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  1. oceanblue52

    What do you like most about your specialty?

    Work in outpatient Psych, best part is watching clients get stable after trying and failing a bunch of med combos.
  2. oceanblue52

    Treating high BPs with high baseline

    To be fair, managing BP to the gold standard of under 160/90 is not always feasible. A family member of mine is allergic to 2 different classes of cardiac drugs for symptom management, and she is maxed out on all other doses. Resting BP is usually around 169/95. The cardiologist didn't have any other suggestions either. Always good to get a history and check for understanding before delving into education.
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    Nerves, Nerves, nerves everywhere!

    Take some deep breaths prior to check off. In addition to ignoring the instructor, have a good routine in place that is well rehearsed. Enter the room, address yourself, do safety checks, etc. "Setting the scene" can help you feel less anxious an approach whatever issue more naturally. As an aside, I also got very nervous about check offs. Enjoy the process of learning and realize that *most* instructors are just looking for safety and basic competency. All of us nurses on this site have gotten through something similar, and you can too.
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    My G.A.D is taking over

    Please take care of yourself. Do you see a therapist and/or doctor for managing your anxiety and depression? It is better to stay on top of these types of things rather than go unchecked. What kind of coping techniques have you used in the past to manage anxiety and mood? If you are needing to talk to someone, you could also try your health and wellness center. Some other tips to recommend: -get a planner if you don't already have one, and pick one that breaks the day down by the hour. Block off time for studying, and also self-care. Sometimes visualizing your day can help things seem less overwhelming. I always recommend paper planners over electronic management, because you can flip back and forth between weeks, and cross off things when you complete them. -some people will probably disagree with me...but I think it is counter productive to do ALL the reading for class. Reading multiple chapters is time consuming and takes away from review. High school does a disservice by teaching students to highlight. It makes you focus on little details, and miss the big picture. When I was in school, I used to skim the text before class for general concepts, pay very close attention in lecture, and then go back and read concepts I didn't understand more carefully. Trying to read and meticulously take notes for all of your textbooks is a lesson in futility. If you have good teachers they will highlight the most important points in lecture. Star essential concepts when your teachers talk about them and focus your studies from that. I also second doing a self assessment in your learning style. Do you learn best by reading? Watching videos? Listening to lectures? Writing out important concepts? What has worked for you in the past? -do you have a classmate you can commiserate with? I never did well with group studying, but even small talk with your seat mates can help manage anxiety. This might be challenging tho if your GAD extends to social settings -IV drips are confusing, and it takes practice to learn how to extrapolate info from questions. Thankfully, there are a limited number of calculations that you will use, and it gets easier with practice. I'd be happy to try and help over PM. There are different ways to solve a problem, and some ways click better than others for people -This is obvious, but make sure you are managing your sleep, eating good food, avoiding screen time late at night, etc. Feeling good physically is really important to maintaining your mental health -for Pharm, there are some good study resources that offer mnemonics and group the meds by class so you are not trying to memorize details about every little drug. I used a little spiral book by Mosby that had lots of cartoons and simplified the info. The costs of these extra study guides add up, but is worth it if you can get some piece of mind -Finally, please stop beating yourself up about a bad test score. Nursing school is notoriously hard, and it takes awhile to get used to the tests. Can you go to office hours and review what you missed? Talk with your professor and see what they advise. The vast majority WANT you to succeed and will do what they can to help. Several of us nurses have had lousy test scores, and managed to get our license. Getting a "D" can be ego deflating, but it is possible to improve. Please do not get discouraged. I wish you the best. Would be happy to explain dosage calc over PM, it's really only learning a few formulas and then plugging in numbers. Maybe I will ask about submitting an article on this in the future since so many students have difficulty.
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    Drug screening at clinical

    It really depends on your program. Some do random drug screens, and others might ask you to submit an additional, more updated drug screen later on in your program depending on clinical site requirements. I would say it is rare to be tested during clinical, unless a big error is made and/or you appear impaired. At any rate, if funds are tight for you it would be smart to keep $50-70 set aside so you are not scrambling to get funds together last minute. Regarding your specific program, it's hard to answer your questions. I would just turn the paperwork in and be done with it.
  6. If you have the money, get the cert and start working before school. You will be miles ahead of your classmates in those first clinicals because you'll be comfortable with basic patient care. If money is an issue, some states will also allow you to "challenge" the test once you've passed the Fundamentals of Nursing class. They pay is not usually great, but even 8-12 hours a week can land you good experience and references. Good luck with whatever you choose.
  7. How did you get her email address? If she handed you her business card or directly gave it to you I say go for it. Do keep it short and to the point though, as managers receive crazy amounts of emails. Good luck to you as well!
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    Sticky Sterile Gloves

    The gloves they test you with are tricky, so don't be discouraged! Some tips: One you have your first glove on, be very mindful of the thumb on your gloved (sterile) hand. Keep it away from your other fingers, it's easy to forget about it when you are focused on wriggling your non-sterile hand in. Otherwise just take it slow and press the fingers of the non-sterile hand close together (instead of spreading out) such that they make a point. Do you have a pair you can practice with at home? If you pay close attention to how the packaging is put together you can fold it back up and practice at home.
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    University of Colorado Hospital Nurse Residency

    I worked there before becoming an RN, the "support" aspect really seemed floor/manager dependent. Some nurses raved about the residency program, while 2 other people I know left early and paid the financial penalty. My floor was one of "the good ones," but some of the nurses seemed very stressed out. Scrubs for nurses when I were there were a navy blue. Shirts were embroidered and purchased through the hospital, and scrub bottoms could be your own. The floor I worked had lots of employee transfers, this is again probably contingent on your manager's supportiveness. The application process is competitive, are you applying from out of state? Like all teaching hospitals UCH is very big into EBP and continuing education, so that is something to think about when you put your application together. Denver is a great city to live in, rent is crazy here though and UCH pay for new grads lower than some other hospitals. Like other metropolitan areas, Denver has become highly coveted, and wages in the area stay depressed because so many people are moving here. Surrounding area is "questionable," but it all depends on your comfort level. Feel free to PM me if you have other questions.
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    HELP possibly moving to Denver

    RTD is reliable even in snow storms, as long as you budget extra time. The neighborhood around UCH is rapidly gentrifying, I drove by it last week and barely recognized it! You will want to do some research though; Denver/Aurora neighborhoods can change drastically within a few blocks. Everyone has their own comfort zones so it's hard to say if you would feel comfortable.
  11. oceanblue52

    Eligible for Licensure

    This is something you would need to disclose when you apply for your license. The BON would probably want a statement from your treatment team of your progress and stability. It is doable though, have known a few people that successfully got their license after disclosing mental illness. You might contact your BON, they would probably have more concrete info on how they deal with these types of cases.
  12. oceanblue52

    Help! First year new grad can't pick which job to take

    I worked for a hospital with Magnet status and was not happy with the working conditions. I suppose every hospital is different, but I agree with Sour Lemon, I wouldn't make that a deciding factor. If you are wanting to go into critical care, the ER is probably a better option.
  13. oceanblue52

    Hurricane Irma

    Do you live in a mandatory evacuation zone? If so my understanding is that employers cannot terminate you for evacuating and not showing up to work. I don't know though if this rule applies to emergency medical staff. Regardless, the fact that they don't have any type of OB-GYN care for you is concerning. Irma is one of the strongest hurricanes we've ever seen, if I were in your position I would be out toot suite, enroute to somewhere with a fully functioning facilities and no threat of 150 mph winds and storm surge, job be damned. Especially if your residence requires bridge access to access resources. Please be safe.
  14. oceanblue52

    Jefferson FACT 1YR. Interview Question

    I interviewed for this program, and it was fairly informal (this was about 5 years ago though). I would definitely rehearse an explanation for your GPA and also how you turned it around with your pre-reqs. A one year nursing program is VERY intense and they want to make sure you can handle it, they will look for good time management, focus, and ability absorb a large amount of material. That being said, pre-recs are challenging and getting a 4.0 shows dedication on your part. TJ struck me as a bit more practical and less "ivory tower academic," so they might be more understanding about GPA fluctuations as opposed to a school like Penn. The fact that you got an interview is very positive, so think about your other strengths and practice before hand. Good luck and keep us posted :-)
  15. oceanblue52

    How to respond to "am I dying?"

    I had a hard time with this scenario too in Sim. Its awesome though that your program is presenting you with this, because you will encounter this conversation if you work in acute care. I love the responses on this thread, and agree that using a combination of factual statements with some therapeutic communication is generally a good response. If the patient is calm enough to describe their concerns, that can also be an excellent source of data to hone your assessment. This might not apply in a Sim setting so much, but remember too that your words are only a TINY part of communication. Tone, cadence, body language etc. are also key. Developing a confident, calm demeanor does wonders for keeping a patient calm when things turn south.
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    Am I missing something?

    Use your free time to start studying for the NCLEX by topic. Yes, it is possible to get through school without tearing your hair out and studying non-stop. There are topics you will forget though. The more NCLEX questions you practice, the better you will be prepared for both school material and the boards.
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