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    Can anyone give me information about Wallace State-Hanceville's clinicals? I will be doing the part-time program because I have to work full-time. Where are clinicals, how long do they last, when during the semester will the begin, etc. Thanks in advance for any information!

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    The advisor I spoke with at Wallace said that the cutoff was 147 for the last admission cycle.

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    I was told by an advisor at WSCC that the cutoff for the last admissions cycle was 147. I'm hoping to get in for the spring semester!
    I made a 98 on the COMPASS reading the first try. The lady in the testing center said that she's never seen anyone get the 99.

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    There are two different "tracks" you can take at Wallace. One is a college track which is based on BIO 201, 202, & 220. The other is called a high school track and it is based on Algebra II or higher, high school chemistry, and your highest level biology. An A is worth 30, B-20, and C-10 points each. The compass score in reading is worth 76-99 and then you can get 11 more discretionary points for the following courses taken at WSCC: ENG 101-2, MTH 116-3, BIO 201-3.

    I hope that makes sense, if not, let me know and I will try to clarify!

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    I am currently a 22 year old 5th grade teacher (who hates it after four years of school and only one year of teachign) and I have been looking at all of the options as far as choosing a nursing school. I will have to continue working while I go back to school, so Jeff State's night/weekend program sounds really nice to me. I plan to start taking pre-reqs this summer and then finish that up in the fall. I will apply for Spring admission to the program. I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through this program or through any of JSCC's programs. What advice can you give me? Or do you suggest any other program for me?

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    When I said that I was in my classroom from 6:45 to well after 3:00 most days, I was just venting about the fact the people think it's an 8-3 job. It is not. I would have no problem working longer days if I were getting paid for the time I put in, but it does not matter if I am there until 8:00 at night, I get no extra pay for that. I may be wrong in this, but I believe that nurses who work 12 hour shifts, generally only work three days a week after they are settled in a job. This may not be true right out of school, but with experience, I believe it is. Please correct me if I am wrong in that because I want to really know what I am getting myself into.


    I want to thank those of you who took the time to answer my post. Your posts have been incredibly encouraging when no one else around me has. I have no support coming from my family, my husband included, so I need all the outside help I can get. As I write, I sit at school stewing over yet another rude note from a parent. We have 58 more school days left, and at this point, I have no clue how I am going to make it through them. Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to fight my way through this year and as I begin nursing classes this summer. Thanks again!

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    hello,
    i am new to this forum and would like some positive help. i am going to just put my thoughts out there for you and they may become jumbled. please forgive me!! i know that there are some posts like this one and i have read them, but none of them are really just like me. i may ramble and this will probably get long, but please bear with me!
    i am a first year teacher in alabama and after spending four years in school, i've realized that this is just not for me. i really noticed that it was not what i wanted during my student teaching last year, but i was too close to finishing my degree to stop then! i went ahead and tried it out this year, and i've just not enjoyed it. i'm at a great school, with great administration and faculty. i couldn't ask for a better place to work. that being said, it's just not for me. everyone says that teachers work nine months out of the year, with summers off and lots of vacations. in alabama now, we're down to two months off and we go for different training sessions all throughout our summer vacation. i am in my classroom by 6:45 each morning and do not leave until after 3:00... several hours after 3:00 most days. i don't get paid competitively, compared to other professions with a bachelor's degree, and there's really no way for me to move up. i have no interest in being in administration, a librarian, or a counselor (and the pay is not much better for them). many think that based on the time we work, that we are paid fairly. we are not. no one but a teacher realizes how much out-of-pocket money is spent on school because there simply is not any in the budget at school. i have to spend my allocated instructional money on copies each month, so there is none left to spend on fun things for my classroom, or even necessary things. i have spent a small fortune on paper, printer ink, bulletin boards, spare pencils, markers, colored pencils, index cards, and the list goes on and on.
    i have had a child try to punch me this year (great school system and the administration handled it perfectly-still, it happened), parents who accused me of "giving" their child a bad grade (grades are earned-not given), and parents who enable their child's disrespectful behavior (by doing their discipline work for them). people are irrational about their children. i knew this going in. i teach 139 5th graders and i will fight for them against the other teachers (and extremely rude lunchroom ladies) when they get in trouble for things they didn't do... i do understand to some point, even though i don't have kids of my own, but these people are ridiculous. i don't mean to be rude, but i am good at my job. i don't like it, but i am the only positive influence that many of these kids have, so i make it a point to be good. it's my first year and i undoubtedly can become much better, but i do a good job. the kids like me, and the administration likes me. i have gotten great reports from all of my observations both from my principal and from our superintendent during walk-throughs.
    i know all about the retirement and the insurance too. it's not free, i pay in monthly for all of it.
    i was torn between becoming a nurse or a teacher in high school, and now i'm wishing that i'd chosen nursing. there are so many options with nursing that i don't have in teaching. i realize that no job will ever be perfect-everything will have its downfalls. i am too young (22) to be stuck in a career that i hate for 25 years. i am married, but have no children and am not looking to have any for several more years. by then, i hope to be settled in a career! i plan to start taking classes this summer towards my rn and continue them through the next year. already having a degree will make it much faster for me to go through and finish up.
    i guess i am asking for a push and some good advice. i have weighed the benefits that i get teaching, but for me, they are just not enough. i "nursed" both of my grandparents though a multitude of things when they were alive. i administered iv antibiotics for my grandmother, gave shots, medications, nebulizer treatments, cleaned and wrapped wounds, removed stitches and staples, and that's just to name a few things. i realize that this was my family who i care about, but enjoyed it. i really feel like i would enjoy it immensely. i could be an advocate for people that hurt, be constantly challenged and learning. with teaching, i go though much new training, but i still teach the same ol' things. it gets old. the medical world is changing constantly. i'm really excited about this. i feel a little bit like i'm throwing away something that i worked four years for, but i'm not. the degree is still mine, it won't go away. please give me some positive advice.
    thanks!!!



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