Brookhaven/Mountainview - page 7

Hey everyone, I just wanted to get a thread started for all of the BHC/MVC students; please help me get a support system going here. I am starting at BHC in Jan. 07 and would love to make... Read More

  1. by   joshuaha
    Mrs. Routh always say to "dig deeper". I think it is one of her favorite things to say! Of course, you should really try to go deeper if she asks you too! I just have class one day a week on Mondays. I only have one more clinical day (it's an easy one because I am actually at a pedi clinic) and then we get a two week break. After that, it is on to fourth and Final semester! Yes, I can't wait! Keep working hard :typing
  2. by   2btxnurse1972
    Hey Guys and Gals! I need your help! I know I have posted to this forum a few times, but I need some direction more than ever. The last week I have been in tears every day trying to figure out how in the heck I'm going to do this. After talking to the advisors at Brookhaven, it looks like I will be applying in the Spring to start nursing (assuming I get accepted) in the Summermester. I will have ALL of more prereqs and core classes completed by that time.

    Here is my dilema! How in the *&^%$ am I going to do this? I have never worked in the medical field and am an account manager for a direct mail marketing company. I've been here for 6 years. I'm trying to figure out if I can work while in nursing school. With you all attending the Brookhaven program I figured you would know better than anybody. Is it possible to work a part time job? Should I work as a student nurse and if so, does anybody know how much you can make while doing that? I plan on getting student loans as I will probably only have about 2 months worth of pay saved up by the time I start to cover my apartment and expenses. I have never been so scared in my entire life, as things have always been so stable with me and now I feel like I'm standing on the end of a needle about to fall at any second. I want to become a nurse more than anything, but I can't live on the streets while doing so! Help, please!! I would love to talk to somebody offline if anybody has any suggestions.

    Signed: Frantic and Scared to death!
  3. by   mysterious_one
    Quote from 2btxnurse1972
    Hey Guys and Gals! I need your help! I know I have posted to this forum a few times, but I need some direction more than ever. The last week I have been in tears every day trying to figure out how in the heck I'm going to do this. After talking to the advisors at Brookhaven, it looks like I will be applying in the Spring to start nursing (assuming I get accepted) in the Summermester. I will have ALL of more prereqs and core classes completed by that time.

    Here is my dilema! How in the *&^%$ am I going to do this? I have never worked in the medical field and am an account manager for a direct mail marketing company. I've been here for 6 years. I'm trying to figure out if I can work while in nursing school. With you all attending the Brookhaven program I figured you would know better than anybody. Is it possible to work a part time job? Should I work as a student nurse and if so, does anybody know how much you can make while doing that? I plan on getting student loans as I will probably only have about 2 months worth of pay saved up by the time I start to cover my apartment and expenses. I have never been so scared in my entire life, as things have always been so stable with me and now I feel like I'm standing on the end of a needle about to fall at any second. I want to become a nurse more than anything, but I can't live on the streets while doing so! Help, please!! I would love to talk to somebody offline if anybody has any suggestions.

    Signed: Frantic and Scared to death!
    Hi,
    I don't know much about Brookhaven's program, I am at El Centro, but I know that many students in my class are working while in nursing school. I personally chose not to work because I also have a family to take care of, and I just do better with less stress, I am to old .
    I would hang on to your job at first, because if you don't have a CNA certificate you will have a hard time to get a nurse tech position until after first semester. And it might not pay as much. If you're dependent on the pay, you might be better of to stick with your job for now. Don't be scared , you seemed determined , you will make it.
    Also, if your federal student loans don't cover enough, and you should need some extra to cover some living expenses, there is the option to get some private school loans. Talk to your bank, I believe you also don't have to pay these back until after you finished school.
  4. by   joshuaha
    Quote from 2btxnurse1972
    Hey Guys and Gals! I need your help! I know I have posted to this forum a few times, but I need some direction more than ever. The last week I have been in tears every day trying to figure out how in the heck I'm going to do this. After talking to the advisors at Brookhaven, it looks like I will be applying in the Spring to start nursing (assuming I get accepted) in the Summermester. I will have ALL of more prereqs and core classes completed by that time.

    Here is my dilema! How in the *&^%$ am I going to do this? I have never worked in the medical field and am an account manager for a direct mail marketing company. I've been here for 6 years. I'm trying to figure out if I can work while in nursing school. With you all attending the Brookhaven program I figured you would know better than anybody. Is it possible to work a part time job? Should I work as a student nurse and if so, does anybody know how much you can make while doing that? I plan on getting student loans as I will probably only have about 2 months worth of pay saved up by the time I start to cover my apartment and expenses. I have never been so scared in my entire life, as things have always been so stable with me and now I feel like I'm standing on the end of a needle about to fall at any second. I want to become a nurse more than anything, but I can't live on the streets while doing so! Help, please!! I would love to talk to somebody offline if anybody has any suggestions.

    Signed: Frantic and Scared to death!
    Jo-Jo

    trust me I was as scared as you are when I first started. They will tell you right off the bat that it is impossible to work fulltime and be in nursing school. This is a load of hogwash. I have been working full time (36 hours per week, 12hour shifts) ever since I have been in nursing school. I have also maintained a 3.8 GPA. My mom, while in Nurse Practitioner school, also worked full time and raised four kids. She ended up getting the highest score in the country on her NP exam the year she graduated! If we can do it, anyone can! Do I have much of a life? No. But, it is only temporary. As far as a nurse tech job, they are great becuase you can be full time working only three days a week. I work as one @ Baylor and the starting pay is around 11/hr starting out. As you advance through the program they give you raises (13/hr at the start of fourth semester). I guess what I am trying to say is, don't freak out about it. You know what you are capable of! If you have any questions let me know. :spin:

    Josh
  5. by   2btxnurse1972
    Josh and Mysterious One,

    Thank you so much! I'm working with my company now to determine if I can stay part-time (as they are an 8-5 M-F kind of company) to at least supplement my income. I think I can get the pay I need to at least stock pile in the bank if they agree to these terms. I guess as a last resort I can be a 35 year old waitress again! :-) Anything to bring in the cash. If I can do that through my first semester until I can get my CNA (I don't even know how to get that yet) then maybe I can do that for the last 3 semesters!!

    Did either of you sign a contract with a hospital to get them to pay for your schooling or are you completely on your own with that? I heard that this was an option.
  6. by   joshuaha
    Yeah, most of the hospitals in the area will do a tuition payback thing. The way Baylor does it is they pay my tuition only 100 percent. They do not require a contract as I am full time. If you work part time as a nurse tech they do require a contract. I wouldn't worry about getting a CNA cert. Most of the area hospitals only require that you have completed a semester of clinicals.
  7. by   joshuaha
    So are you guys almost done with the semester? What does your schedule look like for next semester and when do you start? I hope you guys haven't had it too rough! :wink2:
  8. by   almostnrs
    joshuaha,
    I am in class after you, starting 2nd semester. We have to get some "Critical Thinking in Med/Surge Nursing" book by Pressuer, this was in an e-mail from Mrs Ames, the bookstore doesnt have or know anything about it (of course) She suggested we could buy it from a 4th semester student, How would I go about getting word out that some of our class would be interested in buying books from you guys? I went to talk to Ann today but she wasnt in her office, sooo any ideas??? And best of luck to you in your 4th and final semester!!!!!
  9. by   joshuaha
    Yes, you will need the preusser. One thing that we did to save ourselves from all having to buy the book is we bought several copies and made copies for the whole class. you won't be using anywhere near all of them (I think we did ten but Ames may have something different in mind). The best thing I can think of is asking ann to have Mrs. Mclelland start a list or something. I would sell you mine, but I can't remember if I have a copy or not. I have bought an awful lot of nursing text's over the past year! I will get back to you and let you know. Good luck in Med-Surg, it is fun!

    J
  10. by   sitesonRN
    hey my brookhaven friends,

    i can't believe that i am saying this but....i am ready to get back to school and clinicals. the break has been nice and much needed but i am ready to get on with it. good luck to everyone and i hope to see you this saturday night at our 2nd semester kick-off.

    t
  11. by   almostnrs
    Thanks for the info Joshuaha. I asked ann to send an e-mail to 4th semester students about any books that anyone is interested in selling to 2 semester students, I'm sure there is a large interest on our part. I think we are trying to get a group together to split the prausser book like you suggested.
  12. by   sitesonRN
    hey gang,

    it sure was nice getting to be with the whole bunch again; there was so much energy and excitement in class today. good luck to everyone at getting through this semester with the "project" and 1-1/2 hour "presentation"!

    see ya,
    toni
  13. by   joshuaha
    Those clinical presentations are fun! Don't sweat it... Just put some effort into it. They all grade very fairly. Have fun in Med-Surg! It is great that you are finally getting into the "meat" of nursing. What hospitals are you guys @ this semester?

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