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    University of Michigan (UofM) Accelerated program

    Our orientation last year was in mid May. It's only 1 day and I think about 4 hours long. I know we were only there about a half of a day. They'll give you a bunch of info about the program and you'll register for classes as well. It's really low key.
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    University of Michigan (UofM) Accelerated program

    I'm currently in the program and like the others said, there was a wide range of when people got their acceptance. Some got waitlisted or accepted in December, others not until August and everything in between. I'd tell you to be patient, but I was in your shoes not too long ago and know that I was anything but patient. Don't lose hope, though, because trust me, people were still getting acceptance letters within weeks of classes starting. I know it's frustrating, but be prepared for anything and have Plan B in your back pocket. Good luck all!
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    Letters of support for dismissal from RN program

    This is what a letter of recommendation is. I had them written for me when I applied to my program. Whether they're referring to why you should be admitted initially or readmitted after dismissal, the purpose is the same. Again, family and friends aren't the best option because they can't give impartial "support." Can you clarify with the person that told you to get letters of support to find out what exactly they need in these letters? Also, trying googling letters of recommendation and letters of support and see what comes up. Read through a few of them to get ideas. The name of the type of letter is irrelevant, it's the content I'm assuming you're looking for. Keep in mind though, all this will not matter if you were dismissed for negligence at clinical or failing grades.
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    Letters of support for dismissal from RN program

    Are you talking about letters of recommendation? If so, don't get them from family and friends. Of course your mom will have nothing but good things to say about you. Letters of recommendation should be from people that are impartial and that have seen your motivation and hard work first hand. Good people to get these from are current or former employers/supervisors or professors. You can google letters of recommendation for examples. In my experience, the professors and supervisors I've asked knew exactly how to write one since they do it often. Now, whether these letters will help you...well, it depends on the reason for your dismissal from the program.
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    Awkward situation

    Act professionally in clinical and in the classroom. Let her dig her own grave as it sounds like she's fast on her way if she not only cheated, but blabbed about it to a classmate. Besides, do you really want to be associated with a cheater? I'd get as far away from her as possible.
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    Need help dealing with the emotional aspect of nursing

    Thanks for the comments. I'm feeling much better than I was last night. I realized that I really was grieving. Instead of thinking how sad it is, I'm focusing on how I got to know her as a patient before the cancer changed her and that my life is a little better because she made me smile for the afternoon that I cared for her.
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    Summer before Nursing!

    Don't waste your time reviewing A&P or reading ahead. Your reading schedule might change and most of the readings for the first semester involve some level of A&P review. Relax, lay by the pool (with sunblock, of course), drink frozen fruity concoctions, and see all your friends/family as much as you can. Trust me, if you don't, you will wish you had. I have friends I haven't seen since my ABSN program began in August!
  8. About a month ago, I was caring for a fun, bright 7 year old little girl with brain cancer during my pediatric rotation. It was kind of slow that day, so I spent the afternoon in her room playing games with her. I felt like we really connected and I fell in love with her. I knew she was really sick, but she didn't act like it. She was so happy and spunky. Well, this semester, I'm on a pediatric oncology unit and she was there yesterday. The cancer has completely taken over her. She can't talk, can hardly make eye contact, can't move her body with the exception of lifting her hands, and she's having seizures. Her mother finally agreed to hospice care, because there is nothing more that can be done. The cancer is inoperable and the chemo isn't working. After I found out she was on the floor, I paid her a visit. I talked to her for a little bit (without response). And when I left her room, I stepped into the nurse's break room and lost it. I cried my eyes out. The nurses and my instructor were very nice about it, telling me that it's okay to cry. I felt a little silly, but at the same time, I wasn't crying because I had a bad day or was pms-ing. I was crying because a 7 year old child is dying. Anyway, after I got home, I cried some more. I can't stop thinking about her. I feel like I'm having a little trouble dealing with this. Not only is this my first patient that I've seen progress to this point, but it happens to be a child. I don't doubt for a second that I want to be a nurse, but this is the aspect of nursing that I didn't really think about. I knew people would die, but I guess I just didn't think it would affect me like it has. I think it would be completely different if it was an 85 year old dying from a brain tumor. At least then I'd know that they lived a full life. Has anyone gone through this with a patient? How do you deal with it? Does it get any easier?
  9. I completely understand about not wanting too many student loans, but I had to take them out in order to go back to school. The sooner I'm done, the sooner I'm making money, and the sooner I can repay my loans. Good luck with the financial stuff, I know how much of a pain it is to figure it all out!
  10. Yes, both loans are disbursed during the summer. Why did you turn down the unsubsidized loan? I think you can reapply if you need additional funding for school.
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    Considering ttc while in school - advice pls

    I'm in an accelerated BSN program now, with 6 months left until graduation and we're 3 months into TTC. If I had gotten pregnant the first month, my due date would've been 2 days after my graduation ceremony. School and career aren't the be all, end all. I'm no spring chicken and want more than 1 child, so my husband and I decided that there's no better time than the present. Regarding the NCLEX and finding a job, just keep in mind that the best laid plans, don't always work. So I say go for it!
  12. I'm halfway done a 12mo ABSN program. I say go the 12mo route. Yes, it's crazy demanding of your time and energy, but I'll also be done 3 months earlier than if I had gone with a 15mo program. That's 3 months that I'll be able to spend preparing for the NCLEX and hopefully working. My program has all the days off that traditional students have with the exception of summer break. We got a few days off in the fall for a "Fall study break", a few weeks off over Christmas, a week off for spring break and then we'll get a week off between winter and spring semesters. Oh, and holidays (obviously). The breaks that we get are just enough to allow me to recharge my batteries and then continue to trudge along. It's hard, but very do-able. And my 12-mo program has high NCLEX passing rates. It was a no-brainer for me. BUT, like the PP said, to each their own.
  13. I'm studying that right now for my exam on Tuesday! Here's my best explanation: They are very similar, but the cause of the edema is different. Glomerulonephritis is caused by immune complexes that deposit in the basement membranes of the glomeruli, which makes them edematous and infiltrated with leukocytes. This causes capillaries to occlude, basically resulting in water and sodium retention. Because interstitial fluid volumes are increased, the circulatory system becomes congested = edema. Nephrotic syndrome is caused by the glomeruli becoming permeable to albumin --> leads to proteinuria --> hypoproteinemia --> decreased oncotic pressure --> edema. Acute glomerulonephritis is a result of a streptococcal infection. It typically presents weeks after the infection has cleared, but is a direct result of the infection. Nephrotic syndrome has many causes from disease of the kidney to a condition that has affected another part of the body (like Hep B or diabetes mellitus). I hope this helps a bit! I had to write them on a card and compare them side by side. I'm sure after I regurgitate it for my exam, I'll immediately forget. Good luck!
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    How many others are in an accelerated program?

    I'm in an ABSN program. I'll be done in August and it can't come soon enough! Only 6 months left! It'll be nice to see my husband again. I think he has brown hair and I seem to recall brown eyes as well...
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    PLEASE! Help with Med-Math problem..

    I set my solution up using dimensional analysis (remember chemistry?). It doesn't make sense to everyone, but this is how it works for my brain. I hope it helps. 1. 500mg/90 min x 1 g/1000mg x 250 mL/0.5 g x 12 gtt/1 mL = 33.3 = 33 gtt/min 2. 1000 units/1 hr x 500 mL/25,000 units x 1 hr/60 mins x 60 gtt/1 mL = 20 gtt/min (It makes more sense if you write it out by hand)...