Going to Nursing school next year!

  1. I've decided to go to nursing school next year, this year i am going to finish up taking my chem and A & P. Do you think it's better for me to do it this way and go to a hospital nursing school next year, become an rn and then do my bsn online right after i become an rn? or go to a 4 year school and finish up my 2 years there? where do i get more experience?

    one more question: is there any other use besides for people who are diabetic to use a needle for medication? i found one in my future sister-in-law's bathroom? just wondering if she is doing something illegal? PLease let me know so i can help her!

    THANKS
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  3. by   mzmckim
    Nikkie,
    First of all welcome to the boards!

    I am a nursing student as well. I have a BS in Business Adminstration and am currently working on my ADN. I was going to go for my BS, but it will take alot longer. So I am going to finish my ADN get my RN license and hopefully go work for a hospital that will pay for further education...Our local college has an RN to MSN bridge that seems fairly reasonable. REGARDLESS...I don't think there is any better way than what you feel you can handle. The accelerated BSN program that I investigated would have been way to much for me to handle with a hubby and two kids and working full time.

    You do what you feel is best for you and everything will turn out just fine!

    Best of Luck to you..

    Oh yeah, regarding the other situation, don't really have an answer on that one!

    Judy
  4. by   amblessing
    Originally posted by Nikki NJ
    one more question: is there any other use besides for people who are diabetic to use a needle for medication? i found one in my future sister-in-law's bathroom? just wondering if she is doing something illegal? PLease let me know so i can help her!
    Hopefully it's nothing illegal! I did 2 cycles of IVF 5 years ago, and I had boat loads of used needles from Lupron and Progesterone injections. I remember my doctor let me put the used ones in small rubbermaid containers and then he would dispose of them properly in his office. I was always terrified that I would be pulled over by a cop on the way to the doctor's office and my car would be searched - can you imagine the look on their face when they saw all those used needles :chuckle

    Congratulations on your decision to go to nursing school - good luck
  5. by   Vsummer1
    To make a long story short... I was in RN school (ADN) and was dx with hep c. No wonder my grades were falling! ANYWHOOOO

    it required shots and I had needles around though I was very, very careful to always put the used ones in a proper container. I even got a special card explaining WHY I had needles on my person. Mind you, b4 this dx I would NEVER have considered a reason to have needles around like they were part of the furniture, but I required 48 weeks of tx a shot eod and I had sort of gotten used to their presence. No big thing...

    I have a friend who cleans houses. She found a needle -- the hard way-- it actually broke her skin. I freaked! I told her that there was no way in the world she should accept a needle stick and walk away just to clean their house another day. Having gone through tx for HCV it was a BIG deal to me! She told me they were good people (?) but I demanded she call them and confront them. She called and the wife was perplexed -- on the other side of it, the lady was p*ss*d at the thought her DH would be using... until it came out exactly where the needle was found. It was a needle they used to re-insert ink into thier printer cartridge (it voids the warranty when you do that though

    So, there are lots of reasons why you may see needles around other than diabetes. If I found one? I would just come right out and say "Hey! Look what I found??!!! What is it doing HERE??!!?"

    I guess what I am saying is... needles by themselves ain't bad?

    btw... I am proud to be among the 40% HCV negative after 48 wks of tx. Sustained response, 2 years negative, and am going back to school to finish my RN. :roll
  6. by   nurseman
    I did a three-year RN program at a community college and saved a bundle compared to my friends going for their BSN. The only snag is that I never completed the on-line BSN like I planned. Taking continuing ed courses was better for the career. Still planning on taking the BSN. The Occupational Health Nursing diploma that I'm working on lets me transfer credits.
    As for experience both the RN and BSN programs had the same number of clinical hours (government regulations) so it was a purely short-term financial decision with me.


    Just wondering if it was a diabetic/TB sized needle or a larger gage needle without the syringe you found. I've used needles (long ones only) for refilling printer cartridges. I've been given needles (diabetic) by the vet when my snake got sick. I keep a large gage few needles around the house to pry out slivers and have heard of people using needles for gluing models. If it was a larger needle you found I'd wouldn't worry but I'd have a chat with her if it was diabetic size.
  7. by   kathkrn
    I did my RN diploma through a community college, graduating in 1996. It was quite a bit cheaper than going to university. I also found that I had more clinical experience and skills at time of graduation compared to friends of mine that did their BScN at the same time. Unfortunately, in Ontario, they have changed the community college programs, and by 2005, allgraduates will have a BScN. The more unfortunate thing is that you can take the first two years through college, but the tuition is the same as that at university.

    I have gone back to school for my BScN. I think that is you can get more clinical experience going through a hospital based/community program, do that, then go back to school.

    As for the needles, it could be for fertility treatment.

    Best of luck to you.

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