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  1. tonyl1234

    Was RN school easy for you?

    I'm going into my last semester soon. Hopefully, a job decided to overstress me and has my grade hurting... Honestly, the school part of it was easy to me up to now. Nursing isn't that hard. You treat symptoms, the goal is typically the exact opposite of what the symptom, or habit, or risk is. How to get to that point is the same thinking. They have a fever, so they're hot, you cool them. What is extremely hard is that not all of us are married or live with our parents and can just stop working to focus 100% on school. Normally, this is no problem. But this is nursing school, to their administration you have someone who can financially support you for the next 2-4 years. It's not uncommon that they expect that if an instructor can't make it to a clinical, you're calling out from work to go in when it's convenient for that instructor. You're going to be scheduled on what works for them for clinical rotations. So if you're working as a bartender or server, expect to lose some friday nights and a ton of money. If you read these forums, you'll see a common trend of instructors who just don't teach. So it's not a bad idea to learn what youtube sources are accurate and current. The content isn't hard, it's mostly common sense. The physiology and pharmacology are the only thing that really takes a lot of work. If you can't figure out that you should check blood pressure before you give blood pressure medicine, then you're going into the wrong field, you need something with constant supervision because you're going to struggle with most jobs. What's hard is the time commitment.
  2. Because the teacher knows he messed up. Be part of a new generation of students. Change needs to happen. There was a time when paying for college meant paying to be taught. Today, you're paying for your degree, that's it. That's what people tend to call a "scam." Ultimately, true, it's your responsibility to make sure you know everything you need to know, but what tons of people seem to forget is that it's your teachers responsibility to teach it to you. Seriously, everyone here: If you're expected to learn the majority of the material on your own, then why not just switch to online classes and just go in for labs and tests? Not letting your patients get charged insane amounts of money for unnecessary things starts with standing up for your own money that's just being taken from you.
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    Unfair Tests?

    It's not as unfair as it seems. Sometimes, the teacher will make a mistake and pull out a question that was just something they never covered yet. But more commonly, that question about PEs is looking for making sure you understand why you walk your patients, or at least knowing that you should walk your patients. You don't have to know a single thing about PEs to know that you get your patient up to walk to help prevent them from happening.
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    Unfair Tests?

    This advice is part of why nursing school is becoming more and more of a disaster. It's expensive, and we're all paying for it, it's reasonable to expect that we're taught the material. No other industry in this country would get away with that. If your landscaper doesn't ever come at least cut your grass, you wouldn't pay him. You're not going to pay the restaurant for food you didn't get. You're not going to pay your cable company if your cable was out the entire month. Yet when it comes to college, you're paying for that classroom instruction, yet if your instructor wants to just take a nap the entire class, too bad, learn on your own. It's complete stupidity that we refuse to hold colleges to the same standards as every other thing that we pay for. And for the career, unfairness affects patient care. Labor laws still apply to hospitals, you have rights. People need to grow a backbone. And being in a concept based school now, it's not uncommon to be tested on things that haven't been covered yet. Teachers love to use test banks, which are specific to chapters, meanwhile, you've only covered about 1/3 of the chapter that the questions are being pulled from. Sometimes mistakes happen, and sometimes it's just understanding the general concept. You don't have to know about something to know that what you're learning about can cause it, you only need to know it can cause it.
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    Classism in the Hospital-MD vs. RN

    It's actually more simple than money. Most physicians don't actually work for the hospital, but because of working in the hospital system, they have to have days that they work there. While they're on call, they live in that hospital. They can't decide to go drive across the city to get food. Sometimes, their on-call time is more than one day. It seems like they get treated better because while they're on the hospital's clock, they don't have a home to go to. For parking, usually the outside physicians are allowed to use it, the hospitalists very commonly have to park with everyone else or they have their own lot near where they'd be while they're working on-call. As for naming: Dr is just a title that you get when you get your doctorate. Someone with a DNP or a PhD in nursing has the right to expect to be called doctor. It's just standard that that's how we acknowledge someone with a doctorate. And Mini, physicians don't really go to school any longer than any other doctorate. We like to attribute it to being this insanely time consuming thing, but that's just standard, with some classroom time being replaced as clinical time. No matter which direction you take, it's 8 years of school. That fellowship is just to specialize, which there's options to do in nursing. A doctorate degree is a doctorate degree. We need to stop feeding into egos for physicians. Their degree holds the same weight as college professors.
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    I failed my patient today- Student Nurse

    You're a student, "better" is really subjective and still way below what an experienced nurse is going to be. Relax, mistakes happen.
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    Integrity - Should I say something

    Even though I'm not a nurse yet, I've worked in healthcare almost my entire life, and I've had to constantly work with nurses. Honestly, I don't think that's very true anymore. My experience lately, and things I've seen on these forums and facebook, nursing has become a trainwreck of inflated egos and extreme dishonesty. The more recent generations of nurses are a disaster. I've never seen so many people thrown under the bus, forced to take blame, to protect other people's jobs. Stealing drugs is getting out of hand. I've seen patients put in so many risky situations while nurses half-*** what they're doing. There's just no accountability anymore. I think the OP should be a step towards nursing returning to having that integrity by saying something.
  8. tonyl1234

    1st Sem. Nursing student: Shaking in my scrubs

    It's only school. Don't stress, just go and do it.
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    Student Not Eligible for NCLEX

    It's not about passing vs not passing. It's about passing on the first attempt. What school are you going to trust more, the one that 25% of people passed on their second attempt, or the one that 95% of people passed on their first attempt? THAT is what the exit exam accomplishes. It lets a school market a high rate of first attempt pass rates by only letting the people likely to pass on the first attempt take the test.
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    I've Been Employed at 7 Facilities as a New Grad RN

    So if you had to put your license on the line and risk prison, or quit your job... You're saying I should look down on your application for quitting your job? There's ALWAYS two sides.
  11. tonyl1234

    Knitting during class: ok or not?

    For a lot of people, me being one of them, if I take notes, I failed. I was so focused on taking notes that I missed most of what was being said. Really, we're all adults. We just need to learn to focus on ourselves and not get so caught up in what everyone else is doing.
  12. tonyl1234

    RN to BSN or straight to BSN??

    I'd calm down, and call the heads of the nursing programs at schools you want. Don't focus so much on your GPA. There's not THAT many people with a perfect 4.0. There's usually more to why they're getting turned down. Talk to the people running the programs. Meet with them, bring transcripts and stuff, and talk to them about what you need to do to get into the program.
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    There's a lot to think about, it's going to depend on a lot. The BSN is a more steady pace of learning, you're going to have more time to learn how to pass the test, and when you're first licensed, you're going to have had way more opportunities to learn while you were in school, plus you're going to learn things that people going for an associate's haven't yet. An associates is more chaotic. You have to learn what you need to get licensed in half the time, while at the same time trying to learn as much as possible to keep up with the people going for their BSN. The only right answer is up to you. The BSN gives you harder content, but an an easier pace, while the ADN gives you easier content at a harder pace. Regardless, your long-term goal should probably include a BSN. Even if you don't need it for your job. The extra education is never a bad thing.
  14. tonyl1234

    Can I still have a future in Nursing?

    "Not being competitive enough" is just some random assumptions that you hear from people who didn't get in. If a school only wants 3.8GPAs and higher, their minimum would be 3.8. Most schools there's a lot more that goes into their decision. While they look at your GPA a lot will also look at your trend of your grades or even what exact classes brought your average down, some completely ignore if you had to retake a class or a W / I and only look at your most recent grade. Some rely heavily on interviews and essays. I'm in nursing school now, after having to give them transcripts from another school with below a 1.0 GPA. Apply. The fact that you've completed two degrees tells me way more than someone having a 4.0 GPA does. I know you follow through, but I have no idea if the guy with the 4.0 is going to stay.
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    I've Been Employed at 7 Facilities as a New Grad RN

    But there's ALWAYS another side to the story. If I list my jobs over the last 5 years, and the timing, you're going to see me as irresponsible. If we talked about what happened at those jobs, you're going to wonder how I stayed as long as I did without quitting.