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bhanson has 2 years experience and specializes in Cardiac.

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  1. Unfortunately that is how it works. There is very specific criteria they use to determine if parental income is figured into your expected family contribution (EFC). I am 23 and file my own taxes. I completely support myself and have not had parental financial support for a while. I am still required to list my parents' income on the FAFSA and it is figured into how much I am eligible for.
  2. bhanson

    Anatomy & Physiology (1 and 2) + Microbiology = SUMMER

    I'd just like to add that you will get as much out of A&P as you put into it. Yes, a lot of the anatomy is rote memorization and will require brute repetition for retention. Yes, you will forget most of it soon after the class finishes. However, you will remember a lot of it and nursing classes down the line will expect you to as well. While it is entirely possible for you to remediate down the line (you will, everyone has to a bit), the more you learn now the more time you will have later to focus on nursing process. Some things are more important than others. Knowing exactly how the heart works will help you understand fluids. Knowing the levatores costarum's insertion point and how it is innervated will not. Important concepts for anatomy: Major bones, muscles, regions, organs Important concepts for physiology: *Understanding* how things work. After you learn about the heart you should be able to tell me how the blood travels through it. However, if you actually understand the heart you should be able to tell me what happens if the right ventricle is having difficulty pumping.
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    Am I wasting my time going to nursing school?

    While it is much tougher to find a job these days if nursing is the only thing you can see yourself doing then there is no choice. By the way, anecdotal evidence in my local area leads me to believe good nursing candidates are still able to find jobs without too much difficulty. Yes, it will be hard for some people to find jobs just as it's hard for some people to get admitted into nursing school. Everyone I personally know (n=30~) that has graduated in the past year already have jobs or one lined up. If you do your due diligence during school I think you can increase your chances DRASTICALLY of finding a job upon graduation. Things to do: Strive for straight-As (rationale: Having good grades will enable you to list your GPA on your resume. After you get your first job the GPA means much less, but for getting your first job it will help. Hiring managers aren't stupid, the know new grads that don't list their GPAs probably do not for a reason.) Get to know your professors (rationale: Your professors have rapport with many of the nursing leaders in your community. The recommendation from one of these people goes a LONG way towards getting you a job. In fact many people will hire someone based solely on the recommendation from one of your professors.) Join your student nursing association and become a leader (rationale: As an RN you are a leader. The CNA has a problem? They come to you. The LVN has a problem? They come to you. You also manage a multidisciplinary team and they all go through you. Not only does joining a professional organization show initiative but it is the stuff that managers are looking for. Quality leadership is something that is still scarce.) Volunteer in your community (rationale: Volunteering shows that you are a real person that cares for other people. You would think going into nursing would show that, but a cursory survey of any nursing class would show otherwise. You might be the most compassionate person in the world and I commend you, but having some proof will help you land that elusive first job.) Get a job close to your desired place of employment (rationale: Most places give preference to hiring internally before they even look at external candidates. Get a job as a CNA, patient sitter, unit secretary, etc. and work your rear end off. Don't complain about anything. Be there on time with no exceptions. These qualities are not something that show up on a resume but are very important to hiring managers. Once you get your degree they are given a choice between hiring you, the dedicated hard working person, or letting you go else where.) Things NOT to do: Join the C=degree camp (rationale: Stay away from anyone that heeds this methodology. This thought process is poisonous and goes against everything you should be doing.) Think graduating and passing the NCLEX will guarantee you a job (rationale: It won't.) If you do everything in the TODO list above I think you'll find plenty of job opportunities upon graduation. I should add, every person I know that has gotten a job very soon after graduation had at least 4/5 of the above criteria. I do not think this is a coincidence.
  4. bhanson

    A&P I and II - Prerequisites

    The first part of A&P I also covers some basics. Most notably you would be missing vocabulary, chemistry, cells, and tissue. The vocabulary is simple and the Chemistry you would have already learned in a G. Chem class. Cells are covered briefly although it's nothing you wouldn't have learned if you've taken a General Biology class. You'll also be missing some basic histology which once again the significance will depend on your science background. If you're strong in science then I suppose it's doable but if didn't get As in your previous science classes I wouldn't do it. [edit] Forgot to include a tidbit about tissue, which I think would be the most difficult deficiency. They'll make reference to the types of tissue and expect you to know what they are. Connective tissue, simple squamous, what is vascular and avascular, etc.
  5. If you haven't been accepted to a program yet, why not work overtime for a year so you can afford to focus on nursing school when that time comes along?
  6. bhanson

    Pre-nursing student = no job?

    Try looking for a patient sitter position. It doesn't pay very much but it may get your foot in the door. They usually don't require any experience.
  7. Candy is hyperosmotic and will make them even more thirsty. Use ice chips instead although remember that x volume of ice chips is roughly equal to about x/2 volume of fluid.
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    suggestions please!!!

    How long is a piece of rope?
  9. bhanson

    question about stethoscopes

    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showpost.php?p=3289972 FWIW I use a Littman Classic II SE so I don't have to deal with the tunable diaphragm issues.
  10. In my area it is the clinical instructor's responsibility to arrange clinical sites. The same cohort taking the same class will have clinicals at entirely separate facilities. In fact, most of the hospitals in this town do not provide scrubs for their employees either.
  11. bhanson

    Pre-nursing student = no job?

    Managers at hospitals have a lot of red tape to cut through when hiring people. When I applied for a CNA position a while ago I didn't hear anything back for 2 months. I had completely forgotten about it until I got an e-mail out of the blue. By the way, I also applied to a heck of a lot more than 3 positions.
  12. bhanson

    Grade Inflation in Nursing School

    I don't think that analogy is accurate. I don't believe you need someone to "teach" you the vast majority of material in nursing school. Some lectures may be helpful and it really depends on the professor and the specific subject, but for the most part I think lecture is a waste of time. The volume of information we cover is so large that it becomes inefficient to deliver in lecture format. It is in a sense "low-yield" learning where as if you just use the equivalent time to self-study you can cover so much more information. Here are some quotes from students that subscribe to this: Lectures can be helpful if the professor is good, but I do not think attendance is *required* to learn the material. In most cases I think attendance is actually harmful to your education. I unapologetically skip lectures if I do not think it is to my benefit to attend.
  13. bhanson

    What to buy/read before starting nursing school!

    You're going to want to have A&P done before you start nursing school. This is for two reasons: (1) they'll expect you to already have that knowledge and (2) you'll want the extra time for the nursing material. I suggest you take A&P II this summer so you can focus on nursing classes this fall.
  14. bhanson

    Grade Inflation in Nursing School

    Carry on then.
  15. bhanson

    Grade Inflation in Nursing School

    That is an incredibly liberal reason for throwing out questions. Anything in our book is fair game. In fact, I'm not even sure how such a policy could exist in nursing school considering it is impossible to cover everything in lecture due to the volume of information.
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    Grade Inflation in Nursing School

    No, there is not any grade inflation at my school. In most of our classes 1-2% (in some classes Exams are worth 25% and contain 40 questions including alternative format. You have 50 minutes for each exam and there is no extra credit. Occasionally a question may be thrown out, but you will only get credit if you didn't already get it right the first time. Median GPA throughout the program is most definitely a 2.0.