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Muttlover has 1 years experience.

Happily married for 21 years and the mother of 2 beautiful boys. Have wanted to be a nurse since the age of 14.

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    You Don't Just Stop Being A Nurse

    DolceBellaluna, thank you for posting this. I am in a similar situation....although not identical. Having graduated over a year and a half ago with the much cursed ADN, there isn't a hospital around where I live that will even give consideration to an ADN. I'm venting a little and am emotionally exhaused. I, like so many others, went to nursing school in my mid forties. I have two young sons, husband, home, etc. I graduated cum laude. Nursing always has been in my heart and I still feel lucky enough to have realized my dream of becoming an RN. This past year, I have done a lot of school nursing as a substitute. I really enjoy it, and it isn't the cushy job so many people wisecrack about. It is by no means ER, ICU, etc. But when there is an emergency, it's ME. Not a resident, another nurse, respiratory, etc. To get to the point, I found out late last night that I did not land the 2nd permanent position I have interviewed for. I am so tired of interviewing, getting hyped up about a potential position and then let down. In regards to getting my bachelor's degree, we have been on one salary since I've been in nursing school. I really do not have the resources to start my BS right now. So, I have an RN license that apparently is virtually useless. I have to state this and get it off my chest. How does the current hospital environment negate a woman/man in mid-life that went for and worked so hard for their RN? For years and years, hospitals have been staffed with ADN nurses. Suddenly, we are useless and out-dated? I mean no disrespect to anyone age group or those holding BSNs, but I do know what's its like to suffer a loss, care for a sick child, be a member of a community. The "REAL" stuff life is made of. Why does that get discounted in the eyes of the current hiring environment? Hospitals are so focused on magnet status....that's all it really is, a status. Of course, higher education is valuable and necessary. But when did it become the norm to discount the value of true life experience. Isn't that necessary to care for our patient's? I feel so kicked to the side and useless. I am not a complainer, a quitter or one to feel sorry for myself. I want to help people, care for them and contribute. I just never thought no one would want me to do that. Thanks for allowing me to vent and for sharing your feelings. I'll hang onto your story and words for the reason to keep trying. Best of luck to you!
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    I got accepted to nassau community college!

    Natingale, Many thanks for your calm and no nonsense factual replies all the time! I won't hesitate to contact you for your much appreciated help - although I can't be sure I'll be calm, and I know I probably won't be factual!:) Enjoy your weekend, Dibbs
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    I got accepted to nassau community college!

    Natingale, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I can't believe you posted your congrats to me - earlier today, I was thinking of how I owed YOU a note of thanks for all of your past encouragement. I had heard a lot of negatives from sooo many people about how "impossible" it is to get into NCC, but you have been really encouraging and supportive. I'm flying high - but of course, the nerves are getting a little rattled. But - I'm ready for the challenge and I'm so honored to be able to take it. Hopefully, I'll get to say "hi and thanks" to you on campass. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day! Dibbs
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    I got accepted to nassau community college!

    Karenanda, Congrats to you as well. I've heard that the interview process isn't a big deal, but don't quote me on that:) I should be able to get more info from some of the people I work with that have gone thru it, and I'll pass it along. I'm excited and nervous as well, but ready to get started. Congrats again!!
  5. Hi all, Today I got my acceptance letter for NCC's nursing program. I'm sooo happy, excited and, of course, a little nervous, but I've waited 1/2 lifetime for this opportunity. Thanks to everyone that gave me encouragement and support along the way at allnurses. Good luck and best wishes to all those that will apply or that are waiting to hear. Happy Holidays!:redpinkhe:yeah:
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    NCC Spring '10 Letters

    No, this isn't fun at all. I keep promising myself that I'll sit down before I open the envelope when it (EVENTUALLY!!!???) arrives. No matter what the news is, I'm sure it's best if I'm sitting down. :)
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    Nassau Community College

    Karenanda, Congrats with your knock-out GPA! They didn't give specifics at the meeting as to what classes needed to be done prior to acceptance except of course for the obvious ones (math, eng, A&P1, etc). I don't know what you would call them, but I think of them as the basic pre-reqs. But, they did say that the more courses you had already taken, the better your chances of acceptance, and the highest GPAs with the most courses taken I guess "win":) Sounds to me like you are doing more than o.k. GOOD LUCK!
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    Nassau Community College

    Hi Suzi4, Thanks for joining to chat with me! Waiting and applying is such a tough process and its nicer to have people to talk with that are going thru the same nerve wracking experience! You have a terrific GPA as well, and I wish you lots of luck getting in! There seems to be rumors abound at NCC about what GPA gets you in, but in the end, it's not up to us candidates! It's between the mailman and the NCC administration:) I don't like to come off sounding like a know-it-all, but I did attend the Nursing session given by the Nursing Dept chair and it was stated that the more pre-reqs done, the greater the chances of admission. Granted of course, that the GPA is competitive. Honestly, it's not hard to have a 3.8/4.0 with only 4 classes done. Nonetheless, I wish all of us with nursing in our hearts equal chances of getting in! Good luck to you and I'm glad you joined - I like to chat!:)
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    NCC Spring '10 Letters

    Karenanda, Thanks for your reply and info. Good luck to you - hope to see us both in the Spring 2010 program!:)
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    NCC Spring '10 Letters

    Hi, Has anyone heard from Nassau Community College for the Spring 2010 program yet? I think I'm asking a week or two too early...but, I'd be interested in any feedback, rumors, etc. as to when he letters go out:) Thanks!
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    More CNA woes.

    Johnsboo, Wow! You said it all! THANKS!
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    More CNA woes.

    Hi, As a new CNA (but also a nursing student), I am floored by the attitude of the CNA's where I work. My impression has always been that the CNA's are there for patient care AND to ASSIST the RN's. It seems like the RN's tip toe around the CNA's(?). I don't know - but in school I've been taught a little something called "chain of command". Sure, there are some RN's -- less than a handful -- that delegate too much to CNA's. The other 99 1\2% are very busy with meds, doctors, charting,etc. Why should they have to take vitals? If a CNA doesn't consider that part of their job, maybe I should re-read my text and ask more questions in class?! I'm speaking for myself - not all CNA's. For now, I work hard and appreciate all that the nurses do. Hopefully, in the very near future I'll go from CNA to RN.
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    I'm 39 and want to become a nurse.

    Go for it! I'm 46 (female, though) and went back to school to start pre-reqs when my youngest son started kindergarten. Prior to my children, I worked in NYC for many years as an "executive assistant" and also at one point a "legal secretary". Got to commute, dress up uncomfortably, and put on a "corporate face" which ALWAYS went against who I am. I always felt like I was being someone I wasn't. I have been so fortunate to be able to have this second chance. Nursing school/college was never an option when I was younger - I came from a large family and college was for "boys" -- UGH!! Enough of my baggage, but go for it! My sister put herself thru undergrad/and law school at night while working full time. I'm worried that she never seems truly happy and/or satisfied with her career. Currently, I'm working as a nursing assistant in a wonderful hospital while waiting to get accepted to nursing school. Yes, there is a lot of "butt wiping", but I'd rather wipe the butt of someone in need, than kiss the butt of someone rather wealthy and uppity! I'm glad I listened to my heart -- I finally feel like I'm home.
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    Nassau Community College?

    Natingale, thanks for the quick response, I pm'd you.
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    Nassau Community College?

    Hi, Has anyone been accepted to Nassau Community College's nursing program with a 3.75 (or maybe less)? I plan on applying in October for January's class. I always hear "4.0" as the number that gets in. I know it depends on the application pool each time, but I'd like to hear from "real" people out there. Many thanks.
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    Nassau Community College

    oldcatlady, Thanks for your kind words. It is awesome to be able to do this. I'm not sure if I would use the word "awesome" my first day at NCC, when I was 42 sitting in Sociology surrounded by 18 years olds that thought I was either the teacher or somone's mother making sure they showed up at class! It's been a great trip, though, and I'm very thankful to my husband and boys for their love and support thru all of this. Thanks for all of the back-and-forth notes, too. I'm so happy you got into Farmingdale. I'm keeping my fingers, toes and eyelids crossed that you get into NCC as well. Good for you, doing what you want now .....believe me, it's the way to go!
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