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Lori215 RN

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Lori215 is a RN and specializes in ICU, neuro ICU.

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  1. Lori215

    Nursing Student Working At A Hospital

    I worked as a CNA (for 6 months) before nursing school and then what they called a "nurse extern" in the ICU during third and fourth semester of nursing school. I also did my fourth semester preceptorship (or practicum) in ICU. After graduation I landed an RN position (in a different hospital) in neuro ICU. I think it helps them to know that you have SOME idea of what goes on in a hospital/unit and you're not going to take a job and quit a year later because you hate it! It also gives you more experience to draw from during your interview which is great, and most interviewers want to hear situational stories and how you resolved them. I wouldn't trade my experience for the world! I think it helped tremendously in my case. :)
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    CNA: Best Career Path To Becoming A Nurse

    So it has been two years since I wrote this post and I thought I would update you guys... I passed my NCLEX in late June and just accepted a job as a new grad in the Neuro ICU at a Level 1 trauma hospital! Dreams do come true!
  3. Thank you KatieMI. I was hoping someone who has recently been through the process would chime in. So from what you are saying, do you think a BSN from a university would keep my options more open than one from a state college? Or is it strictly GPA and where you obtained your credits doesn't matter? In your program it seems like it mattered where your classes were taken. I know from personal experience that my grades have been much better at the state college level than at the university level, so if it is just GPA I will probably stick it out here.
  4. An interesting point. I suppose that would depend on the specialty one chooses for NP/grad school. I am not concerned about BSN school rankings, I was asking if NP schools are Can you blame me for wanting to keep my options as wide open as possible?
  5. Luckily the RN program at my school is highly regarded in our county (Palm Beach State College.) Our RN-BSN program, however, is very newly nationally accredited, but that shouldn't matter I don't think. Someone has to be in the early years of a program, right? I guess I'm just wondering if it came down to it would they take someone with a BSN from Palm Beach State or from the University of Florida for example. But from what everyone is saying, it shouldn't matter.
  6. I meant state schools (as in state and community colleges) compared to public universities that are definitely accredited, but I understand what you're saying. I would never go to a private school, I agree it is a waste of money in most cases. I'm not someone digging myself into 100k of debt for no reason. I left a great university to avoid unnecessary debt once I realized I couldn't pursue nursing there! And I like to think so too, that GPA and experience would matter more. Thanks for your response.
  7. Hi everyone, I am graduating next year with an ASN and will be deciding where I want to further my degree with an RN to BSN program. I go to a state college and we have an accredited RN to BSN program, but I am wondering for the future whether NP programs give a look at where your BSN came from? I don't know what kind of NP or graduate school I will want to pursue just yet, but I don't want to have any doors closed on me. Would it put me at a disadvantage to have a state college BSN vs. a university BSN or does that not matter in the slightest? Thanks!
  8. It was January 27th and I was just beginning my second semester of nursing school. I had been assigned two very "easy" self-care patients and found myself aimlessly roaming the halls as my professor approached me. "Would you mind going and helping K with her bed bath? She could really use more hands in there" Ugh, another bed bath. Another bottom wiping, backbreaking bed bath. Isn't it time for IV's, shots, and med passes now? So reluctantly I went into the room. When I opened the door, I expected to see a patient like the others, finishing her breakfast and awaiting her bath. Instead, I saw a motionless, flaccid body in a bed, breathing through an opened mouth entirely filled with scabs and dried blood. She truly was a hospice patient. It was unlike anything I had ever seen, even with my experience as a CNA in long term care facility. The woman was gaunt, toothless, and wouldn't respond to any verbal stimuli. After a moment of awe and anxiety, we began our bath. My fellow student and I wet our washcloths and did our best to remove the crust from this poor woman's eyes. She let out little moans but did not speak. Her body was tight and she grimaced as we washed her face and began to wash her body down. And then something abruptly changed. As we finally removed the crust from her eyes, they popped WIDE open and I saw the woman staring right at me. I smiled at her and she smiled back. I couldn't believe it. This same, lifeless woman who just moments ago wouldn't respond to her name is now awake and aware of her surroundings. All this came just from a silly little bath? My fellow student and I continued washing the patient, and as we combed her hair she let out a little "ow" and jokingly, with a smile on her face and a little chuckle, shook her fist at my colleague. Was she really playing with us? This same woman who moments ago was unresponsive? We asked her to turn on her right side. Immediately her left arm came over and she was helping us roll her over. She understood everything we asked her to do. Of my moments as a CNA and a nursing student, this is the type where I am left walking on air and more confident than ever in my decision to become an RN. No matter how hard, bad, or boring your day is, the smallest gesture of warmth and kindness can change a patient's entire day and make them truly believe that they are still cared for in this world. All this woman needed was a little attention and love to bring back her spark in her most dismal moments of life. It is easy to forget that even as a nurse our duty to our patients is simple. Make them comfortable and help them feel better. Whether that is giving medication, an IV, or a simple bed bath, the outcome is the same. It is hard to think that I cannot change the previous care that this woman received (which was obviously lacking based on her condition), but it is enlightening to know that because of my presence today, she is now just a little more comfortable and obviously happier. For the rest of the day, I kept overhearing staff members say, "Have you seen the patient in 222 today? I have never seen her smile!"
  9. Lori215

    Why do I nearly pass out?

    Thank you, I more so was putting out my feelers to see if this is relatively normal as a new member of the healthcare industry than actually seeking medical advice. It really doesn't happen frequently but then again, I am not exposed to high stress situations frequently. I will see my doctor, thanks!
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    PBSC Spring 2015 Nursing

    It took well over a month for fall this year. I heard this is part of the reason they are getting rid of the healthcare experience point... it took too long to verify them since people were apparently forging the documents to get the point.. It was definitely stressful!
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    HESI A2

    Have you tried the evolve book? (elsevier.) It is great for the ALL other sections (including the sciences), but unfortunately not anatomy. I got in the high 90's on everything except anatomy. If I had more time I might have gone deeper in to one of those cliff notes anatomy review books, but I got the score I needed from the other sections and didn't have to redo it luckily. The anatomy from that book just wasn't quite deep enough. I also recommend studying your glands and what is secreted from each of them. That seemed to show up a lot on my test.
  12. Lori215

    Why do I nearly pass out?

    I was always the kid who was the first to cut the frog open in biology, so why do I nearly pass out whenever I feel a little bit of adrenaline or stress in the clinical setting? The first time I experienced this I was a CNA and was called to a patients room by his wife who witnessed him fall on the floor head first from his wheelchair (and unsurprisingly, there was a lot of blood involved.) I'm not sure whether it was the sight of blood, or just the stress of the situation, but on came the tinnitus, tunnel vision, and cold sweat. Luckily, I sat down or I would have joined him on the floor. The second time was just a few days ago. In clinicals I got to visit the GI lab and watch a few endoscopys and colonoscopys. It was so cool! I loved seeing the anatomy of the throat with that high definition camera. And then the doctor started grabbing at the polyps and pulling them off... Again, on came the tunnel vision, nausea, and cold sweat. I sat down again in time, but HOW embarrassing is that? In front of a Doctor, RN, and CRNA. They were so nice about it, but it was still mortifying. So my fellow nurses/nursing school friends, has this every happened to you? How can I avoid this from happening? My blood pressure is relatively low generally and I am not a huge breakfast eater (in fact that morning I only had instant breakfast and the nurse made me drink an OJ before I went in). Is this in response to something that I can help or will it just take me time to train my body to these (mentally) stressful situations? I insisted on going back for the rest of the procedures and I seemed to be fine (the nurse told me to wiggle my legs to help keep my blood pumping, which seemed to help.) I was reassured by the doctor performing the endoscopy that in his second year of med school he passed out watching a liver surgery, so I have some hope that this may happen to the lot of us (or maybe he was just being really nice ). Any advice would help! I really try to be as tough as possible, so I hate that my body won't let me in these situations!
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    CNA: Best Career Path To Becoming A Nurse

    Good question! This is one of the reasons it was very hard for me to come to terms with the decision to leave. I had it in my mind (which was probably instilled by my successful family) that if I didn't go to a University, EVERYONE would think I had failed. My mother was very supportive of me leaving because she knew that I would find another way into nursing school (she has always been very supportive), so immediate family was never the problem. Extended family (which we are very close with) I haven't actually heard a word from about it, though I can only imagine what they may be thinking. I'm trying not to care what though, because I know in the end a little success will prove them wrong! Especially if I pursue higher degrees in nursing (which I plan to.) Then they will surely be biting their tongues.
  14. You definitely will! That's all I meant by my post. My first day of CNA training I seriously couldn't believe all the disgusting and seemingly invasive things I was going to have to do. It very quickly became second nature, though, and I am very young and have never had experience with "gross" things (such as having to change babies or take care of an older parent.) If I could get over it, anyone can!
  15. Lori215

    CNA: Best Career Path To Becoming A Nurse

    Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂
  16. Unfortunately I believe this professor has been around for a while... And I always get the same response from fellow students when I mention who I have for clinicals.... "UGH, I'm sorry". I don't know how this hasn't been resolved already.