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Hi

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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bluegeegoo2 has 11 years experience as a LPN and works as a LPN.

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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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On 1/28/2019 at 7:01 AM, bluegeegoo2 said:

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!

I would never consider having to go on meds a lack of coping. Instead, its that your condition was severe enough to need it. You wouldn’t tell someone nearsighted that needing to wear glasses was simply that they didn’t squint good enough would you? It’s similar only its in your brain not your eyes. However, your suggestion of having a sheet to record stuff on is a great one- i use a tiny notebook in clinical that i just tuck into a pocket. 

I could no more survive nursing school off *my* meds than i could survive a road trip driving without my glasses. (My “good” side is 20/40, my “bad” is 20/300) 

OP: 

I have it too. 
Have a clinical bag and a class bag. Put everything you NEED in your clinical bag for clinical. Pack it the the last day of the week that you have clinical once clinical is out- eg: after your last clinical for the week, put everything back in the bag. I bought a bunch of my own “supplies” - eg a pulse ox, bandage scissors, gait belt etc. I got them all in the most obnoxious shade of purple, so that upon leaving a room, it’d visually register as “WHOOPS THATS MINE!!!”. 

Do all your assignments ASAP. If your school does ATI? Don’t leave it to the night before. Sometimes it likes to kick people out or just decide not to work for like 12+ hours, you dont want to have an assignment due at 10 the next day and have it poop out on you at 9pm and then not work at all! 

Study in chunks through the week, don’t leave it til the night before. 

Flash cards are great- Writing them helps me remember, AND i tuck them in a pocket/bag and whenever i’m At a stop light, or in line at the store, or at the dentist waiting etc, you get the idea- i pull them out. THere’s a youtuber who has review ones but i just write my own. 



 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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ADHD and Ritalin in the 70s/80s. After years of Medication I've found that if I have a job where I move, I retain. I could sit still to take a test if I knew the info, but I had a harder time retaining in class when I was just having to listen to lectures. So, I brought a recorder and played it again at home where I was free to move. If I have to sit still, I have problems unless my mind is truly engaged. Let the ADHDers move around!

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bluegeegoo2 has 11 years experience as a LPN and works as a LPN.

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On 3/14/2019 at 4:24 PM, C_M_L_R18 said:

I would never consider having to go on meds a lack of coping. Instead, its that your condition was severe enough to need it. You wouldn’t tell someone nearsighted that needing to wear glasses was simply that they didn’t squint good enough would you? It’s similar only its in your brain not your eyes. However, your suggestion of having a sheet to record stuff on is a great one- i use a tiny notebook in clinical that i just tuck into a pocket. 

I could no more survive nursing school off *my* meds than i could survive a road trip driving without my glasses. (My “good” side is 20/40, my “bad” is 20/300) 

OP: 

I have it too. 
Have a clinical bag and a class bag. Put everything you NEED in your clinical bag for clinical. Pack it the the last day of the week that you have clinical once clinical is out- eg: after your last clinical for the week, put everything back in the bag. I bought a bunch of my own “supplies” - eg a pulse ox, bandage scissors, gait belt etc. I got them all in the most obnoxious shade of purple, so that upon leaving a room, it’d visually register as “WHOOPS THATS MINE!!!”. 

Do all your assignments ASAP. If your school does ATI? Don’t leave it to the night before. Sometimes it likes to kick people out or just decide not to work for like 12+ hours, you dont want to have an assignment due at 10 the next day and have it poop out on you at 9pm and then not work at all! 

Study in chunks through the week, don’t leave it til the night before. 

Flash cards are great- Writing them helps me remember, AND i tuck them in a pocket/bag and whenever i’m At a stop light, or in line at the store, or at the dentist waiting etc, you get the idea- i pull them out. THere’s a youtuber who has review ones but i just write my own. 



 

No where in my response did I suggest that anyone not need meds. I provided an account of my personal experience with ADHD and nursing school. 

Being an older soul, I had developed a fairly solid coping strategy without medications that served me well in everyday life/work scenarios. Until nursing school, that is. 

The rigors of school proved too much for my coping strategies, so I required medication for one semester. (Med surg! Ack!) 

The strategies you provided are spot on. NEVER wait until the last minute to complete an assignment. Organization is our friend! 

 

 

 

 

 

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