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    Periop 101 Final Exam Advice? (2018 / 2017?)

    This thread is super helpful. Im starting the program in July and it is great to have insight into what is expected and to have access to the study guides. Thank you
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    NCLEX U world

    Keep doing the questions and take a practice. I did a little over half, took one of the predictors. Scored 58%. That puts you in the good zone to pass! 50% is good! I took my NCLEX in 75 questions, 17 SATA and passed. Uworld is great and your scores seem good. Good luck!
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    Is it impossible to get in OR or what?

    I would keep looking. I recently graduated and I have an interview with my hospital for the OR fellowship. It’s an intensive 6 month program. It is a teaching hospital and they take new students and nurses from any specialty. I think if you keep looking or if you’re willing to travel a little farther from your area you could locate a good program. Good luck.
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    Bathroom Breaks

    Unfortunately, this is very common in the district that my children are/were in. My children 26, 19 and 12 all at some point in their school years urinated in their pants because they were not allowed to use the bathroom. By the time it happened to my youngest I was furious. I went right to the teacher and expressed my anger and concern. She subsequently felt horrible and apologized. Needless to say it never happened again. But, I think that was just with my child. The overall school policy has remained unchanged. Attending the district meetings are probably necessary to change policy. But for starters, talking with the teachers may help. Within our school district there are many disadvantaged, poverty level parents. In turn, the kids suffer. Mostly by acting out, misbehaving etc. This I feel, sours the faculty and all the kids pay the consequences of another's misdeeds. My point is just because one kid will act out on a bathroom trip that doesn't mean all will. Its wrong to inflict this "limited bathroom trips" to all. I wish they would change the policies in our district and I wish the best to you and yours.
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    New Grad NICU Question

    I am currently in my last semester of nursing school, so excited to finish! Any who. I worked as a technician in a GI lab for 2 years and I was able to see first hand the role of the nurses there. Personally, I think that it may hinder your chances at nicu. You do not practice anything neonatal in gi. Even on our pediatric days we never saw anyone younger than around 2 years old. You'll be assisting with biopsies at times and injecting meds for the doc. There are some other responsibilities, but none that will assist with a position in nicu. And its mostly charting. I would recommend pediatrics or emergency. Peds you will deal with babies, not so much neonates, but its better than Gi. Emergency you will see all. Again babies and peds, not really neonates. I still think that those are better options than going to gi, if you have the hopes of being a future nicu nurse. I hope that helps. Good Luck!
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    February 2018 Caption Contest - Win $100!

    Just another day in the GI lab.
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    Can i bee a nurse if ...?

    The sciences are hard no matter what. But what makes someone "good" in sciences? In my opinion, everyone can be good in the sciences, it's just a matter of studying enough. You may have to work a little harder than some but that doesn't mean you can't do it and excel. I also am currently in nursing school, I am almost 40 and I am married with three children. It's all time management and organization. If you can do that you've already set a good foundation for your nursing career. Keep going, your not wasting your time. Good luck!
  8. I am currently half way through nursing school, my experience includes: CNA in geriatric and hospital setting(20 years between the 2) also non sterile operative procedures such as oral surgery(out patient) and endoscopy. Literally from one end to the other,lol! When I started nursing school I transferred from endoscopy to the ED( because of the need for evening shift and the interest in trauma!). Although my position is that of an emergency tech, it has offered me great insight into what the nurses experience in the emergency department on a daily basis. Long story short, it's not for me. Its chaotic (I realize the OR could be too), messy, unpredictable and very unorganized. Coming from doing scheduled procedures(endoscopy, oral surgery) I really miss the regimen of those processes. I recently had my OR experience in school and I loved it! I went in thinking I would hate it, but I was wrong. I love the planning, the schedule, the need for rapport with the docs and the focus required by the rn for the procedures. I will be 40 in less than a month and I have had much experience in healthcare, and surprisingly have a need for an organized workplace. I don't want med-surg because I know I would hate it, and the other departments I've either rotated to or worked in bring me a great sense of dread envisioning a future there. My only concern with choosing the operating room right out of the gates is of course experience. I was already offered a position and the hospital offers a nurse residency program of at least 6 months. I know that the "floor nurse" experience is recommended but, I know I won't want to ever do that kind of nursing. Considering all of this, am I making the right decision by going to the OR right out of school?
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    How do you study for pathophysiology?

    Pathophysiology made incredibly easy by Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins is by far my fav book! You can buy new or a used older copy(the latter is my recommendation, pathophysiology doesn't change from edition to edition) on Amazon fairly inexpensive. It very simply explains the pathophysiology and important factors of most diseases/disorders. It was written by nurses, so the perspective they have with the explanations is relevant to your future profession as an RN! Best of luck!
  10. Pre-operative procedures.
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    Pre reqs

    You'll do fine. I work in a hospital full time and did while I was completing A&P I and II. I would occasionally discuss topics with the RN's. Even some of the best of them couldn't answer some of the questions I had. My point is you can still be a great nurse without knowing every nook and cranny of human anatomy.
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    What to do to prepare for Anatomy

    It's great that you are prepared! í ¾í´“But I would wait until you start. My professors for both A&P's were very different and had very different requirements. I even compared to my friends who had different professors. With the exception of the basics, our requirements for exams and homework were very different. It's best to wait to see what your teacher will require.
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    Confused on app to nursing schools!!!!

    Some will require that they should all be complete. Most, I believe just prefer but not require that they are. I've been told by recruiters to various programs that it is more appealing to the schools if the classes are complete. It shows the motivation towards the RN degree. I completed all of mine prior and I was accepted to both programs in which I applied. I had a 3.6 gpa and average teas scores. Best of luck!
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    I am a 38 year old mom and I will be starting a nursing program this coming fall. I would be interested in joining. í ¾í´“
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    5 Clinical Tips I Wish I Knew as a New Graduate Nurse

    Thank you! Great article🤓