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    KSBN was the first place I checked...if they have any such changes in the works they've either hidden them, or I'm blind.

    Thanks anyway.

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    Someone told me today that Kansas passed a law disallowing GNs to practice before they have passed their boards. I've searched several news sites but haven't come up with anything.

    Can anyone verify this? If so, I'd like to see the source if possible.


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    Quote from Tember
    Well, I'm happy to say that I was accepted to JCCC's LPN program. I'm looking forward to starting it in August. Hopefully it won't be to difficult to bridge over into the RN program next summer...
    Congratulations! I'm sure you'll bridge over just fine and look forward to seeing you Aug 2006

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    Very interesting reading.

    I see both sides...the teen mom in me wants to scream out that it isn't all about trying to feel loved, or just wanting a baby, etc.

    The future nurse in me is shocked and apalled and can't believe that anyone who still shops at Limited Too can possibly be come a mother.

    As mother of a 9-year-old, I'm scared to death of what my daughter might go through.

    The fact is, no one at any age is ready to have a baby before giving birth. You can read every book in the world on pregnancy, childbirth, and "Your Baby, Age [insert number here]" and not have the first clue.

    Another fact is no one should be judged for being excited about the birth of a baby. Babies are miracles, no matter what age the mother. There is no reason a young mother can't talk about how fun a baby will be. How many 25-year-olds come in bemoaning their pregnancies because the baby is going to keep them up all night? I would be more worried about those moms than the ones who are excited. Again, age is not a factor here. I am not accusing anyone of doing this or condoning this behavior, but berating a young mother is NOT going to help. In fact, she may grow to resent the child she is carrying and be less likely to care for it properly.

    Now, the root of the problem (according to my problematic self, I suppose?) is a severe lack of sex-ed. We learned about STDs in health class. Abstinence was the only birth control taught. Yes, it is the only 100% fail-proof method, but the fact is few teens (none that I knew/know) actually planned on having sex. It just happens. When I conceived my oldest daughter, was I thinking about anything except (and excuse my humor) "Oh baby that feels good!"...? Nope...I wasn't thinking about feeling loved, or wanting security, or STDs, or anything except how I physically felt at the time. No one inserts the warning "Hey, it'll feel good" before the obligatory "don't do it!!" Certainly no one told us where we could get birth control or even what was available.

    I plan to earn my CNM; my dream is to open a birthing center especially for young and unmarried moms so that I may help educate them on childbirth and parenting options. For example, no one spoke to me about breast-feeding. I had to ask the nurse when I could bf my daughter, and she gave me the most incredulous look, stating that she assumed "the" (not my) baby would be bottlefed. I hate to think of anyone else having to deal with this kind of prejustice. I'd also like to put together a sex-ed course for parents to attend with their children. Dry facts and scare tactics don't work...I feel that sex ed would be best presented as any other class--information laced with true-life examples and a touch of humor, as well as open discussion and a Q&A session. Knowledge retention would be much higher, and perhaps a more light-hearted, frank approach would help open the lines of communication between parent and child.

    I've typed long enough; I apologize if I wandered near incoherancy; 12-hour graveyard shifts will do that to you. Take care!

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    Quote from MommyJoy
    My husband and I had all thre of our children at the same wonderful hospital.

    My family has moved to a different state, but this man is still my doctor. Of course my kids have a local pediatric doctor. But when it is time for my yearly checkup, I will travel back to KS.
    MommyJoy--what hospital? I'm in the KC area; my first was delivered at Olathe Medical and my second at St Luke's South.

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    I start this fall in Johnson County Community College's ADN program (Kansas City, KS area)


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    Quote from FrumDoula
    I remember one amazing L&D nurse I met when I was having a miscarriage in a hospital. I was gunning for a D&C, but she took the time to explain my options to me and to help me deal with the whole thing. I ended up leaving the hospital and having the miscarriage at home, sans D&C. I'm glad she took the time to introduce that option, because I count it as something that was, while not happy, a positive experience, weird as that may sound. (And I ended up having a D&C years later with another miscarriage and had many more complications due to a retained placental fragment.) I was so grateful to that nurse. I doubt I'll ever forget her. She presented everything in such a respectful way.
    Alison, I'm glad that you were given the options that involve keeping your situation in the privacy of your own home. That sounds like an excellent nurse who really does understand the needs of her pts.

    I also wanted clarify--there are 'no interventions' and then there are 'NO interventions' (meaning, if mom and baby are both to be healthy then God Himself had better fly in the window). When I say 'no interventions' I mean no unnecessary interventions. Monitoring is important; checking for GD and Rh issues is important; having a completely pain-free birth between the hours of 9 to 5--eh, not so much.

    I feel my biggest struggle will be tolerating (with at least well-feigned respect) the decisions of the moms who walk into the hospital barely contracting and demanding an epi, or the ones who don't even want to give BF a fighting chance, etc. It'll be interesting to see how I learn to cope with this...I might be as bad as the RNs who stress if their laboring moms aren't drugged up and sleeping through the process! (just kidding...I hope I'm a bit more professional than that)

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    I find it fascinating to read all these stories. I'm a student nurse that plans to continue on to earn my CNM. My decision was based on not only the birth of my 2 girls, but also as playing childbirth coach at a few friends' deliveries.

    My first daughter I used my FP as an OB. I'm sure some of his reluctance to pay any sort of attention to me was due to the fact that I was 17 at the time, but for heaven's sake I was the patient. I had to fight kick and scream (literally at times) to keep my daughter's birth as my own. I wanted no intervention, natural childbirth if at all possible. I had read everything I could get my hands on about the matter, and feel I my decision was an educated one.

    The battle started two weeks before my due date. He wanted to induce me because I was "too small". I asked why he said that, and he said that no one my size could deliver a full term baby. Now, my tummy was HUGE, as I am only 5'2" and there is no where for the kid to go but out! While the idea of not being pregnant anymore was pleasant, I wasn't dilated/effaced at all and my daughter hadn't dropped one bit, so I declined. The next week, same story. Week of my due date, same story, except this time with my lovely doctor telling me horror stories to try to scare me into it. On top of that, while waddling through the hall after my appointment I hear him talking to a nurse about how he has this patient that just won't let him "pit and cut" (which I assumed was 'pitocin and c-section'). I don't know that he was referring to me, but I took offense. Actually, I hope more than one pt was giving him grief over it!

    One week post-edd, the dr tries telling me that the baby could be in distress because she was "so late". I asked to have a NST to see if she was OK, and he huffed "Never mind, it isn't necessary." (Leading me to believe that again, I was just inconveniencing his schedule).

    10 days post-edd, I had a scheduled appointment. Lo and behold I was in labor, 3cm and 75% eff. I don't know what station she was at, but she had definitley dropped as I could breathe again .

    At the hospital, same story. Dr wanted AROM, I said no; wanted pit drip because he "has dinner plans at 6 and doesn't want to miss the birth" (don't get me started on this charming statement); to top it off, the L&D nurse I had apparently wanted a drugged incoherant pt as well, as she asked me every half hour if I was ready for my epi yet. I persevered, and by the time I broke down and asked for drugs I was well into transition so it was too late. While pushing, I started complaining about my back and the nurse told me to try all 4s...I did, briefly, but realized that felt even worse (thinking of a certain scence from the Alien movie here). When I didn't stay down she pushed me into that position. My mom swears I took a swing at her; I don't remember that. I know I demanded that she not be allowed in the room, and screamed at her to GET OUT the next time I saw her.

    The end result, I had a healthy, normal, non-intervened (is that a word?) baby girl weighing in at 9#5.5. The dr said if he'd have know she was that big he'd have never 'let' me go full-term.

    My second daughter, I had a CNM who practices with an OB/GYN and the difference was night and day. I had a NST at 10 days post-edd. I was never asked to be induced (AROM, pit, or otherwise), the hospital experience was wonderful (they let me eat! another source of battle with my first). My mw even called ahead to the hospital once I was ready to go to make sure I had a nurse comfortable with non-intervention L&D. I did have a few complications, but nothing major. My 2nd started face-up, then after pushing for a couple of minutes backed herself up and turned around, and after she was born I bleed pretty heavily, but a shot of methergine took care of that. At no point did a doctor come in to 'fix' things. This child was tiny at 8#9.5

    This post has gotten long. I know there are good doctors out there, and I have probably experienced complete opposite ends of the spectrum, but the fact remains that had I not educated myself, who knows what might have happened with my first birth. She is now 9 years old, healthy, and suffered no ill-effects at the hands of the delivery; likewise, my younger (4yo) is the same. The difference is how I remember bringing each of them into the world. With my 1st, I had to fight to keep control of MY delivery, with my 2nd it was never a question. My mw even said that she wasn't there to deliver the baby--that was my job. She was there to help me along every step of the way. In L&D, the nurse assigned to me kept that theme--she never said "I'm doing this..." She alwasy said "I'm helping you to..." It's a small difference, but one that makes a huge difference to the most important person in that room--the patient!!

    I'm sorry I rambled on so much about this. It's something that is very important to me, and I hope that I do well as a nurse and a midwife to provide the kind of well-informed, calm birthing experience that I had with my 2nd daughter.

    Counting my girls, I've already 'delivered' 3 babies...2 of them my own and one of my best friend who said she had to push--tried to get her to do shallow breathing until someone (anyone) professional could get in the room...apparently she couldn't wait and asked me if she was feeling the head. I looked, and sure enough there was Hannah poking through. My friend's mom ran to find a nurse or dr and when they finally (and by finally I mean probably 30 seconds later) I was standing there with a very bewildered look on my face holding a slimy screaming baby girl! If only all births were that simple

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    Quote from JKCMom
    I had the same problem. They ran a titer and I wasn't immune to MMR anymore...So, I've been treated to pokes for Hep. B, MMR, tetanus, PPD test and blood draw (for the titer).
    I've had the MMR 3 times so far; the first before kindergarten, the second after my first daughter was born because they claimed I hadn't had it, then the third after my second daughter was born--surprise! Still not immune. I'm hoping that they won't make me get yet another shot when it obviously is not working. Actually, I'm hoping that documentation that I had the shot 4 years ago will be enough. If it hasn't given me immunity by now, I fail to see where more needle pokes will help out.

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    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    So you can't get into JCCC so you will become a LPN? The same amount of time you would spend at JCCC or KCKCC you can get a BSN at KU, St. Lukes, Research Hosp.
    He is most likely referring to the 2-year RN (AAS) program, not the LPN program (10 month). Since when does KU have a BSN program that is less than 2 years? I thought all bachelor's degrees were a minimum of 3 years.

    There's nothing wrong with having a community college be your first choice. I spent 2 years at KSU and hated it. Also, you have to consider that money-wise not everyone can afford a university. That's why I chose JCCC; I have kids to feed and that wasn't going to happen at $5000 a semester for 4 years!

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    My name is Hillary, I am 26, and I've just been accepted to the RN program at JCCC in KS. I'm a single mother of 2 deceptively adorable girls, ages 9 and 4.

    I want to become a nurse so that I may continue on and earn my CNM. WHile working as a web administrator, I was a child birth coach for 2 of my friends, during which I decided that I would like to be a midwife. I had a midwife during my 2nd pregnancy, and that cinched the deal for me. I had decided to return to college once my youngest started school. Unfortunately (or maybe not!), I was laid off 2 years ago. Rather than jump into another dead-end career, I returned to school the next fall to work off my pre/co-reqs for the nursing program. I applied for Fall 2005, and received my acceptance letter last Saturday.

    Now I have a whole new set of worries--how will I pay my bills during the program? Will I even see my kids in the next 2 years? But I know this is right for me.

    With God, all things are possible; He has brought me this far, I know He will see me to the end!

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    I'm Hillary, 26, single mother of 2, and I've just received my acceptance letter to JCCC's (in Kansas) RN program. Now that the excitement of getting an acceptance letter has passed, I'm a little freaked out.

    Some of the stuff they are asking for is making me nervous. Health history, I understand. Dental records...? A little bizarre, but OK. Credit report?? WHAT???

    Anyone have any insight as to why they need to know whether or not I am having trouble paying my bills while I am a student (which I am)? Surely they wouldn't decide I'm unfit for the nursing program based on that? Also, I don't have health or dental insurance (my kids do, thank God)...could this adversely affect my acceptance?

    Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but I can't help but wonder why they would ask for this information if it was inconsequential. I've given up a lot to return to school for this...I don't think I could stand it if my sacrifices have been for nothing.

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    OK, now that the excitement over getting an acceptance letter has passed, I'm a little freaked out.

    Some of the stuff they are asking for is making me nervous. Health history, I understand. Dental records...? A little bizarre, but OK. Credit report?? WHAT???

    Anyone have any insight as to why they need to know whether or not I am having trouble paying my bills while I am a student (which I am)? Surely they wouldn't decide I'm unfit for the nursing program based on that? Also, I don't have health or dental insurance...could this adversely affect my acceptance?

    Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but I can't help but wonder why they would ask for this information if it was inconsequential.

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    i apologize for posting my happiness. i guess i just figured if i got in then surely y'all would. i'm sorry you guys weren't selected. i'd had liked 'knowing' some people in the program (even if it is via the internet).

    the answers to your questions, john:

    what is your gpa towards the nursing program?
    3.76 (my science courses are all a's)

    how many credits do you have towards the nursing program?
    as of time of application, all but anatomy and physiology (i had taken it previously at ksu, but it had expired). i have it this semester.

    what were your act science and overall scores?
    science is 32, overall is 31

    other possible factors (maybe???). i have my aa, and in the interview when talking about the nursing program i brought up my plans to pursue a masters with focus on certified nurse-midwife. that part of the conversation was one i personally thought was a bad idea afterwards because i brought up how i had my oldest daughter when i was 17 and my dream is to open a birthing center specifically for young/unmarried moms. the interviewer asked a lot of questions about that, so maybe that helped show my passion for the field?

    altogether though, i am honestly surprised. i thought the interview went horribly--i'm much better at doing than talking about doing, and i know there are people with better grades and act scores than me.

    tember--i'm so glad ku is an option for you! i know several people in their bsn and it's a great program. i wish i had the time/$$ to go that route, but my kids can't starve just so mom can go to school (again).

    john--you should definitely give kckcc a try (as well as keep trying at jccc--even the lpn programs would get you one step closer). kckcc accepts in the fall and the spring, and it is also a great program. that is so weird jccc didn't rank'll have to let us know what they say about that.

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    I'm in!!! I had pretty much convinced myself that I didn't make it in, but I did!!!!!!!

    And why the heck do they need dental records? Not that it matters...I made it in!

    Just a little excited here....!