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    A&P 1 lab help

    I think you are talking about the focal length? If so, the focal length is the distance b/w the slide and the objective lens. For example, when viewing at 40X (using an objective lens of 4x and an ocular magnification of 10x) your focal length is 46mm. But when you increase the magnification to 1000x (using an objective lens of 100x and an ocular magnification of 10x) it is only 1.8mm. Note that the 100x objective is much longer than the scanning objective of 4x.
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    Formula to Calculate the Number of Valence Electrons

    The valence layer is the outermost layer/shell of electrons. The first layer can hold only two electrons; in order for there to be another layer, this first layer must be filled. The second and third layers can each hold eight electrons. Again, in order for there to be a third layer, the second must be filled. However "full" the valence layer is helps to determine the reactivity of an atoms (stable vs. unstable). For example, Lithium has a only one electron in its second energy level, meaning that it is unfilled (remember that it's capable of holding eight), so it is very stable. In contrast, Neon has a full valence layer or shell---it has all eight electron spots filled, so it's not very reactive. I hope this helps somewhat.
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    Becoming a nurse for the money...

    Money is not everything. Like others have said, cost of living, quality of life, etc. all come into play when choosing a career. I don't understand all the negative talk about 'never expecting any respect, blah, blah, blah..." If these people are in nursing school, I don't understand why. It certainly doesn't sound like they want to become nurses.
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    Becoming a nurse for the money...

    I guess it's all relative. I personally do not think that the average RN salary is great money. I made much more in my prior career, but I didn't have a passion for what I did. That's what's brought me to this field. Thankfully, I am not motivated by money. As long as I have enough to live somewhat comfortably, that is all I need. I just want to like my job most days of the week!
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    Vent - Uniforms!!

    Oh, you cracked me up! I'm literally laughing out loud about to wake my children while reading!!!
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    Do you think this was rude?

    I don't think what was said was rude, but she may have indeed been a bit rude in her delivery. I've always expected that I would have to send my own transcripts from my high school and former college to anyone who was requesting them. I've requested that they be sent to me and then I gather and send them in their little sealed envelopes myself. I guess I never thought about what would happen if I would pick them up in person (not an option for me--just saying).
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    Are you getting a ADN or going straight to BSN ?

    Wow, that is funny! It's very motivating for me to see stories similar to mine--we should definitely keep in touch throughout our journeys! :)
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    Most Affordable BSN Programs

    I see where you got that figure. I was looking at the cost of tuition/fees only--also in-state. It would be worth if for you to live somewhere a year and gain in-state status. Also, if I were you, I'd keep in mind that those 'room and board' rates that colleges list are a bit subjective. So many factors to consider when figuring those costs. If you hate humidity you may not want to look at Texas. I know it's not THE most humid place, but it's pretty bad to me. I LOVED the Arizona summers. I'll gladly take 117 in Phoenix over 97 in Texas. That's just me. Oh, and most years we do get a bit of snow here in North Texas, but it doesn't usually stick. As far as good schools in Texas, there are many, many good schools in Texas from which to get your ADN or BSN degree and our cost of living here is MUCH less expensive than most areas---that will come into play if you figure the room and board into your educational costs. You have to decide what is most important to you. Ultimately, you could live in an environment with high humidity, snow, etc. if only for a short while in order to get your degree. That's the stinky part sometimes---the sacrifices you have to make, know what I mean? Good luck to you!!!!
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    Are you getting a ADN or going straight to BSN ?

    ADN here. I earned my previous Bachelor's degree back in '97. It did fulfill quite a bit of the pre-req requirements for the ADN program at my school. Here's my reasons why I chose the ADN over the BSN/Accelerated BSN: 1: I'll be out in the workplace much sooner--earning $. In my area at least, pay does not differ between ADN and BSN graduate nurses. 2: Most hospitals will help you pay/pay completely for the ADN to BSN bridge (at least in my area). Why not let someone else pay/help pay for part of my education? Sounds good to me. 3: Financially, it made more sense to me. I do not qualify for any financial aid, so I'm cash pay. $9K for the ADN is a bargain. 4: The school which I have chosen has the best NCLEX pass rates and retention rates out of any school in my area, even including the BSN programs. I also like that the ADN programs are usually a bit smaller than BSN programs so more one-on-one. 5. I'm a Mommy first, student/nurse second. It's important that I am around as much as possible for my little ones while they are still little (2 and a 4 year old). Long term, I want to become a Nurse Anesthetist. I will have to see if they will accept my Bachelor's as is (some schools don't require a BSN per se, but an applicable Bachelor of Science--which I have--may suffice). I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. I also want to wait until my kiddos are a bit older, since that is one tough degree to earn. One day at a time....
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    Most Affordable BSN Programs

    Just curious if you heard that or if you looked into it? Their website says $168/hr for undergrad in state and that wouldn't be $20k a year--maybe it's an option for you? I grew up 13 years of my life in that little city. It's not toooo bad. Oh, and about AZ, I do know what you are talking about. I lived in Phoenix for 2 years not too long ago and I do know that graduate nurses are having tougher times there. Come on over to Texas!
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    I think a lot of times people use this term because they somehow feel inferior to the person whom they believe they are insulting (although I perceive that term to not be an insult...). If someone called me an overachiever (and my friends have 'joked' a time or two that I am) I would---I have--laughed it off. I actually take it as a compliment. I'd rather be an 'overachiever' (which in my mind I equate to being tenacious) than lazy. Now that is one personality trait that I CANNOT stand.
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    Most Affordable BSN Programs

    To answer your original question, there are lots of universities where you can get a BSN for under $50k. One of the keys is in-state and looking at public institutions. At one time, I had read that THE least expensive program in the nation was Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Don't know if that is still the case? I don't know who you have been speaking with, but new grads of both ADN/ASN and BSN programs in my area are equal in pay and neither the Assoc. nor the Bach. grads seem to be having a problem finding jobs. But, location is everything. Not all parts of the country are so fortunate. I would encourage you to post on the Regional boards here on allnurses to ask some people these questions in your area. Good luck to you!!
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    Please help!! Where to work while doing pre-reqs?

    I think it really depends on where you are. New graduates of both ADN and BSN programs here seem to have absolutely no problems getting jobs. Every ADN grad I have spoken to said that they secured their position right out of school without issues. In fact, I was hospitalized myself 1.5 weeks ago after a major surgery and two of my nurses had been hired within the same month on the same unit in a highly specialized hospital (heart and vascular hospital)---one was an ADN and one was a BSN. But, I know that all areas of the country aren't as fortunate as us in that respect. Whatever you choose...good luck!
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    Please help!! Where to work while doing pre-reqs?

    I, too have a prior Bachelor's degree (but a Bachelor of Science). I decided to go the ADN route. I made this decision for a few reasons... 1: I'll be out in the workplace much sooner 2: Most hospitals will help you pay/pay completely for the ADN to BSN bridge (at least in my area) 3: Financial reasons---MUCH less expensive to do the ADN route 4: The school which I have chosen has the best NCLEX pass rates and retention rates out of any school in my area---BSN programs included--and the programs are usually a bit smaller than BSN programs so more one-on-one 5: Pay in most areas does not differ between BSN grads and ADN grads As far as working, there are several routes you can go. You could be a Patient Care Tech in a hospital, but most of those positions are for those who have completed CNA training (which, by the way, can usuallybe done in about a month and for not a whole lot of $). If you wait until you complete your first semester of clinicals, many hospitals will accept that in lieu of CNA training. Or, you could try to find a unit secretary type position in the hospital. Of course there are always other types of positions in which you wouldn't necessarily need prior medical training (think front office of a surgery center or Dr. office). HTH. Ultimately, I want to go to CRNA school. I will have to see if they will accept my Bachelor's as is (some schools don't require a BSN per se, but an applicable Bachelor's may suffice). I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. HTH!!!
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    LATERAL Violence. How Nurses treat Nurses!

    Huh? I'm sorry, but I have been pregnant with 2 babies, one weighing over 10 lbs and one at 11 lbs at birth and each 22 inches in length. Even at that size, when I was 'kicked', it didn't jar me so much as to make me forget things or lose my train of thought mid-sentence. I think this is far-fetched. I do agree with the honey vs. vinegar theory and I do believe in killing them with kindness, but to say that being pregnant warrants special treatment (aside from what is physically too demanding) is too much. Relating to the original post---I have found that a direct approach to immature behavior (such as gossip, bullying, etc.) has worked best. Any time I feel like I have been spoken to in an inappropriate manner, for example, I keep eye contact and say something like "I'm sorry, what?" If they repeat what they said, I continue to say "Please do not speak to me in that way." Simple, direct and polite.
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    Anyone waiting for admission Spring 2010?

    I'm applying for Spring '10, too. I don't apply until September, though.