Im soooo lost..what do I do next - page 4

Well actually I do know what to do next..APPLY to nursing school but im scared... I don't have great grades im a B student and I repeated 2 classes(anatomy and micro.) ANYONE In the same boat???? OR... Read More

  1. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from kalylies
    I have just been turned down after my second time applying to the nursing program at my school. I have been taking classes for 2 1/2 years while working full-time as a Paramedic. My sister-in-law got into the program on her first attempt. She is a stay-at-home-mom whose kids are all in school, which affords her plenty of quiet study time. Meanwhile, between EMS runs, I am studying my butt off and have a 3.0 GPA and I can't even get accepted into the program. I know that I can do it. I have been taking care of patients for over 10 years. And, to top it all off, my new past-time is explaining procedures and physiology of disease processes to my sister-in-law to help her through school. Don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge her anything. She worked hard to get in too. It just ticks me off because I am helping her and I can't even get in myself!!! I know I can make it through the program, if they will just give me a chance.
    First off I don't appreciate your comment about SAHM. You sound very arrogant.
    Maybe because you have been taking care of patients for 10 years you may have a little chip on your shoulder and lack respect for the material in those tough courses. There is a medical doctor from another country in my class who seems to be very thick when it comes to backing down and learning the stuff the way the professor needs him to.....
    I see this all the time in my classes with people who want to become RN's and are currently employed in other areas in the medical field or have BIG degrees and want to change directions.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Oct 31, '06
  2. by   CuriousMe
    WHOOOAAA!

    Ok, so obviously she hit on a nerve here.....but lets try to remember that she posted originally because she felt overwhelmed (with the response she got....something she'll probably hesitate to do again, I'll guess). I know I've said some things I wasn't terribly proud of when I was feeling completely flattened by stress.

    To kalylies.....I think the best thing you can do, is to follow the basic rule of, Don't worry about what anyone else is doing....or how you think they're doing it. Just keep doing your thing, best as you can. Really, if you focus on anyone else, you're only getting half the picture anyway...my Mom calls it comparing your insides to their outsides <smile>. It also doesn't sound like you have the time to devote to thinking about how anyone else has it easier, harder, etc.... Just do your thing as best you can.

    I hope your burden gets easier

    Peace,
    Cathie
  3. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Ok, so obviously she hit on a nerve here.....but lets try to remember that she posted originally because she felt overwhelmed (with the response she got....something she'll probably hesitate to do again, I'll guess). I know I've said some things I wasn't terribly proud of when I was feeling completely flattened by stress.
    Yes, and I didn't mean to start an assault for the post that was started....I understand the frustration that might be felt and how it "appears" to the poster...after all, I worked full-time (and then some) while completing prereqs for NS...it's VERY tough....

    But it's not fair to demean the SAHM's, some of whom do not have the obligations of a "real job" outside of their homes...this is 2006, and for anyone (particularly another woman) to assume that because they stay home and don't have a "real job" is demeaning...they have the most important job and unfortunately don't get breaks, lunch hours with friends, annual reviews telling what a wonderful job they're doing, bonuses, vacation time, credit toward their social security, 401(k)s, etc...it was one of the most rewarding and hardest jobs I have ever had!! Schoolwork during that time was always the afterthought....

    I was just hoping to add a little sensitivity to the topic & OP...best wishes to the poster and everyone who's pursuing this line of work...we all deserve the best!!:icon_hug:
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from wdwpixie
    Yes, and I didn't mean to start an assault for the post that was started....I understand the frustration that might be felt and how it "appears" to the poster...after all, I worked full-time (and then some) while completing prereqs for NS...it's VERY tough....

    But it's not fair to demean the SAHM's, some of whom do not have the obligations of a "real job" outside of their homes...this is 2006, and for anyone (particularly another woman) to assume that because they stay home and don't have a "real job" is demeaning...they have the most important job and unfortunately don't get breaks, lunch hours with friends, annual reviews telling what a wonderful job they're doing, bonuses, vacation time, credit toward their social security, 401(k)s, etc...it was one of the most rewarding and hardest jobs I have ever had!! Schoolwork during that time was always the afterthought....

    I was just hoping to add a little sensitivity to the topic & OP...best wishes to the poster and everyone who's pursuing this line of work...we all deserve the best!!:icon_hug:
    :yeahthat:
  5. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from CuriousMe
    WHOOOAAA!

    Ok, so obviously she hit on a nerve here.....but lets try to remember that she posted originally because she felt overwhelmed (with the response she got....something she'll probably hesitate to do again, I'll guess). I know I've said some things I wasn't terribly proud of when I was feeling completely flattened by stress.

    To kalylies.....I think the best thing you can do, is to follow the basic rule of, Don't worry about what anyone else is doing....or how you think they're doing it. Just keep doing your thing, best as you can. Really, if you focus on anyone else, you're only getting half the picture anyway...my Mom calls it comparing your insides to their outsides <smile>. It also doesn't sound like you have the time to devote to thinking about how anyone else has it easier, harder, etc.... Just do your thing as best you can.

    I hope your burden gets easier

    Peace,
    Cathie
    Well, maybe you need to work on self control if you are upset and not thoughtlessly make studpid statements
  6. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from stpauligirl
    Well, maybe you need to work on self control if you are upset and not thoughtlessly make studpid statements
    Speaking of self control, what is the purpose of flattening someone about the same thing in multiple posts. I'm sure she gets it, you don't like what she said.....why continue to beat her up? I would think some self control is needed on your part as well.

    One of the things I usually like about this board is that folks can generally talk about something without attacking each other. Multiple posts reaming someone out for what was, granted, a thoughtless comment...does nothing to add to the community....and probably does nothing but make the poster of the comment more defensive. A little more grace and a little less commendation is definitely in order....we're all stressed enough and no one needs the abuse.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  7. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Speaking of self control, what is the purpose of flattening someone about the same thing in multiple posts. I'm sure she gets it, you don't like what she said.....why continue to beat her up? I would think some self control is needed on your part as well.

    One of the things I usually like about this board is that folks can generally talk about something without attacking each other. Multiple posts reaming someone out for what was, granted, a thoughtless comment...does nothing to add to the community....and probably does nothing but make the poster of the comment more defensive. A little more grace and a little less commendation is definitely in order....we're all stressed enough and no one needs the abuse.

    Peace,
    Cathie
    And you are the traffic controller out here?
  8. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from stpauligirl
    And you are the traffic controller out here?
    Nope, just feel for the poor person at the bottom of the pile on.:spin:


    Peace,
    Cathie
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Nope, just feel for the poor person at the bottom of the pile on.:spin:


    Peace,
    Cathie
    You'll figure this one out once you have your own kids
  10. by   catzy5
    Quote from wdwpixie
    stpauligirl:

    Yes, you're right, I did forget those items...the list is basically never ending actually (pets? yardwork? taking the garbage out? and then this minor issue of holidays -- costumes, turkeys, and Christmas trees)....I was trying to be nice because I can imagine what it feels like to "think" she's just a SAHM, but if unless she's a total self-centered woman w/maids, etc., I really wanted to point out that it's not just lay around with Oprah and the bon-bons!! And I had forgotten about the spouses that travel, etc...we have one (at least) in our class with that issue....

    Oh yes I can relate well I have 3 kids 7, 7 and 9 I waited until my twins started Kinder to go back to school, I have a little more time now then I did when they were home all day with me which makes it nice to study and actually take the classes. My husband travels all week and is home on the weekends, my twins are a lot of work in the school department and homework can be a real nightmare in my house. I do study during the day inbetween cleaning and preparing for them to come home, I can honestly say I don't turn the tv on once during the day. I make a schedule every week of what needs to be done for class and stick to it, when my kids get home my time is not my own I am with them 100% oh and I do have a dog LOL who is like a family member I have an obligation to him to take him out atleast once a day which is what I promised when I got him, ofcourse he is my stress reliever and I do secretly love my walks.
  11. by   catzy5
    Quote from stpauligirl
    I also agree with your take on Community Colleges.....everybody who underestimates the science classes at my CC outright FAILS especially Micro, and the A&P classes!!!!!!! We had too many cocky LVN'S,EMT's and CNA's, Premed students and people with BAchelor's degrees sink..it's the same each sememster....they think Community College is below them Make no mistake and assume that CC is easier...sometimes the classes are even harder than at 4 year colleges. My husband took Calculus at our CC and it was harder than at the 4 year school.

    I was thinking about this the other day, I have a friend whos daughter is a senior in high school who has a C average at best. My friend is such a university snob she is struggling to find a "good" school for her daughter to get into, she is always cracking jokes about CC (forgeting I assume that I attend one) I was trying to explain to her that CC is a great choice, why spend all that money on a university for someone who doesn't seem very focused in school? Anyway I was trying to think of the differences other then the obvious you don't get your 4 yr degree, I think the majority of people who go to CC are looking to transfer unless there is a specific program like Nursing that they offer. But I realized CC have more "remedial" classes its your chance to "catch" up I love that they offer pre algebra and several other get back into the swing of thing courses, but they also offer the college level transfer courses. NOt everyone that goes there takes the below level courses but they are there to help people (like myself) get their head on straight and possibly even start from scratch. I know in my case it had been many years since college and high school and I was not a great student at all, age has done wonders in that department. All my courses now are college level but at the CC where they are half the price, they transfer to university and if I so desire I can go for my BSN when I am done and have very little to do out side of the core nursing courses.
  12. by   paccookie
    Quote from MIKelly
    I think an A&P course will transfer from CC to university. From what I understand CC really "dumbs down" the class from what you would be expected to know at university. I am currently taking A&P at a CC and have an A in the class. It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I mean, it's intense and there is plenty to memorize, but it's quite doable with a good grade if you put the study time in.
    Are you kidding? I am a student at a CC and there is definitely no dumbing down of A&P there. Don't be so quick to dismiss CC courses. Some of our students are much more knowledgable in A&P (and other subjects) than students from the bigger universities. It depends on the instructor and the student as to what the student takes out of the class. The curriculum is almost identical no matter where you go.

    CG
  13. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Nope, just feel for the poor person at the bottom of the pile on.
    Peace,
    Cathie
    :roll
    You guys are both too funny!!

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