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  1. Hello everyone! I've been piddling on these forums for a few months now reading varying bits of advice, pros/cons of becoming a navy nurse, competitiveness of getting in, etc, but I still have a few unanswered questions that I'd like to post here. I've been nervous to post because I didn't want to be that forum punk that asks already answered questions, so I hope that isn't the case. This is something that is very intriguing to me. I feel like the Navy will push me, and I am the kind of person that LOVES a challenge and hard work. Also, I love the opportunities to be involved in humanitarian efforts, travel, and go where "needed". However, here's the issue that makes my situation a little bit unique: My fiance is also interested in joining. Not sure if there's anyone out there who are married Naval nurses, but any advice from anyone is helpful. We're still wondering how and even if this would work out or be a good decision for us. No true way to know, I suppose. We're both pretty flexible people, and really just want the most we can get out of our career and lives before we decide to have children and whatnot, we're just clueless about what we're getting ourselves into except what we've been reading (well, that and the fact that almost my entire family has been enlisted personnel at some point, but that is obviously a world of difference). We would like to join by FY 2015 as we get married next year. Here's some basic facts: -I'm a brand new BSN graduate fwho takes NCLEX in 10 days (yikes!) -He's currently an ADN enrolled in an accredited transition to BSN program and will be done in roughly a year -I start a job in two weeks in Labor and Delivery at a well-known hospital... -He currently works for a mid-sized hospital in ICU, though he wants to transfer to NICU -Our GPAs suck: My overall is a 3.57, but my nursing GPA is a 3.18; his overall is a 3.50 and nursing GPA is a 3.0. I read about a lot of 3.8+ GPAs on here. -I have extensive leadership and organizational involvement on my resume, have tutored the past 4 years, plus I have great references. I'm only 22 so my work experience is limited, and I didn't work much during college. -He doesn't feel he has an impressive resume. Limited involvement in leadership because he worked a lot prior to nursing school and then nursing school was a really tough run for him. He'd really like to know how to change this. From everything I'm reading it doesn't sound like either of us has good chances of getting in. I'm in the wrong specialty (not ICU), he's lacking leadership demonstration, and our GPAs aren't great, but this is something that both of us really want to experience and be a part of, so help there, please? :) Also, what GPAs do they consider? Nursing or overall? Any advice to our situation would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the lengthy post! I'm type-happy.
  2. taylorxteddy

    In need of some encouragement before I give up!

    Update: Passed my first semester with Bs, now halfway through my second semester with all As. Rocking it, and loving every minute of my clinicals! Much more satisfied with my abilities and competence level now! :)
  3. Hello! I have a quick question from someone who has experience with relocating to a state that is not part of the compact license ordeal. My fiance just graduated in May with his ADN. I graduate with my BSN next May and while he works and starts an RN-BSN program, I will try to gain a year of experience. After all of this takes place, we both plan to move to Seattle. My question is how do you go about working as an RN in another state? Do you need to take an exam, or gain some sort of certification? Does anyone know if Seattle requires anything special? I understand by the time this takes place the situation may change, just curious as to what the policy is currently. Any information is appreciated! Thank you!
  4. taylorxteddy

    UTHSC-Houston Fall 2012 Applicants

    Congrats to everyone that has been accepted! I am almost done with my first semester... It's been a little intense, but I'm still making it. Can't wait to welcome you all! :) We have a FB group that helped us tremendously prior to being accepted, and still continues to help us. It was a great way for us to know people at orientation (or at least feel like we knew them), and share encouraging stuff we found around the net. If you guys decide to make one for your class, I think it's a great idea, but please know that our instructors make a big deal about being selective of what is posted. No official documents owned by the school or professors can be posted, no non-students should be added, no negative comments about the school/classmates/professors should be posted, etc, but other than that it is great having one! Good luck on your upcoming endeavors! If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask here or message me. I am just paying it forward like the upperclassmen did for us! :)
  5. taylorxteddy

    In need of some encouragement before I give up!

    First, I am going to address that I made the comment about staying in Houston not because I thought nursing school somewhere else would be easier, because that isn't what I want or expected at all, but because I felt I should have given myself a chance to step out of my comfort zone and experience something new, and maybe if I wasn't around all my friends/family/etc for distractions, I'd find studying excessively easier. I suppose when you post on the internet you are going to get people that assume things about you, however, I neglected to mention in the original post that there was a lot more going on in my life than just nursing school, and I'm not going to elaborate on here about it, but I definitely wouldn't go as far as to say it was lack of a work ethic, because my professors, family, and friends know that is NOT the problem. That is an assumption that can't be made. I have pulled so many all-nighters studying in my life (and no, not because I'm cramming. These weren't "night before the test" all-nighters). I have put in a lot of detail and effort into every assignment I've ever turned in. I have always taken pride in what I do. The issue has been that I didn't realize that nursing school would be virtually impossible if I had external unresolved issues to deal with in addition. The conglomeration of these external issues and nursing school had stripped me of all the happiness and motivation I had, and left me with a pretty severe case of depression. I contemplated checking myself in somewhere for a time, because it was getting that bad. Thank goodness that didn't happen! So, again, no, I do not have a problem with my work ethic and I AM going to make it through nursing school. In fact, despite my spell of not studying effectively (mostly because I didn't know how, not because I wasn't putting in the time) or attending class for a while (because I was so depressed I was sleeping 16 hours a day) and doing not-so-hot on exams during that time, I bounced back and am passing everything with at least a low B. No Cs. I still have 10 exams to go before the semester is over, but I am confident I will make it through. Worst case scenario, I have to drop a class like some fellow students, but I am determined to not let my grades slump that low. As far as my statement about clinicals goes: I didn't write all that to indicate how naive and uninformed I am about real-world nursing. It isn't like I don't know any nurses in real life.. My fiance will be a nurse in 6 weeks, his mother is a nurse, her 2 best friends are nurses, and I have watched what my nurses do in clinicals. I talk to them about their journeys, what they like and don’t like about their jobs. It is pretty apparent that they don't have time for all the little things like I do in clinicals, however, my point was that I enjoy being in the hospital. The atmosphere. I like what the nurses do, and I KNOW it is right for me. Yes, nurses get stressed out, yes they come home in a bad mood sometimes, yes sometimes their patients are hateful to them, (I watched a patient 2 weeks ago throw his pitcher at a nurse, and watched the PCA’s clean it up silently and morbidly) but at the end of the day every nurse I have talked to loves their job and wouldn’t have it any other way. They say it is almost always rewarding, even if they don’t get “thank you”s or don’t have time for everything they wish they had time for. My clinical experience merely tells me that being in the hospital, being a nurse, is right for me, not that I’ll get to do all those things when I’m a nurse. To conclude: this has never been an issue of time commitment and effort. I was more than ready to start nursing school and work my *** off to be a nurse, because I went in knowing that’s what it takes and knowing it was everything I wanted. I have watched my fiancé struggle through nursing school the past 2 years, so I know what is expected. I have resolved my issues and have come back full swing. No more depression. Thank you to everyone who gave me encouraging responses, because they really mean a lot. I have received the same feedback from some of my professors and nurses alike, and it has really been a big part of the reason I am back to my old self. HESIs for all four classes are fast-approaching, and none of us are really sure what to do about them, but I’m ready to take them on. :)
  6. taylorxteddy

    In need of some encouragement before I give up!

    Thanks for the responses everyone! They were greatly appreciated. :) All the wear and tear got me sick now and I have acute bronchitis... I just need this semester to be over so I can rejuvenate myself. I just didn't prepare myself well enough for nursing school and now that I know what it's like, I think second semester will be more doable. I'm not gonna give up, because I've already invested too much time and effort in this, and I know it is what I want to do. I'll try to keep looking ahead to May of next year and all the great things that will come with it! :)
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    UTHSC (Houston) Spring

    We had 90 at the start of the semester according to our instructors, but our clinical instructor is saying they are being told to prepare for 104 for the upcoming semester. As heavykey said, I believe we're down to about 81 now. You guys can get through the waiting process! It is nerve-racking, but so rewarding once you get those letters, and even if you don't, you can still re-apply. By no means does not getting in mean you aren't good enough IF it does happen to you. I had a friend with a 4.0 and a 96% on the HESI get a denial letter. Who knows why! Don't lose your drive though! Do your best, because that's all you can do. You CAN get where we are right now! I will say though, nursing school is going to completely take away your life. I am not saying that to scare you, I am saying that so that you don't make the mistake of being like me and coming in with unrealistic expectations despite having people tell you it is hard. I got accepted with a 3.97 honors GPA and I am looking at a 3.0 for this first semester. Enjoy your time now! Don't overload yourself and spend time with friends and family. It is not impossible to maintain a social life while in nursing school, because I am doing it at the expense of my As, but it is very difficult. Don't sit around wishing the acceptance process would hurry up, because when you get as far into the semester as I am, you'll wish you were in high school again! Good luck to everyone working on applying! :)
  8. Hello everyone! I'm roughly two months short of finishing my first semester of nursing school. I'm attending UTHealth in Houston, TX and am currently enrolled in Health Assessment, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Adult Care 1 (fundamentals and medsurg). I'm having a little bit of a conundrum here, and since everyone on AN is always so pleasantly helpful, I thought I'd bring my burden to all of you for analysis My nrsg dx: ineffective coping r/t nursing school workload AEB pt states "nursing school is ruining my life!", insomnia, lack of sleep, change in appetite, and depressed mood HAHA! So, I turn 21 tomorrow, and you can imagine I am not in the least bit excited because I don't feel like I'm allowed to have fun. I jipped myself for my first two years and went to community college to save my parents (who are paying for my school, which I am so blessed and thankful to have them do) some money. I didn't get that "college experience". No, I don't mean spending nights hugging the toilet after some crazy parties and waking up hungover; I mean meeting new people, going new places, doing a medical internships in Europe like some of my classmates! I feel like I'm wasting the best years of my life! I really feel pretty alone in my school. There aren't very many people my age, and most of the ones relatively close to it are married with children, or at least married. So many people are returning back to get second degrees or going back to get their first ones. They don't have any interest in making serious friendships. I'm single (well, engaged), and not really sure what to do. I thought nursing school would be an opportunity to meet people and open doors for me as well as, obviously, get my nursing degree. I'm thinking I made a mistake going to school in Houston (my hometown). I should've gone off somewhere, and perhaps the experience would've been better. Can't cry over spilled milk, though, right? I chose nursing because I wanted a compassionate field where I could help people, especially in their worst of times. I know that I am in the right field because I absolutely LOVE clinicals. I'm doing them in oncology/orthopedics and they are everything I hoped they would be. Patients love me, and I feel so sad when the day is over and I have to say goodbye to them. My first patient ever gave me a hug when I left and made me promise I'd come visit her if she was still there the following week! :) Clinical is my favorite part of nursing so far, even though I witnessed a patient throw something at a nurse and curse at her at my last one! @_@ However, the school part is killing me. I know so many of you have been here before, and have felt exactly like I have... Some of my classmates feel like this, too, but for different reasons. I went from a 3.97 to looking at a 3.0 for the semester.. I honestly don't have the drive to even attempt As. I've become complacent and Bs are fine with me now. I'd rather come home and curl up with my puppy and eat dinner with my fiance than listen to endocrine drug lectures. I've found myself skipping class a lot. I'm passing everything with B's at this point, but I guess my whole reason for posting here is what should I do? Am I going to make it through the program feeling like this? Will it get harder for me? Should I drop out, even though I know nursing is right for me? What about changing to a different school in a different town or state? Is that even an option? So many questions... thanks in advance to whoever reads this! :) /endrant
  9. taylorxteddy

    UTHSC (Houston) Spring

    I think they took their stack of applications, and rather than organize them by score, just simply picked the first 80 they came to that met the criteria they were looking for. IE, if the first person they came to was 88% on HESI and 3.5 gpa, and they liked that, they picked them, so some 4.0s at the bottom of the stack wouldn't have even had their apps reviewed. That's the only thing that makes sense to me.
  10. taylorxteddy

    UTHSC (Houston) Spring

    I just wanted to clarify to everyone now that I'm in the program in case anyone gets back on and reads this forum.. 1. There was no race card (or gender card) for acceptance. There are Hispanics (my roommate), African Americans, Asians, etc and a handful of males. There are even people that don't speak the best English and still have strong accents as if they are new to the US. 2. There was no age card. My roommate is 21, and I am 20. We have met a few people in our class the same age as us. We're both single with no kids. 3. There are people from community college, universities, single mothers, married people, and people from plenty of different religions. It is definitely a diverse class, so don't be fooled, especially any current applicants freaking that you may not get in based on something silly. I really and truly think that they had the stack and accepted people as they came to them as opposed to any organization. That is logical to me. Anyway, good luck to everyone in their future endeavors!
  11. taylorxteddy

    twu spring 2012 applicants!

    @L8Blumer... No I haven't, and it is driving me absolutely insane. I feel so silly with this first world problem! lol I have never had to make a decision this big, and now my family and friends are getting involved and chanting UT in my ear! haha I am really irritated at the moment about the responses I'm getting in regards to my dilemma though, because those that were accepted to UT are saying "well just go to TWU" like they don't even want me as a classmate. A little confused, and it definitely doesn't give UT any points for me. I am about at 90% decided right now, but anything could pull me back the other way if I hear something that just really sells UT. I know you haven't heard anything from UT yet, but I can't remember if you're in at TWU and in the group. I can't keep up with the faces/usernames. haha so are you? Anyway, I'm way too indecisive about everything! None of you ever want to go out to eat with me, promise. lol
  12. taylorxteddy

    UTHSC (Houston) Spring

    Hey everyone! Do yourselves a big favor and don't give up until it is all said and done. UT had 850 applicants, and (as we know) a very lengthy acceptance process. It is only natural that they wouldn't accept everyone in one day. Most of us sat around reading other people's posts about acceptance with the same fear of rejection. I was freaking out that retaking the HESI twice was the end for me! lol anyway, keep your chins up! Also remember, that in the event that you don't get in for some reason (though I think you will) if you want to be a nurse, and you are meant to be a nurse, then you will be one way or the other, like katybusymom said! You've worked hard just like the rest of us, so just keep up the good work!
  13. taylorxteddy

    twu spring 2012 applicants!

    I will fix the typo! Sorry! Made the group at 2am.. lol Also, I have it as spring 2012 because that is when we start/applied for, but yes, we graduate in fall 2013. Ohhh btw, we're up to 28 people in the FB group! That's almost a third of the class! Cmon 30! lol
  14. taylorxteddy

    twu spring 2012 applicants!

    The group is called, word for word: Texas Women's University College of Nursing - Houston Center - Spring 2012 Just for the record, it's a group and not a page. You have to request to join, and can't just "like" it. If you still can't find it, PM me your email or name and I'll look you up and invite you to join! :) Also, thanks everyone for trying to dig up info!
  15. taylorxteddy

    UTHSC (Houston) Spring

    @grace928 she wasn't very reassuring, honestly. She said that her TWU friends all have higher GPAs than anyone she knows at UT, and that TWU students with higher GPAs appear to get hired before UT students with lower GPAs, because that is a big factor (although a 4.0 is also apparently a turn-off). She said she feels like she's on her own most of the time, and it's sink or swim (she graduates in May), and that her TWU friends have a lot more opportunities for study groups and whatnot. She did say, however, that she loves the school regardless and she didn't apply anywhere else because she just wanted to go to the best in Texas. She said she's learning a lot, and her notes compared to those at TWU seem more intense and crammed. I wanted to amend my statement about NCLEX pass rates. TWU's pass rate for the last quarter of 2010 (the most recent stats) are a 98.7% (150 out of 153 passed first try). Their overall for the year was 95.9% (352 out of 367 passed first try). UT does not provide their quarterly information, but their overall for the year is a 97 point something %, however, a much smaller number of people (155 out of 159). TWU's statistics, however, includes Dallas and Houston, so there is no way to know which one is better. That being said, the statistics were a lot more complicated than I thought. TWU is still ranked #64 while UT is ranked #21. I could crunch numbers all day, though. What I am really interested in is what school I will be the happiest with. I know I will have no trouble getting a job from either. :)
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