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KatieJ91

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    Finally getting on track... what to expect?

    My science pre-reqs for the program were: chemistry, biology, microbiology, human anatomy 1 and 2. I personally thought chemistry was easier than I did biology, but when it comes to your harder classes like microbiology and AP the biology will be more important to have a base knowledge of. I am not really sure why I even had to take chemistry other than to take the TEAS test. A lot of it depends on your teacher as well. I had an awful teacher for biology (never took it or chem in HS) and had to pretty much teach myself from the book. The labs were also very boring to me. Now microbiology was GREAT. I found the class so interesting and I think that is what helped me want to learn the material. My lab was also very fun and interactive. You will learn to feel so much comfortable in the lab setting and be amazed at what you will learn. Human AP is a difficult class, but I believe if you have a good base understanding of biology it will help you tremendously. It is lots of reading and lots of memorization. You have to be diligent in your studies. My teacher always told us that if we could teach someone the material than you had learned it! Plus it is so important to know for nursing that it gave me a major boost in wanting to learn the material thoroughly. I am currently on break before I start in Sept. and I have been spending an hour or two a day studying my AP because I feel like I am still learning and want to know it inside and out.
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    Microbiology

    Wow it is crazy how much schools can differ in the way they do things. In my school you are automatically enrolled in the lab when you take the lecture. You have to take them together in order to get credit. That applies for all of the science classes.
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    Microbiology

    LOL! You will see lots of different things on microbiology on this site. My class was a pretty easy A with lots of busy work between labs and homework. Don't let it scare you too bad! Hope it goes well for you!
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    Microbiology

    I never had to do any math in Microbiology. Maybe in lab if we had to calculate something but it would be simple adding and subtracting. We also had to measure the size of areas of bacterial growth.
  5. I just wanted to let everyone else know that I found some awesome walking shoes. They are called Nike Walking AS V. I found them at Kohls for 56.99 and also at Famous Footwear for 49.99 (in store). They are also online at Zappos and a few other places. I know there are lots of people looking for good shoes so just thought I would share! I am purchasing those along with a pair of professional Danskos to rotate. Good Luck! :)
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    Spring Step Shoes?

    Have you liked these shoes? I am thinking about some.
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    I got in! NOW the fun begins!

    Thanks everyone!!! It's so nice knowing there are other people out there going through the same thing. I gave my first meeting on may 25 where i should get a list of needed books and supplies. The only thing I've purchased is a stethoscope. I am having a hard time with shoes. I think I'm going to buy a good pair of white new balance and then if they don't work I'll purchase something more pricey. I think I want a lapel watch but am still debating that as well! Rightnow I'm trying towork with the hubby to prepare him for the next 2 years :)
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    I got in! NOW the fun begins!

    Well I finally got my acceptance letter to start school in September of this year. All that stress went away and then all of a sudden the realization of all the new things to be stressed about hit me. I am working hard on my Human AP. I feel like I am not prepared enough. I am also researching and researching stethoscopes, shoes, watches, etc. I am a full blown nursing nerd :) I won a Littmann Master Classic II on ebay for $60 shipped! I was so excited. What are you guys doing to prepare and have any of you narrowed down what shoes, stethoscope, watch, etc. you want?
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    Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program

    Well, I the first reason was because my husband and I want to pay cash for my schooling. WSU cost about 10K more than CBC does. The other reason is that I felt like an associates degree would fit what I wanted out of a career perfectly for me. I want to be a mom first (I don't have children yet) and I do not see myself wanting to be a manager or anything that requires a bachelors. I want to do hospital bedside nursing. The pro to having my bachelors was that it would give me an edge when starting to find a job and also it gives you manager opportunities. The pay is only about $1 more an hour from what my mom tells me. Another reason why I chose CBC is because I have talked to several people who say it is a very good program. I do not like the fact that WSU is via satellite from Pullman campus on many of their courses. In the end I felt that the ASN worked more for my long term goal then the BSN and if I want to go back and get my BSN I always can. Some employers will even pay for you to go back and get it. Sorry that was a lot :)
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    Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program

    For some people WSU is the right choice and for others CBC is. That would be a tough choice! See you at the first meeting :)
  11. I got my acceptance letter today! Thanks for all the advice :)
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    Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program

    I got my acceptance letter today. I hope you did too!
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    Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program

    I know that we will have them by May 31st the latest. I have had friends receive them as early as May 8th. So I am crossing my fingers it will be earlier! I didn't ask her specifically about when the letters would be sent out. I have just asked around to people I know in the program!
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    Columbia Basin College (CBC) Nursing Program

    Hey! ---- told me that the average score is mid 26's. She also said that the last few years the lowest score accepted has been high 25's. Hope this helps. I am dying for my letter too! Let me know... GOOD LUCK
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    Options for RN jobs and motherhood?

    I'll be interested to read the replies. My husband and I are also trying to figure out when would be best for us to start a family. I know we are going to wait until after nursing school (2.5 years from now) and then I am planning on working for a year or two to get some experience. I am hoping I can take maternity leave and then return part time as well!
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