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    Our pharm class had a clique that always sat in the back. They swore up and down they were not disruptive, but they were constantly glancing at each other, smiling or gesturing, texting back and forth, putting on makeup or combing their hair, writing each other notes and exchanging them, snorting, giggling, or trying not to laugh. And they all wore these clunky bracelets that were constantly rattling and banging on the desk tables. They were VERY disruptive. More importantly, their behavior was disrespectful -- to the rest of the class and the instructors. They thought they were a "clique," but truthfully, they were an isolated, unwanted group because their behavior ticked everyone off. Our instructor went out of her way to make sure the group was separated during exams, while the rest of us were free to sit where we wanted. You'd think they would have picked up on this "little hint," but they never did.

    Please understand -- I'm not saying that you or your group are doing this!! I don't even know you. But my point is -- a group of students can be disruptive without ever saying a word.

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    RebeccaB46, ms.piggy98, 34years, and 2 others like this.

    Congrats on the BSN! And reaching the Big 5-0! And meeting both milestones at the same time!

    Your forum name suggests there won't be a master's degree in the works?

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    Quote from TheCommuter

    Anamarc College had enrolled more than 500 students at the time it abruptly closed, yet only 67 persons sat for boards last year?
    The College offers many programs other than LVN. There may be 500 students total attending the college, but that doesn't tell us how many were enrolled in the LVN program, or indicate how many were final-semester LVN students.

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    Food for Thought: The Anamarc College LVN program (El Paso, Texas) is approved by the Texas BON. The college's NCLEX pass rates from 2009 through 2013 were in a very respectable range of 90.91 to 97%. The 97% pass rate was for 2013, with 65/67 students passing. The program passed its most recent BON survey (inspection) visit in October 2013, and no problems were noted and no remedial work was required. In 2012 the program director announced plans to revise the course structure to facilitate credit transfers. Students who were interviewed by the BON during the October 2013 visit stated they were satisfied with the program, and said they appreciated the high NCLEX pass rates, low student-to-teacher ratios, and the lack of waitlists. All of this info is available on the Texas BON website. Before today, I'd never heard of the Anamarc program, but the program looks squeaky clean if you research it on the BON website.

    Other than possibly distasteful advertising, what red flags were there for potential students to "research"? Some students have no choice but to pay private program tuition because they either can't get in to a cheaper/more competitive program, or they are wanting to get started ASAP. The program looked fine on paper and the BON had no issues with it; it was not on the BON List of Problem Programs.

    Yes, something went wrong financially, and we don't yet know the details. But I think it's premature and unfair to lump the school in with the Corinthian debacle or to point accusatory fingers at the program's students "because they should have known better."

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    Age as a number may not matter one whit, but your physical fitness and ability to get through the demands of NS do matter. You've got to be able to make beds (thousands of 'em! I counted! ), transfer patients and help them with showering, toileting, and dressing. Once you're out in the Real World, stamina and endurance demands will be ten-fold, especially for LTC and rehab venues. If you're ambulating an obese patient and she starts falling, guess who's responsible for catching her. The physical demands on your ancient (heh) 40-year old body will be non-stop and unforgiving. You either get used to it or you find less-physically demanding work.

    You can out-think 18 year-olds, but just try out-running 'em!

    (Yes. I am an Ancient, and proud of it. Just don't talk to my poor back -- it will tell you a different story!)

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    abbnurse likes this.

    Englishgeek -- Your post is my new "happy place" to go to when the wolves come scratching at the doors.

    Thank you for the bright ray of sunshine!

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    JedaM and OnOn2NICU like this.

    Quote from JedaM
    Another question!
    BMCC's general chem is 110 and hunters is 101. Does it matter? I want to make sure it's transferable. Or as long as they are both gen chem I'm ok?
    the class i am enrolled in is General Organic Bio Chem.
    what is the difference between general chem and gen Orgo bio chem
    Ah! You ARE in the chem/biochem/orgo combo class. This is NOT a Gen Orgo class or even a Gen Chem class. It's a survey-type class that covers a little bit of everything, and isn't a higher level class. It does not supplant a Gen Chem or Gen Orgo prereq.

    At most colleges, Intro Chem is a first-year Chem class for non-science majors, Gen Chem is a first-year chem class for science majors, and the chem/biochem/orgo class is for non-science majors who need a non-specific science credit. Kinda similar to the Integrated Physics/Chemistry class offered by many high schools.

    Intro and Gen Chem cover inorganic chemistry and maybe a tad of orgo towards the end. Intro and Gen Orgo are strictly organic chemistry -- the study of substances containing carbon.

    Some BSN nursing programs will accept the chem/biochem/orgo combo class as the required chem class, but be sure to check first so you're not wasting your time.

    it's a rare BSN program that would require students to take Gen Orgo. Gen Orgo is usually for chemistry majors or medical students. Most BSN programs do require at least Intro Chem, so make sure the chem/biochem/orgo class you are currently in will meet the prereqs for whatever BSN programs you intend to apply to. Very few ADN programs require a chem class.

    Don't rely on the numbering system when comparing two different colleges, unless your state's public college system has a universal cross-over list that shows what class would correspond to what class.

    In short, the level of increasing difficulty is: chem/biochem/orgo combo class; intro chem; gen chem; intro orgo; gen orgo.

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    OnOn2NICU likes this.

    None of the colleges around here would have allowed you to take Gen Orgo without having taken Gen Chem -- unless you requested and received special approval or the Gen Orgo is an intro gen chem/biochem/orgo chem combination course.

    High school chem class will not have given you what you need to succeed in Gen Orgo.

    Better to be bummed than flunking out of the class!

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    shan409 and cocoluv06 like this.

    A passive-aggressive approach isn't going to work with this person, and you need to define the limitations clearly and NOW before it drags on. Be up front and tell her that you are going to the library to study on your own. Does the library have individual study carrels anywhere, instead of group tables? Or a "quiet room" where talking isn't allowed? Your willingness to help a fellow student is admirable, but not if it jeopardizes your own study time and not if she is taking advantage of you. You are doing her no favors in the long run by continuing to do the work for her. She will never learn to think, nor will she develop critical thinking skills, if you continue making this easy for her.

    A study partner is just that -- a partner, someone who gives as well as receives. So, unless you truly enjoy this rather one-sided situation, change it. And the longer you let it continue, the harder it will be to change it. So change it NOW if you want to change it at all.

    Been there, done that, have the blood-sucking leech marks to prove it.

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    Whoa! Thanks for that tidbit, Moonchild86! The fact that the callbacks are slow or nonexistent puts some tarnish on that shine, for sure.

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    Can't answer your question about working conditions, other than noticing that the Harris County Sheriff's Office website advert for LVNs has been a constant banner for over a year now. Makes you wonder why they are ALWAYS looking for LVNs??

    UTMB Health appears to have the current contract for Galveston County Jail, according to the website job adverts.

    Seems like LVN job opportunities in the Harris County/Galveston County/UTMB correctional care areas are strong.

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    Most of the updated info can be found on the AAMA website. Good luck!

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    Go ahead and apply -- it can't hurt!

    A "medical assistant" is nothing more than a job title, and carries no specific certification or education. If a physician or clinic wants to hire someone off the street and train them to be a medical assistant, there's nothing stopping them.

    OTOH, a "certified" or "registered" medical assistant is more than a job title -- it's a certification that requires graduation from an approved program (CMA) or a set number of years of employment as an MA (RMA), PLUS passing the national exam.

    If certification is required, most ads will make that clear. However, many smaller offices/clinics are willing to take someone with an adequate entry-level background and train them to be a "medical assistant." These generally start out as minimum-wage jobs, and you learn only what is needed for that particular clinic/physician.

    You have hospital experience, but do you have "clinical" experience? Answering multi-line phones, handling patient calls, medical records, setting up patient exam rooms, running lab tests, blood draws, processing insurance claims, getting vitals, basic health histories and "what brings you here today" info, helping with exams, etc. If they are willing to train you, it would give you some flexibility for future jobs.

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    Have you checked with the AAMA to verify that you cannot sit for the cert exam? If you have verified that you cannot, then your only other choice is to see if you can sit for the RMA exam (registered medical assistant) and whether your employer would accept that method of certification. The RMA exam does require you to have a certain number of years' employment to sit for the exam.

    The majority of states have nothing to do with medical assistant certification -- it's a national certification.

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