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Stormy

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Stormy has 34 years experience and specializes in Leadership/Critical Care/Surgery/Seniors.

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    New to the Board

    Pleased to meet you Veetach. When I find that website I pm'd you about, I will forward it to you. I know what you mean about being ready for spring. We are getting another storm here today. We are supposed to get another 15 cm tonight!
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    Math/Statistics is it hard?

    I absolutely HATED it when I first started my course. Mind you, I was somewhat handicapped by the fact that it had been 28 years since I had studied any type of Math/Algebra. I didn't even know how to operate one of those stupid scientific calculators! I had to get my kids to show me how! Once I brushed up on basic principles of Algebra, sorting apples and determining the probability of whether Joe walked to work or rode the bus wasn't that bad. Good luck!
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    Faking It

    I once saw someone fake paralysis (sudden onset - no history of trauma). This person was pretty good at faking quadriplegia...but only until examined by the neurosurgeon. It was amazing to watch her response, or lack of response to painful stimuli.
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    Gonna be a bear....

    In this life I'm a woman. In my next life, I'd like to come back as a bear. When you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too. When you're a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that. If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yup...gonna be a bear.
  5. Hi MEthebabiesRN! You might be surprised at what you are credited for. Were any of your courses University credit, such as psychology, microbiology, etc.? I graduated in 1979 and got credit for 2 psychology courses we took in 1976-77. I also was credited for 2 courses that I took while doing my critical care certificate in 1989. The only way to know is to talk to them. Good luck!
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    Attention Moderators

    Thanks for taking the initiative!
  7. Hi Healthyone, I am working on my BN with Athabasca University. I started in March of 2001 and have 4 courses left. I anticipate being done in November of this year. AU has worked well for me, and would certainly recommend it. Distance education certainly has its challenges, but isn't bad so long as you can maintain motivation. It helps if you can talk to someone working through the same challenges. AU changed their program, so A&P is no longer a required course. So, I can't help you out on your exam question. Sorry.
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    How much does your state charge for your nursing license?

    Annual fees are $278.20 in Alberta....but we do get a nice magazine (tongue in cheek)
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    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Turkey...pumpkin pie...nothing better!
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    Volunteers in MICU???

    We do have volunteers come in to ICU from time to time. Usually because there is little or no family available to be with a patient. The type of patient in particular that we get volunteer assistance for, are the long-term patients. Perhaps some type of head injury. They read to them, play cards/games, whatever is appropriate. The lady who gets daily visits at the moment has been with us since early spring - vented with Guillian-Bare. I think it is wonderful that volunteers give so graciously of their time to assist in the recovery process of our patients. Nurses in the unit find them a great help and appreciate their coming. Good luck and bless your heart!
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    Your favorite "extra" thing to do for patients

    Shaving cream, particularly "Gilette" works wonders on pits, butts and bottoms to get rid of "odors". Nothing like the fresh smell of shaving cream on a fella's butt!
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    Your favorite "extra" thing to do for patients

    I always like to make sure female unconscious patients have their legs and pits shaved if they shaved them prior to their injury. How mortified we would all be if that was our hairy legs hangin out for everyone to see!
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    Nitro tubing

    Have never used anything but regular tubing....for years.
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    Would you call a patient's family at 3 am?

    I would have called as well in this situation. However, have been in situations where the patient had been with us forever, had become extremely demanding, the family was worn out, and have chosen not to call - family had expressed frustration with the behavior of their loved one, and requested that we call only for changes in condition.
  15. Fatima, I had an unplanned pregnancy in my second year of training. At the time, I had to ask permission of the DON of the nursing school to marry my fiance earlier than planned. Lucky for me, she agreed and granted me one additional day off with the weekend to do so. (pretty gracious). My son was due the first part of June, but I delivered the third week in April. I returned to school after 6 weeks. My regrets - not looking after myself better at the time. My son was healthy, but perhaps his prematurity was a result of my working to hard, pressures, etc. I should have taken more time off school after he was born. My advice to you, is..... have a great pregnancy. Enjoy it - it is a fascinating time in your life. Make sure you take care of yourself and your baby. Having a baby during your training is very hard work, but it can be done. Good luck! My son is now 24, and the apple of his mamma's eye. I love him to bits.
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    Natural disasters while at work

    Probably the scariest one was the airplane crash into the side of the hospital. The hospital is built a few blocks off the end of the airport runway. Not so smart. I have also worked when there was a contamination of the city water supply. The whole town was completely out of water for days. They brought bottled water in. We were out of water over New Year's one year as well. Don't remember the reason, just that there was no water.