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    It depends on the type of student loan. I know that my federal sub and unsub loans do not go into repayment until 6 mo after I graduate. However, some loans (alternative loans) are different. I would call the lenders and ask them specifically.
    Hope this helps

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    I begin my program in Jan 09 and have just completed 2 core courses. Stats and Theory for my program. During orientation one of the most often heard comments from current students (after DONT GET BEHIND) was that taking any core courses early would really help, as time is at a premium. It also really helped me get in the habit of studying after several years away from academia.
    hope this helps

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    I went to Union's Accelerated program for students with BS in another discipline. They also have a 14 month program for students with quite a few credits but lacking an official degree (B.S.). Feel free to PM me.

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    vikingirl likes this.

    Has anyone had experience with the Live Scribe pen for your program? It has special paper and a digital recorder in the pen itself. It looks really useful. I just have no taken the plunge yet-rather pricey.

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    I completed an 11 month accelerated BSN as a second career, I realized that a Geology degree was not employable. I definitely was not able to work during my program other then externing. You can work as a nurse extern in a NICU prior to graduation. However, I would really recommend asking the Nurse Manager (at the NICU where your nephew was a patient) if you can shadow a day shift and a night shift proir to commiting a program. You will most likely be required to work night shift after graduation, this can me a really hard adjustment from a previous career in daylight hours. There is definite flexibility within the field of nursing, however 12 hour shifts can be really hard on your body. It is pretty rare to find an ICU doing 8 hour shifts anymore.
    Feel free to PM me

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    To take grad level courses at another university you inform the school that you want to take courses as "non-degree seeking" "to get your feet wet"
    this is pretty common at the Universities in my city. There are usually a couple spots available in core courses at the grad level such as theory and research, even if the university operates on a Cohort program.
    However, (credit wise) the patho almost never transfers into your CRNA program. theory and research might. Lightening your load is really smart.
    hope this helps

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    I totally understand your position. I applied prior to my "ideal window" to get an interview experience at my dream school and got in! Several friends in my unit recommended I take the opportunity because "life" has a tendency to get in the way...kids, sick parents, marriage. I begin my program this winter.
    You will qualify for Grad Plus and Alternative loans to help with your living expenses. You might want to make an excel spreadsheet to help you see the big picture. You will have more debt when you graduate however, your will have a much bigger shovel to pay the debt off (Dave Ramsey)
    The admissions committee would not have accepted you if they did not feel you were capable.
    Call the PD and ask if you can contact more students currently in the program to get their perspective.
    Hope this helps

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    Congratulations!
    Call your school's financial aid department, someone there should specialize in graduate programs. I would apply for the FAFSA now, you can do so online. You can begin applying for alternative loans 3 months prior to needing the money. You can apply earlier to see if (and how much) you can qualify for on your own. The interest rate might not be pretty without a cosigner.
    There are free sites online that will help you make a budget.
    Good Luck

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    I have heard good things about the Kaplan in class GRE prep course. It is pricy (aprox $1000) however they cover alot of standardized test taking skills. The Kaplan books worked well for me but I think the class would have been a better investment for my learning style.
    Have you thought about taking the CCRN?
    Hope this helps

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    I would look into cross-training and picking up a shift in the CV ICU one a week or as needed by the CV unit. (My background is neuro ICU also) Have you considered getting your CCRN? This will help you be a more well rounded applicant. I found that with some study time (focused on CV) You also might want to look into the CNRN.
    Hope this helps

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    pacifica likes this.

    I consitered taking a similar course thru Vanderbilt University in Nashville. I decided to take several core courses like theory and grad level stats this fall instead.
    The nursing department offers Advanced physiologic and pathophysiologic foundations of acute care. I spoke with the professor and he seemed very approachable. The course is held in high regard by a nearby CRNA program MTSA. The tuition is rather steep, however it could be a good option for you.
    The University of New England offers a online Biochem course however I don't know much about it. I think it is undergrad level.
    Good Luck, hope this helps

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    nurse.bettyRN likes this.

    I would definitely go after the CCRN first. It seemed to hold more weight in my interviews then any coursework. The CCRN shows the "next level" of independent thought (or so I have been told) and shows that you test well and can self motivate towards a goal. I went to Barbra Pope's review seminar offered by a local AACN chapter and it was well worth it.
    You could talk with the program director where you are applying. Typically they will review your transcripts and help point you in the right direction. If they are not helpful I would be a little nervous about applying to the program. Unless they were incredibly busy with upcoming interviews they should have time to give you some feedback.
    You might want to look at Barry University's online Transitions to Anesthesia. It is totally online, graduate level and provides a review of chemistry and physics and other topics.
    Hope this helps..Good Luck

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    I would definitely look at an accelerated BSN for people with a previous BA or BS. Your MBA would make you a more competitive candidate. You would finish faster then at an AD, have a BSN and start gaining experience and a paycheck much sooner. I attended a program with 1 MBA 2 psych majors and lots of other backgrounds. You might find that this type of program is tailored to your learning style. The wait for AD programs is often a turn off.

    Good Luck

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    MaineEMT2RN likes this.

    I really love Dansko clogs. They run 80-100 dollars but mine lasted me for 4 years. I own 3 pairs. Your posture is much better and they have a little heel so I get some height. I also invested in MBT's they are very pricey but even better for your posture and back. However, my husband thinks they are but ugly. PM me for an online store I used with good prices. (I dont think I can list it on all nurses.)

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    Call the program director and ask about your application. Usually you get a declined an interview letter. Your letter my just be in postal service limbo.
    Good Luck


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