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OliveOyl91 CNA, RN

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OliveOyl91 is a CNA, RN and specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

My name is Olivia and I graduated from my ADN program in September 2019 and am working on my BSN online through Chamberlain. As a CNA I’ve worked in both SNFs and acute care/hospital. I’m currently an RN resident on the same unit I worked on for three years as a CNA; an orthopedic/surgical/trauma unit.

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    Saline Flushes - My Old As Dirt Question

    The only time I scan a flush is when it pops up on the MAR as a scheduled PICC or central line maintenance.
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19): We Want to Hear from You

    I work in Washington state. We are also screening individuals for respiratory illnesses and recent travel activity. I happened to be taking a class with our infection control nurse earlier in the week and she went onto a coronavirus tangent saying that until we learn more about the virus and how it’s spread, we will be to placing any potential coronavirus patient into airborne isolation much like how we did during our measles outbreak. I haven’t worked the floor since (I’m back tomorrow night), but I’m sure more education has been sent to our emails. Addendum: Our hospital has also discontinued using N95 masks and anyone working with airborne patients is required to use a PAPR.
  3. Boise State University allows ADN students to start their BSN during their last term. A classmate in my ADN program did this. Boise's online programs have a good reputation and it's pretty affordable.
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    ATI comprehensive RN Exit

    For my ATI Comprehensive Predictor, I used solely ATI material to study. I used my textbooks, answered questions from the test back, and retook practice exams online. Passing was 68% for my school. I wound up getting an 80.7%. In hindsight, the ATI exit exam was much more difficult and tiring than the NCLEX-RN itself.
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    Sumner college portland

    Sumner has a very solid nursing program. If given the opportunity, I’d go for the RN. It’ll be tough to go from LPN to RN without starting over. We had several LPNs in my RN cohort. I just graduated and passed my NCLEX first time around. They accept transfer credits, which is nice, but regional schools like Linfield won’t accept Sumner credits at face value. I looked into doing my RN-BSN at Linfield, Washington State, and Boise State. They all require several gen ed classes before being eligible to apply for their RN-BSN programs. Even with classes I took at Lower Columbia College, I was looking at 25-30 quarter credits to take before applying to those schools. I’m starting my RN-BSN online at Chamberlain. They accepted many of my credits from LCC and Sumner, and I’m able to dive straight into the program.
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    Passing Out at Clinical

    I had one experience during my clinical preceptorship where I felt like I would pass out. I was assisting my nurse with a really complicated dressing change on a patient who had an open window thoracostomy. You could see into their thoracic cavity and see their lungs. Of course they were on contact isolation so we were wearing those hot isolation gowns. Well, soon I suddenly got overwhelmingly hot and started feeling lightheaded. I was honest and told my nurse that I needed to sit down. I sat down, focused on my breathing, and the feeling passed. Make sure you eat a little something something, try not to clench your legs, and be honest. Warn folks if you think you’re heading in that direction. That way they don’t have to pick you up off the floor.
  7. Oh my goodness, that sounds agonizing! I tested yesterday at 0800 and Washington had my license active by 1700.
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    1 hour drive to school

    Occasionally, yes. I would listen to podcasts or study material during the drive. Or my buddy and I would ask practice questions from our workbooks or textbooks. For the most part, we used this time for decompression. Then I would hunker down at home to study or do my homework. A few terms I was lucky and we’d have an hour or two between classes and I’d do my homework then. Most of my meals were made in the crockpot or instapot during school and it saved lots of time and energy.
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    1 hour drive to school

    I just finished my ADN at a school that was 60ish miles away from home. For two years I drove from home near the Oregon coast to Portland. Luckily, I found a classmate who lives nearby and we carpooled, alternating driving days. It was exhausting. Rush hour traffic made the drive almost twice as long. Two hour drive, eight hour school day, then the two hour drive home... Then there were the quarters with 12-hour clinical days. It was worth it, though. Driving so much definitely wears at your car. Aside from the cost of gas, I was also having to get oil changes much more frequently, went through a couple sets of tires, and had to get more than a few rock chips filled during these last couple years.
  10. I have ulcerative colitis and had a nasty flare during my nursing prerequisites. I have several W's on my transcript as a result. I just graduated from my ADN program and am getting ready to start my RN-BSN in the next couple months. They're a blemish on my transcript, but they don't count against my GPA.
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    Sumner College

    I just graduated from Sumner College and am waiting to take my NCLEX. I was rejected from Lower Columbia College's ADN program (with all my prerequisites done) and applied to Sumner before the next round. Sumner transferred in most of my prereqs and that knocked the price of the program down significantly. After my NCLEX, I'll be starting the online RN-BSN program at Chamberlain University, they offer discounted tuition to Sumner graduates.
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    Pigeon-holed if you dont work at a hospital right away?

    Many of the nurses I work with at the hospital have prior experience in SNFs. They all say it was definitely a different experience and it took time to adjust, but they're all amazing nurses. Experience and wonderful interview skills. :)
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    Is It Possible To Work During Nursing School?

    It is possible to work while in nursing school. I've been working throughout the past year of my program. If you're able to get a room in the dorms that would help tremendously. What are your work hours like? Can your schedule be flexible? I work 12 hour shifts as a CNA and before I started my program, I asked my manager if I might be able to work weekends only (after going part-time). I've been working Friday and Saturday (nights) for the past year and pick up extra shifts when I have breaks from school. Now, one year in, it's nice because I only have class two days a week and two weekends of clinical for the term. After my loans and grants, my school let me go on a monthly payment plan for my remaining tuition. And with each scholarship opportunity that payment gets smaller and smaller. I think my monthly payment is around $200 at the moment. It can get really tiring, tight, tough, and downright depressing at times, but it's doable. :)
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    Thinking of letting my CNA expire

    I would keep it, as well. Heaven forbid they do decide to make having a CNA a requirement for your position (I've seen it happen), plus you may want to move onto other things that require a CNA. If you can afford it, I'd keep it until you're done with school.
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    How long should prereqs take?

    Everyone goes at their own pace. I did my nursing prerequisites as a part-time student over the course of 3 years. This was a a community college to prepare for my ADN-transfer degree. If you went full-time, you could potentially get all the prereqs done in about a year and a half to two years. Don't focus on simply getting classes done, make sure you do well and comprehend the material. Now that I'm in a RN program, I'm constantly referring back to my a&p, micro, and even English classes for pharmacology and completing my patho packets.
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    Doctor teaching nursing class

    I've never heard of a physician teaching a nursing class... I've had nurses with their doctorate teach a nursing class, but never a physician. I will say that a practicing physician taught my medical terminology and pharmacology classes... He was the best! I learned a lot during his courses.
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