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    Need help with a doseage problem?

    But yes, if you noticed at the bottom of my post the equation is just V/H x D. Which is literally equivalent to D/H x V. Just the way I learned. Same basic equation, some people just learn differently. And again, all the other stuff is just details. Just in case either the OP, or someone else that might be out there that learns the way I do.
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    Need help with a doseage problem?

    Hahaha. Rose Queen. I actually spelled it out in detail so it seems long, but in actuality all I did was volume over what the dose you have on hand, times the desired dose. Super simple. I literally did it in my head. I can definitely see how it looks like it would be long though. Just trying to explain it in detail for someone who may be like me, or learn the way I learn, and need/want to know the exact way to solve something. Before someone explained it to me in detail like this, it just really didn't fully make sense to me. I'm slightly OCD when it comes to certain things like this though, and I need to know the why of things sometimes. Once I learned Med math in detail like this, and realized just how simple it is, I have been able to solve most Med math problems in my head. Although, again, I'm slightly OCD when it comes to certain things so I will still most times wrote them out.
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    Need help with a doseage problem?

    It depends on how specific they want your answer. If they don't want to count, or subtract that first 4g, then you can technically just base your answer off of the entire 50g in 1,000 mL. However, if they are giving you the previous information, the 4g, looking for you to subtract that from your would-be answer, then you need to make sure you calculate your answer with that in mind. So in that case you want to find out much medication is in your bag per mL. In our case here just divide your total 1,000 mL by how much mag you have, which is 50g. This comes out to 20mL/1g (mag). Now they said previously that you were to administer 4g of mag. The 15 minutes of time is not really relevant in this case, unless they were too otherwise state that it was important, because after the 15 minutes you will just be administering per hour. So we take your 4g and multiply that by your 20 mL (20mL/1g that we just got). This comes out to 80mL. Subtract this 80mL from your total 1,000mL of solution, this leaves us with 920mL. Now your problem starts. Keep in mind that you are solving for mL's. mL's per hour, but mL's nonetheless. Your problem is now: you need to administer 2g of mag per hour. You have on hand: 46g of mag in 920mL solution. Your equation = 920mL of solution divided by how much medication you have left on hand, which is 46g, times the amount of medication per hour you want, which is 2g. So your equation will look like: 920mL / 46g X 2g = 40mL per hour. For drop factors you would use volume/time to infuse (minutes or hours) x drop factor. Most problems can be solved using very similar equations. I would definitely suggest once you get into nursing school, or even before, if you can find a med math tutor, to definitely utilize that resource. Many nursing programs nowadays have Med math tutors. Good luck my friend. I hope that helped somewhat, and I hope it wasn't too drawn out. I was just trying to go step by step. That's how I learn anyways, and just was hoping that may help.
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    Need help with a doseage problem?

    Well I got an answer. However, in order for us to help you, we would need you to tell us first which method you use in solving Med math problems; desired over have, etc. Secondly, it would probably be better if you were to explain to us what you did to solve this problem, and then what you got for an answer. That way it would be easier for people on the forum to help you out. If we were to just tell you the answer and/or what we got for an answer that's not really helping anyone out much.
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    New PICU Position

    Just wanted to say thank you so much NotReady4PrimeTime for all of the great info. I am ecstatic! I just graduated a couple of months ago and got picked/hired into a phenomenal new grad RN residency versant program! I'm so excited, and a little nervous, but excited! Anyways, thanks again and I too will continue to look around the forums for other great information and tips.
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    A Year to prep before nursing program

    I too would most definitely take a patho class. It will help tremendously! Also, like other posters have said, nursing school is no joke, and not like any of the other classes you have ever taken. You better believe that those 9 and 10 units are not going to be easy by any means. They will challenge everything about you. They will challenge the smartest of nursing students. However, again, having a good understanding of your A & P, along with pathophysiology will help give you the solid foundation to help you better grasp the stuff you will be learning in nursing school. Brush up on those three topics specifically, and just enjoy your freedom and relax time. Trust me, there will be much less of that for the few years you are in the program. And trust me when I say, all of those prerequisite classes you've taken are a cake walk to your nursing classes, nursing exams, care plans, and clinicals. Not by any means trying to scare you, I'm just forewarning you as per your post you don't think it "is going to be that difficult". I've had some very smart friends in my cohort fail out of our program. Don't underestimate the time, effort, and level of difficulty it takes to not just get into a program, but complete the nursing program. Truly wish you the best of luck. You are still a little ways away, but if you have any questions I'd be happy to answer to the best of my limited knowledge.
  7. Just wanted to start a thread for anyone who has gotten offers for, or looking to connect, for the Loma Linda Children's New Grad RN Residency program for this Fall 2016. Wanted to start this so we can connect, keep in touch, and/or have questions with info and/or the hiring process from here on out. Super pumped to be joining the Loma Linda team! Let us know which department you were hired for. I got into the Pediatric ICU!
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    Loma Linda just has a certain way of asking interview questions. It's just a way of interviewing someone in the form of asking questions a certain way which also helps them simultaneously get to know you and get to know how you address certain situations. By the way I forgot to mention before, definitely know the hospital's mission statement and values. You're always taught to make sure to know the mission statement and values of the hospital(s) you are applying to and/or interviewing with, and it's true. I've been on a few interviews with Loma Linda and in one of them I was asked out of all of their values, which value did I like the most, and/or relate to the most, and/or which value I thought was the most important, and why. So, since nursing school, I think of many things in the sense of ADPIE. Hahaha. I know, dumb right. But, if you take many interview questions and break them down to answer them in this way, it may help. For example, some of the questions they may ask will be directed towards something like asking you to tell them a time when you ran into some kind of problem, issue, or conflict. The question will obviously be more specific, but it'll be something similar to that, and they just want to know how you address things, deal with things, and solve problems. And, what was/were the outcome for these situations? (Remember before I said to make sure you have a beginning, middle, and an end to your story? They may even let you know that they are looking for a beginning, middle and end, as they did with me). You can find/look up many specific nursing questions, to go over, that many interviewers ask by just googling them. So...when coming across a problem, in nursing or life outside of nursing, we assess the issue, we may not necessarily diagnose a normal life problem but after we assess an issue we definitely plan and then implement something to address the issue (what did you do to attempt to fix your issue, problem, or conflict), and then we evaluate (again, what was the outcome, and then assess whether we need to or had to plan and/or implement something else to do). Attack interview questions like this, and attempt to answer them like this, and hopefully it should help a little.
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    Which department are you working in? So awesome to hear that everyone is nice and welcoming. I really have heard that about here. I'm pumped to join the team!
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    Anyone else here hear anything? Anyone else here apply to the PICU?
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    Congrats! That's awesome! When is your interview? It's a little nerve wracking, but just remember everyone else interviewing is nervous too. Just be yourself. If it's anything like my first interview they'll ask lots of personal (types of) situation questions. The kind that help them get to know you. Like, "Tell me a time when this happened, or that happened..." type of questions. Most interviewers will ask different kinds of questions so it's hard to say what specific things they'll ask. I have a friend who interviewed for a different department, and besides the basic questions like tell me about yourself (which they'll probably ask. Most places will ask that one), they asked her completely different questions that my interviewers asked me. Just be prepared for some of the general questions that they're likely to ask like, Why do you want to work for Loma Linda University? Why neonatal? Why Neonatal ICU? Your strengths and/or weaknesses. What makes you a good candidate for this position? And if they ask you any situational-type questions, make sure you have a beginning, middle, and end/outcome, to your story. Some of the other questions they may ask are Loma Linda's style of asking questions, and some of those are really hard to prepare for, you kind of just have to answer on the fly. They're designed that way on purpose. It helps them see who you are. And remember when responding to always look at who's asking you the question. If there are more than one interviewer (my first interview was a panel interview, yours may not be though), you can look at them all, but focus on who asked you the specific question. I noticed a lot of people look down at the floor, or the ceiling, or anywhere but who asked them the question. It's just a nervous thing, but it doesn't portray confidence. Practice that just as much as you practice interview questions. It's important. Hope that helps a little. Just be yourself. If this is truly your passion, let them know, or let it show. They'll see it. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    Hey everyone! I got a call for an offer yesterday! So freaking excited! Can't wait! From what I'm told the new grad residency program is 22 weeks long, with two 8 hour days in the classroom, and two 12's on the floor. I'm not sure how long both 8 hour classroom days last during the program though. And yes, be patient, every department does things a little different it seems, so time frames for the process are going to vary. Good luck to you all!
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    I applied to the Pediatric ICU. You?
  14. Hey everyone. Just writing this to see and/or connect with anyone who has applied to the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital New Grad Residency Program that starts in the summer/fall of this year, 2016. I know I've been waiting for this for so long. Just thought I'd start a thread so any other hopefuls could come on here and update each other, I haven't really been able to find any other threads for this at all. Any of you who've applied, feel free to share what departments that you've all applied to? Have you heard anything about the interview process? And any updates on your application as it becomes available. Good luck to everyone, and I look forward to hearing from you all. I know we've all worked hard to get through school, and get to this point. Again, good luck to you all! Such an exciting time!
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    Loma Linda University New Grad RN Pediatric Residency August 2016

    Hey, how's it going. Are you speaking of the meet and greet?
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