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  1. Violet Appleseed

    Tacoma Community College Fall 2019

    I'm so excited for all of you! I know I'm not waiting anymore, but I feel the suspense and excitement. Hoping for lots of good news all around this afternoon!
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    Tacoma Community College Fall 2019

    I applied at Highline and LW Tech as well for fall. Also South Puget Sound, where I am alternate 8. I haven't heard from LW and for Highline I am 86th on the list of alternates . Highline was my first choice because it is very close to where I live, but I would be happy with any program at this point. I have been trying to get into nursing school through these lotteries since last year. I totally know what you mean about compulsive checking. I check both I am waiting to hear back from about 3 times a day.
  3. Violet Appleseed

    Tacoma Community College Fall 2019

    I'm waiting to hear from Tacoma as well. I applied for Spring of this year, but wasn't drawn for the lottery (I was third on the waitlist and didn't end up getting in as an alternate either). They out an email about a month after the application deadline that had the link to the applicant scores (for the weighted average) for us to check and report any issues if the points they posted were different than what we thought they should be. So at this point I'm surprised there has been no email about the weighted scores yet. Fingers crossed for both of us!
  4. Violet Appleseed

    Tacoma Community College Spring 2019

    katieholmen, did you hear back? Felix80, that's very exciting! I hope you get in too! Fingers crossed... Also, does anyone know when the orientation is scheduled? I know I'm not for sure getting in, but I'd like to know so I can keep it in mind.
  5. Violet Appleseed

    Tacoma Community College Spring 2019

    I just got word today. They told me I wasn't drawn, but am the third alternate. I'm curious now about how many alternates have gotten in in the past. If this were a normal class and I was waitlisted, then I would be counting on taking it :)
  6. Violet Appleseed

    Preparing for A&P

    Get your book early and start memorizing the muscles and bones. There are so many and it's a lot of mental load to do all that memorization, so if you already know a lot of the muscles or bones, it frees up some mental energy to learn the physiology. You probably won't remember all of them between summer and when your class starts and you get to it, but it will be easier to memorize the second time around. Good luck!
  7. Violet Appleseed

    40 year old Pre student needing advice on starting from scratch!

    Hi kristieboo! Good for you for going for your dreams! Wooo hooo! I can relate to the overwhelm that comes with going back to the classroom after an absence. I went back to school after a long break and all of the changes to the way college classes work really sent me reeling at first. I am a pre nursing student about to start my last pre-requisite course this summer, so I haven't gotten into school yet, but I will share my strategies for getting in anyway. Hopefully you will also hear from some other more experienced people here, and people looking to get into your specific programs. Going to information sessions or meeting with advisors from the schools you want to attend is essential. Often they will give out information in the meetings about how the average candidate who is accepted measures up to their admission standards. For example, a TEAS score of 75 might be their admissions requirement, but the people who get in typically have scores above 82. If you can't get this type of information directly from the school, then you might try looking through old threads on here to see if there are any for the specific programs you're looking at. Often after people are accepted to their program they will share information about how many points they had on the school's point system and what their GPA/work experience etc. is like. With most points systems a lot of points come from GPA, so I also consider getting the highest grades possible essential for getting in. I see a lot of classmates shooting for the minimum required grade, but then you have to make up the GPA points elsewhere on your application. If you're already taking the time and energy to go to class I think putting in the extra to get your best grade is efficient. I like using some diverse/creative study strategies to try to economize on time too. I record lectures to re-listen to while I'm driving or doing housework. I also like using Quizlet (online flashcards). It's nice because you can look up other people's flashcards and use them if you like, or make your own. I tend to make my own because I feel like I learn more from making the flashcards. There are also some really good youtube videos from nursing students and pre nursing students about how they study that I've found really helpful. As far as getting an AA goes, I would say that if you're inclined to do it (and can afford tuition and have time and all that), you should go for it. The extra classes can help you to be more well-rounded and practice critical thinking skills that a lot of programs emphasize (and that are really helpful along the road as a nurse since critical thinking skills are needed when you're a charge nurse). I hope that helps. Congrats again and good luck!
  8. Violet Appleseed

    When to get a degree in Midwifery?

    I think that having a family first and going through the birth experience on your own is SO SO SO valuable. It teaches you things that school can't. Not that there aren't good midwives that haven't had babies, but I think if it is something that you are wanting to do anyway it is worth putting it first. I have been interested in midwifery since high school, but chose to have my kids first and I've gotten so much perspective that I really value that I believe will make me a better midwife than I could have been before. But it you can also get perspective from work experience and attending births, granted it is different, if you have a strong feeling about going to school first, I imagine that being a midwife can teach you a lot of good lessons about being a mom before you do that. I don't really think you can go wrong either way. I'm wishing you all the best on your journey to becoming a midwife and I hope you let us know what you decide.
  9. Violet Appleseed

    About to take the TEAS.

    congrats! I'm just starting to get ready to take mine.
  10. Violet Appleseed

    CNM and homeschooling

    I would like to know the answer to this question too! I'm a home school mama myself and my life circumstances have changed recently so I'm looking to start working to support my kiddos. I've been homeschooling for four years, but have also been passionate about midwifery and women's health (and holistic health) since being in school. I was originally planning to study midwifery after graduating with my BA, but decided to put it off until my kids were older. Now they are a bit older, but not as old as I was planning for them to be before I began working as a midwife. Home school takes a lot of energy, but there are a lot of different styles that you can do with varying degrees of time commitment. I'm hoping that this is manageable, but I am also thinking of getting my RN first and working in L&D while the kids are still little (before high school) and then moving on to midwifery after that. I figure by then they will be either sick of being at home and want to go to high school (I hear this happens a lot) or that they will be independent enough to handle me spending more time working (like I won't have to ask multiple times for them to do their math or whatever). From what I know about nurse midwifery, if you are part of a group of nurse midwives, you can choose to just work part time if that works for everyone else in your group. It sounds like the scheduling (at least around here) is up to the midwives more so than the hospital. The other thing is that here you can do out of hospital birth as a CNM as well, so you could have a private practice doing home birth or birth center births and limit the number of births you do a month to what you find to be a manageable schedule. The downside to this is that you will be on call and have to be flexible with home school, but if dad is around to fill in on taking kids to lessons or the home school co-op (or anything else that your kids are doing that can't be flexible) I think it will be doable. I think the key to homeschooling and working is getting creative and coordinating other help. With all that said, I'm really just speculating and being hopeful. I would love to hear from practicing nurse midwives around here what their take on it would be.