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  1. anon695

    Issue with nursing classmate

    I had a very similar situation in school. I simply stopped helping the person. I wish I'd done it sooner, because it took a lot of my time and effort to try and meet the person's expectations of all the free help they thought they were entitled to from me. It's unpleasant when you stop helping, you kind of have to then avoid the person at class, but it's worth saving yourself the time and stress.
  2. anon695

    Gripes Galore...Need ADVICE!!

    What this boils down to is that you're behaving like an entitled, self-righteous blowhard, people don't like you because of it and are treating you accordingly, but now you're whining and playing victim. Nothing illegal is going on from what you described. Stop acting like this and that should solve all these problems. I'll warn you that if you don't, you won't get anywhere at all in nursing.
  3. anon695

    New RN's do you have a job yet?

    I don't have the deals finalized in writing but I have a few very strong job possibilities. I can't take NCLEX until at least the second half of June, so signing on for a job is still premature for me.
  4. anon695

    Gripes Galore...Need ADVICE!!

    Respect is earned in nursing. Former degrees are worth pretty much nothing in nursing school besides having transfer credits. Study hard, come prepared to clinical and work hard, and follow the rules. Then you might start feeling some respect being given to you towards the end of the program. Most importantly, drop the sense of entitlement and aura of superiority - people probably pick up on that and it's negatively affecting the way they react to you, both instructors and students.
  5. I already had a BA when I applied to my local CC. I was not eligible for any financial aid, they even told me when I turned in the application "don't bother applying for aid, you can't get anything". Well I'd saved money for years, and that's what I paid for the degree with. My advise to any second degree students is that unless you want to be hassled by collections companies for the next few decades, avoid loans at all costs. Just save and pay for it, or see if you have a relative who will front you the money.
  6. I'm a second-degree student too. I simply saved money to pay for tuition in full, and found the least expensive program in my area. I took pre-requisites at community college. I disagree with the other posters who think student loans are a better idea than dipping into your 401K. I did not have to touch my 401K but I would sooner do that then get into debt. Student loans are bad news, you can't discharge them in bankruptcy, and if you don't pay they will garnish your wages, repo your car, destroy your credit, even revoke your nursing license (depending on the state). I'd rather pay myself back in my 401K than be harassed by creditor collections companies every day. If I were you I'd save and then do an ADN program at community college. Then you can do an RN-BSN bridge online through your state university system. That is the absolutely best bargain and cheapest way to become a nurse.
  7. anon695

    I just failed nursing school

    Talk to the academic advisor of the nursing program and find out what your options are. You may be able to re-take the class and still graduate, just a semester or two later than you were planning on graduating. Focus and pass the Mental Health class, since you'd rather only have 1 class to repeat, not two. See what the advisor says but changing major and then adding MORE debt & time for an ABSN is probably not the best way to go. Those programs are also super-competitive and you can't be guaranteed you will end up with a high enough GPA to be accepted. Try to just finish the traditional BSN. Also try and ignore any remarks about religion and being an atheist. You're saying you are going through a lot of stress over failing med surg and that you're an atheist, yet people ignore it and give you the "god loves you!" and "just pray!" anyway. It feels like nobody listened to what you just said, right? You can do this on your own, if you pick up and rebuild as best you can with the help of your school advisor. No religion needed!
  8. Or work to serve your community, state, country, and planet. Work to the best of your ability, and never less than your full potential in life. Always behave professionally and show respect for others. I would assume what I said would produce the same results as the bible phrase above, no?
  9. "I've observed that there's such a huge difference between nurses who incorporate their faith into their nursing job compared to others who do not." Uhh... I've never seen a difference in nursing that's explained by if the nurse is religious or not. I don't believe in any gods or supernatural things but I care about my fellow human beings VERY much, and I know it's reflected in my nursing skills. I respect everybody's right to their own beliefs and traditions even though I don't believe in any religion/gods, and I am most certainly NOT an inferior caregiver because of this. I also attend (graduating in a few weeks) a religious nursing school, and while the school is wonderful and I don't have enough positive things to say them, I've learned to carry on their traditions and values with respect to nursing while being 100% science & rationality based myself.
  10. anon695

    So frightened of the dire job market

    By the time you finish nursing school and take NCLEX, the job market will be different from what it is today. No college major is ever a guarantee of a job, so look at this as taking a gamble no matter what. If you've got a friend of family member working as a nurse right now, you'll greatly increase your chances of employment when you graduate - the easiest way to get a job is to know someone and have them put your resume in as an employee referral.
  11. anon695

    no job after two years

    It's most likely your age. In the past few years of hard economic times, this has been happening in every field, that it's hard to find something if you are over 50. Keep applying and see what happens, but you'd also be wise to try to plan financially for the possibility that you will not work as an RN. Working to pay off the loans as much as possible now is a good idea, because they will garnish your social security in a few years if you still have an outstanding balance. Think about retiring abroad where the cost of living is cheaper, when the time comes (many Americans are now retiring in Latin America) Good luck.
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    Is NYU worth it???

    To be a nurse? It is absolutely NOT worth $40K when your other school option is free with a scholarship!
  13. Absolutely not. None of us went to school to be a tech or an aide. From my previous career in human resources, I know that when people apply to jobs that are explicitly below their education and credential level, it screams "I'm desperate and not confident in my ability to do the job I went to school for!" Employers will value you based on how you value yourself - if you value yourself as worthy and capable of the job you trained for and salary for that job, so will they. If you value yourself under what you really are - so will they. Plus, you only got your license in March and it's now April, that is not much time at all for a job search. keep applying to RN positions, something will eventually come up.
  14. anon695

    Student Loans without a Cosigner

    Sure they do, the bank just calls up the company and asks for the human resources department to verify your dates of employment.
  15. anon695

    ENCOURAGEMENT...CNA before nursing school??

    You definitely do not need to be a CNA to do well in nursing school. We only had one or two CNA's in my class of 60+, and all the non-CNA students did just fine. CNA is a low-skilled job with a narrow scope of practice, and you will learn everything that CNA's know within your first semester at school anyway. However, if you'd like to get your CNA so that you can work part time while in nursing school, have a flexible schedule, and get your foot in the door at a hospital, then that is a great idea for any nursing student. (but it's not necessary)
  16. anon695

    Hmmmmm Why Do Nursing Students Fail?

    Also - 1. Not following the attendance policy. If your school handbook says that X number of missed clinicals or lectures results in an automatic failure, that's not a joke no matter how good you think your excuses were. 2. Biting off more than one can chew. You really need a great support system if you're going to have a baby during nursing school, but if you don't have people to handle childcare for you while you study and go to school Having a baby, working part time, and going to nursing school full time isn't an easy thing to do if you don't have a really solid support system.