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  1. EmilyGNursing

    Are my chances of getting into nursing school gone?

    I'll be honest, it would be really important to get the science GPA up. When I was an undergrad I realllly struggled in patho and pharm in nursing. When I asked my professor why she said it was because I was a "B" student in A&P 1 and 2. I would not give up yet! Sometimes it takes a few of us a little longer than others, but its best to have a strong foundation so that when you are in the upper-level classes you can increase your chances of success.
  2. My biggest fear of going back to nursing is that I won't be successful long term. I am looking into a few accelerated BSN programs. For the most part, I feel fairly confident now that I would be able to make it though. I finished my junior year of nursing as an undergrad when some unfortunate situations forced me out. In my new major, I was able to complete more difficult classes in genetics, chemistry, and biology, and advanced psychological research that I think would be beneficial long term and helped prepare me for post-grad options. (Bridge program for Masters to Ph.D. in human factor engineering). Overall though, I can't get nursing off my heart even though I have some great grad school opportunities available. I really struggle between the two, I loved nursing and my patients while in clinical, but the politics, drama, and burnout rates for nurses scare me. After a BSN I would be very interested in a masters in informatics or research but want to take nursing one step at a time. Thoughts?
  3. EmilyGNursing

    Nursing Research masters degree? School, programs, advice?

    To answer your question, yes we are located in the USA. Our handbook says that we cannot make less than B average in any Nursing class or we cannot progress to the next level and will have to repeat. We are allowed one repeat ONE Nursing class (regardless of if you drop the class or fail the class). There is also a stipulation that you cannot have any C's in the previous two years. My freshmen year in college I made a C in A&P and retook it and made a B+, but that counted as a C for that "two C rule." During that semester, we were randomly assigned dates for a med checkoff, project, and extra stimulation. Unfortunately for me, all of those happened to be the same two day period as a pharm, patho, and med surg 1 test. By the time I got to the patho test I was so exhausted I didn't finish the test and made an extremely low score (46.85). Everyone asks why I didn't just move the dates, but believe me I had tried to get the dates moved for the project, check off, and stimulation but I was told I had to get someone to swap with me. Well, nobody wanted to swap during those days. To be honest, I was unprepared for the load to hit me all at once and panicked during the last test. The rest of the semester was just trying to redeem me from this class. I considered dropping, but if I drop and fail are both the 1 attempt, I figured it would be better to go for it and try to get either a B because on the next test there were huge improvements. I didn't want to give up. Well, finals week came around and I was at a 77.8. I needed an 86 on the final for this to get me to an 80. Based on all my other grades in the class being A's and high B's and my other classes having A's and high B's I thought it was possible. I was going to tutoring, studying, and even had to attend therapy for anxiety because of all of this. Most of my professors were helpful, and I did fantastic on the Kaplan review. Well in the end, I made an 84 on the final and it didn't quite pull my grade up high enough. My grade was less than a point away from the passing grade but the handbook said very clearly they do not round any grade (even .999). The cumulative final did not replace the lowest grade nor did it weigh more than a previous test. I went to the department head and tried my best to see if someone could work with me. I was told I could maybe re apply for an accelerated program, though most of the people they accept are biochem majors. I was also told that "rules are rules" I did look at accelerated programs but of the 2 in my state, I was resentful towards the one at my current school, I didn't qualify for the other (because I am no longer in good standing with my current program), I went to my advisor who told me that I wouldn't be left hanging when I had to choose a new major because I was not able to continue in the program. Well, I was left hanging and never heard back once summer started the following week. By this point, I felt so crushed that there was nothing I could do, I felt I lost my life purpose. I was in therapy for about a year because I hated myself for being a failure. It turns out that 3 other girls failed that class. One was able to continue because she had no prior C's in pre nursing classes but the other two of us were on our own. Thankfully I found an advisor in our psychology department who was very helpful. I am now a double major in psychology and biology and am graduating at the end of the summer. In becoming a nurse again, it honestly took me a year of therapy because I hated and blamed myself for not being good enough. Nobody believes me that my school's rules are this strict until I show them the handbook. It especially hurts when classmates who I thought were my friends no longer talked to me "because I wasn't part of the cohort anymore, and was too nice to be a nurse anyway." (Yes, that was actually said to me). It really did show who my true friends were. Career paths usually associated with a Psychology degree are a masters or Ph.D. in Clinical, Organizational, or Human Factors. Well, clinical psychology I knew was not for me. I had enough of therapy for myself, I wasn't seeing myself in it as a career. I tried Organizational, but hated the class, fortunately, I did really like human factors. That is how I started to get involved in the research with current Ph.D. students. One of my professors in psychology was amazing and told me about the research he was doing with physicians related to laparoscopic surgery and I was extremely interested! To learn more, I joined a research team in biology as well as psychology and have enjoyed it. For biology, most of the graduates go on to medical programs. I did join two pre-med clubs and was heavily interested in PA programs because I realized with my new bio degree I will have the prerequisites and an okay competitive GPA by the time that I graduate. PA is still in the running, and I have spoken with admissions to about 4 schools now. My draw to PA was similar to my draw to nursing. I love patient care, I love my clinical and I loved my patients. Its one of the reasons why no longer being in nursing is hard. While a lot of my peers love nursing and their patients, a few of them told me that they "only want to be nurses for the money" and one girl in my clinical group even told me she "hated old people" while we were on our geriatric rotation. I have spoken with a few ADN programs and with my GPA (3.4) and dual degree, tech schools said I wouldn't even need letters of recommendation to get in, just to apply. I do not have the desire to repeat a traditional BSN program because it is both a lot more time and money but I would consider an accelerated program. I have 3 professors who told me they would happily write me letters of recommendation for these programs. Most of the research I have been involved in large research has been on biomotion and on learning in children (very different). My GPA is okay (3.4). I do volunteer at a pharmacy and a free clinic. I have a resume with a lot of leadership experience and involvement as well from the two years before nursing classes started, and from this year after changing my major. I have had scholarship throughout undergrad and thankfully have no student debt. Overall, I go back to nursing because it was my dream for such a long time. It still feels like a kick in the gut that I was no longer be able to continue in my previous BSN program but I wanted to find ways I could integrate research into nursing to help improve both schools and patient outcomes.
  4. EmilyGNursing

    Trouble Identifying Sampling Design

    I can give it my best go! I am having trouble identifying the sampling design used in this study. "Transplant recipients living in a Midwestern metropolitan area were recruited through clinician referral, direct mailings from patient advocacy groups, and brochures placed in outpatient clinics and pharmacies. ***This is known as snowball sampling. It has pros because you are identifying potential candidates for the study, but the biggest con is that you may not be as diverse and or may not be representative of your population. Inclusion criteria were a function- ing solid-organ transplant (ie, kidney, kidney/pancreas, pancreas, lung, liver, heart, or heart-lung), age 18 years or older, ability to read and write English, and willingness to attend classes. *** I am assuming these were the participant variables (quasi IV's) that were being studied. IV1 = Functioning organ (with 7? levels), IV2 (age, though depending on how this is broken down it's hard to tell exactly what type this is without reading the article), IV3 (where the transplant was conducted has x amount of levels). To avoid the confounding effects of surgical recovery, patients were at least 6 months posttransplant. Exclusions were being medically unstable or on dialysis, having serious preexisting mental health issues, or having previously practiced MBSR." So, I am guessing the patients had the organ transplant assessed for functionality and that was likely given on a scale of some sort? Overall, without knowing all the details, my first guess would be a Between-Subjects Factorial ANOVA was conducted, because there were multiple IV's. Given the multiple levels of IV1 (the type of organ transplanted) A Bonferroni correction would probably be needed as well to help prevent the false positive results (type 1 error). Given the amount of IV's and levels, it could also be an ANCOVA or MANOVA. There are some nifty charts to explain this online! Didn't read the study, but this would be my guess! I hope this helps a little based off of the stats I have done thus far.
  5. Hi! After a long hard mental debate, I am reconsidering nursing. I had a rough time my Junior year of nursing school, I missed a B grade in one class by 0.23 and was dismissed from the program. I felt like I lost my life purpose and was in a rut ever since. On the bright side, after changing my major I got heavily involved research with some graduate students in biology and in psychology and really enjoyed it! Now I am considering an MS or PhD program in Healthcare Genetics or Human Factor engineering. With that being said, my heart still really loves nursing and patient care but getting dismissed feels like a big fat kick in the gut. Being a nurse was my dream, I hate to say I was/am giving up on that, but I don't feel the same way about being a nurse in the clinical setting that I used to. With that being said, I still have the drive to be a problem solver, I love working with groups of people, and I do love the idea of being able to improve nursing schools, healthcare, and patient outcomes. For those of you with experience in the field, does this sound like something that would be for me? If so, are there any direct entry programs? If not, would it be better to go the ADN to MSN or try again for a BSN then go to the MSN? Also, if you could tell me about your research, that would be very beneficial! I appreciate it!
  6. EmilyGNursing

    Is nursing for me?

    Hi everyone. I have been really struggling lately. I was hoping someone with more experience could help me out. I am a senior in college. I was a nursing major for my first 3 years of undergrad. During the second semester of my junior year, I was hit with a really rough week due to some circumstances out of my control and unfortunately failed one test, badly. At the end of the semester I had all A's and B's on my cumulative finals, but ended up with a 79.78 and needed an 80 to pass the class. My BSN program was very strict and I was dismissed (we were not allowed to drop or it also counts as a fail). Before this experience, I loved being a nursing major. I was so proud of it and I made some great friends in the program. What I loved the most was patient care. It broke my heart to be dismissed. To be honest, I blamed myself so hard for "not being good enough" and had to go to therapy for about a year because of it. I changed my major and now am a double major in psychology and biology and I have a 3.4 GPA. I am really enjoying my new major's and I have learned a lot and have been able to a lot of graduate-level research that I have *truly enjoyed! I and have really built a good resume up. The trouble is now that I am at a crossroads. I graduate soon and need to decide on post-grad plans. Its really between getting a masters or PHD in Human Factor psychology / healthcare research OR I go back to nursing at a tech program for an ADN degree then later do an RN-BSN? (The only other BSN programs in my state won't accept anyone who has made a C in another nursing program). Truthfully, I have a lot of resentment toward the academic side of nursing, particularly because I was finally able to accept that I did very well on my cumulative final and really knew the information but the end, but none of that mattered because the policy is policy. I have resentment to my peers who are only nursing majors "for the money" and "hate old people." (Those were really said to me by classmates). Anyway, its coming time to choose. I knew I always wanted a masters degree, and originally though MSN would be where I end up, now I'm thinking maybe nursing isn't for me. I love the patient care, but nursing feels so polluted now it just breaks my heart over and over to think about it. I considered PA (because of the feelings for nursing I wanted to find something different), but truthfully I don't know what to do anymore. I felt so clear in purpose to live until this happened last year. Now I can't even tell if I liked being a nursing major or if grief has just told me I don't like nursing anymore. I think I just want to be able to make a difference for people who need it and show others (and myself) I am not a failure. :/
  7. Hey! I wanted to get some information. I am a senior Psychology major and am trying to decide what I want to pursue after I graduate. I was originally a nursing major for my first three years of undergrad, but unfortunately in my J1 semester made a C and could not progress in the nursing program. Since my GPA was still above a 3.4 I was highly encouraged to finish more PA school requirements. I am now 2 classes short of being able to apply for PA school. I am trying to discern what I want to do in the future. What surprised me in Psychology is that I love human factor psychology and am currently assisting my professor with laparoscopic surgery research. I find it extremely fascinating! Since it is getting close to applying for masters programs or deciding if I want to go back to nursing I wondered if there were options to incorporate nursing with human factors? I considered nurse informatics as well. Any information would be fantastic! I would love to hear more perspectives.
  8. EmilyGNursing

    Failing out of BSN- what next?

    So, I have always wanted to be a Nurse. I started out at a branch college where I was fairly successful in my pre-nursing classes. I had a 3.4 GPA, all A's and B's. When it came time to apply for the upper-level nursing classes I decided to apply for a larger university's program. To my surprise, I ended up being 1 of 10 students selected to transfer to Clemson's nursing program. I was ecstatic. I began in the fall and completed my first semester with all A's and B's. I got to my second semester and began to struggle. I had a lot going on with family and personally and was diagnosed mid-semester with severe testing anxiety which I was prescribed propranolol. That diagnosis came slightly too late since I severely bombed a pharm and patho test since they were back to back. After the diagnosis, I managed to bring my grades up and ended up doing well on Kaplan and getting all A's and B's on my finals. It was not enough to save pharm and patho from the one test grade. I ended up with 2 C's, which resulted in getting kicked out of the program after I completed my first round of clinical. I am so beyond devastated and depressed. Now, I am faced with some options, change my major to Psychology and complete the accelerated second-degree nursing program, or go back to the tech school for an RN degree, then complete the RN-BSN program. I am absolutely crushed by being kicked out this semester, especially only missing the final grade I needed by less than 2 points. Good news is my GPA is still above a 3.0. The real questions I guess are, is it worth it to finish the "college experience" get a psychology degree and then an accelerated BSN nursing degree? Will having a nursing and a psychology help me in grad school if I want to pursue an FNP degree? Or should I just leave and get my RN from a tech school then go back to get a BSN through an online program, then attempt to continue to grad school?
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