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Animal House R.N.

Animal House R.N. ADN, CNA, LVN

Geriatircs/Rural Hospitals
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Animal House R.N. has 23 years experience as a ADN, CNA, LVN and specializes in Geriatircs/Rural Hospitals.

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  1. Nursing school was not the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was a close third. The most difficult part for me was going from LVN to RN and changing some of my thinking. But I think for you, the thing that made it easier is you did not let it take up your whole life. Either you are very confident person or ..... There were a lot of people who told me "I don't see how you do it." Because I was working full time, have a family, with more issues than most. But the most important thing is if you can help someone with ideas or something else do it. You never know what someone else is fighting.
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    How old were you when you started nursing school?

    Finished the CNA program at 19, cma at 20, LVN at 21, Rn ADN at 44, and hopefully my BSN at 46. We are like fine wine, sometimes we just need to age a little.
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    Nursing in the Age of Social Media: Paging Dr. Google

    We continue to educate to the best of our abilities. We mourn the patients we lose and go on. Part of the problem I have seen is that no matter what we do or how we do it, people still have free will and at times we have to remind ourselves of this.
  4. Animal House R.N.

    The Job Interview Question

    or waited a year and then got a new job after graduating R.N. school
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    Chocolate Therapy

    A poem one of my children wrote about our dog. There once was a dog named Spartacus, who had a disease named fartacus; and now he lives apart from us. Enjoy. lol
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    Blinn Bryan LVN transition

    yes I went to Blinn. I had to work full time and go to school. I did not have all A's. They have been changing things around. Check with teachers often. Do what you need to and be respectful of teachers and you will be fine.
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    What do you eat during your shifts?

    ok. I have the same problem. A lot of times when you eat at night it is because you are tired. I have found high protein helps. Tuna fish, boiled eggs, high fiber rice crisps, oranges, and bananas. Also up your water intake, because none of drink enough water. Umm....cheese sticks and sausage sticks of some kind, like bison or turkey. Hope this helps.
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    Nursing school sucks!

    There are two ways to look at it. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. or if that does not work for you: Embrace the suck.
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    What HARD truth have you learned once you became a nurse and/or CNA?

    Burn out is hard to deal with. Just because your a nurse does not mean when your child is diagnosed as bipolar at a young age you handle it any better. Good C.N.A.'s are worth their weight in gold. Going back to school in your forties is not easy. Some days winging is only way to go. Your grades are not who you are as a nurse.
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    May the Nurse's Force Be With You

    I have had to chase my oldest daughter around the room and one year it took her father and I both to hold her down for her flu shot. My favorite memory though was I had this really tough looking rancher in and had to give him an Ancef shot. He was trying to insist that I give it in his arm and I refused and told him to "drop the pants, you don't have nothing I've never seen, sir." He dropped the pants and I gave the ancef shot. After that he promptly screamed out "My butts on fire" to which his wife began to giggle. I thought I was going to have to pick both of them up off the floor.
  11. Animal House R.N.

    Make It STOP!

    oh yeah. Remember LPN's are just hand maidens. (sarcasm at it's finest.)
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    Blinn Bryan LVN transition

    I am hoping to transition into RN program next summer. I've had several people tell me not to take it at Bryan and try to take the program somewhere else. And one of the ladies is a very active and in the know nurse. Is it worth it? Can it be passed? I've retaken A and P at Blinn this last semester and barely passed it. Where as I took the class somewhere else ten years and go and made an A. I've been an LVN for twenty years and don't mind working my butt off.
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    I'm Not Flaky, Lazy, Or Stupid...

    Thank you for this article. I have been told not to be so open with my adhd. I still have issues with feeling I am not doing my best. I am so lucky I found my husband. He calls my ability to go back to a conversation from much earlier left turn off the freeway. I drive him crazy over the car keys, I amaze him over my abilities to multitasks with our teenage girls. My bosses have told me I am an excellant nurse, organized ( I laughed at this), and I deal with everything with calm, driven ability. Yes the bluntness gets us in trouble. But I've come to the realization, that me being me is good. I'm blunt, cannot read social cues, and have higher standards that I have hold everybody to and that is ok.
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    What should the nurse-patient ratio be in long-term care facilities?

    Right now I work 12 hour night shift with 39 patients. Om Mon and tues nights there are orders left over from where the nphas been in the facility. I think that 30 would be much better. I also have a med pass that last from 6 to 9 pm.
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    Orienting as a new nurse

    There will be times that it happens. Voice your concerns and if you stll have to do it, then just show that nurse what you know. Is never fun but this too shall pass.
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    I give in, I'm a COB

    I have done this job in multiple states and have been doing for what seems like way to long some days. So If I do not qualify in years then its what I want to do when I grow up. I do love to teach and I am good at it most of the time. AND I have learned alot from COB's.
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