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  1. greatpyr_mom

    Diagnosed with MS

    If you need more support, I highly suggest that you contact your local chapter of the National MS society. They have some great programs, info etc that I found very helpful when I was newly diagnosed. Good luck!
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    Diagnosed with MS

    I have MS and I am currently in an entry level master's degree nursing program. For the post part, my symptoms have been under control, with the exception of severe fatigue in the summer months due to the heat. I was in my med-surg clinical and as June and July brought hotter weather (which exacerbates sx), my fatigue was getting worse. I would lay on the couch before my PM clinicals wondering how I was going to find the energy to even get up off the couch! I went to my neurologist and he gave me a script for provigil, and that helped a lot. You can do this! One of my class assignments was we had to spend a day with a call center "ask a nurse" for Kaiser hospital. Patients call and to get advice. At the call center I saw a few nurses answering the calls who where in wheelchairs. So, even if you symptoms cause a degree of immobility for you, there are always options in nursing to keep us working.
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    Samuel Merritt ELMSN-CM 2012

    I like the program, it's good. But be prepared to give your life up. The work itself is not really too hard, but the amount that they give you to do in such a short time period is what makes it really hard. Between class time, clinicals, and study time, I put in about 65-70 hours a week.
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    Samuel Merritt ELMSN-CM 2012

    I'm in the ELMSN-CM January 2011 class. We are in the third semester right now.
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    ADN students, how much do you study?

    There must be a big difference in the ADN vs. the entry level master's degree program because I study 3-5 hours on weeknights and 8 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. There would be no other way to keep up without putting this time in.
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    How are second degree students paying for school?

    Since I have a bachelor's degree already, I can't get student loans for either an AA or BSN degree. However, I could get funding for an entry level master's degree program ( of which I am just completing the first semester). You might want to check out entry level master's degree programs.
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    Med-surg help

    You only study 2-3 hours a night? I study 5-6 hours a night, that's after sitting in class all day. On Saturdays and Sundays I study 10 hours each day. I am getting 'A's in my accelerated entry level master's program. Maybe you might consider studying more? Don't mean to sound snotty, but really, what you get out of this will be determined by how much time you put into it.
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    For BSN Students - What is your time commitment?

    My program is super demanding. It's an entry level Master's degree. We are in class 4 days per week and 1 clinical day and that comes out to about 30 hours per week. But I'm studying 4-5 hours EVERY night during the week and 10 hours each Saturday and Sunday. So that's the grand total 65 hours or so. I was an "A" student going into this, and so far I'm getting "A"s in nursing school (it's only my first semester though), but the workload is almost impossible to get through it all.
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    New RN, not interested in bedside nursing

    Maybe you could get a job in a doctor's office /clinic? School or community nursing may be something too.
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    79K for a BSN???

    I did my pre-reqs at the jr. college and have waited so far 1 year to try to get in, with no luck. In my area, the jr. colleges are a lottery, and on average it's taking 3-4 YEARS to get in, due to the amount of people applying. I was accepted immediately to Samuel Merritt university because they admit based on grades. I was accepted into both their accelerated BSN (cost $60K) and entry level master's program (cost $90K). I thought about it, and I accepted the master's program. I am 40 years old and don't feel like I have time to wait around to *maybe* get my name drawn in the community college lottery (and only finish with a ASN anyway).
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    For those of you in NS

    Are there really any nursing programs that don't require A&P and micro as a pre-req? That seems crazy to me, since those classes are the foundation of nursing!
  12. greatpyr_mom

    NursingCAS question

    I was a little confused by that too. Here's the info in the FAQ section from nursingcas: Printing Reference Request Form Q: How do I print a reference request form? A: The References section of the NursingCAS application allows you to print Reference Request Forms. This form MUST be included with a recommendation letter in order for the reference to be considered complete. You must enter the reference information into your application BEFORE you can print the Reference Request Form. How to Print a Reference Request Form Login to your NursingCAS application, and select the Institutions Attended folder from the Application Checklist To the right of the Reference Name, you'll find the link for the Reference Request Form. Click the link associated with evaluator for whom you want to print a Reference Request form, which looks like this: This will initiate the download of a PDF file. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the File. Print out, sign the first page, and then send to your evaluator to complete the rest of the form. Be sure to advise your evaluator to send the Reference Request Form with an official letter of recommendation directly to NursingCAS. IMPORTANT NOTE: Each of your Reference Request Forms is unique. Each form has the name of an evaluator indicated on it. Please be sure to send the correct form to each of your references. Letters of Reference sent without the appropriate Reference Request form may result in the delay of your application.
  13. greatpyr_mom

    Samuel Merritt ABSN Spring 2011

    I emailed ------ in Sacramento and told her that I am choosing the master's case management, so that will open up a slot for someone in the ABSN program. Good luck to everyone!
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    Samuel Merritt ABSN Spring 2011

    At my interview for the case management, I was asked which program that I wanted to do, the master's program or the ASBN. I told them I was leaning toward the case management master's. Yesterday, they called me again to let me know I needed to decide by Oct. 1. I am pretty sure that I will choose the master's since it is more in line with my career goals. Someone had said they wanted to hear stats? Here's mine: *last 60 credits: 3.98 *science gpa: 4.0 *TEAS : overall composite score: 89%, reading 90%, math 84.4%, science 86.7% *7 months volunteering at UC Davis cardiac/thoracic and emergency room
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    Samuel Merritt ABSN Spring 2011

    I applied to both the ABSN and ELMSN-case management for Sacramento. I went for my interview for case management 3 weeks ago and at the end of the interview, I was given my choice acceptance of either the ABSN or ELMSN. For my career goals, I chose the ELMSN program, but it was a hard choice!