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Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

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  1. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    "Smart" students make bad nurses?

    Let me start by saying I was an A and B nursing student. I worked hard sometimes, and not so hard at other times. I also have a husband, 3 kids, and a dog, plus a mortgage, bills, and a job. I have ready most of these comments and the tone of many are the same, that if you did not earn straight A's in nursing school, you didn't work as hard or you struggled or whatever crap generalization you all have come up with. I'm starting to think that the sweeping generalization that the OP asks about is not true in some regard based on the fact that folks with straight A's who have responded to this post seem to have an "I worked harder than you, therefore I must be better than you" attitude. Perhaps its that type of attitude displayed by some floor nurses who have 4.0 GPAs coming out of nursing school that has created the generalization that they don't make good floor nurses. Being a good nurse has less to do with the grades out of nursing school, and trust, you will see that all of that book smarts doesn't amount to a tremendous amount of much once you hit the floor, and more to do with your ability to be safe, compassionate, and teachable. I have seen super-duper book smart folks get punked by the nclex and I've seen those who you think would never make it past nclex nail it. Straight A's is not a guarantee that you will do well outside of school. And why would floor nurses even know what type of grades one got in nursing school anyway? I have never had the conversation of what was your GPA in nursing school. Who does that and why would you do that. Likewise, floor nurses generally don't care how many attempts at nclex you had and how many questions you got. All of that is neither here nor there once you get to the floor.
  2. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    "Smart" students make bad nurses?

    Your comment almost reads that B or C students don't work hard. That, too, is a generalization. You also have to consider that grades can be arbitrary as well, depends on what is being graded and why. I've seen it happen. An A does not automatically indicate that one is harder working than another,, just as a B doesn't mean that a person didn't work hard to earn it. Consider that sometimes things come extremely easy for a particular person and doesn't take hard work, but that A is just a reflection of their natural ability. In that case, hard work is not a factor. Its a slippery slope when you start making generalizations about what grades mean. This entire thread is bordeline offensive to anyone who didn't earn "straight A's."
  3. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    "Smart" students make bad nurses?

    First of all, why are you buying into that crap in the first place? Nobody can tell you how you will be as a floor nurse, that is your cross to bear. You will be the ultimate one to decide how you will be as a floor nurse. I was an 'A' and 'B' nursing student, and I was also hardworking, motivated, and determined, and let me also include awesome. I also had a family and a job, so I don't dare let anyone tell me that I was less than because I didn't earn straight A's. Just as I don't dare let anyone dictate how I would be as a nurse. Don't let anybody put preconceived ideas into your head based on generalizations that may or may not have any merit. Just go out there and put all of the concepts you learned to practice.
  4. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    Why do minorities have more respect for nurses?

    How shall I say this...actually, first, I'm not sure what you are getting at by asking "how well it would he gone over..." Also, wherein did you find a compliment in this question? Lol! It's almost as if you feel a type of way about the original question without saying so. I'm slightly perplexed at why you even bring up the converse of the original question when it was based on ones personal experience. No shade, but just slightly confused at your last sentence.
  5. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    Should Our Study Group Allow a Failing Student to Join?

    Looks like you've been given some good ideas as to how to handle the classmate. It has been shown that study groups kept at a minimal number work better so maybe explain that to her. My class has different pockets of study groups of about 3-4 people up to 6-8 people. Right before tests, we all get together, whomever wants to come, and practice and discuss questions. It helps to get a different perspective on things that your group may not have thought of. In your situation though, I think you all either need to agree to allow or disallow her in, then stick with that. But also keep in mind that you may not always have this same group, especially if you're waiting on word of acceptance into a program. You may find yourself in her situation, not as a slacker, but as someone looking for a study group and what if you received the same treatment? This also speaks to work ethic further down the line, how much of a team player will you be when your co-worker is swamped because she may not organize her work as you do. Are you going to clock out and go home or are you going to be a teamplayer and help her get her stuff together?
  6. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    Med-Surg when your teacher can't teach

    I am in my last semester, halfway through Advanced Adult Health and my instructor is a butthole. The bad part is we have him for two classes, this one and Research Seminar. He does not teach, is often wrong and is extremely defensive. I am passing his class but so many of my cohorts are not. He does the same thing as you describe, go through powerpoints, gives us a "needs to know" document but then tells us that if thats all we know, we will fail his test. We have absolutely no direction with him. What has worked for me besides reading and completing objectives of the chapters is watching videos on YouTube, Simple Nursing, Kahn Academy, and any other site I can find. I have gained a better understanding of the information that our instructor did not convey during "lecture" and I practice questions on Kaplan, Quizlet, NCLEX RN Mastery app on my phone, and in the Saunders NCLEX Examination book. So far, the videos have helped and doing the questions has helped tremendously. Good luck! Its not over yet, just focus on moving forward with the next exam.
  7. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    I can't believe I actually *like* night shift!

    It's good to see all of the positivity regarding night shift. I graduate from nursing school in December and recently accepted an RN position on night shift at a heart hospital. I have previously worked as a tech on night shift and it was okay. I didn't love it or hate it, I just liked it. I, too, did what others have suggested, switched my sleep schedule back to normal on days I did not work, it worked out better for me. To those who are wondering how to handle it with kids, working nights really works pretty good. You are often off in time to deal with them in the mornings and you get to spend a little time with them in the afternoon. Your time away from them is mostly their sleep time. It'll all work out, trust.
  8. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    What did you do before nursing?

    I knew I wanted to be an accountant in high school so I rode that idea all the way through undergrad, even though by my junior year I knew I should have picked nursing. So 17 years, a husband, and three kids later I am into my 4th and final semester of nursing school. I will graduate in December at the age of 42.
  9. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    What is your dream unit?

    My dream unit, right now, is Peds oncology and if I can't have that, anything Peds related. I'm a 4th level nursing student so I'm not sure if that will change after I complete my critical care clinical rotation. I just know that I would rather not deal with adults.
  10. Ahhhh! I loved this video. Lol!
  11. LMAO!!!! I love this one!
  12. Ha, ha, ha, how do you know its warm and sticky if you don't first touch it. Lol!
  13. Lol! What is a Wenckebach? I am in nursing school now, heading into last semester = critical care. We haven't learned that yet, maybe its forthcoming. I just thought it was hilarious.
  14. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    Please help my grades are killing me!!

    Science GPA weighs heavier than prereq classes in most instances. Still GPA alone does not mean you will or won't get into a program. Just because your GPA is 3.89 does not mean you are a shoe in for a program. What is that 3.89 consisting of? A person could have a 4.0 filled with fluff classes that only serve to boost a GPA, means very little. They do look at other factors. I would suggest, like others here, that you speak with specific programs. Have them look at your transcript and make suggestions as to how you can improve your chances. They may suggest that you take additional classes to boost that 2.3; that doesn't mean that fashion merchandising is what you should choose. Lol! At any rate, good luck on your journey.
  15. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    Writing the explanation letter (criminal hx) for nursing board

    Be prepared for some smart arse to belittle you and doubt your ability to be a nurse because of this incident years ago. I have noticed folks on here tend to pass judgement and totally degrade people who ask genuine questions asking for help. It annoys me to no end. At any rate, I don't have a situation like yours but I would suggest, as mla30 has, that you be honest and provide enough information to fully explain your situation. Go ahead and provide background if it contributes to the overall understanding of the situation. I think the worst thing you can do is not be thorough and make the process longer and harder than it has to be. Just my opinion. Good luck and congratulations on your graduation!
  16. Jaykalkyn, BSN, RN

    Important! Need answers

    Please tell me you never missed an answer to any question during nursing school and this made you the absolute most competent nurse that ever lived. Please tell me that you know with certainty that you knew every concept on the NCLEX exam and there was nothing on there that you had not heard of before or were familiar with. Please tell me that you did not have to use any decision trees or test taking strategies because you know absolutely everything. Do you think you were 100% competent when you began your nursing career? I highly doubt it and I am 100% sure on this. But did that mean you are/were not a competent nurse? I would think not. Judge not...