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  1. liathA

    How did you get accepted into your ADN program?

    We had to get a minimum cut-off score on the TEAS, but otherwise, admissions at my school are first-come-first-served instead of competitive. They start a new cohort every 20 weeks and the next two are already full - they're trying to figure out a way to expand. It seems to be working well - NCLEX pass rate is 100% first try so far after 7 cohorts.
  2. Depending on what kind of school it is, they may issue a 1098-t at the end of the year, and depending on your tax status you may be eligible for a deduction or credit based on your tuition payments - they'd need your ssn for that, because it's an irs form. Also, there are the reasons stated above by other posters. SSNs are used all over the place in both professional and educational settings - it doesn't surprise me at all that they'd need it for something.
  3. liathA

    The Men in OB Debate: Help!

    I've actually found that in a lot of cases working in a women's-health space can make men into stronger providers - I actually usually prefer a male OBGYN, for instance, because I've yet to meet one that didn't have an excellent bedside manner and a real talent for putting their patients at ease, while I've had several negative experiences with female women's health providers. It's also been my experience that diversity strengthens a workplace. I say go for it - I'd much rather have healthcare providers that are passionate about their specialties than ones that just happen to match my gender.
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    Depakote: valproic acid or divalproex sodium?

    Depakote is divalproex sodium. Depakene is valproic acid. I believe the main reason the terms for valproates are often used interchangeably is because they all become valproic acid within the body - one of the nice things about Depakote is that you can do a blood test to see if the patient is within the therapeutic range for their condition, and what they test for is the blood level of valproic acid. The main reasons divalproex sodium is preferred to valproic acid as a prescription is that it's processed slower by the body - this both ameliorates GI upset (which is a common negative side effect with valproic acid) and allows for less frequent dosing (Depakote is available in extended release form that only needs to be taken once a day, instead of 2-3 times a day for valproic acid). https://davisplus.fadavis.com/3976/meddeck/pdf/valproates.pdf

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