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    Jeff State Spring 2011 Hopefuls

    in pipeline the nur102 is available and there is info in it about the backround check ect. i'm at the jefferson campus, so maybe things are different but check your pipeline.
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    How do you deal with a doctor who sweared on you over the phone?

    i read about a nurse in the same position, and what she said was something to thing effect: " there is no way that you are dr. smith. dr. smith has a medical license and cares deeply for his patients and would never speak to a nurse who is trying to informing him of his patients' status in such a manner. I'd appreciate it if you would tell dr. smith he needs to call nurse jones regarding his patient ASAP, thank-you." then she hung up. a contrite dr. smith called her back.
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    Jeff State Spring 2011 Hopefuls

    i had to miss the orientation at the jefferson campus, because my son was home sick with a stomach virus. one of the ladies in the nursing office set aside a packet for me to pick up, but i just wanted to know how it went and what were the highlights? thanks in advance for your responses.
  4. when i finish this semester i will have all my prereqs completed so i will only have to take core nursing classes. i have more that enough points, good grades, and the campus that i want to apply to is a little over 30 from my home and the highways i take to get there are secondary roads, so there never crazy traffic in the morning. great right? but now i'm hearing really horrible stories about the instructors. basically the instructors are said to be sadistic, arrogant jerks, who will do everything to make you fail. none of the students feel that the instructors care or want them to succeed. one 3 semester student said that his class is reduced by half now, and he can't keep up with all the divorces that have happened to his class mates. it sounds like i will get to pay for 5 semesters of hazing and torture. failing a semester, means you must restart the ENTIRE program, not just the semester. is VERY common were on instructor will lecture, then another instructor administered the exam on that material and fails the entire class, because she does't think was the first instructor said was right. an entire class missed a question on the exam, they cited their textbook, and were told that the book was wrong ( also in the lecture notes the instructor actually presented what was in the book). she is 100% wrong and will not admit it, and refuses to correct HER mistake. i've been told to basically, keep my head down, don't ask questions, don't challenge the instructors and don't show any weakness, because it's like blood in the water, and they will go in for the kill. i'm a single mom of 3 and not taking care of my kids is not an option, now i'm beginning to wonder if i will be able to hack it. i'm wondering if i should go for the lpn, and endure only 3 semesters of insanity? I really had my heart set on an RN but wonder if i need to make adjustments to maximize my ability to complete the program and get a nursing license. Is this common? is nursing school really the 3rd circle of hell for everyone? can I really do this? any comments and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Jeff State Fall 2010 hopefuls...

    hi, in case you guys are need of summer reading that has to do with being a nurse, i created a list of books i've read about being a nurse. ( the link is below) in every case (except for "emergency"--there were md stories included), they were written by nurses about their real life experiences in the profession. i've read more of these type books, but these are the ones that are really great. one that i forgot to add, is titled "baby-catcher." it is the story of a nurse turned midwife. i read it 6 years ago and loaned it to everyone in my office, everyone loved it. Amazon.com: nurse's stories if any one knows of any other great books about being a nurse, i love to hear about them.
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    Jeff State Fall 2010 hopefuls...

    how is micro? i've heard it can be a nightmare. ap1 was great, because i had a great professor, ap2 was torture because the instructor was terrible. just wondering how that class is going for you.
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    Jeff State Fall 2010 hopefuls...

    just wonder if any of you have a plan B, just in case. for me, i'm applying to lawson state's cna program. If i'm able to i will also try to take micro, and perhaps speech. these are the only non-nursing courses i have left to take. i read on this board, that after completing your first semester in the nursing program, you can take the cna certification exam. so wether or not i get in the nursing program this fall, my goal for the next semester is to get my cna certification, so i can work in the nursing field while in nursing school.
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    Jeff State Fall 2010 hopefuls...

    hi, i did a search for the orientation for fall 09, and 08. it was july 15 for both years, so we might be able to assume it will be around the same this year. looks like we are finally coming around the home stretch.
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    Jeff State Fall 2010 hopefuls...

    a friend that started the program this summer said, that at the orientation they basically tried to scare you, by telling you that you need to say good-by to your family and friends because you will be so busy with a mountain of course work, that you will never have time for them. they say that you should expect that at some point you will have to deal with the fact that you families support for your going to nursing school will wain, when you no longer have time to cooking dinner and doing laundry ect. when she told me this, it was deeply upsetting to me, since i'm a single parent of 3, ages 8,6,4. Not cooking dinner or doing laundry is not an option in my life. I won't let this stop me from persuing my dream, but i already expected nursing school to be tough, the extra scare tactics are not needed. she also said that they were given a massive amount of reading to do, though at that point, classes were more than a month away. getting a head start on reading is great, but it meant that she had to send about 1k on textbooks, because her fin aid, was not available yet. this is 2nd hand info, so take it with a grain of salt. I'm trying to get myself geared up emotionally for the challenge. good luck to everyone, the waiting for the letter is driving me nuts.
  10. hey! i have an application in for the fall at jeffstate, and have all fingers and toes crossed that i will get in. however, i've read a lot of posts about students flunking out over the "math". are we talking algebra or basic mathematical calculation? are you allowed a calculator during exams? do the teachers go over what they expect u to know or are you flying by the seat of your pants? i'm very excited but have heard some horror stories. one was that one teacher gave a lecture , the test on the lecture material was given and graded by another teacher. everyone in the class got around a 60 because 2nd teacher did not think that answer given were correct though they were exactly what 1st teacher lectured. i don't know if this is actually what happened but was what was told to me, and is just one of many rumors about the nursing program that i have heard, many of which make me break out in a cold sweat--uhg!
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    How much do you remember from A&P?

    i'm currently taking ap2 and my prof is totally nuts! he stands in the front of the class and READS THE CHAPTER TO US!! occasionally he will skip a paragraph here and there, but basically we have to learn the whole chapter. he covers a chapter every week and every 2 weeks we have an exam. it's so much material, and i have to actually make notes on everything myself in order to study effectively. basically i'm trying to cram it all in to get the grade. I've made a's on all the exams so far, but i don't feel like i'm retaining much. i feel like my brain discharges all the info I learn for the last exam to make room for everything i've got to learn for the next. many times i'll not understand something, but the next time i will see the prof , is when we will be having the exam, by then i'm so ramped up for the exam i can't even remember my question. i can only hope that the info is still ratteling around in my head, and i'll remember it when i need to. nurse wannabe
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    feeling low, need encouragment...

    yes, we recieve assistance, and the dhr does go thru a process to verify my living situation. I asked the director of fin aid if they would accept the documentation from dhr, and a notarized letter from personal references. she was very clear about what documents would be accepted and those would not be accepted. when my husband left, we had a verbal agreement that he would pay the car (it was repo-ed last summer), the water, and power bill.(the home i live in is owned outright by my sister, all she wants, is for me to buy the house after I get a job, when i finish school). the ulitility guys com around on a regular basis to shut us off, it's only then that he actually makes a payment. he works odd jobs off the books and gets paid in cash, so going after his income is not an option (up till 6 years ago he was a successful stock broker on wall street till his addictions took over) as for working, the only jobs i could get were minimium wage, so I had to get state subidized child care. daycares that will accept the state subsidity in alabama are usually not very nice. and my son is severely autistic so most of the daycares would not accept him. at the only place that did take him, one of the other teachers told me that the teacher that was supposed to be watching him was locking him in the kitchen during naptime. I went to the daycare the next day during naptime and found that he was locked in the kitchen. the teacher said she only did it for a few minutes, but the only teacher told me that was not true. I tried to report the incident but was told it was a church run day care so they do not have to adhere to any state rules, standards. the police were not interested in pursuing it, but the officer I spoke to told me i was not the first parent to have a complaint about that daycare. luckily he is in school now and they have a wonderful special ed program, this allows me to go o school during the day while the kids are at school. it's been tough and we have challenges, but life is much better now that my hus is gone, he was a alcoholic and developing a serious drug addiction at the time he left. now that he is living near his family, he has supossedly gotten sober, before he left it seemed like he was trying to get himself thrown in jail or killed. it was a huge relief when he left. i just want to get my life in order without having to involve him. and that is why I desperately want to complete my education. I just want to be able to move forward with my kids. I want to be able to hold my head up again and be proud of myself and the job i'm doing as a parent. thanks for listening nurse wannabe
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    feeling low, need encouragment...

    hi, i've been lurking around this site , this is my first post. i'm currently taking my preqs for the nursing program at my local com. col. After this sem i will have enuf points to apply for the nursing program. I've made all A's so i think i've got a good shot to get in. my problem is fin. aid, i've been separated for my hus for 2yrs. he lives out of state. i live alone with our 3 kids (7-6-4), and we live well below the poverty level, so i more that qualify for fin aid. the problem is since i'm still married they want proof that my ex doesn't live with me. they will accept 3 document to prove this: a utility-he doesn't have one, a lease agreement--he doesn't have one. I sent him a blank lease form and asked him to please fill it out and have the guy he rents his room from the please sign it. he said he did and he mailed it. I waited a week, he swears he sent it. another week, finally he admits he lied, but swears he will put it in the mail. another 10 days, admits he lied again and never sent me the letter for the second time. (i live in alabama, he lives in new york) I finally contacted a volunteer lawyer group, they will file an contested divorce for me, if I can get my husband to sign a paper saying he will sign uncontested divorce paper and child support paper. I sent it to him with a self address stamped envelope for him to return it to me. He admitted that he received it but has not signed it or put it in the mail. I called his sister and hope she will persuade him to sign it and return it to me. I hate that me and my kids are at the mercy of this jerk. I have enjoyed being in school for the last 2 semesters. it has given me a sense of hope for the future, that i can get an education that will allow me to take care of my kids on my own make a better life for my kids and myself. the fact that i somehow was able to scrap together to pay for classes for the last two semesters has been nothing less than a miracle, but it things really hard for me and my kids (our monthly income is well below 1k). I deperately need fin aid. just feels like ive got a mountain of obstacles to get past, i wonder if i will ever make it. thanks for reading nurse wannabe
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