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    Just diagnosed with breast cancer

    :icon_hug:Thank you so much for your responses RN2BNTN and Bertolozzi. I am going to keep a close eye on things for the next couple of months and go back if I feel like things are changing. I have to agree with danissa...you are all amazing women. I wish you the best!!!
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    Just diagnosed with breast cancer

    Hi First, let me say that you are amazing and an inspiration! I was wondering if I could ask you (or anyone else) what your process was to being diagnosed (diagnostic procedures)? You said that you had a mammogram after finding your lump and it didn’t show up as anything suspicious. I felt a lump in my left breast about 4 weeks ago and had an ultrasound yesterday on it and the radiologist said that it was nothing to be worried about, just normal breast tissue. How can that be? I understand that it isn’t a cyst, but how can my primary MD, the ultrasound tech and myself feel a lump that is so obviously a lump and it be normal breast tissue? I weaned my daughter 10 weeks ago and I know that it is not a clogged duct (she is not my first). It doesn’t move and it has not gone away. I guess what I’m asking is should I just leave the results as that or should I press for more diagnostic procedures (baseline mammogram) to be done to put me more at ease? I’m not asking for medical advise, but I am asking for an opinion on this issue because I am somewhat confused as to how I should proceed from here. By the way, I walked the breast cancer 3-day two months ago and met the most amazing women…what an inspiration (we also raised 12.2 million dollars over those 3 days!!). I wish you the best J.
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    Need help making decisions...

    Thank you so much for your responses. I do eventually want to go the NNP direction, but it is way off. I want to get a lot of experience before I go that way. I am leaning toward the second BSN only because I have two very young kids and we have no outside support (no family around to help) and I can do the classes 3 days/nights a week for 15 months. As for the clerical support job, I think I'll send in my resume and see what happens. I am looking for a night job (i'm home with the kids during the day), so hopefully it will work out. Thank you again for your time...I really admire what you do and hope one day to call myself a NICU nurse too. :) Vanessa
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    Need help making decisions...

    Hi Everyone: This is my first post in the NICU section. I have always wanted to be a NICU nurse and I am having trouble deciding the best way to get there. Sorry to post in this forum, but I figure that you have all made it here so you would be the best to ask. I am 33 and already have a BA in Psychology(graduated in 1996) and an MBA (graduated in 2000). I had my second baby in January and it just lit the fire under me again to be a nurse. I'm driving my husband crazy about this, so I need other people to discuss it with. I have two decisions to make: 1) Second BSN or MSN direct entry? I can get into the ABSN without much problem, but the school is not as well respected (71% NCLEX pass rate) as the school that has the MSN degree (96% pass rate). I do eventually want to get my MSN, but it is very hard to get into and I have no idea what my chances are. There is another BSN option through the University of Oklahoma which is online (theory) and onsite clinical with a local hospital that is recognized by my bon. Now that I have 2 kids under 5, I'm just not sure how I will do in school and I don't want to ruin my chances of getting into an MSN program later (I have a 3.82 now). Just not sure what to do....any advice would be appreciated. 2) I have the ability to volunteer at a local hospital in the NICU or get an entry level part time clerical job in the NICU at our local children's hospital (I would eventually like to work in either one of the hospitals). Which one should I do? The money won't be great at the part time job, but it might get me into the unit I want to work. The volunteering on the other hand would make me feel like I am doing something to make a difference while being exposed to the unit and staff. What would you do? I have volunteered in the NICU before (long time ago) and loved it. I know this is what I want to do, just want to make the best decisions to get there. Thank you in advance for any input that you have. :spin: Ness 29 weeker in 1974 and made it!
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    National University Vaccination Requirements

    Hi Jennifer: Are you scheduled to start in the July evening class? I'm not sure of the answer to your question (sorry), but I have been looking for other NU students on this forum to chat with (hope you don't mind). I am still waiting for my acceptance letter (applied in April...decision should be here in the next few weeks). I applied for the accelerated post-bac BSN. Which program are you doing? Did you take any of your pre-req's at NU? I hope someone can answer your question...it may be a wise idea to post this on the student nursing forum. Maybe someone had a similar experience and can provide some advise. Ness
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    Do you type you notes on Index Cards?

    SA2BDOCTOR and Daytonite: You might like this link......makes flashcard making very easy:spin:. Have fun my anal retentive posters!!! LOL. http://www.flashcardexchange.com/
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    ABSN and young kids

    np_wannabe Good luck with whatever path you choose. I decided not to go through an Entry To Practice (ETP) program that offers me the MSN and Nurse Practitioner education because it was 5 days a week all day long. You have to do what is best for you and your family. Although I do agree with CRNASOMEDAY25 that your kids will adjust (kids like routine and when its different they get upset until the "different" becomes routine). My son went to daycare when he was 16 months because I had to go back to work and I was a total mess...he had a blast! Other kids to interact with, new toys to explore, etc. I'm not advocating daycare for everyone, but because we have no family around us that can watch our kid(s), it was our only option and he did well (not all kids may respond the same way). My son is now 4 1/2 and loves school. It is hard without a good support system. Keep us posted...good luck!
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    ABSN and young kids

    I started a similar thread a few days ago...I will have a 15month old and a 5 year old when I start my ABSN. Little scary! My fear is that I won't have enough time to study between doing the laundry, cleaning the house, cooking meals, food shopping, etc. All of the posts I received were very positive. I think it is just learning how to manage every minute of your day. I am going to try to involve my son in my studying and make him a part of my team...holding the flashcards, pointing to things in my book and asking me what they are (5 year olds ask lots of questions anyway), etc. Good luck next week!!! Let me know how your first week goes.
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    Life with kids and nursing school?

    Thank you all so much for your responses;). I do feel better. Please keep the advice/responses coming.
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    Life with kids and nursing school?

    Hi Everyone: I will be starting nursing school with a 5 year old and a 15 month old and I'm a little nervous on how to manage it all. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree already...so I've got the school thing down, but I have never done it with kids in tow. I want to be the best mom (and wife to my hubby) that I can, but realize that nursing school is a sacrifice. I will be in a 2nd degree BSN program that meets 3 days a week (one classroom day and two clinical days). Any advice on how to make it all work? Thanks;) Ness
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