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    Anterior MI's

    Thanks! I was also reading that the LAD supplies the Bundle of His, and that's why a 2nd degree type 2 and 3 degree are also ominous (not that they'reever good), because it indicates that there is now a defect in the conduction pathway.
  2. NurseMelchi

    ADN vs BSN course load difference?

    So, I was in a sorta similar situation. I worked full time, no kids, both schools are local. The clinicals were easier in the BSN program than the ADN program. The BSN had more papers to write, so if that's your strong point.... The driving you're considering is horrendous. I turned down other programs because of that drive. I do know people who do it, and survive, but, wow that's tough. Your BSN program will be more theory based and the ADN program will be more hands on. As a graduate of the BSN, I say go for that. The extra work you'll have to do will be paper writing at home as opposed to being in the hospital, not that that's really all that great, but..... Nursing school won't prepare you for your career as a nurse anyway, you'll have so much on the job learning that you'll have to do. Personally, I don't think I could have worked full time and done the ADN program. It just required too much time away from my house. Hope this helps a little.
  3. NurseMelchi

    Anterior MI's

    I'm working on my CCRN right now. I graduated in 12/17, and I know I can't sit for it, but I work on a CVU, and I figure I need to know this stuff anyway. I'm working through the EKG interpretations and have come across a segment of my book that says that a RBBB in an anterior MI is an ominous sign, but for the life of me, I cannot figure out why. I am assuming that it has to do with the weakened LV or the fact that a RBBB means that the RV is depolarizing over the LV, O2 demand, and the like, but could someone break it down for me please?
  4. NurseMelchi

    Studying with Hearing Loss and worse yet Chronic Tinnitus

    Thank you llg. I don't have balance issues so much, I get dizzy when I lay down and cock my head at an angle, but really rarely when I walk, and it isn't so bad that I've ever dropped anything. What you went through sounds exactly like what happened to me! I just started working nights, so I have been downing coffee, so that might explain my terrible tinnitus right now. I'll work on cutting it out. The worst part for me is the tinnitus, it drowns put a lot of things, so I'm looking into some help for that, and since my left ear still has some (not much) hearing, I'm going to talk to an otolaryngologist to see about hearing aids. I've actually just realized that humming in a low constant tone helps me control the bottom tone of my tinnitus. If I can take a few minutes to go "meditate" it makes at least that tone to disipate. Other than that it sounds sort of like a dial up computer in my head all the time. There are nurses out there with all sorts of hearing issues, including deaf, so I know I can do this.
  5. So, a couple of years ago I woke up with vertigo. It wasn't alarming at first, but as the day drew on, I got to the point that I couldn't walk without stumbling or banging into walls, and I was havin trouble hearing. I went to the doctor and they said that I had an ear infection and gave me antibiotics... A week later, I was still having issues so they put me on a steroid. A week later, they said I needed to go to ENT. They gave me hearing tests, MRIs, a dizzy test, and some other stuff. Two years later, I still have dizzy spells (though not as severe), and I still have no idea why I can't hear; to top it off, I have tinnitus so loud that I can't hear, even out of the unaffected ear. I have finally resigned to the fact that it is permanent, and I need to get aid(s). The problem I'm having is that now I don't know what to do as far as school is concerned. Do I tell them I'm having issues before I've been declared to have a disability? What about my job? I am a CNA on the cardiac unit (just recently) and I'm worried I won't be able to hear heart beats or take accurate BPs. I love my job, but I'm worried about my pts. I'm in Nursing school, and I didn't consider my hearing that bad till I started working in the hospital, which was after I was accepted the nursing school. Nursing is what I want to do, but it'd be nice to know how others manage. Thanks in advance!