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  1. PennyB71

    Ideas for a clinical "cheat sheet" ?

    would you please send to me. I'm finishing my gen ed classes. I'm really worried about starting my clinicals in September. I hear that the clinical instructors are very, very mean. Which I can believe because the students are not any better. The students hang with there own groups and look at everyone else like we are retarded. I'm 38 years old, I dont' have the time and patience to deal with mean nurses and students. That is so childish and STUPID! I have other things to worry about. Thank you!
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    SAD interfers with me successeding in nursing

    Hi msjam54...it sounds like you are really catching it. I have the same problems during the fall and winter. I've noticed that the older I get the more depressed I become around fall and winter. I hate the cold more and more every year. I start school Aug. 24 for RN. I'm 38 years old...some may think that is still young and it is but I've never been in my fifties, etc. yet to realize that it all will work itself out. I'm 38 depressed, suffer a little SAD, GAD, and have bipolar. The meds that I am currently taking have helped me out alot...but the weather is still a problem. My boyfriend and I plan to (Lord willing) move to the warmer states, like Florida, California, Arizona, etc. (SOMEWHERE WARM) As far as the light therapy goes...my mind knows that it isn't the sun so therefore, it does not work for me. Whenever I see the sun out, I feel a little better despite it being in the fall and winter months. Not to say that it won't work for you though. Can you move to a warmer part of the country? Like the states I mentioned above. I continue to pray and try to have faith...It is hard I admit, but I still do it because I do partially believe anyway, that it will work itself out.
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    Can't work 3rd shift due to Seroquel @ night

    I like the non-contagious part:up:. I've always wondered what the politically correct phrase or story to give your potential employer should be. I had a meltdown today at my mother's house. It just happened. All I did was cry and cry:crying2: . Sometimes I feel like I'm going to have an episode...I'm so stressed out over starting school...I don't know what to expect (which is killing me the most). I know that I should not worry, but I can't help it:banghead: I hate when I feel like this. It drives me insane (no pun intended). I wish my mind could be still just for a few hours, so I can recover from these irrational feelings. I can't even sit down anymore and read some of my favorite novels because I feel smoke coming from my ears with my racing thougts. Sometimes crying helps and sometimes it doesn't. I try exercising which seems to help, so far. I can't wait untill these 2 years are over. After my last episode about 10 years ago, my nerves have been raw (if that makes any sense). I always do what needs to be done. But sense that last episode, I feel like everything sucks the life out of me. It just gets on my nerves sometimes, you know? When I feel like that, I sometimes will take a Xanax (the lowest dose). I don't want to take a Xanax everytime I feel this way though. I'll continue to pray and have faith...but it doesn't make it not suck any less sometimes. Thanks for listening! P.S. I think I'll start to post these feelings for on-line support.
  4. Hi, I'm new to posting anything online. Hopefully, I'm doing this correctly, so someone will see and respond with helpful suggestions. So here goes... I'm currently enrolled as a nursing student (starting August 24th). My concern is and always has been, how would I tell my future employer that I can't work 3rd shift due to my bipolar without telling them that I'm bipolar? Reason for this question is that you hear about the rookie nurse coming in, so she/he gets the crappy hours or whatever. It has taken awhile to get the right cocktail mix and I don't want to change that at All!! I don't want anyone to know that I have bipolar-schizoaffective, depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I'm ashamed to have a mental illness...it has given me nothing but grief (even though it is well-managed). This is a curse. I don't want to disclose too much of my issues just yet to you all, because I'm not sure of what type of responses I 'll receive and that I'm already putting myself out there like that. I don't know what to do...I'm already starting to cry from just typing this bit of info. So, see what I mean? I take Seroquel every night, Lamictal and Wellbutrin XL every morning. I have to take Seroquel at night...I can't take it any other time...tried other times and I felt like a zombie. This cocktail has worked for me so far (knock on wood). Any suggestions, would be very, very helpful. Thank You.