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    Failed anatomy...are there other options

    Definitely want to second what Serhilda said. When I was 17 and didn't know what I wanted to do, and didn't know how to study, I did terribly. Like 1.9 GPA. Started LVN prereqs when I was 30 and had experienced life, and have been a straight-A student since (now in an LVN-BSN bridge). If you know you don't know how to study, work on that first. You're going to need those skills in nursing school. And stop acting like LVN school isn't going to require you to know anatomy and such, because it is. LVNs are nurses, too, and the schooling isn't some alternative that doesn't require you to learn hard things.
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    How do you memorize / visualize for tests?

    You mention that you do well with images - me too, I am very visual. (I have migraines, too! I'm currently starting a new med and I did horribly on an exam because I'd just started it and it did bad things to my thinking. I should have known better, and now I'm only doing dosage increases on weekends. So I feel you.) ANYWAY. I paid for a Quizlet membership because it's cheap and you can put images on your flashcards. I also have the Sketches app on my phone and I draw pictures and put them in the answers. I can close my eyes and remember the picture, or if they offer scratch paper, I ALWAYS take it so I can draw/write out my reasoning. (My pictures are often totally silly, because sometimes the totally ridiculous/wacky will stick in my head.) I second people saying to reason it out - instead of sending your brain directly at retrieving an answer, try to find a roundabout/indirect way of relaxing your mind and letting it think toward it. (Amusingly, I got this idea from reading The Dead Zone, and it's generally worked for me.)
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    Applying for endorsement of RN license from Kentucky to Texas

    KY is a compact state so you're fine to work for 90 days under that license. I did this when I moved back here to TX from a compact state and there were no problems, no one cared as long as you got your TX license within 90 days. Can't answer #2, sorry!
  4. Are you doing RN to BSN? I think most people work doing that. It doesn't have the same clinical demands.
  5. Maybe, maybe not? It sounds like way too much for me, but I'm also older, have chronic pain, have a teenage kid with a disability, etc. (There is especially no way I could work night shifts and then do daytime class and clinicals. Damn.) I think it depends on your general health and stamina, your ability to focus and say no to things, what grades you want to get, etc. If you don't HAVE to work three shifts to keep a roof over your head and food in your house, I should think that would be better, but we do what we have to to get by and keep our health insurance. Can you try it tentatively and see how it goes with the understanding that you'll change the plan if you're struggling?
  6. Will you have an ED/ER rotation? I'm an LVN in a BSN transition program, and my experience with both LVN and current clinicals is that getting a chance to do an IV on the med/surg floors is a matter of getting lucky. Most of the skills practice I've had - IVs but also NGTs/OGTs, Foleys, etc., have been in my ER rotation. Also, when I get to wherever I'll be that day, I am assertive about introducing myself and asking the staff to grab me for procedures or anything interesting. (This is based on my experience with precepting people in my LVN jobs; I'm not going to drag people off their butts and convince them to care about learning the job.) Also, I see you said you spend time helping CNAs and such - while it's awesome to show that you're willing to help out, you're in clinical to learn to be an RN, not to be a CNA. If you're in a room helping with a bed bath, you may not be visible, or you may look too busy, when a floor nurse has an IV that needs to be started now. And you may not see that something is happening down the hall that you can nose your way into. I'm not saying, sit behind the desk and ignore call bells, I'm just saying, there are advantages and disadvantages. And you also get a certain amount of luck of the draw, not just with what's happening on the floor, but who is on the floor. Nurses are people, and people are weird, are introverted, didn't get enough sleep, have a sick kid, whatever. Some nurses love to teach and precept, and some don't. (I got lucky last week and had two ED nurses pulling me every which way...I started 7 IVs before lunch!)
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    Nurses are truly underpaid

    Not really, though? The first two years are prereqs and general ed requirements. I had prereqs for LVN school, too. I'm in an LVN to BSN program now, and the only gaps I needed to fill in were two government classes (Texas core requirement for any bachelor's), and an art class. Otherwise, I had the prereqs required for the BSN already covered by my LVN schooling.
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    Nurses with hearing loss

    I have Starkey BTEs and it works fine for me to put the stethoscope eartips in my ears as usual, as they rest at the opening of the canal, while the HA domes sit further inside the canals. I use a Littmann 3200.
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    Do you buy medical equipment for home use?

    Am I the only one who thinks "shocked someone with an AED they bought off eBay and never had serviced" sounds like a malpractice suit waiting to happen? But I guess if you have a lot of money and you enjoy spending it on medical equipment you'll never use...

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