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  1. ToyaB

    What nursing task do you loathe???

    Uh, yes! I had a woman who had just delivered using the bed pan and when I went to get the thing out, I came so close to being splashed with bloody urine that I yelped! I always have trouble with that. God forbid, one day it's going to happen. I'm going to start wearing mask and goggles when I take them off. LOL!
  2. ToyaB

    What nursing task do you loathe???

    I hate feet flakes! Oh and chunky vomit! Aaaahhhh! I also hate watching other people put in IVs where they can't get the vein and the catheter is sliding in and out... in and out... I swear I get faint watching that. Lol!
  3. ToyaB

    This week, I learned (7/18).....

    This week I learned that after you take and pass the NCLEX you have to re-learn how to have a life. I also learned that putting in applications is tedious!
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    Test on July 15 2015 HELP

    Congrats! I also passed! Now onto the tedious applications! YAY!
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    Test on July 15 2015 HELP

    I took my test today too. I got so many SATAs that I had to laugh. I could not even believe it. I'm not even exaggerating half of my test was SATA. All of the other questions seemed so foreign. Like, I cannot even reconstruct the questions they were asking me if I tried. I felt like I guessed on 90% of the questions. I took so long on each question that I was offered a break before I even got through the first 75. I took the break to use the restroom and to look at myself in the mirror and pump myslef back up. I went on to finish and the screen went blue after the 75th question. I literally wanted to cry, vomit, scream. I was so upset. I felt that I was doing so bad and I was hoping for more questions. It was all a blur! I laughed at people who did the PVT before, but the anxiety got the best of me and I had to try. I put in an actually credit card with funds available and real info becuase I figured that if I failed, I would have to pay for it anyway. I got the good pop up and though I know it's not garantee, it at least took the edge off for me. Here in PA, people have been taking the test and getting results on the BON site within 24hrs so I'm going to check tomorrow and if I see myself on there I'll save my 8 bucks! I'm hopeful and I'm praying and trying to keep my minf off of it. I pray we both passed!
  6. ToyaB

    It's not my job to pray with you.

    These types of post always make me feel sad for humanity. We, as nurses, have chosen a career in which we are charged with helping people of various cultural backgorunds. If you don't believe in God, that's ok. But if your non-religious attitude causes you to begin insulting people who do by equating God with unicorns and such, you're really showing yourself to be ignorant. It's about acceptance. You have to accept people for who they are. People on both sides can call the other fools. Come in. Do your job. Be a competent and caring nurse and then go home and be who you are. I don't get why this has to always turn into religion bashing. Atheism is for all intent and purposes a religion. We all have a philosophy about life and the meaning or lack of meaning of life. I assure you there are *******s and good people on both sides of the fence. Just live and let live people. As for the OP, you can kindly decline to participate in anything like that that you are not comfortable with, but for being afraid to be honest to keep your religious friends... I wouldn't advise that. Some of them would look at you differently, some of them may pity you, but so what... other will accept you for who you are and that's real friendship.
  7. ToyaB

    Failed, nclex rn 5 times! Help?!?!

    Well if the clog fits:sarcastic:... In any case, I'm not saying that the OP does not have a problem testing, but how some of you managed to make the leap to the OP having a lack of knowledge of basic content and not being cut out for nursing with the information given in the post is ridiculous. I did say that the test is of "minimun competency", but that doesn't mean cake-walk, even for people who excelled in nursing school. And she may be better in practice than when sitting in front of a computer with application/analysis level questions. Maybe! I don't know either way. So you know what I did instead of assuming anything about her? I didn't. I just gave her what she asked for. She asked for help with review and advice for how to proceed. I'm not sure if you read to original post, but she already has a team of nay-sayers. She didn't come here for that. She didn't come here to have people tell her she can't do it or that she's not cut out to be a nurse. She came here to ask "experience and knowledgeable" nurse about how to proceed. So again, if you're not giving her suggestions, it's not an entirely a bad idea for you to not say anything.
  8. ToyaB

    I'm terrified

    Congratulations on getting in! The best thing you can do for yourself at this point is get organized with family life and work. To prepare for school, I would just brush up on A&P. Go over the body systems- you know cardiac, GI, and all of that jazz. If you have time. Me I was one who started reading the nursing books before hand. Don't do that. It's a waste of time becuase you don't know what you're going to be starting on until they tell you, so review A&P and most of all RELAX! It's hard to do, but do it before nursing school takes over you life! Go to class, study the material, you'll do fine. It's not as all-consuming as people say. You will have less of a life, but still a life in school and you'll have a great time to boot. I just finished. I have two kids 9 and 5 and I made it through more than fine. I even found time to participate in extracurricular activities on campus and my support system is not outstanding, but it was enough so fret not, get ready, and just do it. Welcome to the wonderful world of nursing! I wish you all the best!
  9. ToyaB

    Failed, nclex rn 5 times! Help?!?!

    You took the words right out of my mouth! The OP asked for help, not for anyone to jump all over her confidence with both freaking feet! She may be an excellent nurse. She may be a horrible tester. You all keep saying that the NCLEX test basic knowledge and that is not entirely true. It test "minimum competency" and for a nurse there is nothing "basic" about that! This is not kindergarten we're talking about. This is critical thinking.So if you're not going to offer the OP "help" (which IS what she asked for) then keep your demeaning, snarky, and flat out ignorant comments to yourselves! OP, I am studying for the NCLEX now and I am also a mom who works full-time. I am using Kaplan. I'm not sure if you've done that, but they have great tools to help you see where your weak spots are and their decision tree has helped to improve my score on their content as well as on other's questions (including Saunders and various NCLEX quiz apps). DO NOT lose heart if nursing is what you want. You made it through nursing school with all of the time and effort it takes, and that means a lot! Identify your weak spots and focus on them, REVIEW, REVIEW, and REVIEW again, then go into this test and TAKE YOUR TME really seeing what each question is asking you. If your issue is focus and you can only get through 25 questions before going to LalaLand or Panicville, take an unscheduled break. You can do that. I wish you the best of luck and I will pray for your strength. You'll need that especially with all of these Negative Nancy Nurses on here.
  10. ToyaB

    Most appropriate degree to work as an NP

    I'm happy to see that I'm not the only person considering getting both. The way the program I'm planning to attend works is that you can either start with the ACNP or the FNP and it would take an additional year for you to get the other. That's the way I'm planning to go becuase I can really see myself wanting to do both at different points in my life. I'd also like to continue on later to get the DNP. I don't feel that it's worthless to have it. Currently NP are usually master's prepared, but there is starting to be chatter about making NPs a doctorate degree which would certainly garned more respect for the profession.
  11. ToyaB

    Post your graduation countdown :)

    38 day til graduation!
  12. ToyaB

    To tell or not to tell!

    I agree the OP has to choose her battles, but the reason you wear that gown in a precautions patient's room is not just to protect yourself, but to protect every other patient that you come into contact with. And we can all argue that those yellow gowns are useless, but you do what you can with what you have. We need to change that mentality that if it can only hurt me then its my risk to take because you may be missing the bigger picture.
  13. ToyaB

    My Nursing Future

    I have 2 kids- 8 and 4- and I go to school and work. IT IS ROUGH! Luckily, I have support and also a 24/7 daycare. I make sure that my kids see my face everyday and we spend time together doing family stuff at least once per week. I take it one day at time. When I feel I'm getting overwhelmed, which is NOT infrequent, I talk it out with someone, I pray, I get a good night's sleep, I excercise, or I cry it out (sometimes you just have to) and carry on. This is temporary and when I'm done (in May 2015- whoop whoop!) we are going to celebrate!! Then- when I decide to go back for my master's (at least 2 years later) I'm going to take it super slow. Like one or two classes per semester so that I can have an actual life while in school. Again- it is hard, but you adjust, and you push through, and you get 'er done!
  14. That's actually a good question. From what I understand (or at least what I see in the system I work in) a patient goes on contact precautions if they have EVER tested positive for MRSA wether or not they have an "active" infection. Seems to me the MRSA is something that you always have once you get it. Sounds more like a virus than a bacteria... You'd think that after you were treated- that would be that, but it doesn't seem to be the case, does it? Hmmmmmm....
  15. ToyaB

    Does Everyone Actually Hate Nurses?

    It could be that... or it could be that they're sipping a little something called HATERADE. Not everyone has it in them to be a nurse, but if you do, go for it! Your options are endless in this field and when you enter school you're going to be amazed at how expansive and amazing nursing is. It's also challenging and we are working in a system with some kinks, but honey please, PEOPLE LOVE US! And how can they not... we're pretty great! Don't let anyone discourage you.
  16. ToyaB

    Came across this gem...

    I was just talking about this yesterday- how nothing can stunt my appetite anymore. I was telling someone the despite cleaning up a guy who did a big smelly poo- I could not stop considering my options for lunch! The article tried it's best to turn you stomach and make you think- how could she, but I didn't even blink. It actually made me hungry for Chipotle!
  17. ToyaB

    discriminated

    I absolutely agree and I am a believer. It's not the right image when your God-Bless-Yous sound like Go-Screw-Yourself. Neither God nor people are fooled.
  18. ToyaB

    July 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    You know one of us is going to end up being her test monkey. I volunteer you.
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    July 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    I was going to drive her to her first day of nursing school, but you can't fit that amount of bubbly into a small space.
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    July 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    I'd offer to drive her to her first day of nursing school, but I was afraid she ruin my seats with all of that bubbly!"
  21. ToyaB

    discriminated

    Not to throw in my two cents- but this site has some of the best blog fights ever and all over the most ridiculous stuff! And you never know by the topic what you're getting into. I just always happen upon this kind of back and forth. Someone said it before- you didn't know when you clicked on this blog that you'd need to get some popcorn! This type of problem happens when people read the same thing in different tones and then there's all of THIS mess! And it never helps when other people jump all over someone with both feet. Maybe just a light toe jab was necessary. Anyway OP- I am a black female current nursing student and I don't think I've ever been discriminated against to this point. Not in my field anyway. I accredit that to the atmosphere of the school I attend and the hospital I work at. I think there's always potential for that type of stuff to happen, unfortunately, in any field.
  22. ToyaB

    Feeling like a real idiot

    I know you better stop all of that quitter talk. Getting this far means that you've got what it takes to a nurse. It's not an eay feat to even get to the NCLEX. It's ok to be embarrassed about it! Wallow in it a little, shake it off and get back to it. Find out what you did wrong, get better in those areas, and pass and then come on here and write your story so that you can encourage all of the people who failed who didn't have to courage or the strength to come on here and say so. I'm sure there's many folks out there in your perdicament nursing that hurt on their own (no pun intended). So your feelings are hurt now, but down beat yourself down. Accept that and come back strong, sis! I'm praying for you.
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    June 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    New nurses are coming off of the assembly line now!
  24. On the first day of clinical, my instructor told me that she was going to teach me to think like a nurse. Critical thinking may be the most valuable trait that any nurse can have and my instructor did this incredibly well. I was with a elderly dementia patient that day. He wasn't my patient, but another student was having trouble communicating with him and had asked for my help. He had a hearing deficit and it took him about a full two minutes to respond to any questions, as if he were running them through him mind and formulating a proper response, which was usually only a one worded response- yes, no, covers, etc. He was sweating under his covers and began to move his blankets off of himself. A few moments later, he was shivering and asking us to pull them back up. About ten minutes later he was sweating and pulling them off again. This went on a couple of times. I knew something was odd about this, but I could not place my finger on it. When my instructor made her way into his room, I told her what he had been doing. She looked at him and immediately placed her hand against his forehead. "He has a fever.", she said. "Take his temp." And sure enough, he did. I was in awe of how she came to that conclusion in 30 seconds flat. I was also bothered that I had not been able to figure it out. After all, I was looking at this patient for more than 30 minutes. I've had fevers before. How had that not even crossed my mind? I didn't have the skill yet to put it all together. Fast forward 6 months, and I'm on the tele rotation. It's 7:30am and I step into my patient's room in the morning and perform vitals, and the head-to-toe. During the assessment, the patient states that she feels like she has to urinate. I can see that she had a foley. She has a history of bladder retention and states that this is not an unusal feeling for her. I'm getting her I+Os and her foley is empty. I immediately assume it was just emptied. I stepped out of the room to document the assessment and when I go to put in I+Os, I notice that the last time anyone documented an output was 3 hours ago. I think, "But the foley's empty... Could they have emptied it and not doc'ed it?" Hmmmm.... Then WHAM!!! It all makes sense. Patient c/o feeling of bladder fullness, foley's empty, last time charted 4am. I suspect this foley is kinked somehow. I pop up from my seat and return to the patient's room. Me: "Do you still feel like you have to go?" Pt: "Yeah.. I know that sounds crazy, but I kind of do." Me: "I don't think it sounds crazy at all. Let me look at this foley again." Inspecting the foley, gently wiggling and manipulating the line. Foley: GUSH!!! 500cc of warm urine rush through the foley into the bag. I've never been so happy to see pee in all my life. Pt: "That's much better. Thank you." Me: "Sure thing." Me on the inside: "YES!!! I AM the CHAMPION! Who figured that out all by her bad self?! TOYA did, that's who! (On stage at a podium). I'd like to thank God for being here, my mom for inspiring me, my instructor for educating me, and my brain for being AWESOME!!! I'd also like to thank all of my friends and family for believing in me! (Bowing and waving off stage.) I felt INCREDIBLY blessed. I didn't run and tell it on the mountain and brag to my friends. I just sat down at the computer again, and went back to charting, with a smile on my face, shaking my head at how great God is. Where I was unsure that I could ever learn to be so observant and think so critically (and quickly), now I am confident that with time I have what it takes to be great at this, and I have to defer to GOD on this one. I wouldn't have even been standing in this position without him. How blessed am I?
  25. ToyaB

    help me pls D:

    The answer is A. HIV is not a bacterial infection. It's a viral one, so I would go with A. You primary goal would be to prevent infection, but a antibiotic wouldn't do it. This baby is automatically coming via Cesarean.
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