New Student doing pre nursing requirements fall 2000

  1. HI!
    I have entered my freshman year of the BSN program at IUSB in IN. I will be starting this fall 2000 in A&P I, Soc, Eng, and philosophy. I am a wife and mother of a 3 and 8 year old. I am working part - time as a beauty consultant while attending school. I am so excited and scared. If there is anyone out there who would like to be study buddies for this coming fall 2000 with A&P I I would greatly appreciate it. Also let me know any info on what nursing school is like. Thanks, Hear from you soon.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Julie, RN
    Welcome!
    My first 2 two years in college flew by. When nursing school started my 3rd and 4th year, it was very demanding-just stick with it and always be inspired by your overall goals!
    Here is my webpage that might be helpful: http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Union/1521/
    Good luck in school,
    Julie M., RN
  4. by   Silvia
    Originally posted by WendyBSN2004:
    HI!
    I have entered my freshman year of the BSN program at IUSB in IN. I will be starting this fall 2000 in A&P I, Soc, Eng, and philosophy. I am a wife and mother of a 3 and 8 year old. I am working part - time as a beauty consultant while attending school. I am so excited and scared. If there is anyone out there who would like to be study buddies for this coming fall 2000 with A&P I I would greatly appreciate it. Also let me know any info on what nursing school is like. Thanks, Hear from you soon.
    Hi Wendy. No, you are not alone. I'm 37, married, and I have 3 girls. I am just starting out with my prereqs this fall. It's pretty scary. Silvia

  5. by   biscuit
    Hey!!
    I have also decided to start in the fall.Very scared but anticipating on starting.Have been thinking about it too long now.Just do it I say.How are the courses? I am 40 yrs of age and am working full time which I need to do (single)self supporting.Should I enroll as a part-time student?


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  6. by   WendyBSN2004
    Originally posted by biscuit:
    Hey!!
    I have also decided to start in the fall.Very scared but anticipating on starting.Have been thinking about it too long now.Just do it I say.How are the courses? I am 40 yrs of age and am working full time which I need to do (single)self supporting.Should I enroll as a part-time student?


    Hi, My course is fine. I am just taking algebra this summer. I would suggest enrolling part-time since you have to work full-time. You want to be able to have some sleep time.
    Keep in touch I would love to know how things are going for you. I am 26 and a mother of 2. Good Luck.
  7. by   biscuit
    26 and a mother of two? WOW! I give you credit.Are you part time as well and if so did you have to take a assesment test? It's been so long since I've attented school.What are some of your helpful hints????

    Biscuit

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  8. by   WendyBSN2004
    Originally posted by biscuit:
    26 and a mother of two? WOW! I give you credit.Are you part time as well and if so did you have to take a assesment test? It's been so long since I've attented school.What are some of your helpful hints????

    Biscuit

    Hi,
    Actually starting this fall I am full-time. I am a little scared about it, but I am just going to try to put priorities first and let other things go. I did have to take a placement exam. I scored well on reading and english, but math I needed to take pre algebra and intermediate algebra. I finished the first algebra I am now on the inter. algebra. class. Since there is no requirement for nursing to take the regular algebra I am done with math. I suggest getting some sort of basic algebra book and one that explains basic math. Check your library. Ask the school what kinda of math to expect. Our school gave us a worksheet telling us what to study for. Just kinda brush up on things. And don't worry if you don't do well, just take it slow and get those classes out of the way you may have to take because of it. I think taking these math classes on at a time this summer has helped me get back into the swing of studing so I wont feel so overwhelmed when fall starts. If you have a email address send it to me we can keep in touch and I can help you with anything you might need for the placement exam.
    Take care.
  9. by   legky
    Hi wendy, i am so proud of you, i graduated early from high school and started straight to college without realizing what was ahead i have hard times but i have to stick with it, anyways i just completed ap1 with a high b and am currently taking ap2, government, and phisolopy at aum. but the advise i would give to you would be start out slow because i started out thinking i knew everything but was let down by a professor who told me i didn't know how to write an essay(even though i was taking eng101 and passing with an a) so it will get hard but don't give up completely just slow down if you need to b/c you have an a in my class for just having the idea of going back after all this years. if you want i will give you a complete list of everything we done in both classes. just post a reply saying so
  10. by   WendyBSN2004
    Sure I would love any info you can give me. Thanks for the post and encouragement. You keep pluging along too. Good luck!!!!

    Originally posted by legky:
    Hi wendy, i am so proud of you, i graduated early from high school and started straight to college without realizing what was ahead i have hard times but i have to stick with it, anyways i just completed ap1 with a high b and am currently taking ap2, government, and phisolopy at aum. but the advise i would give to you would be start out slow because i started out thinking i knew everything but was let down by a professor who told me i didn't know how to write an essay(even though i was taking eng101 and passing with an a) so it will get hard but don't give up completely just slow down if you need to b/c you have an a in my class for just having the idea of going back after all this years. if you want i will give you a complete list of everything we done in both classes. just post a reply saying so
  11. by   sheila26
    Hi!!
    When I decided to go back to school in spring 97, my children were 1 and 2 and I was old (26). I was scared. How could I go to school full time and not worry about my kids. (They were in day care for the first time) I had taken a couple classes at the local community college just to keep my mind away from the kids for a little while. I did get tired of talking baby talk for two years. I thought the classes I took previously would transfer to North Park University. They didn't. So i had to repeat A&P and some other classes. But I kept plugging along.
    Then the unthinkable happened....I found out that I was pregnant two weeks before I was going to start fundamentals of nursing. It was hard to concentrate on nursing classes plus A&P (which we could do concurrently with our nursing classes). Plus I was working part-time also. But I made it through. I gave birth to a baby boy the first day of my junior year. (I missed a week of med-surg and pharm.) It was hard. It was a good thing that I have a supportive husband and really good friends in the program.
    I guess advice is...don't ever give up. You'll run through many obstacles through your nursing program. Always believe in yourself. I was always worried that I wasn't spending time with my kids or my husband. Graduating this past May was so fulfilling. Even though our classwent through many hardships with the program, I went through my own personal hardships. I consider myself lucky to having graduated BSN.
    Good luck to all students who have the privelege of raising a family and going to school.
    June
  12. by   PPL
    Hi. This business re math, is good advice. The last math I had was in 9th grade, and I got a "D". In 10th grade, I was "kicked out" of the class, until I got badly needed glasses, as sitting in the front row, I still couldn't see. Well, my parents couldn't afford glasses, so I never went back. When I took the placement exam, I scored poorly on the math, but was not asked to take any remedial class. In chemistry, I was told by my professor, "I don't even know how you got in this class in the first place, with your background." You know, I needed math to balance equasions, etc. Well, I did have to retake chemisty, but requested a different professor, and did better. The upshot of all this? I did have to struggle at times, for sure, but persevering means everything. In pharmacology, I did fine too. We had to get at least a "C" in all prereqs, and at least a "B" in all nursing courses. I was married, had three children under ten, youngest was two, and I also worked as a QMA and then a nurse tech, at least three days a week. We were extremely poor, and I had to commute 50min each way. I didn't even have a car for most of the time, so rode with other students, and had to adjust to their sched., not just mine! Also, they smoked, and sometimes when I got out of their car after that long drive, I would have to throw up, I was so sick from the smoke! But, I was determined! So, although there's more to this sad story, the happy ending is that I made it, just like you will, and it will set an example for your children, in a most positive way! I wish you all the luck and determination you'll need! Go for it!!!
  13. by   babylove
    Hi!
    I decided to go back to school this summer after thinking about it for too long. I have a BS in chemistry and am certified to teach high school but do not want to pursue either as my profession. I decided to go after my dream and become a l/d and/or nursery nurse. Right now I am a 27 year old stay at home mom of 2 (4 1/2 years & 15 months). I also help my husband run our family restaurant. I am taking 2 classes this fall and next spring and will be in the nusring program in fall 2001 - this is an RN program.
    I am very nervous about going back to school and helping with our restaurant business and leaving my children (they will be with my mom and sister). Also, I am worried about pregnancy and school because we are not finished having children. I was pregnant with my oldest child during my last semester of my BS and my first semester of teaching certification (I delivered 3/4 of the way through the semester) - but I worry that it will be more difficult in nursing school.

    Many people think I am absolutely crazy and think I should stick with teaching (its an easy job they say - if they only knew!) I am very scared and often wonder if I am doing the right thing or what if I really hate it, then what?

    Reading your story gives me strength and belief that I can do it. Please write back and tell me if it was worth it, where you are working, if you like your job and any hints you think would help me. Thanks.

  14. by   hollykate
    Babylove,
    I think a good experience for anyone considering nursing school is to shadow an RN for a day or a night to see what it is they really do. Call and ask at your local hospital. That way you will have a better idea of if you will really hate it. There are all sorts of little surprises! I had no idea I would be weighing dirty diapers in peds (of course I don't work there and never had, so it was only a temporary thing- now I am on to other strange stuff, like draining csf from the brain...) I love my job, but it isn't for everyone. Shadow an RN, ask lots of questions. Enjoy school! Holly
    PS: I work in a Neuro-surgical ICU (yes it really is brain surgery now folks...) We see head injuries- trauma, aneuryms etc. I really do enjoy my job, tthe time in school was worth it. Hints: get very very organized. Buy tons of shampoo/toothpaste/ whatever, ebcause you don't want to have to dash out for stuff like that when studying for a big test. Spend timew ith your kids and enjoy it- at least for me, school wasn't as terrible as it's made out to be!

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