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  1. ericaej

    I want to quit first RN job after a few weeks.

    It does not sound like a safe environment to begin your nursing practice. I have been a nurse for a short time: about three years. I have practiced on med surg most of that time. However, I also worked in long term care and skilled nursing for a brief period of time while I was also working med surg. Skilled nursing is difficult because the level of care may be stable but the volume is more. Also, people can develop problems, just like anyone, and require immediate assistance. This means one gets way behind in caring for the 13-14 other patients under your charge. I would recommend looking for a different job before quitting this one. But also trust your gut. If the environment is not safe, it won't be safe in the long term for your nursing practice or license. The best advice I have gotten from my late Aunt (an RN for 40 years) is always protect your license. There are jobs everywhere. Good luck!
  2. ericaej

    CNAs, do you like your job?

    I am starting my third semester of nursing school and worked as a CNA for the first time this summer. I have enjoyed it very much. It has helped me learn to organize, prioritize, and overall time management. In clinical, the most patients I have been responsible for was two. At work (with nurses on the floor as well), I have been responsible for the adls of 11 patients at a time. I am glad to have the opportunity and I always try to remember that there is a person behind the task at hand. I don't refer to disposable undergarments as diapers. I think it is rude so I always just call it underwear. I don't talk down. Even with patients that can be difficult, I try to let them know I care and am gentle. If it were your loved one, you'd want them to be cared for in the same way. Now with all that being said, I am glad I am becoming a nurse but I won't forget my time as a CNA. I am going to continue working part time as a CNA while I finish school.
  3. ericaej

    Second year in an ADN Program, any tips?

    I was studying 3-4 hours every day or more. I was making Bs for most of the semester but ended up with a C+ because my last two tests were in the 70s. I get very nervous during testing; palms sweat, heart burn, etc. I do deep breathing and try to calm down but can't. I went to the doctor about my anxiety and go to a counselor but haven't found it helpful. I think it's actually gotten worse! I am in a difficult program (though I think all may be?!) and we lost many students this semester. Next semester we have papers that are worth 22% of our grade and I do well with writing. I can articulate myself well and get As on nursing papers. This semester the paper was worth 10%. One thing I am horrible at is rote memorization. I have never been good at it. Our classes are taught through video conferencing and I find that to be a stumbling block to my way of learning. We didn't have a study group but I think those of us left are going to get together to study next semester.
  4. ericaej

    Second year in an ADN Program, any tips?

    Well I do all that. Ha. Then come test time I do well enough to pass but not as well as I would wish to and I feel stupid afterwards because I'll be like, "Ugh, I should have known that!" Guess I'm going to have to try to figure out a way to make it work next semester. But thank you for your response.
  5. I'm happy to have completed my first year of nursing school. It was hard! My grades were passing but not what I would have liked. Any tips for doing better? I get test anxiety and it seems like everything I studied goes out the window come test time.
  6. ericaej

    Why am I doing this?

    Let me reiterate, I understand why. I just don't prefer it. It's not a natural thing for me. Perhaps, in time, it will become more natural. I am in my first semester of nursing school, afterall. :)
  7. ericaej

    Why am I doing this?

    I completely understand why we have to document. Thank you all for the responses. Each is appreciated. I do like patient care just not a fan of writing everything down. I like to keep things in my head and am fairly organized that way (minus the fact that I forget passwords to websites if my computer deletes my cookies).
  8. ericaej

    Why am I doing this?

    Of course I did research. I read books related to what nurses do and the many areas in which they can branch into (forensic, psychiatric, etc). A book stating what nurses do is very different than experiencing clinical. I like doing direct care. I enjoy helping people. I like thinking things through but I don't like writing things down. It's time consuming and takes time away from doing the direct patient care. As for the previous comment about "not trying to be mean," I don't find your comment mean at all. Just factual. My point is, are there any jobs as a nurse that you're not spending all your time charting and passing out medication? I understand that it helps patients and I'm certainly not opposed to some documentation. I am in nursing school, after all, and not a naive newbie. I've spent 2.5 years in college before I got into a competitive nursing program. I certainly am not whining. I just don't want to spend all my days doing paperwork to prove why I do what I do. I'm good at getting things done. Legally speaking, I understand it is a necessity. Are there jobs in nursing that would require less paperwork? That should be more of my question...because if not, how is it any different than an office job?
  9. ericaej

    Why am I doing this?

    I'm half way through my first semester of nursing school. I have had two tests. I got 100 on the first fundamentals test. I took my second test yesterday and think I got an 80. It was a lot of material and I missed memorization questions of all things. I was never good at those types of questions. Not bad but a high B student. I'm not terribly upset about my 80 or anything like that. I'm going to change my study habits a bit and hope it helps for the next test. My problem is that I find I am just questioning all the time why I am doing this. What is the point? I don't think I like the role of the nurse so far (what I have learned). It's boring and overly complicated to me. Perhaps in time I will like it. I'm just not the kind of person to document and explain my actions. I am a doer. I can do the documenting and explaining but I don't like it. It is cumbersome and time consuming. So what do nurses do? I love the interacting with patients. We started clinical and are in week 6. I just don't like the writing why I did what I did and such. I like the cna aspect of the work but nurses don't do cna work, right?
  10. ericaej

    Healthcare for inmates...

    I disagree about the assumption that school children eating better than inmates is false logic. How is it false logic? Tax payers foot the bill for inmates' maintenance but our free citizens sometimes have less opportunities than those imprisoned. If they have had a trial and were found guilty, we then have to trust the justice system. That doesn't mean there are not people falsely imprisoned but if I were debating this topic, that would be my argument in regards to "innocent inmates wrongly accused." What sets us apart is that we are civilized and treat our deviant members with humanity. Perhaps then it is not the fact that prisoners receive free healthcare that is the problem but that free citizens don't.
  11. ericaej

    100% on my exam and it wasn't exciting... :(

    I just started nursing school and got 100% on my first exam. I would have been very upset if they accused me of cheating.Have you taken a lot of classes outside of nursing? I have, which is why I think I found the test easier than say, the abnormal psychology tests I had to take (and those were open book).
  12. We are using Potter and Perry in my class. I like the book. Yes, it is time consuming but if you want to be a nurse then you gotta make the time. Now, with that being said, I have NOT had a test yet but second year students in my program highly emphasize learning our unit objectives as a framework for the tests. We have several great professors that give us powerpoints ahead of time and teach (I feel so far) very clearly. Have you tried the practice exams on the evolve website? There is also too much reading to be able to do it all (in the program I am in) that is why it is important to study well, manage time, and listen to your professors. I'd be concerned about the teacher not getting through the entire powerpoint. That isn't good time management for someone in the nursing profession, in my opinion.
  13. ericaej

    Weight gain?

    I listen to reviews and rationales for fundamentals of nursing through audible. I learn best by listening to stuff like that.
  14. ericaej

    Weight gain?

    I will be starting my third week of school this Monday. I've been extra vigilant about eating healthy and exercising. I don't learn best by reading. I do better learning through hands on methods and audio. I record lecture then listen to it over and over as well as read (some has to be done obviously). I exercise, clean, cook, etc. while I listen to lecture or by utilizing my audible subscription and hearing the Vangonotes. When I took A & P, I also worked at the school I was attending. I had to assist nursing students and noticed this one woman in the group. It dawned on me that I saw her at the gym all the time too. She made time to exercise and I learned she graduated summa cum lade from the nursing program. I figure she must have been onto something! It is our jobs to take care of ourselves as well as study. If I have time to be on the allnurses forums, I have time to exercise. :)
  15. ericaej

    How RUDE can you be??

    The muttering under her breath among other things you describe makes me think she may have some mental illness. "Normal" people don't act that way, it's embarrassing to themselves. Her inability to see that really makes me think something isn't quite right with her mind.
  16. ericaej

    To all "medical coverage is a privilege" folks:

    People who think like this shouldn't be nurses. The sick child didn't ask to be born to parents without money.