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  1. Bulldogs

    End of First semester

    As we approach Christmas vacation I realized we are at the end of the semester and I am so behind. What type of things do you like to have done before leaving for the break? I have already submitted state compliance with immunizations I am now working on entering electronically all the vision and hearing and scoliosis screenings I have done. I am finishing up presentations on personal hygenie with 4 and 5 grade. I am also scheduling an optional stop the bleed class for 7th-12th grade.
  2. Good day fellow Nurses and Nursing Students, We had orientation yesterday and I have a few "what do you think" questions; 1. Class officers. Pros Cons and experiences? I think I want to do this. 2. Scrubs. I looked yesterday at buying some. Apart from the price what features do you love and dont love? I am looking at the Cherokee iflex and infinity. I don't want to buy a cut that looks pretentious (is that a thing? or am i being neurotic?), like the jogger pants. I like them fine but noticed the instructors wr the traditional legs... so I think i'd take their lead. I am not a high maintenance female by any means and want to keep it that way. I don't want to come off snooty or better because i spent a bit more... i am considering the scrubs an investment in the next 2.5 years. 3. Studying techniques. It was emphasized that if we didn't know our learning style to find out and apply it. I am a kinsethetic learner. Any suggestions? 4. Any other suggestions?
  3. Moonlightstar

    Unsure in my first semester

    I'm in my first semester of nursing school and I'm not sure if I want to do this anymore. I'm going to go ahead and finish this semester, but I don't think I want to be a nurse anymore even though I've thought about it all my life and even my mom is a nurse as well. I have high grades. Passed dosage cal with an A. 89.7 in Fundamentals right now with a test and a final left. And a 100 in Pharmacology. I haven't gotten a U in the first half of clinicals. My mom thinks I'm crazy for thinking that I might not want to pursue this degree anymore. I'm not good with stress and its making me ill. I don't have the love of the field that I once did and I don't care for dealing with patients. I don't care for how fast paced everything is as well. Even when I think about being a nurse when I'm in a good mood and I remember that care plans will be gone after school... I still don't have the want for this career. I want a decent job and to move out. I'm 21 and scared of starting a new route of college and I've wondered if I should try to force myself through this.
  4. futurenursenan

    Tips for first semester?

    Hey everyone! I just got accepted into nursing school, and hoping to get some tips on doing well the first semester...so give me all the advice ya got!! Also, I'm considering (over the summer) getting my CNA, EMT, or Phlebotomy cert to work part time thru nursing school. Any opinions on which one would be best? Thanks so much!
  5. I think we can all relate to that exciting moment when we first receive our acceptance letters into nursing school (congratulations by the way!), but we also know how terrifying it is, too. This is usually because you do not know what to expect; even though most colleges really do try to explain it, it is just not the same as experiencing it for oneself. My First Week Observation of Nursing School: 1. Be prepared to probably buy a bag with wheels, you are going to have a lot of books that are NOT worth breaking your back over! Hobby Lobby has some great deals on scrapbook bags that work perfectly for this kind of scenario. 2. The people around you will be your family for the next 2 years of your life-learn to trust them, like them despite your differences, value their opinion, and to ask them questions because they usually have a lot of valuable information they are willing to share. You might be surprised, but your classmates are probably just as nervous as you are! 3. Do not be alarmed when you are put outside your comfort zone by being asked to answer questions regarding your personal beliefs and values, give an opinion, work with new unfamiliar people, or when discussing topics that were previously not discussed in any other basic prerequisite classes. 4. You will feel like you know nothing. Seriously. Just remind yourself that this okay and that it will get better, because it does. Soon you will know more than 50 abbreviations and medical terms! I promise that is a good thing. 5. You can never ask to many questions, at least that is what my instructor said (until she met me). I imagine that your next anxiety is related to test taking, and by the way if you are wondering if nursing classes are as hard as people say they are, they are. Just saying. It takes a LOT of studying and perseverance to succeed, but it is possible. You have probably already heard that questions on nursing exams are different from all other previously taken classes, and that is correct. The next five tips outline some great ways that I have found to take and study for exams. 6. Always, always do the review, vocabulary list, all primary readings, and whatever else that the instructor assigns. This is not the kind of class that can be studied for an hour prior to taking the exam. If you want to put forth your best effort, use the tools given to you to succeed. If you do not understand how to utilize these materials, the instructor is often the best person to ask. 7. Find out your learning style, whether that be verbally, audibly, kinesthetically, or visually. There are many online quizzes to determine your best learning style if you do not already know it. Using you best learning style, or a combination of several, you maximize your chance of retaining material and applying it. 8. The questions are almost all application based, especially after the first couple weeks are over. This is not about memorizing random facts and information any longer, you must apply what you have learned to best take care of your patient. When studying, try rehearsing scenarios in your mind of how the information could be applied. The following is an example of a basic application based question: "What will you do if your patience has a hypoglycemic blood sugar?" First of all this question is not asking what a hypoglycemic blood sugar is ( 9. Most questions are multiple choice and you must select the best answer, not the most logical or textbook relevant answer. Although this may seem straight forward, it is never black and white. It takes time to get used to, and it is always a good idea to ask your instructor about questions you do not understand after completing the test. 10. Realistically, you will most likely fail at least one exam or quiz. It really cannot be helped because it takes time to adapt to the environment, the format of how the questions are asked, and what is expected of you. Overall, sometimes the questions just do not "make sense". Keep in mind something my instructor told our class: "I would rather take a 'C' nurse that knows what they are doing, verses an 'A' nurse that cannot act responsibly and quickly to certain situations." This leads me to my next topic, clinicals. Typically clinicals do not begin right away during your first semester of nursing, but rather become more and more frequent as you progress throughout nursing school. Your first clinical is often times the very first time you truly think "I am actually in nursing school, this real!" As exciting and thrilling as this moment may be, keep in mind that it is real. You are now interacting with patients, nurses, and even doctors and interdisciplinary staff. Especially if you have never worked in a hospital before, it can be rather intimidating. I remember my non-clinical instructor asking how I felt after having completed my first two clinical days. My melodramatic response consisted of that fact that I felt uneasy and that somehow I was sure I would "mess everything up" and endanger my patient. My instructor, in an effort to console me, tried to make the funny statement "Don't worry, we will catch you before you kill anyone." This made me even more nervous about clinicals because I felt that this statement was untrue. In response I stated, "No! No, you wouldn't though. I could kill someone and then go get an ice cream cone and no one would still be looking for me." First of all let me say this, I was being dramatic. Very dramatic. Please do not ask me, if I were to murder someone, why my first thought would be to eat ice cream. I guess I found my coping mechanism. Okay, so here is my next list of advice for clinicals: 11. It is worth taking the time learn how to properly write and verbally state medical terms and military time. You will forever use them in documentation and when interacting with staff. 12. You will probably embarrass yourself more than once for various reasons while on the floor. For me, the most common embarrassing mistakes I made were from mispronouncing medical terms, writing the time in standard time, walking into a different patient's room, forgetting my patient's room number, and when I walked out of my patient's room with red ice cream on my white scrubs. Do not let mistakes define you. 13. Adhere to your school's code of conduct and dress. Instructors do not hesitate to send you home if you are missing your name badge or lab coat. Make a checklist and lay things out the previous morning if you find that helps you remember what you need for clinical. Remember, your attitude not only reflects you character, but also yours school's reputation and how well you give care to your patient. It is not about you at this point. (Note: During a normal class day you can usually wear normal clothing.) 14. For both men and women, wear your hair out of your face and in place so that it cannot easily be dragged through whatever (or whomever) you are working with. Minimal make up is acceptable, but should not be distracting. Usually tattoos must be covered, no nail polish or fake nails are worn, and one set of piercings may or may not be allowed (differs per school and facility) and only in ones ears. 15. Clinicals usually begin before 6 am and end around midafternoon, if you are not tired already you will be. 16. Bring a snack, you cannot provide adequate patient care if you are worried about your own stomach growling or are becoming "Hangry". Usually there is a breakroom or waiting room to eat in on each floor that is accessible to students. 17. This is not a time to talk about yourself. You are here for your patient. Learn to use effective communication-express empathy, reflect questions back to patient, talk as little about yourself as possible, be friendly no matter your patient's background, use tools adaptive to people with certain disabilities, get an interpreter if needed, make sure you explain what you are about to do before you do it, and most importantly be therapeutic. 18. Do you assessment quickly, thoroughly, and document on time. Nurses usually want the current vital signs to administer medications, and the doctors use information in the computer to provide care and make rounds as well. 19. Ask for help. During clinicals you usually are assigned a "primary nurse" to oversee you and who acts as a guide and sometimes even as your "guardian angel" from mistakes. She is there for you to safely learn and to ask questions. Utilize her as a tool but not as a safeguard. There are times when you may not be able to find your instructor or your primary, so you must act on your own knowledge and critical thinking. Remember, never do anything that may endanger your patient. It is always best to wait and ask for help, than to be sorry later. Last, but not least, is this tip to keep in mind while actively surviving nursing school: You will have bad days. You can never predict what will happen during your shift, to your patient, or how you will react. Do not be too hard on yourself. It all comes with time, patients (no pun intended), and perseverance. The important thing is that you try again and eventually you will succeed. I wish you the best in your nursing career and survival during your first semester. Hopefully you will live to tell the tale like I did.
  6. I'm in my first semester of nursing school, and had my first Funds exam last night. Leading up to the exam, I did practice questions, I reviewed the Power Points and reviewed my own notes....and I still feel like I absolutely failed. I know I just started this journey and NCLEX-style questions take some getting used to, but I can't help but feel like I'm failing and letting myself down. Until this point, I've been a solid A student and I'm having a great deal of difficulty accepting the fact that this isn't clicking for me. I actually enjoy lectures and have enjoyed my time in lab, I'm just feeling like I chose the wrong path. I have wanted to be a nurse for quite some time and I genuinely think I could be great at it- but I'm wondering if I'm just not cut out for nursing school. I've tried to vent to my family about it, but I know no one truly grasps the craziness that is nursing school exams like fellow nursing students and nurses. For those of you in your second semester and beyond- did you have your moments of "this isn't for me"?
  7. I started my first semester of nursing school in March over the summer. The semester mainly consisted of fundamentals, dosage, check-offs, nursing process papers, and clinicals. Majority of our grade came from our theory exams (fundamentals) and our final HESI. Unfortunately, I missed by four points and failed NUR1. I'm extremely disappointed but I have this drive to push harder. 😪 While I wait to get accepted back into my program, which could be up to two semesters, I plan on strengthening my fundamentals and critical thinking. I also plan on studying NUR2 material with my classmates who've moved on to try and get ahead. I was also considering re-taking the TEAS to get a higher grade. That way if I need to apply to another program, I can meet their TEAS score requirements. Nursing is for me and I'm very determined to become an RN no matter what. Has anyone ever failed a semester and passed from their original program? Has anyone ever failed out of a program but graduated from another? Has anyone been unsuccessful with RN then did the LPN > RN? What advice could you give me to moving forward into nursing school? ie. tips, resources I would love to hear testimonies of people out there who have over come their struggles to become a RN. ❤️
  8. I'm currently studying for my finals, but one class that I'm currently struggling in is Pharmacology (they took it back into the program after 5 years of being discontinued due to students complaining its difficulty) and after the HESI that we just took (which I failed) I have to get over a 100 on my final just to pass my course to a 78%. Any less than that, they'll kick us out since the passing rate is a 78%, so I don't know whether to even try studying for it. I've read some other topics that were in my position and I'm still disappointed in myself for not being able to pass this semester (my parents are even blaming me for not studying harder). I've worked really hard to get into the program since it's really competitive to get in and with all the work I've done, I feel like it wasn't enough. I have friends who took the exams with ease and I just feel like they're naturally smart, especially one that's working in the weekends (she even went to a concert!) and she's still passing her classes with high 80's. I know I'm not supposed to compare myself to them, but I'm in a really hard predicament right now so I don't know what else to think, like why can't I be like that smart. I'm also bummed that I won't be with them for the next semester. I've tried studying in study groups and even asked other people for help (including my mother who's a nurse but she hardly sees me since I'm mostly in school and/or she works since she takes night shifts in two hospitals), but for some reason, the information just doesn't stick. I know that I'm lacking in my testing skills since I knew the information but can't apply it to the question so I'm always constantly bickering to myself inside my head between two answers. I've read some test-taking strategies and it helped somewhat but I was still struggling. If any of you guys mention, that nursing isn't for me, it is. I love watching my patients smile during my clinical (they've sent me blessings and a good luck in nursing school, so I feel bad for disappointing them) and I especially love taking care of old people (or people in general). My role model is my mother who is currently a nurse and she works twice as hard since my dad is the one who takes care of my brother and me at home by doing housework. The more I think about that, the more I feel like a burden because my mom has been buying me books to get me through the semester (especially a monthly subscription picmonic for pharm) and she's the one who's been paying for my classes and books included. (I'm planning on getting a part-time job to see if I can help) Sorry this seems like a rant, but I've been so down lately that I don't know what to do anymore and I feel like a failure. I've been trying to keep up my positivity in the first half of the semester but I finally broke down by the near second half. I still want to pursue nursing and I don't want to give up, but I would have to wait for another semester to reapply again and I feel like I would've used that semester as a student in the second level... so if anyone has anything or suggestions to help me get through, it'll be highly appreciated! Please and thank you!
  9. This was my first semester as a Clinical Instructor for brand new nursing students during their first clinical rotation. I looked forward to introducing the newbies to the world of nursing through an idealistic, positive lense. I knew that I would have to work hard to keep that lense clean when others threw dirt on it. What I didn't expect was the wisdom that these students would share at the end of their first semester of clinicals. The following is a list of "lessons learned", written by a group of 14 future nurses from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, BSN class of 2016. 1 ) Really enjoy your clinical experiences- know that you will gain something from every patient contact. 2 ) Get to know your clinical group. Talk about each other's strengths and challenges early on. We are all good at something! Use your peers as resources. 3 ) Back each other up; work in teams if or when possible. 4 ) Keep your eyes and minds open to wanting to learn, and take advantage of every opportunity. 5 ) Appreciate the value of bed baths. They can make your patient feel a lot better and they also provide a great opportunity for you to assess your patient. 6 ) Form your OWN opinions about every patient- don't make assumptions or listen to labels placed on them by others. 7 ) All touch is important and meaningful- holding a hand, helping with a bath, etc. Don't be afraid to touch your patient. 8 ) Don't expect to know everything. Admit what you don't know or understand. 9 ) Always remember that the patients came to the hospital because they needed help. 10) Don't get too discouraged when you feel a patient has not received adequate care- instead let it MOTIVATE you to provide better care. 11) Don't let negative experiences with other staff get in the way of you caring for your patient- some of the best teachers are those who teach you what NOT to do. 12) Good communication with staff can set the tone for your entire day- make it very clear to both the nurse and the CNA at the beginning of your shifts what you will and will not be doing for your patient. 13) Don't forget to thank anyone and everyone who helps you. 14) Don't assume that just because someone is experienced, they are doing everything correctly. 15) When you are able to do something good for a patient, even if it seems like a hassle, look beyond the "doing" and appreciate the rewards you are receiving by providing your best care for that patient. 16) Keep a sense of humor. Don't be afraid to laugh. 17) Wear comfortable shoes. 18) Don't ever forget that patient have ears. Don't assume they can't hear just because they are medically fragile. Most of them can still hear you, and many of them can still understand you. 19) Don't be afraid to ask a "stupid question"- someone else has that question too. Treat your patients as you would want to be treated, and as you would want your loved ones treated. 20) Start organized and stay organized- create/use a one page time management sheet to collect data throughout your shift- pens with multi colored ink can help too. Look at how different nurses organize their information- create something that works for you. 21) Prepare your patients for what you will do, no matter how simple it is. Tell patients what you are doing, and tell them what to expect. 22) Patients are human beings- remember that- they aren't just diseases or sets of signs and symptoms. 23) Take the time to sit down with your patients. 24) In difficult situations, you don't have to always know what to say. Your presence is what matters. ("Lessons Learned" above created by Ms. Griffin's and Mrs. Valcheff's NUR 364 clinical groups: Leslie C., Madeline D., Gabi D., Jake E., Claire E., Ben G., Ashlyn J., Jessica J., Albert L., Jacqueline M., Katherine R., Angel S., Emily T., and Vanessa V.)