be micro-steps in the bigger process? Like if there is a self-care deficit, should I just focus on trying to get him to wash his face and chest with his right arm rather than try to tackle everything? Plus these places are so depressing. The staff treats him like a bad 5 year old, and his roommates can be loud and combative.
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    What stereotypes should I expect?

    Insanely rich, handsome, and possibly possessing god-like powers. Havn't you heard that male nurses are the Chuck Norrises of healthcare?
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    Recommend me a energy bar

    That sounds delicious. But I wouldnt feel comfortable carrying a bag of fruit paste in my pocket, then eating it like a super go-gurt. I got some cliff bars. They are great!
  9. Something to look at while I load: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v454/fatlazyhomer/S1050001.jpg Something to look at while I shower: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v454/fatlazyhomer/S1050002.jpg Easy attachment for switching slides: (The tape was from before, when I was still perfecting the method) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v454/fatlazyhomer/S1050003.jpg
  10. I remember seeing classmates watching Lakers in class. It was an auditorium so it appears completely natural - until they jumped in excitement.
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    Recommend me a energy bar

    During my first semester, I got to eat lunch like 3x during clinicals. The rest of the time, I was in the computer lab charting while munching down a power bar. Its convenient and I can put a bunch in my pocket. Thats pretty much the only reason.
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    Recommend me a energy bar

    Clif it is then. Ill head down to my local market and pick up a bunch of variets to taste test, then buy in bulk on amazon. I dislike fruit bars cause they make my tooth hurt.
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    Another New Guy Joining the Ranks

    Orlly? Hmm... I better crack mine open. They gave us a stack.
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    Another New Guy Joining the Ranks

    I would advise asking some of the more senior students on which classes actually used the reading. I read 200 pages of communication stuff that turned out to be pretty pointless.
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    Norway's answer to MRSA

    Methicillin?
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    Recommend me a energy bar

    I bought 4 cases of Zoes for clinicals the previous semester, and they were generally great. Unfortunately they are OSS at amazon and havnt been in stock for months. What would be a good alternative as far as nutrition goes? Taste can be compromised. I dont really want anything thats sour/sweet like apples. Chocolate is always fine by me. Any suggestions?