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  1. Saysfaa

    Future College Plans...help!

    How close are you to a bachelor's? Unless you are really close, I think it would be better to get the BSN (or an associates RN) rather than the bachelors and then accelerated BSN. I second the shadowing nurses and OT. Do a min of ten hours for each and maybe more than one setting as each profession has many, many options for settings.
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    Chemistry requirement... Withdrawal?

    Is Pass/Fail an option? That would be better than either a C or a W because it wouldn't factor in your overall gpa. If you can't do P/F then a C is usually better but sometimes a W is. One of my schools said a W is better than a low grade because it shows the students is aware of problems and taking inititive (they have a lot of students who just stop coming to class but never bother to drop the class). That school looks at the gpa of the prereqs only (as long as the overall gpa is higher than 2.5) and then only at the grade of the last attempt at a given class. Another said they don't like to see W's because they put a high value on students who follow through whatever they start. The third said they don't care if you have some W's but they do care about your overall gpa. You can't get too many Ws without killing your gpa because every W is a zero. You can retake classes but the zero remains factored in. It also doesn't matter if the W was at a different school who didn't count it once you retook the class. If your school doesn't count a W as a zero or if your gpa is high enough it may not matter as long as you finish at your school. However, if life happens and you don't finish where you are - other schools will follow their policies regardless of how your current school treats it. The other advantage to Pass/Fail (and to taking the C) is that you can still go to the class and so get more background before the next Chem class.
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    NP vs. OT

    A community college won't have an OT program - a minimum of a master's is needed to practice. It might have an OTA program - you will probably want to clarify which your advisor is talking about before you get much further because to potentially save yourself several terms of school due to required classes having prereqs that have prereqs. You can maximize your chances of taking the classes you will need later by looking up the programs at several of the universities you might go to later.
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    BEST anatomy coloring book

    I don't think there is a single best one. I like Kapit's best because of clarity (enough detail without having too much in the pictures), because it has print on only one side of a page (so I can use ink as well as pencil without it messing up the next picture when it bleeds through) and because of the way it uses superscripts to group related parts, and because the letters inside most of the structures rather than lines from the label to the part (coloring the words of the label takes care of identifying which label goes with which part). I also like the amount of text it provides. I don't like Kapit's for physiology nearly as much as I do for anatomy. I have 3rd editions. My next choice would be Barron's because of clarity and the spiral binding so the pages lie open flat is nice. I have the 1st edition, in case there is a new one out. My next choice would be Muscolino's (Mosby's). I have the "Musculoskeletal" one (I don't know if they make others). I like the many, many, many views. I don't like all the lines inside each muscle - it makes it harder to follow the individual muscles. I look at Alcamo's (Princton Review) but I like more detail I get in the others. I have the second edition. I didn't like the Grey's Anatomy coloring book I had for a while. I don't remember why I didn't like it in detail - too much detail, I think, anyway it was just much harder to use. It is possible there is more than one Grey's Anatomy coloring book. I detested one that I don't remember the name of - it was a very short booklet (maybe 8 or 10 pages) and was no better than pages to color for an elementary health class. I also used my cat disection book to learn human anatomy. It had nice line drawings from different anglesperspectives than all the human anatomy books had - it helped me understand how parts fit together (esp where they attached and which went over which).
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    Lottery System...How does it work?

    Logan, that is wait-list system, not lottery. I disagree anyway that there should be only one system (merit based). For one thing, how would you determine who is the most qualified? Just grades? just interview? just a test score? just recommendations? just exerience? All of them miss some people who would make excellent nurses and all of them select some people who are totally unsuitable and/or incompetent nurses.
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    Lottery System...How does it work?

    I would not go to the seminar and tell them their website doesn't explain it. I think it did a pretty fair job of explaining it - good enough that, at best, I might ask if I understand this correctly... They make two piles: one of applications that are on their desk at the end of the day the applications are due. The rest in a second pile. Those in the second pile are (effectively) thrown away. That leaves one pile. Then they split that one pile into two piles: one pile for all applications that have all the prereqs completed. The rest (including those with some prereqs in progress) are put in a second pile. The second pile is thrown out. That leaves one pile. That one pile is split into two piles: one pile for all the applications showing weighted grades that meet the minimum level. The rest in the second pile. The second pile is thrown out. That leaves one pile. Usually, it is a pile of 300 to 400 applications at Sierra. Nothing else factors in. All the applications in that one pile are assigned a number. Then a random number generator picks 30 numbers and then another 10 numbers. The nursing department looks up which name those thirty numbers were assigned and they get the acceptance letters, the other ten get on the waiting list. Thirty or however many students they can take in each class. The next year they start taking new appliations without reference to which people have submitted applications before (whether once or more than once). There are obviously disadvantages to the lottery system. But there are disadvantages to all the other systems also. Waitlist systems make everyone wait several years, merit based systems lock out capable people who struggle a bit with some aspect of the criteria that form the basis of comparison, etc. I think it is good to have a variety of application systems.
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    Help!!!!! Statistics

    I agree with zoe. Also, Khanacademy.com and writing and rewriting a map of the concepts, their definitions, and how they relate to each other.
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    I agree with your husband because the required classes will give you all the foundation you need. I agree that chem gives a foundation for later classes but the lab doesn't add much as far as giving you more foundation.... unless you are a strongly hands-on learner and even then you can make props to manipulate that will do much of what the lab does. I agree taking biology would mean you would already have some of the things you will learn in A&P and in Micro but what difference does it make if you learn it in a class called biology or in a class called microbiology? And to get that bit of prelearned material you have to learn a lot of totally nonapplicable things such as photosynthesis and the differences between plant cells and animal cells. Not that there is anything wrong with learning them but I'd rather spend time on them some other year when I wasn't on a track toward a nursing degree. Besides, if you think it would help to get a head start, you can learn those sections on your own through your textbooks, other textbooks, and websites such as the Khanacademy.com. I'm assuming your husband says to take the fast track because he knows you well enough to know you can do it (you have the smarts, discipline, study skills, etc). You are much more likely to do well now than you did in high school. You have a whole bachelors - you've probably figured out how to chose classes, how to study, when and how to get help when you need, ect. You've probably gained enough maturity to do what you need to do whether or not you like the material or the teacher or the whatever. And to not be derailed by boyfriends (yours or others) and whatnot. That said, there are still reasons for taking the chemistry lab - mostly that most nursing programs require it. So, if there is any chance you will apply to other schools, you might save yourself a lot of trouble by having the lab... it is hard to take the lab without taking the lecture part at the same time. And it isn't much more work as most of the material is learned in the lecture. Another reason is that some schools have the minimum requirements but they also consider the other classes you have and the lab and/or biology would look good. The advisors should know but you might have to ask a couple of different advisors and/or word the question a couple of different ways. Another reason is that it gives you something to talk about on the essay - if your school incorporates essays or letters of intent into the application process.
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    NP vs. OT

    Um... grad school for OT has OT classes and grad school for nursing has nursing classes. Perhaps your advisor meant the science classes for OT and for NP are different at your school. They are the same (almost) at my school. That is why I recommend checking out the websites of schools.
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    NP vs. OT

    Shadow each in several settings (for a minimum of 10 hours in each setting). Regularily volunteer where you can see each at work. Network/interview/seek out people who work in or with each or know people who do. Read the descriptions of jobs postings (check hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, other large health care employers as well as internet job sites. Join Linkedin. Read through the archives of the nurses and specialty sections of allnurses looking for clues about what issues tend to come up for nurses (taking them with a grain of salt because people tend to write more when they are bothered by something than when everything is going smoothly). Read through the archives of message boards for OTs (there are some out there - nothing like allnurses but will give you something). Read through the industry magazines for each (there are several for both professions)... you should be able to find them through your school library. Check out the websites of schools - everything about the programs including course descriptions and student handbooks and don't limit yourself to schools you might want to attend. None of these are perfect sources but are useful anyway.
  12. Not all A & P classes require biology as a prereq. Most schools highly recommend taking the lab and lecture at the same time if they don't require it and often a lot of the instruction concerning the lab takes place in the lecture section. Why do you want to take them seperately?
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    Should I take Chem or Biology?

    Chem. Not only will you be giving yourself more options later but I think the chem is more helpful in later classes anyway.
  14. "The cure for my depression and anxiety was quitting my job " I had a job like that too. As for the rest of it, I have lots and lots to say on the subject but I keep writing and erasing.... it is probably better not to say much here. I am looking forward to what the prof has to say about exercising, though. He is going to cover that in a later section, so far he's just said if there was a pill that could make the neurological/psychological changes that exercise does (with the same lack of paradoxical reactions and/or adverse side effects) it would put much of the psychology world out of business (or something similarily broad and sweeping). Even without all the beneficial side effects it has.
  15. Thank you for your kind response, elkpark
  16. Sigh, it didn't occur to me to look it up on my own. I will do so. I don't know if the prof is a member or fan of that organization. He says fairly often that he is not anti-drug for psychological symptoms/conditions but that he is concerned that so many are prescribed by family doctors who don't have much training in their use... at least compared to psychiatrists. And that he has a great interest in neuro-something aspects of psychology. And he does teach at a very mainstream, well regarded accredited university - which I know doesn't necessarily mean much.