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  1. CareRx

    Nurse burnout/Moral distress/Compassion fatigue

    Wow! This must really be a tough time for you. Thank you so much for sharing. This will definitely help me better assess a career in nursing before it is too late. Particularly, the things I don't really wish to see. Since I have trouble even pricking someone, this can become a problem in the future. Try to get professional help the next chance you get. A bit of silliness based on the bold texts above... after all, silly things can evoke a smile, laugh, guffaw, right? P.S. Look at the related Burnout in Nursing video as well.
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    The Nursing Math Thread

    You set up the problem right. Here you don't worry about minutes because you are ask the answers in mg/hr or ml/hr respectively. 25,000 units / 250ml x 30 ml / hr = 3000 units / hr If the question wanted to know in #2 how many units per mn? 25,000 / 250 ml x 30 ml / hr x 1 hr/60mn = 50 units / mn (which makes sense, you wouldn't want 3000 units per mn; and in the question below, you should expect the answer to be much less as well) (note that you can skip a step and add 60 mn right away under 30ml, but perhaps it is best when you are a just a little bit advance to do it.) #2: 25,000 units in 250 ml infusing at 30 ml /hr, how many units per second?
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    Food for thought

    Thank you so much! I am not sure why I'm feeling this way. In my youth, I racked up all the good grades believing I'll find the perfect career. But this is far from reality. I see people here that comes from different background and for one reason or another decide they want to try something new. I hate debt. I suppose this is why I worry so much when I face a very tough exam in which I had to memorize so much. But I chose pharmacy because initially, I'd be scared to prick someone. In class one time, we were learning how to immunize someone or even checking someone's blood sugar and I was so scared to do it on a dummy model. Somehow, I knew they weren't the real deal. But hey, they say, most fears can be overcome. Anyways, I'm only in my first year so I need to go back to the drawing board, and remember why exactly I chose pharmacy over medicine or nursing. I need to find that passion again. However, the work is challenging and sometimes, when I'm unprepared, I panic which then leads to wonders about the consequences of that debt. It seems I don't really enjoy the education because of this stress. In any event, searching on here, I found out about this website. As it is just my tough luck, the National Health Service Corps doesn't seem to have a loan repayment for pharmacy. Anyone know of such other programs? Your point is well taken and somehow, I just might toughen it up and enjoy my career as so many people would love to be in my shoes right now. Thank you for your candid reply. P.S. My interest in nursing is also genuine. I've been in hospitals where I had to care for a dying, very close and young family member. I know the fears. Perhaps I was too busy and worried to notice the emotional side of nursing... but I definitely know the sadness.
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    Food for thought

    So it seems a lot of people on here are career changers. Just like me, many are worried about accumulated debt and have come to notice that perhaps, nursing is that one career that may bail them out and that, surprisingly, they might actually like nursing with all its subfields. It's late or early (1:40 am); whichever way you look at it. My basketball team lost, and I painfully work on physics & calculus problems trying to remember as much as I can and get into a rhythm so as to apply to engineering schools. It's not happening! I'm tired of jumping all over the place. I'm at a time in my life where I need real income fast and that I'm confident I can finish a program without too much stress. I'm a nontraditional student. I'm waiting for a possible acceptance letter but I'm also worried that the Committee will see that I am in pharmacy school. In addition, there are many super competitive applicants with experience as CNA, LPN etc... Perhaps, they might be suspicious as to why I'm applying last minute with no nursing tech job under my belt etc... If I don't get into nursing school, my options will be limited. I'll have to consider continuing in pharmacy, which I like, but as I've said before, is too expensive. Meanwhile, friends and family see me and go: wow, you must be smart, you'll make a lot of money! Strangers look at me in my white coat and give me this stare: wow, all this math and chemistry. You must be smart! Money! I say to myself or to Allnurses.com: Thank you for a minute of your time.
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    B.S. Business but wanting nursing now

    Looks like a lot of us here are career changers.
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    The Nursing Math Thread

    I'll be willing to help if I can see your thought process based on the info given above.
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    Career Switch Update

    I guess I am more confused than when I posted first time about career switch. I'm hoping scoring above 90% (took all the sections) in the Kaplan test among other things will let the school know that I'm ready for the rigors of nursing school. And because I still like physiology, dosage and pharmacology... I can have that in nursing. Plus nursing is so cheap. I'd pay about 10K for the whole education (compared to 120K + for pharmacy school). And nurses seems to apply more of what they learn in school. To be honest, save for the chemistry and lots of calculations, I believe nursing students learn much more about the human body and so on then us pharmacy students. Believe me, most of what we do is theoretical and retail pharmacy, you hardly put in practice at all. And as a nurse in a real situation outside hospital setting, you prolly would know much more what to do. And without the medications, we probably would not know so much. And nurses learn medication too! (ugh... how is it nurses earn much less than pharmDs?) For those who mentioned bank teller.... dealing with money doesn't give me the satisfaction of helping society in a big way. I love science and technology. And if I weren't so worried about the debt, I would just continue on with pharmacy. Also, nursing is more a career with stability than bank tellers. And I probably can support a family with a nursing degree. Some say in pharmacy, eventually I'll pay the debt. But if my dream of clinical pharmacy is probably not happening, than should I be miserable to pay off debt by working retail (my least favorite)? Thanks for your input. I realize I may be going about it the wrong way. That is why, it's good to ask.
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    Career Switch Update

    In pharmacy, many students had pharmacy tech license, hence they have a part-time throughout school or summer. Some engineering students who knew they would go engineering route, are math/science tutors or have engineering drafting license. Given that my current situation, and as a way to pay for the loan, I was thinking if I had the nursing degree, it could be a great way to earn a living somehow. In addition, if engineering does not work out, then nursing will be my way of life and I aim to perform it well all the way up to a PhD. Then I'd teach dosage calculations or physiology.
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    Career Switch Update

    Over the last week, I discovered this great site and I received lots of advice as to how to proceed with my life. As you may know, I'm in my first year of pharmacy school. This spring was not a really good one and given that year 2 is much more intense, I may not be able to reach my career goals of clinical pharmacy. Furthermore, I'm just paranoid of the debt I've accumulated. To understand this, one would have to know that I was debt free and was very meticulous how I go about spending habits. Not that I was that frugal, but the thought of owing so much has something to do with it. The worse I did, the more I worried and the further I was away from my career goals. Anyway, I narrowed my choice to Civil engineering hopefully with a structural engineering specialty. However, should I get accepted, I will strongly consider nursing which will cost me less than 10k for less than two years. This might serve me as a part-time job as I will need to support myself through engineering school. What could be better? You earn a degree in which you learn what you need to support yourself and you have a "good debt" (I suppose depending where you go). But I doubt it is as expensive as med or pharmacy school. Perhaps, I'm naive and this is where you come in! :) Cons: I post a link to structural engineering (for those who might be in my situation). Admittedly, my favorite pharmacy courses were PathoPhysiology, Dosage calculations, pharmacology... and when I see them pop up here, I wonder if I'm making a mistake still. Thank you all. Please feel free to chime in with any advice if necessary.
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    The Nursing Math Thread

    Without trying to confuse you too much, allow me to suggest a fantastic method to solving multiple-step problems. The cure: Dimensional analysis! You'll see it in chemistry and especially dosage problems. #2. Notice: 50mg in 250ml means 50mg/250ml and so on... You based the ratio based on final answer needed. If you needed to know ml/hr then you would have ml on top ... 250ml / 50mg and so on. On to the problem! NEEDED: mcg/mn Here are the clues: 50mg/250ml, 3ml/ hr Conversions: 1000 mcg in 1mg or 1000 mcg/1mg, 1hr/60mn (note that I set it up based on how I want the final answer to be) Here we go in one step: 50 mg/250ml * 3 ml/hr * 1000mcg/1mg *1hr/60mn = 10 mcg/mn (Note that the other terms cancel) Hope this is an extra tool in your problem solving!
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    What if I fail again?

    Congrats on your decision! I'm sure it was not an easy one. If you have a science, math question at a time that is inconvenient to ask in school, post here! Heck, we'll learn together! Cheers!
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    15 posts rule?

    There is no question that this site provides ample advice for those who seek it. Amazingly, this is a great place to come for comfort, career decisions and my gosh, literally anything one needs to know without having to leave home. I'm impressed! It is a stressful time in my life now and I'm navigating both the nurses and engineering forums in hopes of finding answers. Thx!
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    15 posts rule?

    So I'm trying to reply to a message only to find out that I don't have 15 posts to reply to a message. So I can't even thank the person for much needed advice. Whoever thought of that... Brilliant!
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    I envy you

    I appreciate your thoughts. They should serve me well. There is always a fear factor when one switches career plans... Once I get over that, I should enjoy it throughout. For me, I suppose the greatest fear is having loans over 100K when I'm done. In fact, there is no way around it. Are you starting this fall? Did you think about the change for a while? Good luck to you!
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    What if I fail again?

    Whoa! I apologize if I came across that way. That was not my intention. Nowadays, it is tough to speak the truth on the merits. We sugarcoat things so much that we fail to do the hard and necessary work. I have known many people in my short life who otherwise leave it to the Creator to create miracles when the going gets tough. This is a very subjective thing, mind you. Of course to "fall seven times" is not literally taken out of context. But how many times are we allowed to fall where academics is concerned? What exactly is this passage supposed to mean? Try explaining this on your school application. Furthermore, why are you even worried for Friday's exam. It's under a divine control right? Many Christians make it seems they are the only people with humility, and refer to scriptures for help with ongoing problems. The last part is okay if they help you, but certainly not everything. After your exam on Friday, I enlighten you to read: The perimeter of ignorance I made a comment on the merit and I was not talking down on anyone. You find that providing a proverb is much more motivational than the math steps I showed you above, than fine with me. Whatever works for you. I did not mean to hijack your post and I should have not contributed at all.
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    What if I fail again?

    Let us break it down somewhat: if you are motivated about your studies, this will often breed success. Sadly, competitive schools will see a failure (or withdrawals) just two times in the same course on transcripts and this is ground for dismissal or a seat not extended to you. We don't have the luxury to fail seven times. But yes, we make a lot of mistakes in life and we can't always feel sorry for ourselves but to pick up from where we left off. Where other people are concerned, we don't have that option. Above is just one calculation pattern to solve problems on the TEAS exam, which in my humble opinion, is much more important approach this exam. Now, if prayer helps, by all mean. However, rigorous study is more a determining factor. Humility should be inherent of all human beings and not just for Christians. But given my answer, you might call me a bad person already. To which I'd reply, I'm glad it works for you. State of education today
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