Hi all. Anxiety is really starting to set in about doing our Physical Assessment Validation on Thursday. I am so nervous that I am going to forget something. I have been doing focused assessments for so long, I had to use a LOT of time studying the various points of doing the entire body assessment, not to mention remembering the exact and appropriate things that we are supposed to verbally say out loud to our instructor.
Today, my plan is to do the assessment over and over and over again on my daughter until I can do it with my eyes closed. I don’t care if I am up all night doing this. I don’t want to go in there Thursday and embarrass myself. I set standards for myself extremely high. If I go in there and mess this up, I am going to be so disappointed in myself. I am also now starting to worry about the actual exam part of Thursday because I have been focusing so much time on doing the assessment correctly. Read the rest of this entry
We have another big test and skill validation (Physical Examination & Health Assessment) coming up this Thursday, 2/26. I can’t speak for everyone in the class, , but I am, of course, nervous. I have a great deal riding on making it through this program. The thing about nursing school is that you have to make certain grades on each of the tests and skill validations, otherwise you are out of the program. This puts an extreme amount of pressure on the student. The mobility program is not quite like the traditional RN program. This 1st semester is killer. Basically, you are doing a year’s worth of LPN classes all crammed into one semester. It is, for all intents and purposes, a fast track into the RN program for currently licensed LPN’s. It cuts off some of the time that it takes to complete the RN program. Read the rest of this entry
If you are like me, you have never actually seen a positive and negative Babinski Reflex on an adult. This video shows a positive reflex on one foot and then a negative reflex on the other foot in the same adult. So, what does a positive Babinski test indicate in an adult? When the Babinski reflex is present in a child older than 2 years or in an adult, it is often a sign of a brain or nervous system disorder. Disorders may include: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig disease), Brain tumor or injury, Meningitis, Multiple sclerosis, Spinal cord injury, defect, or tumor, Stroke. Read the rest of this entry