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  1. I am planning to pick top schools (Duke, Weil, UC Davis, USC ... ). I also plan to apply to local schools in my area, which is in Florida (UF, Nova, Keiser). But I am not sure if I should consider this because of my spotty academic record (low gpa from 1st bachelors, withdrawing form a nursing school with good standing, and failing out of an ASN program). Is there any way to show adcom from these schools that I can be an equally competitive candidate than those with not so spotty academic records? I am planning to take between 3 to 4 years to build up a strong application. To address a spotty record I have been doing the following: After nursing I will: Start GRE early to get a near perfect score (this is possible. I have seen students with scores below 292 raised it to 336. Apparently this is possible with committment and dedication more than 3 months.) I will be preparing for PANCE early through CME, and baord exam questions Participate in CE's and CME's to become more aware of how to procedures, diagnostics, are done I will be reviewing ways to do patient interview, and patient intake After my first bachelors I plan to: Work with a private tutor to learn better study skills Get a second bachelors in the sciences, which also fulfull preprequisites for PA school There has been an upward trend in grades since nursing school. To gain better clinical experience I am Searching for a paid work as a PCT Right now I am working as a resident assistant, and planning to volunteer in a hospital.
  2. Somehow I don't feel well rested after a nap. I guess I can hydrate myself through the day with the nap.
  3. Does anyone know how to stay focused even when they are tired throughout the day? My schedule starts early and ends really late. I've been tired lately trying to adjust to my schedule. It's been difficult for me to focus when I am tired.
  4. Aren't PA's suppose to consider holisitic medicine as part of the assessment, the treatment, and the care of patients? I've read that herbs can interfere with therapeutic responses of medications and procedures. Is that something that PANCE or PANRE would focus on?
  5. So far from what I have known as a CNA, I can perform CPR, ACLS, Heimlich maneurver, and emergency assessment of the situation by taking vitals, using a gluomonitor, and checking for both ABC and bleeding. I am told to report things to nurses and clinicans who are licensed to physicially assess and give further emergency intervention as needed. In assisted living facilities, nurses will usually check for BG level to determine if emergency intervention is needed. However in hospitals, CNAs can use a gluomonitor to check BG during emergencies. In all places, RNs are the ones who usually provide emergency treatment, especially for hypoglycemia, if ordered by MD, DO, NP, or PA. In assisted living facilities, they can delegate this to a LPN. In hospitals, they can delegate this to a CNA who are trained to place in IVs. However, I feel that it is good to learn protocols for emergency situations. Especially if people want to pursue a degree as a clinican. More so because I feel there is not enough time and training to learn this while in school.
  6. Thanks for clarifying everyone. I'll read up more on each person's role in the healthcare system.
  7. So do medics provide emergency intervention, and transport to hospitals for clinicans, such as nurses, doctors, PAs, or NPs, to evaluate the patient further?
  8. Thanks fakingpatience. The explanation from an EMS background is extremely helpful. From what I understand so far, the primary focus is emergency intervention. It seems that once EMS has ensured that the person is stable, they give them the option to go to the hospital for further evaluation. The explanation of patient options seem to be different with every scope of practice, and situation. For instance, during my work as a current CNA, I learned that I can not provide emergency treatment because it is not within my scope of practice. I can only give patients the option to speak to nurses and staff about their well-being, care, and treatment plan. It was good to learn about the different takes on the situation from people with different backgrounds. I hope to apply this to the application process in some shape or form in the future.
  9. Thanks this was helpful. I will be looking at scope of practice in different states.
  10. My goal wasn't to complain about the situation. I wanted to make it more of a learning experience of what should be done and what should not have been done. The feedback will help me in the future. From what I understand, the goal of EMS is to make the patient stable. They measure BG wtih a glucomonitor to determine if the BG is within 60 mg/dL to 110 mg/dL. They initiate the IV with 180mL D50W in 1L NS to bring up the BG above 60 mg/dL. I was confused about the next step. Once they have achieved BG stability, it would be better for them to get a CT scan to r/o CVA? Once again, I'm just wondering. I thought there would be further physicial examination to determine findings r/o CVA before initiating a CT scan. My goal was to learn from the situation.I have a tendency to write things out in detail to describe what happened. I also have a tendency to use quotations to avoid subjective words in hopes of getting better feedback. I'll try my best to practice my writing next time.
  11. Hi everyone, I recently had to deal with a family emergency. The paramedic team did not give us a lot of information when assisting with the emergency. One paramedic took the blood sugar of my family member and found the BG below 60 mg/dL. I saw one paramedic initiate an IV. The same paramedic reported giving D50W. I did not see the D50W administered. I saw a bag of NS attached to one of the IV lines. Even seenig the fluids administered to my loved one's body, the paramedic team said, that they were administereing "medicine." They did not specify that it was D50W. They also said that "HIPPA was going to release patient information" if refusing care from the ED. When asked again what it was, they did not give examples of how HIPPA would affect us during care. The only thing I was educated on was taking my loved one to a hospital for slurred speech after finding a blood sugar below 60 mg/dL. The paramedic said that the reason why they would need to take my loved one to the hospital is to rule out CVA over hypoglcyemica. After 15 minutes of D50W administration, my loved one was alert, but still had slurred speech. They did not give him the option to refuse treatment by being trasnported to a hospital. They kept saying that people should be alert and oriented within 5 minutes. They did not specificy the meaning of this when asked. After 30 minutes of D50W administration, my loved one was able to smile. His grip was equal to gravity. He was able to state his name, and date of birth. What would you guys have done after finding hypoglycemia? Was protocol properly followed?
  12. Today I found out that PA's can not practice medicine under a chiropractor, or DC. What other types of physician titles can PA's practice medicine under? I know that they can practice under MD's and DO's. What about OD's, or optometry doctors?
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