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    curiousMD likes this.

    Quote from sonyarn88
    What state are you in?
    Wisconsin.

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    Quote from zynnnie
    No, it wasn't multiple choice
    But were the rounding rules clearly stated on your exam, in print?

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    Quote from nursinglove30
    This must be hard for you but as others have already said, you needed to read the instructions and follow them especially when you realized you got 333.3 and there was another option for 333. This is when you should really take an extra second and look up at the instructions AGAIN just to make sure. This isn't really who is smart here but who can follow instructions and it looks like they got 4 of you.
    OP, was this a multiple choice test? None of our med calc questions give choices. We just come up with an answer and follow the math rules they want us to follow, which are clearly stated at the beginning of the math section on EVERY exam. Was yours this way?

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    BirkieGirl likes this.

    Check out Dr. Perlmutter's books (Grain Brain and Brain Maker) ... although you don't have time to read them, I know. They are fantastic. He also has a great website full of articles, etc.

    The effects of chronic stress & lack of sleep are very real, and not something we can just "push through" forever. I'm feeling it, too, and that's just as an (older) mom of 3 + student. I have been unable to properly care for myself due to the ridiculous course load this semester. Not enough hours in the day. You know.

    I started out with a bang -- and now it feels more like a fizzle.

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    Good to hear from you. My semester is going OK I guess. I am taking advanced anatomy and physiology, microbiology, MedSurg 2, and mental health. Of course all of the clinicals that go along with that. It's nuts, but I had no other choice. One day at a time, for sure. And counting down to our 3-week break.

    Summer for us is mother baby. They are doing it in eight weeks for the first time. And we have a new instructor, who has not taught it before, but we had her for pharmacology and I really like her. We don't have a clinical schedule yet, but I hear it is going to be a jampacked eight weeks. At least I will have these sciences done & just nursing classes to focus on. I'm tired. A little burnt out. But grades are good.

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    Quote from broughden
    In the army we do. I dont start nursing school till this Fall, right now Im just taking pre-reqs.
    Do civilian students not use each other for IV practice?
    Not allowed to in our program. At all.

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    Kitiger likes this.

    Quote from sevensonnets
    And it closes off my airway, period.
    So where are you going with this? Because I'm agreeing with you. You should not have to be subjected to other people's smoke. There is not much we can do about patients who come in, and unfortunately that will probably always be an issue. But I think there is a lot of room for improvement with coworkers, from what I have read on this thread.

    Having discussions like these raise awareness, all the way around. I'm sure there are smokers out there reading this thinking, "geez, I didn't know people felt so strongly about it" ... or "wow, is it really THAT noticeable?"

    And I'm saying to those people: Invest in a nicotine replacement for your work days. Seriously. It can be done.

    I am also just trying to shed some light on the issue for those who haven't been there. I know that there are deep thinkers out there who will ponder it, and maybe it will have a small impact. I also know there are some who will cross their arms, dig their heels in, and refuse to budge on their stance. That's ok, too. I chose to post anyway. We all bring different experiences to the table, and if yours have been such that you literally can have zero compassion for any smoker, anywhere, regardless of what they've been through or how conscientious and compassionate they are -- then there is nothing that anyone on an Internet forum can do to change that perspective. I sincerely hope that things get better for you. Have a great weekend!

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    Kitiger likes this.

    Quote from sevensonnets
    37Changes, being subjected to second-hand smoke on a daily basis is NOT about the smell or the frequent breaks smokers take when their nonsmoking coworkers don't get a break at all. It's about my right as a human being and an asthmatic TO BREATHE. Asthma can be life-threatening for me as well as for patients, yet I am expected to have compassion for people addicted to cigarettes! I'm addicted to breathing yet where's the compassion for me?
    That's exactly what I meant ~ and I did show you compassion. For sure. You've got it! 100%. I'm not really sure how you could have taken my post *any other way*.

    When I said, "the smell" ~ I meant that to include ALL aspects of the smell. How gross it is -- strong, offensive -- AND the reactions it triggers in people. "The smell" pretty much covers all of that, in my mind. It sticks to people's hair, their clothing, everything. It can't be covered up with perfume (that's just adding insult to injury for people who are sensitive!) ... the bottom line is that it simply *should not be there* at work. Out of respect for coworkers, as well as patients. Period.

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    jeastridge, djh123, and Kitiger like this.

    There are so many separate issues I see going on in this thread.

    The strongest feelings I see are surrounding others being subjected to the smell. *You shouldn't have to be!* I absolutely have compassion for those who have to deal with this in the workplace. And outside the restaurant, movie theater, whatever.

    The other issue I see is coworkers taking extra breaks. WHY is this ok? This is a subject that needs to be dealt with at the administrative level. It's not ok.

    Smokers can use nicotine lozenges at work, and it would get them through just fine. It does not have to be that you are EITHER a smoker OR you use lozenges. This is a matter of mindset, people.

    Times are changing, and it is becoming less and less socially acceptable, as has been discussed here re: the fact that many of us grew up absolutely *surrounded* by a cloud of smoke in every possible setting. My kids cannot imagine that, and to my grandkids it will probably sound like total fiction. Unbelievable.

    But the progress is slow. Most big changes are.

    I think you can be pissed off about having to be subjected to it, while still having compassion for the people who struggle with the addiction. If you are one of those who says you have no compassion, I encourage you to just give up your favorite food, or your coffee, FOR LIFE. Just do it. You'll find it's not so simple ... there are all sorts of emotions wrapped up in that food or that coffee, not to mention the effect it is having on a physiological level.

    Yep, smoking is gross. You may think it's not the same -- I mean, how can you compare a nasty ashtray to a donut, cake, or cookie? A giant bowl of pasta? Or a nice, hot cup of fresh coffee? Those who have never been addicted to cigarettes just won't be able to wrap their heads around that, because it *seems* to make no sense. "It's not the same!" they'll say. But it is. If you're hell-bent on proving me wrong, give up your favorite vice today, and never look back.

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    Hey, sorry to hear your anxiety is up. Tell yourself you're getting in, and start focusing that energy on what you can do to prepare.

    If you search, there is a thread for Ivy Tech hopefuls for fall 2018. There is also one I started for fall 2017 -- you can read through those and see who got in at your campuses and with what scores. That would be a big help.

    There is also apparently a Facebook group, but I don't know much about it since I'm not on fb.

    Good luck!

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    30 points for A&P
    15 points for English
    15 points for Psychology
    100 points for TEAS

    =

    Highest possible score: 160.

    Sociology does not factor in.

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    audreysmagic, EMTPJean, luffy1q, and 3 others like this.

    Not long ago, I saw someone here say, "If you haven't seriously considered quitting at least once, you aren't getting your money's worth" (or something very similar).

    Nursing school sucks. I think more for some, and less for others. Sure, you'll see some who say they loved it. They are the minority.

    So what you are feeling is completely normal. It's uncomfortable. I've also seen a lot of people say get comfortable being uncomfortable. There is a lot of wisdom in that.

    I think many (most?) of us started out very driven and as straight-A students. Juggling life & nursing school wears you down. You can still strive to do your best, but sometimes your best isn't what it used to be. And that's okay, as long as you do what you need to do to stay in your program.

    If you have room to cut yourself some slack ~ do so. If you are in danger of failing out ~ instead of feeling defeated, get pissed. Dig deep and do whatever you need to do to get out of that hole.

    I'll leave you with a few more:

    "C = nurse"

    "Hardest thing you'll ever do, but totally worth it"

    and possibly my favorite:

    "I didn't come this far to come this far"

    Best wishes.

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    MurseSmith2020 likes this.

    My time in nursing school has absolutely flown by so far. Life has a way of doing that when you are crazy busy.

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    futurebsn2021 likes this.

    Well, I think there are different interpretations of "excited".

    I knew I was going to make it into my program because I worked my ass off to get a top score. So when I got the acceptance letter, it was pretty much a non-event. I wasn't "excited" because I knew it was going to be a crap-ton of work and take absolutely everything I had. (stay at home, homeschooling mom here for ~16 years at the time I went back to school)

    I think those who were really, truly "excited" were in for a huge wake-up call.

    We all had a good laugh at the ID tag they made for me on orientation day: My pic looks like a mug shot. Lol. It's because I had done my research and I knew exactly what I was signing myself up for.

    I think, really, what it comes down to is: Are there other things you could do that you would be perfectly happy doing? Do you have a lot of different directions you could go in life?

    Because, I can tell you this: You can 100% have your heart and soul in this program because you know it's what you *need* to do or what you *have* to do, and still not be "excited" about it. But you really will have to be committed to it fully... or you probably just won't make it.

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