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  1. When I graduated from nursing school several yrs ago, I applied for, and got, my first nursing job working for AH. I had to answer the questions as stated by the OP. Faith is powerful for those who believe. While not particularly religious or god-fearing, I answered in such a way that indicated that I was in support of people (pts, physicians, nurses, etc.) who did pray, especially if it gave them courage and strength to go forward. Where I work, there are some surgeons who do a group pray prior to an operation, the chaplain gives a brief 15 min service in the AM, there are scripture verses all over the hospital. I have never attended a staff mtg that started w/prayer. I partake in these moments of devotion when I happen to be present. I bow my head in respect and use that time to quietly reflect. I do not feel put upon in any way. I came into nursing late, it's a 2nd career for me. I have worked for AH for almost 5yrs and am a dedicated employee. Mgt really does try to do right by employees at the hospital where I work. The cafeteria recently expanded their offerings to include animal protein. They also have a coffee bar! Guess they realized that most employees and visitors were not strict Adventists and wanted meat products and stimulants. I will retire in a few yrs., and I will almost certainly not be changing employers. I have nothing but good to say about AH.
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    Immune system down

    jollyt - your post made me smile! I generally enjoy excellent health, but since starting school in january, let's see... a sinus infection bad allergies this spring a cold or two 2 debilitating bouts of gastroenteritis (originally thought by dr to be food poisoning) pain in my knee and a little bubble in the white of my R eye physical strain, eye strain, brain strain, whatever...the 5 day/wk class/clinical schedule, lack of sleep, never-ending study sessions - is it any wonder?
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    I need practice tests please!!!!!

    We have been given Saunders NCLEX-PN study guide to use in order to prep for the exam. In addition to the 1500 test questions in the book, there is an accompanying CD with an additional 3700 questions. One section on the CD is a 100 question review of all subject areas covered in NCLEX. It evaluates your strengths and weaknesses, and gives you a plan of study. I was surprised and pleased at how spot-on it seemed to be. I'm only 4 mos into a 12-mo program - so my score wasn't that great. We'll be starting med-surg I in a week, peds and OB in a few months. So it was no surprise that those were my weak points. I also need to work more on therapeutic communication. Is that what you're looking for? Hope it helps.
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    Xavier College?

    unfortunately they do not have a financial aid dept.
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    Unitek program sacramento advise/??

    rebecca - how far are you from stockton? check out xavier college school of nursing. do a google and you'll find the webiste. good instructors, good-to-great clinical sites. if you want to pm me, feel free. there are a couple folks from sac who attend. they chose not to attend kaplan or unitek, for various reasons.
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    Cant retain informatin

    I feel your pain! A&P was my toughest course (seconded only by pharmacology). What helped me, especially when memorizing pathways, kidney function, heart pumping action, etc., was to make diagrams. I used colors, I wrote on them, I made notes in the margins, I drew arrows, etc. There are also videos online, many provided by textbook publisherss. I'm a visual learner and I need to see it - to learn it. Flashcards helped me with vocabulary. I made them in much the same way as coffeemate suggested. And life ghilbert said, it really is necessary to understand what it is you're trying to learn. A good example is the R-A-A system. Once I "got" what it was about, it was much easier to remember. When reading the chapters, I outline as I read. Just straight reading didn't do it for me. But reading, writing, drawing and having the notes to refer back to helps to inculcate the mounds of minutia detail into my brain. This tip I got from the A&P prof who was having a non-private conversation with a fellow student. I overheard it and thought I'd give it a go. I hope you figure out a method. Good luck!
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    All classroom, no lab???

    when choosing schools, I was surprised that a couple offered very little in the way of lab or hands-on clinical (LTC/rehab/acute hospitals) hours. I was even more surprised to find that one of the schools had OB/GYN and peds rotations in a rehab facility. I chose the school that had contracts with real hospitals and LTC and guaranteed us almost 1,000 hr of pt care. the in-school lab facilities are minimal, we do all our work on real pts. definetely something to consider when choosing schools. hands-on w/pt is definetly different than working on classmates. and videos are great for introducing tx and procedures but, in MHO, not enough. good luck and carry on!
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    calculation question

    got it! thanks. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing the formula.
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    calculation question

    Am I over-looking the obvious here? Math is my strong suit, I get the calculations but this one has me stumped and I'm not sure why. I'm wondering if the prof has thrown this in to confuse us. She is known to do that...Is there a formula/equation for the following question? A pt experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis is to receive 10 units/hr of a regular insulin infusion. The pharmacy dispensed a bag that contains 100 units of insulin in 250 cc of fluid. At what rate will you deliver this infusion? 2.5 cc/hr 10 cc/hr 25 cc/hr 100 cc/hr The usual formulas DO/OH (qty) and DO (drip rate)/time don't work here, or am I seeing cross-eyed? The rate I get is 25 cc/hr, but I got that just by looking at the question. The 250 cc bag needs to be delivered at a rate of 25 cc/hr in order to deliver the necessary 10 units/hr. Any help would be appreciated. I needed a break from studying and thought I'd throw this one out to you folks in nursing student land! TIA
  10. Not to rain on your parade or anything, but keep up your enthusiasm, confidence, and passion from here on out! You're gonna need it! Let me share my experience so far..... I start my 4th month in April. For me, school has been everything you mentioned, and then some. We are just finishing pharmacology, we're passing meds, and the instructors are doing everything they can to make sure that we know what we're doing. While at the Rx cart, the instructor can, and will, ask any question about any drug that is on our patient's MAR. We need to have researched the Rx and have it all down BEFORE administering it. Brand name, generic name, classification, mode of action, side effects, nursing implications, effect on lab results. Yowzaaaa! Boatloads of nothing but straight out memorization. Learn your formulas inside and out, and front to back. Make sure you can change g to mg to ug and back again. Know every single conversion factor on the face of the planet. That's all I can think of right now. Gotta run and do my Rx research for tomorrow AM... Good luck!
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    What the heck?!1?!?!

    I got a HESI A2 review book online for $7 delivered. It was brand spanking new! It was worth it...
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    Discouraged with school

    I had to take Term 2 over again, (not the reason why I hate that school) the clinical instructors are horrible, I’m sick of being disrespected and treated lower than dirt. what exactly is the problem? are you falling behind in your studies and not making grade? are the instructors singling you out? school can be grueling. the non-stop pressure of keeping up is not for everyone.
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    How to make A&P reading less boring

    "My (ANATOMY ONLY) instructor told us that we probably wouldn't have time to read the text" say what? I've never had a professor or instructor say that! as for the OP, A&P is tough and not the most spell binding of reading. as with other posters, I found that to get thru it, I would read and write simulataneously. outlining a chapter reinforced it in my brain and gave me a break from straight reading. drawing diagrams, pathways, etc., helped me to understand some of the more complex concepts like how the heart pumps, urine production, the RAA system, etc. unless your professor/instructor tests strictly from lecture, I don't know how it would be possible to get thru either course w/o reading the text(s). now I'm in pharmacology and that also requires that I write everything. some folks in the class don't write anything out and take tests with nothing more than lecture notes and having read the text. one gal that does that sits next to me. I scored about 25 points higher than her on the midterm. it's good that you're asking about different study methods. find one that works for you. I wish you luck and great grades!
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    Nurses who can't spell

    alex - it may not even be a matter of folks not being able to spell. instead, it may be a matter of the amount of time and care some posters put into their responses. in this era of instant communication, IM, text messaging, iphones, blackberries, email, etc., the use of (and resulting) incomplete sentences, improper grammar, etc.) are all too common. when I post something and afterwards notice a typo or other error, I try to correct said problem. but that's only because I'm a picky @$^%$ and like things to be right. you asked for thoughts...
  15. sounds like you're going to have to prove that you are serious about continuing with NS. convincing a panel will be easier if you do what the PP said and take A&P by itself, get a stellar grade and then proceed with the appeal. is there a JC nearby where you can take it? good luck.
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    January 2010 starts

    intheflames: we started clinicals last week after NF I and a skills check-off. luckily, we're in a rehab facility with a staff that, for the most part, is greatful that we're there. the CNA staff is helpful c/showing us how to transfer pts, assist c/ADLs, and generally show us pt care ropes. the nursing staff is great when it comes to showing us how to do tx, tube feedings, wound care, g-tube care, etc. our instructor is always close by. even for the folks in the class who have had zilch experience, the transition has been doable.