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  2. Hello all! I have a job interview next week for a position as a new graduate nurse in an Advanced Surgical Unit. For the life of me, I have looked everywhere and I can't figure out what kind of patients are cared for in the Advanced Surgical Unit? I have been a Surgical Technologist for the past 25 years and wonder if I will have the knowledge for these patients? Thanks so much for your answers in advance! Happy New Year, PRNADNST
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    How old were you

    I just finished my ADN a week ago and I will be 50 in June. I started at 46. I will be starting my BSN in February 2018. This will be my second career. First one is a Surgical Technologist, I went to school at 23. I have always wanted to be a nurse and can't believe I got the change to make my dream come true. I am so happy I did it. Now I'm off to study for that NCLEX... "It's not the years hon, it's the milage..." Harrison Ford.
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    My Study Tips

    I use flashcards, but only one side of the card. On the cards I write: Disease Pathology or Etiology Signs & symptoms Diagnostic & lab tests Medications Nursing Interventions I like that I can carry them with me and take pictures of them. I like to have them available when I am board at work, or clinicals, or even just standing in line...
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    2017 Med-Surg ATI Advice!!

    I just took my Advanced Med/Surg ATI this past Wednesday. We are converting to ATI from HESI at my college. I have taken both. I would say if you are doing well in the class you should do well on the exam. I was passing my Advanced Med/Surg course and had our final exam on Tuesday before the ATI. My brain wouldn't let me study before ATI on Tuesday night, I had been hitting my Iggy Med/Surg book pretty hard for the past 3 weeks for the final. I also made flashcards with Patho, signs/symptoms, diagnosis & lab tests, & nursing interventions on them for diseases. I only use one side of the card. I used the larger flashcards, small ones don't have the room for all that info, I like the fact you could take flash cards anywhere and if your board you can just look at them and you can even take pics for your phone to look at. I looked over some of the conditions/diseases I thought were harder for me to understand, I also watched videos (YouTube) on the subjects that I couldn't grasp so well. I would make a note of what medications your ATI book has listed, they seemed to be different than our class book, the names were different but the drug classes weren't. Look over your syllabus to see what you should cover and be sure to know about everything thing in your syllabus because usually they don't test on subjects not covered. I only read the ATI Med/Surg book to study for the ATI exam & I used Iggy, our recommended Adv. Med/Surg & Med/Surg book for our class exams because our instructor read out of the book in class, & she would read the book for our test questions when we reviewed our exams. In my class, we had to have a passing grade to be able to take our ATI a second time & we had to have a level 2 to pass the class. I am happy to say I passed my class & ATI on the first try with a level 2. Good Luck to you!
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    Working full-time while going to school

    I am in an exelerated ADN program. I work part-time (I am PRN) and go to school full time. I have done it for the last year. I am fortunate that my boss understands me being in school, she's a nurse. I couldn't have done it in my first year because I carried 12-15 credit hours. I am entering Advanced Med/Surg in July and will cut my work hours to 15-20 per week. I work in an outpatient surgery center as a Surgical Technologist. I only work M-F and I take afternoon classes and don't work on my 1 clinical day (10 hrs) & I have class & lab 3 days a week. Most days I work 4 hrs and one day I work 8-10 or whenever we are done. I need to have another outlet to make my brain rest from all the studying & reading. I think it helps me to work because my brain will get rest.
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    Starting nursing school at 37...

    Don't contemplate, do it!
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    Starting nursing school at 37...

    kerri76 Hi! I am 41 and contemplating going back to school to become an RN. Kerri 76, don't contemplate, do it!
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    Starting nursing school at 37...

    I just turned 49 in June & I (hopefully) will be graduating in December this year! Advanced Med/Surg & Transitions... the struggle is real... are the only 2 (really 6 with theory, lab & clinicals) classes I have left in my ADN program... This will be my second career. I presently work in the O.R. as a Surgical Technologist and I have dreamed of becoming a nurse for the past 25 years. We have several other grads who are older then me, a good friend of mine just graduated, she's 60 & one, a Valedictorian, was in his 70's. It has been a long, tired road and it has taken longer than I would have liked, but the key is to finish. You can do it! Life experience (critical thinking) helps in clinicals and really everywhere. Figure out how you learn, form a study group, & read your butt off! Good luck!
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    Favorite Motivational Quote

    Don't forget where you came from
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    Favorite Motivational Quote

    Everyone has a first day
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    Favorite Motivational Quote

    See one, do one, teach one.
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    What's wrong with me?

    Love this post! Thanks to all who posted!
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    Typical week in nursing school?

    At present I am a full time nursing student. I am in an execrated program, ADN. I carry 12 credit hours & will continue until I graduate. At work I'm a Surgical Technologist. I work as much as possible. I have the luxury of having a great boss who can usually help with my schedule. Some weeks I work 4-20 hours a week. My Outpatient surgical facility is only open M-F, no weekends or holidays. I get up most mornings at 4:30 am no matter where I'm going school/work/clinicals. This Quarter's schedule: Monday: *Exam Days, No work. Up at 6:30, School 8:00. Meet with Study Group at 10:00 until 1:00* Up 4:30 Work: 6:30-10:30 10:30-1:30 study/lunch/exercise/travel time Nurse Theory Class: 1:30-5 Home 5:30-11:00 Study/Dinner/chores 11:30 sleep Tuesday: Up 4:30 Nurse Lab/Nurse Theory Class 8:00- 5:00 Home: 5:30-11:00 Study/Dinner/chores 11:30 sleep Wednesday: Up: 4:30 Work: 6:30-? (3:30-5:30) Home: whatever time Study/Dinner/Chores 11:30 sleep Thursday: Up:4:30 Clinical: 6:30- 3:30 Home 4:30-11:00 Study/Dinner/Chores 11:30 sleep Friday: Up: 4:30 Clinical 6:30-4 Home: 4:30-11:00 Study/Dinner/Chores May/June Friday's Up:430 Work 6:30-? (3:30-5:30) Home: whenever... Study/dinner/chores Saturday: Up: 7:00-9:00 Exercise 9:00-10:00 10:00 Shower 10:30a-11:00 Study/Assignments/Chores/dinner... Sunday: Up: 7:00-9:00 Exercise 9:00-10:00 10:00 Shower 10:30a -11:00 Study/Assignments/Chores/dinner... That's my life for the next 12 weeks.... Hope this helps.
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    Nursing Survey

    1. What is your age? 45 to 54 2. What is your gender? Female 3. Are you satisfied with your chosen career choice? Sometimes 4. Do you think you are valued at work? No 5. Do you think attaining higher education will help you advance in your job? Yes, personally I will be able to work as 2 individuals, a circulating nurse & a scrub tech. I would also like to maybe choose another avenue to pursue in nursing. 6. Do you feel you are using your education in your work? Yes 7. Do you think a Bachelors is necessary to advance in Nursing? Other (please specify) I don't think you can work in a hospital these days without signing an agreement to finish your BSN within an allotted amount of time.
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    Maintaining health while in nursing school

    Being in nursing school since 2014, I am also looking for tips and working on ways I can keep my exacerbations in check. I suffer from IBS, & anxiety, and now HTN, that have gotten worse since I started school. I am so out of shape... 2016 was a tough year for me, and I am looking forward to incorporating new healthy ways to adapt to while working a PRN job and being a full-time student. I will be trying to plan how to have more effective ways to study, incorporating exercise, and eating right for 2017. I am thinking of using my treadmill time for listening to my recorded lectures from class. I would love to see if I can incorporate more small meals into my daily plan and even adding a bit of weight training ( I'm over 40, & working on my dream 2nd career) to this plan. I will be following this thread. Happy 2017 everyone!