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  1. Jenngirl34RN

    Tough clinical instructor

    Take a deep breath and get past it so you don't let it get to you next week. For your SBAR, write it down. Jot down the important info you need to get across. Run over how you are going to say it in your head before hand, and maybe practice some pretend ones with a classmate before your next clinical.
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    Hospice comfort

    Comfort care has a lot more to do with the patient than your answer would suggest, and IVs and nasal cannulas are used, as patients often need IV pain medications and fluids, and patients aren't denied oxygen if needed. Family anxiety is often addressed, but "tubes" are not avoided because of that if the patient needs them to be comfortable. Family members can be more anxious if their loved one is in pain or distressed. I suggest you do some more research on what exactly comfort care is.
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    Nursing Clinicals

    I had clinicals at the VA, Harborview, Overlake, Seattle Children's, and Valley. Where you go will depend on what school you go to and which sites they use, and what you can do/not do really depends on the hospital you are at and your own school policies. There are some standard stuff...students can't hang blood, stuff like that. Most of the hospitals, and my school policy, say no administering narcotics unless you are a senior practicum student. It really just depends. As far as clinical experience, I had really positive experiences in all of my locations. A lot of that was due to having great clinical instructors, but it was also due to the hospitals and the nurses I worked with too. I learned so, so much at each place. Harborview was probably the best as far as being able to do things...since they are a huge teaching hospital there were a lot of opportunites to do and see things that I wouldn't have at other places.
  4. Jenngirl34RN

    That's right...

    ...I now get to put RN after my name!!! I am so excited to be done with the NCLEX and to be an RN!
  5. Jenngirl34RN

    !!!!!!HOMEWORK HELPPPP!!!!!!

    You had the right idea for your equation, but to find your gtts/min you want to use the total to be infused and the total time of the infusion, not the calculated mL/hr. The way you set it up, you were infusing the amount for 1 hour (42 mL) over 24 hours. The formula for gtt/min is total MLs to by infused * drip factor of the tubing/time in minutes of infusion so (this is not from your problem, it is just an example), if you had 1000mL to be infused, a drip factor of 15 gtts/min, and it needs to be infused over 8 hours your equation would be 1000mL * 15gtts/min ------------------------ = 21 gtts/min 480 mins The exact answer was 20.83, but you round the answer to the nearest whole number...it is hard to measure 0.83 of a drop :)
  6. Jenngirl34RN

    Clinical advice

    Some of things that made my favorite CIs favorites: 1. Be available, and check in, but don't hover all the time. 2. Encourage students to find good observation or practice opportunities 3. Be available for questions or concerns, without getting angry at students if they need to ask you something (within reason) 4. Ask questions about the patient and the situation and help to think things through...I learned so much from two of my CIs in particular because they would ask a lot of questions that really made me think critically.
  7. Jenngirl34RN

    Help With Clinicals

    I just graduated, so am not an RN yet (taking the NCLEX in two weeks ), but in my program some of the things that separated those of us who did well in clinicals from those who did not are: 1. As others have said, be willing and eager to learn any and everything the hospital staff and your instructor can teach you 2. Make sure you are proactive about asking to do things...no one will ask if you want to do something, you have to take the initiative. I always asked the nurse I was working with if s/he was expecting any interesting or new procedures with any patients that I could watch or participate in. If another had something interesting coming up and I was all caught up with my own patient I would ask if I could observe. 3. Don't ever, under any circumstances, do things that you are not allowed to do, even if a nurse at the hospital offers to let you and not tell your instructor. You could get in serious trouble, even get kicked out of your nursing program, if you don't follow the rules. 4. If you are at all unsure of what you are doing, ask. 5. If you are all caught up and having nothing to do for your patient right that minute ask the nurse or CNA or whoever if there is anything you can help with. There is always a lot to do if you are willing to do things like changing bedding, or helping to ambulate someone to the bathroom, and the nurses and CNAs I have worked with have all appreciated the offer of extra help. 6. Do not ever feel you are too good to do something. There was one student in my program in particular who thought that cleaning up patients and emptying foleys were beneath her. The nurses and CNAs on the floor did not like her much (shocker) and she was always upset that the rest of us got to do a lot of things she never got to do. Best of luck!
  8. Jenngirl34RN

    And...done!!!

    Thanks you guys!
  9. Jenngirl34RN

    Why does Seattle pay so low?

    Cost of living in SF is much higher than Seattle, particularly housing costs.
  10. Jenngirl34RN

    Job outlook for experienced ADN

    It is easier to get hired as an ADN if you are in the south sound area or to the north, which are also the less expensive areas to live in, but even then a lot of the hospitals are going for Magnet status so they will require you get your BSN within 5 years.
  11. You say you are trying to bring awareness to the situation...many of us have had to take and pass the exit HESI to graduate, plus HESI exams at the end of each quarter or semester, and the majority us were perfectly aware of that fact. I am not sure how raising awareness is necessary. Your school has every right to make you pass an exam to pass the program.
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    Med school vs NP? Your plans and opinions?

    One thing to consider is the NP scope of practice where you live. In some states NPs are far more restricted than in others. Before making your decision you should figure out which area you want to work in and what the NP role for that position is in your state.
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    And...done!!!

    I made it! I have turned in my last assignment, taken my last test, and am now done with nursing school (or at least this phase of it). All I have to do now is wait for graduation on Wednesday and I will officially be a graduate nurse! I am incredibly excited for my next steps in starting my career and furthering my education.
  14. Does the community college not have a general associates transfer degree, or better yet, some sort of pre-nursing transfer degree? There probably isn't much point in taking all of the surgical tech classes if you are going for nursing.
  15. Jenngirl34RN

    Who has liability insurance?

    Right now I am covered by my school, and the cost is included in the tuition for the program. I will be getting my own coverage once I start practicing.
  16. Jenngirl34RN

    Diseases nurses/ nursing students should know

    Having a basic idea of the diseases others have listed above is a good idea, but you will cover all of them in quite a lot of detail as you study nursing management of all of those diseases (and then some). If you really want to study before starting your program, I recommend that you focus on really, really knowing your physiology well. It will make studying all of those diseases much easier.
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