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Nursing Student - Married - 33 - No social life because my nose stays stuck in a book, but I love every minute of it and I can't wait to actually start my career.

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    Galen Louisville Roll Call July 2014

    I'm still here, just lurk more than I post. Still at Galen. We also just got our ACEN accreditation; I got the email about it yesterday. This is a good program, but it's hard, it's also an accelerated program. The staff are really nice and always open to answer questions. Good luck!
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    Low cost/Free Physical Exam, Immunization?

    I'm not sure about the Health Departments where you live, but that's where I got most of my immunizations done throughout my entire life. Family was skirting the poverty line growing up and a lot of my immunizations as a child were free. Now as an adult, I went through them for my Hep B series and TDAP, it has been free thus far. I don't know if it's still going on, but when I started going a few months ago to update my immunizations there was a special government program or something going on where if you took a small survey you could get some of your immunizations for free. Health Departments are generally where a lot of people who are low-income or new mothers go. Even if they couldn't help you, your local Health Dept. might be able to point you in the right direction. Also unsure if they do physicals for adults. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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    NANDA Diagnosis

    I've been in school for about 4 weeks now, and I'm reading your post going "I know that! I know it!" I'm such a nerd. It's just really nice when someone explains something so well, that even a newbie student learner can understand. Thanks pmabraham for making my morning :)
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    Nurses, Say Thank You to Ebola Nurses, Patients, Those Speaking Out

    Thank you to all the nurses everywhere who put themselves in danger every day for the sake of others. Thank you for your bravery and your willingness to care for the sick and injured. I hope and pray that Amber and Nina get better soon. Men and women who give of themselves daily to care for me, my family and others are the reason why I chose to go into Nursing for my profession.
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    When A Nurse Needs A Doctor.....

    I haven't been in this situation yet, but it would seem to me that if you already have an established relationship (friendship, work with them etc) with a doctor or surgeon or even the other nurses, you would get better care from the people who already know you and respect you and your work. They may make sure that they take extra good care of you, give you more explanations, and make you more comfortable if you already know them. I've had run ins with doctors (I think everyone has) who just make you feel like a number, but I would think you wouldn't have to worry about that if you already had a respectable working relationship with them prior to your medical experience with them. If I got pregnant I'd be high risk, and I'd most definitely want my OB/GYN to be someone I worked with, just in case something bad happens. But I do understand those of you who would rather keep it separate, I can see your points there too. I think in the end you just have to weigh your situation out with pros vs. cons of having your colleagues know your medical issues.
  6. The absolute worst are the instructors who have the canned ppt's and then talk above your head about every little thing in class. No explanation given, look at you like you have 5 heads when you ask a question, after saying "please ask questions...etc etc" and then treating you like an idiot AFTER looking at you like you have 5 heads when you finally DO ask a question. UGH - sorry, I really had to get that out there. I've been bottling that up for weeks. I really do like the online learning systems like blackboard and canvas, as a SUPPLEMENTAL tool for classroom teaching (unless obviously you're online only). But when you can pretty much get the sum total of the class by going over the power point lectures, and then hear the same thing the next day in class, verbatim, it makes me wonder wth I'm spending my money for.
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    To Nursing Students from a Clinical Instructor

    New nursing student here, I am also holding on to this for dear life. Thanks so much for posting this :)
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    2nd health care worker gets Ebola at TX Hosp

    I agree batmik, I feel all those things too. They don't say it was a nurse but like RN2B123 I'd almost bet that it is. The hospitals and initial organizations need to be taking care of those who are taking care of the sick, a.k.a. nurses. That poor lady flew the day before she knew she was sick too, from Cleveland-Dallas. The CDC, WHO need to up their game.
  9. I love how they keep saying "she wore a mask, gloves, a gown" etc., super vague references but they don't list the type of PPE she had on in detail. Was it a surgical N95 mask? Was it sealed to her face? Was she triple gloved? Did she have a flimsy yellow gown on or was it like a TyChem gown that's coated so things can't seep through? Of course they're not going to give details, because then they won't be able to point the blame at the poor nurse who was just trying to do her job the best she could with what she had. I don't care who you are, if you're caring for an infectious disease patient, you don't just "forget" that they're ID and lapse on protocol. I'd bet she was so scared she made sure she did everything right. This nurse didn't fail, the hospital and CDC failed her. So sad.
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    Nursing and Anxiety

    Thank you, this is what I was looking for.
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    Nursing and Anxiety

    Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your kind words. I was really looking more for information about how it would affect my future in nursing employment wise. I know that I definitely need to go talk to someone, and I plan to, I just wanted to know how and/or if it could possibly come up with an employer and if it did, am I legally obligated to tell them? The mental health professionals that I have seen in my city haven't really done me much good. I've seen 2, 1 psychiatrist and 1 psychologist. The psychiatrist just kept upping my Zoloft and tried to give me blood pressure meds for the physical symptoms of anxiety (which I thought were dangerous to take after a warning from my Pharmacist so I never bothered with them). She had me on almost 200mg of Zoloft/day and it just felt like too much and it wasn't helping after a while. The psychologist wanted me to read a book and come back to her weekly at 40.00 per visit and I just couldn't afford it at the time. I have an outlet, in terms of a group like therapy, but it's a non-professional situation and sometimes things just get to be too much and I wonder about trying the professional route again. But I'm really concerned how it could affect my employment opportunities in the future. I didn't think it was legal for an employer to ask you things like "Are you currently being treated for mental health issues?" or the like, but I'm pretty ignorant on those laws. Just wondering if anyone had any personal experiences dealing with management/potential employment and currently being treated for anxiety.
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    Nursing and Anxiety

    I've suffered with anxiety and depression for a very long time now, since my early 20's at least, and I'm now 33. I'm only in Nursing school, and we haven't had our first clinical round yet, but there's been something that's making me feel like I'm stuck in a box and I really couldn't think of a better place to ask than AN. So here goes; I need treatment for this, I've tried dealing with it on my own, and I think the added stress of school is making things worse for me. I'm not breaking down, but I'm starting to feel like I've got things "less handled" than before. If I seek treatment, and that treatment includes prescription medicine, will that haunt me down the road when I'm looking for a job? Do employers ask about your mental health? Does school typically ask before you start clinical? I've tried doing my own "Googling" and a lot of the information I am finding is old. A lot of it also seems very biased towards just keeping it a secret and lying if you're ever asked. Is that the way to deal with something like this? Obviously I am not going to wear a scarlet letter "rx" on my forehead, however, I need this feeling of being boxed in to disappear. I know that the nursing profession is anxiety ridden. I know that it gets crazy sometimes and with staff to patient ratios being what they are in most places, the 12 hour shifts aren't always enough to get things done. I know nursing can be a crazy anxious career choice. But it is my choice. It's what I've dreamed of doing for so long. I don't mind the work. I don't mind the study, the lack of a social life, the lack of sleep, the lack of even finding time to pee without thinking of body parts and medicine and grams and liters and on and on. I really enjoy being busy, and I enjoy learning everything I can. I honestly don't know where the anxiety is coming from, seeing as how I don't think it's the homework and studying. Typically (and I know a lot of people are this way) it's from me not seeing how things are going to work out in my head. And I know that people really can't ever tell how things are going to turn up, but I'm not a "normal" person, I can't just shrug it off, I obsess over it, panic and freak and can't shut my mind off. So how do I proceed? I know I need to get help, even if drugs aren't involved (which I'd rather to be honest) but I don't want this haunting me down the road. I don't want to be passed over for a job because I sought treatment for anxiety. What do you all think? Should I? Shouldn't I? What should I be preparing myself for in regards to my future nursing career? What would you do if you were me?
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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    Thanks for clearing that up Mass. I guess the guy vomited all over the side walk at his sister/girlfriend whoever's apartment complex too while waiting for the ambulance. There's some body fluid nastiness for you. Wonder if they ever got that cleaned up properly.
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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    So I've been doing some digging. Trying to remain factual, but I'm not going to lie, my head can't help but to do the "what if" dance, every time I see someone from over there dying, who's traveled. I'll try to lay it all out without jumping all over the place, please bear with me. 9/16- Duncan's sister dies from Ebola 9/19- Duncan leaves Liberia, and goes to Brussels, then Washington, headed for Dallas 9/20- Duncan arrives in Dallas 9/26- Duncan goes to an ER and complains he's not feeling well and has come from Liberia (nurse fails to communicate) Duncan sent home 9/28- Duncan is picked up by ambulance and taken back to the same hospital he went to previously. 9/30- Is proven to have Ebola So this guy was flying while infected. They say that because he was showing no symptoms he wasn't contagious, so people on the planes are fine. It's only the time from 9/26-9/28 that we need to worry about according to the news and CDC. They say there was about 18 people he came into contact with, and they're all being monitored. Schools have sent out letters to parents, schools are being wiped down and cleaned. Now some news sites are saying that United Airlines is trying to get in contact with people who flew on the same flights as this man because it is now released that he flew in from Brussels to Washington Dulles on his way to Dallas. Why are they trying to find the passengers who flew with him if he wasn't symptomatic? Just to make sure? That's great but they have repeatedly said it's not a droplet transmission and there's no risk until symptoms show. Weird. There's absolutely 0 reason that we should be accepting flights from affected countries. The world is too mobile these days, and as such much smaller than it used to be. This sort of thing while we can possibly deal with in a correct and safe manner in trickles, does not lend itself well with the shape our hospitals are in when it comes to people being infected in droves. In my mind it's a recipe for disaster, and that's not being a sensationalist. There's 0 reason we should be risking the lives of the people here at home, and our already overworked medical professionals. While our level of care here is better than a third world country obviously, we're just not ready to take on the kind of numbers that something like this could possibly bring if it gets out. So why bother even testing the waters? They wanna bring back sick workers being monitored from Liberia to here and expecting them and knowing where they're going to put them and preparing for them beforehand? Fine. That I'm not crazy about, but I can handle that a whole lot better than the idea of every sick African who thinks the USA is now a magical place of ZMAPP cures and lollipops hopping a plane to our shores because they think their life is worth risking millions and our government agreeing with them. I just don't understand.
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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    So if she can do that, in such close proximity to those infected and not die herself, why are the healthcare workers getting infected and dying from treating the sick? Is it the sheer number of infected? Is it fatigue? It can't be said that it's poor equipment. This girl saved her family minus 1 and didn't get herself infected using trashbags and stockings and gloves, far from the moonsuits and space gear that the actual healthcare workers sent there are getting. And good for her, she's a nursing student! Even though 1 died and things were very trying for her, she pulled through and so did the majority of her family. Pretty uplifting, hopefully they can learn a thing or two from her!
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    Nursing and the Ebola Virus

    And now there's a CDC map of quarantine stations being set up in the United States ( Quarantine Station Contact List, Map, and Fact Sheets | Quarantine | CDC ) also a new Executive Order signed by the President stating a " Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases ". http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/31/executive-order-revised-list-quarantinable-communicable-diseases There's a man in the UK right now who was on a flight with another man who had Ebola. That man who had Ebola is now dead, they are testing the guy from the UK now to see if he has it (haven't seen word of the results). My concern is this virus has already mutated. This outbreak has been going on since February, it's now August. If Ebola is only transmissible via bodily fluids then why are they now looking for 30,000 people ( How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: Health officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim - as Nigerian film star sparks outrage by fleeing Africa first-class in an Ebola mask | Mail Online ) who could potentially have contracted the virus. 30,000 people didn't get this from transmission of bodily fluids. There's something in me that feels like this virus has gone partially airborne or it's now more easily transmissible than before and it's contagious before people become symptomatic. To be honest this whole thing scares the bejeezus out of me. I know some websites like to fear monger about this sort of thing, but I honestly believe the media hasn't been as "on top of it" as it could and should have been. The containment of this virus via the WHO and the African government should have been on the ball back in February and honestly, even though I don't like to see people go without care, I just can't justify bringing these people back to American soil and risk the lives of billions..for two people. I know it sounds really crappy and people can go ahead and dislike my opinion as they see fit. Containment and quarantine are only as good as the people running and overseeing it. Humans are human and we all make mistakes. The CDC has been known to make plenty, even recently, I don't have much trust for them with a virus that's not curable, barely treatable and with such a high mortality rate.