Great - 9 months to go and I may have to quit... - page 3

So, I have 9 more months 'til I'm a nurse and can make my own $$ and very possibly leave my alcoholic husband. I'm really excited and hoping these last 9 months will fly by & I'll be on my way to a... Read More

  1. by   DD-RN
    Steph,
    List the books that you need here...maybe someone reading this thread can help you out.
  2. by   onehusbandsevenkids
    Hi, quick update...

    I spoke with the "head" of financial aid today. The problem is that the school moved away from using their own bookstore to contracting through Barnes and Noble, they have converted our school bookstore into one owned (?) and run by B&N. Barnes and Noble would not agree to using book vouchers.

    There is no promisary note I can sign, there is no "emergency" funds available to students. Basically in the schools eyes, I am just S.O.L.
    I even said "well, I very well may have to drop out. I'm in the nursing program and can't just do without books." All I got was an "I'm sorry. Maybe you could reapply at a later date."

    I'm going to ask either my instructors tomorrow or a classmate to copy the pages I'm going to be needing in the near future. Today was kind of chaotic being the first day and all.

    I had to buy my $61 nurses kit today since we are starting to use them already tomorrow during an all day lab for review before we start clinicals on Thursday and we each have to have our own. There was no way around that, so I had to use our grocery money and now get to listen to whiney kids complaining about Kraft mac and cheese for dinner for the next 4 nights
    I can make up for a week of crappy nutrition in my kids, can't I?

    Anyhow, thanks for your support. Why didn't I think of the copying idea???
    Last edit by onehusbandsevenkids on Aug 21, '06
  3. by   onehusbandsevenkids
    Quote from ~Susan~
    Steph,
    List the books that you need here...maybe someone reading this thread can help you out.
    Well, okay....feel kind of funny about it.....

    Introductory Medical Surgical Nursing (2006) - Timby & Smith 9th edition
    & accompanying study guide workbook

    (text used for both Phar II & Nursing II)

    Broadribb's Introductory Pediatric Nursing - Hatfield (2003) 6th ed.

    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, A Guide to Planning Care -Ackley, Betty & Ladwig
    (2006) 7th ed.

    Physical Exam & Health Assessment Pocket Companion

    Maternity Nursing, An Introductory Text - Gloria Leifer (2005) 9th ed.

    A Topical Approach to Life-span Development - Santrock, 2nd or 3rd edition
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Thankfully, we re reusing most of our books from last semester for Pharm II and a bit for Nursing II.
    The ones in bold are the ones I need immediately. I did purchase my nurses kit today for lab tomorrow, so thats $61.00 to cross off my list.
  4. by   Psqrd
    Another suggestion is try and borrow the books, I know that you said that they are all new editions (such a scam, I have been stuck with older editions that the book store won't buy back) but I am sure the older editions would get you by. You just have to work a little harder to find the info in the book because it will not match the reading list.
  5. by   Psqrd
    I might have the Life span book, in my program its a pre req. I might have sold it back but I will look...thats an expensive book too! I feel your pain. P
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    I just want to say I feel your pain....my husband has the crappiest financial handling skills I know of. I am trying to work my way through school (I just started today!) and keep my sanity while doing what I can to help our son who also just started a state university today. My husband has a hissy if I even mention that OUR son may need some money for something. It's a long stupid story, so I won't bore you with the details....

    But I hope you can get this figured out....there's nothing worse than being in a bad marriage; luckily my kids are now almost all grown, and I have heard them say many times that I need to be getting out. I hope you can do the same and that you can work this book issue out. My heart breaks for you...

    Best wishes....
  7. by   truern
    Well, crud!! I just looked and my program didn't use a single one of those texts

    I did have the care plan book, but gave it to a friend that's just starting our program.

  8. by   jmwickey
    Our school actually has a leanding library and the teachers also have copies of the books and let us borrow them. It wouldn't hurt to ask. Good luck
  9. by   traumaRUs
    Our school had all the books in the library and they could be checked out - would that work.

    Please don't drop out.
  10. by   Psqrd
    Sorry I must have sold back the Santrock Life span book. Good luck, and don't give up.
    Another suggestion, contact BandN corporate and see what pans out. Let em know whats goin' on. You might get help from higher up. P
  11. by   barray
    PLEASE don't drop!! My 1st husband left me witn 4 kids, and I had zip for job skills-went to nsg. school, "robbed Peter to pay Paul" most of the way through, and the last yr., lived on grants, scholorships, loans. We were never living easy, but after I had my RN, I made a living wage.
    Had the most encouraging of instructors during school. You've been given some great ideas to use to continue your schooling.
    Keep moving forward, stay in school, "look under every stone" to resolve the book issue. Keep a positive attitude!
    To quote Gen. Colin Powell : " It CAN be done!"
    Let me know how you are doing. I care.
  12. by   TexasPediRN
    Dare I say it..but I think I would pay a visit to barnes and nobles and ask to speak with the manager. I'm not one for confrontation, but nothing would let me stand in the way of getting that nursing degree!
    I think I would explain the situation to the manager, how by not allowing the vouchers, that he is hindering your education. Ask him if there is anything he is able to do. Chances are..he might do something and help you out I would make sure to bring your required book list and school ID with you though, and perhaps a copy of your grades. Explain you are a good student when you have your textbooks, and you are very worried this year.

    Its just a throught, but it might work!

    I checked my stash of books too - but unfortunantly I dont have any of those..

    Good luck with nursing school and dont let this stand in the way of achieving your dream!
  13. by   hlfpnt
    Quote from onehusbandsevenkids
    Well, okay....feel kind of funny about it.....

    Introductory Medical Surgical Nursing (2006) - Timby & Smith 9th edition
    & accompanying study guide workbook
    (text used for both Phar II & Nursing II)

    Broadribb's Introductory Pediatric Nursing - Hatfield (2003) 6th ed.

    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, A Guide to Planning Care -Ackley, Betty & Ladwig
    (2006) 7th ed.

    Physical Exam & Health Assessment Pocket Companion

    Maternity Nursing, An Introductory Text - Gloria Leifer (2005) 9th ed.

    A Topical Approach to Life-span Development - Santrock, 2nd or 3rd edition
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Thankfully, we re reusing most of our books from last semester for Pharm II and a bit for Nursing II.
    The ones in bold are the ones I need immediately. I did purchase my nurses kit today for lab tomorrow, so thats $61.00 to cross off my list.

    Stephanie,
    Unfortunately I don't have any of the major required texts you need, but I do have the (2002) 6th edition of the Ackley/Ladwig diagnosis handbook. You are more than welcome to it & I'd be happy to cover all costs of getting it to you. If you're interested, just pm me your info & I'll get it out ASAP.
    Please don't give up...been there, done that...pretty much for the same reasons you have. A crappy marriage, lack of finances, & too many of lifes little road blocks. It has taken me 23 years & 4 attempts to realize my life long dream, but I refused to give it up & just had my pinning on the 11th. My ex couldn't bring me to my knees & neither did nursing school! Please hang in there & remember "where there's a will, there's a way!" :angel2: You & your kids are in my prayers!

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