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Student with ADHD

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I was wondering if any nurses or fellow students had ADHD? I am diagnosed with ADHD and was wondering if anyone had any hints or tips? How do you cope?

I know others work with it however it feels very isolating as a student and not knowing other students who have it.

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I apparently didn't cope very well as I ended up on an ADHD med for the 2nd semester. 

I was diagnosed with ADD a MILLION years ago as a child, then again as an adult. I plod along without meds, and can deal most of the time but the rigors of nursing school was too much.

As far as how I cope in the work setting, I use a "brain sheet." It is simply a sheet of paper with the names of pts, room numbers, how they take their meds and code status. (I still always check the chart as those sheets are not exactly up to date.) 

I use the sheet for finger sticks, BP's, orders, pertinent observations, etc. That way, I don't have to rely on my busy brain to recall something that happened earlier. I can't even remember a blood sugar value from the pt to the cart (maybe 10 ft) so I know better than to try to recall a value or instance from 4 hours ago. 

We all have our tools to get along. You will develop yours. 

Best of luck!

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