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Amysuenu

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Amysuenu specializes in Med/Surg, School and Correctional.

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  1. I started a job earlier this weeking on a dementia unit at a LTC facility, lasted one shift and after that would not go back due to a similar situation. I was shocked to see an LPN who was training me not gloving when doing wound care, applying misc ointments to patients and not washing hands as dilligently as I was and had been trained to do in nursing school. This isn't the only reason I left, but I was absolutely disgusted by this not to mention various areas of the facility!
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    Are there nurses out there that actually LIKE Med-Surg?

    I was hired as a Med/Surg nurse fresh out of LPN school and don't regret it for one minute. I loved it & truly can't wait to do that type of nursing again. I enjoyed the variety of patients and the skills I gained were invaluable. It's a shame the hospital system I worked for decided they didn't need LPNs much anymore. I ended up losing my job because of it. I just started working as a psych nurse. That is an area I don't see me being in for a long period of time.
  3. :typingHello all. I will be starting at UPMC Northwest on 9/15 as a Med/Surg nurse. I was wondering if all of the UPMC facilities follow a dress-code such as one color for each specific unit or whether you can wear what scrubs you want. I'm not sure if I should go ahead and order them or wait. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Amy:nurse:
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    Online Math Practice Sites

    Good morning all. I'm hoping you all can help me with locating some sites where I can practice Math for the NCLEX. I did ok when I was in school, but after graduating 3 weeks ago I would like to find something I can practice on. I just scheduled for my exam for Oct. 17. Any help you can provide is appreciated. Amy:nurse:
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    Med-Surg Roll Call

    Hello, I just graduated from PN school on August 15th. I was just offered a position on Med-Surg and start September 15. I enjoyed Med-Surg in clinical and learned so much. I look forward as this being my foundation for nursing right out of out school.
  6. I'm getting ready to graduate from practical nursing school in August and came across something that really bothered me the other day. My clinical instructor has us do med passes to our patients when we are there; however, we have been told while she is standing there to sign them off even prior to giving them I found this bothersome when I had a patient last week that was to have Dig at 0800 and she had me sign off on this and her other meds prior to even giving them to her. When I went to give them I checked her apical pulse for the second time after doing her head to toe at 0630, when it was low and it was only 54. I reported this to my instructor who then told me to put it in our classroom and wait an hour. I questioned the fact we had already marked it off in the computer as being given and wanted to know if there was a way this could be corrected. I was also very concerned because this patient was being discharged later that morning. I was told not to worry about it... That bothered me and then something similar happened with my other patient the previous day who needed breathing txs q4 hours and I had to sign off on her 1200 breathing tx as being completed when she refused it since it was so close to lunch... This has bothered me and I was telling a couple of my good friends who are also in my class about what happened and they were mortified to hear that our group is made to sign off our meds prior to giving them... I am very tempted to go to the nursing program coordinator and tell her what is going on. I don't feel comfortable doing it that way any longer with those 2 instances occurring any longer. Am I doing the right thing reporting this? This instructor has a somewhat lackluster attitude about some thngs and doesn't do a very good job teaching either when the majority of the class fails her tests... I was reprimanded last week due to a med error with her not verifying the narcotic count for Clorazepate for my patient and it was 1 off (it showed 1 too many on hand in the log book as opposed to the medication itself). I was written up by the facility it was at and will go in my permanent school record. My instructor is more upset that this error is her first in 10 years... All of this has cause me a great deal of anxiety since last Friday and would appreciate any advice you could share. Thank you.
  7. I'm getting ready to graduate from practical nursing school in August and came across something that really bothered me the other day. My clinical instructor has us do med passes to our patients when we are there; however, we have been told while she is standing there to sign them off even prior to giving them I found this bothersome when I had a patient last week that was to have Dig at 0800 and she had me sign off on this and her other meds prior to even giving them to her. When I went to give them I checked her apical pulse for the second time after doing her head to toe at 0630, when it was low and it was only 54. I reported this to my instructor who then told me to put it in our classroom and wait an hour. I questioned the fact we had already marked it off in the computer as being given and wanted to know if there was a way this could be corrected. I was also very concerned because this patient was being discharged later that morning. I was told not to worry about it... That bothered me and then something similar happened with my other patient the previous day who needed breathing txs q4 hours and I had to sign off on her 1200 breathing tx as being completed when she refused it since it was so close to lunch... This has bothered me and I was telling a couple of my good friends who are also in my class about what happened and they were mortified to hear that our group is made to sign off our meds prior to giving them... I am very tempted to go to the nursing program coordinator and tell her what is going on. I don't feel comfortable doing it that way any longer with those 2 instances occurring any longer. Am I doing the right thing reporting this? This instructor has a somewhat lackluster attitude about some thngs and doesn't do a very good job teaching either when the majority of the class fails her tests... I was reprimanded last week due to a med error with her not verifying the narcotic count for Clorazepate for my patient and it was 1 off (it showed 1 too many on hand in the log book as opposed to the medication itself). I was written up by the facility it was at and will go in my permanent school record. My instructor is more upset that this error is her first in 10 years... All of this has cause me a great deal of anxiety since last Friday and would appreciate any advice you could share. Thank you.
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    The Cap.......

    I am currently in LPN school and our director requires all of the female students to wear the cap. We also were the complete (non-figure flattering) white uniform for clinicals. Thank goodness we are allowed to wear white sneakers (white Skechers for me). We had a capping ceremony prior to first round of clinicals. The guys had coffee filters put on their heads and wear a pin as opposed to the cap. After each level of completion, they add another small baby blue stripe in the school color to the one side of the cap. When we graduate we get new ones. I have a little case I carry mine in to keep it clean and it will be a keepsake for my daughters. We get compliments on the complete uniform and how professional we look-mostly the older generation. I look ok in mine, and have a hairstyle it works with; however, you tend to forget it's on your head and bump into walls and such with the thing and makes for a really bad hair day after you take it off. :smackingf
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    Eww white uniforms??

    At our school we wear the old fashoined uniforms that have an apron button-up front with huge pockets that you can fit almost anything in them, they flare and far from figure flattering, cold and you definitely need a white shirt to wear underneath to be more discreet. On the other hand, we get so many comments on how professional we look. I had one person stop me and say wow a real nurse!!! Made me proud, even though I'n only 4 months into school. We also are required to wear the cap during clincal and each level have another stripe (baby blue) added to it and then get new ones for graduation. They are sometimes annoying as you forget they are on and bump into things... :Santa1:
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    Help Needed for Class Assignment

    I wanted to thank all of you who assisted me with this project. I am grateful there is a site like this that we can go to when we have this kind of assignment. It was interesting to get the various responses, but I am glad the assignment is done and submitted so I can truly enjoy my Spring Break. Thank you again and god bless. Amy :thankya:
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    Help Needed for Class Assignment

    Absolutely not! Part of the the assignment for this week is based on theories presented by Leininger and Watson. The part I was asking for assistance on was if there was somebody from another country who is also in this profession and would be willing to give me a brief description on what they think makes a caring nurse. I don't want to sound rude, I have never asked anybody to write a paper for me nor would I want to start. In the area where I live there is not much ethnic diversity or I would have went that route...
  12. Hello, I hope there is somebody out there that can help me with this class assignment for my Human Caring web-based class: What I need to do is find somebody from another culture and ask then to describe what caring means in their culture and to describe a caring nurse. I thought this site would be the ideal site since we are from all different areas. Any help you could provide would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help! Amy:wink2:
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    Need To Vent!

    I realize it is nothing personal with the university and how competitive the program is to get into. I guess what made me mad is there were some students admitted to program last fall that did not have all their pre-reqs. I am sitting here feeling sorry for myself. I guess I am disappointed, but I feel doing the LPN program and getting my feet wet before I go on to obtain my RN degree may be the best thing for me at the present time. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and this is the route I am suppose to take. Amy
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    Need To Vent!

    I just got word yesterday from the university I have devoted my time to since Jan. 05, was not accepted into the fall ADN class. I will have all of my pre-requisites completed the end of this semester, with the exception of Physical Science/Chemistry which I need to retake due to receiving a D and having what most students have referred to as the worst possible prof to teach a large class (There were 180 students and this was her first time teaching a class that big). I am sure it did not help during the fall semester I was contemplating divorce proceedings and moving out. I did end up getting a 105 on the NLN pre-entrance exam. I explained all of this to my advisor and she told me just to continue taking more classes if was not accepted into this fall's program. I was very disappointed with her reply as my grades were great during my first semester and summer courses. At this point, I don't even feel like going back to classes next week and finishing this semester. I feel it has been a waste of time! This made reconsider the university's nursing program and rethink my future. I contacted the local vo-tech and researched their LPN program and took the entrance exam and completed the application process. I do not have my results yet, but it did not seem overly difficult. To be honest this is not the route I wanted to take, but waiting another year and putting my life on hold and it costing me more money to take wasteful classes thru the university seemed ludicris! I think doing the LPN program will be my best option. I also feel that if I were to go straight into the RN program I would have been accepted and I truly believe someone is watching out for me and knows perhaps it is too stressful of a time to learning everything to becoming an RN right off the bat with my divorce and custody situation. I have talked to various people who have been thru the LPN program here at the Vo-tech and are very pleased with their outcome and most have decided to go on and get their RN degrees. I guess I am really upset at the fact I gave up a decent job to devote my time to my studies and go to nursing school to become an RN, when if I knew what I knew now, I would be getting ready to graduate with my LPN degree this summer and not wasted this extra time and money. I feel like the university has played god with so many of us and now we are in this situation with taken all of these courses and spent all of this time. I would love to hear from anybody else that has fallen into this situation. Thanks for letting me vent.
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    Endometrial Ablation

    I had my uterine ablation done this past March and it is the greatest thing I have ever done. :yelclap: I went from being in terrible pain during my periods, bleeding anywhere from 3-7 days during my actual period and spotting in between. The Dr. who did the procedure said I had a blockage in one of my tubes and some small cysts so that was probably why I was having so much pain. He took pictures before the procedure was done and after and it was so neat to see the difference. I had to laugh at dh, who did not have a clue of what he was looking at when the dr. showed him the pictures. I went the hosptial at 8 am and was back home by 1 pm... I was in recovery about an hour, but a bonus was not having to be intabated. I woke up in recovery from a wonderful sleep, feeling really refreshed and relieved, with some cramping similar to labor pains, but was quickly alleviated with pain meds... When I got home from the hospital, I put a thermacare mentrual heat pad on an and slept for a couple of hours. After that i took Advil prn. Anyways, I was up and about the next day with no real side effects other than a bit sleepy and really no bleeding/spotting, nor cramping. I was well enough to attend some of my classes the next day, but climbing steps was a bit much... The lasting effects have been very minimal spotting for a period which I only need a panty-liner for and it lasts for about a day The only downside, you still get the PMS... Amy
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    Starting school in Fall-Scared of Chem/Math!

    The Nursing School director at my college suggested taking Physical Science/Chemistry, which is offered here. She said this is the least of the 2 evils when taking Chemistry, since it can be very difficult. I am thrilled the Nursing School does not require Micro, whcih I have been told can be quite intimidating. I took intermediate algebra last semester-in a class of 70- and had a wonderful teacher. I was petrified I would not pass the class and our homework was all web-based so when we were finished we just cliked to submit it. I ended up getting a C in the class and was thrilled, so many people failed it, some for the sencond time The key to my success was to not fall behind and study, study, study. If you do not understand something ask and use a math lab or tutor if either is available. Good luck... Amy
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