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  1. blondielocks

    Seattle U - APNI 2013

    Hi everyone- I am looking at Seattle U for a 2014 start. I currently live in Olympia, and am finishing pre-reqs at SPSCC. I also am finishing my last semester of my Bachelors degree at Arizona State. I'm interested in the Psych NP program. I know it's obviously early for my time but I wanted to reach out and wish everyone luck. Also, I have a question - will anyone be commuting? My SO and I do not have to pay rent or utilities because he gets housing through his work. It just seems like such a far commute from Oly to Seattle, but the whole "free rent" really makes me wnat to stay down here. I've considered renting a small studio in Seattle but even that appears it will put me back about 800 a month. What is everyone else's living/commuting situation like?
  2. blondielocks

    Trying to become NP or DNP educator with BAD background

    I am not a nurse yet (still taking my pre-reqs) but I just wanted to say kudos to you for being responsible and logical about everything, and I wish you the best of luck.
  3. blondielocks

    Are we a dime a dozen?

    I cannot agree/quote/encourage/condone/remind/restate/etc enough of what MiszKimberlyCNA said. DO NOT GOOF OFF. Unless you are prepared to wait years to get into NS - (say, 10 maybe?) to be able to explain a significant change in your study habits and desire to learn - your studies are your top priority, and I mean TOP. Friends will do one of two things: be understanding and supportive or mock you, make fun of you, and try to pressure you into coming to hang out. Boyfriends will do one of those same two things. Be your own favorite person when it comes to your NS education - in other words, put yourself first, nobody else! (Obviously those with children and/or spouse, be reasonable). If you have a boyfriend and feel like dedicating more time to him than your studies - I seriously suggest you rethink your life plan. Remember the same can go for friends/partying. It is MUCH EASIER to take a year or two off and work and get to play "adult" and then get accepted into school, kick a** in your prereqs, and get into NS, than it is to go to school, play too hard, have your grades suffer (especially if you are able to pull C's which are usually passing grades in pre-reqs), and ultimately have that affect your morale regarding your dream and your plan for life. Seriously...if you are fresh outta high school and aren't sure if you want to go to college right away, or fear that the temptations may be too much for you, there is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with waiting one semester, one year, or even two years. If you want this, you'll find a way to make it happen, and if that means the best thing to do is take a little time to re-group, that's okay. You'll still want to be a nurse in a year, in two years, and in five years (I contemplated nursing the last 3 years myself). Remember - you gotta do in your heart what you know is best for YOURSELF!! :) :redbeathe
  4. blondielocks

    Pregnant before nursing school or while in school?

    I'm not a mother, and don't know if I ever will be, but, I know that I would personally consider waiting until AFTER nursing school. I tend to throw myself into my endeavors. If I was in NS and pregnant, I would invariably end up spending the majority of my time reading pregnancy and parenting books, not NS books, LOL. Would it be possible for you and your DH to wait on getting pregnant until after NS AND after you've found a job? That would be ideal, at least to me, but again just my as I have never been a mom and won't be considering it for a while, if ever. :) Also, some things to consider: being pregnant and then having a newborn while in NS will more than likely be a source of stress for you - my mom dropped out of NS when I was born. She wanted to go back then got pregnant with my little sister. She never finished NS, because she ended up being a SAHM. Fast forward 15 years into a marriage and she suddenly is a single mom with no real education. She always felt guilty she didn't complete school and couldn't provide better for us, help us pay for college, etc. What I'm meaning to say is, if you have an established career already, it is easier to ensure you can not only financially support your child in terms of diapers, etc. but be able to afford them fun things like a senior study abroad trip, college, a car, sports (sports are extremely expensive to play nowadays), etc.
  5. blondielocks

    Are we a dime a dozen?

    EXTREMELY INTERESTING POSTS(!!), Ladies & Gents :) I'm 22. I have already done a two year stint in community college (dual enrollment HS/CC) where I basically squeezed by in the easy-A classes, and dropped the ones that required more than 10 pages of reading per week and/or included anything other than multiple choice questions on tests. After HS graduation, I went and got a job where I made a lot of money, did a lot of partying , and along those lines managed to smarten up enough to buy a house instead of shares in Anheuser-Busch :beer:. I got married, DH and I rented the house (upside down, of course - rent only covers the mortgage, not taxes and insurance), and moved six states away for school. Once I got here, I ended up losing said job, figured it was God's (or someone's) will and that I needed to focus 100% on school. Rest assured, since the state is no longer footing the tuition bill, my studies will be much more important to me! Clearly, everyone's situation is going to be different. Prior work experience can give you an edge in interviews. Prior healthcare experience can give you an edge in clincials. Prior degrees can be beneficial, or for some (no offense meant to anyone here) they can simply be an item of nostalgia reminding one of a very expensive four years (a good friend of mine has a Religion degree from Smith (or one of those colleges) - she says it was the biggest waste of money ever, LOL). Younger students face issues, depending on the situation, such as how to branch out from parents and try to differentiate themselves from other students, especially since they are (lets be honest here) in competition - and it the competitors vary quite a bit. Then you have older students who (as a PP mentioned) may have found their stable career and place of employment suddenly nonexistent (literally). There will be single students, and married students. There will be students with children and other responsibilities - and prereqs will weed out those who can't make it. The young students - you guys have it pretty good - no major life stresses. My husband and I (again, 22 and 26 - still fairly young, I know) have a mortgage and house to deal with 1600 miles away, a property tax evaluation that shamelessly reminds us every year that our house isn't worth more than a pot to pee in. We also have credit cards, two vehicles (almost paid off, YAY!) financial constraints from both of us not working and being in school, and to top that all off, we have a marriage that we're keeping afloat. One thing that has helped us, I think, is that we do not want children until we are both done with school (quite a while as I plan on going to grad school). Still - I think all of us have our place in pre-reqs and in NS - the young students, the older students (40s, 50s), the single moms and dads, the young married students. All of us face different hardships and I think in the end that the only competitive edge one student may have over another is their desire to become a . You have to want this. Sometimes we might :grn: but the important thing to remember is just :hhmth: if off, try to be your own :anpom: and in the end, you'll feel like :nmbrn: when you are standing on the stage at graduation :grad:. I agree with pretty much EVERYONE's ideas on this, though. How often does that happen on these boards? (and sorry for all the smilies! i'm in a good mood!)
  6. blondielocks

    Chem 101 study guide/pre-study guide?

    Hi all - I will be taking Chem 101 at ASU (Phoenix) in the fall....only about a month away! I haven't taken any sciences in probably 5 or 6 years. I was wondering if anyone knew of any online study sites that I could use to just help familiarize myself with the very basics of chemistry, or any good books? I know it is difficult to pinpoint since every chemistry class and teacher are a little bit different but anything that is generic/basic would be greatly appreciated.
  7. To the OP - I want to apologize, in advance, if any of MY post came across as rude or mean. Not my intention at all. I understand 100% that you want to ask questions and get help and I completely support that. I am a pre-nursing student too (can't remember if I posted that in my previous post). At any rate - do you have a nursing student advisor at your current college? I would suggest getting in touch with her/him if you do, and if not, get in touch via phone or email with the nursing student advisors at your prospective colleges. They are going to be your BEST resource in terms of cost/pre-reqs/and competitiveness of a program. Most of the pre-reqs should be similar, so if there is one school that you feel you might be a better fit at (say, a school that takes into consideration if you have done any volunteer work, and also has an interview portion of the admissions process) - I would try to fit your pre-req plans with them. If you have a low GPA because of your sciences (I'm talking B- or maybe a C+ - if you have a C, C-, or D grade, I honestly would suggest retaking them) you might be able to still get into programs that do interviews. I know a lot of schools are going this route because they are recognizing that some students have difficulty with math and science courses, yet will make amazing nurses, and thus should have the opportunity that those who test easily and are strong in math/science do. Again, I hope I did not hurt your feelings or come across rudely. If you have any more questions or just need some support, feel free to PM me. :hug:
  8. blondielocks

    Scared to mention even the slightest interest in CRNA progams?

    Thank you everyone for your positive feedback. I think you all are right. I will keep my head down, strive to do well right now (in pre-nursing, then in NS, then while I am actually working) and slowly but surely following the path I want. @kvisintine - The AANA supports DNP for 2025. I'm not sure where the 2015 came from, maybe someone else knows, but if you go to http://www.dnap.com/ it lists the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) position. Also, if you didn't know, DNP is different from Ph.D - I am pretty sure the DNP is more clinical skills based, whereas the Ph.D is more scholastic/research based.
  9. The issue of spelling and punctuation has been debated numerous times on here. I agree with Texas - he wasn't being mean but simply stating facts. I think that we should all strive to use proper spelling and punctuation on these boards. We never know who is on these boards, and what kind of information we offer could be used to put two and two together for someone else to find out who we are. As an example, if the OP were in the running for a competitive nursing school, interview included, and someone on the selection committee who felt that punctuation and spelling were important even in a forum environment like this, happened to determine who the OP was - the OP could possibly lose a spot in the nursing program, or lose out on an externship, or job opportunity. I think it is wise to be wary of how we communicate on here for we never know who is watching. Now, to respond to the OP: 1) my current gpa is 3.02 and thats without my micro and chem II...so is that a bad gpa cause it is competion out there in the "nursing world" and im not sure if i may be able to get in Yes. It is a bad GPA - not to sound harsh, but you are not competitive at all with that GPA. Work hard in your Micro and Chem II classes, and see if you can take courses to replace some that you had a bad grade in. For example, I got a B- in ENG 101 and retook a 200 level English course and got a 4.0 - that 200 level course with a 4.0 replaced my B- in the 101 class. Like a PP mentioned, you may look at a wait list based school. 2) I havent chose a school yet...its a bit hard cause of school requirements differ from one another and trying to satify all of them is driving me NUTS!!! my question is when decided the decidin school what do yall look for( ex. would u pick a 2yr vs a 3yr program or a high well known school vs a low not well know school ex emory vs columbus state) You have to decide what is best for you. I am at Arizona State University getting my BSN - I am an out of state resident so for the first year I am paying $17k and after that, about $7k per year. I'm a huge believer in education/college not just as a requirement for jobs, etc. but as an experience for myself, so loans aren't an incredible concern for me. I'm also applying for lots of scholarships (wish me luck! ) - but again, you have to decide for yourself. Be wary of for-profit schools and if you choose one of those, make sure they are accredited, and take with a grain of sand what admissions reps tell you and find out from previous students, as the admissions reps have been known to exaggerate certain aspects of the program. 3) if you dont have a volunteer experience, would your appl. be okay?? Maybe. But...volunteer if possible. If you like it, you could always get your CNA license and work as a CNA. Sometimes that can open doors for you. Also, some schools will take into consideration volunteer experience and/or health care employment prior to NS. 4) payment wise....how expensive is it REALLY?? i know its alot but how much is a lot!?? It DEPENDS. Some private schools will run you $30-40k for an ADN. Some state schools will run you $30-40k for a BSN. Some private colleges (example: Pacific Lutheran University, a well respected private liberal arts college in WA state that offered a nursing program) will run you $80k with no loans. Remember, scholarships and financial aid are your best friends - you just have to take the time to apply for scholarships. Also - don't listen to your advisor regarding that you "did well" in your sciences - you might have passed, but you absolutely DID NOT do well enough in your science classes if you are getting Cs and Bs. I'm not being mean, just realistic, and trying to help. Good luck!
  10. blondielocks

    Student Nurse Association @ ASU?

    Hi all - I was just wondering if anyone here is or has been a member of the student nurse association at ASU? I understand that it is a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association, as well as Student Nurses Association of Arizona? I'm considering joining, just wondering if anyone has any experience with it? I really want to get involved with it, if it is an active association at the ASU Downtown campus. TIA
  11. Yes, perhaps more information on your situation, and where in the US you plan to work - that might allow for better help :)
  12. blondielocks

    My experience getting a job in the hospital

    congratulations :)
  13. I agree that an ADN is not as easy to get as an AA. However, I think that the original point was that no matter how you spin it or dress it up an ADN is still an Associate's degree, and a BSN is still a Bachelor's degree. Both degrees will get you to an RN (assuming NCLEX is passed). However many pre-requisites are required, it is still an Associate's degree. That's not meant to discount the difficulty, grades required, and waiting (sometimes) required to get the ADN. I completely acknowledge the steps required to completing the degree.
  14. blondielocks

    Deciding which University to get my BSN

    You and your husband? That is awesome! Congrats on making your decision. I haven't been at ASU very long but if you have any questions I'm more than happy to give insight/help if I can. Feel free to PM me :)
  15. blondielocks

    Financial Aid question

    Another piece of advice, just my 2 cents, is that if you don't need to work, don't, as long as you are prepared to devote all that time you'd spend working, to your studies instead. After losing my job, I've opted not to get another one, and instead focus 100% on school.
  16. Hi all - I have a question - it seems that when a nursing student, or pre-nursing student, exhibits an interest in CRNA school, they are immediately scrutinized, criticized, and condescended for their interest. I understand that many have an interest in CRNA school, and throughout the path of nursing from pre-reqs, to nursing school, to working after graduation, and then to getting into the ICU and then finally, applying for school, some may change their minds or find that for whatever reason, they are unable to actually go through with CRNA school. Has anyone ever felt intimidated by this overwhelming response? I know I have. I don't have my heart 100% set on becoming a CRNA but I am very strong in sciences and the profession interests me. I'm almost embarrassed at times to admit my interest for fear of the extremely negative, rude, and condescending remarks that I have seen made towards others who express a desire in this profession. I have even heard some people state that their hospital's ICU will not hire anyone who desires to be a CRNA. What are we to do? If we reach out for information, especially if its very early on in our BSN/ADN schooling, we are ridiculed. It's so frustrating to me. This is the first post I've made really talking about this but I guess I am just venting. I would think that myself and other students/nurses should be able to ask freely if they have questions without having negative remarks thrown back at us. Does anyone else feel like this? Or is it just me? I want to find out more about the profession (aside from what I know - high salary, possible autonomy, advanced degree required, and minimum of 1-2 years in ICU needed) but it seems a lot of people just want to shoot me down, along with others, for just trying to find out more info. Sorry, I guess I'm just venting but I'm not even a nurse yet and I already feel like I'm experiencing the "nurses eat their young" phenomena.