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  1. maggieellis

    Working During Nursing School

    I've continued to work part-time while in my ADN program, and while it's not easy, it's doable. I mean, if I didn't have to work, I wouldn't! But I need the $$ and especially the health insurance. I have classes about four hours a day two days a week, and clinicals about 5 hours a day another two days a week. I'm getting A's and loving my clinicals! Two 12s might be exhausting and make Monday morning classes kind of a drag. But lots of people do it. A lot depends on what kind of student you are and what else is going on in your life. I'm divorced and have no social life, so it's pretty easy...
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    First clinical nightmare

    Does your clinical instructor have no connection at all to your nursing program? My clinical instructor is actually one of my teachers, and she absolutely knows 100% what I've been taught and what I haven't. I didn't realize until now that that's something to be grateful for. Some of the other clinical instructors in my program aren't professors, but they know our program well. Also, we've been doing head-to-toe assessment since the first couple of weeks--our program is based around it. We have a high NCLEX number, too--it doesn't have to be one or the other. Definitely look at videos to make up for what's lacking in your program. My school doesn't make many of our own videos, but there are plenty of schools that do! And they're all free on Youtube...
  3. maggieellis

    OB class makes me depressed...

    I'm sorry this situation is causing you pain. I don't know if it's any help, but now that my kids are grown up, I can assure you that the pregnancy and the physical aspects of being a mother end up being very small and unimportant in the scheme of things. However a child comes to you, you can still gaze into their eyes and know that *love* that really does overwhelm everything else. You'll have a different kind of "birth" story--maybe you'll travel to another part of the country or world to find the child destined for you, or maybe you'll take in a foster child, or something else altogether--but it will still be a beautiful experience and special and absolutely not lesser than that of any of the families you see on the OB floor. Be strong. Know that wonderful things await you. xo
  4. maggieellis

    The Bravest Thing I've Ever Done

    Thank you so much for this. xoxo
  5. maggieellis

    Failed Accelerated BSN program

    Your age isn't relevant, really--lots and lots of students in nursing programs are older than you, and we don't feel like we're wasting our time! Also, for what it's worth, I have an acquaintance who works in hospital human resources and she said that she finds a lot of the one-year ABSN student graduates are less prepared than those who went through the two year ADN program, even though the BSN degree is more prestigious and is supposed to connote greater expertise. The fact is, two years in school is twice as much experience as one year. It makes a difference. (Look around at NCLEX passing rates, too--high quality ADN programs often have rates that are as high or higher than accelerated BSN programs.)
  6. maggieellis

    A&P 1 and 2 in 8 Weeks??

    The TEAS is much easier than trying to learn a year's worth of material in 8 weeks! And A&P has way more material--in terms of both sheer memorization of parts and in complex physiological processes--than most classes. I spent all last summer on A&P I, got an A, but know it would probably be to my advantage to take it again this fall, rather than moving onto II. There was just so much freaking material that I memorized just long enough for the tests. Important material, too--like the basics of our (new) profession...
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    Best educational path for older student?

    I am also interested in Psych! I am so glad to hear you love it. I have heard from a few people going through clinicals that it's the hardest, or "least fun," one because no one is ever "cured," but I don't think that will make a difference to me. I think as a full-grown, been-around-the-block person, I have a better sense than I used to about what I want and who I want to work with. (I don't know if you were talking to me about whether I've committed, but I have, just made my schedule. I took most of the prereqs for an ABSN program, and it turns out that most of them (A&P, Psych, Microbio) are part of the ADN curriculum that I now can skip--if they accept those classes. Fingers crossed that I don't have to retake...)
  8. maggieellis

    Best educational path for older student?

    I am in almost the exact situation: 40s, two kids, but also newly single. The part time and freelance gigs I'd been doing while married aren't going to take me into my retirement. SO, nursing school it is! I'm also in New York, but (way) upstate. My original plan had been to do an ABSN; there are programs--one private, one public--an hour from here. The affordable public one requires a year of chemistry in addition to all the prereqs I finished last summer, so I'd have to wait a year, and not work while I was in school. I decided to go ahead and do the ADN at the local CC instead. (Was accepted for this fall, yay!) The commute is easier, the pace is more manageable, and their graduates have a high NCLEX pass rate and a 100% job placement rate. I can work my old job just enough to keep my health insurance while in school. Planning to do the BSN while working as an RN--though there are tons of jobs for ADNs in the area. Honestly, I think there are many excellent paths! And as people have said above: avoiding debt is probably the most important thing.
  9. maggieellis

    Is it even possible to NOT work during nursing school?

    I guess young people can stay on their parents' insurance, but I'm a single adult and going to have to keep my job, at least part-time, when I go to nursing school, because I can't risk going without insurance. Also, every cent I can earn will help. That's one of the reasons I didn't apply to an ABSN, even though I already have a bachelors--those programs would be too intense to keep my job. My ADN program, plus classes I took ahead of time, will make my schedule manageable. **I HOPE!**
  10. maggieellis

    New name for nursing career?

    Exactly! So I'm clearing the deck of the *small* problems!...
  11. maggieellis

    New name for nursing career?

    Thanks for the thoughts! I'm going to do it, I guess--I just remembered that my grandmother went by the same middle name, so that's a nice sign. And I love the idea of never pronouncing my name for a stranger again. :)
  12. maggieellis

    New name for nursing career?

    I have a question for all of you nurses who have an unusual or unusually-spelled first name: Is it a pain in the butt? I have a first name that most people have never seen before and which is hard to spell and pronounce. Every time I meet someone new, I have to explain it. Not a big deal, but I imagine it might get annoying and even distracting when I become a nurse (I'm going to nursing school this fall) and am constantly meeting new patients, family members, and coworkers. I'm thinking of going by my much more plain-Jane middle name when I start school and beyond, but keep using my first name among family and friends. Has anyone done this? Would it be weird to have different names for home and career? Kind of like an alter-ego.
  13. maggieellis

    Tompkins Cortland CC, Fall 2018?

    I just got my acceptance letter. :) Anyone else? I'm happy but nervous; it would be nice to find a friend in the program...
  14. maggieellis

    My best friend puts down being a nurse

    One day your friend might find herself having to take care of a sick or disabled loved one, and she'll see what important and honorable work it is.
  15. maggieellis

    HELP, AA, BSN or MSN

    I'm in exactly the same place as you, except that I'm single and have to keep working. If I had the support and/or money, I'd definitely do an accelerated BSN. Spending 18 months to get a BSN rather than two years to get an AA makes a lot more practical sense.