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RKpianoman APRN

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RKpianoman has 4 years experience as a APRN.

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    Navy Reserve Accession Bonus Q

    Hey all, this seems like a simple question, but I couldn’t find it asked anywhere here before: In order to receive the Accession Bonus for Nurse Practitioners in the Reserve Component of the Navy Nurse Corps, does the bonus need to be identified in the commissioning paperwork/contract; or, is it automatic? My recruiter has seemed to shoot fairly straight with me during this process and says it is automatic, but I’m just having a hard time wrapping my brain around the government tossing out large sums of cash automatically without some sort of hoops or red tape to jump through. Thanks for your help!
  2. Congrats! We had our pinning and graduation all in one ceremony this morning; it was awesome!
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    Nclex-rn 3500--hope it helps!!

    Here's a working link Main Menu - NCLEX-RN 3500 - Institutional Version
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    Scrub Bottoms for Males

    For two years, I have battled with strange-fitting Landau scrub bottoms; I'm graduating in 8 days, and I want, nay, demand scrub bottoms that fit! I have the Landau bottoms with two normal pockets, one back pocket, and a zippered-fly. My problem: When the drawstring is tightened, the zipper bulges forward, giving a rather awkward appearance to the front-and-center portion of my scrub pants. In nursing school, I've said "Screw it, I'm only here for a short time and I'll just deal with it!". But now, I want scrub pants without this problems. Being a guy, the zippered-fly is very convenient; but, I don't want to give coworkers and patients the wrong impression! So, male scrub pants with AT LEAST two pockets, possibly a zipper, and no embarrassment! Ideas? (I'm laughing at myself as I type this post, so you're allowed to laugh to...IF you provide suggestions!)
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    What made you go into nursing?

    I wanted a low-stress job with no responsibility, glamour, high-pay, and no body fluids! Also, I have a bridge for sale...It's nice...It starts on one piece of land, spans a space, and ends on another piece of land. Anyone interested? But for real, I chose nursing for a few reasons. I always wanted to do something medical; I started college in Bio. Engineering and wanted to do medical research. Then, I realized I hated Calculus and desk jobs. A year later, my dad had a CABG, and I was trying to rest on those silly little couch/beds they have in patient rooms....impossible! So, I started talking to the nursing staff about their jobs, what they liked/disliked, and I was invited to shadow the Nurse Manager in CVR for a few hours. Watching the varied skills, hands-on work, patient interactions, and the ability to make such huge impacts (negative and positive) on patients lives cemented in my mind that I wanted to pursue nursing.
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    Clinical - A Place for Your Things

    I take my drivers license and a credit card, wrap a few small-bills around them, and wrap that with a rubber band...goes in front pocket. I keep my house/ancillary keys in my jeep, car key goes in other pocket. Cell phone usually stays in my car or in a classmates backpack/purse. Drug book and clinical paperwork go in my hands. Steth around neck, light and pens in pockets, shoes on my feet and a smile on my face.
  7. Kahr pm9, 1000rds of 9mm, and tank of gas to get to my favorite shooting range to play with my guns!
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    ATI vs Kaplan

    I just finished a 3-day live review from ATI at my school. It was 3, 6 hour sessions of review based on a predictor-test the entire class took; the review was tailored to review our areas of need. Also, we were given log-in info for that ATI site that will allow us to do reviews on areas that we, as individuals, need to review further. After all of that, I feel like I will be very well prepared for NCLEX. Now, for me personally, if ATI hadn't included the live-review and personalized study plan; I would do a second review program like Kaplan or Hurst. I get a LOT out of live review sessions. Hope that helps!
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    Do nurses have to clean up vomit?

    Breathing through my mouth doesn't help me, because then I taste it!!! There are much, much worse things than vomit. I've only done 2 years of nursing school and an externship, and I've already smelled smells that would make a normal person die; I'm looking forward to my next odoriferous adventure!
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    You're only 33% of the way through the review, you've barely scratched the surface :) I bet you'll be surprised how far you come in two more days!
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    Just need a little support

    Most schools have a counselor available to talk to with no consequences whatsoever, unless it's something that puts you or others in danger. If I were in your shoes, I would either find a nursing professor I trust and just say "I have some family issues I need to talk to someone about, can you tell me who to talk to?" or look on the school's website for things like "Student Counseling Services", "Counselor", "Personal Counseling", etc. Going to counseling is not something to be punished for; in fact, many hospitals offer counseling services to nurses to help them deal with death, stress, and anything else. I wish you the best of luck with this, it sounds like you're working hard and doing your best; that's something you should always be proud of! I hope things get better soon.
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    Just need a little support

    It sounds like he may have some resentment/jealousy issues with your commitment to school. I think the two of you should definitely pursue counselling, both as a couple and possibly individually as well. When you say "push away" in regards to the child, did he do this forcefully, gently, or just in a non-physical way? If it was forceful, keep a close eye on him with the child and don't hesitate to call the police. Is there a female nursing school friend you could stay with on test nights or clinical nights if things are rough? Also, why is most of the income going TO a business? After an initial investment (and maybe a few small bailouts) a business should support itself; perhaps he needs a financial advisor? I'm sorry you're in such a rough situation; but remember, nothing is worth your child getting hurt, you getting emotionally abused, or your dreams getting trampled on.
  13. Good grief! You don't even have "Fundamentals of Nursing"...although, "Serial Murders and Their Victims" looks interesting....:chair: :spam:
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    I'm In! But Can I Afford It?!?

    Some states and hospitals have work-repayment programs. They pay for your degree, you commit to work for them for X years after you graduate or repay the money.
  15. I think you've answered your own question.... You did great on classwork, you obviously cared about your patients, and you even miss writing dreadful careplans. You should definitely give another shot; but, you might want to be careful how you approach it. It does sound like your ADD and organization were really wearing you down, and this is a problem. Schedule an appointment with one of the instructors to talk to them about this and see how they can help you. Also, have you ever been medically evaluated for your ADD? If not, you might consider it; several of my fellow students have fairly severe ADD/ADHD and would be in the same situation you're in if they didn't have their medication adjusted during their first semester. Finding a counselor or faculty member to talk to regularly might help with the anxiety as well. It's very obvious nursing is something you really want to do, so don't give up when you have another chance. Take time to see what you can do to fix your problems, but don't give up. Heck, if you even miss careplans, you should pick yourself up and get back to it! Talk to some of your instructors, see what you can do to compensate for your ADD/anxiety during clinical, make an "action plan" of what you're going to do to stay focused, reach out to others for help, and go accomplish your goals!
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    compliance with hand hygien

    No, I felt it was somewhat childish; but, it did make people think about handwashing.

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