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    selling ATI books?

    I was just wondering if anyone had success selling their ATI books/DVDs on ebay or elsewhere? I don't want to keep the things and really need a couple bucks. Thanks.
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    dealing with perverted patients

    I am only a nursing student, but have a job at a hospital as a patient care assistant. I float all over the hospital and many times end up being a 1:1 sitter for patients. I can't count the number of times that I have been invited to snuggle up with a patient, asked if my boyfriend would be willing to share, been accused of "peeking" at genitals, asked to "hold" a penis, and heard stories about how large someone is, etc. Now generally I have no reaction to these things, unless someone actually touches me or becomes overly aggressive/graphic. But I don't know if that is the best way to handle things. I have thought about directly stating that I don't want to hear that, none of their business etc. But I also am aware that I am essentially trapped in the room with them and I don't want to give them the perception that their words are making me uncomfortable. Because it appears that many of them would keep at it if I let on and I don't want to escalate anything. It is just weird, that somehow I will tolerate these things because I am at work and these people are sick. Anyone have any thoughts or experiences?
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    6-week summer chem?

    I didn't do a chem class in 6 weeks, but did a biology. I managed it well while working full time. Got an A and This was before I actually applied to NS though. After that I did several courses over the summer (5 weeks) and got awesome grades in all of them. Having only that one class makes it easy to stay concentrated on it. Just don't get lazy unless it is the weekend and you have a bit of time to relax. I always told myself that I could to anything for X number of weeks. Good luck!
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    4.0 all four semesters?

    I don't know to be honest. Not a single person in my class made it through with a 4.0. Our first quarter the highest grade was a B+, so that pretty much made that not possible for everyone. I hope you are able to do it. Study hard and learn what your instructors want. It isn't easy. ps. one of my friends got accepted to Yale's NP program and didn't make a 4.0. You don't have to be "perfect" to get your masters :)
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    Support of students after a code/unusual event

    I got to experience several codes as a student. But they were on my job in the ICU. I worked nights so when someone coded there weren't a 100 med students around so I got to be involved. I watched one, bagged the second, did compressions on the third. I got to help position the patient for intubation, stare as the sats kept dropping with a difficult intubation and actually very loudly said, he is at 32%, we need to bag him now! So I guess exposure is the most important thing. It would have been amazing if during clinical lab instructors actually simulated this. Both a calm code and a chaotic one. Maybe even repeat this over the first year with student actually being the "nurses" in the simulation. I never had any post code debriefing, but I also never actually saw one in clinical. I think you are doing the best thing already by talking to them and leaving the door open to talk about their feelings.
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    HOPKINS: 20 minutes into the show

    I had high hopes about this show. But they fell short. The only reason that I did like it was the real life situations of the patients. And I don't think this will make it in the general public. Not enough drama for them.
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    selling ATI books?

    ATI was helpful in testing, yes. What I hated about the program was the fact that we got graded based on the tests rather than it just being a tool. We did not do virtual ATI.
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    Answer for Uni

    I think of ICU as critcal care and acute care as more of the basic hospital floors. I notice you are in England though so it may not translate.
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    Burning Of The Uniforms.....

    we did the uniform burning and it was awesome. Also burned a copy or two of our leadership book. We had an instructor that was horrid. It was very cathartic. pic of a burning book
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    Are you scared of a dead person?

    when you see dead people it isn't in the morgue (you take them there), so it isn't like movies you see of pulling bodies out of the fridge and such. I don't mind dead people. A lot of times it is actually kinda cool. Most of the ones that I have seen die had a lot wrong with them and they really did look at peace. They very obviously "aren't there" anymore. So in a way there are some I have felt glad for. Now kids dying and random traumas are not cool. Somehow that makes me much more emotional, but still not scary bodies. Just a lot sadder.
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    Sigma Theta Tau?

    yup, it is an awesome thing. Do it!
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    How will I do this...?

    oh wow, that really breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. Spend time with your mom, bring your school junk and do your work there. Go to class/clinicals and spend the rest with her. It's okay to need her too. I am way grown and don't have the greatest relationship with my mom, but I never want to lose her either. Finish up so you can be the kind of nurse that you would want caring for your mom.
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    My hands shake!

    I used to shake a ton. Once I somehow managed to "throw" a syringe when I was trying to draw up a med in front of my instructor. Thankfully it was at the med cart and she didn't give me a hard time. I found mine had a lot to do with performance anxiety. People are watching and I got more nervous. Now I very rarely shake. In emergency situations I don't at all until they are over, I guess the adrenaline takes over. But I shake after (weird). It takes time and building confidence. You can do it. I would just suggest not drawing attention to it by often making fun of yourself about it (one girl in NS did this and it made her seem less competent somehow). I had friends tease me about it and I just laughed and acknowledged it. So I guess don't make it an issue and it won't be as big of an issue. Good luck in NS
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    Student Athletes Nursing

    I would say that it would be close to impossible. One of my friends was a part of the D2 softball team and had to quit so she could complete NS. The time and travel involved in sports will be a hinderance to getting done what you need. The nursing program is very much unaccepting about ANYTHING. You have to be there for clinicals (and gathering the pt info ahead of time). I would guess that sports and nursing is an either/or situation. If you manage to pull it off I will be in awe of you.
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    Working Night Shift and School

    I worked the night shift through school. If my class was scheduled in the afternoon I could get away with sleeping until noon and then going to class. Any earlier, I wouldn't work the night before. Night shift is exhausting especially as a CNA. Make sure school takes priority. And yes, weekends are the best option if you can get that. Good luck
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    May/June 2008 Grads!!

    I graduated on Saturday and had my pinning on monday. such a great freaking feeling!
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    Help pleas

    vap and oral care
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    Fear nursing dx

    it sounds more like anxiety to me. esp if the patient can't sleep
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    Ugh! need topic for Org Theory persuasive paper

    what about those "you've been caught" notes? If an employee sees you doing something above and beyond they write a note and put it up in the staff break room. Also have a similar thing that patients can write for the staff too. A potential way to help motivation and improve morale. good luck
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    Shaking when giving meds!!!!

    I used to always shake when drawing up meds. One time (thankfully the needle was capped) I totally had the syringe fall out of my hands onto the floor. Of course it was right in front of my instructor. Oops, at least she was nice about it. I don't shake anymore. One of the things that I have learned through NS is that act as if. So I act as if I know what I am doing and act as if I am not nervous. And after awhile I started to believe it. Good luck and don't stress about it!
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    Exit exam is OVER!!!!

    congrats! I know how good it feels to have that out of the way.
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    Hypothetical Patient?

    how about chest pain? coughing up blood following a tonsilectomy? one sided weakness? altered loc?
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    For those taking an "Exit Exam" before you graduate...

    I would just like to say that i had my comp predictor test today and passed with a 75% (97th percentile). w00t! It can be done!
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    What do you think?

    nursing school isn't all it is cracked up to be. neither (I have seen) is the actual nursing profession. A year and a half ago I went through hell with an untrue accusation about my group's project. It is what you make of it. Nothing is perfect. My class has been labeled as the troublemakers because we demand our education and want to learn and be active. It is a hard road, but I will graduate in a little less than 2 months. School sucks, but no one can take away your acheivement if you decide to perservere.
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    Graduation Gifts????

    I am getting a few friends this. http://shop.advanceweb.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=1911 or maybe this. http://shop.advanceweb.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=1872