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    The Base Tan Myth on "Don't Fry Day"

    Agreed, RobbiRN. I also think the research showing the collective decrease of vitamin D levels associated with increase in sunscreen use is interesting. While I wear sunglasses and sunscreen on the parts of my body where skin is the thinnest (shoulders, chest, face), I don't coat heavily everywhere. I prefer balancing the benefits of mild-moderate sun exposure with the risks of sunburns.
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    Wise One Liners

    "Life is too short to deal with a**holes." -my dad "I just work here." -me
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    Rules for next year

    Please keep letting your littles come to your office for mundane requests. From someone who went to the nurse's office almost every day of 1st grade because what was eventually found to be anxiety from bullying, I needed a safe space. Keep up the strong work. <3
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    Social Media and Patient Care: Understanding the Rules

    I accepted 3 friend requests out of about a dozen from former patients' parents over my 6 years working in the neonatal ICU. All requests were initiated by the parents and were initiated after their baby was discharged. Each time I asked myself, would I be willing to lose my job to stay in contact with this family? In those 3 instances, the answer was yes. On a more personal and less professional note, it was something I prayed about until I felt peace about my decision with each one.
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    advice on staying stable in nursing school

    A counselor or a therapist can be SO helpful, just to be able to spill out everything going on in your head. Also, I was very strict with my "work hard, play hard" philosophy. I would schedule study time throughout the week and be sure that I worked hard during those times, but I also scheduled free time and stuck to that as well. Nothing is worse than trying to relax and feeling guilty about what you should be studying. Schedule you study time and stick to it, but also schedule time to take care of yourself and do the things that give you life.
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    What do you wish you had known?

    I disagree with many of the previous posters. All of my instructors genuinely cared about what I had going on in my personal life and I felt supported when I needed it. I also don't agree with keeping your classmates at arm's reach because of competition. No one will understand the stress and the load of what you're handling like your classmates will. Sometimes going to get drinks after classes to complain about how overwhelmed you all are is the best way to get through it. You'll be in classes with ALOT of overachievers, so remember to focus on passing grades, not "the best" grades. Take it one semester at a time and just get through it. None of your future employers will ask for your GPA or what your grade was in a particular class. Spend your first couple semesters focusing on how to master the tests. Learning the material and learning how to take the test are 2 VERY different animals. No matter how well you know the material, if you don't master how to take the tests, you'll never get through it. Don't be afraid to meet with professors. They usually have really good advice on how to master taking tests where all of the answers are technically correct.
  7. I have had major trouble finding scrubs pants that fit. I am very petite (5'1" and 98 lbs) but my legs are long. I've found that by "petite" most scrub companies actually mean "short" and that's not what I need. I need smaller, but still the same length. So far, the best fit I can find are Grey's Anatomy scrub pants in XXS (hard to find, but they exist!). My problem is that these sizes are extremely hard to find and Grey's Anatomy is an expensive brand. Has anyone had a problem similar to mine? Or found a scrub pant size similar to Grey's Anatomy XXS?
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    ATI vs. Hurst reviews?

    I'm looking for opinions... I'm graduating in two weeks with my BSN. With our program, we are required to attend a 3-day live review from ATI for the NCLEX. About half of my classmates are also paying to attend the 2-day live Hurst review the week after our ATI review. Part of me wants to do whatever I can to pass. The other part of me can't stomach the Hurst review price tag when I'm getting the ATI review for free. For those of you with experience with either of these reviews, were they any good? Was the Hurst review worth the price tag? Will the ATI review be essentially the same thing?
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    Any new grad RNs in NICU?

    I will be a new grad as of August 11th. I signed for a job in a Level III NICU last week to start in late August and still can't really believe it. I have no NICU experience besides during my OB rotations. I've never worked in the healthcare setting. My previous employment was 2 1/2 years in child care for ages 6 weeks-12 years. Basically, I went into the interview really selling that this was my dream job, that I knew that this was exactly what I wanted to do, that I would do everything possible to learn and excel on that floor and in that hospital. She gave me the job on the spot. All of this to say, it is definitely possible! I really, really hope you get the job! :)
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    Have a summer job interview at a daycare. Any tips?

    I'm in my last semester of nursing school and have worked at a day care since the beginning. It was the greatest job I could've asked for while in school. I look forward to getting away from my studies and getting to see those kids. When I interviewed, I was clear about being a nursing student and wanting to work with kids. Being a nursing student was definitely a selling point for alot of the parents and even landed me some extra babysitting jobs. Because I work at a church-based day care and not a state-based or privately-owned day care, I emphasized that I feel called to work with children (which I do) and showed my enthusiasm for being a good example for children. In all of my situational questions, I just told them that I would get down on the child's level (never stand over a child), give them choices whenever I can (you can wash your hands in this sink or that sink), discipline when appropriate (but be careful not to shake a small child's confidence too much!), and remember their safety above everything else.
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    Anyone using ATI?

    We use ATI. For each class there are 2 non-proctored exams we take at home and we have to keep taking them until we reach 90%. At the end of each class we have a proctored exam. The exam is 5% of the class grade and we have to make at least Level 2. If you make below a Level 2, you have to enroll in a "remediation" course for the next semester. At the end of the program we take the comprehensive ATI test and must make a benchmark score (usually somewhere between 70-75, it changes every year) to graduate from the program.
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    Did you learn IV in NS?!

    We had a two hour lab where they taught us to start IVs and draw blood on plastic arms. As far as getting to in the clinical setting, it depended on opportunity. I was very lucky to have my last semester of clinicals on a floor where everybody got labs drawn on our shift so we had alot of practice with that. I was also sent to the ER during clinical by my instructor one night just to see what it was like and was very fortunate that the nurse I was with there found the opportunities for me to start my first and second IVs on patients. This was not the norm for my class. We're graduating in August (BSN) and I'd guess about half our class has had the opportunity to start IVs and half has not. We are all allowed to give IV meds, set up lines, etc. with nurse supervision though.
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    Took NCLEX this Morning

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) Thanks for all the info! What is the NCLEX4000? And could you possibly send me the allnurses guide? I'd be forever grateful!
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    Exams...how to trust yourself? your instinct?

    Honestly, I have to give myself a limit. I take a test and only allow myself to change 2 answers per test when I go back through to review it. I second guess myself alot and 90% of the time, my first answer is correct, so I have to give myself that limit. Also, I agree with what the previous poster said about considering the worst case scenario. When you're answering questions, think through safety and ABCs first, then through Maslow, then consider what could happen with each of the answer choices you think could be correct.
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    Doctors at Clinicals?

    Just like with nursing staff, or staff in general, you will find some who are very helpful and some who really don't want you around. Usually doctors are willing to let you stay in the room when they're rounding on patients, which is VERY helpful. If you see a doctor going into your patient's room to assess or talk to the patient, go in with them. You are considered part of the healthcare team and have every right to go in and listen to the patient's plan of care. Some doctors will go above and beyond for you, too. I had one doctor in particular on my OB clinical floor who would pull students into the room every time he saw us and teach us something new. He even remembered what he'd taught to who already! We all sent him a thank you card at the end of the semester. First semester you'll be focused more on patient care than assessment, so you won't be as involved with the doctors. But don't be afraid of them. They can help you learn so much, just like the nursing staff.
  16. It gets better. I just completed semester 4 of 5 for my BSN and when I started, I had the exact same problems you did. I learned that for me, organization is key, and that my clinical instructor/nurse made a HUGE difference in my anxiety level. For my organization, I have a piece of paper for each patient. Their vital information is all in the top left of the paper and I have spaces marked out for vitals, meds, treatments ordered, etc. so I can make sure everything gets done. I also STILL have to take my "assessment guide" in the room with me for shift assessments. When I'm practicing on classmates and students, I can do without, but I still haven't gotten over the anxiety enough to trust myself to remember everything I need to assess without a quick reminder. Don't be afraid to use your resources. As far as anxiety, I learned that who I'm surrounded by makes a HUGE difference. With a clinical instructor focused on assessing my skills, I perform horribly. With a clinical instructor focused on helping you learn (like the one I had for med-surg) I performed much better. Also, nurses that acknowledge that I want to LEARN, not just perform skills, helped me alot. I loved when I was with a nurse who was willing to just let me follow him/her around. I didn't necessarily need them to slow down to let me perform a skill. I just needed them to let me observe how they did things and explain why they were doing what they did. That might just be my style of learning though. I am much more successful if I'm able to observe for quite awhile before diving in hands-on. You have to find what kind of learning style works best for you in a clinical setting since before now you've always been in a classroom setting, and things are very different.

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