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FashionablyL8 CNA

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I currently work with developmentally delayed individuals as a MAP certified direct Care staff. Accepted to LPN program start 8/2019- 1/2021. Will become a nurse at age 51!

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FashionablyL8 has 15 years experience as a CNA.

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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    Ok, heard back from my director. We have to buy the nursing kit from them. All that obsessing for nothing. She's so busy with paperwork, I didn't have the heart to ask her for a list of the contents. Don't wanna annoy her before I even start school . Thanks again for all your replies and advice, everyone!
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    Hey Everyone, Sorry for not replying sooner! Been trying to get everything bought and ready for school like the notebooks, binders, tabs, flash drive- it's been so long since I've been in school and some of this stuff didn't exist when I was. I'm going to email my program director and ask her what is in the kit and if it's mandatory. You all have voiced my exact concerns about whether the quality will require the price of the school kit, and whether it contains specific items needed for lab that I just won't get in another kit and will end up having to buy in bulk. Although, Rionoir, you mentioning how you wasted your IV tubing set did make me think of all the stuff I'm likely to waste- perhaps buying 100 of each wouldn't be a bad idea! Anyway, I'll let you all know what my director says. Meanwhile this is what the $63 kit that I find online has in it. It comes in a black case that looks like an insulated lunch box. I wonder if the quality is good, that is if I can buy my own kit.
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    Thanks for your replies, everyone. Geri7404, I agree- the school should have a list of what their kit includes. The kit I saw online even had BF cuffs. I bought my own for my CNA program but it's so old now that the bulb has cracked lol. Time for a new one. I'm going to email the school for more info on the stuff we need. And yes, I read that about the Cardio IV- after I bought it of course! I wanted one so badly since they looked so nice online with all the great features. I hope I do well with it- I'm going to bring it to work and practice listening on my residents, who have a vast array of problems. And if I buy a kit online, I'll have a basic stethoscope to use. Rionoir, I think I might prefer to pick out my own things too. It could be less expensive to get a kit, but how do I know what the quality is like? Cheap nursing equipment just doesn't sound like a great idea. The only problem with me is that I really don't know anything about what I'm buying, so I'm not sure my choices would be the best. Jenn98, as I understood it, the school kit was optional, but I need to make sure. I'm sure we won't be in lab for at least a few days, but I want to be prepared. I'm going to contact them and ask for specifics- is it optional and what's included.
  4. Hi Everyone, Sorry to start another topic but I couldn't find info on this in a search. My school offers nursing equipment kits for $140. They have the basic nursing supplies, most of which I probably know nothing about, but don't include a stethoscope, which I don't need anyway. I already splurged on a Littman Cardio IV- it was previously initialled so it was a good deal. Obviously I'm trying to save $$ and I'm wondering if I would be better off buying my own stuff. I imagine most schools require the same kit. I've found kits for half that price that included a stethoscope, although not a Littman lol. So, do you all think it's worth it to buy it from the school or would I be better off getting my own? If so, anyone have a basic list of must-haves so I know what must be included? I could also buy everything individually... Thanks so much for any advice.
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    Recording Lectures?

    More great ideas- thanks to all of you! That's what I was thinking, that I could listen to the recordings during my drive to work, at home, etc. Might help some of the information really sink in. I just want to do well and I've realized that I need to learn how to study efficiently. I'm also not a really organized person and I know that must change if I'm going to succeed. Luchador, that's awesome- a Bluetooth helmet. My goal after I graduate and get a decent paying job is to buy myself a motorcycle. My husband and son both ride and I want to be on my own bike, not always on the back . Ugh I hope I don't have any really boring instructors, I'll probably fall asleep right in class.
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    Recording Lectures?

    Hi Everyone, I'm starting my nursing program this month- can't believe it's finally here! A former student at my school (graduated) advised me to ask permission to record the teachers giving lectures. I'm a very visual learner- reading and drawing are my things (for example, drawing a heart with all its internal workings of the best way for my to learn and remember how it works). However, I can understand how being able to replay the lectures would be helpful. The grad student also said that the teachers always mention material that will be on the tests. Has anyone else done this and was it helpful? Is it a common thing to do? It's been a looong time since I was a student and I want to do well, but also not looking to request anything unusual that will set me apart from other students right from the start. Any other tips for learning are welcome too . Thanks and good luck to all!
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    How do I transfer non ambulatory pt from WC

    I've done private duty work as a PCA and HHA- no agency- and find that there are many people that expect home care staff to lift clients alone. It's a major risk to you, and also to your client/patient. If you did transfer your patient alone and he/she was injured, you can be quite sure that they wouldn't blame themselves for wanting you to transfer with no assistance or lift device. And your agency wouldn't back you up if it was against their advice or policy. Especially in home health, there are many instances where you will probably be asked to do things that may not be in your best interest. Try not to feel badly about saying no and setting firm boundaries. This is YOUR life, back, license, career- nothing wrong with protecting yourself!
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    Punched by a patient

    I work with people with developmental delays and psych dx's, so they are not legally accountable. However, we always write incident reports for every outburst or unusual behavior because it sometimes prompts the MD to change their meds. A more appropriate PRN can really help! We have had staff get fingers broken, lacerations and contusions, eye injuries and even get thrown down the stairs. Fortunately (?) I had to learn to hold my own physically pretty early in life so although we are not even allowed to restrain residents, I'm great at ducking and weaving . I'm not a nurse (yet!), but I think it's especially difficult for nurses vs unlicensed staff, being vulnerable to physical attack yet knowing that even reacting instinctively to someone swinging can jeapordize one's license, which took so much money and effort and time to acquire. Seems there should be more recourse and protection especially involving assault from A&O patients/residents.
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    LPNs- where did you work as new grads?

    Thanks for your reply, Glycerine! Wow, you must have nerves of steel to take care of all those people- I'm going with you being confident, not insane . It sounds like you really enjoy what you do too, which is very encouraging. That sounds like a job I would interested in, although perhaps with about a quarter of the residents lol. I work in a long term care facility for developmentally delayed individuals and I really like taking care of the same people day after day and knowing them well. I like my routine too. Thanks again!
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    LPNs- where did you work as new grads?

    Hi everyone, I'm starting an LPN program in August, and interested in learning about where everyone started out- and if you care to go into more detail, how you liked it, would you do it again, pretty much anything about that first job/new grad experience. From what I've heard, LTC is where many LPNs get jobs, especially first nursing jobs. Thanks!
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    Nurse Practitioner (Mother) leaves 21 month old in car for 8 hours

    Oh, what a horrifyingly sad event. I cannot imagine how that baby suffered, and what that mom is going through. I have compassion for both, but of course I relate more closely with the mom, having been a parent much more recently than I was a baby. The little one's pain was brutal and physical, the woman's pain is emotional and life long. I hope she has a good support system and a very strong marriage. I remember being furious at my husband for leaving my then toddler son unattended long enough to jam his thumb in a window. How they will get through this is beyond my comprehension. I know I need to be extra mindful when my routine is disturbed. Some things that come automatically may not if someone is distracted. This is an extreme, tragic example of that.
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    Stop the drama already...

    I'm with Omniwei- I think it's easy enough to just ignore it. I'm almost 50 and am not yet a nursing student- starting in August. However, I imagine it's pretty much like any other situation with a lot of different personalities being in the same place at once, except the pressure of learning a whole lot in a short amount of time tends to magnify everything. I work in a home for developmentally delayed adults and the drama there is crazy. Certain staff can't work with other staff, 3rd shift complains about 2nd, 2nd complains about 3rd and 1st complains about both lol. I'm friendly with just about everyone (except the ones who are lazy or aren't nice to the residents, I have no use for people like that). I've made one close friend and we team up for the Hoyer lifts and combative two assists. It makes work so much more fun to have someone to laugh with and share in some of the more disgusting or bizarre scenes we deal with. Other than that, I don't tell anyone anything I wouldn't want repeated and don't invest my emotions in my coworkers. I'll do the same in nursing school- I'm sure it's difficult enough without all that!
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    Unvaccinated Boy in Oregon gets Tetanus

    This makes me so angry! I agree that those parents aren't fit to raise children. I cringed at the thought of that poor kid going through those horrible symptoms, but apparently it didn't affect them enough to want to do EVERYTHING possible to make sure that could never happen again. To refuse a second tetanus vaccine after watching your child suffer through it- that to me is the epitome of ignorance. Seems like it could be classified as child neglect, but I don't know. I'm all for questioning things and advocating for your kids, but this anti-vaxxer movement is pure idiocy IMO. How can these people think they know more than scientists, doctors, nurses- medical professionals with years of education? Because they read something online or their best friend's cousin's sister knew a kid who "got autism" and also happened to be properly vaccinated- of course!
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    Would this shirt get me into trouble in class?

    I can't view the shirt but I personally would avoid anything that would advertise my personal beliefs (religious, political, or otherwise). I want to be known for my work ethic and competency, above all. Especially when dealing with residents/patients (not sure if this is clinicals) I refuse to discuss anything that may offend them. I'm there to help them, not express my convictions. Why possibly get yourself into trouble or become the target of someone else's animosity? People can be difficult enough without giving them a reason . Best of luck, OP!