Are there any Oklahoma students on board?! - page 8

I was wondering if anyone from Oklahoma is on this board, and if so, where you attend nursing school. :p v... Read More

  1. by   Cynthiann
    I think it would be easier to take Nutrition instead of Chem for the summer. The financial aid office told me that if you go full time during the spring and fall then you don't get anything in the summer. You only qualify for the summer if you are going part time. They do have a tuition waiver scholarship for summer and fall right now based on your GPA. I applied but that would still leave me to pay for books and fees, so I'm not completely sure if I'm going in the summer.

    I'll ask the guy in my class about nutrition for you and let you know tomorrow night.
  2. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    I think it would be easier to take Nutrition instead of Chem for the summer. The financial aid office told me that if you go full time during the spring and fall then you don't get anything in the summer. You only qualify for the summer if you are going part time. They do have a tuition waiver scholarship for summer and fall right now based on your GPA. I applied but that would still leave me to pay for books and fees, so I'm not completely sure if I'm going in the summer.
    Oh that figures...hmm maybe Ill just take one class then for this summer, that would be about all I could afford. I guess I will apply for that tuition waver as well, where did you get it?
  3. by   Cynthiann
    Just go to the financial aid office upstairs in the Student Service Building and ask them for the application for the tuition waiver scholarship.
  4. by   Cynthiann
    I have an off topic question. I'm doing my income tax right now online. They are asking for the amount of my state income tax return which I have no idea what it was. I also never recieved a 1099-G that is supposed to state all this information. What should I do? Should I contact someone downtown who might can give me the information or does it matter if I list it on my return?
  5. by   Rootbear76
    Originally posted by Cynthiann


    Just wondering, I haven't taken chemistry yet, I might in the fall. It's not a pre-requisite to Anatomy (which I'm thinking about taking this summer, too!) Intro Chem is a pre-requisite to Physiology and you also have to have another science like Anatomy or Zoology. I do think 9 hours is a lot for the summer. Summer is in half the time as a regular semester so that would be equal to doing 18 hours in the fall or spring. How many classes have you done so far? Are you planning on applying to Rose's nursing program or another?

    Why are the NP programs being phased out? When I was considering which master's program I would like to do (between NP, CNM, or CRNA) I immediately dismissed NP because I read to many times on this board about NPs not being able to find a job and end up as a floor nurse again. I want to do something with a lot of job security. I chose to go toward CRNA for many reasons (and not just the money) the number one reason is because how much I hear about CRNA having so much job satisfaction. Also because of the autonomy and the challenge and always learning something new. There are a couple of programs both in Dallas/FW and Houston. This is my great excuse to my husband on why we should move to Texas asap. I can't wait to get out of Oklahoma.


    I'm just starting Cynthiann so I don't have a lot of classes under my belt. I just found out I earned 7 college credits for my job in the military (clerical). I know 2 hours will go towards the first aid. I'm exempt from taking that..lol. The end of this semester I will have 9 hours done plus those extra I mentioned above. Maybe I'll try 6 this sememster, you are right 9 will be a heavy load, ESPECIALLY trying to work fulltime I'm going to apply to both Rose State and OSU and WHOEVER lets me in that's where I'm going! I REALLY want to apply to the program January. I'll just have to quit my job and find work part time or something. It's worth the sacrifice though. The nurses starting in Oklahoma really don't make that much money you guys. I checked on the Mercy site, and the starting salary for new RN's is $15.90. They pay extra for night shift and weekends though. Still that's not good.

    I don't blame you for the CRNA program. I don't want to just do a job for money either; I want something I will ENJOY that will be challenging! It is a great excuse to get the heck out of Oklahoma no doubt!


    Marilyn,

    I haven't taken nutrition online, but I know I'm DEFINETLY signing up for that one this summer.

    I'm glad I met you both too! It's fun talking to people with the same career goals. It's very uplifting and encouraging! We definetly have to keep in touch maybe go eat one weekend or something at Ihop!

    v
  6. by   marilynmom
    I cant belive that is all it is paying! I mean really ya know?! It almost makes me want to go into another career...how frusterating. Good grief my husband makes $11.50 an hour working for OU and that is hardly enought to live on, $15 an hour isnt that much different.

    I wonder how we can figure out weekend/night differential? $15 is very dissapointing to say the *least*...makes me wonder if I really want to put all the time into it. But that is what a Masters degree is for, that is where the money is.

    Marilyn
  7. by   marilynmom
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    I have an off topic question. I'm doing my income tax right now online. They are asking for the amount of my state income tax return which I have no idea what it was. I also never recieved a 1099-G that is supposed to state all this information. What should I do? Should I contact someone downtown who might can give me the information or does it matter if I list it on my return?
    I did mine online as well....are you using Turbo Tax on the Web? Through the IRS website? Maybe if you did not receive a 1099-G (I know I did not) that quetion doesnt apply to you?

    Marilyn
  8. by   marilynmom
    Just Wondering I know I wouldn't take more than 6 hours for the summer....6 hours is a LOT during the summer especially if you are working full time! I have never been during the summer but I can only imagine since its all packed into 8 weeks.

    Marilyn
  9. by   Rootbear76
    Originally posted by marilynmom
    I cant belive that is all it is paying! I mean really ya know?! It almost makes me want to go into another career...how frusterating. Good grief my husband makes $11.50 an hour working for OU and that is hardly enought to live on, $15 an hour isnt that much different.

    I wonder how we can figure out weekend/night differential? $15 is very dissapointing to say the *least*...makes me wonder if I really want to put all the time into it. But that is what a Masters degree is for, that is where the money is.

    Marilyn
    I know that pay sucks ! I make $11.07 working for the State of Oklahoma, and all I do is sit on my butt, type, and surf the web! Plus I have decent benefits..LOL! It will be hard to leave for just $15.00 an hour for all that hard work nurses have to do! Money isn't more important than happiness though, but hey it's a down payment on it..lol!

    Since I'll be taking 6 hours, I'll make sure they are both online to save myself some time with traveling and having to sit in class! I figured 9 hours done online wouldn't be so bad, but I DON'T want to be overwhelmed!
  10. by   rstewart
    Hello again fellow Okies:

    First thing is that $15.90 rate for new RNs on the Mercy web....stinks, doesn't it? The fact is Oklahoma is about fifth or sixth from the bottom for average state nursing salaries; the average would be even lower if Tulsa's higher wages weren't averaged in. Equally lame is the wage for the 4-6 year RN job they are advertising at $17.20/hr. Even at 8-9 or so years experience you can expect about $19.

    The rotten salaries are why hospitals have trouble filling their regular staff positions. After a year or so experience the same nurse who would be making $16 or so in the hospital can work float pool for $25/hr or about $30/hr working agency.

    Those are base rates, by the way. But all the hospitals pay shift and weekend differentials, not just Mercy. They are about $3/hr most places.

    So my first advice is be careful of your education debt. There are some very expensive private nursing schools around and it would take quite a while to pay it back with the low salaries in Oklahoma. Nobody cares which school you attended once you have RN after your name. Everyone has their own opinion as to which school is the "best". My feeling is that you get out of nursing school exactly what you put into it.

    Someone asked me about Saints which is where I work. Our critical care unit is 32 beds and is not divided into separate cardiac, surgical, neuro etc intensive care units so you get a lot of variety. We also have an open heart recovery program on our unit. So for those who want to go on to CRNA school I can tell you without reservation that you would certainly have exposure to the types of experiences that they are looking for. It's just too bad you all are just starting out in school------I'd get a $2000 referral bonus for each CCU RN; and you would get a $6000 sign-on bonus.
  11. by   Cynthiann
    Originally posted by marilynmom
    I did mine online as well....are you using Turbo Tax on the Web? Through the IRS website? Maybe if you did not receive a 1099-G (I know I did not) that quetion doesnt apply to you?

    Marilyn
    I found the 1099-G we got last year but I never got one this year. I'm thinking that maybe the mailman put in someone else box. My street is Cedar Ridge and the next two are Cedar Ln and Cedar Ct. I'm just going to call the Tax Commission office since that is what is listed on the old one. I tried earlier and it's always busy. I am using the TurboTax, what did you put for the part asking about last year's state refund or did you just skipped it?

    Since you are all talking about income I just remembered something mentioned in my Am. government class yesterday. The teacher was talking about baby boomers and mentioned that if someone wasn't sure what they want to major in, do something in healthcare because of the demand. Then he says that new graduate nurses get paid $40K-$60/year. That's $20-$30 per hour. Then I said "not starting out." The girl in front of me said at Deaconess they do. I didn't get into it anymore since the teacher was in the middle of a lecture. I'm going to ask them more about it tomorrow in class.

    Marilyn- I dont' think differential is that much here in Oklahoma. My husband said at Midwest Regional it's $1-1.50 night diff.

    We could definitely meet up sometime, whenever, I'm available evenings and weekends except for Tues and Thur I'm in class.
  12. by   Cynthiann
    [/QUOTE] Someone asked me about Saints which is where I work. Our critical care unit is 32 beds and is not divided into separate cardiac, surgical, neuro etc intensive care units so you get a lot of variety. We also have an open heart recovery program on our unit. So for those who want to go on to CRNA school I can tell you without reservation that you would certainly have exposure to the types of experiences that they are looking for. It's just too bad you all are just starting out in school------I'd get a $2000 referral bonus for each CCU RN; and you would get a $6000 sign-on bonus. [/QUOTE]

    I'm the one that asked you about St Anthony's. Sounds like an ideal place for me to work at considering my goals. How hard is it to get in ICU as a new grad? Stick around here a couple of more years (until I graduate) and I'll take you up on that offer for the referral.

    All this talk about low incomes in OK makes me think that I should just move to Texas after graduating. Anyone else feel like that?
  13. by   rstewart
    $40-60K for new grad nurses at Deaconess? Well, yea if they work nights low 40s maybe. But no way are they paying anywhere close to 60K.

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