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Coriander BSN, RN

Hospice & Palliative Care, Oncology, M/S

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  1. As a New Grad in search of my first job, I can only hope I have a preceptor like you. Beautifully written. Your strength and humanity comes through, and I truly appreciate that.
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    SDSU Fall 2011 Admission Hopefuls

    Hi, JRJR. A whole lot is going to be done at NSO. LOTS! It's SUCH an exciting day. Your cohort (group of students) will be broken down into smaller groups. Then, we'll escort you through different stations. These usually include: Introductions by the CNSA Board of Directors and Staff Uniforms (trying on and ordering) Mentor Program Membership in CNSA (California Nursing Students' Association) Supplies (stethoscopes, clipboards, blood pressure cuffs, etc.) The admissions advisor and Student Health will also speak with you and collect paperwork. Introduction of your instructors, which will include a little bit about your classes and what expectations are. We are thinking of adding a few fun things to the mix so it's not so overwhelming. Trust me, we understand the "deer in the headlights" feeling and want to make your NSO a great experience. :)
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    CNA - What is the typical routine in a hospital

    You're welcome! Day shift is very similar. Vitals q4hrs, showers or bedbaths, toileting, meal trays, I&O, etc. Admissions and discharges can get a bit speedy. :) Also, visiting hours also bring curious family members, but I love this because it offers the patients a chance to get away from being stuck in a bed for hours alone.
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    I'm infertile...and worried about my OB rotation

    Big hugs. I'm so sorry you've had to go through such loss. I've lost three pregnancies, and was terrified of this semester. Last week was our first day in clinical on the L&D floor, and my group was to assess newborns. I've never touched a newborn, and was so afraid of how I would react, especially in public, and with people who don't know what I've been through. The little infant gave me a gift that day. She latched onto my (clean and gloved) finger, drew it into her mouth, and set to sucking madly while staring into my eyes. It was like she was telling me that it would be okay, that I could be strong. I don't know if there will be children in my future, adopted or otherwise. Yes, that hurts to think about. But this little angel gave me a gift of love that day, and it started a healing process. Somehow, talking about the loss for years and years never completely soothed the pain. The pain will always be there, but it's been buffered now, thanks to one hour with this baby. I wish you strength and light. You're in my thoughts. :redpinkhe
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    For Nursing Students: iPad or iPhone or iPod Touch ?

    Hi! We were required to have the iTouch for the clinical settings as it doesn't have a camera. Phones are not allowed on the floors. A friend of mine has the iPad (he's not in nursing) and he liked it a lot for reading things. A lot of nursing friends have the iPhone and they seem to like it a lot as well. I know I'll be upgrading to a smartphone soon just so I can keep track of all the connections I've made in nursing school. :) I wish you the best in your search. You might want to check with your school to see if they require a certain type of device.
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    Level 2 BSN.....advise and encouragment...

    We can do it. I'm starting my 2nd semester as well. I hope you enjoy psych; we don't get that until 4th semester. :) I'm taking Med-Surg II, Pharmacology, and Interpersonal Relationships.
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    No phones at clinical

    We're encouraged to bring our iTouches to clinicals, but all cellphones must be kept in the locker room. I give my family the floor phone number in case of emergencies.
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    I'm so sorry I didn't see this message before. Yes, it's exactly how SoCloseRN2B said. :) You don't really use the Skills Lab until about half-way through the semester but it's great to have on your schedule. 1. Yes, I believe we're all talking about the traditional BSN program. There is an RN-BSN program but I don't know if anyone on this thread is in that program. :) 2. I believe you take the TEAS when you've been accepted into the pre-nursing major and are close to applying for the nursing program. I took it a few months before I applied for the program. 3. I've heard conflicting reports on this: I was told that they prefer you to have all of your prerequisites finished before you apply, but today I was told by someone that she had a class in progress when she applied. I would suggest that all of the classes are complete before you apply just to avoid any paperwork aggravation. :) 4. I have 72 in my class, and there were 95 accepted for this semester. It's probably going to vary a bit depending on financial stability for the program. I hope this helps... please let us know if you have any other questions or need clarification!
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    Previous low gpa, straight A's now, my chances?

    I just wanted to pipe in here that I went back to school with a 1.32 GPA. I earned A's in every class for the next three years except for one B+, and was accepted into my nursing program with a 3.1 cumulative. It can be done. :)
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    One of the textbooks that is required is a drug calc "lab manual" kind of thing. There are assignments to do, and lots of good practice. A good website (among thousands of good sites) is http://www.testandcalc.com/quiz/index.asp There is a "help" feature which shows you how to get through some problems. If you do a web search on "drug calculations" you should find many more. On the SDSU Nursing website, on the right, there is Compliance information. Again, I don't know if anything will be changed with that information, but you can get an idea of what's going to be needed. As the Fall semester draws near, they will be communicating with you on exactly what you need to do, and in what order it needs to be done. There is a lot of paperwork, so I would suggest getting a small filing box or binder to keep all your nursing paperwork in. I don't remember the time limits for physicals, but try to make sure your immunizations are all up to date. That's all under the Compliance section on the website. That way you don't have to sit and wait to get your shots at the health center. If you have your doctor perform your physical, you will need to have them fill out the physical verification form that's also in the Compliance section. You may want to call the nursing department and ask them if the November physical would be accepted. I don't see why it wouldn't be, but that's just my opinion. LOL
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    If you can get your CPR certification done, that's one less thing. Just make sure it's the BLS Healthcare Provider certification. Compliance information should be available to you soon. If you go ahead and get your vaccinations and physical done ahead of time with your own doctor, that's good because the lines at the student health center get ridiculous. If you need to wait to see someone at the health center, be sure to make an appointment. :) I'm not sure how they're going to work things next semester for you, but we had to wait on some of our paperwork until everything else was cleared by the nursing school. If you find yourself wanting to do more, start practicing drug calculations. There is a mandatory drug calc quiz that you have three opportunities to pass.
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    what are nurses opinions of quality awareness

    Do you have any specific ideas about this so we know which way to lean? :)
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    Should I quit?

    I agree with RN2BDFW... please see the school counselor, and perhaps a counselor outside of school. You've had a lot of tough things happen all at once. What you're feeling is totally understandable. I hope that things brighten up for you. Please don't give up on yourself!
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    Hi Sweet_Shay!! Of course I remember you :) Congratulations!!! The bags are $27 through SDSU CNSA (California Nursing Student Association). I bought one for the same reason you want one... a symbol of accomplishment. It's also a great bag, and I use it all the time! They sell everything when you all go in for orientation, but if you wanted one before that I don't think it would be a problem. Again, I'll send you a PM with their office hours, etc. Cheers!
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    Therapeutic Touch

    I think it's important to respect everyone's thoughts and opinions on things... there are so many occupations/beliefs/thoughts out there ... it's very difficult for everyone to have the exact same thoughts. :flwrhrts: