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  1. missnursingstudent19

    I Don't Know What to DO

    I'm 6 months away from graduating from nursing school. Yesterday my dad's old truck that I drive finally quit. I can't afford to get anything else. I don't have a way to get to my clinicals at this point. I am so worried, and I don't know what to do. The only thing I can do is pray that my classmates in my clinical group will let me ride with them. I hate this. Any advice?
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    I Don't Know What to DO

    I don't know if/when I'll be able to get a vehicle, but my parents are trying to help me. I live right down the road from a hospital, so I'm hoping to get hired there once I graduate and then I could walk to work while saving for a vehicle. I realize I'm not guaranteed to get hired there, but I just have to deal with whatever happens.
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    I Don't Know What to DO

    I'll definitely make my clinical instructors aware of this if none of my classmates are willing to give me a ride, thanks!
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    I Don't Know What to DO

    Ridesharing is what I'm hoping to do. I haven't heard back from my classmates yet, but hopefully that works out!
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    How to Deal With a Bad Clinical

    A clinical for one of my classes this semester has basically been a disaster. We haven't given any meds, we haven't done any assessments...we haven't even been assigned a specific patient to take care of. Most days our instructor just hands us off to the nurses and techs on a certain unit and says "see ya". I don't even think our instructor tells them what we are allowed to do or what we should be focusing on learning. I think the nurses are afraid to let us do anything because we are mostly only allowed to watch them do things. One day, during the entire clinical day, I had to sit and listen to the nurses and techs very judgementally gossip in detail about specific patients and badmouth them the entire time. How would you handle a clinical like this? Just suck it up? Or advocate for yourself since you are paying to get an education?
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    Classes that Just Bug You...

    I am taking a class now that irks me to no end. We basically have a worksheet to do every week with about 15-20 questions on it. Not bad, right? Well, we are divided into groups, and each person in the group does about 2-3 questions apiece on these worksheets. We have to e-mail our part to the "group leader" for that week and the group leader compiles all of it and submits the worksheet to our instructor. This bugs me because I have no way of knowing if the group leader ever actually turns in our assignments until they are graded. Plus, I'm dependent on the entire group to actually do their work. Anyone else ever had a class like this?
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    Classes that Just Bug You...

    Yep, it's me! I had to make a new account (AlmostThere19) because I forgot my password to the missnursingstudent19 account but then found later. Sorry for the confusion!
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    Tutoring...Desperate for help!

    So I tutor a class that is lower in the nursing program than I am. We've had one meeting so far, and it didn't go quite as well as I'd hoped. The students were very quiet even when I tried prompting them with questions and getting them to come up and work problems and do things on the board. I asked them if there were any specific things that they were having trouble with, and they all said no. The purpose of the sessions, as my supervisor told me, is to get them working together and using their resources to critically think through things they don't understand or want to know more about. It's hard for me to know what I need to help them with when they're so quiet. Any suggestions for how to get them talking and participating more?
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    Tutoring...Desperate for help!

    Today not one person showed up for the tutoring session. I spent hours and hours getting ready for it. Starting to wonder if this job is a waste of my time.
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    How do you feel about B's?

    In one of my classes, we've been having tests back to back for the past 6 weeks. I've made B's on most of them, and my class average is a B. Of course I'd rather have an A, but I know I study as much as I possible can and give it my best effort. Someone in my program today said they want tutoring because they're getting B's and want to do better. Would you consider B's worth going to tutoring over, or would you be happy with that grade?
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    Just Needing Some Encouragement I Guess

    Nursing school is making me feel extremely drained lately. It's the constant fear that I'll make one wrong move and get kicked out of my program. The fear of failing an exam. The fear that I'm forgetting to do something because of the crazy amount of things there are to do. The feeling that I'm working as hard as I possibly can and it's only my mistakes that get noticed. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has these feelings. Any advice about how to deal with them?
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    Just Needing Some Encouragement I Guess

    Thanks for your kind response! The mistakes are usually little things like that I double-booked myself and had signed up for a service-learning project that is scheduled on a day I have clinical. I fixed it in time, luckily, and will be doing a make-up clinical at the end of the semester. Another thing was being the slowest one in my group to get the suction put together in clinical during a practice drill. The mistakes could have been worse, I know, but I'm a perfectionist. Plus, like I said, I worry a lot about possibly getting kicked out since I know how easy it is to fail.
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    Discouraged in Clinical

    Well this is a L&D/Postpartum/Nursery clinical rotation, so that might be why this clinical is different from the others. Hopefully that's what it is!
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    Tutoring...Desperate for help!

    Thanks for the advice everyone! For my next session, I'm going to try splitting them into groups of two. I'll have each group of two work on 3 questions that really require critical thinking and knowledge of the content. But each group of 2 will have a different set of questions. I'll give them some time to work with their partner and get them answered, then I'll have each group come up and explain their answers and then we can discuss them as a class.
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    CAB or ABC?

    I have gone my entire nursing school career (over a year) thinking that in CPR you are supposed to prioritize airway, then circulation, the breathing (ABC). I got a couple of test questions wrong on that, and the rationals in the review said it has changed to circulation, airway, breathing (CAB). So that means that you would start compressions before you even made sure the person didn't have a blocked airway. To me, that doesn't make sense. Is CAB the way everyone else has been taught as well?
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    CAB or ABC?

    I've taken 2 CPR classes now, and I can't believe I missed this! At least I know now. Thank you guys for clearing this up for me!
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    Nursing School Frustrations

    In my class, we have a test tomorrow on unit 3. Today we finished lecturing on unit 5. Does it bother anyone else when professors lecture way past what the next test will be about? I get that they are pushed for time, and I know that's why they do it. Still, it makes me feel overwhelmed and behind. What is your pet peeve about nursing school?
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    My Opinion on Simulation Lab

    In the simulation lab, there are these one-way mirrors, and it's set up so that instructors are sitting in a room watching you through those mirrors, but you can't see them. Creepy much? It makes me so nervous that I can't think straight. This means I tend to do some really stupid things that convince me that I'm going to be a horrible nurse. Plus, in the "hospital room" when we are with the "patient" (a mannequin), we also have an instructor standing in there watching us. The instructor isn't allowed to say anything or to help us with the scenario, but he/she stands there watching us like a hawk. Again...unnerving and creepy. I think the idea behind simulation is great. We get to practice situations that we may see in real life in an environment where we can't actually hurt a live patient. We're able to make mistakes because mannequins, unlike people, can always be brought back/fixed if we accidentally harm/kill them. We basically have to be drama majors because we have to pretend and act as if the mannequins are real. This isn't something I'm good at because I have no "imagination". I feel so strange talking to a horribly overpriced doll. For me personally, my nervousness at having my every move watched and critiqued combined with my lack of imagination keeps me from getting everything out of simulation that I could be getting out of it. I think being in the actual clinical setting creates an environment that is more conducive to learning. The one thing I do really like about simulation is the debriefing we have afterwards where we just talk about the scenario we did including what we did right, what we could have done better, etc. I learn the most from that. What are your thoughts on simulations?
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    My Opinion on Simulation Lab

    Yes, it was exactly like check offs! That was odd because we weren't told exactly what to expect. This wasn't intended to be a check off - they told us that it was ok to make mistakes because they would rather us make them in sim lab than in real life. I think, since it wasn't a check off, I would have gotten more out of it if the instructor had been allowed to talk to us and help us think through things if we got stuck. And thank you, hopefully it will become more fun as I gain more confidence in my abilities!
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    Most Cringeworthy Thing You Did in Nursing School

    Hey all! I'm a 2nd semester nursing student, and I tend to be pretty hard on myself. I want to be the "perfect" nurse, and it's hard for me to accept that I will never be the perfect nurse because that doesn't exist - especially when you're just in your second semester of school! Anyways, I figured it'd help remind me that everyone makes mistakes if you guys tell me the most cringeworthy thing you did in nursing school. Things that make you look back and think "I can't believe I did that!" or "I can't believe I ever thought that was difficult!"
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    Most Cringeworthy Thing You Did in Nursing School

    Well, just this Monday at my IV push validation, I got so nervous that I completely forgot to do the second saline flush. Luckily my instructor just said "And what did you forget to do?" and I remembered. Plus I got lost in the hospital at clinical today going to lunch because it was only my second day and I'm horrible with directions.
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    IV Push...please help!

    I'm very confused about finding IV push rates. I look them up in my drug book, but I keep feeling like it's missing information even though I bought the one that's on the syllabus. Here's some I have found (most in my drug book), and I'm hoping someone can tell me if I'm right: Zofran: (from drug book) 4mg undiluted over 2-5 minutes Toradol: book says push over 15 seconds, but my instructor told me that they prefer to push it over a minute, and that you would only push it over 15 seconds if someone needed it in an emergency. Solumedrol: book says push over a minute Benadryl: book says do not exceed 25 mg/min but offers no other guidelines; it's only available in 50mg/mL, so you would just push that mL over 2 minutes right? Demerol: I can't seem to find anything in my drug book about this one...I don't know if I'm overlooking something or not
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    IV Push...please help!

    Thank you!
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    IV Push...please help!

    We haven't started this semester's clinicals yet. We're supposed to look these up in our drug books to use for a check-off before clinicals even start. I can't get a straight answer on exactly where to find them other than the drug book on the syllabus.
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    How do you take notes in nursing school?

    All of my instructors have PowerPoints for each unit exam we have. I use the powerpoints on my computer during class and add any extra notes. I let that guide my reading in the textbook. Anything the professor emphasizes/repeats a lot, I make sure to highlight it and give that more attention when I'm studying. When I'm taking online practice quizzes on PrepU, it always gives rationals and page numbers for the questions, and I go back and highlight in my book where an answer came from if I missed the question.
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