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  1. Amaranthine

    Do nursing schools frown on repeat classes?

    It depends on the school. Where I'm at, they take every grade from a class that you've retaken into consideration. So, if you got a C in one class but retook it again and got an A it doesn't matter-- the C still counts against you. However, they don't care about any withdrawals you've had.
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    I stink at peripheral pulses

    I was having a hard time with brachial at first, so I had to get the teacher to help out a little. She told me if I was having a a hard time finding it I should hyperextend their arm a bit. Now I can find it easy! I'm not sure if it's just taught this way some places, but they never told us to do this... maybe this is your problem. As for femoral.. I can't help you there. We didn't pay much attention to that area.
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    Scrub sizes (pants)

    I have to buy my uniform for school at the bookstore. I'm not sure what brand the scrubs are, but we aren't allowed to try them on before we buy... and I don't want to have to wait in line to return (if possible). I was just wondering, if I wear a size 5 to 7 pants/jeans, do you guys think I should get a medium? I get medium pajama pants, but they are kind of loose.... and I don't want to get the small and have them too tight. I'm not sure what material they were, but they were really soft. Not the scratchy stiff fabric... Just wondering what sizes anyone else gets if they wear my size in jeans. I know different brands will be a bit different with sizing, but I just wanted some input. Thanks!
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    Scrub sizes (pants)

    Thanks everyone!:) I got the brand from the bookstore and I looked it up to see which size I needed, then went and got a medium... only to find out that they fell off of me. Small was too big and extra small fit but were way too tight. I just got the small and was able to get them tailored. Those are the weirdest sizes I have ever tried on...
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    Littmann color question

    I'm getting a stethoscope for my first semester in nursing school. At first I thought about getting the pearl pink, but I don't think I want to stick out that much. The next best one (to me) is the seafoam green... there's just one problem-- most websites show a different color, and I'm not sure what it actually looks like. Can anyone tell me if it looks like this or this? I'm hoping it looks like the second picture. If not, does anyone really like the pearl pink? Or, does anyone have any suggestions for a color that would go better with a red and white uniform? Thanks!
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    Rank these classes by how hard they are

    Here's how I would rank them (going from hardest to easiest): A&P I (Concepts: 4; Volume: 5) A&P II (Concepts: 3; Volume: 4) Dev. Psychology (Concepts: 2; Volume: 4) Microbiology (Concepts: 2; Volume: 4) Sociology (Concepts: 1; Volume: 2) A&P I was harder than the second semester for me because I felt like having everything grouped into organ systems and everything was easier to understand. Also, I would say Dev. Psychology is harder than Microbiology for me because my professor's tests are kind of everywhere and it's hard to study for it sometimes. So, the easiness or hardness definitely depends on the teacher you have and what makes more sense to you.
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    Littmann color question

    Thank you for answering. :) I didn't really think about my uniform when I was looking at the colors. The green is just the one that looks nicest to me (green is my favorite color). That's why I also asked what color would go best with the uniform. I was afraid I'd look a little Christmasy, and I definitely don't want black, so I really have no idea what would look nice.
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    Pre-Nursing Classes

    I'm in a BSN program, finishing up my last pre-req's this semester. We have to apply to the nursing program during the last semester of these. The entry is based on GPA and TEAS score. :) I got in for next semester, but we have to keep a C in the classes we're taking right now or else we'll get dropped. We have to take: A&P I + lab A&P II + lab Microbiology + lab Statistics Intro to Sociology Communications (Public Speaking) English Comp. I English Comp. II World Literature General Psychology Developmental Psychology (Human growth and development) American History I American History II Freshman Experience (Everyone who goes to my school has to take this, unless they are transferring from another college) 2 Humanities courses (I took Art Appreciation and Music Appreciation) ... I don't think I forgot anything. lol
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    TEAS question..Please answer

    I was bad at math, but I made a little study guide from the TEAS book. I studied that and worked out problems for a while, and I ended up getting a 90% on the math section. I took version 5, so it may be different, but the actual TEAS study book had problems that were exactly like the math section on the real test. The math wasn't really that hard once I went over it. It was more like stuff that I learned a long time ago (like in middle school), but because I hadn't seen it in a while I forgot things. Every school is different in what they want, so I can't really say what passing is. I would guess that anything above the national average or at the national average would be passing... For my school, it was the first year they used version 5, so we just went by that. Also, don't be worried if you don't do super well. You have the other sections to help boost you up in the end!
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    Anyone buy their own anatomy models?

    I actually considered it, but a lot of them were really expensive. I didn't have time to go to open labs much at all and I still managed to make an A in both labs. Here's what I did- I made it ONE day to open lab for first semester, then I took pictures of the models and if there were any lists of what each thing was I took a picture of that. The second semester I couldn't get to open lab for that one day, so I just took pictures of the models during class when we were going over things.
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    Spring 2011 Hopefuls!!

    Maybe I was just freaking out a little because I was nervous... but everyone got their letter three days before I did and in those few days I thought that they had lost my application or I messed up and they threw it out. lol It was only a few days, but it felt like forever. I got in, though! I'm so happy! Congrats to anyone else who got in!
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    Spring 2011 Hopefuls!!

    Hopefully tomorrow I'll get my letter. A lot of people got theirs today and I'm so nervous! I think I will probably get in based on their scores/GPAs, but I don't want to get my hopes up... AHHH! I just want to know already!
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    Pre-TEAS assessment vs. actual TEAS test

    Actually, for the version V at least, I was able to take each online practice test twice. The questions didn't change, though.
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    Physio :(

    Youtube really helped me picture some things that I couldn't figure out. Just google whatever you're having trouble on and you will most likely be able to find very simple explanations. :)
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    Vaccination question

    I haven't been accepted into nursing school yet (hopefully I'll get that letter in October), but several vaccinations are required. How long do these take? I really have no idea what shots I've already had.
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    Lots of people changing their minds last minute

    Hmmm... too bad many people don't know this. All I hear during class is "Oh we'll get jobs so quickly... blah blah blah shortage.... blah blah blah." Even two of my professors (micro and sociology) who have mentioned nursing seem to think there is still a shortage.
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    Vaccination question

    Thank you all! :)
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    OVERWHELMED....need advice!!

    You should meet with your professor and go over your test to see what you were doing wrong. This will really help you study more efficiently. Oh, and I don't think it's an indicator of how well you do in nursing. I've heard tests are completely different. Anyway, I'm sure that if you did bad you will be able to pull your grade up! It is only the first test. :)
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    Who's taken the teas v?

    My pre-nursing advisor informed me that only about 10 made 80 or above out of about 400 or 500 people. She stated that most made from 65-75. Either people at my school were totally unprepared, or... the test was just really hard. For me, it was kind of easy... except the science. Although you could probably take educated guesses on most. I was surprised to see I didn't have as much chemistry as many other people said. That's probably why I did good. Anyway, if you're not sure if what you did was good or not... just go by the national percentile ranking and the program percentile ranking. If you're at or above, I would say you are fine (especially if you're above!).
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    Some tips for Students (new or exp!)

    Studystack.com looks pretty awesome. :) Thanks!
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    Piercings While Taking CNA Course & Clinical?

    I had a nape piercing. I loved that thing... so much. However, I want to be an RN even more so. If you really are serious about having a job in the medical field, just take them out. If you cover them up you'll have to do it all of the time! I think that will get old and you will grow tired of doing it. Think about what's more important to you and go from there.
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    Pre-TEAS assessment vs. actual TEAS test

    I took TEAS V and did both online practice tests. My score on the actual test was about 5 points higher than what I made on the practice tests on the first time. I say this because the second time I took those tests I remembered many of the questions so that was no help. The practice tests do give you a great idea of how the test will be... especially the math! I'm so glad I took the online tests because the math sections were great. The science was kind of random, though. Just go over the book and focus on what you don't know.
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    Math assesment test...OMG

    Usually if you have to take a math like that, it's for the best. It will help out in the long run for any other math related courses. Otherwise, you'd be thrown into something you aren't well prepared for. Don't be mad at yourself! It's not a bad thing. :)
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    A and P 2 Anatomy

    In my A&P classes we had power points, but we were still expected to know everything from the book. Go through the chapters and find the most important parts, or those that seem important. Reading through each chapter will help, also. It's time consuming... but it's worth it.
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    4.0 pre reqs

    It's not hard as long as you are determined and motivated to get good grades. You have to put in a lot of time to study. I haven't talked to my friends as much as I did before taking classes, but it will be worth it for me in the end. My GPA is 3.8 (I know this isn't super great, but I'm very proud of it), but in high school I ended up with a 3.25. I did terrible during my first two years, but I knew I wanted to go to college so I pulled my grades up quite a bit during my junior and senior year. Actually, when I first started college I did terrible. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, so I didn't have any motivation. Once I figured nursing was for me I busted my a** and made things work.