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post #1361 of 1533
My first two days of orientation are over! Today is my day off, tomorrow more orientation and then- I actually go to the hospital where I'm working! I'll be on the floor- although I'm sure I'll be doing a scavenger hunt and a hospital tour and such.

It's been so awesome to know that I'm getting paid for this boring orientation stuff!

I'm so excited about it all!
post #1362 of 1533
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I think a part of the argument for the PhD is that most masters programs require so much more than a traditional masters program, that people were doing the work and not getting the degree (or so it was explained to me). Also, there is the Pharm D and the fact that a masters degree is now the entry level for a physical therapist. As a whole health care is all heading towards advanced degrees hence the talk that a BSN be the entry level for an RN (I doubt it will happen any time soon) and all the talk of a PhD.



OT- If the nurse on the shift before you gets slammed at the end of the shift and leaves things for you do you get mad? I totally fell behind today trying to keep one patient from hurting himself and sending the other off to CT that I didn't hand a drip that had been ordered or start a vamp/CVP. He was stable and was in CT until 15 min before shift change so I couldn't get to it and the oncoming nurse was pissed. When people leave me things to do I have no problem doing it.
I don't think it's going to happen any time soon, either...but I think if it DOES come about, it will not necessarily be a good change. How many women out there are SAHM's or even WOHM's and they think "Oh, I can kill myself for a year or two in school to become a nurse or a midwife (think LPN or LP/CPM)", but the thought of Master's or Ph.D. is WAY out of the scope of their possibilities?? Talk about a healthcare shortage...it'll be even worse! I mean, I don't mind going ahead and getting my Master's...it'll take less than a year from where I am now educationally speaking. Then to complete the CNM course requirements would be another 2 years, approximately. That's just three years for me. But for a person starting from ground zero??? Ouch.

As for the end of shift thing...as long as it's not a chronic problem, I don't mind at all. Sometimes I have to leave a thing or two undone, so I don't mind tying up another person's loose ends. What I DO mind is when a certain nurse develops a reputation for leaving stuff, and every time they report off to me, they say "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't get to Mr. So-and-so's dressing change (for the 3rd time that week)", leaving bags of fluid empty for me, etc.
post #1363 of 1533
Dumping on the next shift usually doesn't bother me, unless the offender is socializing come shift change. That burns me up. Or an admission that was left for several hours. If they just arrived 15 minutes ago, oh well, thats my bad luck. But longer than that, I do get mad if NOTHING was started. At least get a set of vitals, start the IV, and get their oxygen set up.
post #1364 of 1533
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I don't think it's going to happen any time soon, either...but I think if it DOES come about, it will not necessarily be a good change. How many women out there are SAHM's or even WOHM's and they think "Oh, I can kill myself for a year or two in school to become a nurse or a midwife (think LPN or LP/CPM)", but the thought of Master's or Ph.D. is WAY out of the scope of their possibilities?? Talk about a healthcare shortage...it'll be even worse! I mean, I don't mind going ahead and getting my Master's...it'll take less than a year from where I am now educationally speaking. Then to complete the CNM course requirements would be another 2 years, approximately. That's just three years for me. But for a person starting from ground zero??? Ouch.

As for the end of shift thing...as long as it's not a chronic problem, I don't mind at all. Sometimes I have to leave a thing or two undone, so I don't mind tying up another person's loose ends. What I DO mind is when a certain nurse develops a reputation for leaving stuff, and every time they report off to me, they say "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't get to Mr. So-and-so's dressing change (for the 3rd time that week)", leaving bags of fluid empty for me, etc.
The educational requirements in Washington for LMs are extensive == three years or more. And really, shouldn't they be? You're interpreting labs, identifying normal physiologic changes v. abnormal, etc., etc.
post #1365 of 1533
feminist mama, I definitely want to hear more about your orientation! I can't WAIT to graduate in Dec. I'm in my third semester now, which is our OB/Peds/Psych semester, and I am just feeling done. Not like I feel like I don't have tons to learn still, because obviously I do, just that I'm dying to actually hit the floor and start DOING instead of sitting in a class all day, you know?

I loved my L&D clinical days and have decided that's where I'm going to go. I am all about helping mamas during this very exciting moment in their lives, however they choose to go about it. Even as a student, I feel like I was able to help my mamas do their thing, just by doing simple stuff like offering a hand to hold during some scary stuff. I was also present during a section birth of a child with fairly severe anomalies, but since I was the only one in the OR who didn't have a specific job, I was able to explain what was going on with the baby to mama and grandma and answer any questions they had. I felt particularly good about that one because everyone else was so busy, mama and grandma were sort of ignored during all of it, so I think that my presence helped make it all a bit less scary. I loved my postpartum clinicals too, helping new moms breastfeed. I even helped a new mom in my Peds rotation with breastfeeding questions, which was great.

Most of the time as a student, I try my best but I feel totally incompetent so it's been really great to actually feel a bit useful, you know?
post #1366 of 1533
I just got my acceptance letter. Classes start August 25. I am so nervous, scared, anxious, excited I could just puke. My stomach is all in knots. I am finishing my last co-reqs right now and will only have nursing courses for the next two years. So is it really as bad as everyone says?
post #1367 of 1533
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I just got my acceptance letter. Classes start August 25. I am so nervous, scared, anxious, excited I could just puke. My stomach is all in knots. I am finishing my last co-reqs right now and will only have nursing courses for the next two years. So is it really as bad as everyone says?
Congrats!!! Yeah, it's bad. But you will get through it and survive! Your house will probably be turned up-side-down for awhile, just hang on and enjoy the ride!
post #1368 of 1533
Congratulations! I will admit that I did have to do some adjusting for NS because it was a lot harder than any other classes I've ever taken. Once you get into the swing of it though, it's totally doable. I have had my ups and downs with the program I'm in but I am enjoying NS a lot and am still managing to get good grades as well. I hope you enjoy it too!
post #1369 of 1533
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I just got my acceptance letter. Classes start August 25. I am so nervous, scared, anxious, excited I could just puke. My stomach is all in knots. I am finishing my last co-reqs right now and will only have nursing courses for the next two years. So is it really as bad as everyone says?
Congratulations!!
post #1370 of 1533
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Originally Posted by lillysmom View Post
I just got my acceptance letter. Classes start August 25. I am so nervous, scared, anxious, excited I could just puke. My stomach is all in knots. I am finishing my last co-reqs right now and will only have nursing courses for the next two years. So is it really as bad as everyone says?
Congratulations!
post #1371 of 1533
Hello everyone, I'm going back to school this fall after a 3 year hiatus. I'll be applying to the nursing program next year (currently a junior level bio major). I have a few semesters of pre-reqs to take care of first. I would love to join you all

I have a nursing advising session tomorrow and will also be registering for the TEAS. Any suggestions for study material?
post #1372 of 1533
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I have a nursing advising session tomorrow and will also be registering for the TEAS. Any suggestions for study material?
ATI (the company that makes the TEAS) has a study manual that you can buy. Having said that, I didn't find it necessary. If you've done most of your pre/co-requisites, you will be prepared.
post #1373 of 1533
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The educational requirements in Washington for LMs are extensive == three years or more. And really, shouldn't they be? You're interpreting labs, identifying normal physiologic changes v. abnormal, etc., etc.
Oh, I agree totally. However, does one REALLY need a Ph.D. to do that? As nurses, we interpret labs, identify normal vs. abnormal, etc. We are, after all, our patients first and best advocates and lines of defense. The big difference is that we have to call the Dr. and let them know what's going on, or call and report labs that are off, etc. and get orders. Three years for an
LM is reasonable. For a Ph.D. you're looking at over double that!
post #1374 of 1533
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Originally Posted by lillysmom View Post
I just got my acceptance letter. Classes start August 25. I am so nervous, scared, anxious, excited I could just puke. My stomach is all in knots. I am finishing my last co-reqs right now and will only have nursing courses for the next two years. So is it really as bad as everyone says?
I'm starting in the fall, too. Very scary. Currently trying to night-wean my 23 mo but it's going terribly (he's the youngest of 5!)
post #1375 of 1533
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Dumping on the next shift usually doesn't bother me, unless the offender is socializing come shift change. That burns me up. Or an admission that was left for several hours. If they just arrived 15 minutes ago, oh well, thats my bad luck. But longer than that, I do get mad if NOTHING was started. At least get a set of vitals, start the IV, and get their oxygen set up.
Bleech, I had an issue the other day. I had a patient who had a c/s at around 9 am. I did peri-care at around 1300 and then I went in to do it again before shift change at 1800 and she had many visitors and asked me to do it later. I told her the next shift was coming on and they would do it later. In report I said she requested that I defer the care b/c she had guests and they thought I should have said no and made the guests leave. Lazy much? I thought it was about the patient. And I am very careful not to dump on the next shift b/c I hate it when it happens to me. I am still annoyed about this because it was like I was made out to be the lazy/bad one when it was them.
post #1376 of 1533

Need textbooks for RN clinicals...help!

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post #1377 of 1533
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I have to get my textbooks for my first year of clinicals this fall. I'm going for my RN associate's degree. Does anyone know a good place to buy them used? Is there somewhere that loans out textbooks? I don't have to purchase them (very, very expensive); I would even consider borrowing them if that is an option (even for a fee). Any suggestions? Or does anyone know any nurses who just finished school and might be interested in helping me out? TIA!!!
You'll probably want to own most of your books---they are a good reference and everything in nursing school "builds" on itself, so I looked back at previous books while I was in school. I still occasionally look things up in my med/surg books.

I bought all of mine on www.half.com They are owned by eBay and I always found good deals and quick shipping! Good luck!
post #1378 of 1533
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Originally Posted by lillysmom View Post
I just got my acceptance letter. Classes start August 25. I am so nervous, scared, anxious, excited I could just puke. My stomach is all in knots. I am finishing my last co-reqs right now and will only have nursing courses for the next two years. So is it really as bad as everyone says?
Yay!

I am starting classes this coming Jan., and I can't wait!
post #1379 of 1533
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Originally Posted by leosmommy View Post
I have to get my textbooks for my first year of clinicals this fall. I'm going for my RN associate's degree. Does anyone know a good place to buy them used? Is there somewhere that loans out textbooks? I don't have to purchase them (very, very expensive); I would even consider borrowing them if that is an option (even for a fee). Any suggestions? Or does anyone know any nurses who just finished school and might be interested in helping me out? TIA!!!
I get most of mine on Amazon Marketplace (same as Amazon.com). I have found most of the time that they are cheaper than half.com. You can buy used or new and I have always had good luck with quality- i.e. "used in good condition" has truly been used in good condition. The books are sold by individual sellers or stores but you can read feedback about them. I second the recommendation to buy rather than borrow if you can. I use a lot of my undergrad books in my grad classes for reference and throughout school I used things like a care plan book for other things I was working on.
post #1380 of 1533
You might want to ask someone from your program before you buy your books elsewhere. I know that in our program they will bundle things together, so the books come with online codes, or an iclicker, that you wouldn't get if you purchased the book anywhere else.
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