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  1. CamMc

    Not good enough to be an RN

    I'm not currently a nurse, but as I left nursing school 10 years ago because I felt I wasn't good enough and I also left studying to become a dance teacher prior to that and felt that often in my career I ended up in after nursing (behavior therapist), how much of this is factual that you are not good enough and how much of it is your perception? You mentioned that you have changed specialties multiple times, were all of these switches due to you not feeling good enough or have you been asked to leave? Often we are much harder on ourselves than the reality of the situation is. Is there a part of nursing you do enjoy that maybe you could specialize in or focus more on? Maybe you are better as a teacher rather than bedside nursing?
  2. CamMc

    Women's Right to Choose

    Sorry, horseshoe dragged me back into this, I never said that your beliefs or anyone who believes in the bible is stupid, maybe fiction was taken as an insult. What I said is that you are trying to argue that the source someone posted was biased (even though NPR is one of the most unbiased public news sources in the US, despite being slightly left leaning) and then to counter argue you used a source that the very first thing displayed is a Bible verse, showing that it is definitely biased. I would never tell anyone that their beliefs are stupid, just as I would hope no one would tell me mine are stupid. I think there are definitely positive things that can be taken from the bible and other religious texts. I find other religions fascinating, but we do not live in a theocracy and therefore trying to use a religious text as proof of why something should or should not be done, is biased and not an argument I care to have. I'm glad you had a positive experience with your son and with your God, but those are not things that everyone experiences.
  3. CamMc

    Women's Right to Choose

    Adding on to this and probably a big part of why I'm even more passionate about this issue, is that currently the orange thing in the white house is trying to pass legislation that allows health care providers to refuse care based on their religious beliefs, which includes abortion and denying transgender individuals like myself from accessing any healthcare. Which is why I can't understand how so many people on here have used their religious beliefs to support these laws. If these pass, I could go to the dentist to have a tooth fixed and if the dentist feels that being transgender or gay is against their religion, I could be denied care. Being in favor of these anti-abortion LAWS (not whether you support abortion or not), is one step closer to allowing more discrimination based on religion. In case you all forgot, the US was once under rule of England and fought for our independence to be free from religious persecution, let's not go back to that.
  4. CamMc

    Failure rate is high??

    Without doing any research into this, I feel like *part* of the reason there could be a higher failure rate could be related to this belief that a lot of people have that "online school is easier." There are a wide range of online schools, some may have bare minimum requirements to get in and can result in people thinking it will be easy, but then not be successful. I also think it's easier to put off work or not connect with professors to ask for help, that can lead to people not being successful.
  5. CamMc

    Women's Right to Choose

    Yes, there are bad people in every group, the people using their beliefs (religious or otherwise) to control others to live by their beliefs...I'm done with this conversation, you have your religious beliefs and are obviously very passionate about them, so go help a charity with providing COMPLETE sex education to teens and young adults, donate to causes that will help people be able to parent if they choose to. Arguing with all of us about how a fetus is a human and no one should murder an innocent child does nothing for anyone. I'm going into nursing to help others and it sounds like that's what you try to do too, so let's just agree I'll mind my own business and let you do what's best for you and you should also keep that attitude and let the people with unintended pregnancies do what's best for them.
  6. Hello, I am working on returning to nursing school. The school I am more than likely going to end up with (an ADN program at my local community college) has a two year wait-list so I definitely have some time, but I am almost 100% certain that wherever I end up in nursing, I want it to involve peds. When I was in nursing school before, a little over 10 years ago, I had gone in knowing then that I wanted to work in peds and I feel like my determination to just be in peds made it harder for me to focus and learn in other subjects. There was a lot of other things going on at the time in my personal life, so I feel I have matured and am fully prepared to put my full heart and soul into learning about all aspects of nursing, but am looking for any advice on either certain areas of nursing that it may be more important to really learn (skills, body systems, etc) or anything that might help me be better able to get a job in a peds unit when I'm done with school? I am already thinking that when I get closer to nursing school I will get my CNA and hopefully get a job at the local Children's Hospital (I'd do this now, but need to keep working at my current job for at least another year because of the pay.) I have several years experience working with children with autism and other intellectual disabilities, including having my master's in applied behavior analysis. I'm definitely open to working in a behavioral unit, but I worry that starting in a behavioral unit would limit me to staying in behavioral. Would love any advice that could be helpful at this point in my journey.
  7. CamMc

    Women's Right to Choose

    Ok, so I haven't seen this brought up yet, and as not a nursing student yet, maybe I'm missing something, but if a person is in a coma or unable to make decisions for themselves, they have a medical power of attorney who acts in their best interest. That person may decide that the individual in question wouldn't want to live hooked up to machines to stay alive and to risk the potential of coming out of the coma even worse off; so isn't it reasonable to say that the person who is carrying the child/fetus who clearly can't make that decision for themselves, should be granted the same authority? Especially given that it requires that person to carry the child/fetus for 9 months which can and does cause great stress and physical changes to the person carrying. If someone is pregnant and knows that they live a lifestyle that would be harmful for them to carry out the pregnancy, whether that's because they are a drug addict, are so low-income they can barely care for themselves, know the mental stress would be too severe, or whatever other reason they should be able to decide that a child born having to overcome those challenges in utero would be better off not going through that. So many people argue that the "woman" should have to live with the consequences, but what kind of world do we live in that a person's mental health is so devalued that they should have to carry an unwanted pregnancy through even if that may end up causing significant challenges to the child. We have far too many people with not enough access to resources and children in foster care who are abused and neglected, let the person carrying decide what to do with their body.
  8. I was hoping taking the HESI would help me decide if I should apply for the CEP, but I'm still torn (partly just because of the cost and having to take more classes at the same time). I feel I did really well on the HESI -96% on Math and 95% on the English portion, but because they deduct 10 points for failing a previous nursing program and my GPA from before wasn't the greatest, I'm sitting at I think about 78 points. I'm working on retaking a lot of the prerequisites just because I can guarantee I won't do well in nursing school trying to rely on information I barely learned the first time around 10 years ago. I can definitely email the adviser I have been talking to, but does anyone know if I turn in my application for the AAS program now and then take some of those pre-reqs and improve my GPA and then apply for the CEP maybe next Spring, so i could potentially start Jan 2021 instead of August 2021 given the estimated waitlist for the AAS program, would they take the updated scores into consideration?
  9. CamMc

    Pre-nursing students: Did you dislike your CNA class?

    I did a CNA program about 13 years ago before getting into nursing school. I can't say I loved the experience, because I was wanting to go into working with kids and all of our clinicals were at nursing homes, I also didn't really enjoy the class, but mainly because I was bored and picked up on the material quickly, nursing school when I was in it 10 years ago was much more challenging and I enjoyed branching out in nursing school. While there's definitely some CNA type work to do in nursing, I think it's not necessarily going to show you won't like nursing if you don't like the CNA portion.
  10. Thanks, I had been trying to figure out if that was the case around here, but looking at ads doesn't give much input on who actually gets hired. My plan is to continue working my non-nursing, pays well job for the next year at least while I re-take the pre-reqs and then hopefully do a CNA course before getting starting the RN program so that I can work as a CNA part-time while in nursing school. From looking around on here, I'm also starting to consider getting my RN and then getting a BSN from Capella. It sounds like I should be able to finish it pretty quickly and is reasonably priced. At the info session I went to at MCC they basically said most places are going to care more about where you got your training for the RN portion and less about where you get your BSN. If I can find a hospital/job that will help with both a BSN and an MSN that would be awesome, but I figure worst case, I'll get my RN paying out of pocket and then do an online RN-MSN program where I could take out more student loans if needed. I'm glad to know you haven't heard anything about GCU, I think I've tried asking on here before, I honestly can't remember, but I feel like it's hard to actually know if they would be accepting of me and anyone else like me I may encounter while in school. Thanks! I'm kind of actually excited for it, I tend to do well on these kinds of tests, I got a 99% on the NLN exam I had to take when I was in nursing school before, but that was 10 years ago. How well I do on the exam may also impact which route I take, if I do really well I may push myself to do the CEP program and I'm also considering the MEPN through UofA, but I've heard that a lot of the ABSN/MEPN programs are so condensed they may not offer the best experiences to be confident in nursing skills and Mesa CC has a super high pass rate on the NCLEX, so the only benefit of one of the direct entry into nursing program would be a shorted time frame (but higher costs and way less likely I'd be able to work during those times). Thanks for all the advice!!!
  11. CamMc

    Women's Right to Choose

    This article is amazing!! Thank you for sharing because the article neatly wraps up so many of the arguments I have tried to make (on other social media).
  12. CamMc

    When Nursing Students Cheat- Part 2

    Not quite cheating, but when I was in a class to become a CNA over 10 years ago there was a woman in my class who admitted to some of the rest of us that she would put vodka in her orange juice on test days to help calm her nerves, to this day I still regret not saying anything about it to a professor. I was young and wasn't quite sure if she was kidding, but our tests were very simple (multiple choice) straight from the readings and I couldn't understand how someone could be that nervous about the test they needed alcohol to help calm their nerves.
  13. I know this is an old post, but to determine whether a school is regionally accredited vs nationally accredited you can use this website https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home Typically nationally accredited schools are career schools, and/or religious or for-profit, though not all of these kinds of schools are nationally accredited, quite a few are regionally accredited. This will impact your ability to transfer credit or use your previous degrees for admission requirements should you go to a regionally accredited school down the road. If you know you aren't going further with school or you know the school you are looking into has the next degree you'd want, then it really doesn't end up being much of an issue as long as it is also an accredited nursing school CCNE or ACCEN (I think there might be a few others that are good too). I worked as an enrollment advisor for an online program that was also a brick and mortar school and would often have people looking to get a masters only to find out their bachelors was not regionally accredited so we could not accept them as having a bachelors. One that I see talked about a lot on this site is Aspen University, this does not mean it's a bad school (I know nothing about it), just if you go for a future degree your credits from there may mean nothing. Hope that helps someone
  14. CamMc

    Capella RN-BSN Flexpath-My experience

    Has anyone that got their BSN from Capella or a similar school with pass/fail grading gone on to get an MSN from a school that wasn't Capella or a similar school? I already have a bachelors and masters in non-nursing fields, I am working on getting into an ADN program at my local community college to save money and I would ideally like to go on to become a nurse practitioner, but I worry that if I get a BSN through Capella or similar that I will be stuck with one of those schools for any future degrees as well, because your GPA is automatically just a 3.0 and may not be competitive enough for standard grading schools. I do well with writing papers and I like the idea of being able to get through the program quickly, but I don't know that I want to get higher degrees from there.
  15. Just to confirm (since I work in enrollment for an online college and get asked this question often), Aspen is not regionally accredited. Here's a link to where you can find that out about any school..https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/183008. Aspen would be considered nationally accredited which is typically for career schools and often religious or for-profit private schools (although that is not always the case). Since you're looking for an MSN, this may not matter as much assuming they are an accredited nursing program, but would impact you, should you decide to go on to a doctoral degree. Regionally accredited schools (for the most part) will not accept or consider degrees from nationally accredited institutions. Also, I believe federal financial aid isn't usually available for nationally accredited school, or there's some stipulation about not having it forgiven if the school should close. Just to give a little help with that. I know pretty much nothing about either school.