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    online chemistry??

    momtojosh, it wasn't bad at all. I got a B in both. I even missed one of my labs. If I had turned it in, I would have gotten an A in one of them. The main thing is studying. I knew pretty much nothing about anatomy (other than what you learn as a mom). I hate math too. I have tried to take Algebra online and it didn't work out very well. I think as long as you study, you should be fine. I took my book everywhere...dr's appt, trips when others were driving, etc. I work and have 3 kids, so I'm a little pressed for time as well. Good luck.
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    online chemistry??

    My chemistry course (as well as A&P I and II) were online through Florida State College at Jacksonville. They were all 4 credit hour courses (3 for standard course and 1 for the lab). The platform was similar to those used in MyMathLab, but I don't recall what it was actually called. You did your homework and lab assignments in one place and we used Blackboard for testing. I haven't had any problem with my credits transferring...start NS In August. Good Luck to you!
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    online chemistry??

    I never had HS chemistry and I took it online. I thought surely I would fail, but somehow I managed a B. I think there was some creative grading going on in that class. With anything, you have to really buckle down and give it as much attention as you can. Make sure you don't overdo it with concurrently taking other hard classes.
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    For all of those on Medicaid

    It actually looks like you are the one in need of clarification. I'm not a nurse and I clearly said so in my initial post. I am the mother of 3 children that are on medicaid and have been on both sides of the fence with insurance. I think this thread was iniated in good faith however it has become an argumentative "soap box".
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    For all of those on Medicaid

    Acutally, none of your post wast "tripping me up" nor do I need clarification. I think your posts are speaking for themselves.
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    For all of those on Medicaid

    I realize that there are a lot of people that abuse the system and don't work at all but what makes so many think that people on medicaid aren't also contributing by paying taxes? As I mentioned before, my kids are on medicaid. I'm not rude. I act the same way I did when I had "regular" insurance. I don't feel like I owe every American a big thank you for "paying for their insurance". I work. I have worked since I was 16 and am now in my 30's. Instead of being upset with the people that are abusing the system, I think people should be upset with the system that allows it! I know people that are laid off than can't get any type of assistance because they don't "qualify" i.e. they are honest about their income while others are obviously lying and keep receiving. That is a discussion for another day, I suppose.
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    Fed up with Stupid Parents

    I actually did that (or something similar) last week. My son has been hospitalized a few times. He is 4. He has been poked, prodded, allergy tested, iv'd, etc. until the poor kid probably feels like a science project. He had his well child visit that was WAY overdue, because honestly we are in there so much that I can't keep up with it all (plus I have 2 more kids). He is due for shots between 4yo and 6. I didn't ask him if he wanted the shots, but I decided to wait because I like to tell him in advance what is going to happen so we can be prepared. A little less hassle for whoever has to administer. Also, a few weeks back my youngest had been sick all week. Dr on Mon. ER on Fri...turned out he had strep. Maybe he had it Monday, don't know - wasn't tested, doesn't matter. Because aforementioned child is sick alot, called dr same day appt to have him tested to be on the safe side. Truck overheated before I could even get out of town (I live 45 minutes away from dr). Hated to do it, but had to cancel. Dr's office very forgiving thankfully. These things really do happen.
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    For all of those on Medicaid

    This has got to be one of the most stereotypical statements I have ever read. Granted, I do see that you tried to soften the blow. My children have medicaid. I had medicaid when I was pregnant with my youngest (now 2), but no longer qualify and now have no insurance because I can not afford it. For 10 years I worked for an engineering firm and had BCBS as well as AFLAC (making $50k per year). Going to the doctor was no problem. I decided to relocate to be closer to my mother. Partly because one of my children (yes, I have 3), has severe respiratory problems and has been hospitalized a few times (he's only 4) - even been tested for cystic fibrosis (inconclusive results). I secured a position making $8k less per year, but still a doable salary. Unfortunately, I was let go in my probationary period (probably because i missed work due to my son's illness). Three months after being laid off, I realized I was pregnant. Kind of hard to find a job period in this economy - even worse when you are pregnant. I waitressed at a small restaurant (something I had not done since I was 16) on the weekends before the baby was even 6 weeks old to try to make a buck. Luckily, I did eventually find a job with a decent hourly rate (still $8/hr less than what I made before). I do not get sick leave nor do I qualify for health insurance, but I do the best I can. I have to admit, that it is a relief to know that I don't have co-payments to worry about or unexpected Rx costs but sometimes it is downright embarrassing. Comments like yours are an example of why. Even though I know I am not what people perceive as the typical medicaid recipient, I AM a medicaid recipient. People are going to look at that and create their own opinion. Should I care? Probably not but as a human being I do. I start NS in the fall and I hope that I feel the same way as the OP. I hope that I give the highest standard of care - regardless of whether or not the patient is a "bad apple" (be it perceived or actual).
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Honeybee - that is awesome! I think we should all keep in touch regardless of where we are (I'll be at Alabama Southern). Maybe we could have a study group....could be beneficial to see what everyone is learning. Congratulations on getting in!
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    Report or not?

    If it were me, I would not report. If it is still bothering you then maybe you should go directly to her. Tell her straight up that you felt she spoke in an unprofessional manner (in a non-hostile way). It will probably just open up a new can of worms, but I really think communicating with the person directly is better in these kind of situations (although usually not what moste people want to do). Sometimes people don't realize how they come across...sometimes they don't care.
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    sniper1, your posts were very informative! Even though I didn't ask the questions, thanks! Also, I was curious if anyone else noticed that JDCC is hiring a new Director of Nursing. Wondering how this will impact the program.
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Courtlane - Last admission I know a guy that got on the alternate list with points in the 160's range. I am not sure if he actually made it in. I think someone else posted about someone they knew that got in with a 181 or 184. As long as you are a strong reader with good comprehension, the COMPASS is not difficult. Took me about 10 minutes. I don't know about the HESI, I took the NLN. Something to remember about PJC is that people fall off ALL the time. I met a girl that was 60-something on the "waiting" list but she got in so don't be too discouraged by that. I don't know which one is the better school, but JDCC has been around for a long time and I have always heard good things.
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    I got in!!!!!!!!! Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville. I am soooooooo excited! Their last graduating class all passed the NCLEX - that is awesome. I can't wait!
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    Is this a problem? taking your neighbors blood pressure

    Here is a thought...what if neighbor asks you to take BP, you decline (afraid of being sued) and she suffers heart attack/stroke. Family knows she went to you and knows you are capable of assisting...they sue you anyway. My point is you could face potential litigation either way...as a nurse, wouldn't you rather know you helped someone out?
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Congratulations Honeybee!!! Keep us posted.
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    issue with leaving newborn to return to nursing school

    It never feels like the right time. I have 3 boys and have always had to work. My first stayed with a family member until he was about 10 months old before starting daycare, which was great...made it a lot easier. My other two started daycare as soon as they were old enough (6 weeks old). Any new mother will tell you that they hate to leave their little ones and wish they were home with them. It does get easier though, but you have to do what is right for you. Just know every new mommy goes through that struggle - be it with work or school.
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    "Think" about what you say!!!

    I don't think it was a control issue for the patient at all. He was probably tired of being in the hospital for one and might have been a little grumpy and the completely innocent statement may have struck a nerve. Maybe he is just a butt, who knows but yesterday something similar happened to me. My always ill 4-year old had a 2-d echo because of a heart murmur. I have known all along about the murmur and no one ever seemed concerned so no biggie until the immunologist recommended the echo. He just got diagnosed with an antibody deficiency and has respiratory issues regularly. I'm not overly concerned with the echo, but you never know. The ultrasound tech was very nice and did her job. Then says, "I didn't see anything majorly wrong...if I did I would call in the doctor..." Um, majorly wrong, so does that mean you did see something wrong. Ugh...I am sure it was just a bad choice of words - I still haven't received the report from the doc but it does leave a little something in the back of your head. Granted, a heart issue over a beeping iv totally different.
  18. SunnyPup....please, please, please send me a PM when you have a moment. I believe my son attends middle school in the school district you are referencing, but I am pretty sure not the same school. I believe the principle at his school would take the issue very seriously. My son deals with bullying quite often and our resource officer totally deals with it...wanted to know if I wanted to press charges over being hit with a folded up piece of paper (hornet). Maybe you could consult with another resource officer or another principle for advice on how they handle similar situation. If the boy won't talk to his guidance counselor, maybe he would talk to the guidance counselor at another school. If we are in the same area, I would love to help you with this matter. It hits too close to home.
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Presnall - Good luck to you. I can totally identify with what you are saying and have been going back and forth myself. I wish you very much success in whatever you decide to do! The medical field is a great market no matter what the position. People always need healthcare and the supporting roles are just as important. Happy New Year! Tabacue
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Yeah, I agree with Sniper1. The bridge program may be different. If you read the previous threads in this discussion, we have all applied for at least one program (standard RN program) and haven't gotten in. I have applied twice - had both A&P's and had a 98 on Compass the last semester. Next time around I will have all the courses and I am still not sure if I will get in. It could be that the mobility program is different. I know a couple people who decided to go for their LPN because the RN programs are so competitive and they could do the mobility after the fact...at least they didn't lose time waiting to get in a program. Good luck to you!
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Wendysu - If I remember correctly it depends on whether you are a recent high school graduate or if you have had college courses. If you have had college you get points for Microbiology, A&P 1 and A&P2. I didn't pay attention to the point system for recent hs grads, but I think it is Algebra, Chemistry and one more. Sorry not to helpful there. You get 30 pts each for an A, 20 for a B, 10 for a C. So the max you can get from the classes is 90. Hope that is helpful.
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    Ethical Question...

    I don't know where you live, but in Florida we have something called the Baker Act, which allows immediate family members to require adults to get mental help. I assume that it works for rehab too, not really sure. Maybe you could check into that - especially if you know she wouldn't go on her own. Keeping you and your mom in my prayers....
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    Long time after High School

    I am trying to get into nursing school myself and am so close I can't stand it. You should check into your local community colleges first. You'll have to take some college aptitude testing to see if you need to take any pre-requisites to the main courses (elementary algebra, reading, etc). The college catalog will outline what is required for a degree in nursing. Different schools have different methods of admission also and some require entrance exams. You can generally take most of the general education classes online, but I don't think there are actual nursing programs online because of the clinical experience you have to have. I took almost all of my general classes online - even Anatomy I&2, Chemistry, etc. Oh and I quit school in the 11th grade (GED) so I never took any ACT's or anything either. Good luck...I hope it works out for you!
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    I haven't decided. My ultimate goal is to get at least a Masters in Pyschology so I am seriously thinking about finishing up my AA (I only have Algebra and Stat left) in Psychology and going on to get my Bachelors. I have thought about getting my BSN and then my Masters in Psych, but all very confusing....limited $$$. THe problem is that I would make more with an AS in Nursing than a BS in Psych. It is not all about the money, but I have 3 kids that I have to support. I don't want to be in school forever, ya know. Good luck...let's all keep in touch!
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    Jeff Davis-Brewton

    Man, the scores must have been really high! I thought 140-ish might be good because of the girl last semestr with the 138 who made the waiting list. Well, we'll just have to keep trying.
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