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    Drexel ACE Sociology Requirement

    They rejected a couple of sociology department courses that I had previously taken and told me it had to be an intro sociology class. Best bet is to check with them.
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    Financing for 2012 Drexel ACE program?

    You will have to look at private scholarships. The Drexel ACE program (like almost all second degree programs) don't offer school scholarships. It's all loans and any private scholarships you can find.
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    Pregnant during FNP school?

    As far as getting pregnant just before starting work... just remember, not all places offer any type of maternity leave other than FMLA. And to be eligible for FMLA you have to have been employed by the current company for at least 1 year. If not, there is no guaranteed time off and no guarantee that your position would be held.
  4. You mean they're not??!? Thanks for bursting my bubble! Now I'm going to have to completely rethink my decision to go into nursing...
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    Overtime, how much?

    I can't wait for the days when I actually get paid overtime again AND have the ability to say no when I want to. My current career/job, I'm salary and that means there are no set hours. You're required to work as long as it takes to get the work done. I can't count the number of times I've put in anywhere between 70-80 hours a week. That being said, yes you can say no. ^^
  6. Most schools require proof of health insurance coverage for full time students, regardless of major. If you don't have health insurance, you're required to purchase the school's plan or they will refer you to a plan.
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    I want to tell you lies...

    I received this many, many years ago when I was working as an ER tech and just found it again. Figured I'd share. It's sad, but it makes you think: I want to tell that little boy, his Mom will be just fine I want to tell that dad, we got his daughter out in time I want to tell that wife, her husband will be home tonight I don't want to tell it like it is, I want to tell them lies You didn't put their seat belts on, you feel you killed your kids I want to say you didn't ... but in a way, you did You pound your fists into my chest, you're hurting so inside I want to say you'll be OK, I want to tell you lies You left chemicals within his reach and now it's in his eyes I want to say your son will see, not tell you he'll be blind You ask me if he'll be OK, with pleading in your eyes I want to say that yes he will, I want to tell you lies I can see you're crying as your life goes up in smoke If you'd maintained that smoke alarm, your children may have woke Don't grab my arm and ask me if your family is alive Don't make me tell you they're all dead, I want to tell you lies I want to say she'll be OK, you didn't take her life I hear you say you love her and you'd never hurt your wife You thought you didn't drink too much, you thought that you could drive I don't want to say how wrong you were, I want to tell you lies You only left her for a moment, it happens all the time How could she have fell from there? You thought she couldn't climb I want to say her neck's not broke, that she will be just fine I don't want to say she's paralyzed, I want to tell you lies I want to tell this teen his buddies didn't die in vain Because he thought that it'd be cool to try to beat that train I don't want to tell him this will haunt him all his life I want to say that he'll forget, I want to tell him lies You left the cabinet open and your daughter found the gun Now you want me to undo the damage that's been done You tell me she's your only child, you say she's only five I don't want to say she won't see six, I want to tell you lies He fell into the pool when you just went to grab the phone It was only for a second that you left him there alone If you let the damn phone ring perhaps your boy would be alive But I don't want to tell you that, I want to tell you lies The fact that you were speeding caused that car to overturn And we couldn't get them out of there before the whole thing burned Did they suffer? Yes, they suffered, as they slowly burned alive But I don't want to say those words, I want to tell you lies But I have to tell it like it is, until my shift is through And then the real lies begin, when I come home to you, You ask me how my day was, and I say it was just fine I hope you understand, sometimes, I have to tell you lies! Dedicated to all the police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and emergency personnel who deal with the tragedies of life and death. The saddest of all being those that could have been prevented. Am I preaching? Am I nagging? I guess I am just telling it like it is...or I could just tell you lies.
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    Situation, pay and insurance

    If you're contract or PRN, then yes. The rate is often higher when benefits are not offered. However, if you're talking about something like a full time hospital position, then no. You can choose to opt out of things like health insurance, but you do not get paid more (there are a lot of people who choose to opt out of things like health insurance because they are covered by a better policy through a spouse or something similar).
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    Do I have to give my job information about my court hearing?

    That's a bad idea all around. That can most definitely be a reason to disciplined or even fired with cause, especially if you get a manager whose petty or looking to make an example. If the schedule's already made and you need special dispensation, then they certainly can ask you to provide proof. The same holds true if the schedule is not made yet but (and this is a big deal in union workplaces) giving you the requested day will force a manager to have to decline another request that was submitted first by someone with more seniority. You do not need to provide all of the details. Or, if you prefer, speak to HR directly and let them know the situation and tell them you are not interested in sharing the details with the floor staff/manager.
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    denial to reapply to take the test

    If there's one thing that gets under my skin, especially in my professional life, it's the attitude of "I know I broke the rule/policy/standard/etc, but it shouldn't matter because of XYZ..." But officer! I was only going 15 mph over the speed limit! It's not like I was doing 125mph in a 35mph zone! Use this as a learning experience.
  11. I like the lullaby for the newborns and have seen (or rather heard )that in a number of hospitals.
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    Navy Corpsman to Nursing

    Again, you have to remember, this is simply based on the research that I did before deciding on my path. I have no doubt there are people here who will tell you that they made it into ER/trauma without a BSN. However, in the research that /I/ did (which was no means all encompassing) that seemed to be the exception rather than the rule. Again, with the choice of schools, you're asking another question that is full of opinions and controversy. Some people will swear that the school makes a difference and others will swear that it makes no difference. I am of the opinion that it makes no difference, though I am attending a fairly well known program (and therefore more expensive program). However my reasons are personal and not because I'm after the school name for my resume. Instead it has to do with the length of the program and other more personal factors such as having family near the program and the ability to get into the program. Again, this is only my opinion and no matter who you ask, you'll get a different answer. My best suggestion is the same as before. Sit down and do your own research and take everyone's opinion (including mine) with a grain of salt. Research positions, research and try to ask questions of current nurses in the field you are interested in (so in your case, try to find nurses who work at lvl 1 trauma centers - try posting in the Emergency room section of the nursing specialties and indicate you are looking for input from nurses currently working in a lvl 1 trauma center). Finally, if you know you are interested in working at a specific hospital or group of hospitals, research and ask questions of them specifically. Also use the search function here to try to simply gather information/opinions to help you form your own. It's a pretty good bet that if you have a question about what you should do or a program, then someone else has had the same question and you'll find an existing post (or a hundred ) chock full of advice that can help you to make up your own mind.
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    Navy Corpsman to Nursing

    I'm assuming that you are referring which path to take for RN (ADN, BSN, LPN/LVN then bridge to RN). I had some of the same questions and like you, I know that I want to work ER/trauma. I did some research on job openings and talking to people in the trauma field and found that a lot of the large trauma centers (lvl 1) were looking for BSN nurses only (especially if you were a new grad) and so I decided to do an accelerated BSN program. However, just remember YMMV. It is more of a personal decision that you have to make for yourself as everyone will have their own take on what you should do or what they decided to do. Have you tried searching the site here? There are dozens upon dozens of posts asking the same question on which path to take. It might help to go back through and read the existing posts since there are so many. Try just typing in 'ADN or BSN' into the search bar and you will come up with a lot.
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    Immunizations & nursing school

    I lived (thankfully) through a long stay in the ICU on a vent because of contracting Hib as a child. I also live every day with the side effects of the powerful antibiotics that were required to overcome the infection. I'm glad that there is a vaccine now and that other children don't have to have their life affected by such a horrible experience. Yes, the vaccine, like all drugs, does very very rarely have side effects and I think it's horrible for the very few children that have the misfortune to experience such a thing. However, I feel much more horrible for the countless MORE children would would die or end up with additional problems if it did not exist. Hib related meningitis was the number one killer of children in the US under 3 at one point and I'm not talking 100 years ago, more like the 70s and 80s.
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    Immunizations & nursing school

    This is not really an issue of vaccine pros vs cons. Even some of the biggest anti-vaccine groups admit that it is perfectly legal in the healthcare industry and military to require vaccines and they can prevent you from work/school if you refuse the vaccines (not that the groups like it, but they admit that's the way it is and legal). So yes, hospitals/schools can require that you have certain vaccines to do clinicals and it is legal for them to prevent you from participating without them. I'm trying to remember the one anti-vaccine website (that /everyone/ always quotes from) that address this question specifically and shows legal cases where the courts have upheld the vaccine requirement and if a person does not agree, then they have the option to not participate in the program. The same hold true with hospitals and requiring vaccines (such as yearly flu shots). While most hospitals do make exceptions, it is and has been proven legal for them to force the issue and give you the option of either taking the vaccine or finding a new job.
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    is it OK to submit your 2 week notice via email?

    It really is a question of what you can do vs what is in your best interest. Giving notice is giving notice no matter how you do it, however... Legally, a pedestrian in a crosswalk has the right of way and cars have to stop. On a busy street with cars flying by at 45 mph, I /can/ simply step off the curb and start walking and be in the right in expecting the cars to stop for me. That does not mean it is in my best interest (or healthy) to simply do so. When it comes to your career and your future, it is always best to err on the side of caution. If you have even a question about something being professional or not, take that as a sign. Is the /possible/ loss of a reference, dmg to your career, etc (depending on the question/situation), is worth the loss of two hours of sleep, having to rearrange your schedule, or other inconvenience, etc. Another example is a question you hear a lot...should I really wear a suit for X interview. Why not suffer the inconvience of dressing up to err on the side of caution? Being the only one that does isn't going to hurt you. However, on the off chance that you are the only one that doesn't...do you really want to be that one person?