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  1. cupcakeluver

    New ortho nurse

    I'm a new ortho nurse...with about 4 months experience. I've been off orientation for a little over 2 months. I work the weekend night shift rotation and there's usually just me and one other nurse. Sometimes this works out great if there's not many patients...other times it's crazy hectic and I have 9 patients. We have no cna's on weekend/nightshift. I agree with previous posters about clustering things together. I start the shift by trying to organize tasks and plan accordingly. It doesn't always work out that way but it does help. And it really is true....you get better with time. I'm still slow but I'm much better than when I first came off orientation! Bathroom trips are the most time-consuming for me. I've learned to help someone get situated and make sure they can reach the call light. Then I have them call me when they're ready. That freed up a lot of extra time. Good luck. Most days, I really like my job. Wishing you the best.
  2. cupcakeluver

    What I wish my nursing students knew...

    I managed to read it! I think something got messed up with your colors. At any rate.....great post!! I am a nursing student set to graduate in 15 days. It has been a crazy long and difficult journey. I have had some amazing instructors and some not so great. I love to hear the instructor's viewpoint! It's good to know that most of you guys are on our side. I think I knew that anyways. I enjoyed reading! I'm sure your students know that you are one of the good ones.
  3. cupcakeluver

    What It Means to Me

    Awesome article! I really enjoyed reading it. Best wishes for good news in May.
  4. cupcakeluver

    Getting over a med error, what now?

    I made a med error in clinical recently as well. Your post describes how I'm feeling exactly. It just stays in your head. I don't have any advice. I just wanted to let you know you aren't alone. As far as the instructor comment.....it was a super simple mistake I made. She trusted me to handle a simple task. Something I should have been able to do without problem. The fact that I let her down just makes the situation even worse.
  5. cupcakeluver

    Transitioning from lab to clinicals!

    At least you appear confident to others. That's a skill in and of itself. It's something I struggle with personally. Nobody wants an uncertain nurse providing care. As far as easing the transition, there's not a whole lot you can do. It's one of those things that just requires time and experience. I'm a 3rd semester student and I still get nervous and I still make my fair share of silly mistakes. My best advice is to follow safety procedures (like you did with checking the insulin with another nurse). Those procedures are in place to help prevent those silly mistakes, even after you've gained some experience. Know those safety precautions front and back. Also, be prepared for clinical. Make sure you know your meds, including related issues or labs. It's important to know how they work and what that means for your patient. Can this med cause bleeding? Do you have parameters to hold it? Are there labs that correlate with the med? That's what preplanning is all about. You'll be starting off slow in 1st semester. They won't just throw you in there. First semester is mainly about learning how to properly assess your patient, which can be just as difficult as preparing medicines. I'm sure you'll do great. Give it your best effort. Good luck!!!
  6. cupcakeluver

    What do you consider to be your worst semester?

    I don't really like this quote but it does make me feel better!! This is my next to last semester. I've kinda became psycho with all the stress. Glad to know you made it through. Maybe I can too!!!!
  7. cupcakeluver

    What do you consider to be your worst semester?

    Senior student here....3rd semester currently. This one has been my absolute worst. I'm struggling with clinicals when I've never had any trouble before. The tests are total nightmares. I barely get sleep and someone else is taking care of my kids most of the time. This is just my experience. You may think 3rd semester is a breeze. I'm just praying to make it 7 more months to graduation.
  8. cupcakeluver

    How do you feel about care plans?

    I hate care plans. I understand that it's a necessity and enables one to connect the dots and apply the nursing process. I'm just not sure how much it enforces those connections. It really hits home for me when I actually see the patient and the symptoms in real life. I'm sure care plans have helped to facilitate that recognition. They still suck. Hopefully it will serve me well when I begin my career.
  9. cupcakeluver

    Need help with a careplan

    I think ineffective coping is a good one. Your others are good too. Attempting suicide is not using effective coping though so.....yeah. Every instructor likes their diagnoses a particular way. Even in my own program. I think you have some solid ideas. Hope your instructor thinks so too!!
  10. cupcakeluver

    First clinical competency was a disaster

    Good comments and advice from the previous posters. I'm a crier myself. I get so upset and stressed out with school stuff. Sometimes that makes me even more nervous. It's a viscious cycle. I've always made it through. I only have 10 more clinical days this semester. My freak outs haven't held me back so far. I do try extremely hard not to cry in front of people. I've only got teary-eyed in front of other people twice (once was a check off with an instructor). In reality, I've had to go to the bathroom many times to cry and get calmed down. So that's my advice. If you feel yourself losing it, get somewhere private. Nursing school is a lot of pressure. It's very stressful. Some days are better than others. I think everyone has meltdowns at one point or another. You're not alone. I don't think you should apologize. Your teachers seemed to understand you were nervous. Just let it go. Work hard to show them you are capable. Hold your head up and do the best you can. That's all any of us can do. Good luck!
  11. cupcakeluver

    New Grad 5 days orientation

    I'm just a student....set to graduate in May. I don't have any advice to offer. To the OP...please come back and update about how things turned out. I wish you the best of luck and hope things work out for you. To the other posters....thanks so much for all your comments and advice. It's helpful to get an idea of how things work. I've gleaned a lot of useful information for when I'm starting that first elusive job. I just wanted to say thanks and I appreciate the comments.
  12. cupcakeluver

    First nursing school A!!!!

    Yay for you!!! I definitely know how hard it was to get that A. You earned it!! Congrats!
  13. cupcakeluver

    Next Semester Is My Last!

    I wish I would have known how hard it was. For some reason I kept trying to convince myself that it was going to be easier. I've passed 2 semesters. It has to be a little better now, right? Nope. Not even a little bit. If anything it's crazy harder. I've never studied so much in my life. On the other hand, experience is on your side and you have better time management skills. It is doable. I pulled a 92 on my endocrine test and I was so happy I cried. My advice is to give it your all and study your butt off. It can be done but it certainly takes a fair amount of effort. Don't let the senioritis get you. I see it with a lot of people this go around. I still have one semester left...leadership and OB. Push hard to the finish line. You can do it!!!
  14. cupcakeluver

    So careless!

    I live in mortal fear of doing this. It happened to a girl in my class. Could happen to anyone.
  15. cupcakeluver

    First Semester Nursing Student

    It's hard in the beginning. It's hard in the middle. I'm assuming it will be hard in the few months before I graduate in May. Nursing school is hard. The good news is that you get better. You learn. You figure out a good study schedule. You get a routine. While it's still hard, it's not so overwhelming. When you get a good grade on a test (or even just pass a test), it makes the hard work worth it. It's those little successes that make up for the miserable times. I'm looking forward to my graduation as being the ultimate reward for all my hard work and dedication. They say it's worth it.....I hope so. So far, I've been amazed by how far I've come. If nursing is for you, you will feel that wonder as well. Eventually. Good luck.
  16. cupcakeluver

    Stress Relief

    Heather.....what's up with failing our first test ever? I failed my first test ever this semester as well. I've been extremely worried about it. I've even made a thread. I know it had to be hard for you too. It does make me feel a little better that a smart capable person has had a rough go of it as well. I've read many of your posts and I know you're a good student. My kids have been acting out as well. Sometimes I wonder if it's because I'm gone so much and studying all the time. I don't blame you for breaking out the big guns on the lying. You have to teach your kids right. My stress relief is focusing on the countdown until graduation. I'm counting it as 7 months since October is almost here. Yes, it's a little delusional. It makes me feel better though. I hope you've won your battle against the fleas!!