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    Concordia St. Paul RN-BSN

    I had an enrollment call with them last week. The dealbreaker for me was the two required religion classes. 6 credits at $420 a pop is $2500 more than I want to spend. I do like how the program is set up with one class at a time, though. Are you in a MANE program? Are you not planning on Metro? Just curious. :)
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    MANE spring 2019 applicants

    I think they had to recalculate everything, but I'm not sure.
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    MANE spring 2019 applicants

    Congrats to everyone on their acceptances! FWIW, the same thing happened to me with NHCC. When I received my denial letter on Tuesday, I immediately emailed my advisor, and she reached out to the nursing department. I followed up with them, and was advised that there was a computer glitch, and certain fields (like my GPA) weren't populating. I am so glad that I contacted them! I received my acceptance letter yesterday and will also be going to NHCC.
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    MANE spring 2019 applicants

    I'm in the same boat! And I'm leaving on vacation on Thursday - I'll be gone for 10 days! But my pet sitter has full permission to open all of my mail. :) Will they really send out letters on a Sunday? I'm assuming they'll mail them on Monday, July 16th?
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    MANE spring 2019 applicants

    Hello! I applied to NHCC with a 12.9 (4.0 and 89.3 on TEAS). Good luck to everyone!
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    Problems with Dansko shoes?

    Yes, I guess it is ironic that I continue wearing my supposedly orthopedically-sound shoes even though they cause pain. I guess I just couldn't believe that shoes that were supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread for those that stand and walk all day were actually the cause of my knee pain. Guess I'll go back to my high heels.
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    Problems with Dansko shoes?

    Old thread, but I'm glad I found it! I also have Dansko clogs, wear them all the time (I work retail, and am on my feet all day), and have been having medial knee pain lately. I'm also a runner, and for awhile I was worried I had a stress fracture. But then I realized that I didn't have any pain while running! I took a break from the clogs, and discovered that my knee pain went away. I love the way the clogs look, but I've realized I can't wear them too often.
  8. Hello everyone, I realize that this will vary by state (maybe even county within state), but I was wondering if new grads can start as public health nurses? I'm beginning a post-bac nursing program that will allow me to apply for PHN certification. The more I read and the more I see, I think that this is most likely where I'd like to go. Thoughts? I'm in Minnesota, if that helps. Thanks! Lola PS--I did find some entry-level PHN jobs in Alaska via a Google search...including one that was north of Fairbanks! Awesome!
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    relocating

    Have you looked for jobs in the Grand Marais area? It's a little south of the Grand Portage reservation. Grand Marais houses the Cook County Hospital/Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, and I think that there is a school up there...here is the URL for the local newspaper, the Cook County News Herald: http://www.cookcountynews-herald.com/ I think that they have job postings in there sometimes. Good luck! I absolutely LOVE that area, and it's my dream to move my nursing career to Grand Marais someday. As for the weather, it's cold and snowy, but it seems that many days in the winter, Grand Marais isn't that much colder than the Twin Cities. I agree that one should invest in some good long underwear, a good down coat and some heavy-duty boots. Layering and fleece will be your friends! Good luck!
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    reconsidering a nursing career

    DaisyMae, I've re-considered nursing as well, for similar reasons as you stated. (I also came from a corporate background--a very large corporation full of very young, super-ambitious people.) In fact, I came very close to swearing off nursing this week, and going back to the corporate world. What I realized is that the actual work of nursing means more to me than the actual work of of my old corporate life. Because of that, I can put up with all the bad stuff. People suck no matter where you go, or what you do, but if the work means something to you, then it's worth it. (At least, it is in my book.) Ultimately, nursing is way more valuable to me than finding ways to cut margin so that we can make plan. More interesting, too! Caveat: I'm not a nurse yet, just a nursing student and a resident assistant at an assisted living facility. These are just my thoughts, and the thoughts that keep me going when things get tough. Also, as one poster mentioned, people like to complain and moan and vent. They just do. I do, too! This is a safe space for people to do that, hence the abundance of honest and maybe negative posts. :)
  11. andpeggy

    Struggling with transition

    Hey esunada! Gosh, sounds like you've been busy. Thank you for your reply up above. Most of all, thank you for your story about law school. It does help to have "permission" not to go forward, you know? Also, no worry about getting political. I think we're of the same bent. :) (BTW, you should read "Where Men Win Glory," the latest book by Jon Krakauer. It's about Pat Tillman, the war on terror...it's amazing. I learned a lot about Afghanistan.) Anyway, I'm still as confused as ever. But I've finally admitted to my parents, my husband and myself that this might not be what I want anymore. That perhaps the sacrifices to achieve this just aren't worth it to me anymore. I don't know yet, but I'll have to decide pretty soon. No worries about the coffee thing--we'll get there! Hope you have a good weekend. :)
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    Struggling with transition

    Hello everyone, I'm in need of some advice. So, here goes. (I'll try to keep this short!) Hopefully I've posted this in the correct forum. I'm about to start a post-baccalaureate nursing program in January, after first coming up with this idea 6 years ago. At the time, I was a new college graduate, with an ever-so-useful B.A. in Women's Studies, and I was beginning to realize that I hated sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week and that I was already bored to tears with my chosen career in arts administration. (I used to be an actress/singer.) My mom happened to be going through some heavy medical issues at the time (two kidney transplants, and a bi-lateral hip replacement), and I became fascinated with nursing and with hospitals. I had the idea to go back to school to become a nurse, but money and time and my own insecurities and a bad relationship made me stop and start on this idea. I came close to applying to programs several times, and then talked myself out of it several times. At one point about a year ago, I swore off the career change, and told myself that the office world wasn't so bad.. And then I found out that I finally got into a program. I decided to go for it. So, I'm on the cusp of what I thought I've wanted for the last 6 years--I'm about to start a program, and I even left my stinky corporate gig and found a job as a resident aide at an assisted-living facility. The job itself is fine and I've been learning a lot. I've been there 5 weeks now, and I'm actually amazed at how quickly I've picked things up. What I'm really struggling with is the lifestyle change--I used to work the usual 8-5/M-F, and I had lots of time to see my husband, since he also works in an office. In my non-working time in my former life, I used to train for and run marathons. Now, my schedule is all over the map, working days, evenings and weekends, and I'm usually so tired I don't feel like running. (I know it may seem silly to some, but running used to be super important to me, and I hope it still is. I had a lot invested in my identity as "Lola, the crazy runner.") I knew that evenings and weekends and overnight shifts were part and parcel of the nursing working world (not to mention holidays), but I guess I always thought it would be worth it. Worth it to be doing something that you actually enjoyed, rather than watching the clock on your grey cubicle wall every day. Now I don't know. Am I really not sure, or am I just having a hard time to the change? It sounds terrible, but almost every day, I think about returning to the office world and schedule, and chucking nursing school and a nursing career AGAIN. (And maybe teaching yoga part-time.) But I know that deep down, I would be immensely disappointed in myself to not see this through. (Plus, what would I say to all of my friends and family? "Oh, yeah, I decided not to do that, so that I could run." That just sounds stupid.) And so, I beat myself up about my struggling with all of this. I think my poor husband is tired of me crying myself to sleep. So, here's my plea--any advice for how to deal with the erratic schedule and exhaustion? I especially appreciate advice from any second-career nurses out there, who maybe went from the office world to the nursing world. How did you deal with the transition? Do you ever wish you hadn't made the move? Has anyone gone back? Thanks for reading. :) lola
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    Finding CNA Job

    PS--One place that comes to mind, too, is Sunrise Assisted Living. Google 'em, and you should find their website. A girl that used to work at my place recently took a job there.
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    Finding CNA Job

    Cari001, would you be comfortable doing Home Health, or being a PCA for a single person? Check out craigslist.com for our area. There are usually A LOT of postings. Also, consider assisted living facilities as well. I recently got a position as a resident assistant at a very small assisted living residential home; I found it on craigslist! I don't know for sure if these places are hiring, but I often see Presbyterian Homes and Golden Living on careerbuilder.com and monster.com. Good luck!
  15. Best of luck LR1297!! I know it's scary--it's taken me 6 years to get to this point of actually starting a program. The $$ thing held me back for a LONG time. But I think you might be right when you say that your fear of not following your heart might be greater than the fear of the unknown. There are days when I doubt whether or not this is the right move, days when I think about going to PTA school or massage therapy school, but then I know that I'll never forgive myself if I don't at least try. Take the leap, and we'll all be here. Good luck!! Enjoy! By the way, I *think* that quote is from the British version of "The Office." It really struck a chord with me too, as I was starting to climb a corporate ladder I really did not want to be on. That's when I realized that I would rather work in any area of nursing than be another corporate cog...
  16. andpeggy

    Ready to go MD... but actually chose nursing!

    PS--Someone's suggestion to take a year off and really think about this is a good suggestion. There's no rush. Maybe see if you can get a job as a tech or a CNA at a hospital.
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