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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 2,054 (33% Liked) Likes: 2,372

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  • Oct 6

    I agree with a previous poster and check out Student Doctor Network! Either career would be a fantastic path to choose. With that being said, I don't think we know you and your life enough to give you fair advice on such an important topic. Your family and close friends would probably be best.

    One thing I can say, though, is to weigh your chances of getting in very carefully. Be honest with yourself. Are you a good test taker? Are you comfortable spending full days studying? What is your academic stamina like? What classes did you take to get your high GPA? Were they nursing pre-req classes, or upper level science classes? I'm not trying to downplay the difficulty of the nursing pre-req classes at all because they are very hard, but the 400 level human anatomy, physiology, histology, neuroanatomy, cell biology, biochem, Calculus, year of ochem, year of physics, etc which you will encounter with a Biology degree will present with very different challenges than you encountered with your nursing pre-reqs. Again, I'm not downplaying the difficulty of the nursing pre-reqs AT ALL, but if you haven't taken the heavier science classes, at this point in time you might not have an accurate perspective on your chances yet. It might be helpful to test the waters a little bit before fully withdrawing from your BSN program. Maybe you can take a leave of absence from nursing school for one quarter and take a full load of upper division science classes at your local university and see how you do. So that means 12 units of 400 level Biology courses, or 12 units starting year sequences of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, or starting the Calculus I, II, III sequences. That, in my personal opinion, would give you a much more accurate perspective on your chances for admission into MD or DO school than anything else. This does come with its drawbacks, however, because from what I've heard most medical schools don't want you to take your heavier science classes at a JC or Community College. So you would need to take these at a four year university, and that does mean more money. SDN would probably be able to help you more there.

    Anyways, since you're already in nursing school and your question is not how to get into nursing school, I think SDN would be more helpful for your particular situation. They could probably help you evaluate your chances better.

    Good luck with everything!!

  • Sep 26

    1. Staying on top of my responsibilities
    2. Not stressing over other people's homework

  • Sep 23

    When I was getting ready to start nursing school and was taking prerequisites still, a very wise professor gave us all some advice. I believe it was the first day of anatomy and physiology. He asked how many of us were going into the nursing program, and most of the class raised their hands. He said, "I'm going to give you all some advice. Make sure you have a strong support system. Especially you women. I mean families too, not just husbands and boyfriends. You will be surprised how many relationships won't last through nursing school. Many men see their women getting educated and getting good jobs. Sometimes they even start making more money than their men. They go to work with doctors. A lot of times the men can't handle it. They want you to stay dumb and poor so you'll need them. If you are smarter than them and make more money than them they feel like you don't need them anymore. They are scared you're going to leave them for a doctor or something. Who knows. They might stay, but a lot of them can't handle that. Trust me. This is going to be the hardest thing you will ever do. Make sure you have a support system that will always be there."

    Fortunately, my relationship was and is still strong. Without support, it would have been near impossible though. Maybe your husband is one of those men that just can't handle the thought of his wife being more educated and making more money than him. Maybe he is afraid you are going to find someone better. Maybe he is afraid because you won't need him anymore and will be able to survive on your own.

    Now is the time to ask some tough questions. Will he be able to be happy if you are a nurse? Or will he always feel insecure because you make more money and worry about you meeting some better suited at work? Are the two of you able to work through these next few trying years? If not, maybe it's time to find another source of emotional support.

    Don't postpone nursing school any longer! Do it now! I wish I wouldn't have waited as long as I did. Don't put your life on hold for anyone else. You have a right to pursue your dreams and a responsibility to become what you are called to be. Good luck. Prayers and happy thoughts for both you and your husband during this trying time.

  • Sep 21

    Quote from AnnieOaklyRN

    I am going to be blunt. Your husband sounds like a selfish jack@$$ who is afraid of letting you out into the world to gain some independence. Maybe he thinks you won't "need" him anymore.

    In my opinion I would go get your education, but skip the LVN and go right for the RN if you aren't paying for it, as LVN in my opinion is a waste of time if your end goal is RN.

    Talk with your husband, and unless there is a financial reason like you are going to be totally poor if you go to school tell him you are going! The sooner you are financially stable with your own career the sooner you can leave him if this is the treatment you receive all the time, otherwise as others have said seek counseling!


    THIS X 1000. Anyone that tried to hold me back in life would be kicked to the curb. There's no way I'd let a man tell me what to do. My wife is the most supportive human on the planet and has supported me in everything I've ever wanted to do. Even when working full time, going to grad school and attending clinicals on top of that, she has always been on my side. A marriage is supposed to be supportive not inhibitive. Red flags all over the place here. What happens in 10 or 25 years if he decides he doesn't want to be with you anymore and you never went to school. How will you support yourself? How can getting an education ever be a bad thing? How come he gets to go to school and you don't? How about you try telling HIM you don't want him to go to school and see how that sits? Yeah...I thought so.

  • Sep 18

    IV Pit is preferable because it's faster acting. However, we will give IM if a woman does not have IV access. For homebirths, the midwife will typically give IM Pit if it's needed, because a woman birthing at home typically would not have a running IV.

  • Aug 23

    Quote from jss1985
    Not yet. My lawyer specialize in ACS cases.

    So if BON says no before i start, what should i change my major to? Like business perhaps? Is that safe from this nonsense?
    It is not 'nonsense' for the Board of Nursing to do it's sworn duty to protect the public. I am reading a lot of 'but it's not my fault' in your post. You seem to take ZERO responsibility for the situation - it's everyone else's fault (landlord, school, answering machine...) but you don't identify a single thing you could have done differently to address it at the time. This is troubling.

  • Aug 22

    Then there are the brand new nurses with 3 weeks of experience who think all the "old nurses" need to get out of the way and let them have it. Makes me want to go, "Here honey, you can have my CVI/Open Heart job. Been doing critical care for 38 years and I still don't have a clue what I'm doing. I know absolutely nothing about technology. I need a wheelchair to get to a code." Shuffling off to the old folks home now.

  • Aug 17

    I would explain to this patient that having an IV catheter in the ACF is not a good idea. The damage to the smooth bed of endothelial cells causes the start of phlebitis and thrombosis secondary to its location and arm bending. Many times when patients know why you don't want to use the ACF vessels, they will work with you.

  • Jul 31

    Healing Of The Nation Club is a medical cannabis patient organized collective....?

    Acronym Definition

    HOTN Hooligans of the Night (gaming website)
    HoTN Hypotension

    I'll assume we're not talking about the healers or the hooligans?

    See this is why Google can be so dangerous.

    Can't say I've ever used or seen that abbreviation before.

  • Jul 25

    I got an offer!!! Though the pay is the same as I was making when I started elsewhere as a new grad, which is kind of a bummer. But I loved the unit when I shadowed, and got on well with the peer team. I've had a great experience all around and this is a major referral center that sees just about everything so I think I am going to take it (though maybe ask if they could go up a little bit in pay lol). Plus, there's the fact that I've wanted to work NICU since I was a young teenager so I'd kick myself for passing it up!

  • Jul 20

    Ya, hospital nursing really does suck. That's why I got out. There are a lot of other nursing jobs out there. I was a school nurse for a couple of years and loved it. Don't settle for misery. You only have one life!

  • Jul 17

    Yes, you should use your credentials in a cover letter. It is a professional communication.

  • Jun 29

    Quote from Guy in Babyland

    For-profit schools have only LPN and ASN programs. They do not have BSN programs.
    There are plenty of for-profit BSN programs. There's two in the city I reside. Yes you must have an existing bachelors, but they are around.

    As for your comment about for-profits providing subpar education-- unfair generalization. Not all for-profit programs are so terrible. I went to a high quality, and respected by employers for-profit ASN program. They had the highest NCLEX pass rate in the state at the time @ 97%.
    You CAN get a quality education at a for profit school. Yes, the major downfall is how expensive they are, and regional accreditation complications. I agree.

  • Apr 13

    You will need a hazmat, decontamination unit prior to entering you car. It's similar to the procedure after leaving an Ebola patient's room. One bad microbe and your entire family will be wiped out.

  • Apr 13

    I know this post is old, but I just want to say... there's no harm in asking around - and getting to shadow a nurse is a great experience. I'm a student, and I got a chance to shadow a NICU nurse today as part of my course. I absolutely loved it. The nurse let me perform assessments on her less critical infants (didn't want to stress out the more critical ones by having them undergo a second set of assessments) and it was so interesting! It was fast-paced and definitely piqued my interest in the field (although I've always been interested in L&D). I also got to do things like check placement of a preemie's NG tube and sooth a drug baby. I know this was just a tiny little taste of what NICU nursing involves but it was enough for me to become very interested by it. I think getting to have an experience like this would really help you make your decision.