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tfleuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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  1. tfleuter

    Do you think you'll/have you put on weight in NS?

    As others have said, it's my budget that seems to determine my weight more than anything. When times are good, I can justify going out to eat with the hubby for much needed alone time away from the kids or doing drive thru for dinner when I feel too busy or lazy to cook. But when times are thin, and I have to watch where every dollar goes, meals get cooked, lunches are packed and food choices tend to be healthier, by sheer portion control if nothing else.
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    Flexible RN programs?

    As already mentioned, even if the classes are held at nights or weekends, the clinicals may not be. I am in a program right now and have two children who go to daycare while I am in class. I could probably get away with part time childcare except for that my clinical days are at least 8 hrs long, I've heard of others who go for 12 hour shifts. Perhaps it would be worth while to wait a couple of years before actually applying to a nursing program? You'll have quite a few pre-req classes that need to be completed and if you take only one a semester, you can devote as much time as you need to each one and get better grades. When your kids are a bit older (perhaps when the oldest is in kindergarten?) you'll be done with the pre-reqs and have good enough grades to have a shot at the more competitive university programs. Good luck either way! Don't get discouraged.
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    Relocating to Utah

    It evens out, cost of living in UT is generally lower than in CA and OR
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    FNP, ACNP, CRNA What is everyones opinion?

    I think you concerns are valid and wish I had some adivice or info to offer. I'm still in nursing school, but an advanced degree has always been in the picture for me and I have wondered about some of the same things as well. This may not apply to you since it sounds like you are in a masters program, but the NP route has become less palatable to me since it is being transitioned over to the DNP, but others are quite pleased that it has and are willing to invest in the extra time spent towards that degree.
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    Do you donate blood?

    I've donated blood a few times in my life. I've also done the plasma thing as well when I needed the cash, and as others have said, you can't do both. Hopefully I'm at a point in my life where I don't need to go to the plasma center so I can have gas money for the week, so my blood donations should increase in the near future :)
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    Private colleges worth the money?

    With that kind of tuition, my guess is you are looking at Utah Career College? Last I heard that was approx the amount of their nursing program, but I'm not sure about the cost for others like provo college, ameritech, steven's h, ect. Also, is that the cost for the ASN or BSN? I can't imagine spending that much just for an associates degree. Like others, I would definately recommend getting on the waitlist for SLCC and saver yourself a lot of money. That or consider that state colleges and universities. I'm at UVU right now and for the BSN I'm guessing I will be out about $15k once it's all said and done. I would think working as a CNA or PCT at one of the hospitals would be a great way to gain experience while waiting to start at SLCC. You can graduate at a later date (when hopefully the market for new grads will be better), have spent a fraction on tution cost and have a nice resume with patient care-based experience :)
  7. Definately take some time and research a variety of schools and then apply to the ones that sound the most promising for your situation. As explained, don't rely on NCLEX pass rate. If anything, I am very suspecious of schools that advertise 99 or 100% pass rates, especially if they also lack a competitive entrance process. Use allnurses to get first hand accounts from current students and make sure to ask the admissions people about both the NCLEX and retention rate. A school that's consistantly scoring barely acceptable NCLEX pass rates may be at risk for loosing their accreditation. A program that consistantly weeds out 50% of their students by the last semester is not the kind of place I would want to take a chance on when it comes to paying for an education. If an unusually large proportion of students you talk to are unhappy with their choice of nursing school, there's probably a good reason for that. Good luck and don't be discouraged! You can make this happen if it's something you really want! Good luck!
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    How many of your schools require a pharmacology class?

    I'm in a BSN program and we took pharm first semester. There's no way you can get out of nursing school and pass the nclex without pharmacology knowledge. My guess is that for schools that don't have an actual pharm class, integrate the info into other classes (ex: learn about antipsychotics in psych nursing) Can you explain what's not clicking? Is it just the difficulty of memorizing so many different drugs, or understanding how they work? Maybe some of us here can give some helpful tips...
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    UVU rn to bsn program

    As far as I know, there is no interview process and an essay is not required. You will need to send in 2 letters of reference (nursing supervisors or previous nursing instructors from your ASN degree) along with your official transcripts. There is no set number of accepted applicants each semester, since space availabe is dependent on how many students choose to exit early out of the program for the ADN instead of the BSN. With that being the case, I'm not sure how competitive it is to get in, but I do know that the decision is based on 70% gpa from your pre-reqs and associate nursing classes and 30% on your 2 reference letters. This link will provide with all the info you need to apply for the RN to BSN program, in case you haven't seen it yet: http://uvu.edu/csh/nursing/pdf/ADVANCEDENTRY_RNtoBSN.pdf Good luck!
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    UVU rn to bsn program

    I am at UVU, but only in the second semester of the BSN program. From what I can tell from the website, you will need to complete a total of 40 upper division general education credits for the bach degree. 30 of these credits will be taken care by your nursing classes, so you only need to satisfy 10 more. These classes must be 3000 level or above. Patho, which is required as a co-req will take care of 4 of the credits. The 2 nursing elective classes you must take will also take care of 4 credits, so that leaves 2 credits left that you must complete. I think you can simply take another nursing elective class for 2 credits, they usually offer 2 nursing elective courses each semester and 1 during each summer block. Otherwise, you'll have to sign up for another 3000 or above class. Not sure if this helps, but good luck!
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    Attrition rate

    For those who are in programs with 50%+ attrition rates, would they care to share any info on the schools themselves? Such as requirements for acceptance, how competitive it is, community college vs. university vs. for-profit private school, ect....I would think that there may be some trend out there that might futher explain why this is such a big problem in some programs and not others. I think attrition rate is just as important as the NCLEX pass rate and am not sure why BONs would not pay more attention to that when evaluating the nursing programs in their state.
  12. I am in a program currently where I can graduate with my ADN in May 2011, or wait till May 2012 and graduate with my BSN. Ideally, i've planned from the beginning to stay in through the BSN, and with current employment conditions, it seems like the only reasonable option at this point. While I don't think our economy or healthcare will be "fixed" or back to normal by 2012, I do believe it will be improved, or at least general employment that is. Do I think that I will be graduating with sevaral recruiters actively seeking my employment once I've passed the NCLEX? Probably not, but I do think (hope?) that the local climate will have improved somewhat and I won't have as hard a time finding employment as the current new grads are having
  13. I would focus more on becoming familar with your textbooks; how they are organized, ect. The only problem with reading the actual chapters is you don't know where your instructor will start. Most of my instructors skipped around in the textbooks, rarely ever starting with chapter 1 and progressing chronologically. I have found that getting a feel for how each section is broken down into sub-units is extremely beneficial, as opposed to jumping straight in and reading from page 1.
  14. I apologize in advance for this not being nursing related, but I have been unable to find much in the way of DH message boards and realize that some nurses started out as hygienists, or have friends and family in that field... I have a family member who lives in Ohio and is considering a career change into the dental hygienist field. I was curious to see what the demand is right now for her area, but only came across one website for hygienists to post and what I read was very discouraging. It seems most agreed that the market was over saturated and that many (new and experienced) DH's were having a hard time finding a job. For anyone out there who has any connection to this field, does this seem to be the case in Ohio? I don't want to discourage my relative from pursuing this career, but would like to give her the heads up if she will have a difficult time finding employment after graduation. She is also considering working as a dental assistant first to get a feel for profession, but with the local school charging over $5000 for a 12 week certification course, that seems like an expensive investiment. Is it worth working as a dental assistant first? Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide some insight! I realize this may be a shot in the dark being as this is a nursing forum and especially narrowing it down to the Ohio area, but I am hoping to find some info relative to where she lives.
  15. I don't think it's a no brainer. There's a lot to consider here. I'm assuming you are looking for work because you need the additional income as well, not soley for the experience and resume boost. Of course the PCT will offer you valuable hands on experience that will benefit you in the future. It will look great on a resume and help you while you are in school as well. BUT --> How much free time do you have? Nursing school, in general, is much more time consuming then the pre-reqs. That 1.5 hrs you loose just driving to and from the hospital could be better spent studying and writing care plans. If you have a pretty busy life right now, you might want to stick close to home. If you will still have ample time outside of work and class to complete the many, many hours needed to get your school work done, definately go for the PTC position. But if you are worried about time constraints, maybe consider the fed ex job.
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    Second Semester with Med Surg and Mental Health

    It really is going to depend on your school. I'm in my second semester as well with med-surg and pysch disorders. My first semester of fundamentals really wasn't that bad, but that's something my school is known for. 1st = easy. 2nd semester = wake up call, nursing school really is hard. 3rd semester = OMG I don't have a life and don't know if I'm going to make it out alive. I do believe that it's pretty standard across the board that med-surg tends to be a very time consuming class.