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  • Apr 21 '13

    I agree. Just focus on becoming a nurse. Let the "male" come naturally

  • Apr 21 '13

    Thanks, everyone! It still feels like a dream. I have to keep re-reading the letter I'm so thrilled!!!!

  • Apr 21 '13

    I think you should just become a regular nurse rather than a specifically male one. If you're already male you can concentrate on that part later, why add all the stress and study now?

  • Apr 17 '13

    I would NOT recommend taking A&P in an accelerated format when you have a 3 week old. Especially if science isn't your strong suit. Yes, you may be in a hurry to get your pre-reqs over with, but what's the point if you struggle to get a C? You need to take this course when you can devote your time to it. You will not be able to give your complete focus when you have a 3 week old. You'll have no sleep and if you're breast-feeding, you're going to need to pump so others can feed the baby while you study. Between being up every 2 to 4 hours, you're going to be EXHAUSTED! It's going to be hard to retain all the information when you're sleep deprived.

    Focus on taking care of your baby. Take some easier classes in the summer, if you're determined to take them. I don't want to be negative, but I want to you to realistic about this.

    Best of luck to you and congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your little one

  • Apr 14 '13

    I can tell you how people allow themselves to balloon up to 500, 600, 700 lbs. and so on.

    It's called "self-medication". Not too long ago, I was well over 300 lbs. myself and headed for 400, so I can empathize very easily with the super obese. Yes, mental disorders can cause compulsive overeating; once I was treated for mine, the drive to stuff myself until I was miserable went away, and I've lost over 40 lbs without much effort. But many people NEVER discover what, literally, is eating them, and since food is the one addiction that can never be completely overcome due to the necessity of eating to live, they go on until it kills them.

    I do know how hard it is to care for such patients. Back when I was a hospital nurse, we had a frequent flyer who weighed ~ 650 lbs. and literally required 10 staff members to get OOB. Bathing him took half a dozen.......three were needed just to hold up the enormous pannus that probably went at least 250 lbs. all by itself. He was one of the nicest patients I've ever cared for; polite, respectful, totally non-demanding, only pushed his call light when he desperately needed something. He passed away at age 48, not surprisingly from CHF. The take-home lesson from taking care of him was simply this: Obese people have ears. They have feelings, too, and they know when we healthcare providers don't like them. Sometimes, they act out because they know they're disliked!

    Believe me, your basic 500+ pounder is VERY aware that a) they are dangerously obese, and b) they're not going to live long if they continue eating as much as it takes to maintain such a large body. If you yourself knew you were going to die soon, wouldn't you want to indulge what few pleasures were left to you? I know I would......and since food is often these patients' only source of satisfaction, can anyone out there understand why they may choose to continue stuffing themselves?

  • Mar 30 '13

    The one thing that always fascinated me about nursing is that I can use everything I've ever learned about science, culture, and just about every other branch of knowledge and philosophy in my practice, sooner or later. Especially in psych nursing, it's important to be able to reach a patient, and the more exposure to different ideas you have, the better you are able to do that. On a personal level, ii also think that a broader exposure to different ideas tends to make one more tolerant and accepting of other cultures and ideas.

  • Mar 30 '13

    Quote from Mschwab316
    .....I'm a former military medic, and have put alot of hours and hard work into my health career. Hospital, battlefield, the street. I have worked over 300 codes, intubated , well need I say more.
    Well, yes you do, actually. The work you did as a medic is not the same as the work you will, one day, be doing as a nurse. Your opening post was storming about how non-nursing classes "suck" and you wondered what they have to do with being a nurse. Achieving a college degree in nursing is of course achieving a college degree first, which is why all those classes are there. If you preferred not to have that degree, there are practical nursing courses available at trade schools that award certificates, not degrees...but the opportunities for employment aren't the same. As for the classes themselves, I assure you they will come in handy if you do become a working RN.

    Maybe I don't have your class time right now but you will never be a pimple on my a** when it comes to my acomplishments and I'm not done....
    Seriously? You know Maybe it's a bad day you're having, but you need to remember that going after someone like you just did here is in bad form, regardless of your mood at the moment. Keeping your cool and behaving as a professional is an invaluable tool of a good nurse. The hospital is not a battlefield

  • Mar 29 '13

    There are not enough classes to be a 'math major' in your prereqs - but there are enough to enable you to decide how many milliliters of Lasix to give a child in heart failure when the solution comes 10 milligrams per milliliter and you need to give a total dose of 1 milligram per kilogram of body weight to a 4.6 kilogram infant.

    There are not enough English classes to make you an English major- but there are enough to allow you to document a narrative account of the changes your patient is going through while decompensating after a surgical procedure or medical emergency, with enough precise language to allow the professionals following you to follow the chain of events and assess the effectiveness of the interventions that were used.

    Chemistry? It is REALLY helpful to understand how glucose is metabolized in the human body, and how that metabolism is impaired in the patient lacking the hormone insulin - as well as how those chemical derangements affect other body systems.

    A waste of time? If you STILL think they are a waste of time, you have come to the wrong profession.

  • Mar 29 '13

    I would be very wary of an ITT nursing degree. Their programs are usually not accredited. Plus I've read countless threads of students who spent lots of money (WAY more than a regular university program) to go to ITT because there's no waiting list and they ended up getting their degree withheld because they could not pass the NCLEX. Also, many employers will not hire ITT grads due to their lack of training.

    So, be careful what you wish for. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

  • Mar 28 '13

    I'm going to second what RNsRWe said. I've been researching all the schools in my area (there are 10 that offer nursing programs). Each one states that while they'll accept a 2.5, you need a high GPA just to be competitive with the flood of applicants they have.

    The school I really want to get into even has you put your initials next to "I understand my GPA needs to be 3.5 or better to have competitive standing for admission" right on the application. They have 350+ applicants for 128 spots each year. They don't have a waiting list, they use a point-based system. GPA counts for the majority of the points. Then they give bonus points for having pre-reqs/co-reqs completed before applying. Additional points are given for experience in the medial field (e.g. CNA, medical assisting, etc.) and volunteer work (100+ hours minimum). They then add up all the points. The 128 applications with the highest points make it in.

    If you're competing for a spot with hundreds of other applicants, you need to have your record speak for itself. I don't want to discourage you, but I also want to be realistic about what you're up against.

    If you really want to become a nurse, a would highly suggest that you ask for an appointment to speak with the Nursing Advisor with the program you wish to apply for and ask him/her how you can make your application more competitive. Some programs will only allow you to have 1 re-take, so if you've already re-taken many of your courses, you may be stuck with the grades you have. Again, you'll need to speak to the Nursing Advisor to know for sure.

    Good luck with your decision!

  • Mar 28 '13

    I can give you some advice, but you probably won't like it. A GPA of 2.8-3.0 after five years of community college isn't going to get you in anywhere. A TEAS of 73% is also not good. I'm sorry you've had a difficult time, but you're now competing against students who do not have a poor scholastic record. Perhaps nursing isn't in the cards? I know there are others who will blow all kinds of positive smoke around, but honestly, the competition right now is fierce, and it doesn't look like you have what you're going to need to get in.

  • Mar 27 '13

    As I am almost done with my first year of my ADN nursing program, I decided to write this article with some thoughts about where I was a year ago.

    I know I am being overly dramatic here, but hey what the hell may as well put my Composition II skills to use.

    I started my journey April 2010, after having mulled over my choices for a career change for an extended period of time and deciding I needed to sign up before anything was going to change.

    I spent the first 3 semesters taking classes on another degree I was picking at whilst I tried to finalize what I wanted to be when I grew up. I finally decided my greatest asset was my empathy with people and how much I was willing to give of myself for them. This eventually led me to Nursing.

    I have always been a natural student. 4.0GPA without opening books, first one done with tests a few minutes after they were handed out, finishing homework before I even left class. I prided myself on all of this and eventually just expected it.

    Pride cometh before the fall.

    After signing up for the Pre-Nursing program in 2011, I overloaded my schedule to finish the 40+ hours of pre-reqs as soon as I could. All As, no problem.

    In the Spring of 2012, I added the CNA license course to my schedule as it became a requirement for the nursing program. I don't know that I even paid much attention to the course, but I did find that I had an excellent connection with the patients. It made me feel like I was on the right track. It also made me feel like nursing was not a big deal, thinking being a CNA was pretty much like being a nurse, right? Sigh.

    I bought all of my supplies, uniforms, and books...all ready to go. In my mind taking the courses were merely a formality at this point.

    Then came Fall of 2012.

    Like anyone else, I was nervous and apprehensive about doing something new, but quickly found that Fundamentals was a piece of cake, labs were no problem, quizzes were a joke...why the hell doesn't everyone take this class, right?

    As the instructor handed out our first real exam, it was just another test after the hundreds of other tests I have taken in my life, no problem.

    I got a 56.

    Now you can imagine the utter shock and nausea I felt when I saw that lonely number on the paper. I panicked, big time. I can only imagine the inner voice of my instructor "muwahahahha my plan is working perrrrrfectly."

    I knew then that I was in trouble, and I needed to pull my head out of my place-that-shall-not-be-named and shift my entire paradigm of thinking. It wasn't easy.

    I quit my $20 an hour job, spend 12 hours a day studying, and gave up all notion of having a life/girlfriend/friends/fun/food not from McDonald's. And I am still barely passing. It's not a great feeling getting 79% on everything when you have to have a 77% or higher on pretty much everything in order to proceed. In fact it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I was able to feel like I was going to make it. And I know I am going to have to continue studying 12 hours a day and basically not have a life for another 16 months.

    I worry about what kind of nurse I will be when I can barely pass my classes. But I DO know I will be the best nurse I can.


    Here are some of the things I wish I had known last year:

    - Commit totally, or find something else to be when you grow up.

    - Nurses heavily use and are tested using critical thinking skills. I cannot stress that enough CRITICAL THINKING. If you do not have that particular skill, go buy a self-help book to figure out how. Do it now, trust me just go get it. Stop reading I will wait.

    - If you have any thought whatsoever that nursing school is going to be a walk in the park, slap yourself as hard as you can and wake up. Talk to some 2nd year students to get a good idea of what being a 1st year student is like. Find your school's nursing club, they will be more than happy to share their horror stories.

    - Go get some books on nurse's stories, there are quite a few but they will give you a great idea of what being a nurse is REALLY like. One of my favorites is a "A Nurse's Story" by Tilda Shalof.

    - Do your research, make sure that being a nurse is really what you want. Based on what I have seen in clinicals, it's hard work, it's gut wrenching, it's sometimes menial thankless tasks that go on for hours. It's NOT Grey's Anatomy, ER, or any medical drama you have ever seen.

    - Continuing with the last point, go shadow a nurse, or volunteer at an LTC or hospital, get educated.

    - When you get actually started in your nursing program READ. ALL. ASSIGNED. CHAPTERS. Then read them again. Once you are done you should probably read them again.

    - Study groups are for everything but studying.

    - Working and kids and family and social life...forget about it. Make sure everyone is on board with what you are about to undertake. You will not be available, you will be studying. When you are available, you will be sleeping. If you are able to have a life and go to nursing school, I salute and secretly hate you.

    - Finally, after all is said and done TRY to relax and enjoy and take it all in...this truly is (at least for me) the most rewarding thing you can do in life. The first time I kept someone from choking to death swept away all of my doubts and fears and all the dumb stuff I did before I got to that point.

    It's worth it, just don't underestimate it.

    See you in the trenches!


  • Mar 26 '13

    20 and you think you are getting old? I was 38 when I started.

  • Mar 25 '13

    Cool story, technically illegal time:

    When I was nineteen, I worked as a tech in the ER. I looked like I was about thirteen. At the time, my now-husband lived about ten hours away from me so I'd drive up to see him in my scrubs. (Usually after working five back-to-back twelve hour days. God, to be young again!)

    So I'd stop in the middle of Corn Town, Iowa to get gas in my scrubs and get a LOT of stares. Eventually, I'd usually get a "So, are you a doctor?" from someone. It was a patently absurd question. I'm nineteen-going-on-thirteen.

    Usually came up with something witty. "I'm a brain surgeon." Or, my favorite, "Yes, I transport organs. I'm taking a heart up to BFE, South Dakota."

  • Mar 17 '13

    Hey x-factor I passed hesi and was accepted thank you for all your help