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  1. dcgrrl

    What did you struggle with most in nursing school?

    Great idea on getting a jumpstart on preparing for your RN program. Definitely review your AP stuff. I did and I think that made a difference. Some folks have already posted this stuff but here is what I am reviewing before school starts back: Memorizing the mechanism of action of the major drug classes (vasodilators, alpha and beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, CCBs, etc.) Don't fall behind on this. Otherwise it will be DRUG INFO OVERLOAD I tell you. Fluid electrolytes imbalances (know the normal ranges for your basic lab values, hematocrit, BUN, Creatine, K, NA, CA, etc.). Nursing drug calculations (I actually got a really good understanding once I was able to apply it in my clinical setting (it made more sense to me, guess). Manual B/P (those darn Kortokoff sounds!!!). PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE---that's what has been getting me through some of the concepts that have been harder for me to grasp. Good luck to ya!
  2. Someone else may have posted this but; you may be struggling with critical thinking skills. It's not something you learn over night. It takes practice. I use Test Success By Nugent to help prepare me for the first yr in nursing school. It's an awesome resource: Amazon.com: Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (9780803618947): Patricia M. Nugent, Barbara A. Vitale: Books It helps you start thinking like a nurse. You'll get a better understanding of HOW to read questions, HOW to analyze the information in the question, and tons of practice questions relating to fundamental nursing skills. It also has a section that helps you analyze your test performance. You are studying but still getting certain answers wrong ...but why?? It is because you don't know the information? Is it because you can't recognize the distractors? This books will help you identify why you missed the right answer. Then, hopefully, you'll see a trend as to why you are getting the answers wrong. Also, what is the best way for you to learn? I need to write things out in charts and outlines. I also need to see animations of things if they are available. Check this site out if you don't know what type of learning you style you have: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire Good Luck!
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    I don't want to regret staying in Nursing....LPN-RN

    My best friend is an OT and she LOVES it. We live in the MD/DC/VA area and there is a always a need for OTs. For this reason, she is able to negotiate her own schedule most of the time. She has a very flexible schedule and works primarily in assistive technology and early intervention. She rotates from working in schools, clinical settings, and home health. She has regular work hours (who does OT at 10pm or 12pm) and works on weekends and holidays when she WANTS to. Plus the pay is NICE. :) I agree with the above posters...follow your heart...whether it leads you to PT, OT or RN.
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    Howard CC Evening/Weekend Fall 2010

    As far completing your prereqs, the amount of time it takes for you to complete the prereqs depends on the # of prereqs you have. HCC will have to evaluate your transcripts. After that is done,you will have a better idea as to how many classes/credits they are accepting and what you need to complete. I hope I worded that right....
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    Howard CC Evening/Weekend Fall 2010

    Hi Nomadinusa: Here is the info you need to get started for the traditional RN program: http://www.howardcc.edu/admissions/apply/alliedhealth/rn.html Be sure to attend one of their information sessions. They are offering two in September. Good Luck!
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    Could employers judge people by their names?

    If you want to read more on the subject of whether or not a person's name may have an economic impact on their socioeconomic status, you might be interested in reading Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Levitt and Dubner. The Slate website does a pretty good job of summing up this section of the book: http://www.slate.com/id/2116449 It's an interesting read and very thought provoking. Here's an excerpt from Slate's website: The data show that, on average, a person with a distinctively black name—whether it is a woman named Imani or a man named DeShawn—does have a worse life outcome than a woman named Molly or a man named Jake. But it isn't the fault of his or her name. If two black boys, Jake Williams and DeShawn Williams, are born in the same neighborhood and into the same familial and economic circumstances, they would likely have similar life outcomes. But the kind of parents who name their son Jake don't tend to live in the same neighborhoods or share economic circumstances with the kind of parents who name their son DeShawn. And that's why, on average, a boy named Jake will tend to earn more money and get more education than a boy named DeShawn. DeShawn's name is an indicator—but not a cause—of his life path.
  7. dcgrrl

    Well, No Nursing for Me

    I can tell (by reading your other posts) that you really have been mulling over this decision. I know you must feel a since of relief that you have been able to make up your mind. Best of luck to you in radiology school.
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    Question about Howard Community College program

    I would definitely speak to an advisor in the nursing program. They would be able to give you accurate and straightforward information. I'm pretty sure you've seen this but just in case you haven't, these are the minimum RN program entrance requirements from HCC's website: http://www.howardcc.edu/admissions/docs/allied_health/NursingProgReqs.pdf
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    I want to leave nursing....now what do I do?!

    Have you visited http://www.discovernursing.com/? Under their section called "Profiles in Nursing" they highlight an array of careers in the nursing field that are not necessarily related to bedside nursing.
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    Thinking about a career in nursing

    If you are trying to begin your nursing career sooner rather than later you should consider an ADN program. These programs can be a more economical way of getting your degree if you live in state. Of course everyone's situatuion is different. Most community colleges have articulation agreements with state schools that have BSN programs so that you can further your education and obtain your BSN. I'm not sure where you live but MD and VA both have community colleges that offer ADN programs. I'm not sure about UDC. Start with researching area schools to learn what there requirements are for their RN programs and go from there.
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    Howard CC Evening/Weekend Fall 2010

    I thought I missed the uniform fitting so I went ahead and ordered my uniforms online about two weeks ago. My stuff is on backorder and I won't be getting it until some time next week. I got a little worried when I didn't hear anything since they stated the deadline to place uniform orders for Fall 2010 was July 5th. Did you get the letter they said they would sending out to us by the 1st of July? I called last Thursday and they stated they hadn't sent anything out yet.
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    I need a job! Help me please!

    LOL!!!! That's what I get for not paying attention! But I'm totally glad you've been offered a position.
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    Holy cross hospital, silver springs md/ any info?

    Check under the thread "Maryland Hospital Starting Salaries". It has salary info on Holy Cross.
  14. dcgrrl

    I need a job! Help me please!

    Iridius, I'm sorry to hear that you haven't found a job yet. Here's a position at the Kennedy Krieger Institute that might be of interest to you. It says that new graduates are welcome to apply! https://jobs-kennedykrieger.icims.com/jobs/6816/job
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    Pre-Nursing Nurse Camp!!!!!

    PatMac10, I surely wish they had more programs like that around so that we pre-nursing students could really explore whether or not nursing is the right career for us. It sounds to me that the S.C.R.U.B.S. program only increased your enthusiasm and interest in the nursing profession BTW--what does S.C.R.U.B.S. stand for?