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    Help plz! Will it be worth it in the end?

    General advice is only to take on as much student debt as you will make your FIRST year working out of college. If you're going out of state anyway, apply for out of state ADN programs at community colleges and just go wherever you get in. It will be more expensive, but not nearly 90k.
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    Quarter System to Semester?

    I transferred semester credits to a quarter system. I actually received 4.5 credits for 3 credit classes. The only issue I would see happening is if it were transferring in the opposite direction. You should be fine!
  3. I'm probably worried for no reason, but it's something that is stressing me out about nursing school. Last year, I met a guy in my nursing pre reqs. He made moves and we started casually dating. I had very strong feelings for him that he ended up just not reciprocating and he eventually told me he just wanted to be friends. We tried the friendship thing but my feelings weren't going away and he wanted to basically be friends with benefits. For my own sanity I decided to just walk away, and eventually, I moved on. I have a new boyfriend now and things are serious. I'm not worried about any unresolved feelings for my classmate or anything like that. But things ended weirdly, I told him I was seeing someone (it wasn't bragging, it was in an attempt to get him to stop being flirty) and he got angry and told me to "take care". Im afraid it's going to be awkward if we get placed in the same clinical group, particularly awkward for our classmates. Is it worth requesting not to be placed with him? Or should I just cross my fingers we won't be?
  4. Thank you both for the insight. I've obviously never done nursing clinicals before (I did do CNA clinicals, and we were a very small group and had to work together a lot, but it seems like this will be different). that put my mind at ease for sure.
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    If the government legalizes marijuana in the US...

    You say minimal side-effects? I work in the ED in Oregon where it is legal. We get cyclic vomiters coming in constantly (there is at least one every night, many per week) who are literally only vomiting from smoking weed. Doctors discharge orders are to stop smoking weed. Do they stop? Nope! Back in the ED again with vomiting from smoking too much weed.
  6. I don't have to read the whole post to answer your question. Don't do it!!!
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    Is the Universe telling me something?

    Only you can say for sure. However, math and chemistry are pretty important to nursing. Maybe try an ADN program that allows you to retake pre requisites. When you failed your classes, did you seek out tutoring early on? Were you putting real effort into them even though they were "non nursing"?
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    Am I allowed to have tattoos as a Pediatric Nurse?

    If you're going to be advance practice you can pretty much do whatever you want, obviously you would not want anything offensive. I work with doctors and PAs with tattoos, I don't see any reason why a NP couldn't have one. I currently work in a hospital and I have visible tattoos and I am allowed to have them. It's personal preference to keep them covered with a long sleeve t underneath my scrubs though.
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    How many prerequisites Did you take at once?

    Chemistry, because my grade didnt count so I didn't take it as seriously and didn't read the text as much as I should have. I found anatomy incredibly easy, the physiology side of it was a bit more difficult, but mostly because it was a lot of chemistry. Nutrition, micro, and A&P all have a ton of chemistry, it's really important to have a good understanding because you don't want to have to teach yourself the chemistry 4 times while trying to learn the new material.
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    How many prerequisites Did you take at once?

    Take Chemistry before you take the others. Then take 2 at a time. That's my recommendation.
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    Does nursing school matter?

    Check with the BON in the state you plan to move to that you will be allowed to take the NCLEX there after having after having attended that school with that curriculum. Based on what you said this is not a school I would attend. But if the BON approves and you are able to pass your NCLEX without that education, more power to you. Once you pass the NCLEX in that state that's all employers really care about.
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    Should I Keep CNA job?

    The CNA experience is valuable to have going into your first semester of nursing school. That's really it. I can't speak for everyone but every CNA I know who keeps working during nursing school only does so because they can't afford not to. If you can afford to not work, do it.
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    Should I Keep CNA job?

    I guess it depends. Do you want to work at that hospital once you finish school? If so, maybe I would stay at least a full year if you haven't already. But really it's up to you. If you leave, make sure you give good notice and do your best on all your remaining shifts.
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    A&P/Microbiology.. Help!!!!!

    Oh and Hank Green has an anatomy and physiology YouTube series that's pretty good.
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    A&P/Microbiology.. Help!!!!!

    Wow if the professor is advising you not to get the text they're taking away the opportunity to even teach yourself. I got an A in the full sequence of AnP. I went to lecture, read the full chapters assigned, and went to office hours when I didn't get something. I immersed myself in learning this material, not just passing the tests. You gotta figure out your best learning method though.
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    A&P/Microbiology.. Help!!!!!

    Did you try...reading the textbook?
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    Chemistry - how much is used in school?

    Chemistry is very useful when you're taking anatomy and physiology, and a little bit when taking microbiology. But just any gen chem should do.
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    I'm still nervous!

    Here's the point system for my community colleges RN program: Prerequisite GPA-up to 40 points Completion of AnP series-5 points Prior degree-1 point Completion of all prerequisites(45 credits)-5 points Proof of current medical certificate or license-5 points Proof of 500 documented hours working in the healthcare field-5 points Microbiology and genetics completed by application-4 points Discretionary points for completing all prerequisites-5 points Proctored essay-up to 30 points The points are set up in such a way that all other things equal, a person with a 3.6 and healthcare experience actually has a better chance of getting in than a person with a 4.0. I know a girl who had a 3.7, no HC experience, who didn't get in, and a girl with a 3.3 with HC experience who did. I also know a girl with a 3.3 and no experience who was shocked she didn't get in...but that's a different story. Basically though I have a 4.0, an active CNA license, and I work as a scribe in the ER. I might not have 500 hours by the time I need to apply but I'll have every other point. Exceeeeept for the proctored essay. It's an essay that has nothing to do with healthcare or nursing. The topics are usually based on ethics and other stuff like that and the premise is to see if we have the capability of writing an essay in an hour and being able to follow a prompt correctly. the problem is they WONT release your essay points. They won't tell you what you can improve upon in your application. For this reason a lot of people think they really just pick students they want in the program because those 30 points actually can make or break you. I'm trying not to drink the kool aid but I am nervous that even with a practically perfect app I still won't get in!
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    nursing school S.O.S

    Considering the minimum GPA to even apply is a 2.8, I would say very slim. Can you retake some classes?
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    hopeful future nurse, advice needed!

    I would suggest working prior to the beginning of the program so you can be approved for your lease. If it's possible, get your parents to co-sign? It's definitely possible to work, I'm assuming you don't have children which will make it a lot easier.
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    Oregon CNA skills test question

    Hello! I just took my CNA test, and I'll know in a couple of days if I passed. One of my skills was Ambulation of a client using a gait belt. I was so focused on making sure I had an underhand grasp on the gait belt, I can't remember if I did this part of the skill: "stabilize the client with other hand by holding forearm, shoulder, or using other appropriate method to stabilize client." I know I had both hands on her, but the second hand might have just been under the gait belt as well! I'm not sure if this is a Key Step, but if it is and I did miss it it's an automatic fail :'( Does anyone know if this is a key step in Oregon?
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    Oregon CNA skills test question

    I passed both the skill and exam! I got a 100% on the skill in question LOL
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    Oregon CNA test question

    I passed guys í ½í¸…
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    Oregon CNA test question

    Hello! I just took my CNA test, and I'll know in a couple of days if I passed. One of my skills was Ambulation of a client using a gait belt. I was so focused on making sure I had an underhand grasp on the gait belt, I can't remember if I did this part of the skill: "stabilize the client with other hand by holding forearm, shoulder, or using other appropriate method to stabilize client." I know I had both hands on her, but the second hand might have just been under the gait belt as well! I'm not sure if this is a Key Step, but if it is and I did miss it it's an automatic fail :'( Does anyone know if this is a key step in Oregon?
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    Gap year before nursing school?

    If you have all of your prerequisites done and can get into the community college program, I would do that. You have all your life to be a nurse, and a gap year is nothing compared to the financial hardship you might find if you take out excessive loans to go to the private school.
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