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  1. cadyjayne

    Scared Of Poop!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!!

    I am not a nurse (yet), but for any students who are afraid of poop, I recommend this: With what little free time you have, volunteer at a veterinary clinic, or a shelter that does minor surgeries. I know it sounds strange, but after working at a clinic for a LONG time, no sort of bodily fluid (vomit, poop, pus...Not even necrotic tissue) bothers me at all. I found out recently while helping to care for an elderly relative (not a close relative, either) that poop doesn't phase me at all now! I think it's simply because animals are animals, and it's not as uncomfortable as human bodily fluids but after so long you become immune to them, and then you realize they are pretty close to the same thing - just from different vehicles. This is just a thought, and what works for me. I feel like it's a little easier than going straight in to people-poop.
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    Feeling discouraged :(

    I can totally sympathize with this. I took my algebra final today and it completely ate me for breakfast. I am hopefully going to retake it during the summer so I can apply to nursing school next fall and actually get in. I have a complete mental block with math, I can't translate the numbers to letters to numbers and it just makes no sense at all. I hope that your results come out better than you're anticipating! I'm sure they will. Good luck!
  3. cadyjayne

    Which nursing school?

    As good as that sounds, I don't know as OSU-OKC is quite an option. I have to move back home for this next semester (health problems/surgery) and am losing all my financial aid to OSU. I believe financial aid is transferable from one campus to another but tuition rates are about equal with here in Stillwater and I just could not afford that without getting tons of lons...Thanks so much for the recommendation, though.
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    Which nursing school?

    I am currently attending OSU in Stillwater and desperately want to change my major to nursing. I came here for financial reasons and the scholarships are just not worth me not getting to be a nurse! I would prefer to go to school in Tulsa or OKC, and as I am not sure whether or not I want to pursue post-undergrad education, I am comfortable attending either an associate's or bachelor's program. I am very worried about getting in to programs here (my science GPA is about a 3.2 and my overall is about a 3.0 - I should have this even higher after next semester as this semester was plagued by health problems) as all I seem to hear about is how hard it is to get into nursing school. Does anyone have any recommendations for which schools to apply to? After next semester I should have most of my associate's prerequisites and can start applying to AS progams then. Thanks!
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    Osu Okc Acceptance!!

    So OSU-OKC starts new programs in Fall and Spring? When is the deadline for applying to the Spring semester? I'm just very curious as I was looking into the program and would really like to go to nursing school somewhere in Tulsa or OKC.
  6. cadyjayne

    Rules for the ER (long)

    Wow. Sorry...I didn't mean to push buttons. I know ER nurses are under a lot of stress and have a lot of patients to deal with. I grew up with an ER nurse and spent a lot of my earlier years there. I realize that this was the wrong place to air my greivances, but I guess in a roundabout way I was simply trying to make a point that some patients that don't get attention at all maybe shouldn't be ignored. I also realize (as I stated) that the situation was not at all due to ER nurses simply by association, but by that hospital in general, which I never should have gone to in the first place. The whole reason I ended up here is because I was curious about ER nursing, and I guess I kinda bit myself in the butt with that one. The situation was not explained properly and the biggest bother to me is that the partial blindness was a VERY new condition, so was the severity of the headache (migraine or not, we don't know) and I was very obviously dehydrated to the point of fainting and nothing was done about it, whether putting food in my belly or anything else. I'm sorry, but partial blindness in a college-age female out of nowhere is nothing to shrug off, from what I understand. Since no doctors have ever determined the cause of my headaches (which have only gotten worse, along with the blindness), they tell me when they get "that bad" to just go to the emergency room. Again, I apologize. It was inappropriate. However, I am curious - would any of you see a young patient coming in suddenly blind in one eye as something that should be paid attention to? I know it isn't immediately life-threatening, but yeah.
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    Rules for the ER (long)

    I am completely aware that there are people that are in much more pain than I am, and are much sicker than me. But when I come in at 5 in the morning with migraines, partial blindness, and excessive vomiting, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring a bedpan before you make me sit in there until 9 in the morning. Don't make me try to flag you down without opening my mouth (to avoid YOU having to clean up) just to have a place to puke. Please. Also, if I've been vomiting for 5 hours straight, offer me a drink or SOMETHING. So that way, when I just give up and leave after hours of excruciating pain with no relief, I don't collapse from dehydration. I'm just pretty sure my hospital is completely understaffed. But yeah... I'm still bitter about that one. So much so, that every time that happens now, I refuse to even go to the ER.
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    will i be smart enough for nursing school????

    I worry (worried) about this, as well. ALOT. When I first moved to a four-year university (for a dietetics program), the stress caused me to become...Well, depressed. I trucked through the first semester and managed to get through with a 3.0 (decent for someone who could barely get out of bed.) When I decided to transfer to a different college to finish my pre-reqs for an ASN, I was really worried that I wasn't "smart enough" since I suddenly had to work so hard for so little results. After a while, I realized that most of the depression and lack of motivation came from the fact that I knew that I was in the wrong place. I wanted to go to school for as short amount of time as possible (some of us weren't meant for college - bad to say these days, I know!) but still have a job that I could love. As of now, as I go into another semester of pre-reqs, I am worried, but not as much. I know that nursing is where I need to be from the joy I get from helping others and the interest I have in the field and all that comes with it. I am positive that nursing school will be a challenge, a BIG one, but I am lucky to be young with few responsibilities and a solid view of where I want to go from here. All of that said, I truly don't believe that it is an issue of being "smart" enough. It will take intelligence, but I feel most of all it will take tenacity. I think when you begin nursing school things (this is how I feel about myself, anyways) will click and you will become more confident. For people with anxiety, often confidence is something that comes after the fact. When you get in there, if you really know that is what you want to do, and you start doing well, you will quickly believe that you are smart enough.
  9. cadyjayne

    LPN or RN?

    I am currently attending a four-year university on a 6-year degree path (dietetics.) I cannot afford to complete my degree here, nor do I have the desire to do six years on school with nothing but a big pile of student loans at the end of the tunnel. I am tentatively planning to attend an Associates in Nursing program here in the same town (I have an amazing living situation - VERY low rent in a nice, safe neighborhood in a great house) rather than moving home. I realize moving home and living for free would be the best idea financially, but I have chosen not to do this because of a rocky relationship with my parents. Assuming I get into this program for the Fall 2009 semester (which is looking more and more unlikely, my biology grade this semester was lacking due to an illness that I am having surgery for next month.) I will end up with about 20k in student loans - around half (or more) of the expected starting salary for an RN, from what I understand. I spoke directly to the director of the nursing program at this school and she advised me to enlose a cover letter explaining my situation and that I could be considered outside of my less than great (78 average) biology scores. My other option is to attend a LPN program here, which should take about a year and cost $6000. I am unsure as to whether I can get student loans for this program but am sure I could work something out. My problem is, if I don't get into the next semester's program, I will have to wait a year before the other one. If that happens, I will probably go half-time and get my GPA and grades up to where I will FOR SURE get into Fall 2010 program. Should I take a chance on the nursing program and just pray I get in or should I go straight into my LPN and work my way towards my RN? Money is the biggest concerning factor at the moment, but I would also really, really like to stay in the same town.