Direct entry and graduate entry programs II - page 15

Hello all, Its been mentioned before about ending our thread and starting a new one. Think it was tried a few months ago. Maybe it is time now, seeing as the thread is 72 pages long. That is... Read More

  1. by   elizabells
    Off I go to my first day of classes! We have physical assessment and Science of Nursing Practice today - both lectures that have labs/clinicals later in the week.

    Thanks, jess! Yeah, I'm feeling much better. In a weird way it was harder having my parents here, because it still felt like all the other vacations we've taken here. Obviously I miss them, but now I feel like I'm really here! Plus going to a beer garden in Queens with a few of the girls this weekend helped ...
  2. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Arg!! Gen!!! The waiting game continues! That's a drag that they won't even look at your file without all the official transcripts- when it seemed like they implied (or stated outright) that they would before. I mean, isn't that why you rushed to get your application in by the time they were ready to review and make first round decisions?!?


    I start my hellish three weeks of Micro and Chem overlap tomorrow. Yipes! It's going to be interesting.

    -Jess
    Hello,
    Yes Jess! That is exactly why I drove up to Lincoln Park Friday before last. However, as you suggested this may be good news since people are declining, (hopefully opening up an extra spot.)

    Good luck with Chem and Micro at the same time. For me micro was more like Physiology, (systems on a smaller level). Chem is trickier for me, (maybe not for you, hopefully).

    My chem starts today at 9 am yet, and a big YET, it will be until July 28th. This is a major big difference than THREE weeks!

    Oh my gosh Jess, rest, hydrate, eat, sleap, think calm. breathe, kiss your babies, hug your hubby, trust that the nanny is a good idea and let her know that you will be going through something tough, sleep. ..study...study...study and breathe.

    This is, if you are going to utilize the nanny starting now, right?

    Good luck, you go Jess!!
    Gen
  3. by   Jess RN
    Ellizabells, glad you are feeling better and more settled. I am ususally very extroverted but sometimes it takes me a bit to get into the flow of a new social enviroment and I can feel shy and just generally icky about things. You and your fellow students will be going at such a breakneck speed and will have to rely upon each other so much- that's a surefire way to meet others and feel integrated. I'm glad the beer garden helped too.

    Gen- My chem class is 6 weeks, but only the last three overlap with micro, thank goodness. It will be tough but yes, the nanny is on board (has been here for a month) and the girls love her. I really couldn't do it without her and my husband's support. It's a good training I think for what things will be like in the fall. I also worked really hard the first three weeks in chem (also not my strong suit) so I could go into this overlap with the highest possible average I could (thinking I will likely not be able to perform as well with twice the workload and the same amount of childcare help). I only have to make a B in both of these classes- so that should be do-able (hopefully).

    Arg! Stress!! :chuckle Did I mention my micro is an online course with an at home lab kit? Should be interesting...

    -Jess
  4. by   elizabells
    Quote from future nurse jess

    Arg! Stress!! :chuckle Did I mention my micro is an online course with an at home lab kit? Should be interesting...

    -Jess
    Lol. Please try not to blow anything up . . .
  5. by   Jess RN
    Quote from elizabells
    Lol. Please try not to blow anything up . . .
    :chuckle More likely I would infect my family with the weakened strain of E. coli included in the kit... LOL

    -Jess
  6. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Arg! Stress!! :chuckle Did I mention my micro is an online course with an at home lab kit? Should be interesting...

    -Jess
    Jess,
    This is really cool. In our micro class at school our final projects involved doing random cultures around school and testing to eliminate what type of bacteria was growing there.

    Holey mackeral, the cleanest areas were the bathrooms, (toilets, faucets, doorknobs and so on). The ickiest and dirtiests things were: Makeup powder, earings or jewelry and ohmygosh, I cultured the bottom of my bookbag and grew some sort of stapphylcoccus slime! From the outside bottom of my bookbag!

    Ooooh, I have also heard that if you culture someone's fake fingernails that you may truly be grossed out, (heard of documented cases of sad and tragic infant deaths in a hospital traced to health care givers fake fingernails harboring the staphylococcus pneumo...sp).

    Okay well, sorr abut the gross ness, but, have fun!!
    Gen
  7. by   Jess RN
    Quote from Gennaver
    Jess,
    This is really cool. In our micro class at school our final projects involved doing random cultures around school and testing to eliminate what type of bacteria was growing there.

    Holey mackeral, the cleanest areas were the bathrooms, (toilets, faucets, doorknobs and so on). The ickiest and dirtiests things were: Makeup powder, earings or jewelry and ohmygosh, I cultured the bottom of my bookbag and grew some sort of stapphylcoccus slime! From the outside bottom of my bookbag!

    Ooooh, I have also heard that if you culture someone's fake fingernails that you may truly be grossed out, (heard of documented cases of sad and tragic infant deaths in a hospital traced to health care givers fake fingernails harboring the staphylococcus pneumo...sp).

    Okay well, sorr abut the gross ness, but, have fun!!
    Gen
    EEEEWWWW!!!! I'm already a germ-phobe, and I think this class is going to play into my worst fears!! It should be pretty interesting though. I just read through the syllabus and it is going to be a ton of work. Lots of assignments- kind of looks busy work-ish to me.

    -Jess
  8. by   Gennaver
    Hello here again everyone,

    Just yesterday was my first day of introduction to organic and biochemistry. Everything went good, I really like the teacher's style too, she is spot on for my learning style.

    Next, after that, I went to my job interview at a children's residential treatment facility. I was offered and accepted the job. The training is throughout the summer and would not work with my organic chemistry schedule. This is also a company that I worked for 10 years ago as a youth care attendant.

    I really had to think about this on my way home but, decided to relax a little and instead of pushing for the fall start at DePaul, to go ahead and try for the January start.

    I truly had to wrap my head around this and have.

    So, I still have summer school but, for the chem class I called the school last night and asked them to go ahead and give my seat to the next person on the waitlist. They said there was another person.

    I figured that since I am holding off, I can take it during the fall semester.

    Next, since my work schedule would not work at all with the junior college I also called and relinqueshed my seat for the program too! I know, what a surprise but, I figured that right now, things turned out not to be as ready as I thought. I need to work a little, but, do not want to go more than the fall semester without starting graduate school!

    Finally, I called DePaul and asked the coordinator about my holding off until January. I told him that it was so crunch waiting for the final decision about this Fall and asked about the January start. He said it would be no problem and that the final deadline for that start is August first.

    Jeepers, so, while this is practical and I fully understand this I am surprised that I am being so calm about it. I just felt like everything was so pushed and stressed and then again, I need to pay my bills right now too.

    This will also give me a few more months to work and save up some book money.

    Also, if I do not get into DePaul, I will indeed have to retake my AP 1&2 and also my gen chem. I am willing to do that during the next spring and summer if I have to try all over again for next fall.

    However, I am NOT going to relinquish trying to get into a MEP or GEP.

    Still will be posting here, reading here and hoping for the best!
  9. by   Jess RN
    Quote from Gennaver
    ...

    I really had to think about this on my way home but, decided to relax a little and instead of pushing for the fall start at DePaul, to go ahead and try for the January start.

    I truly had to wrap my head around this and have.

    ... I am NOT going to relinquish trying to get into a MEP or GEP.
    Gen!! Those are big decisions! First off- congrats on the new job! That is great and probably a relief after your "student days" to look forward to a nice paycheck. Good job! It sounds like you have really thought this through and are very calm and at peace with your short term plans. I think that's great. I felt much the same way- that if I got in for fall 05 great- if not I'd take it as a sign, stretch out my final pre reqs and just re-apply for fall 06. I had really gotten to a place where I genuinely felt that I wouldn't be crushed by not getting in this year. I kind of figured it would have just been a sign that I don't HAVE to do it all as quickly as possible, kwim? That was a big decision to turn down the ADN program- but again I think a good one. You are so clear on your goal of an MSN- and there are such strong MEP programs in your area- I think you should hold out for them. I know an ADN is a good option for many- but I think with you having just finished your Bachelor's, it would kind of be a step backward. I have nothing against ADN programs- and considered them myself as well- so no flaming anyone!! But in your situation Gen- with a supportive hubby and no kids- I think you should shoot for the moon, and not "settle". You know? Anyway- congrats!!

    -Jess
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Gen!! Those are big decisions! First off- congrats on the new job!

    I think you should shoot for the moon, and not "settle". You know? Anyway- congrats!!

    -Jess
    Jess,

    As always, it was very nice to read your words of encouragement

    I made my trips to the junior colleges today, to make the withdrawals official. The dean of the nursing department wished me well and said that it sounded very practical and that she wished me the best. She also said that yes, she knew exactly who was going to take my seat and that it was going to be one very, VERY happy lady. I told her that I was happy to hear that and really am.

    I re-registered for my organich chem and also to retake the AP1 for the fall, (since it turns five this summer).

    However I really would like to know which online places many people here have spoken about because I am on the waitlist for both of those classes for the fall!

    Jess, would you mind sharing your information about the online university? I would have to take the organic chem and then most likely would go ahead and redo all my five year old classes, (AP 1,2, and gen Chem) before DePaul too.

    Thanks!
    Gen
  11. by   Jess RN
    HI Gen-

    Sure I'm doing my Micro with www.ccconline.org They have a good selection of sciences with labs and are reasonably priced (I think 200 a credit) for around here anyway! Before assuming you need to do over your 5 yr old classes, I would definitely check with DePaul if you haven't already. I mean- they are within the 5 yr deadline if you consider how old they are when DePaul recieved your application, kwim? Even if you go for winter term- DePaul might have some leniency in terms of what they will accept. Anyway, you may have already covered this with them, but if you haven't it's worth the conversations rather than re-doing classes from scratch.

    So far my Micro class looks good- lots of work though. The class is structured in 5 units each including 3 or 4 text chapters. For each chapter you have a quiz, each unit you have a test. You have to start one and participate in one online discussion per week and there are also some short answer mini- essays (200 words) that have to be passed in at the end of each chapter. Oh and lab reports- there are 12 labs and you have to pass in 9 lab reports but you can do more for exctra credit. Most of the people in the class are either nursing or pre-nursing- with one PA and one pre- BSN-MSN-DCN (whew!). The lab kit looks cool. I'm afraid of germs let loose in my house- but I plan to be pretty careful. I want to culture the inside of my 2 yr old's sippy cup! Eeeeeewwww!:chuckle I'm not sure if they have orgo- but they might have a chem for health sci majors- which should cover some orgo- not sure if your program would accept it though, so you'd have to check. If you don't end up having to re do them but you still want to brush up I've heard there are some free online self study classes that might fit the bill. Anywho- I've got to run and get ready to leave for MY chem class now- blah! Only three more weeks of it!

    -Jess
  12. by   elizabells
    Go Gen! You know we will always support you, no matter what you decide!
  13. by   Gennaver
    Quote from elizabells
    Go Gen! You know we will always support you, no matter what you decide!
    Thank you Elizabells! and Jess again too!

    You both are super.

    Guess what now? Yesterday as I had fully come to terms with pushing school off like this I got an email and called another school.

    The laminality stage is so arduous and well, even good news can be overwhelming if not exhilerating.

    Well, a Masters of Social Work school that I tentatively applied to told me that I could still be accepted for the fall of 2005, (hmm I thought, still interesting, it would not conflict with my work or my desire to next pursue the MSN).

    Then the kicker, they offer graduate assistanships and I would get the $50,000 education paid for by the University! What? Get out!

    I have to seriously look into this. I clearly do want to pursue the MSN in community health also and well, DePaul specializes in this so, depending on what happens with the MSW school I want to schedule an appointment with the dean of Nursing at DePaul to see if they will consider me for fall 2008, (don't want to jinx it so I will withhold the name for just now).

    Phew, slight head spin but, could that be kismit or serendipity or what?


    Gen
    p.s. just sort of holds the one off until I complete the other but, they truly are complimentary and are a blend of what I hope to do in the future

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