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    Anchor sleep for night shift workers

    I've searched the forums and the internet, and have not come to a clear answer - when using the "anchor sleep" approach, do you still take an afternoon nap before you go in for your first night shift? I'm a new grad and work 3 nights on, 4 off. My plan for sleep after night shift is 9a-5p. For my nights off, I will sleep 3/4a-12p. I have a toddler that still night nurses, hence the 9 hour block of time so I really get enough sleep. My anchor hours will be 9a-12p, so after my last shift I will sleep 9-1, then stay up until 3a and resume my schedule. So for those that have a similar schedule, do you still take a short nap before starting your 3? Is sleeping until noon enough? I feel like being awake from 12p-9a (21 hours) would be too much. Any success with this sleep method, and if so, what schedule do you do? I'm a natural night person so I'm really excited about the prospect of having free time to clean the house, food prep, work out, etc while my husband and kiddo sleep!
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    Do you still have energy to cook after a 12 hour shift?

    Wow, seems like I'm the odd duck here! I ALWAYS have food when I get home, whether night or day shift. If I don't, I feel awful the next day - moreso than I would be if I didn't sleep. I have celiac disease so I am gluten free, and our cafeteria isn't gluten free enough for me to eat without getting sick so I have no option but to have lunches ready for the next day as well. I can buy frozen GF meals, but they aren't very filling and they're super expensive. I really heavily on bulk cooking, like a large crock pot of chili (currently cooking dried beans right now for chili tonight, then leftovers for work tomorrow!), soups, stir fries with rice, and baked veggies to throw over quinoa. I cut up the veggies ahead of time, then when I'm ready to eat I can just throw food on the stove and it's done in 10 minutes. I'm used to this type of cooking now, though I admit that in the beginning it seems to take so.much.time. Now it's fast and easy and I feel great during my shifts knowing I'm eating good food to energize my body. The key is to figure out 5-10 SIMPLE meals that you enjoy, and rotate through them making sure you have leftovers each night.
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    CNA vs. Fast food: Which is tougher?

    If you consider CNA work to be "low of a decision", I'd like to request you not do it and stick with the fast food job that you're finding difficult to handle. (I worked at Jack in the Box when I was 14 for a year and managed to handle it easily...) You'll likely not treat your patients with the dignity and respect they deserve. You think they like you wiping poop of their butt or needing someone to feed them after being independent for 70 years because they had a stroke? CNA work is not "below" nursing - it's the basic foundation of what nursing is! As a nurse I wipe just as many butts as a CNA does.
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    Annnnnd it happened anyways...

    ​As an update, since I'm sure other students will search this topic eventually - Shortly after posting here I got way sick with hyperemesis gravidarum (look it up, nurses! It's so misunderstood!) and lost 30 pounds and got a Zofran pump (like an insulin pump into my leg). I still managed to start my second semester of school in August after a few weeks on the pump to help! I woke up once a week at 2:30am to travel 2 hours to my clinical site, worked a 10 hour clinical, then drove home, in addition to going to class which I didn't travel for. I had my Zofran pump until half way through the semester until I was 22 weeks along. I just wore it under my scrubs and all was well. Other than that, no complications with my pregnancy and I felt fantastic. I went into labor naturally the middle of my third semester (critical care) in February and had a beautiful 6lb 9oz girl at 38 weeks after 35 hours of unmedicated labor. I took a week off of school, and then fortunately we had a huge snow storm and I got another week off of school. I had my cardiac exam the day I came back and squeaked by with an A when the average was a low B. :) I healed quickly and completed the rest of the semester no problem, and was able to pump in a pumping specific room at school and my hospital. Aside from one clinical instructor that did not understand my need (he was a male) and having to pump in an unlocked room in a drug and alcohol recovery center, all went well! She is now 16 months old and still nursing strong, so being away from her didn't have too much of an effect. Cosleeping and babywearing were my lifesaver! To the mamas thinking about getting pregnant in nursing school - it IS doable, but only in the right circumstances. My husband stayed home with our daughter the days I was in school, but there is no way I would have put her in daycare or had someone else watch her. I would not have been focused enough in school because I would have been too worried. My clinical and lecture instructors were great and gave me ample time to pump - another deal breaker for me. No pumping would mean no school for me. I did not get leniency though on anything, not that I expected that. I turned my assignment in on time (they did open up some quizzes so I could take them early before I went into labor) and I did make up work for the clinical I missed. I luckily didn't have any complications except in the beginning over summer, but one of my classmates did have to drop out of school because she had complications with her pregnancy. It IS a reality to consider - if you had to drop out of school, would you be devastated? If so, don't get pregnant. There's no way to know what will happen! ETA - I have now graduated, passed the NCLEX (75 questions in 40 minutes, huzzah!) and am starting a new grad program next week.
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    Pregnancy and birth

    You'll get there! Take it day by day, not year by year.
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    Pregnancy and birth

    Everyone gave great advice! I'll break down my community college (CC) and university (U) requirements as an 'example' for you. My CC and U basically had the same pre-reqs! So before you could start the CC program, there was about a year of pre-reqs and two years for the program, technically making it a 3 year degree. For the U it was a year and a half of pre-reqs and a 2 1/2 year program making it a 4 year degree. They both required a couple math classes, science (up to A+P and micro), and English. The CC also requires a CNA class and chemistry. The U only required extra 'electives' for obtaining a bachelors, such as sociology, humanities, art, etc to get to 60 credits. I decided to become a nurse when I was your age, 20, and due to some crappy CC counselors, I ended up taking some extra classes I didn't need one semester. After that I learned to research everything myself. I printed out the requirements for the CC and the U because I planned on applying to both, in case I didn't get in somewhere. I took classes at the CC that I knew would transfer to the U, and checked with counselors at both schools and on a website that my state provides for transfers. I ended up getting a general associates degree at the CC because I had enough previous credits from a degree I was originally pursing (education). Overall it took me two years at the CC to get my associates because I was also working full-time, and two semesters I was only at 12ish credits (otherwise I was around 16/semester). I transferred to the U for one semester because I knew it would increase my chances of getting into the U program, and I took a Spanish class. I got into the BSN program and graduated this past May after 2 1/2 years. Total to graduate from the time I decided to pursue nursing - 5 years. It seemed like five years was going to take foreverrrrrr, but I can tell you - it will fly by! I got married right after I started my pre-reqs, then had a daughter in the middle of the nursing program, and I start my new grad program next week at the hospital. It was SO worth it to get a degree and I'll be happy to get my first paycheck in a few weeks!
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    I need a mentor

    I agree with Pixie - don't just do reading! You've already determined that it is not the best way for you to study. If you are auditory, I recommend looking up YouTube videos on the nursing process you are trying to understand. I used some of TootRNs videos on Youtube (like for acid/base imbalance, cardio, etc) and they helped tremendously because I'm a visual learner and she does drawings with voiceover. The way you are currently studying is obviously not helping, so try something else. I also agree with LadyFree - four times is a lot to fail, my school only allows for one time.
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    Having difficulty in nursing school

    I am an introvert and talking about tedious things like, "Oh the weather is so great today!" just sucks.my.soul. So at first, talking with patients was exhausting to me. But over time I was able to learn to have in-depth conversations that were actually interesting, and made us develop a connection. This was invaluable when I'd have another more critical patient and I'd be able to tell them I was still aware of what they needed and that I'd be back - they'd be able to trust that I would indeed come back. As for where nursing is - my first semester I took an entire class called "Nursing as Caring" based on the book by Boykin and Shoenhofer and you guessed it, it was allllll about being a caring person. The class was terrible on all sorts of levels, but reminded us that nursing is not just checking off items on my list, it's about the actual people! Think about why you became a nurse. Was it the money or so you could feel busy at work? Or was it because you wanted to help people?
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    Early Morning Nurses (and Nursing Students)

    Agree with many of the above - no caffeine (though after 1pm for me!), multiple alarms in the morning, and have everything packed. I'll even go so far as to put my breakfast bagel on a plate in the fridge so it's ready. My bags need to be in the car the night before as well, or I'll undoubtedly forget one. I can't tell you how many times I forgot my breast pump at home before I started doing that! I also take melatonin before bed or I can't go to sleep because I'm a night owl. Mornings suck and it's not something I was ever able to get in the habit of, but it's doable.
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    Interviewing an R.N.

    I bet this person is in high school, hence the 'training after high school' question. I'm an introvert, so I understand not wanting to interview someone in person.
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    The Line b/t Respecting Wishes of Victim, Privacy, & Reporting

    This reminds me of a member in an ACLS class that I took - she said if she came upon an unknown child that needed CPR, she would not do mouth to mouth. At first I thought, "Ya, I guess that makes sense. You don't know if they have a disease or something!" And then I thought, "Wait, that is awful. She is going to let that child possibly die simply because she miiiight contract something?" It's screwed up on so many levels! Maybe it's just my mama bear coming out, but I would never leave another child, be it my own or a stranger, in a dangerous situation. Even if it meant an inconvenience to my daughter. Even if your trust was broken a little with your daughter, this other girls life may be ruined with an uphill battle that could destroy her. As a sister to someone who was molested as a kid, I have seen this pattern continue and have called CPS due to drugs and awful situations. Yes, on my own sister to protect my niece. Your daughter will forgive you, and if she doesn't, then she is obviously not fine like you continue to say. If she gets so upset when it's brought up, she may not be dealing with everything as needed. I agree that Western doctors are not ideal, but there are so many other options that could help. ETA: And I agree with others - how was CPS not the first number thought to call? The police don't deal with these situations...
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    75 Q's Today... Feel Crushed.

    I read that Pearson changed their payment stuff a week or two ago, and that it's even less reliable than before! As akulahawk said, check your BON page. Mine posted about 24 hours after the test, a day before QR was available.
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    Being a pregnant nurse

    Congrats! I was pregnant in nursing school and worked at the hospital as well (and had a Zofran pump for 5 months of it because of hyperemesis gravidarum!). I worked/was in school until the end, and had my daughter the day after a 12 hour clinical. I didn't have troubles at the end, and didn't want to drop out of the program. I have a long torso so was never huge, and didn't have swelling either so the third trimester wasn't bad for me. With my next kid, I plan on working as long as possible as well - I'd rather tough it out and then stay home as long as possible after! For your back - use help as needed, always put draw/lift sheets under patients (even if you don't think they'll need help!) and use a lift if you can. Having others help is a justified action.
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    Who loves med-surg?

    Woohoo, thank you all! I was admittedly sad at first that I didn't get the critical care job that my heart was set on, but then I realized I got along with the hiring managers wayyyy better and the patients would all be so different. Now every time I explain to family/friends what I'll be doing, I get even more excited knowing how different each day will be. CC is different each day (I did my precepting there) but at the same time also the same in a way - giving meds to sedated patients. SMF0903, I'm glad to hear you think it could be home!!
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    Who loves med-surg?

    I read thread after thread about everyone hating med-surg! As a new grad about to go into med-surg/tele, it's disheartening. I know there are people out there that love it, however. I am extremely excited to dive into my new job, and I am most excited about the thing people dread - time management. It's oddly fun and satisfying to be crazy and get everything done (or the best I can) and my personality has always been that way. Bring on the challenge! So who out there loves it? What's your favorite thing about it?
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    Time frame from graduation to NCLEX

    I graduated May 13th, got my ATT on June 4, and took (and passed!) the test June 14th. I started studying about a week after graduation. Take it as soon as possible! ETA: I started my paperwork and paid for my test around March. My school sent us out information.