Vent: Damn it! Problem with clinicals

  1. Clinicals start in two weeks, and I've just found out that I'm missing some vaccine titers and a TB test. And I have to get it all done in the next two weeks, otherwise my clinicals will be delayed and I'll probably have to take Fundamentals over, screwing up my schedule. And with my more spartan medical insurance it'll cost hundreds. :angryfire

    Hopefully, I'll be able to call my MD tomorrow morning and demand an appointment to take care of these things that day, STAT. If not, I can forget about starting clinicals until the spring Hopefully, it won't get any worse than that...but I could see something like this screwing up my entire program. And if I have to drop out, I still have to pay back the loans for this quarter and find another job before my funds run out...but that's an absolute worst case scenario and almost certainly won't happen.

    Thanks for listening to my rant. It bugs me most that this happened right when I was feeling that I was really ahead of the game and able to handle everything. Now I have to worry about continuing with the program.

    I'm calmer now, and, surprisingly, still studying and getting ready for my next class. Still very sad, it hurts when something like this comes up to ruin a good week. However, I know from what I've read here that many of you have been in worse situations, and it gives me hope that I can manage mine just fine.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   RainDreamer
    Getting titers drawn and getting a TB test shouldn't hold you up ...... it'd take no time and hopefully they can get you in soon. Two weeks will be plenty of time, especially if you call and get an appointment this week.

    Hang in there!
  4. by   jnette
    Quote from RainDreamer
    Getting titers drawn and getting a TB test shouldn't hold you up ...... it'd take no time and hopefully they can get you in soon. Two weeks will be plenty of time, especially if you call and get an appointment this week.

    Hang in there!
    Agree, Joe !

    I had my titers back in just a couple days. Pay it off little by little.. no sense going broke over it. Shouldn't really cost that much.. can't remember.

    These last minute details can really throw a monkey wrench into things and get you al "discombobbled".. for a day or two. You'll see, it will all work out fine. Save that energy for the really IMPORTANT stuff !!!
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Titers take about 2-3 days to get back, and hopefully the PPD will be neg so I really think you will be ok. I know where you're coming from though. Anything that throws a wrench into something I was just starting to make sense of can make me mad too.

    You'll be alright. Let us know how it goes...
  6. by   Joe NightingMale
    You're all right...I can probably get it all done in a few days. It turns out a bunch of other students are in the same situation (and previous students have had similar problems) so I'm not alone in this.

    I'm the kind of guy that expects disaster, so when this happened part of me said, "This is it! I was right!". A little premature in this case, so I guess I have to tame that reflex....
  7. by   BBFRN
    If you can't get in to see your MD, go to an immediate care center. Lots of them offer what you need.
  8. by   bethin
    Will the health dept do the TB test?
  9. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Joe NightingMale
    Clinicals start in two weeks, and I've just found out that I'm missing some vaccine titers and a TB test....Thanks for listening to my rant. It bugs me most that this happened right when I was feeling that I was really ahead of the game and able to handle everything.
    Mm hmm, I know the feeling. Well people say it helps build character.

    People that walked away after saying that w/ a broken nose.

    Just kiddin. It will be ok!


    Quote from jnette
    ... "discombobbled"..
    That's "discombobulated", you silly ...

    Can you tell I have an edge today? lol

    (hope you have a great trip, and Joe Mightymale, hope everything works out!)
  10. by   fmrnicumom
    I wish you luck getting everything taken care of. I'm another one that expects disaster - I suppose it's because of everything I've been through. Need to tame that myself! I hope it all works out quickly and easily.

    Tiffany
  11. by   Joe NightingMale
    Turns out my worries were a bit premature...

    I did have the titers done...it's just that my doc didn't give me all the results. Or explain that one test covers several titers. So I'm OK there.

    Will have PPD done Monday, so I'm good there.

    And I didn't really need to be in such a hurry...I re-read the email from the department and it turns out that these are necessary for the clinicals in January, not the brief clinical we start next month.

    :imbar A bit embarrassed about getting so upset. Funny how when things go wrong with NS, for me at least they always get resolved somehow.
  12. by   JailRN
    I'm glad you got what you needed--I was going to suggest the student health office....

    We all rant and rave--it's good for us, PLUS posting it lets others know they aren't alone!!!

    Carry on!!

    Good luck

    :smiletea:
    Sharon
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from Joe NightingMale
    Funny how when things go wrong with NS, for me at least they always get resolved somehow.
    That, friend, is a sign that nursing school is meant to be.
  14. by   Joe NightingMale
    :yeahthat:

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