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airborneinf82 BSN

Trauma and Cardiovascular ICU

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    Make a good impression

    While you have a year of ICU experience, that still makes you pretty new in the grand scheme of things. Last thing you want to do is be the new person who seems like a "know it all" or isn't willing to listen or learn. (Not saying this is you). This is the hardest thing coming with experience to a new unit. Just take it all in and be a sponge. A lot of things are going to be quite different than where you came from. MANY more will be the same. Nursing is nursing after all. At the end of the day, be open and receptive to new ways of doing things. If someone is showing you something you already know, let them show you or explain to you. Show people you know what you are doing through your action and your collaboration with others when they need help. Don't worry or let it bother you if you a hearing something or having something explained to you as if you "don't know what you're doing." This isn't the case as no one really will know you yet or what you are capable of.
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    CCRN 2019

    My biggest pointer for CCRN is just to do a bunch of questions and make sure to read and UNDERSTAND the rationale. Anything you don't full understand, go look it up; read in a book, Google, or even better find a YouTube video to explain it. There's so much to critical care that you can't possibly know it all but over time and with practice you can learn to look at the questions the way they want you too and can often times reason through much of what you don't "know." Good luck!
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    ASU Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Oh and when the book list comes, if you guys have the money and can afford it, I highly recommend the book package from the bookstore (Elsivir package) because the e-books they come with are VERY useful
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    ASU Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    For all of you that have gotten accepted, Congratulations! I agree with everyone else that there is almost nothing you should be doing right now other than enjoying the time you have because honestly, Nursing school is ALOT of work. Organization is key. Finding a good way to balance study time with all the classes and your personal life is a must. But understand that if you wish to succeed in the Nursing program, you will not have much time that isn't dedicated to school. So that being said, sometime between now and when your classes start, get on to Blackboard and play around with it, especially those, who like me, had never used it before. Once your classes are up on there, go there, read everything, print the calendars and syllabus and all that stuff. Get yourself organized with folders and everything. Your lab (320) will have lots of papers so I suggest a big folder/binder for that one. Also, apparently we had readings that were sort of expected to have been read before the 1st day of class. A lot of people did not know this, but you might want to check on that and stay ahead of the game. Finally, talk to your doctor about possible getting on some sort of benzodiazepam (you'll learn this in Pharmacology this semester) to help with the anxiety! :) Kidding, but by staying organized and on top of stuff early it will pay off as the semester progresses. With projects and assignments, get them done early. It's tempting to put them off because you feel so busy with other stuff, but honestly, dedicate the time and do them early because about half-way through the semester (where we are now) it seems that so many due dates of things are converging. If I hadn't of stayed on top of my stuff I would probably be losing it a little right now. So thats the biggest bits of advice I can think of for right now. It is a good program. Just understand that JR1 semseter, while it is Nursing school, is probably not what you will think it will be. It's alot of the foundational stuff. You are just learning the basics to be able to go on from there to the fun stuff. Or at least thats what I think. Anyways, take this summer and live it to its fullest. Drink a few ones for me, since I never have the time and we only get a weekend off from this semester to next so that should be fun.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Sounds like someone is looking for some warmer weather! :)
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Haha sounds like yall had fun with the taping. Were they picky about how you did? Because I was under the impression that it is a competency, not at I really know what that means lol. Should be interesting. The Well Elder experience was cool. Got to sit and chat with them for a little while and just got to know them. Also got a little tour too so I'm excited to meet with them again and get to work on doing some real nursing stuff. Yay for quiz tomorrow! It should be pretty easy I think. And you so should have read the chapters. They are SO easy to read and, I thought, quite interesting. I've just got a 1/2 a chapter left! I'm so proud of myself! :) If anyone wants, I've put together all the "key points" at the end of each chapter in a single word doc, which do a pretty good job of summarizing all the important information. If you'd like me to, I can email that out so just send me your email in PM and I'll send it.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    What school were you looking at? The community college programs (i.e. Associates RN) have just a handful of prereqs, but not Nutrition or Sociology if I remember correct. ASU's is pretty much 4 full semesters before getting in to the Nursing program.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    What kept me going overseas is remember that the days may seem long, but the weeks go by fast. It's only been one, but once we get moving, before we know it we will be freaking out because we are getting ready for the NCLEX. So on that note, I did the best that I could have with those given no real instruction. I really think that for 310 we will get full points so long as we put forth a real effort. And the one for 394 probably will just be something to do in class, on top of the 3 powerpoints! :) Either way, it is nice being able to bounce ideas back and forth off of one another!! Oh yeah and don't forget that we have the abbreviations quiz for 311 on Wed. See yall in the morning.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    I never really put much thought in to it, but yeah I always use this direct route, so I decided to go to "my.asu.edu" and see what it looked like there, and sure enough, blackboard was down. So everyone having trouble try going there directly. You may have to do http://.... instead of https:// but it should work. Someone try it and pop back on let me us know if that works.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Here's the weeks reading assignments for all the classes in case anyone else needs them. FHP should be both the readings for 310 310 - Edelman/Mandle 6, Perry/Potter 16 311 - Chapters 4,5,6,7(if not read already),8,9,10,11,12,13,& 20 (AHHH!!!) 312/394 - Edleman/Mandle 6 p147-163 (good to go from 310 above) 320 - Riley 2 & 3 (was from 310 for Friday) 330 - Just says textbook(??) 241-244 Teaching and Learning Principals & 311-324 Library Information Let me know if there are any questions.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Hey everyone, on the Communication Across the Lifespan video worksheet, did yall hear anything answering the following questions!?!?!?! 3. Why should expressions like ‘off the wall’, ‘flew the coop’, ‘broke the bank’ and ‘raining cats and dogs’ be avoided with preschoolers? 10. What physical limitations may impede communication with the elderly client? Describe interventions that could be used. 11. Name a nonverbal communication technique that is very important to the elderly client. Discuss the benefits of its use. We were able to answer the 1st part of question 10, but heard nothing of the interventions. Also on #8, didn't really hear any rational for the 2 things mentioned for therapeutic communication with adolescents. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :) Thanks
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    It does feel like it has been a LOT longer!! The days or slow, but hopefully the weeks go quick. It is crazy how close knit we all are becoming so quick, but I guess that comes from being together in every class for hours on end lol
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Hahha that's an awesome term! Whats funny is about 2 weeks ago I was discussing this exact reaction to this exact drug with my girl while researching various therapeutic medications for dogs; this being one of them. How ironic. "This unusual side effect, which affects both males and females, may be considered adverse or beneficial, depending on your view of such things." LMAO
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    OMG.... Pharmacology, Chapter 1.... I can't believe I just read this in a text book! HAHAH! :rotfl: "And, despite what some gentlemen (and gentlewomen) might think, sildenafil [Viagra] would be more curse than blessing if it produced a perpetual gallant salute." So apparently 4 chapters is really only like 35 pages. Actually will get them all read tonight! Doing my reading on Evolve, but I think I'm a little too highlighter crazy. Need to bring it down a level. And fire, I was wondering because there was a girl with your same name in my group. Didn't know if it was you or not! Guess not lol.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    So the 1st day was definately overwhelming. Way too much info and, at least at my end, being new to ASU and the Downtown campus and blackboard.... yeah it was interesting haha. Today wasn't bad at all. Met FORs today and did the orientations and lab tours. Much funner. Tomorrow will probably suck. Pharm and Professional Development. Not really looking forward to a LONG day in the class. Oh and all our classes are in the SAME room! Of course except for Tuesday & Thursdays. But since we are short on time we didn't get eased in and do the whole go around meeting everyone stuff that yall had mentioned. We jumped right in! In fact, some of us are going to meet our well elders next Tuesday! We sure got ourselves in to something heavy lol Are you in D8?
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Yeah no writing required. And from the sounds of it, it doesn't even need to be an article. Just something on the internet that talks about what it is and gives you an idea of what it is. Also 330 is up now. Just got done finishing up all the Nursing Skills things and everything else for 320. My poor printer! HAHA Now I have to run to Wal-mart and get some more ink and other stuff I realized I need. Never ending! Sorry about the clinical issue. Maybe it was meant to be and there is some greater purpose for you being where you will be!?! Who knows.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    So, just read about the "article" on the Learning Module and I think I was WAY over thinking on this. Looks like you just need something that talks about what it is. I was looking for like a journal article or something haha Does seem like a lot of stuff tho on the 320 blackboard....
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Yeah I've been looking and so far the smallest one I've seen is 16 pages. Are we to print the whole thing? Or do you think they are wanting the page with the abstract? Ahh, guess I'll just keep searching for something small. Are you going through ASU Library online or anything? Google failed me so I'm using MCC's online database. A little, but I think that is to be expected. It seems like they have to have us just jump right in and its already a little more condensed than normal. It'll be fine though. Just gotta get in to the swing of things. We barely made it through day one! :) Hmm... I wonder if maybe they just have a lot of people from the west valley?? I know they did say they switch them up every semester so maybe this was just your rotation to be far away??? I dunno. I have one site in Tempe, one in Chandler and another on North 24th St. That last one seemed out of place. I know one of the other groups (D4 maybe) has all of theirs closer to me. So who knows. I just think they had to rotate things around. I'll tell you what if I get rotated in to one in the far west valley I will blow a gasket. Hahha thats like 2hr + drive w/o traffic. I bet when we start doing hospital rotations it will be easier to get closer to where we live. Crossing my fingers for Mercy Gilbert! :)
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Anyone have any idea what this "Self-directed learning article" is about that we need for 320 tomorrow?? I'm lost.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    haha yup I beat ya! And yeah, in a sense it really is an over-sized iPod, but it is a lot more powerful. I guess Apple's trying to corner the market on these "devices" and hopes that by forcing apps to be used that they can essentially control the market and not lose it to the Windows machines that are sure to follow. I don't think its going to work. I am just a sucker for new tech so yeah.... I actually hate Macs! HAHA :)
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Here ya go ladies! :) I will post the reading assignments, but honestly, the reading for 394/312 is insane. I'm only going to skim those since I have yet to read them. Also, I wouldn't stress it because I'm sure MOST people don't even know there is reading to do. But probably wouldn't hurt either. 310: Communication in Nursing (Riley) Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter/Perry) pg 343-346 Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan (Edelman/Mandle) pg 96-100 **Also need to watch this video (25 mins long): http://mms://msmedia.asu.edu/CONHI_Learning_Resources_Cente/epennock/third_party_videos/Confidentiality.wmv 312/394: Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter/Perry) Saftey pg 5, Client saftey 811-848, Overview of infection control 642-674. Also probably need to bring in the "booklet" thing for the Nursing Skills Online for the code. We are doing the introduction to that tomorrow. **Also it says on one of the pages to get blackboard direct go to http://myasucourses-pilot.asu.edu (Maybe that will work for ya??)
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    http://vitalsource.com/software/bookshelf/ Try downloading the actual VitalSource bookshelf and then just copy the .VBK files from your desktop to your laptop and see if that works?!?!
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Thanks for popping in and wishing us all luck! Enjoy your summer and soon you will be right there with us! iPad runs only apps like the iPhone or iPod. There is an app in the works to read the VitalSource eBooks, but wont be here till Fall I guess. You crack me up! What is it your laptop is saying? I assume you have restarted it and it still isn't working.... ---- So just finished watching the video for 310 and doing the reading there, then decided to see what was in store for 394/312 and HOLY CRAP theres like 70+ pages to read. Guess I will just skim through those tonight.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    No problems on 64-bit Windows 7 here. You should also be able to view them online without the installed program too. I wish they were regular e-books so I could download them on my iPad, but I guess I will just have to rely on the internet viewings on there.
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    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    LOL!! Yeah I doubt I will be doing it week one, but after that I may start. I'm going to hold you to it! You will be in the gym with me in the morning eventually! You're dealing with an Army guy remember? :) I'll make sure you do it! But you'd be surprised how a good little workout will wake you right up. No need for coffee or red bull or nothing. We used to always do PT (physical training) first thing in the morning at like 6:30 and as tired as I was going in so early, by the time we were done I felt energized.
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