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akamel
11-15-2008, 02:17 PM
I have been a nurse for 5 yrs and went to nursing home straight out of school. but there isnt alot of high skill nursing pts there and i have forgotten so much of wut i learned in school. we have had only 2 iv pts, rarely have any urinary cath pts, the don draws labs, etc. I love doing all of that kind of stuff. i am going back to school soon for my rn and i need to refresh my memory. can anyone help or have any ideas??

JacquiBee
11-17-2008, 05:13 PM
I joined online continuing education provider Nursing Center which is free to join and you have acess to their continuing ed stuff. I just read and study it I don't bother to buy articles or to pay for certificates as I don't need to prove my study time in that way where I work. Im sure there ar other on line free access article providers. I like Nursing Center because most of the stuff is practical and clinically based. Happy refreshing :idea2:

runningnurse
11-17-2008, 05:31 PM
Hey Jacqui
Can we get a link for that?? I'd be interested in just keeping myself as up to date as possible and it would be good to get my brain cells flexing again (being out of the clinical area for a bit)
Thanks!:cheers:

JacquiBee
11-17-2008, 05:43 PM
Sure happy to spread the love. This site is run by Lippencott Williams etc so they promote their stuff but not in an over the top way. I joined the e-news letter so I get an email fourtnightly with free articles. Each month is a different topic. If your logged in you can take the test and get your score without paying a cent. I'm not in the US so I just take the legal or policy stuff with a grain of salt as we have diff regs and drug names etc.
http://www.nursingcenter.com/home/index.asp
is home and the ce center is where they have the articles

runningnurse
11-17-2008, 09:05 PM
Thanks!:star:

P/J
11-17-2008, 09:28 PM
We were prescribed a psychomotor skills manual during our course. I have less trouble remembering how to do something, I have more trouble actually moving in the right directions and using the right hand at the right time. You can get models and stuff from university bookshops, many are not too expensive and can help with the skill side.

akamel
11-18-2008, 10:40 AM
thanks soooo much !!! that sounds exactly wut i need !!!

JacquiBee
11-18-2008, 05:28 PM
What exactly is that? Whats the name of the text? sounds facinating.

P/J
11-18-2008, 05:28 PM
Additional, I have asked for equipment from work (disposable items only), and practice in my spare time. Catheters, Dressing packs, gauze, gloves.

Draw pictures and pretend on these (a hospital educator told me this one), this allows for you to work out which hand is doing what. I don't suggest that you wet any of your supplies, that way you can keep using them over again.

Look into the procedure manuals for hospitals, sometimes these give very good instructions on technique.

Befriend a university (or the lab tech at least) and ask if you can pop in for an hour and practice on their maniquins. Bring your own supplies! it is just the body that you need. Explain that you will not make a mess and what you want to practice. I know our lab isn't being used at the moment (Exams and end of year), yet the staff are there 5 days a week preparing for classes or marking reports. I was told if i wanted to practice I could come in, as long as I didn't make too much noise or mess.

P/J
11-18-2008, 05:37 PM
What exactly is that? Whats the name of the text? sounds facinating.

Tollefson, J. (2007) Clinical Psychomotor Skills: Assessment tools for nursing students. Thomson: Australia.
ISBN-13: 978-0-17-013197-1
ISBN-10: 0-17-013197-1

I know that there is a new edition out after this one.

Check with your hospital about procedure, as I have found one technique which was different from the hospital.