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  1. nursingstudentnikkic

    Heart

    Hi im a nursing student.. this question concerns myself however. For, I dont remember, maybe the past 6 months, at random times i get this sharp pain in my chest. I push on it and it kind of goes away. So just 10 minutes ago when it happend i grabbed my stethascope and listened to my heart sounds. It seemed very fast. I counted for a full minute and got 96 bpm at the PMI. Now ill remind you.. i was layin in bed watchin tv getting ready to fall asleep. When i heard it i thought it sound a bit tachy, but im only in my first semester of nursing school so i second guess my findings. I listened to my boyfriends heart for kinda a comparison and his was much slower than mine was. The pain comes from kinda under my boob kinda lateral on the side where my heart is and i would say its a 4/10 on a pain skill when it happens. Is something wrong with me. Should i go to the doctors. When i was listening it as if you were tapping your finger.. I was trying to see if there was a kentucky or tennesse or whatever.. but like i said im not that sure what they really sound like.. im scared esp since my moms twin brother died of CAD when he was 39 and my mom now 45 was diagnosed with it also. Any suggestions.. oh and im a 21 year old female. i would assume to be healthy.. never had any major illnesses.. never even broken a bone for that matter.. also.. if i just slightly palpate the area its feels like my heart is throbbing out of my chest... i have no health insurance and thats why im asking you guys.. If i went to the e.r. and they run all kinds of test.. it might not be anything.. but a huge bill that i cant afford esp right now
  2. nursingstudentnikkic

    CCAC Spring 2010

    this quote has nothing to do with it.. but are you by any chance in AP2 right now at allegheny campus?
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    1st year nursing student

    thank you guys for the support!
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    1st year nursing student

    Im so confused! I want to know if anyone felt that way being a first year (first semester) nursing student? For my assessments I often second guess myself bc Im scared that maybe what im hearing is a murmur or is adventisous breath sounds. Did any of you guys feel that way as well. And when does it all come together? Im scared im further behind than the other students. I never really hear anyone talk about second guessing themselves besides me and the girl i became friends with in the program. Im just scared that maybe Ill pass something up thats crucial and something will happen to my patient. Any encouraging words or help?
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    Post-op Careplan

    I just had one.. My guy had tongue cancer.. For his priority nursing diagnosis i had... Ineffective Airway Clearence related to laryngeal edema as evidence by dyspnea. What type of surgery did he have?? Maybe Ineffective breathing pattern related to post op surgical incision as evidence by s?? (i believe you can use sleep apnea bc that is a medical diagnosis not a nursing diagnosis.. but im not sure) Hopes this helps somewhat but im only a first year nursing student and its all new to me as well
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    Help! Paying For NS?

    yea.. its a big difference if your independant or dependant.. im now considered independant thanks to those letters.. therefore i get higher amounts for loans
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    Help! Paying For NS?

    I didnt grow up in a "good" family. My parents were not stable (until recently) and i moved out when i was 15 years old. I told the financial aid office this and they told me i needed to get two letters from my friends mom who i lived with, and my boyfriends mom, who helps me out stating my situation, and then i had to write a letter stating my situation. Im only 21.. i was 19 then. When i do the financial aid, it only goes my my income, so i get alot from the pell grant. I also took out a 3,000 dollar loan one semester to buy a car. I dont know what campus you went to, considering i saw you were on the ccac post before.. but they helped me out. And i do work while im in nursing school. I work 12 hours a week and i make 11 dollars an hour.. i dont have to pay for rent or food or anything except things for my car and my cell phone. It is hard, just because you never have time for yourself.. but anyone can do it
  8. nursingstudentnikkic

    CCAC Spring 2010

    it will come soon dont worry.. and no matter what you get something saying you wernt accepted i believe.. so no news can sometimes be good news.. i regret the orange stethascope just because i feel unprofessional with it cuz it pops out.. yea.. i wanted a hot pink one too but they were sold out.. i shoulda got the blue.. i actually had it in my hand then i switched to the orange the last minute
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    CCAC Spring 2010

    doesnt matter the color of stethascope.. i have a bright orange one. i regret getting that color now... TEST-- i read throught his and i guess chocobean is also in the program but her test are different then mine.. i wish i had hers bc we only get 4 test through out the semester.. 2 unit test a midterm and a final.. the first until test was about 15 chapters so we really had to know everything! i wish i could get quizzes to at least give me a boost for a cushion on test... The drug calc test isnt hard at all.. at least for me, we did have a few people who didnt make it.. if you recently took math108 you should be fine.. for this semester. The skills we had test on in the lab part so far is, p.o. (by mouth) med pass, shots, blood pressure, IV priming and drip rates
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    CCAC Spring 2010

    so many questions and its hard to know what ones i need to answer... uniforms-- mine costed around 100 dollars, but i also go the warm up jacket.. i dont wanna go to lunch with gross stuff on my scrubs so i put the jacket on during lunch and take it back off when i come to the floor. stethascope-- doesnt matter.. you can buy the really good lippemans or something like that, my teachers all said unless your going to go on into a specialty that the ones they sell at the bookstore will be fine for us now, those were around 30 dollars i believe Books-- at the north campus this semester tayler lillis (the people all our books are from) had a package deal for us. It came with assessments made easy, the fundamentals of nursing book, the fundamentals of nursing dvds, the nanda book. and a med guide... i believe that costed around 250 dollars.. not really sure.. i forget.. but it was cheaper than all my books from my pre reqs (normal semesters i would end up paying around 400 dollars).. Clinicals--oooo clinicals.. the first clinical rotation at a nursing home was scary but it was a good learning tool, for the simple fact is that you bathe the patient and you get over your fear of.. well you know.. being uncomfortable seeing their parts.. i was the only one in my clinical that got a male.. and he was younger.. around 30 there for spina bifida. I got over it fast though.. then for the rest of the 8 weeks you kinda sit there and twidle your thumbs bc theres not much to do... Im now at passavant ont he cancer floor.. yes the cancer floor... i was so scared. i mean theres patients are either A) just finding out they have cancer or B) knowing they are going to die. The first day, my instructor did seem to throw us to the wolves persay. But its my 4th week there and now im getting into the swing of things and i know what is expected of us by what time. It gets better. or at least im hoping. Clinical paperwork sucks! you dont really do it in the real world, or at least i heard.. its just a learning tool so you know whats going on.. like for careplans most or all hospitals have pre-made careplans. I was scared about giving shots also, but somewhere around the 8th week when your about to switch clinical sites, they send you to the VA hospital for flu clinic and you get lots of expierence there. Im petrified of shots, i thought i was going to pass out when my lab instructor first pulled the needles out and started playing with them, until i got my hands on them. Who woulda thought taht i actually now LOVE giving them haha OOoo and how to get through them.. i made a friend and we double up.. she comes with me and i go with her.. it helps get us past the anxiety and if i forget anything during the assessment she brings it up and vice versa Stuff to get in-- you can have your doctor sign off for your immunizations, but for some of them i believe hep b you HAVE to have a titer. Also i would recommend the titer just because i found out i wasnt immune to one of my vaccinations taht i had int he past so i got a booster shot.. i dont wanna catch anything.. and i forgot to mention.. you can go to allegheny health department for your titers.. i was just waiting on my med records too long (long story of a freakin run around from my dr bc they were in "storage") the health department take 2 weeks to get them back.. concentra took 2 days.. so i had to pay the more money for that I hope you guys have recieved your acceptance letters by now! today in lecture we actually got to fill out our forms for our classes next semester!
  11. nursingstudentnikkic

    CCAC Spring 2010

    hi everyone =] i know the pain you are going through. Im at the north campus and im in my first semester NRN101. Its challenging but well worth it. I suggest people get the co-reqs out of the way as well.. All i needed when i started the program was ap2 and micro and elective. This semester sucks due to my ap2 class and the nursing class itself. Would much rather just be focusing on the nursing course, but i have to maintain being a full time student. Yes you will need your stethascope. NRN101 is allllllll about assessing. You will need it for lung sounds, heart sounds, blood pressure to name a few. The first clinical of the semester is that you will be in a nursing home for 8 weeks.. then switch to a hospital. Nursing home sucks. We basically did an aides work. You really wont need your stethascope here, but most of my clinical group had them already just for practice. I wish you guys luck and hope you got your letters. I remember checking my mail box everyday for about a month and a half waiting for the reply =] im sure you guys will do just fine! ohh and yes.. you cannot schedule your classes at the registration office.. You get together for orientation and its like a "lottery" type thing. Total caos! Beware of employee CPRs. I sat through a 4 hour cpr class at my work only to find out it wasnt good for ccac and had to do another 4 hour course 2 days before class started. I guess it was easier for me having the summer to get all the immuno. and clearences. I just paid for blood work and 2 days later got what i was immune to and not immune to... i believe it costed around 250 for physical and blood work at concentra.. then i wasnt immune to mumps so JUST GO TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT because it is only $10 a shot instead of up to $80 a shot!! and yes the registering for classes needs some adjusting.I need to take micro next semester but couldnt register due to not knowing what days i would have nrn classes.. now im screwed out of it bc all the micros all filled.
  12. nursingstudentnikkic

    Nursing diagnosis for Lobesectomy

    Sorry, yes its a lobectomy of the lung. He was post-op metastatic salivary gland carcinoma to the lung. He is AAO x 3. His HEENT is wnl. neuro is wnl. cardio wnl. Pt c/o dry cough.. His bowel sounds are hypoactive and he has a rlq ileostomy. hes had a foley and upon discharging had to meet with a doctor to get it removed. skin assesment was wnl. He had general mild weakness. pt c/o pain on the left side on a 7/10. Was given 20mg roxicet every 4 hours for this. I had him for my clinical on friday 10/30 he was released at 1pm that day. My friend just graduated from nursing school so shes gunna try and help me understand this a little better. Im sorry if i confused any of you guys. Im only in my 12th week so this is all new and confusing
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    Nursing diagnosis for Lobesectomy

    HI!!! Im a first year nursing student. My patient for my clinical on friday was a week after his lobesectomy surgery. He was even released from the hospital during the day. I have to do a Med/Surg sheet, Med sheet, and a careplan. For the careplan what would his nursing diagnosis even be. He was fine on friday and was being released. Please help. Would the risk for falls be the priority on?. Or is there still a risk for infection even though hes a week post surgery?