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    Speech Language Pathology

    I have fallen in love with my Speech Language Pathology classes. I have decided to stick with it instead of trying anymore for the nursing program. I wish I could do both as well as major in other stuff like deaf education, interpreting, photography, and probably other stuff as well, but I need to start working eventually. :) The SLP degree actually has more stuff I like in it than any other. I can even work in the hospital in a NICU unit, with kids with facial deformities, or other patients with speech or swallowing disorders like stroke patients for instance. There are lots of other possibilities too and my pay and hours will be better than if I go to nursing. I am not trying to talk any of you into abandoning nursing because I know how desperately nurses are needed and it is a wonderful profession, but I wanted to let you all know what is going on with me and why I haven't been posting. This path is a bit longer as I need a minimum of a masters degree, but I was planning on that for nursing too. I will be done with my BA in SLP next Fall (2006) and my MA with my CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competancy) in Spring 2009. Of course I try not to think too much about that most of the time (so far away!). I would like to still post here now and then as it is important to be knowlegeable about others that one works with. We even had a speaker that came to the university who recommended after graduating to find a mentor in another field (nursing, PT, OT, etc.) to shadow one afternoon a week to avoid too much tunnel vision. Anyways, bye for now and good luck to all of you in whatever you decide to pursue.
  2. Hi all, I wanted to inform you all that I won't be going to nursing school after all. I got fed up with trying to get into the program. I also registered for classes for the Speech Language Pathology program while waiting to hear about the nursing program. After taking my 5 classes so far this semester, I have really grown to like this program so I will be sticking with it. I had also heard from the nursing program that since my husband is in the Navy and his home of record is still Washington and we live in California, I am not eligible to enter the program at the university. Like I said, I am very happy with what I am studying though and look forward to being an SLP. The biggest difference is I need a masters degree before I can start working which isn't a big deal because I would have gone on to a MSN anyways. I will also probably be earning more money than if I were to be an RN and will have more time off for holidays and vacations. Thanks for all of your support in the past and good luck to all of you in the future.
  3. kats

    Pharmacology study tips?

    Hi all, I am going to take Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, and Intro to Surgical Technology this semester. Remember, I said that the nursing program that I applied to was cancelled and I will be applying for the BSN program for the Spring? Anyways, I am not too worried about Medical Terminology as I have taken all the pre-reqs (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, etc. and have lots of experience as a hospital volunteer and CNA). I am a bit nervous about the Pharmacology class though. I was just wondering if any of you who have already survived it had any tips on studying. Did you use a lot of flash cards or use other ways to memorize? Is it mostly memorization other things to understand as well? Thanks,
  4. Actually, today I went with my husband to his doctor appointment. The doctor was saying that my husband has an ear infection that needs drops. He was telling my husband what to do and my husband just looked at me and said that I would be the one to do it. I said that if I could deal with changing dressings after his surgery to remove a pilonidal cyst, then I am sure that I could handle ear drops. Then the doctor turned to me and said "Oh, are you medical?" Of course, then I had to explain that I have my AS in health sciences, but am still applying to nursing school and may start surgical tech school in the fall if I don't get accepted. Of course, if that happens then I will just start applying for the BSN program for next spring. I just thought it was kind of funny how he phrased the question.
  5. kats

    Weight Watchers - March 1st

    Well, I lost another 1.6 pounds. It's been the same for the past three weeks, but I guess I can't complain since I am at least losing steadily. Only .8 of a pound to lose before I reach my first 10%. Dixienurse, exercise is definitely important. My husband, my son, my dog, and I have been walking around the base each evening after dinner. We go anywhere between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 miles. It helps to walk with other people so you are so busy talking that you don't think so much about the fact that you are exercising. I have also found that since walking every night I have had more energy and have been sleeping better. I also think that variety is important. I have been also doing aerobics, tae-bo, and going swimming. I don't, of course, do all of these things every day. I just switch them around and do one of them in addition to the walking every day. They key is to find things that you enjoy so you won't dread it so much. Have fun with it.
  6. kats

    Weight Watchers - March 1st

    As of last night, I lost another 1.6 pounds. I only need to lose another 2.4 pounds to get my first 10%. I have also found that since walking every night, I can't sit still as much as I used to. I used to have to force myself to exercise in the mornings, but now I wake up and can't wait to get to it. I even ordered a Tae-bo dvd so that I can have a bit more variety for my morning exercises (I used to have it on tape, but my hubby sold it at a garage sale while I was visiting my Mom- oops!) Anyways, it really is amazing how much better I feel after having exercised regularly for a while. I definately recommend it. I hope you all are sticking with it and doing well.
  7. kats

    Weight Watchers - March 1st

    Where is everybody? Last night at the meeting there weren't very many people either. Are you guys sticking with it even though it is getting warmer? As of last night, I lost another 1.6 pounds for a total of 19 pounds so far. I have a long ways to go, but it is encouraging that it is staying pretty consistant. I can't wait to be skinny again!!!
  8. I will be starting a surgical tech program this fall. It has a bit to do with how difficult it is to get accepted to the schools around here (last semester the lowest gpa was 3.9), a lot to do with the fact that I am 37 years old and don't want to keep going to school forever before being able to work, and also a lot to do with the fact that I am interested in surgery. I have already been accepted into the program and will continue my education to become a first assistant once I have gotten enough work experience to qualify. I was wondering, however, how many of you also are going through programs other than those for RN. That would include everything else like rad. tech, psych. tech, dental hygenist, or anything else that I can't think of right now that is also a health care field. Thanks in advance for sharing.
  9. kats

    Weight Watchers - March 1st

    I weighed in last night and was the same as last time. Considering the last minute trip to Phoenix for the funeral and not being able to control what I was able to eat, I am pretty happy with that. The leader of my meetings also said that it could be due to the fact that my husband, my son, my dog, and I have started taking walks every night after dinner. She said that an increase in exercise can slow down the weight loss for a bit. I even got a pedometer from the meeting last night so I can keep track of how many steps I take each day (I hear it is supposed to be at least 10,000) and the distance we walk. Last night it was 1.3 miles. In addition to the benefits of the exercise for all of us including the dog, we have time to actually talk to one another without distractions (no easy feat normally with a teenager!). Good luck to everyone, I hope you are all staying op and drinking your water; I know I need to be better at that. In fact, I am going to get some right now to drink while writing my final Developmental Psych paper. Bye for now.
  10. kats

    on line courses

    I also tend to like online classes. There have been times when certain things aren't presented as clearly as they would be in class, but the teachers have been open to answering questions through e-mail. I especially like the fact that there isn't a specific time to be at class so I can work the assignments around other responsibilities and errands that come up.
  11. kats

    another rejection letter

    Thanks for the great encouragement. It is interesting to see that there are other people from different programs. What I have decided I will probably do is to start the ST program if I don't get into the last nursing program I have to apply to for the fall. Then I will probably keep applying for the BSN program after that while in the ST program. I just don't want to keep getting more and more AS degrees. I also need to start working eventually. I am 37 years old now; not old, but also not getting any younger either. I have a great gpa from the school I am going to now (mostly a's with a couple b's and c's), but in WA I got lower grades (mostly b's, but a couple c's thrown in) while trying to cope with the more difficult years of my son's Tourette's syndrome . I know now that I should have just retaken the few courses I needed like Biology, Speech, and English, but that is why I am not getting accepted now. It is ok though because I am really interested in surgery. I guess I will end up where I am supposed to end up.
  12. kats

    another rejection letter

    Hi all, I got rejected once again from the school that last semester only took people with gpa's of 3.9 or better. Obviously it wasn't a huge shock. I still have one more to apply for, but have also been accepted to a surgical technology program. Since previously volunteering in the hospital in the OR, I saw the difference in the responsibilities of both the ST and the OR-RN, at least for that hospital. Since I am definitely interested in surgery, I am starting to think that the surgical tech program would actually be better anyways. The pay is about the same and I could still further my training to become a 1st assistant. So, how would you all feel about having someone in a surgical tech program coming here to talk about school? Would that be ok? There is a website with a discussion board for surgical techs, but it isn't as good as this one and since I have been coming here so long while taking pre-reqs and getting my AS in health sciences, I feel comfortable here. I would miss coming here once in a while. Anyways, I just thought I would see how you all would feel about that. I will let you know if that is where I end up or if I do end up being accepted to the other RN program.
  13. kats

    Weight Watchers - March 1st

    Thanks. I actually did ok considering that most of what I had to eat was things that people brought over that I wasn't even entirely sure what they contained. Since I missed the meeting, I weighed myself on my scale which isn't as accurate. I think I stayed the same without any gain or loss. I guess it could be worse, huh? I think if I get any $ from anyone for graduating, I will get a new scale.
  14. kats

    Tell me how to survive pharmocology.

    I haven't taken it yet, but I already bought a textbook for Pharmacology and will be studying it on my own this summer. I figure if I work through it on my own without the stress of grades, then when it does count for grades it won't be all new information. I got the workbook that comes with it too to go through.
  15. kats

    Weight Watchers - March 1st

    I will have to miss the meeting this week as my uncle died yesterday and I have to fly to Phoenix for the funeral. He was my Mom's only living relative other than my brother and myself. Hopefully I will be able to stay op pretty good, but it's not like it's going to be up to me what I get to eat. I just want to be there to support my Mom and help her feel better if I can.