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PhoenixFyre

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    texting at work

    I hate to say it, but I think most people these days are at work to... get paid. A lot don't think they actually have to WORK to earn that money.
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    Whats the deal with all the crying?!?!....

    Some people literally can't help it. They may be stressed/anxious, happy or sad. Doesn't matter. They cannot control the physiological reaction. This is what happens to me. Any strong emotion gets me to well up, no matter what that emotion is. Usually, the tears have nothing to do with anything I'm thinking about - my body just takes over. I've worked for years on this, and thankfully it's getting easier to work through. I still am unable to stop it from happening. Crying isn't always manipulative or weak.
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    Question for nurses, nursing students, and CNA's.

    And I am truly sorry you had to do so.
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    Question for nurses, nursing students, and CNA's.

    I think purecntry09 has some good points... but honestly I think that needs to apply to any career you choose. My mother is a phlebotomist as well, and the nonsense she has to put up with makes me happy I'm not in her shoes. Others I know in various places deal with jealous people, immature people, rude people... are we sensing a theme yet? There are rude/jealous/nasty people no matter where you go, no matter what profession. But there are also wonderful/smart/kind/funny people too! I personally refuse not to try a career just because there are lousy people out there - if I did I'd end up living on a mountain by myself somewhere. I do not in any way flame what purecntry09 has said, because I'm certain that those things happened. I'm also certain that there are other working environments that purecntry09 could have moved to that would have completely changed the post above. If you have a passion for this, then go for it! If you find out it wasn't for you, then try something else. That's my (perhaps naive) opinion.
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    Question for nurses, nursing students, and CNA's.

    Oh I agree that I proved your point. I think that SOME kind of experience is needed, especially in a field like this. But I think that telling the poster they have no common sense is harsh - that's just my take on your previous post. I'm not sure I would qualify myself as "very" experienced, but thank you for the compliment. I'm sure I'll see many without that natural spark. Sadly I've seen many out there already, without having started school. I think that anyone who is interested in any type of medical field would be well-advised to seek out any way to get experience, and in my opinion being a CNA isn't the penultimate experience for nursing.
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    Question for nurses, nursing students, and CNA's.

    I think many of the suggestions above are great, but being a CNA isn't the only way to get into nursing school. I don't have a whole lot of experience in health care, per se - I've never worked in the hospital environment. What I do have is training as an EMT (which I didn't use much because at the time I was in late stages of Lyme Disease), experience in an animal emergency clinic, and experience (one summer) as a home health aide for two young men with Muscular Dystrophy. At this point, my biggest background boost is that I work at the National Institutes of Health doing public health research funding. And I'm about to start an accelerated second bachelor's program at Georgetown. So, if you don't want to do the CNA deal, there are other options. I'd suggest some home health aide work (keep in mind pay is low, but it can be great experience). You might also volunteer at the Red Cross. Most volunteer work in the hospital setting that I've found isn't patient-care related at all. I do feel strongly that you should get some sense of patient care before you actually apply and get to school. As harsh as the previous poster comes across, it does make sense to know what you're getting in to. Don't just think that nursing, no matter what level, is all butterflies and rainbows. It's a tough, sometimes dirty, "roll up your sleeves and push back your hair" kind of job. Take some time to figure out if you know why you want to apply. That's usually a huge component of being accepted (in my experience).
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    I need to find this FB page - I've been really busy at work and missed about 6 pages of posting!! Can someone PM me? I'm also looking for a parking spot to buy during the semesters, since I live in VA. Btw, I was at the 9/17 interview date. Anyone else go then? :) Lisa
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    My best guess is by the end of October. The application is due tomorrow, and I think we have to make our decisions about going by November 13, so it would almost HAVE to be out by then. Anyone agree?
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    Well that would be great!
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    I wonder if WHC will let us park in their garage for clinicals?
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    Yeah, can't say that I blame you. But Metro isn't TOO bad... most days... or some days... hmm... You could live in Reston and we could carpool!
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    Hehe, I'm actually from VA, right outside of DC (I work at the NIH). Phoenix for me is the mythical fire bird :) I won't have to move, but I'm not really looking forward to the commute, so I may buy a parking spot somewhere. Any ideas?
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    I'll be seeing some of you in January as well!!
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    Ack! I don't think I can wait that long! And I think I was the one that mentioned this forum at the interview...
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    Georgetown U. Accelerated BSN - Spring 2010

    The $70k is just tuition, nothing else. It's very high but that's one of the reasons I'm so interested in the 80% scholarship with the WHC. Also, keep in mind that only traditional undergrads get on-campus housing. The accelerated degree, grad students, etc have to live off campus. They have housing links to help people find rentals and roommates though. From what I understand, new BSNs get something closer to $30/hr in DC, but it's still a lot of debt to pay off. I've got my fingers crossed for the scholarship for sure!
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