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grannypatches BSN, LPN, RN

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grannypatches is a BSN, LPN, RN and specializes in Psych, Geriatric.

I am a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 2. A grandson and grandaughter who are very precious to me. Its been 31 yrs. since I have been in school. I have decided to go to college to be lpn.

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    I am about to quit nursing completely

    Everyone has made me feel so much better. I got an interview with Staffmark. Thanks for the tip on that one. I have applied at a temp agency. Nothing so far. I am keeping my hopes up. Sometimes I think some of the nurses forget that one time they were fresh out of nursing school. I am learining. I am hanging in there.
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    I am about to quit nursing completely

    Thanks everyone. I don't won't to give up. But the experiences did give me a bad feeling. But I did have some posititive experiences. I am going to put this advice to good use and check out all the possibilities. Thanks.........
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    I am about to quit nursing completely

    I graduated last dec at the top of my class. I hit the work force with such high hopes and excitement. It seems I have screwed up my chances big time. The first job was psych hospital. I couldn't handle it. It was not my thing. The next 2 jobs was nursing homes. It wasn't the patients. It was the nurses. I tried so hard to fit in and learn. But there was so much back stabbing. I worked with nurses who came to work drunk (don didn't care they were good buddies}. I had experienced nurses let me take the blame for things I didn't do because I was trying so hard to learn but they had set me up to take the fall. It has made me bitter and I swear I will never work in a nursing home again. For nearly 2 months I have been job hunting. I don't have enough experience or its another nursing home. What am I doing wrong?
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    peds

    Thank you so much for your help. I understood it completely. This is going to help me so much. I cannot thank you enough. Have a very nice weekend.
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    peds

    That is what was puzzling me. It did not say how many times a day. It seemed to be in one dose and that seemed to me to be too much. Thanks for all the posts. It has got me started. Have a nice weekend everyone.
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    peds

    Help! I have a drug dosage calculations test Wed. If I don't pass this test then I can't complete the last semester of the lpn program. I am a december candidate for graduation. The practice problems we were given to work on has confused me. THere are two questions that no matter what formula I use I don't get the right answer. #1 Amoxicillin 50mg/kg po per day Available: Amoxicillin 125g/2ml Child weighs: 22 lbs. Give:_______ #2 Order: Amoxicillin 75mg PO every 8 hrs. Available: Amoxicillin 125mg/5ml child weight: 70lb pediatric dose parameter: 20-40 mg/lg in three divided doses a) How many mg of Amoxicillin would the child receive per day? b) Is the dose within safe parameters? c) How many ml of Amoxicillin would the child receive per dose? Answers given: #1 8ml #2 225mg/day yes 3 ml The formulas I am using are not giving me the correct answers. There is something I am doing wrong. Can someone plz help me? It would be deeply appreciated.
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    HELP!! Pharm test

    Thank you for the help. I am going to give it a try. It has eased my mind. Thank you so much! Have a happy 4th.....
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    HELP!! Pharm test

    Next Monday I have a pharm test. It will be on 14 chapters. I am stressing out because I just don't know how to absorb that much info in such a short time. On top of Pharm test there is also a MED SURG test which is on 5 chapters. Does anyone have good advice on how to study for this? I have powerpoints and workbooks but I am just stressing out.
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    Narrative Charting

    Thank you for your very helpful suggestions. It will help me a lot. I have been hearing that narrative charting is not used much anymore but our program requires it. Thanks so much your help...
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    Nursing Documentation

    I am a lpn nursing student. Today at school all of us were told that if we get 2 U's on our nurses notes and care plans that despite our grades we are out of the program. I freaked out. This is second semester and its hard. We are cramming 16 weeks into ten. I am maintaing good grades but my nurses notes are the worse. Can anyone direct me to good websites showing good examples of how narrative nursing notes should be. I have searched to no avail. I am sending for the book "charting made easy" but it will not arrive for a while. I was so upset when I came home I fell across the bed exhausted and nearly in tears. I have worked so hard in school and 2 U's can end it all. I already have 1 U. Any good advice for a stressed out struggling LPN student?
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    Narrative Charting

    I am a LPN nursing student. Today at school all of us were told that if we get 2 you's on our nurses notes and care plans that despite our grades we are out of the program. I freaked out. This is second semester and its hard. We are cramming 16 weeks into ten. I am maintaining good grades but my nurses notes are the worse. Can anyone direct me to good websites showing good examples of how narrative nursing notes should be. I have searched to no avail. I am sending for the book "charting made easy" but it will not arrive for a while. I was so upset when I came home I fell across the bed exhausted and nearly in tears. I have worked so hard in school and 2 you's can end it all. I already have 1 you. Any good advice for a stressed out struggling LPN student?
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    I can't be wrong???

    All of you are so wonderful. Thank you for the kind words of advice and support. I have been wanting to be a nurse since I was a little girl. The first time I tried to go to nursing school is when I graduated high school. But my mom was sick. The second time I was married and my husband said I needed to stay at home and raise the kids full-time. So I did. My youngest child is now 21. I went with her to the community college last year because she wanted to enter the nursing program. The counselor showed me that I was not too old to attend college. For the past year I have given my studies 110%. My gpa is 4.0. When that letter came I was accepted was a dream come true. But all the negativity from my college friends stunned me. I began to have some doubts. This morning I have orientation and uniform fittings at the nursing school and I am going to be there. My daughter also made the program. I am so excited I can hardly drink a cup of coffee. Thank you for all the kind posts. I had tears in my eyes when I finished reading them. Happy Holidays everyone!
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    I can't be wrong???

    Hello everyone. Happy Holidays. I got an early christmas this year. Two weeks ago I got my acceptance letter from the lpn nursing school program. I nearly cried when I read it. When I told the ladies at school I was accepted, I have heard nothing for the past two weeks about what a mistake I have made. That I will not be able to find a job when I graduate. For the past year I have worked so hard taking all the prereq. to be accepted into the Jan.'07 . program. I will be 50 in March and this feels so right for me. But all my college friends have made me feel that I was wrong. Am I? I accepted the offer and I am praying I made the right decision.
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    What's everyone taking this fall?

    I am taking Drug Dosages, Medical terminology, Developmental Chemistry and Psychology. Good luck to everyone!!
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    Feel like throwing in the towel!!

    I hope I am posting this in the right place. Its been awhile since I have been able to post on here. This is my first semester and I have been studying hard. I am taking Algebra I and its hard for me. My teacher told us today that he didn't care if we learned or not he was still gonna get his paycheck. He is going so fast. I told I don't understand the problem and he says get a tutor. I got a tutor. Then when I told him the tutor showed how do the problem different than he was showing us he said I don't care what the tutor told you. Today he gave us a 4 page worksheet to do in an hour. I was confused on the problems and he says use your classnotes. I am about to throw the towel. But my desire to be a nurse is so strong I still keep hanging in there hoping it gets better.
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    SON HAS STOLEN MY MEDS

    I have to agree something needs to be done with your son. I know how hard it will be to do so. But if you do nothing then that does not solve the problem only makes it worse. He will continue to mistreat you and take your meds. He has problems to deal with as to WHY he had to have your meds? What did he do with the meds? etc.... Report this. I know you love your son and I wish all the best for you.