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Graduated from an accelerated MA program; couldn't find job, but have been aspiring to go into nursing for a few years

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  1. soingal

    How can I retain all of this lol . . ..

    I am that way, too! I have a wide variety of sources that I use to get information/study.
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    What's your story? Why did you take up nursing?

    I've not taken any pre-req's yet or even enrolled in NS, but I've talked to one NS that's part of a large hospital in the nearby city, but, simply put, I've been a professional patient many times over, hence the interest. I have 3 young children, and if something were to ever happen to my spouse, a career in nursing would allow me to support myself and my children. Presently, I started work this week in the transportation/distribution industry (again), but I look at it as a stepping stone. Even though I've gotten this job, I still look at the allnurses.com forums when possible.
  3. Hello. I just typed a lengthy post about my situation, but I keep encountering trouble saying that I'm not logged in when I am, so I thought I'd just type a few sentences, briefly telling what's going on, and can get detailed later. I may go for the RN in the future. In the interim, I've been exposed to identity theft but haven't noted fraudulent activity. I'm in the process of trying to find out if it's due to a clerical error, etc. My social security # is involved. Again, I can get detailed in a while, but I lost my typed text, so, for those of you who may have experienced this, what course of action did you take? I don't know how long this situation will take to get resolved. It could be quick, or it could get drawn out... TIA, Hoosier
  4. soingal

    Appreciated in different ways...

    LM (you know what) off!:rotfl: Double :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Quadruple :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
  5. soingal

    Stadol Screamers

    :yeahthat: I thought that the Stadol was a "good" thing at first but then quickly changed my tune afterward. I was terribly unfocused, sad, yadda yadda. I had this beautiful baby girl and didn't "know what do do about it!!":uhoh21: When my minister (at the time) came to visit me, I broke down in tears for no apparent reason! I was afraid to hold my daughter, change her diaper, etc. Breastfeeding in the hospital was sporadic, at best. She didn't want to nurse. I felt inadequate. I had to fib when the nurses did their newborn assessments. They'd ask how long she nursed on each side, and I always gave a "good" number... It took nearly two weeks for me to "become focused" once I arrived back on the homestead. I later attributed this to having the "baby blues," not true postpartum depression, with "a little bit of Stadol crap mixed in...":bugeyes: My two subsequent births went better. Of course, they, two, were scheduled C sections, but I just had PAIN, not PAIN AND CONFUSION!!:lol_hitti P.S. My SIL received Stadol during her first labor and touted its greatness. Um, yeah, whatever... P.S. I'd have to look at my medical records (those of my daughter, I guess) to see the APGAR scores...
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    Question about upcoming interview

    i had my interview 2 days ago after i was accidentally "stood up" by the woman who i had originally spoken to over the phone. to sum things up, she said that "you have [all of the qualities] that we're looking for..." great! what's not so great, of course, is the hour and a half drive (on a good day) that it would take just one way to get there, but i've worked in cinti before... anyway, she did ask me what my salary expectations were, and i gave her what i call a "range bracket," not an hourly "bracket." i didn't want to shoot myself in the foot. she informed me that, should i be called back for a 2nd interview, i could be interviewing with one of the doctors. there are [supposedly] 5 docs in this group, and they're in the process of adding a 6th one to the mix. they plan on opening 2 new offices in the immediate future, but those positions will be part time and then work into full time. now, i usually send thank-you letters after interviews, but i haven't done so yet. here's why. my spouse is very concerned about me driving that distance. he will be obtaining a truck driving job very soon and won't be home during the week (most likely scenario). we have three children; the older two are in elementary school. the youngest one would, of course, be at the daycare provider's house if/when i'm out in the workforce. since the older two are in the school system and there are only like [2] daycare providers in my small town, i am limited as to where my kids have to go either before or after school in terms of daycare is concerned. even though my in-laws are retired, they're not going to provide childcare on a regular basis. they also live 30 minutes away. so, with all of this being said and me trying to re-evaluate what i want out of life, i have come to the conclusion that, if i do secure employment, no matter where it's at, i still have to put my kids at the top of the priority list. i cannot pursue jobs that require one to work past a certain hour in the evening because i don't know of anyone locally who provides evening daycare. should i ever take the plunge and try to pursue a career in nursing, i would definitely have my clinicals to think about. i would like to know if all clinical sessions start in the early morning hours (such as 5:30 a.m, 6:30, etc.)? i feel like i should send a thank-you letter, but it sure would've been nice to know what the actual salary is so that i can save myself and these people some trouble now instead of [possibly] dragging things out, only to discover that it's not do-able. the woman told me that they anticipate making a final decision within two weeks' time. any suggestions or thoughts on my "dilemma?" p.s. i tried looking into some available local opportunities because my spouse helped me "make a decision" because i have a big issue with indecisiveness. it seemed like a better idea would be for me to obtain a job and save some $$ for a while and then put that towards a college education. however, even trying to find a job "right now" is such a task in itself...nobody wants to pay much. thanks for listening, hoosier
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    Glad We Have the Internet!

    I refer to the internet as "my gateway to the outside world" and/or the information superhighway... This is basically the only site I refer to as far as the subject of nursing is concerned. I've laughed, cried, agreed, disagreed, etc. (of course, all from the confines of my desktop/computer chair...):wink2:
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    Question about upcoming interview

    well, you won't believe this (then again, maybe you will! lol), but i was "officially" stood up today for my interview! that's right, i got there plenty early (due to inclement weather: rain!), and i was informed by the woman behind the reception area that the person [in question] who had contacted me via the telephone and who was supposedly the person whom i'd be interviewing with had called in sick and in turn forgot to inform them (and, most importantly, me!) that she couldn't interview, yadda yadda. the woman whom i spoke with was, as expected, extremely apologetic, but i don't think she realized how far of a drive it was for me: around 60 miles one way. i didn't ask her what the salary was, but i did inquire about whether or not the job (i didn't know there were multiple ones available) was part time and/or full time. she said that, although "i'm not privvy to a lot of this information," she divulged that the doctors are in the process of opening 2 other offices and are trying to incorporate more doctors in the group (as i whole, i guess). these positions are to manifest themselves next month and will [most likely] start out part time and then advance to full time once the job [description] is in full swing. whatever. lol my spouse (and different people that i have spoken to about today's shenanigans) wasn't pleased about this, and i've had some people tell me that i should've demanded monetary compensation for driving over there for nothing. i imagine that, once the woman gets well and back in the office, that she'll be calling me to apologize, etc., but i don't know that, just because she has/had "egg on her face" that it would increase my chances of becoming hired. i'm basically out of at least $10 in gas and my time. i've not been in the workforce for 9 years, and my spouse is the main breadwinner, so it's no reall big "loss" if i don't get it. i'll relay what happens next: the plot thickens...:uhoh21: footnote: i've been "waffling" about what i want to do as far as my career is concerned. a voice mail was left from a [private and expensive] college in the metro area whom i had been recently dealing with. i hadn't divulged to the admissions rep that i found out [online research] that they're not accredited. they're twice as much as the [local] community college, too. when confronted with the accreditation issue, the guy took offense and said in a heated voice, "that's not true!! whomever's telling you that is telling you an [outright] lie!!!" sheesh! then, in the same conversation, he claimed that "we're accredited..but we [nor any other college, for that matter] can guarantee that your credits will transfer [anywhere].":angryfire i guess i'm real 'big' on learning institutions being fully accredited and really would like to get some sort of a degree than just a diploma or certificate. the college in question is (as stated earlier) quite expensive for the programs that it offers. the only 'highlight' that i can see at this point is that a student can start their coursework each month, as they don't have to wait until august or january, etc. that's the nice thing about it. i can only receive [limited] pell grant assistance and would, of course, incur student loans. i can't see paying $18,000 for a medical assisting program with [no] accreditation (if it is true) when the median salary for a medical assistant is in the $10 range in the local area where i live. i couldn't travel to the city for that wage, however, since i'd be losing money at the gas pumps and paying the daycare provider even "half" of what she normally charges parents. i'm trying to get my hands on something known as an "interest inventory." i see that they are available online and may take one, but i know for a fact right now that i'm not going to enjoy (nor am i cut out for) factory work, electronics, etc. my interest lies in healthcare, but it would seem that there are just too many choices for me to [easily and painlessly] narrow it down. i'll post back when i find out anything "new and interesting." lol hoosier [color=#483d8b]p.s. although i'm sure there are posts on these forums from people who've been in m shoes regarding their issue with indecisiveness, can anyone give me any pointers on how to best narrow down these "endless lists of choices" and come up with something concrete and just [color=#483d8b]go for it?!:behindpc: [color=#483d8b]hoosier
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    Cincinnati nursing schools

    Is Christ accredited [through one of the major accrediting agencies]? I had a mtg. w/ an admissions rep @ Good Samaritan Hospital's nursing school last week, and the guy told me that Christ Hospital "isn't accredited but is working on it...":uhoh21: I have plans on attending an open house that Christ Hospital's nursing school is sponsoring--this Thursday evening. Do they pay for all of your tuition if you are accepted into their nursing program, etc.? This is a big decision for me (as it is for anyone else trying to get on with their careers/lives...) Simply put, Brown Mackie is way too expensive to justify going there, especially concerning their medical assisting program. GSH's cost is $10,000 a year (it's a 2-year Associate Degree program), and this wouldn't include getting the pre-requisites out of the way. I could take the PR's at Ivy Tech, as long as they're fully accredited, which they've assured me that they are, but I still feel inclined to get verbal affirmation over the telephone... GSH's nursing program has a $400 matriculation fee: Approximately $150 of it goes towards a physical exam administered by the Occupational Health department; the remainder is considered a "good faith estimate." I'm still negotiating; I'm actually "waffling" about my decision (or lack thereof) about what I really would like to do as far as pursuing a career in healthcare is concerned. Good luck to everyone struggling on making a decision! Hoosier
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    my POOR feet!

    You might want to try wearing Power Steps. They are more durable than those purchased at Wal-Mart and other department stores. They are supposed to last for around a year but may last longer depending on usage/wear and tear. I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot (and possibly right foot) and get annoyed constantly. I wear Skechers shoes (haven't tried New Balance). I get my shoes from eBay. Good luck with finding the right treatment! It's a real bear...:icon_hug:
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    Question about upcoming interview

    Can you elaborate on that? If I go with, "Well, I want to get into something [bigger and better], like actual nursing," I don't know how that will go over with the interviewer. I don't even know WHO I will be interviewing with! One of my children isn't feeling well, and I may have to reschedule the interview, but I have a "2-day window" to see how he's doing... I don't know if it's pt or ft, but my spouse said that if it's pt, it won't pay me to drive there. They say "third time's a charm!" (What I mean by this involves this being the third "bite" that I've gotten since I recently started submitting my resume online...) Hoosier
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    Question about upcoming interview

    hello, again! [color=#483d8b]the upcoming interview isn't for a nursing position (i'm not there yet!) but for a receptionist position in a podiatrist's office. [color=#483d8b]i have aspirations of pursuing nursing school and am visiting some hospitals that have a nursing school affiliated with them. [color=#483d8b]meanwhile, i am going to this interview to see what they have to say because we are unemployed right now (dh is completing truck driver training), and i desire a career in the healthcare field) and may end up accepting it "if the price is right." [color=#483d8b]if/when the proverbial interviewer question pops up, "what do you see yourself doing in 5-10 years," etc.?, what suggestions do you have on answering this question? my mom cautioned me to not divulge this; otherwise, they would take that as a strong hint that my heart is in nursing and i won't be there long should i be hired... [color=#483d8b]if this interview doesn't pan out, then i'm more than likely going to keep on getting the information that i need to pursue a career in nursing. i'm meeting with a rep from a nursing school in cincy this thursday after my interview, and i'm also planning on attending an open house sponsored by another cincy [hospital-based] nursing school in a couple of weeks. [color=#483d8b]thanks for any suggestions, tips, etc. that you can provide. [color=#483d8b]hoosier
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    Does it HAVE to be an either-or situation???

    don't you just love it when ppl try telling you that you can't do something?! when ppl try this with me, it just reinforces my determination! why, my driver's ed teacher from 20 years ago told 'other' ppl that "she (meaning me) will never get her driver's license..."blah blah:nono: my experience dealing with driver's ed wasn't too hot, let me tell you. i was young, immature, fearful, and all of that jazz... once i got my license (at the ripe old age of 18! ), i discovered that practice, practice, and more practice is what really counted. i always drove by myself and that's what has made me fiercely independent. my spouse tried pulling "you won't be able to do that!" on me when he tried belitting me several years ago when i was contemplating seeking employment in the nearby metropolitan city (we live in a small rural area). again, i proved him (as well as my driver's ed teacher, dufus that he was--and probably still is!) wrong by becoming a very competent and skilled driver, whether it be interstate/city or small town/rural driving. i believe the same goes for learning: i find myself feeling petrified at times when contemplating pursuing a career in nursing. i didn't do that great in high school. english and reading were my best subjects. since i didn't really care about the other subjects, i didn't apply myself like i could've/should've. i never took algebra, chem, bio, or any college "prep" courses. i am anxiously/nervously awaiting a book on algebra (one of those complete idiot guide books, btw) from an amazon seller and am trying to be proactive about this entire thing by getting a grasp on what [possibly] lies ahead of me. that thrills me that you persevered and am doing great academically! it's not fair for others to "diagnose" how you or i or anyone is going to "do" anything in this life. determination is key, that's for sure!!!:pumpiron: hoosier p.s. i have 3 young children, ages 8, 6, and 3 years and a hubby who isn't really supporting my decision to attempt re-entering the workforce. he's on his way to becoming a truck driver. i don't have any real help with things around the homestead, either. however, i have a dog-with-a-bone tenacity about me and persistence that you wouldn't believe! good luck in your schooling and future employment!
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    what the heck are medical assistant schools doing !

    i am glad that this topic was brought up because recently i was contemplating enrolling in a medical assisting program and wanted to obtain an associate degree. the first college that i checked out was brown mackie in cincinnati. the problem with bm is that their program would've cost over $18,000 and wasn't fully accredited. i also checked out ivy tech in se indiana recently but have only met with them once. i am scheduled to take an assessment test there at the end of this month, but i've had a revelation: i swtiched "mental" gears and thought it might just be a better decision all around to pursue nursing. i think i would really enjoy working in a doctor's office, but the median salary around where i live (from what i was told) is around $10 an hour, which isn't much. i can't travel to cincinnati for that because of the distance (in the event that i couldn't find a ma job around where i live and in turn would seek positions in the city). i did check out the institute for medical and dental technology in cincinnati, and, while the program is $7100.00, a person doesn't get a degree but certification only. brown mackie tried 'warning' me about this type of school. i believe that all of us medical professionals, whether we're lpns, rns, mas, etc. all have a vital role to play in the healthcare industry. i think that as long as a person is happy and qualified/skilled at whatever job they're doing, that it is what ultimately counts. i do agree that these commercials, although i've not seen any on our local tv stations, shouldn't be deceptive. my ob/gyn has a "key" ma whom he refers to as "my nurse," although when questioned by me because of my interest in working in healthcare, admitted that she's an ma but did acquire an associate degree, but that's how he refers to her when he and i spoke on the phone. the other girls in that office went to imdt in cincy, so i know that they don't have an actual degree. i do not know what his "main gal" makes per hour, nor do i know what the others' salary could possibly be. i did give him my resume recently at a post op visit, but i've not heard anything back from the office, most likely because i don't have experience working in a medical setting. i'm not even sure if there's an actual rn or lpn in that office. if the caregiver who's working on me knows what they're doing, i'm not worried whether or not they have an actual degree or just a certificate, but it is interesting to see the variation of "titles" that a person has working in these offices. i would imagine that those girls who went to that medical/dental tech school wanted a quick way to obtain a job and chose that route. hoosier
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    Help...I can't decide on a route to take!

    I don't know how familiar you are with Cincinnati, but Raymond Walters is in the suburb of Blue Ash. Other colleges are Cincinnati State and Technical College on Central Parkway/off of I-75, Brown Mackie (I found out that they're not fully accredited in that one's credits won't transfer, so you'll have to watch out for that), Diamond/Scarlet/Laurel Oaks (for LPN program); one is on Kemper Road, not too far from Cincinnati-Dayton Road, and Xavier University has recently started a new 2-year RN program but is pricey ($45,000 plus books). I'm looking into nursing schools that Christ Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital offers. There is an open house coming up for Christ Hospital School of Nursing. The dates for the open house are October 10, October 19, and November 8, 2006. Christ's nursing school has a new name: The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences 2139 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219 Call 513-585-2401 to make a reservation for the open house. Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science 375 Dixmyth Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220 Call 513-872-2743 (General Information/Admissions Financial Aid Departments) I'm waiting on a return phone call from them to inquire about their next open house dates. Good luck with your endeavors! Hoosier P.S. Don't feel bad about your indecisiveness. I'm not fully decided on any one school yet, either. I'm still in the "resarch" phase. LOL
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    Cincinnati Hospitals

    Thanks for the heads up! Good info. for those contemplating working at Cincy hospitals... I noticed that Good Sam doesn't pay that well as far as other departments are concerned (i.e. Reigistrar and some others), BUT, I don't know what the nurses get...