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    Does anyone like med-surg their 1st year?

    I really love Med/Surg. Granted some days are tough, but aren't they anywhere?? I have learned and continue to learn so much. I look back to 7 months ago when I started on the floor and I just smile. I have learned to prioritize like nobodies business, delegate, throughly assess, and even pick up on signs and alert the MD like I never thought I would learn. It can be tough, but oh so rewarding. Please try to look at all the positives in each day, yeah maybe I didn't get so and so done, but look what I did accomplish. You know that sort of thing. And please give your self some credit and praise. You are not a whiner or a failure and your post does not reflect that in anyway. The more you think of yourself the more others will also. Hey you have made it this far, and that is saying a hell of a lot!! :)
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    Six months in and...

    I have only been a RN for a month and I work quite the variety of shifts. 3a-3p, 3p-3a, 7a-3p, 7p-7a. And I have to say I absolutely love it!! I am learning so much about the flow of each shift and I think it is really helping develop into a professional nurse. Others would hate these swing shifts but it works great with my life. I work two 12 hour shift a week, each week consists of two of the same shifts and these rotate every six weeks. I like the day shifts as much as I do the nights. Hope that helps??? :)
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    After waiting for three weeks....I passed

    way to go!! great feeling isn't it. hats off to you new rn!! :roll boy we got great vibes don't we!
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    Wanted RN .7, or .6, or .3

    Just to add with what has been said. Yes it is for a 2 week pay period. Each 0.1 equals 8 hours. So 0.7 x 8 = 56 hours/pay period, 0.6 x 8 = 48 hours/ pay period, and 0.3 = 24 hours/pay period. It took me awhile to get used to this lingo, now I find myself talking to my non-nursing friends and saying, "Yeah, I accepted a .6 position..." and they look at me like I am speaking in a foreign language. :chuckle
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    Beating myself up - anyone else?

    I had this very same type of error, I totally missed one, it was a lovenox injection. I had given the pt their other 2000 meds but for some reason missed this one and didn't catch it until 6am the next morning at the end of my shift. I was absolutely sick about it. And so very pissed at myself. I have learned from this mistake. I do not write down every med and time, that would be just way to time consuming for me but I do do this: When I come on I get the 10 min early and look at the MAR's I write the time of each pts meds on my report sheet and circle it, then next to the circle I put the number of meds the pt is to recieve at that time. And then when I am getting the meds out and doing my 3 checks with the MAR I make sure that they are getting that number of meds, I haven't missed one since. It has been really effective for me. Our vice president of nursing wrote an excellent article for us and in it stated: "We need to unmask the unspoken myth that if we are really good nurses, we won't make any mistakes. In reality, we don't go to work hoping to make errors, but the happen to ALL of us (yes, ALL of us) and we need to support when they happen." This article came out one day after my error and it really helped me. I now have a copy of it in my locker and at home by my computer as a constant reminder. I hope this quote helps you also. :)
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    Length of orientation for new nurse?

    Thank you all so much for your advice. I do feel comfortable on the floor and with the staff. I am on my fourth week now and it is going really well, a few weeks ago I actually had to ask my preceptor when it was that I handled the load myself because that is one of my worries. She was surprised, they are used to orientating someone new to the facility and that doesn't happen that early. The thing that suck right now is that our census is so low. We only have 4 swingbed pts (which are rehab) and no acute/unit pts. I know what to do with swingbeds, have handled them successfully thru-out my internship. It is the experience with the acute/unit pts that I so desperately want/need. I did talk to my manager and she said that I could pick up extra hours these next two weeks for more learning experiences as long as I did not go over 40 hours. So they are supporting me very well, just the census isn't.
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    I took my NCLEX-RN yesterday!

    Nursekimmi- I sympathize with you. I was worried before the test about what if I failed, I have been on my floor for over 3 years and I did not want to face any one if I were to fail. I felt good after the test but I did not tell anyone at work, I just said "I don't know" I am very lucky that here in WI we have such a quick turn around with the results. I would be acting /thinking just like you if I had to wait. Try to lift up your spirits and have faith in your abilities and knowledge. I have heard from ALOT of people that it takes quite a while to find out your results in CA. I will send all sorts of positive thoughts and vibes your way! Let us know when you find out. And try to remember how you felt after the test and don't let doubt take that feeling away. :)
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    I took my NCLEX-RN yesterday!

    I used Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination, it comes with a disk for the computer as well. The ISBN # is 0-7216-0347-5 Hope that helps, best of luck with the rest of your last semester!!
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    NCLEX-RN Results

    all right!!! way to go!
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    I took my NCLEX-RN yesterday!

    I did it, I passed! I took the test on Tues at 10am and found out on Wed at 9:30am, while I was at work. My boss told me! We were all jumping around and screaming, even the patients were excited. I want to thank everyone here for there support and guidance through out nursing school. This site helped me through alot, just reading everyones experiences and knowing that I was not the only one experiencing the same. Also Saunders really works, that's what helped me to really understand what they were looking for. I did 75-100 questions a day for the past two weeks, but I had used Saunders all through nursing school to study for each exam I had. What a wonderful resource! Good luck to all, I wish you the best! You can do it!! Just have faith in yourself. :) Yeah!!! :balloons:
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    I am a RN!!!

    I did it, I passed! I took the test on Tues at 10am and found out on Wed at 9:30am, while I was at work. My boss told me! We were all jumping around and screaming, even the patients were excited. I had 75 questions, and I felt good about how I did when it shut off. I was very calm. Which worried me because everyone told me I would think I failed! I tell ya you just can't win! :rotfl: It was very broad based, I had pharm, ob, peds, med/surg, disease processes, infection control and lots and lots of priority. No med calcs, and one alternate format. I was praying for it to shut off at 75 and I about jumped up and down when it did! I want to thank everyone here for there support and guidance. Saunders really works, that's what helped me to really understand what they were looking for. I did 75-100 questions a day for the past two weeks, but I had used Saunders all through nursing school to study for each exam I had. What a wonderful resource! Good luck to all, I wish you the best! You can do it!! Just have faith in yourself.:) Yeah!! :balloons:
  12. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well it shut off at 75, I was really hoping it would. :imbar It seemed to have quite a variety, OB, Peds, Psych, Pharm, disease processes, Infection control, and lots of priority. I had one multiple/multiple, and no med calculations. I left feeling pretty good about it, which is kind of scary since everyone has told me you will feel like you failed it. So either I just think I know this, or I really do. :uhoh21: I can't wait till Thurs when I find out. But I must say I have a sense of relief because it is done. And what will be will be and I will take it from there, one day at a time. I think the few beers I have had have help with this. I wish everyone facing their boards SUCESS!! We CAN do it!!
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    ATI testing in our school

    I graduated in Dec and we had to take the ATI NLCEX predictor in order to graduate. Needless to say everyone was, well just as you explain. But in all honesty it wasn't bad. I can say that now having done it. I did not study ATI books, just did some of their non-proctored tests online. I continued to study my Saunders through-out my last semster. When I sat for it I thought it was very hard and I thought Oh my god I am failing this thing. But I did great! In fact everyone in my entire graduating class did. Your score on the thing sounds low when you print it off but then when it is explained to you you find out you actually did pretty good. My score was 72.8% which equalled out to a 99% predicted possibility of passing the NCLEX the first time. So although it is hard, just put it aside and concentrate on what you are learning right now. Use your NCLEX books to study for exams and at the end of the semester when you take this ATI, you will be impressed with how well you do. :)
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    Send your best success vibes my way!!

    Well it shut off at 75, I was really hoping it would. :imbar It seemed to have quite a variety, OB, Peds, Psych, Pharm, disease processes, Infection control, and lots of priority. I had one multiple/multiple, and no med calculations. I left feeling pretty good about it, which is kind of scary since everyone has told me you will feel like you failed it. So either I just think I know this, or I really do. :rotfl: I can't wait till Thurs when I find out. But I must say I have a sense of relief because it is done. And what will be will be and I will take it from there, one day at a time. I think the few beers I have had have help with this. :imbar I wish everyone facing the test this week SUCESS!! We CAN do it!!:)
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    NCLEX - Psychiatric - Mental Health questions

    I took the RN NCLEX this morning and I had a handful of psych questions, I can't say how many exactly?? But they were in there. One med, and then the rest where you have this pt with such and such mental illness, how would you respond in ??? situation, you know those type. My test seemed very balanced a little bit of everything.
  16. And please keep me in your thoughts and prayers for tomorrow Jan 24th at 10am! I will be sitting in front of that wonderful computer proving my knowledge for the NCLEX-RN. Here's to success! Thanks guys, I will be praying for all those facing the same this week! We can do it!!!! :) :balloons: