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  1. cmw6v8

    Horrified, disappointed and need advice......

    I think you will still have a great learning experience. Definitely don't postpone graduation just because you didn't get your preferred placement. But I would definitely inquire as to why you did not get one of your top three choices. Can't hurt to ask.
  2. The CDs are a mixed bag: sometimes the CD content is identical to Evolve, sometimes it is not as useful as Evolve, and sometimes it is way better than Evolve. I utilize all the "extras" as much as I can, especially any sort of practice questions, and I've done well in all my classes. So I'd recommend getting the books w/ CDs anyway, just in case it helps. Or you could try and find out what kind of stuff the CD has on it before you decide to get it.
  3. cmw6v8

    Not wanting to work at hospital?

    Most nurses work in hospitals because that's where the majority of jobs are, simply because more nurses are needed in acute care than in other settings. That said, there are plenty of options to work as a nurse outside of acute care, or even within a hospital but not as a floor nurse. Some areas to look at include case management, nurse educators, occupational health, public health, school nursing, etc. I think jobs for RNs at doctor's offices are harder to come by, since they often utilize LPNs or MAs for a lot of things especially in a family practice/general medicine setting.
  4. cmw6v8

    How much math is involved in nursing school?

    The 6 in this problem is coming from the fact that you are looking for gtt/min. To get to that, you have to multiply the mL/hr by the calibration rate and divide by 60 to get your minutes. But since the calibration is 10, they simplified it and just went straight to divide by 6 by chopping off an extra zero. I don't know if I'm explaining that very well. This is the formula I use for those problems: Amount of solution x gtt/ml --------------------------------- hours x 60 (minutes per hour) So in this problem, you take 325 ml x 10 and divide that by minutes, which would be 90. =36.1 gtt/min
  5. cmw6v8

    How much math is involved in nursing school?

    I'm in a BSN program, and so far math is mainly focused on med calculations in pharmacology. We spent half a semester learning how to do drug calculations which involves calculating IV drip rates, safe dosages, conversions, etc. I am historically TERRIBLE at math, but so far nursing-related math has been fun and easy! If you can cross multiply, you can do this math. It involves learning the formulas and just figuring out what you are looking for and cross-multiplying everything to end up with your answer (they call it dimensional analysis). A lot of questions give you distractors which are numbers that you don't even need to use in the problem. But if you can think through the problem, you'll be fine. I had a pretty good teacher so I think that helped a lot too.
  6. cmw6v8

    Degree in the arts vs. degree in nursing

    I think a BSN is a very valuable degree. Especially considering that if you did choose bio or psych instead of nursing, you would pretty much have to go on to grad school to do anything with those degrees in their respective fields. When it comes down to it, I think it depends on the individual to create their career path. It should never be assumed that a job will be handed to you just because you graduated. You have to WORK to find work, no matter what your degree is in. It all depends on you: your motivation, your interests, your ambitions, your work ethic, your relationships with those who can help advance your career (networking), etc. The diploma does not do this for you, whether it says BSN or BA.
  7. cmw6v8

    BSN after MSN anyone?

    I would expect that you would be just fine. I can't think of any reason why any employer would require you to have a BSN when you already have an MSN. As long as it's an accredited program...and I would ask different recruiters in your area at any place you would consider working just to be 100% sure. See what they think of the program itself (or at least the grads who come out of it) in addition to the degree question.
  8. For the ABSN program I interviewed for, I wore a suit (black pants, black blazer and a button-down blouse). Most other people there were wearing suits as well. You might opt for something other than black, just to stand a bit. Gray maybe, or something with a bit more personality than your standard suit.
  9. I took my pre-reqs at Columbia College and really enjoyed the coursework and the instructors I had there...not sure about the nursing courses though. I would honestly apply to more than one program, but definitely go for the ABSN. It's hard to get in. I was put on the waitlist and didn't actually get a seat in this year's program. So I'm actually going to begin the BSN program at CMU in Fayette in a couple of weeks. It's a two-year program but it has a good reputation in the area. And it's definitely accredited! :)
  10. cmw6v8

    Students- I need your input please

    I haven't started clinicals yet but I'll let you know what I appreciate from instructors and also trainers I've had in work situations, along with what I hope to get in my clinical experience. I like it when teachers/trainers give a thorough orientation--show you where supplies are, where the bathrooms are, along with giving clear expectations. I also appreciate it if, when you're not doing so well or can't think of the answer, the instructor prompts you with information that might help you get there. Instead of just scolding you for not knowing.
  11. cmw6v8

    Quitting job to go to nursing school

    I'm in the same boat, but without kids. My husband works full-time but doesn't make a whole lot, so money is going to be very tight. We just bought our home two years ago, about four months before I decided to start pursuing nursing. If I had known I was going to change careers, I probably would have kept living in my in-laws' basement for free! :) So here's a little about what we're doing to stay afloat: We are really just cutting back on everything, especially groceries. We keep our expenses down, and we also rent out our basement which is set up as a little apartment to my little brother who is in college. Also, over the past year or so we've been stocking up on dry goods. We have enough flour, beans, rice, pasta, jarred sauce, and other dry staples and canned goods to live on for about a year. When we see items like this on a really good sale, we buy lots of it. So we have an emergency stash of food that we can also just use along the way to cut back on groceries. We also rolled a portion of my husband's 401k into an IRA, which we then rolled over into a health savings account (so it's not taxed that way). So we have enough in that to cover any unexpected medical bills. Any other emergencies we have to deal with, we will probably have to rely on loans from family, or if we have to, my credit card which thankfully has a fairly low interest rate. Also, our mantra has become "Make do, or do without." We really just don't buy anything unless there is a compelling need for it. It's really hard, but do-able. So that's just some things we're doing. Good luck to you!
  12. I'm in a similar boat--my 1st degree is journalism and I'm starting a traditional BSN program in a few weeks. I also had NO science background or clinical experience. I applied to an ABSN program and was put on the waitlist, and then I applied to a traditional program and got accepted, so I'm going for it! How long (on average) does it take to complete the prerequisites? It probably depends on what else you have going on in your life. If you don't do anything but take classes, you could probably get them done in a couple semesters. I worked full time (40+ hours a week) at a job at a magazine while taking prereqs part time, through a combination of online and evening classes. It took me 15 months to complete them. I'm actually still taking my last one before nursing classes start on the 24th. Coming from a background with No science, do any of you find that you need prerequisites before you take your nursing prerequisites?? I didn't. My degree required me to take general biology (lecture and lab), and I took college-level algebra during high school for college credit. Those were the only two PRE pre-reqs that were required for anything. Are you able to apply for nursing schools WHILE you are still taking the prereq's/before you even complete the prereqs? Generally, yes. I applied to two programs while I was still taking them. I believe this is fairly common. What they'll do is by the time they make their decision, you'll have most of them done, and then they'll accept you on a conditional basis with a required grade for the ones you're still taking. Do Nursing schools look at your prereq GPA or OVERALL GPA? I'm pretty sure the ones I applied to looked at both. It depends on the program--it's easy to just email an advisor at the school and ask. Does anyone know if Hunter Nursing school looks favorably/accepts more easily Hunter College Alumus? Not familiar with this program, sorry. As far as programs favoring alumni into their programs, it's probably not one of the top criteria for admittance. It certainly can't hurt, but in the end, they will accept the students with the best grades/most potential (based on essays, interviews) to succeed in the nursing program. Any thoughts, opinions, feedback, & advice would be greatly appreciated! Go for it and good luck! I am sometimes pretty scared at what I'm doing, going from journalism to nursing, but so far I'm loving it and I finally feel like I've found the right career path for me. It's a lot of work to just make it into a nursing program, but I think as long as you're enjoying the coursework even in the pre-reqs, you'll do fine. I would also recommend volunteering at a hospital--I volunteered in an ER a few times and that was certainly an eye-opening experience. I also shadowed a nurse in an ICU, and I've read countless books, articles, and posts on this website to help me get a true sense of the profession and the education required.
  13. cmw6v8

    What would you spend more money on?

    My program fee includes a $75 Littman stethoscope, so I didn't have much choice in the matter as far as that went. I am a big believer in good shoes, but honestly for my first semester coming up I only spent $40 on a very comfy pair of white Skechers. My first semester clinical is only one 4-hour shift per week. I've worked retail full time in the past and I know that 4 hours is nothing so my shoes will be fine. I might save up for a better pair of shoes for future semesters.
  14. When I was researching these kinds of programs before I chose nursing, it still seems like any and all of them are going to be pretty competitive, in general. You will need good grades to get into any of them. You might have more luck looking into programs in less populated geographic areas. I was accepted the first time, no hassle, into a good nursing program at a small liberal arts college in a rural area. But a program I applied to at a major university nearby put me on the waitlist. Explore all your options, even if it means moving out of your comfort zone, literally.
  15. cmw6v8

    Should I just lie?

    Not sure if this has been suggested yet, but you could also contact the nurse recruiters at different hospitals and try and get an informational interview with them so you can explain your situation and then ask them for their advice on how to pursue your career. Could you also get in touch with the college you graduated from? The college I go to assists grads with their job search...they might help.
  16. cmw6v8

    Can we get rid of the sugar in nursing?

    I'm just a student here, but I agree...I don't have a syrupy sweet personality, although I am kind and compassionate. I think professionalism and balance is key. I'm sure I will have patients who need a little extra TLC and I'll be happy to provide it to them, and being compassionate is an important part of the job. But I also hate the stereotype that this is all nurses do. The "angels at the bedside" stereotype gets me down only because so many people have no idea that nurses are highly skilled and intelligent professionals, not just hand-holders who wash out bedpans and take temperatures.