Oh Wise Ones!!

  1. Hello all!
    Well, first of all, I must share my great news! The college to which I am applying accepted my previous chem and lab! I do not have to take A&P in conjunction with chem 101 anymore! WA HOO!!! I am really excited about this.

    Also, the college has accepted 105 apps and they say they are taking 80! Only 5 of the apps are totally complete! I think I have a really good shot of being accepted.

    Okay, finally to my question. I registered for classes yesterday. I am taking A&P I, which is my last pre req. I also signed up to do a 1 credit med term and an online intro to Soc. My hours add up to 9. Do I go ahead and load up to 12 by taking the nutrition class, or do I concentrate on getting through A&P and take the nutrition with my clinical math course over the summer? HELP!!

    (little bio, in case you did not know: I am mom of 3 wife of 1. My kids are 9, 6 and 3. I am 30) Sometimes this helps when giving advice. :chuckle

    Thanks once again guys!!
    Jen
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by JennyRN2B
    I am mom of 3 wife of 1.
    That part just tickled me for some reason! I guess it's better than mother of 1 wife of 3!

    Anyhoo..... is financial aid an issue? Are time constraints an issue? Of course it would be better to concentrate on the classes you already have, especially with 4 kiddos running around (who are we kidding - count the man).

    But most financial aid programs require you to be full-time. And it all depends on what it will leave you taking the nutrition with next semester.

    Good luck! Let us know what you decide!

    Heather
  4. by   cakarol
    Personally, I would keep your schedule the way it is and take nutrition later....~shrugs~ just an opinion though...unless financial aid is an issue like Heather said.

    good luck either way!
    --CK
  5. by   colleen10
    Hi Jenny,

    Glad to see that everything is working out well for you.

    I would say stick with what you have and save the Nutrition for the summer.

    This will be your first semester back so maybe it would be less stressful if you took it a little easy and used this semester as a time to get back into the swing of things and get down a routine that will work for future semesters.
  6. by   Vsummer1
    A & P is a lot of rote memorization. It will take a lot of study time! I have heard this from everyone who has ever taken it, and it was the same for me. So, will you have enough time to take another class? That would be the most important consideration...

    edited to add: You may also want to go ahead and enroll in the nutrution to see if you can handle it all. You can always drop it and pick it up again later.
    Last edit by Vsummer1 on Nov 5, '02
  7. by   Babe
    IT really cost me! I failed out my 2nd. semester simply from over load, not something any of us want to deal with and it's cost me a whole year. Nursing classes are hard enough to keep up with by theirselves. Thank goodness I was allowed to keep all my other class credits so when I go back in Jan., nursing classes will be all I have left except for one ellective!! Nursing school should be just that, nursing ! I need prayers from anyone willing as I go for my re-entry review on the 12th, one more reason not to overload yourself. Leave time for yourself and family emerg. as they are bound to happen. We faced 2 deaths, my mother-in-law and a sister-in-law, a wreck that nearly took our son-in-law and the birth of a grand-daughter durning my first year back in school. I really do know what I'm talking about so play it as safe as you can afford to when it comes to class load! I'm 53 and if I can hang in there anyone can, so you go for it , just do not over load. Lots of luck to you!!!!
  8. by   MidwifeWannaB
    JennyRN2B,

    I am finishing up the last of my prereqs, and I took both my A&P's during the summer. It was crammed into a tight time span and was tough, but even in your position, I wouldn't take another class unless you have to to fulfill scholarship requirements. I'm taking Microbiology, Sociology, Lifespan Development, and Computers this semester and believe me--I'm GLAD I don't have another science-based class! I'm stressed up to my eyeballs already! I would just stick with what you have, especially with family obligations. You don't want to miss out on time with your kids because you're so busy with school. (This is coming from an unmarried 20-year old with no kids and no job who commutes 80 miles total every day to go to school, so feel free to disregard my opinion. )
  9. by   javamom
    Hi Jen! I'm also mom of 3 wife to one and the same ages! I have 3 boys the same ages as your kids and I'm 31!

    This is my first semester back after a 12 year hiatus LOL I am taking 12 hrs of classes and doing pretty well, but I stay at school ALL day on Tues and Thurs until almost 8pm. My kids are also in school or day care full time. So if you have the ability to go full time, it will get you through the pre-reqs quicker so you can focus on the nursing classes.

    Financial aid was the reason why I'm going full time. It increased tremendously going full time.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and good luck deciding!
  10. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    i vote w/ val on this one...take it and see if you can handle it...

    as i look back to when i was taking my prereqs i wish i had taken more per semester so i could've had a break over the summer before i started the program...one math course over the summer would be nice (i would think). plus, if your kids are off over the summer that might give you some good time with them - many student nurses grapple with time w/ family issues once in "program" so it might be nice to be able to look back to the summer and remind them of it as well...

    so - that's my $0.02 sorry if i rambled!
  11. by   TeresaRN2b
    Ok, I am going to say as a mom of 4 (soon to be 5) that I would take what you have now and take the two classes in the summer. I think what you have now is a lot to juggle with three kids. I know for me I am taking a little longer to complete my degree than I would like, but I am being realistic about what I can handle. I am planning to go during the summer terms so I don't have to take as heavy a class load during the rest of the year. And to me if you are going to have to go to summer classes at all you might as well make it worth it to go. Just my thoughts.

    Teresa
  12. by   JennyRN2B
    Thanks guys!

    I think I am going to stick with what I have for now. Financial aid does go up with the additional 3 hours, but I think for me right now the priority is doing well in A&P. I think I could get through the clinical math and the nutrition class in the summer without too much of a problem. I guess we shall see!

    Thanks so much for the input!
    Jen
  13. by   essarge
    I have a suggestion that may help you. Have you looked into going to an online class for nutrition or medical math? This would allow you to be home with hubby and kids while still "going to school full time". Online classes are much more relaxed and usually you just need to go to the campus for the exams.


    Just a suggestion.
  14. by   JennyRN2B
    Yes,
    Our school does offer online classes. As a matter of fact, my soc class is online. So, that brings me to the question, do I go ahead a take the nutrition online or keep what I have? I really want to get a good grade in A&P, but I want as much out of the way as possible. I still think I may be better off to do what I have already registered for. decisions, decisions...

    Jen:chuckle

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