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Currently completely pre-reqs before beginning nursing school.

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    Woman Calls C-Section "Rape"

    I think I didn't make myself clear enough in my original post, forgive me. I agree that this woman has the right to choose whether or not she has a C Section. However, I do not think that these doctors should be compromising their policies to accomodate her. She needs to find a new hospital. But I still stand by my earlier point that rape and a C-Section are not comparable. I agree with you all that it is incredibly invasive to be cut open against your better wish/will, but I think it's not on the same level as rape.
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    Funny Names

    Any Da'Bomb? *
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    Woman Calls C-Section "Rape"

    http://www.lemondrop.com/2009/10/05/woman-compares-forced-c-section-to-rape/?icid=main|aim|dl6|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lemondrop.com%2F2009%2F10%2F05%2Fwoman-compares-forced-c-section-to-rape%2F My mother gave birth to me via emergency C-section after 18 intense hours of labor (it took the doctors that long to realize my mom's hips were too narrow for giving birth), when her (and my) vitals began to tank. My younger sister was a planned C-section, both because of hospital policy (not allowing vaginal births after a C-section) and because there was almost no chance my mom could give birth to her vaginally, even if she had wanted to. On the other hand, my sister-in-law had a C-section with my nephew, because he had been diagnosed with gastroschisis. But four years later, she vaginally gave birth to my beautiful niece, with no problems whatsoever. As you can see, the hospital had no such policy about the C-Sections. Whether or not someone wants a C-Section, that can be left to debate. That is not the issue I found in this article. The issue I found is that someone compared a C-Section to rape! How on Earth can you justify something like that? I understand that some women feel incredibly disappointed that their wishes aren't being taken into consideration, but the fact of the matter is that hospitals have these policies for a reason. Yes, part of it is to cover their own tails and prevent lawsuits, but why would there be lawsuits in the first place? Risks and/or harm to the patient? Gee, there's a thought. Rape is an act of violence, and of dominating power over your victim. How is that in any way comparable? My personal opinion... Yes, when I do have children, I would like to give birth vaginally. But if I ever find myself in a place where my medical staff are telling me that I need to have a C-Section, do it! Anything to keep my baby and I safe (in that order, for me at least). Anyone else think that this woman is far out of reach in her logic? Or do you think she's on to something?
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    Funny Names

    I know this thread hasn't been active for a while, but I thought I would throw in a few names. Not a nurse yet, but these are names I have encountered over the past few years... Went to Winter Camp as a child with a blonde haired girl named Meadow Lark (surname), the offspring of two local hippies. Sweet as can be, though. Knew a boy in high school named Panic. Ironically, he was the very quiet kid who never really made friends easily. He had a younger brother in my sister's grade named Fury. Can you tell that his parents looked like former Hell's Angels? Heard a story on the radio, maybe two years ago, about a teenage girl who tried to name her newborn twins Thing 1 and Thing 2. Why? "Well, babies like Dr. Suess, and I wanted to give them names they would like!" Needless to say, someone intervened, and she ended up naming them something slightly more normal. Met a woman this last week named Trillion Leia Kirk. For those of you not familiar with Sci Fi, Trillion was a character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galazy novels, Leia is Princess Leia from Star Wars, and Kirk as in Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek. (Although, in her defense, Kirk is her married name, original surname was much more common). You could definitely call her the Queen of the Nerds with a name like that, although, I have to say, I really liked her name. * Have a godson named Basciano, we call him Little Boss. * And I've babysat many a Jayden, Brayden, Caiden, and so on.
  5. http://news.aol.com/article/woman-dies-after-catching-fire-during/675219?icid=main|main|dl1|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fwoman-dies-after-catching-fire-during%2F675219 So sad... This is the first I've ever heard of something like this... Then again, I'm a pre-nursing student. What's your take on it? Ever seen anything similar to this?
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    I Never Thought They'd HATE Me...

    Thank you all so much for your kind words. And you're all right in saying that I will not be considering them friends anymore, I'm no fool! I know when someone is poison to my energy, and I already feel like a million bucks cutting them loose. I still have a hard time understanding why so many people are reacting this way. Did any of you experience this much negativity, or something similar, when you started expressing an interest in nursing?
  7. I finally decided to share with my friends the specialties I'm considering getting into once I complete nursing school, which are: - Pediatric Oncology - General Oncology - Labor & Delivery - Psych - Correctional Facilities Now, I knew to expect a lot of mixed reactions to possibly working in a prison, but what actually happened blew my mind. I started getting emails and calls from friends asking "Why on Earth would you want to be a nurse?" and "Cortney, you're such a good writer, why would you waste that and go into nursing?" ((Evidently they are just now catching on to the idea that I want to be a nurse, after I've spent the last six months talking about it...)) Alright, I kinda saw this one coming. No one is really too crazy about me becoming a nurse except my father, grandfather, & boyfriend, they're thrilled for me. I let it roll off my back. The thing that really got to me? When I logged on to AIM that night, I started getting hate IMs from FOUR different people, saying things like "You sick ****, why would you want to work around dying children, I hope you rot in hell!" and "I hope one of those loonies in the psych ward puts you out of your miserable existence". The brunt of it was regarding pediatric oncology, and how I am a sick, demented person for wanting to care for children with cancer. But you get the picture... ((Surprisingly enough, I still haven't gotten any comments about the Corrections thing!)) I understand that some people are never going to be supportive of my wanting to be a nurse, and I accept that, I'm not one to need everyone's approval before I do something that I feel is right. It was just those four people... The fact that four people I KNOW on a personal level feel that much HATE toward me for something I want to do to help care for people... I don't know why I'm telling all of you this... Maybe I'm just wondering if you guys have faced the same emotional road blocks from people you thought loved you. Thanks, guys.
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    "Time to Talk About Death"

    just wanted to share this article with all of you, and see what you think. full story: http://www.newsweek.com/id/215291/page/1
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    American or Swedish nursing education?

    Alright, thank you!!
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    American or Swedish nursing education?

    I was told I only qualified to take the NCLEX with proof of scholarly activity here in the U.S.
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    American or Swedish nursing education?

    You know what, you guys are right. America really feels like home to me, and that's where I'm going to stay. If I ever change my mind, at least it will be easier to get back into nursing in Sweden! Plus I gotta get back to that boyfriend of mine, there's no way I could ask him to make that long distance relationship a more permanent fixture! Haha So now the adventure begins... Jobs, student loans, community college... I can't wait. :) Thank you all so much for your help, you've been wonderful, as always.
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    American or Swedish nursing education?

    And I'm sorry if I am coming off as ungrateful for the opportunity to have this free education. I just don't want to study and be stuck in a country that I don't have 100% commitment to living in, you know?
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    American or Swedish nursing education?

    It's true, I do feel more comfortable in America. It's nothing against Sweden, I would definitely stay here if I could have my family and friends here. But I keep feeling this pressure from my family that I should stay in Sweden for my education, since it's free, and just suck it up if I end up going back to America, when it comes to starting all over again. "At least then you will have savings to PAY for the classes, and not put yourself into debt," I am being told. Which, yes, makes sense. But I don't want to go through nursing school twice!! After the horror stories I've heard, I'm hoping to get through it the ONE time! Haha I think my family just feels guilty that they can't afford to put me through school, or at least help me, which is why they are really encouraging me to stay.
  14. Hello, everyone! Long time reader, first time posting! :typing This is a bit long and winded, so please bear with me! Well, I am currently a pre-nursing student, and trying to navigate my way through my nursing education. Let me start from the beginning... I was born in Stockholm, Sweden to a Swedish father, and an American mother. Since I was born on Swedish soil, I am a Swedish citizen until the day I die. However, since I was also born to an American parent, I am also an American citizen by default. So, dual citizenship. Moving on... I was raised in America. English is my first language. I lived most of my years in the Southern California and Detroit areas, moving around quite a bit. After I graduated high school, I came back to Sweden to live with my older brother and his family. I am currently learning Swedish, and will be completely fluent soon. Lately, my family has been discussing with me what I want to do about my education. I have two options: A) Stay in Sweden, and recieve my education here. The education system here in Sweden is practically free for all of its citizens, which is a big upside to consider in this terrible economy. If I become a registered nurse in Sweden, I am free to practice anywhere in the EU (European Union) that I choose, but if I ever decide to go back to America, I am going to need to be completely re-certified, from what I have been told. (If you have heard otherwise, I'd love to hear from you!) B) Go back to America, and apply for school there. I would need to apply for every scholarship known to man, take out several loans, and probably work two jobs, in order to make this fesible (my parents are not going to be able to help me whatsoever with my education, because the economy has really hit them hard). I am willing to do this; I'm driven, can run on very little sleep (hence why I can be a nurse! tee hee ), and a very hard worker. If I become a registered nurse in America, and ever decide to go back to Sweden, I am more likely to be able to work without needing to be re-certified, just tested to be sure I am up to standard. Soo... *takes a breath* At this point, you are probably smacking your forehead thinking "Is this girl nuts? She has a completely free education at her fingertips, and is still considering putting herself into debt for the next ten years just to live in America!?" Well, this is my dilemma.. I do enjoy it here in Sweden. The people are wonderful, the scenery is breathtaking. But I really do feel like America is home to me. My entire family (save for my brother, his kids, and a few aunts and uncles here in Sweden) live in the United States. I have many friends and a boyfriend (a current nursing student :redbeathe ) there, and I think it really may just be where I belong. I am also trying to take my future into consideration. The average nurse in Sweden makes roughly 38,000 to 48,000 (American dollars) a year, at the highest. And that is before taxes, which for us is about 27%. But this also covers our health care, child care, and everything else. We don't need to worry about job benefits. So... This is where all you fine folks come in. I am in dire need of some outside opinions. I've read through what seems like thousands of threads, and you all are just incredible. Your stories are inspiring, and I really hope I can hear back from you with some insight into my situation. Thank you again!! :)
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