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  1. leopold

    Off Topic, need some reassurance

    Today, for the fifth time in the past four months I hit the floor. Literally. Ended up in ER where they told me yet again that I am suffering exhaustion. Called my doc. Explained what happens -- Feel a wave of incredible exhaustion so strong that I can't hold up my body or move, fall to the floor, conscious but difficulty responding. Lasts about half an hour, fall asleep after. He thinks I might be having some seizure activity and has scheduled some tests. I know nurses don't dx and I'm not asking for that, but what I want to know is, I start clinicals in two weeks. If these are seizures, what does this mean for my nursing career? Is there tx for this? I'm pretty freaked out here. Not to mention all the class I'm going to miss in order to have these neuro tests done. Or, if it happens again. Can someone give me some words of encouragement? I know, I'm having the crisis before the crisis, but it is very hard not to stress out about this.
  2. leopold

    Human Growth and Development Course

    I took it, it was kind of easy going but the tests were hard, especially the section on young children where we had to learn all the milestones and develpmental theorists. Everyone failed that test so the teacher decided to grade on a curve (the reason partly was we went a month without class, came back and immediately took the test). We had to do a case study which was fun and a presentation on one of the develpmental stages (me and my fellow group members had age 7-12 and did The Cat in the Hat and tore up the room). My teacher told us to learn the theorists backward and foreward cause they WILL show up on the NCLEX.
  3. leopold

    What would you do?

    I don't know about your state, but here in Colorado you can take your CNA certification after three months in LPN school.
  4. leopold

    Getting ready for Cna exam

    Go to your state board of nursing website. Look under info for CNAs. They usually post a practice test for written and a set of step by step instructions for the skills you need. Very helpful, you can just print it out for free.
  5. leopold

    Can't make bed

    Unfortunately in some schools that is the policy. In mine you get two tries to pass a lab. If you don't you get put on probation. Once on probation you get two more tries (one with meds), but you have to make an appt. with an instructor who will be doing other labs and teaching class while you are trying to make it up, so you have to finagle them into giving up some non-school time, very difficult when classes end at 3pm and the school locks up at 3:30. You have two weeks to get it done or you are out.
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    Just checking to see how LPN/LVN classes are going.

    I knew I was in trouble when we spent the entire first day of class going over school policy. There was so much information that I don't really remember anything. Have had to ask teachers when issues come up, and they would get annoyed and ask "weren't you paying attention the first day of class?" Well, yeah but after the first five hours I just gave up. All I know is I'm not allowed to be late, absent, cheat, have cell phones or wear spaghetti straps. :uhoh21: Of course, now that I've been through the first 6 months they have turned around and changed the whole thing so we had to go through another mind bending tour of the politics and policies of our school. THis time I just signed the sheet and handed it in. :bowingpur
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    Trouble with skills...what the heck is wrong?

    Re the patient position, here is a saying my instructor told me "No one likes a pushy nurse." I tell you, that has stuck with me the whole time I've been in school. Haven't pushed a patient away since!
  8. leopold

    Trouble with skills...what the heck is wrong?

    yes, its very helpful to have a friend stand by you and play instructor while you practice. A lot of times for me it was that I hadn't picked up on something during demo and my friend would set me straight. If I hadn't had that input I would have failed! But don't worry about the anxiety, there are some people in my class (including me) who go off the charts with anxiety when check off comes, there are others who just breeze through it. One of the students in my class went on probation when it came to bedmaking, by the time we were up to sterile dressings and trach care and catheters, she was just going in without practicng and whizzing right through.
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    What are clinicals like?

    Whenever I start a clinical, the first day I get overwhelmed with nausea and dread, then I start getting into the routine and it goes away. Then I start a new clinical and the same thing happens again. Its the same thing when I start a new lab procedure. First I want to throw up, then about 15 minutes later I want to lie down and go to sleep.
  10. leopold

    Have I gone to far this time

    I think it's pretty normal to get freaked out once you actually start doing what you were planning on doing -- whether it be nursing or not. i would say most new nursing students have expressed the same fears. As someone else said, some of your fears are realistic and you should take a look at them. I didn't get completely freaked out about nursing school when I started, for me it happened a couple months before I got in. I thought up every possible negative scenario (and I did have some issues that could have had a negative outcome) and got myself so worked up I had to go talk to my therapist -- who I hadn't seen in 3 years. SHe called it the crisis before the crisis. Anyway, I just kept thinking, this is what I want to do and closed my eyes and put one foot in front of the other and kept going and going, now I'm halfway through. The first few months I didn't really have any emotion at all about what being a nurse meant to me, I was so overwhelmed by school it would have pushed me over the edge to look at the big picture. I just kept plodding along because I had made a decision to go through with it and I was going to stick to that decision. So, it this is really what you want, don't think about all those negatives, just keep that one foot in front of the other -- it sounds like you're off to a good start already. :balloons:
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    Can't make bed

    Bed-making is a killer lab, don't know why, maybe it's because it's the first really complicated procedure you have to learn. I think everyone in my class failed on the first time. Just keep practicing that mitering, I think that's what hangs people up the most, once you get that down everything falls into place. Good luck and don't despair!
  12. leopold

    first CNA job opportunity, what to look for...

    LTC, things to look for. 2 CNAs for 22 pt is OK, whatever the number of CNAs on the floor, more than 11-12 pt/CNA is too much. Ask about teamwork. You will never be able to do your job if you can't count on your co-workers. On your tour you should be looking at the residents, asking in a subtle way how many are total care, levels of independence. Take note of this because you do not want to end up with 12 total care residents. Find out about availability of hoyers, policy (are two people required to use it? IMHO a CNA should never operate a hoyer without an assist. Just my opinion from experience) What is the nurse/pt ratio? Does the facility provide hospice care? How long do they train you -- BIG ONE. I worked at a facility once where they trained me one day then threw me on the floor with 12 residents and it was a nightmare. They should train you a minimum of 3 days. What the job requirements will be for your shift -- they are different for each shift. I know people with kids who work night shift. They do not seem to ever sleep because they go home and the kids need them. Did you say whether your kids were in school? I think you said they were toddlers. If they are in day care or school, try to plan your work around that. And of course, benefits, in addition to the health, sick days, and vacation, etc., a lot of facilities will reimburse tuition to nursing students who have a year in on the job.
  13. I was told one time that I had hypothyroidism, for the three month period they spent watching my tyroid levels (they said it was mild and they didn't want to start me on anything yet) I ate about 5000 calories a day and did not gain an ounce. I could not get a straight answer from my endocrinologist about that, but it was probably the most glorious time of my life!
  14. leopold

    Vegetarian being asked to dissect a cat !

    Hey, payback's a b*&%@! :rotfl:
  15. leopold

    About to give up on being a nurse

    Lorel, I was thinking about you while I was waiting for a bus today. Imagine that! And I don't think I really have a good grasp on what you are dealing with in your marriage, but I am going to assume that for the sake of argument, despite this disagreement you have with your husband and his controlling nature, you are committed to this marriage. I think you have placed yourself in a position where you feel that either you do as your husband says or you get a divorce. I'm not sure if that's your only option. Have you considered that you and your husband are equals and that if you set your sites on nursing school and jump through all the hurdles (and believe me, there is not a one of us out there who hasn't had to jump through some major hurdles, including cantankerous husbands) and just tell him that's the way it's going to be, then maybe, after some uproar, he just might settle down and accept it? I guess there's a possibility he will decide to get a divorce, but that's HIS decision, not yours. If you don't want a divorce and he doesn't want a divorce then the two of you have come to a crossroad and it's time for you to take a stand. Honestly, it WILL happen at some point in your marriage. Maybe for some other reason. It happens to all of us. Might as well do it now. Just a thought. :)
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    Vegetarian being asked to dissect a cat !

    Come to think of it, we did have to dissect a person for A&P, well actually assist one and handle all the organs and put them back. I must have pushed that one back into some far off corner of my brain.