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    Scholarships and age

    I received a scholarship when I was in nursing school at 41. It was from HCA and did not have any strings attached. It paid for tuition for one semester (plus a little left over). I was not eligible for many because I already had a degree. You might check with hospitals in your area; sometimes they will pay tuition if you agree to work for them after graduation. Good luck!
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    New Nurse Prevention!

    Well, I've talked to everyone on up to the superintendent. Parents will now be notified if a student passes out (this was apparently not previously the case!). And they'll put a warning on the permission slip that a "graphic" film will be shown. So I feel better. :) Thanks for all the replies! I was SOO mad when I wasn't told she had passed out.
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    Bad Eyesight

    Well, I can't say that I'm 20/20 either since presbyopia set in. I see well enough to draw up meds in a syringe, evaluate rashes and wounds, but I know I'd never be able to see lice without a magnifying glass, much less pick them out of anyone's hair. Nor can I read the teeny tiny print on medication inserts (have to use a drug book). I'd think if you can drive and read, you could be a nurse in SOME capacity. Getting an eye exam was NOT part of my nursing school admission process! :)
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    New Nurse Prevention!

    The school sent a notice about a "health assembly" -- nothing about the film or really what the subject matter was... This school district just does not seem to think things through very well. And it surprised me that they have no policy of notifying parents when a child faints at school. (I have that problem with smells too! :))
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    New Nurse Prevention!

    For several years now, my 18-year-old daughter has been planning to be a nurse. She has researched schools, scholarships, volunteered in a nursing home, taken all the hard science classes and is concurrently taking college classes while in high school. Monday, all that changed. The high school had a "health seminar" for all the senior girls in which they were shown films of people with advanced syphilis and gonorrhea (the kind of pictures where parts of people are eaten away). The pictures were so gross that several girls (among them my daughter) passed out! (the school didn't bother to let me know that happened, either!). Now she is afraid that she will be unable to handle nursing school or a nursing job. "Mom, I can't even handle PICTURES, what would I do with a patient!" While I think it is a good thing to explore future professions, I don't think that was the intent of this film (she had previously arranged to shadow a nurse this summer; I think she will go ahead and do that). I guess I don't really understand what the school was thinking.
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    Kansas City area anyone?

    I lived in Olathe from 1995 to 2001, pretty area, great for kids (I can't emphasize this enough; the area is MADE for families), excellent schools (but be careful picking a house; many there are badly built). Can't tell you much about the hospitals; worked child and adult outpatient psych research at KUMC and absolutely loved it. Absolutely wonderful nurses, MDs, and staff. Excellent working relationship and respect on both sides.
  7. Back in the 50s, when I was born, my mom (who was an L&D nurse in the 50s & 60s, later moving on to public health) tells me that pregnant women were encouraged not to gain ANY weight (my mom gained no more than 5 pounds with each of us). Not only that, she (and many other moms) smoked. All 4 of her kids were in the 7-8 pound range, all normal babies. We all grew just fine and are all above average intelligence. I'm the only "fluffy" one; my sibs are all skinny as rails.
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    Finding old co-worker

    Poor Rusty!!!! :) Trust me, even if they're harmless it's just too weird!
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    to be or not to be, a nurse that is!!

    I didn't go to nursing school until I was 40. In fact, I was determined to NEVER be a nurse (too many in the family!). :) So, here I am, a nurse. How did I know I'd be good at it? Well, I know there are some areas that just don't suit me. I would never shine as a Med-Surg nurse and I truly admire those who do. But I'm good at teaching. I interact well with others and am good at eliciting information. I can juggle lots of details and I like paperwork -- research is a good fit for me. I suffered from depression for many years (some difficult things happened when I was a teenager that took years for me to come to grips with).
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    Wierd Question.

    I work in a research facility (part of the university). We only have four nurses, all female; one is Asian (Vietnamese). I'm in OKC.
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    The opposite of nursing????

    The opposite of helping people could be hurting people. Crime? War? Or maybe it's prevention of healing? Disease? (I liked Gwenith's ideas...that would be a fun paper!)
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    Cheating In School

    If they don't know the answers for class, how will they ever know when they are working??
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    'Borderline' students?

    I hope you will try again; a B average is great!
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    'Borderline' students?

    If it is a requirement for admission, then the school needs to stick with that. ACTs can be retaken...or the student can go to a school which does not require the ACT...or the student can go the LPN route and later bridge to an RN. If requirements are relaxed for some, they must be relaxed for all, so then why have any requirements?
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    Dealing with the Prejudiced (long post:sorry)...

    :roll
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    'Borderline' students?

    I agree that it is a disservice to the student to accept someone who does not meet minimum standards. A person who really wants to be in nursing will eventually meet those standards, or will take another path to achieve the same result (a friend who could not make it into the RN program went for her LPN and THEN later did the RN when she finally met the program criteria). Now, if someone makes it into the program, and then has trouble with an area, extra tutoring or help makes sense...to an extent. Too much help and handholding is not going to turn out independent and creative thinkers, which you really need to be a good nurse IMHO. If you can't solve your own problems in school, how are you going to manage the stressors and problems of a normal patient load?