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Mother of 4 sons, artist, avid book reader, classic movie enthusiast. Entering nursing classes in August. I have a darling lhasa apso and four precious pet ratties.

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  1. I haven't posted to this forum in a long time and, upon finding it again, thought perhaps I could attempt to gain advice again here. I was a nursing student. I completed the first year of a two-year RN program and failed the third semester by one point. I had planned on simply going back the following year and retake the course but my husband lost his job and I was forced to begin working full-time. Though he drew unemployment for a year, it was, naturally, not enough to allow me not to work so I would be able to concentrate on nursing studies, do my clinical hours, community projects, etc. Missing out on returning that year, I hoped again to return the following year but again his umemployment status prevented me from registering in time to get into the course. I would have had to reregister in May; he finally got a job in August of this past summer. This makes two years that I've been out of the nursing program. I've since learned from the director of the program that as I didn't return in a two year period I would have to retake the peliminary NLN exam but would have to retake the first year clinical nursing courses as well. I'd be starting all over again! Now, mentally, I could do it. Financially, I could not. So this leaves me with the question: What do I do? I've been considering applying for the LPN program instead. This takes a year to complete (three straight semesters) and I could work as an LPN for a year, give myself the opportunity to get us back on our feet somewhat in the money department and then take a weekend RN course offered by another campus for LPNs. I keep telling myself, "After all, all I ever wanted to be was a nurse! I didn't care what kind!" Yet, I do. In the long haul, I do. I want to work in home health one day, particularly in hospice and RN is the only way I know to accomplish this.....this goal that I feel strongly is my calling. I hope I've typed this out eloquently enough. I'd truly love to know what any of you would suggest. I yearn daily to work as a nurse. I'm presently working as a nursing assistant and I wouldn't take anything for the learning experience it's provided but I can't even begin to describe how badly I want to do more in the way of nursing interventions. Your thoughts?
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    What can a RN delegate to a CNA?

    As an RN student working as an NA, I can easily say that some nurses have attitudes and don't want to work either. ;-)
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    Why cant I see my final test paper?

    Sometimes I think that's exactly why they destroy them....so we won't know!
  4. I am disappointed to read some of the replies in this thread. As a 41 year old, if I've learned nothing in life, I've learned never to make negative assumptions about another person. Actually, I've learned not to assume at all. None of us can begin to know what is in another's mind and heart and to even suggest you do is nothing but arrogance and stupidity and for those of you who boast....don't boast too loudly. I'm sickened to read "They just didn't have the brains" or "I wish some of them don't come back!" I'll tell you both.....what shall you sow, so shall you reap. I truly hope you have received or will receive more compassion than what you fail to dole out to others. No one can know how hard a student has worked (or how hard they didn't!) Sometimes it just simply wasn't their time but if they want it (and you know, my thing is the majority of nursing students want it or they wouldn't be there) they'll get it......despite your feeling that they're wasting YOUR time. Remember, as nurses we will "be there"....It doesn't necessarily mean just to patients.
  5. I am disappointed to read some of the replies in this thread. As a 41 year old, if I've learned nothing in life, I've learned never to make negative assumptions about another person. Actually, I've learned not to assume at all. None of us can begin to know what is in another's mind and heart and to even suggest you do is nothing but arrogance and stupidity and for those of you who boast....don't boast too loudly. I'm sickened to read "They just didn't have the brains" or "I wish some of them don't come back!" I'll tell you both.....what shall you sow, so shall you reap. I truly hope you have received or will receive more compassion than what you fail to dole out to others. No one can know how hard a student has worked (or how hard they didn't!) Sometimes it just simply wasn't their time but if they want it (and you know, my thing is the majority of nursing students want it or they wouldn't be there) they'll get it......despite your feeling that they're wasting YOUR time. Remember, as nurses we will "be there"....It doesn't necessarily mean just to patients.
  6. You know, I'm glad I saw this thread. It's like I was meant to see it, guided to it. After reading of her disappointment yet her determination and then reading the encouraging posts that followed, I feel so extremely comforted. This latest reply really moved me in that it, again, was an echo of my thoughts. I have felt and could imagine myself feeling the same that was described. Yes, it will be bittersweet to watch my beloved classmates graduate....Yes, my heart will probably ache because I will think also, "I should have been there too." but like you said....I want to be a nurse. I feel I have wanted it all my life (I'm not sure why) and I suppose this IS a small thing in comparison to what is out there in my future, isn't it? What can I say.....Thank you!
  7. You know, I'm glad I saw this thread. It's like I was meant to see it, guided to it. After reading of her disappointment yet her determination and then reading the encouraging posts that followed, I feel so extremely comforted. This latest reply really moved me in that it, again, was an echo of my thoughts. I have felt and could imagine myself feeling the same that was described. Yes, it will be bittersweet to watch my beloved classmates graduate....Yes, my heart will probably ache because I will think also, "I should have been there too." but like you said....I want to be a nurse. I feel I have wanted it all my life (I'm not sure why) and I suppose this IS a small thing in comparison to what is out there in my future, isn't it? What can I say.....Thank you!
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    good med-surg book?

    I was just about to recommend this one as it helped me a lot with Med-Surg when I took it last semester. The Incredibly Easy books are good too (though I don't have one yet). Another book that I used was Medical_Surgical Nursing: Reviews and Rationales by Hogan. Top of the line though, is the Lippincott Review, I think.
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    good med-surg book?

    I was just about to recommend this one as it helped me a lot with Med-Surg when I took it last semester. The Incredibly Easy books are good too (though I don't have one yet). Another book that I used was Medical_Surgical Nursing: Reviews and Rationales by Hogan. Top of the line though, is the Lippincott Review, I think.
  10. Huh? Now I'm confused! I would surely have chosen "open"....WHat's the rationale behind closed?
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    I passed! 84 on Final Exam

    You so said it....One of the things that has helped me the most was remembering that I, in my new status of failed student, will not be the first and I won't be the last. I recall my nursing instructor telling us (this was the first year instructor) that she would rather have a former "C" nurse who knew her stuff and knew how to see patients as people than the "A" nurse who treated people as textbook examples. And no, I in no way think a 70 is low but I would be lying if I wasn't sitting here yearning and wishing that was what our passing grade had to be. I feel I worked so hard...I lost precious time with my family, was always afraid to enjoy a movie, never went out except to go to school or the grocers or church....diligently studied, typed notes...I tried so hard yet failed. Your reply goes to show that even with helping students there is a good success rate with the NCLEX and again makes me feel....dare I say it?.....that we were robbed.
  12. our final was on monday and though i can't recall any dumb questions, per se', on it, i did see what i thought was a totally irrelevant question on the last exam for the unit that was given to us on the thursday before finals. like you said, it was no where in our textbook or lecture......(one of our classmates looked in a textbook from the semester before and found it there, though.....(?) the question asked what the sap was that came from a poison ivy plant? none of us knew....i came home, looked it up online and found out the correct answer was ushriol (sp?) who would have thought we would have needed to know the anatomy of a plant?
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    My final is today..

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm so happy for you!! I was feeling your tension and am so glad you had such a wonderful outcome! Congratualations! Now, time to enjoy the holiday, catch up on your rest and build up your strength.
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    Gift for fellow LPN student

    Omigosh!! Your husband gave you a snowblower!! I think already you've been given some fantastic ideas.....Things good for the soul (Hey! That's an idea! One of those "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books....I love them! I'm sooo admiring a 60 year old woman being in LPN school...That is awesome!
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    I passed! 84 on Final Exam

    Congratulations on passing!! You are so blessed, too. I look at the requirements to pass in your course and am so envious. Were I where you are, I would have passed...(still moaning and groaning in Virginia....*shrugs*) We had to have an 80 to pass and my final grade was a 79. Students who have graduated from your school....How have they done on the state boards? I ask because that's the reason my instructors gave for taking away points that were afforded to last year's graduating class (even though only one student from that class had to resit for the boards but passed on the second take). Congratulations again!!
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    Changing point systems

    No no, none at all. I just wanted to clarify. You know, when I first "sat down to analyze" this whole thing of having failed I had all of these thoughts..."I'm angry....I'm disappointed....I'm hurt....Am I supposed to feel this way?.....Is this stereotypical of a student that has failed?....." and then "Okay, what now?" I recall the first year instructor telling the class last year how it was funny how most students that pass loved her to death (naturally, no way to know if these students truly did or if this was an assumption or what but...) but the students who fail always blame her and hate her. Her saying that was replaying itself in my head over and over again as I pondered this, struggling in my first day to cope. After having lived for 41 years I know that we, as humans, sometimes have irrational feelings when things don't go as we hoped or planned yet I also truly feel we are justified to have those feelings. I think a lot of it comes to ethics....Often moreso that what the standards of the Board of Nursing and the NCLEX come to. If it were not so, other schools would be operating the exact same way and they don't! A nursing school two hours from me (and no, I don't have the option of going there because besides my two grown sons I also have two little boys and am lacking in childcare to be able to perform such a feat) works with the student, and gives reviews consistent with upcoming exams (which we oftentimes didn't have). I've heard the instructors are kind and welcoming to those students who seek their help....we in turn were often waved off with an "Not now! I'm busy!" whenever we showed up at our instructor's office door. This instructor has been teaching for two years....I think ours is actually her second. I mean, my goodness, the school is only entering it's sixth semester itself.....so far, only one graduating class. I just felt that, yes, maybe they did have to take some of those extra points away that last year's students had.....but as much as they did? Why give them so much and stomp us into the ground?