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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    A woman had a baby next to a gas pump yesterday and named the baby Valero! Just kidding although it would be appropriate.
  2. I was accepted to a nursing program that was supposed to start this month. At the last minute I found out that I was accepted to my preferred school, but not until January. I'm not working and want to make the best use of this time without going "stir crazy." Does anyone have suggestions on how to best prepare for my first semester in a community college nursing program? I've already take pharmacology online and am good on the basic dosage calcs.
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    California Training Benefits Program / Unemployment

    Not so easy to contact EDD because they have a toll free number which is endlessly busy. If you are a part of a large layoff, your employer will most likely coordinate with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) people. Talk to your Human Resource person and find out if there will be a WIA counseler you can meet with. WIA can coordinate with EDD to certify whether your program qualifies for California Training Benefits. You still have to wait until you are laid off, apply for UIB, and go through a hearing process to get approved. It can take several weeks.
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    Why am I a B student?

    Does it really matter if you are getting Bs or As in nursing school? What is important is to be consistently learning/improving your skills in NS and then passing the NCLEX. Too much emphasis is on grades. We really learn how to be a nurse once we're working anyway. Oh, and as previously mentioned, what you learn is cemented in your brain when you get a good night's sleep... so "don't let the bed bugs bite!!"
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    I'm going to the one in Sonora.
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    Need help picking a school? ARC or MJC?

    Hi 1DAYRN, I couldn't resist replying to your post. I opted out of a BSN program I was supposed to start in August (1 1/2 hour away) because I got accepted to a school 15 minutes from my home. You know which one!! I live a mile from one of my new (and old) schoolmates and she'll be a great study partner. The biggest issue for me was I didn't want to be isolated from my family school, and study partners, which I would have been had I gone to my first school. You have to consider what these factor "cost" you. BTW, did you realize that it's about as hard to get into ARC as to Harvard. Congratulations. Yes, ARC is a very good school and the big advantage I see is you will do your clinicals at BIG hospitals in Sac. Really you will see very complex cases and should not miss the opportunity to work in the big city. You want to go to school where you want to live so you will get a job there, right? (Think big picture) Plus ARC just got $5m in stimulus to improve your program. Good luck with your decision, I know how painful it can be.
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    I just called the office and it worked out all right. They're going to let me wear the Dove uniforms. I hope they look the same. So much for being a self-starter. So far it's not really helping me out in NS!
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    Great.. just one more thing to stress me out today. I already bought my uniforms from Dove. I can't even bear to call the office.
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    I got mine today... still so much to do!
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    IDAYRN, It's much better that you will be close to home for so many reasons. Good luck.
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    What is it like to be a nurse in a prison?

    Hi Cillianos, Please let us know how your interview went. I'm not ready to apply, but am following this post. I have a pretty good idea of what they are looking for, but would appreciate your current input.
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    Anyone Applying to Delta College for Spring 2011

    The chances of getting into ARC are about the same as getting into Harvard, except it's a lottery so even the best student has an equal small chance. I got into Delta the first time because of their merit based admissions. If you meet the criterias, it puts you in a good spot.
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    Meeee, relaxed??? I'm just coping. haha. This long wait has been tortuous. I ran into one of the Columbia students this morning who said s(he) hasn't even had time to read the test taking book. I asked if the DVD was useful and s(he) hadn't even opened it up. That kinda makes me feel better. If we make good use of this time, we won't feel so out of control. Can't wait to meet you guys at orientation. We are going to be great!
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    Yeah, they're not in a big hurry to get them out, so ya gotta find things to keep your mind occupied. I got most of my books and am purusing through them. I guess they will be changing up some books for the newer editions. I got the big MedSurg Assessment book. The first 10 chapters is common knowledge, then it gets into systems. It would be nice to know how they break up the reading, but I haven't been able to get my hands on a weekly class assignment.
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    Is anyone at MJC using the 2-volume set of the Med-Surg Nursing: Assessment of Clinical problems book? I thought I ordered the 1 vol set, but the 2 vol set arrived in the mail. It looks like the book is just divided for convenience because the book is so honking big. I'd appreciate any advice you have on this.
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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    Hi Cbbb, Thanks for the update. I went ahead a got my books anyway. Hopefully it won't be a problem with me using the old edition. I really don't want to spend a lot of money on the new book. I'm assuming they're going to the new med-surg assessment book which comes out in November, right? It's my experience that they usually don't change much between editions. I did buy a new dictionary and drug guide. Hope there aren't many more changes or I'll have to sell everything I have and rebuy
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    Anyone Applying to Delta College for Spring 2011

    Sirberry, I was accepted to Stan as a 2nd baccalaureate student. I don't know what the debate is. I withdrew after I was accepted to my school of choice closer to home. I found their 3 year program to be geared for the younger, inexperienced student. With my degree and work experience, I feel like some of the classes would be redundant. They don't even go into the hospital until the last week of the first semester. I feel like the program is geared for the faculty more than the students who want to get into the workforce.
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    we cannot have acrylic fingernails

    It would take an extremely immature individual to be obsessed with her fingernails while in nursing school. I wonder if she got the word that nurses don't wear high heals, too. Good luck with her.
  19. How is the nursing staff to work with? Do they work well as a team?
  20. I live near SCC and was wondering how much and what type of experience the nurses who got hired have? Can you tell me what your experience is like working there? I may be applying there when I get out of nursing school, but I want to make sure I prepare myself by getting the right kind of experience.
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    Developmental Psych/Lifespan Development

    I was given this information from a counselor from Samuel Merritt. I opted to take the online course at MJC instead. I think you can get a book to study b4 you take the test. Just make sure it is acceptable to the school you are applying to.
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    Let's Have Some FUN!

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    Anyone going to Modesto Junior College?

    1 day rn, check out the hrsa nursing scholarship. it may not be open now, but get on their list. they give priority to lower income nursing students. http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships...ships/nursing/
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    Is anatomy one of the toughest courses for nursing?

    Our school only requires that the student learn the drug classes, but i tried to remember at least one drug from each class. Our school taught anatomy and physiology separately. I thought anatomy was easier (just memorization). Physiology was tougher because of having to learn the body processes. But I spent the most time on Micro.