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    Necessary Time Crunch

    I am in the unenviable situation where I must put the cart before the horse. For the last month I have been studying the Elsevier book and following a blueprint for the HESI A2 posted on here. Last week I got the Pocket Prep app and began taking daily tests. The first I used to identify weak areas (and to no surprise, A&P was on top). Now to that horse ... Anatomy & Physiology. I'm scheduled to take A&P 1 this summer (June-July). For time constraints My HESI is set for May 30th. i did it because the application deadline is August for Spring 2020. Taking the HESI in May gives me a chance to retake before the deadline if I have to. Ill advised and unorthodox, maybe. Has anyone else done this and fared well? I don't know how scores on Pocket Prep transfer to actual performance but I am getting 80%+ on my sections now. Most were good except for A&P. I started there with low 30's. I feel like I've been teaching myself hybrid A&P the last month. As of last week I have switched to Pocket Prep to finish out. Also, I have the opportunity to change my test date to April 25 but every time I think about it I get nervous. I just don't feel ready for it yet but I think that I'd feel the same thing on May 29th. According to the outline on HESI test prep I copied here, Pocket Prep and my new toy (ReadyForTheHESI A&P) have all I need.
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    Elsevier tricked me

    I find that book a little thin. I read it and just felt something was missing. My weak areas are A&P, Grammar and Reading. I downloaded the Pocket Prep and was able to customize the testing. My exam is on May 30th (48 days off). I was actually thinking of using Pocket Prep only until then and taking 50-question exams daily until 2 nights before the test. Has anyone else done this or recommend a better plan?
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    I'm finally getting it together

    I think my plan got a boost. I just got hired in a hospital as a Tech. So I can focus on school with an employer that offers tuition reimbursement and flexible scheduling.
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    Cardiology IV

    I hear they grow legs and all
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    HESI A2 pocket prep

    There's the free version, Classic with 800+ questions for $15 and The Premium with over 1,600 questions for $25. Which one, if any, is the one used to study with? I have the Elsevier book and it just feels a bit thin. If that's what's being tested that's fine. Also, in the free Pocket Prep version you can't choose the sections being quizzed on. So I'm stuck answering Biology, Chemistry and Physics questions that aren't on my HESI required sections. I made a study book from some online sources (prefaced with a post from orangetoledo as my table of contents. Thank you for that.). So my real question is how valuable is Pocket Prep and which version? How significant is the help from the app? Some have said the Elsevier book is enough but I don't see how.
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    Cardiology IV

    So I'm not even in nursing school yet. The application period hasn't opened yet. My wife got me the stethoscope I mentioned. I did research on it and it's pricey. I would have thought to get a $50 stethoscope for school. She thinks that I'm too cheap on myself. Her "orders" are that the two things I shouldn't skimp on is the scope and shoes. She's not a nurse or even in healthcare. Is she right? I couldn't return it because my wife gave it to me. But shouldn't I get a $50 one for school?
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    Advice on how to get the Mrs to doctor

    From my understanding her situation isn't good. She has mitral valve prolapse, chf and her EF is 30%. On top of that she had a defibrillator implanted. It is now 6.5 years old. She refuses to go to a cardiologist for updates. Her reply is that she'd rather not know bad news. I think it's selfish as all get out because we have twins (5 years) to think about and it scares me. I live with a fear she can pass overnight and nobody knows. I hope that defibrillator does its job and all, but she needs to go to the doctor. How do I get her there or do I not really have to worry so much?
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    I'm finally getting it together

    This is my plan B. We all (I would reckon) want to dive right into nursing school. I have the unenviable position of no financial aid and recently terminated from a job. I need income but m taking the time off to be trained in another field. I have a position available as a B on a P2/B rig when done if I can't get on in an ED. A 24/72 schedule on a rig seems workable during nursing school, however.
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    I'm finally getting it together

    After jumping through a few hoops, I've got a plan to just go directly into an ADN program. It starts in January. In the meantime, since my CNA license (another state) expired some 5 years ago, I'm gonna enroll in EMT-Basic this Summer. Fall rolls around and I can wrap up A&P II and Micro. I want to work as an ED Tech in the Fall prior to nursing school. Has anyone else taken a similar route? Any advice?
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    LVN before ADN

    Lone Star College
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    LVN before ADN

    I meant to say I can't go to school due to those hours. My apologies.
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    LVN before ADN

    Everyone has definitely told me that it's best to pursue the ADN initially. I'd rather do that. But I have a backup plan if I cannot get the scholarships and grants. LVN starts June 2019 through May 2020. I've completed all prerequisites except the HESI exam. Costs before any awards or grants is $1,300/semester for three semesters (booksoincl.). A subsequent transition program is also June-May at an approximate cost of $900/semester (with books). ADN starts August 2019 through December 2020. Each of the 4 semesters averages $1,800/semester. The deal here is there is prerequisite work that needs to be done. A&P 1 and 2 plus Micro. Those I'd prefer done before nursing school. Cost would be about $1,400. I've got time to finish the A&P 1, register for A&P 2 and Micro before schooling starts. If I have to pay for school myself I have to do the LVN first. I hope there's a market for them here in Houston. My wife works but we are just making it now and we maybe could tough it out over 12 months but not 19. I don't know what either LVN or ADN definitively make, but if an LVN can get close to the $55k I make now that'd be great. Is there any options I missed? I can't stay at my current job because of irregular, non-accomodating hours. Edit: I'm 43, we have 5 year old twin boys. Please help out with some comments or suggestions
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    Lone Star Cy-Fair costs

    "I'm shooting for the Fall 2019 class and I can save at least 2 bonuses from work (about $1500 each quarter) and want to know if that covers at least 2 semesters. Aside from that I am saving $100 per week from my check to cover more costs. With the time I have until Fall 2019 that is estimated at $4k." So, uhmm 4 classes would cost $7k? The Fall 2019 class sure sounds like I was talking about nursing school, MINUS the classes i asked about.
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    Lone Star Cy-Fair costs

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    Lone Star Cy-Fair costs

    I was looking at the cost per semester of the RNSG courses with the aforementioned classes completed.
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