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  1. Yes, I felt that way at one point. However, the passion and desire to become a nurse was more powerful than my fear of not becoming a nurse. Find that passion and let it be the fuel. Say you don't get accepted on the first attempt.. then try again! And again! Yes, schools are competitive but you know what? There are people just like you getting accepted all the time. Just do what you need to do to to get in and keep trying!! Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Passed Med-Surg I!!

    Thank you, very much! Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Passed Med-Surg I!!

    We covered 60+ chapters in ten weeks. Med-Surg I is known as the course that weeds out the weak in the school I attend. In spite of coming down with double pink eye, impetigo, and an URI all at once along while having a husband and three kids at home to take care of, I am proud to say I survived. And with great reviews from my instructors! My perseverance, strength, and stamina were tested greatly this quarter and I am so happy that my sacrifices paid off. Whew. Talk about stress. Ready for a break and ready to move forward! Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Is this cheating?

    Yes, it is cheating. And at my school my instructors have said that if we know of any cheating going on that it is our moral responsibility to let them (the instructors) know of the cheating. They compared it to witnessing dishonest behavior while working.. would you want somebody who cheated during nursing school to be your nurse? Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
  5. I am a new nursing student and I feel so nervous, scared, and overwhelmed! Will it always be this way? Need some encouragement please! Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Just need a little motivaton

    You are doing great! For some, it takes 20+ years for them to make the decision that you are making. And that is completely fine! You will meet lots of people in the same situation you are in and lots of people who are in completely different situations. They are all making it work and you will, too! Good luck, stay strong and focused, and don't let go of your dream. You will thank yourself later and so will your little one. Life is an amazing thing and this is only the beginning! Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Just need a little motivaton

    Hi there, I can relate to your post. I was 27 years old, married for seven years, and had a four year old and a one year old at home when I decided to go to school for nursing. I had never attended college before and was told by my high school advisor that I "wasn't college material". I was very nervous about attending school and heard from so many that nursing school was exceptionally difficult, many doubted my abilities to succeed. My mom watched my kids for me while I went to class. I went part-time while doing my pre-req's and it took me over two years to complete them. During my last term of pre-req's I found out that I had mono and that I actually had it for at least three months. I was taking A&P II, microbiology, and pathophysiology and struggled greatly to keep up. I managed to get A's in all three classes in spite of being so sick. The day before finals, my husband had told me he wanted a divorce (for reasons that had nothing to do w/school- he is an addict). I talked to my instructors and they gave me an extra day to take my exams. Since then, I got a divorce, found an amazing man, got remarried and also got accepted into nursing school with a 3.9 GPA (even though I "wasn't college material"). Both of my daughters are in school now (kindergarten & 1st grade) and I am officially a full time nursing student. My husband, my kids. and my parents are my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. Nursing school is overwhelming but their excitement and love for me and what I'm doing for not only us but to help other people feel better is what makes it possible. It took me four years to get from the very beginning to my acceptance into clinicals. I do not regret one single moment. I know that all of the trials I experienced before only prepared me that much more for what lies ahead of me. In 18 months I will be graduating! It is not easy, there will be bumps along the way. But it is not the obstacles that keep you from your dreams, how you react to those obstacles is what is going to determine your success. You can do this! Regardless of what you do, school or no school, the next four years will pass. Make this time worthwhile and get an education. You will not regret getting an education but you will regret not getting one. This is what my mom said to me when I was first starting out, taking basic math concepts and English 101. If becoming a nurse is something you really want to do, then don't let the unknown scare you! You'll figure it out with your family as it comes to you. :)
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    Just got my acceptance letter!!

    Best of luck to you!!
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    Just got my acceptance letter!!

    Thank you, everyone! I am attending Baker College of Flint. :)
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    Just got my acceptance letter!!

    Hello!!! I just received my acceptance letter in the mail for fall clinicals 2012!! I am so happy that I'm crying tears of joy! It's like the end of an era and the start of a new one.
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    I did horrible on my medical terminology test

    That's not bad, trust me. I took med term w/students who failed it. Seriously. I made tons of flash cards and used a dry-erase board to write the words over and over and over again. You're doing great! Don't worry!
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    Please explain Baker College to me

    Looking at emails and SPEAKING TO INSTRUCTORS is not the criteria for admissions. It is to help prepare the student for the work place. Attending class in your slippers is unprofessional. Sitting back and not participating in class does not help you in the real world when your on a medical "team." Working in the medical field is a serious profession and school should be no exception. When I first started attending Baker I called several hospitals in the Detroit area and the Flint area. I asked to speak with the nurse recruiter at each hospital. I then asked them how they felt about Baker College nurse graduates and if they felt that Baker graduates were properly prepared. Every single one of them, including Detroit Children's Hospital, Hurley Medical Center, & Genesys Regional Health all assured me that they have many nurses from Baker College and they felt that the nursing program at Baker was fine program. Yes, it is more expensive. However, when I started in the fall of 2009, Mott Community College (which is the only community college in my area) had a 3.5 year waiting list. Plus I had to take several classes there before I could be put on the waiting list would have made it four years before getting into clinicals. The wait at Baker? Three months. Can we say "saving time"??
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    Please explain Baker College to me

    I may be a little late with this but as someone who is finishing up pre-req's at Baker, I feel I have a little insight. It's not the school that is bad, it is the students!! The Baker College student mentality drives me insane! First of all, before I enrolled into the program I was told that I basically needed to get all A's. Yes, the minimum is a B- however, there are tons of students with higher grades who will be accepted first... they are your competition. Secondly, the student mentality.... SO MANY of my classmates think that just memorizing the power point slides will ensure you a good grade. For some of the instructors, this is true. For others, I have to listen to students gripe and moan about how the quizzes were not identical to the power points. The power points ARE A STUDY GUIDE!!! If there is a physiological process noted in the power point, you need to know the WHOLE process, not just the key points that are listed there. This drives me crazy!! Are these people here to learn or do they just want an easy way to find a job that seems like a "sure thing"? I'm not saying that all the students here are like this. I have several classmates who work very hard and put 100% into their studies. But the ones that don't are sooo noisy! Withdrawing, retaking, dropping classes is HORRIBLE and you mine-as-well kiss your nursing career @ Baker goodbye. The program here is strict and unforgiving. You have NO room for error. Get a good grade the first time, don't be absent a lot, participate in class, dress professionally, and keep your emails to your instructor short and sweet(they are forwarded to the Dean of Nursing... I was very upset when I learned about this from one of my instructors-- what an invasion of privacy!). All of these factors come into play and make a huge difference when being accepted. If the school has two or three people for the last open spot for clinicals, they will go to the instructors you had and find out what kind of student you were... this may just be the deciding factor on wether or not you get accepted into clinicals. I believe I have a shot at getting in for fall 2009. I have a 4.0 and plan on doing well for the entrance exam. I have heard, although I've only heard it through the grapevine so I don't know how true it is, that the competing GPA for winter 2009 @ the Flint campus was 3.5. I hope so, for my sake, but I'm not letting that affect my personal goal of keeping my 4.0. I like Baker College. Just know what you are getting into. Everything counts, your classes, your instructors(picking an instructor who is known for an easy A will not help you. The health science instructors all mingle and the ones choosing your acceptance are aware of the easy instructors and the more challenging ones. You're much better off to choose a difficult instructor than an easy one), the number of transfer credits you have(the higher the number the more points you will lose), the amount of times you take a class, your attendance, your dress, your attitude. Best of luck to you. If you're up for it, it's worth it. If it sound too rigorous then community college may be the way to go. Oh yeah, I was worried about the student loans too... but you're allowed like $53,000 in loans, unsubsidized of coarse. That's the maximum given out for government loans (like Sally Mae).
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    Med Term

    I used a dry-erase board to write the words over and over and over. It's boring but it works!!
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    Time Management Tips, PLEASE!!

    Thank you! I am doing some everyday but your suggestion of viewing the chapter first and breaking that apart is very helpful. I think if I set a goal of what to study for each subject everyday and then give myself a day of review before the tests, I will keep more of my sanity! I know nursing school will be much harder. I'll be taking five classes at a time, every semester. That is why I really want to figure out some better time management skills now to at least help myself out a little when the time comes (which will hopefully be next fall!!) Thanks again for the great tip!!
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    Time Management Tips, PLEASE!!

    Hi Everyone, I'm currently taking A&PII and micro. My A&P lecture and lab and micro lecture are all on the same day. So that means I have three quizzes in one day, every week. I don't know what I was thinking when I signed up for this! I have two small children, ages 2 and 4. How can I manage my time?!?! Anyone with some good tips? I never feel like I am completely prepared for all three quizzes and I'm getting really burnt out. Any and all tips would be so appreciated!