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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:
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    Therapeutic Touch

    Elkpark, thank you so much for that information. :) I agree that titles can be thrown around, and I appreciate your clarification.
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    Therapeutic Touch

    When I was working in an Alzheimer's facility, we had a woman come in who had "Therapeutic Touch" on her namebadge. She would actually touch the residents (of course, this was consented to) and from what I saw, this really did help a lot of people. I imagine when you're put in a home by your family, who may or may not visit, part of you tends to shut off from the world and shrivel up inside. Often, a simple touch would elicit strong emotions from these people. It's a reconnection to the human world, the feeling that someone cares. It was a pleasure to watch these sessions, and the residents often were much calmer afterwards. I've had the opportunity to undergo Reiki sessions myself, and emerged calm yet energized.
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    You're very welcome. :) Several of my classmates have one or more children, and although it's tough, they are making it through. I admire and applaud the parents who are working so hard for this. I'm sure you'll find many classmates who also have children, and that is a strong bonding point. I'm so excited for you, and hope we are able to meet during your orientation or afterwards!
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    Daughter looking to be a RN

    I'm just ending my first semester in a BSN program, and I'm really loving it. I live in San Diego, and 132K sounds high... are you referring to private colleges? I do recommend that your daughter shadow a nurse, as others have suggested. It really does open your eyes to be on the "other side". My first day in clinicals I knew I was making the right move. I wish your daughter the best in her future! :)
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    Passed my Assessment Final

    Assessments are so hard, especially when your instructor is staring at you. Proud of you. Congrats! :)
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    I imagine they'll keep the same schedules for next semester: Tuesday: 7:30-10:10 Pathophysiology Tuesday: 10:20-12:10 Client Assessment Thursday: 7:30-10:10 Fundamentals Thursday 10:20-11:10 Informatics Then you choose when your labs/clinicals are. My clinicals are Mondays from 7:00-2:00, and you have to go in the day before to choose a patient and then do paperwork. My Client Assessment lab is Tuesday afternoon from 1:00-6:50 pm. This is the only semester when you're able to choose your own clinicals. They choose for you the rest of the time.
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    A typical week in nursing school... LOL. Okay, I'll do my best. This is for first semester. I'll go class by class. N206-Fundamentals: LOVE this class. It's by far my favorite. Studying for exams is quite easy because she has wonderful notes, and gives you outcomes for each section so you can go through those. (I'm not saying the exams are easy!) Clinicals are so much fun... the day before your clinical day, you go to the hospital to pick out a patient (this is only for total patient care days) and then it's' quite a bit of paperwork to get that ready for the next morning. Add in two care plans (which took me at least a fully day to do), and there is a lot of work for this class. N202-Client Assessment: I also really enjoyed this class. The labs are long, but since there is so much to do, it goes by quickly. There is usually a lot of laughter. The exams are to the point, and the professor's notes are also well-organized and easy to follow. N200-Informatics: There are only a few assignments during the semester, but be sure to bust your buns on those. She grades hard, very hard. N208-Pathophysiology: Well, this class wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. The material is interesting but the way it's taught is extremely difficult to follow. Our class ended up having a "discussion" with the professor before class one day because we were having a TOUGH time with her quizzes, and everything else. USE THE MED-SURG book to supplement the info from the patho book - it's in plain English as opposed to the patho textbook which makes you feel stupid, and that you need a Ph.D. to know what the hell they're talking about. LOL All in all, I probably take one day off a week to just relax and do absolutely nothing. I haven't gone to the gym because I've been exhausted. Currently my brain feels like it's leaking out my ears from so much information. I usually spend a few hours a day (3-6) on homework or reading or various assignments or paperwork. It's hard, but it's absolutely worth it. Every second is worth it, even the bad ones. You know you worked your butt off to get in, and it's a joyous ride for the most part. p.s. I forgot to add this part: Form study groups. Even if they're small, they are incredibly helpful. I am not typically a study group person, but it's enjoyable getting together with a few friends and discussing the material, and then getting sidetracked with other things. :)
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    SDSU Fall 2010 BSN program

    Congratulations to you all! I'm so pleased for you, and know you must be very excited, scared and raring to go. Try to take some time this summer for yourself. When we found out that we were accepted for this Spring semester, we had less than two weeks to get everything ready before orientation started. Go to the beach, the gym, or camping while you can. :) When you start classes, they will introduce you to the Mentor program. You can be paired up (if you choose) with a student who is a semester or more ahead of you. I was paired up with a wonderful girl who is a third semester, and it's extremely helpful to have that person cheering you on. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Again, Congratulations.
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    How many of your schools require a pharmacology class?

    I'm in a BSN program, and our pharmacology class is second semester.
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    Time of the month in light colored scrubs

    Although we wear navy blue scrubs, I still have to be careful for the first couple of days. I don't use tampons because of my IUD, but I DO use the overnight Always Infinity pads for clinical days. I make sure to use the bathroom at least once every couple of hours, and keep an extra pad in my pocket. I also wear support hose, so that helps catch any smaller leaks.