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    I don't encounter the dilaudid demander all that often. I do, however, encounter the Norco Needers quite a bit. Mostly I get the "I usually get the Norco 10s" when they're offered pain medication, which sometimes is a Norco 5, but often it's a Tyleno...
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    LVN to RN programs in California?

    Quick disclaimer: I have been out of school for about 6-7 years now and I was a "traditional" RN student. That being said, a few of my classmates were LVN-RN upgrade path students. I attended Sacramento City College's RN program. The related program ...
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    Giving Report and IV Access

    I'm also an ED RN. Pretty much this. In my ED, we run primarily the BD Diffusics catheters. Even the 22g is remarkably capable for volume resus, though nowhere near what a 16g or 14g is. My usual go-to's are 20g and 22g BD Diffusics. If I need VOLUME...
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    LVN Challenge Method Then LVN to RN

    It's a way to earn an LVN license through (mostly) experience vs classroom learning. California has a this as a method, and it's "Method 3" of the 5 ways the state offers as a means to earning the license. The applicant has to take a pharmacology cou...
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    Can You Help Me Calculate This

    There are a couple ways to figure out your GPA. One way is to multiply the value of the grade by the semester units of the class and divide the result by the total of the semester units. So if you have two 3 unit courses and you earned an A and ...
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    Nursing Intuition- What Is It, and Do You Have It?

    Intuition comes with experience. I've been working with patients in various capacities over the years and it's definitely a "thing" but it is not something you can usually quantify. I have sprinted to catch falling patients before they or anyone else...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    I went to SCC and I was one of the students that was accepted to both ARC and SCC for the same starting semester. SCC runs their program a little differently from ARC but the basics are going to be fairly similar as ARC originated from SCC many years...
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    How can I learn to be "rougher" with patients

    Well, there is a certain level of necessary roughness needed but you have to know when to be a little more "rough" and when to be more "delicate." Clearly when pericare needs to be done, more "delicate" is needed. Sometimes that necessary rough...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    If the phlebotomy cert was necessary to get you over the 70 points, then that's stressful indeed! If you're already over 70 points without the phlebotomy cert, then not so much... My case was almost similar in that I also had coursework from ot...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    When I was accepted by SCC (way back once upon a time, nearly 10 years ago now), I got an acceptance and a rejection letter. Needless to say that was a bit confusing but I did verify that the acceptance letter was the correct correspondence and the r...
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    Infection after Vaccination?

    Let me see: ~7,200 "breakthrough" cases out of ~87,000,000. Roughly 500 hospitalizations and roughly 90 deaths out of ~87,000,000. Looks to me like the vaccines are working quite well.
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    Infection after Vaccination?

    Something else to look into is how soon after the 1st shot did a person develop symptoms. The closer one is to that 1st shot, the less protective the vaccine is. The closer one is to the 2nd shot, the more protective that first vaccine is. Anot...
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    Did I pass NCLEX?

    Be very careful with this one... you must be ready to pay for and schedule a new exam in full. The "old" PVT wouldn't let you get to the payment screen if you passed. The current method is ready to charge your card before you find out if you've likel...
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    Denial Letter , Crushed and Depressed

    I was qualified as an applicant every time I applied to nursing school and it took me YEARS to get in. Every season I was rejected, instead of getting down on things, I just continued refreshing my prerequisites, taking classwork to improve my own kn...
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    Bad Clinical Experience Today

    I have been advocating for better kits, unfortunately this falls on generally deaf ears. Therefore I must do the best I can with what I have. We're neither a community nor a critical access hospital. We just don't have certain services in-house, onco...
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    ADN or BSN?

    I would normally suggest that if you have the opportunity to do either BSN/ABSN or ADN, you should go for the BSN/ABSN option because you would generally have greater employment possibilities. However if your only option (or acceptance) happens to be...
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    Bad Clinical Experience Today

    Actually, I do know how to access these ports. The port access kits we have aren't all that good and we don't get many port patients, so there's no impetus to get better kits. Guess what? Not all hospitals have an Oncology unit. Mine doesn't. I don't...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    SCC may or may not update your online status, but if you got an email stating what your status is, that's how you'll know if you got in, didn't get in, or are an alternate. They might update everything much later, but... they also might not. Usually ...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    They likely will finish sending out their acceptance emails later today if they haven't sent them all out yesterday. They're only going to send out something like 60-ish letters of acceptance. COVID 19 may have reduced this number temporarily. They a...
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    Bad Clinical Experience Today

    Over the coming years, you will meet many people like those you met during your last day on that floor. There will be some great people to work with, both as co-workers and as patients and there will be some really horrible people too. The thing to r...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    I think this is the week that were going to be seeing the acceptance letters from SCC. I suspect that the acceptance letters will be among the first letters to go out, probably around Thursday I think the other letters will go out. Knowing how they d...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    If SCC/ARC are due to report acceptance status by the week of the 26th, they very well could start notifying the week prior to that, however they could wait until that last week to do those notifications. I applied 7-8 times to those programs and mos...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    That's precisely what I'm saying. It's a bit of work to update everyone's status to "qualified" after the update of "application accepted" and then quickly reupdate the status of those selected/not selected/alternate several times as that info can ch...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    Sac City and ARC may not change your status in the system until after they've done all the notifications. This way they only have to update the system only once. Now as to which program I'd go to if accepted to all of them? Well, I'd go to whic...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    They will send an email to you that will tell you that you're either selected or you were qualified but not selected. It will go to your losrios email. If you were not qualified, you probably will get a letter in the mail about that. If you wer...