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    Free standing ER?

    Saint Anthony's free standing ERs have everything that your normal ER has. All the diagnostic stuff. Only difference is that if you have something that requires you to be admitted, they will have to transfer you to the main campus. They also don't have specialists on call at the free standing ones, at least not that I am aware of, so if there was something that they needed to have a specialist look at, then they would transfer the pt to the main campus.
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    Obamacare and Nursing.. what do you think?

    That's one of the things I don't get about the whole thing. The whole not being able to get paid if patient is readmitted with same diagnosis. Some members of the population, like for instance the COPD patients, are very vulnerable to certain infections, which might have them in and out of the hospital on a regular basis. Should we force them to go to a different facility,when the one they were in the first time has their record? That disrupts the continuity of care! I see some of the good parts about the bill, which are the parts that most people would want to focus on, like coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, the parts that concern me is how the government expects to pay for this, and why are they supposedly cutting Medicare benefits which go to fund healthcare for a population that is generally very dependent upon it. Like stated about, if hospitals can't get funded (reimbursed etc) for the care that they provide, then that snowballs downhill and in the end not only do the patients lose but the healthcare providers lose too.
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    Nursing School Orientation!

    They brought in students further in the program to give us all a pep talk and advice and recommendations on what worked for them. The tips I mentioned are the ones that were reiterated multiple times, and also ones that I have found worked for myself in previous classes.
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    Nursing School Orientation!

    Let's face it; orientation makes nursing school just seem more "real" but it's also very daunting, and a lot of information to sift through. My orientation was not as bad as I had thought it was going to be, but I did sit with the thoughts of "what the heck have I gotten myself into" among other thoughts. I got a good impression of my instructors and they all seemed to have a passion for nursing and for teaching. Looking back at what I learned at orientation, there are some very important points that I believe we all should take into consideration. Nursing School is Hard, but it's not impossible The general theme was to be prepared to spend a lot of time studying and that working would be very difficult. The material is very different from any other class, and that one should not expect to do as well, initially, as one did in pre-requisite courses. It takes a little bit to get into the "groove." Learning is Lifelong Nursing education should not stop with the ADN degree, but continue on. It was highly encouraged that students continue to seek higher education and also realize that when one graduates one still only knows a fraction of what "needs" to know, and that the rest comes with time and experience. Get Organized! If there was one thing I heard every single speaker emphasize, it was the need for students to be organized. Organization will minimize the chance for missing assignments, keep needed materials at your fingertips etc. An organized study space limits stress and makes the time spent studying more effective. Keeping everything written down in a calendar was also highly recommended. Everyone has different things that work for them, but one should find a method of organization and stick to it. Get in a Study Group It was highly recommended that students break into study groups. They said that the most successful students were the ones in an effective study group. By effective it means that the time the group spends studying is actually used for studying, not gossiping, talking about non-study related things etc. Everyone should study the material and then come together to discuss, help each other understand the material, and practice applying it. Read, Read, READ! We all know that there is a lot of reading in nursing school. However, it's important to come to class prepared AHEAD of time. In my program, we will be quizzed over the readings on a regular basis and that makes it even more important to make sure to read the assigned chapters. In my program, they told us that we will be expected to spend a lot of time discussing in groups about the material, and that having an idea of what the topic is about is imperative to success. The Standards are Higher! This goes back to organization a little bit, in the sense that one will be required to be on time, if not early, each and every time. There is very little tolerance for tardiness. In my program we can only miss ONE clinical. Absences are only tolerated with a VERY good reason. Personal conduct is very important as well, and one is expected to conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times. Tests are timed. I am already intimidated by the idea of having only 1.5 minutes to answer a question!! Use ALL your Resources! It was recommended that one purchase reference books for test questions, such as "Fundamentals Success," have more than one care planning book, make use of peers, your instructors, the lab, and even "Youtube" to help understand the material and practice skills. One should visit the professors in their office hours before a problem becomes too big. If one doesn't understand something, talk to the professor before test day! Don't be afraid to ask questions! Even allnurses.com is a great resource to use if things just don't make sense! Be Emotionally Invested! This means to care about what one is doing. Don't become a nurse just for the paycheck. The best nurses are the ones that care about what they do and are passionate about it. There are so many fields in nursing that if one becomes "bored" with one area, there are other opportunities to go for. Also, if one decides that nursing is not for them, it's best to not continue practicing because if one doesn't like nursing, then one is also likely to no longer be emotionally invested and the chance of burnout and errors increase. Be Courageous! Last but not least, be Courageous! This is where I truly saw the emotional investment of my own professor. It's a scary world out there for nurses, and also the client to some extent. The bottom line is that the nurse has a responsibility to the patient. If one sees something that is not right, speak up no matter what. Doctors can and will be mean, yell at you and we all have heard and read the stories, but the nurse has a responsibility to speak up for the patient an often that takes courage. Nursing school is a journey. It's exciting, terrifying, rewarding and the list goes on. Hopefully some of these tips can be of help along the way. Only one more week till my first day of class and I am like a horse at the starting gate; itching to get going!
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    Anyone attending OCCC's Nursing School?

    Thanks for the tip. I really needed the money though so I kind of had no choice. I figured that if I really didn't understand something I could try to google it. Congratulations on making it to the 4th semester. That is a big accomplishment in itself and before you know it, you can put RN behind your name :)
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    Anyone attending OCCC's Nursing School?

    You get both the patches and the name tags at the book store. They order the name tags and it takes about 7-10 days for those to come in. I plan on going to campus tomorrow to sell back my A&P textbook. 2 Weeks from tomorrow till orientation! Weeeeeeeeeeeeee
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    Not even a word of English

    I am bilingual in English and Norwegian (which would also make me understood to Swedes and Danes), but let's face it.. I won't encounter many Scandinavians who don't already speak English. I am planning on learning Spanish. First, because I already speak a little bit and would love to be fluent, but secondly because I see the value of it as a future healthcare provider to be able to converse with my patients. Not to mention that the likelihood that I will encounter a patient that is spanish-speaking only is high. I think that for me it's important that I try to be as marketable as a nurse as I can be, not to mention that it reduces the stress for both the nurse and the pt when the communication isn't immediately hampered by language barriers. I do agree that it would be nice if everyone that came to the United States learned how to speak English, but that is just not how things are.
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    Positive Thinking Is Useless By Itself

    The Bible also says "Faith without action is dead" James 2:17 God is not a vending machine that one can just stick a prayer in, and receive whatever one prayed for. Heck if that were the case, I would have a big house, a fancy car and my dream job a long time ago. I believe that God gives us the abilities and the strength to do things for ourselves when the things we are doing are according to His will.
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    Awesome advice. I find myself using the "teaching" method. My husband looks weird at me when I go spewing details on certain topics related to what I am learning in school, but it helps. My mom is a bit more receptive to letting me teach her, and I get the benefit of her actually asking questions too. I do make flash cards too. The act of writing them is helpful, and they are handy for putting in the purse and taking with me to look at in between errands etc. I am liking this thread for all the handy tips and ideas for how to make learning more effective and fun too!!
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    Positive Thinking Is Useless By Itself

    I have to say I agree with you. I am a person that tends to "look at the bright side," but I am also a realist in the sense of that I know that to get anywhere one must put in the effort as well. I will provide an example. Yesterday I had my last lab exam for A&P2, which is the fetal pig. I had not been able to study effectively due to extenuating circumstance. I have excellent grades in the class up until now. Therefore I told myself that I would be okay even if I did not do as well as I would otherwise. However, that did not stop me from doing the very best I could even though I knew that I technically could get by with a lesser grade and still get an A overall. As it turned out, I got a 94 on the exam because I took my time and did my best. Optimism is great, but one must put forth the effort as well. In college and in life one reaps the benefits of what one sows... so to speak.
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    Things that gross you out..

    I am not squeamish about much. I admit that the thought of poking people with needles worries me. Not because of the "heebies jeebies" but more the fact that I don't want to cause someone unnecessary pain. I think my main nemesis might be vomit. Especially it I witness someone vomiting. I have a very hard time squelching my own natural reflex to vomit myself. I am okay with everything else, but vomit... I know it will happen eventually and I hope I can fake it and deal with what I must deal with and not lose it myself.
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    Pre-Nursing School Jitters

    Orientation is in 17 days. August 10th I get to meet all my fellow nursing school classmates and the instructors. I have waited for this so long. I have spent over a year doing all the pre-requisite classes and testing. I have waited what seems like a lifetime already just to get that all-important letter telling me that "Yes, you are accepted." I am not a very patient person. If it were up to me, I would have everything yesterday. I am so excited about nursing school that I just want to jump into it NOW. On the other hand, I am also nervous, anxious and just a teensy bit frightened. I feel the pressure of the need to succeed, and all the "what-ifs" haunting me. You hear and read all the time about how nursing school is so different from all the other classes and there are plenty of examples about anything from bad instructors to difficult tests and everything in between. It doesn't help matters that for my family, my career change is seen as a ticket out of scraping by from paycheck to paycheck. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge, and to some extent I thrive on them. It's like when people say "You can't do this," I have to prove them wrong. I have everything I need to start classes. I have already purchased the required uniform, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, and most of the books. I have very few things left to do. I plan on getting my hair cut and colored, because I don't know when I will have time to do that again, and I must make sure my kids have everything they need for their own school starts. I am glad that I still have things to keep me busy and my mind occupied to make the wait go by a little faster. My kids are important, so I do want to make sure that we do fun stuff together as a family, because chances might come fewer and further between for family activities. I have started to read the textbooks a little bit. Not in depth, but rather a skim through to get myself familiarized with the style of the author and to prepare myself mentally for the type of critical thinking that I know will be required. I am worried that I won't have the time to read the textbook once classes start, therefore I am trying to give myself a little head start. All in all I am looking forward to this challenge. Nursing has been my dream for as long as I can remember, and I am determined that I am going to succeed and become the best nurse that I possibly can be. That starts with becoming the best student I can be, and I can only hope that all this time spent preparing for nursing school; thinking about it, dreaming about it and preparing for it will help me be successful both as a student and a nurse.
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    Dietary policy- vent

    I can totally understand both sides here. The pt wants what they want to eat; what is going to taste good to them and maybe to some extent a sense of something familiar to them away from the comforts of their home. On the other hand, we know that Hamburgers, French fries and other "junk food" is "bad" for them, but all we can do is try to educate them and ultimately let them choose for themselves. I do think that portion sizes can still be manipulated to the extent of that they can have what they want, but in smaller quantities. A hamburger in a hospital is still a hamburger even if it's 1/2 the size of a Big Mac, right? All I am saying is that I think there are ways to give the pt what they want, but in a healthier way to where it's less calories than the meals they would otherwise have consumed. I know it's idealistic, and I do wish that nursing care wasn't so "wrapped up" in patient satisfaction surveys. I don't like that pt satisfaction is more important than what is ultimately the best for the pt.
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    Working to become more competitive - advice needed

    I would stick with the teaching job personally. I am not sure how much the "detox Tech" job would benefit you in the long run, and it's better to stay with something that you enjoy than be miserable just for the sake of "a little experience." You teaching experience can be a valuable asset later because a lot of pt communication involves teaching the pt, so you do have some valuable experience to bring to the table.
  15. I would relax as much as possible, but brushing up on A&P is not a bad idea and getting the NCLEX book ( I got the Saunders one ) are both going to help you. The type of questions that are asked in nursing school are very different from other classes because they require a good deal of critical thinking, not rote memorization. Also, in math, get familiar with dimensional analysis and make sure you know the metric system. It will help you with drug calculations! I also bought the Fundamentals Textbooks and have been perusing it. Not going in depth, but more like skimming to get familiar and then highlighting what pops out at me as being important. I am planning on getting all the textbooks soon, I just didn't see a point in driving all the way to school when I have a class that starts tomorrow (A&P2). Any time spent with the material is going to help you. Don't spend so much time with it that you miss out on having a break. Summer is to be enjoyed as well! Good Luck!!!!
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    Would you rather? An Application Process Discussion

    My school is based on Achievement points and the max number of points is 24. For instance, having a prior degree is worth points, and GPA matters in the sense of 3.75+ gives 3 points, 3.5-3.74 gives 2 points, TEAS above 62% gives 3 points, so on and so forth. My program admits 72 students per semester with an average of 300 or so applicants, and in general the minimum amount of points that get you in is 16. When they have to choose between mulitple people with same # of points they rank em by GPA. I got in with 18 points for Fall this year. My school is a community college ADN program with excellent reputation in the community. There are no letters of recommendation needed, nor are there any interviews.

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