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  1. Mindylane

    Who are the lucky ones not working the holidays???

    My parents are Jewish, so Christmas is pretty meaningless to us. Thanksgiving is really the holiday I spend with my family, who live across the country. I had Thanksgiving & New Year's off last year but worked Christmas... this year, I had to work Thanksgiving. We were planning on visiting my husband's family in Florida for New Years, so I switched to work Christmas and took New Year's off. But he didn't get his vacation approved, so he'll be working New Years, haha. So we literally have no holidays off together.
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    Stony Brook BSN - Summer/Fall 2011 Applicants

    So how many people get accepted into Stony's 12-month program?
  3. Mindylane

    Stony Brook Accelerated 2012

    Hey everyone, I've been following along on here for awhile, and just about to finish my first prerequisite (Chemistry 131) at Nassau Community College in May! I am hoping/planning on attending Stony Brook's 12-month Accelerated Program for 2012. I am taking two summer classes at NCC - Microbiology & Anatomy and Physiology I, and then will just have A&P II to take in the Fall. Is anyone else hoping/planning on going to SBU in 2012? I went their for my first undergraduate degree (Psychology) and I was really impressed with their numbers -- 92% of students taking the nursing exam passed (I think that was the third highest in NYS for schools that give BSNs). Anyway, I am just getting incredibly excited at the prospect, and was wondering if anyone was in a similar boat! Mindy
  4. Mindylane

    NCLEX pass rates for NY schools

    SUNY Stony Brook is 92.5%! That's awesome.
  5. Mindylane

    NYC average RN Salary

    Wow, ok, I was just so surprised to see that so many people think 70k is not a reasonable salary to live off of. I live on Long Island right now. We just moved from the border of Queens/LI (in the 5-towns) and I am making 30k per year (in the social work field.) My husband is in IT and makes about 1.5% more than that per year. We live(d) in a relatively small apartment, but we were comfortable, had enough extra for trips and fun stuff, and never "struggled" (we were even able to purchase a new Prius this year). Now, I realize that Queens is not Manhattan, nor is Long Island Manhattan, but surely there are ways to make a career in Manhattan work with a salary of 70k!!? I can't imagine how we're making it (we're both in our early 20s and just starting out) but it seems so few cannot? Do you HAVE to live in Manhattan? Take the LIRR and get a monthly ticket, perhaps? I am going into Nursing because I am passionate about the medical field, but also to improve our lifestyle for the future and if I even if I made 70k for the rest of my life, I'd be pretty damn happy.
  6. Good to know, Mac! I used to live in Lawrence, and I don't think that commute would have been worth it, but Lynbrook is even further than Baldwin... How do you find the traffic in the mornings/rush hour?
  7. Risgirl, I really appreciate the insight in your last post. I think, based on this (my mother also reiterated this sentiment), that taking the year and going to school full time and not worrying about working and schooling and doing the other work that goes along with it is probably the best option. My husband has a good job and we could live off of his salary for one year, so I guess this is the best route. It sounds like you've found your groove now, though, so I hope it works out for you! Where in Nassau do you live (if you don't mind me asking...?) I'm in Baldwin right now.
  8. I really appreciate your reply. I have been thinking about SBU's accelerated program -- I went there for my undergraduate degree, and had nothing but good experiences there. However, Nassau CC is 15 minutes from where I live, while SBU is an hour +... so my husband & I were trying to avoid us having to move again, and of course, with NCC, I could probably stay working while I got the ASN. However, it does seem like biting the bullet and just commuting to get the BSN in one year is worth it, so that I could get a job. I hope all works out for you, Risgirl... It is so confusing to figure out what to do. I wish I had considered nursing before!
  9. Hi all! I am interested in NCC's ASN program... If I go this route, I will probably take classes part-time (is that possible??) and get my BSN at Stony Brook (online RN to BSN program). I am just wondering... I have already taken statistics, and introduction to psychology (I have my BA in Psychology) so would I have to re-take these classes at Nassau? Also, how flexible is the program? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
  10. And just in case anyone was wondering, I realize there are other posts that are similar, but I think my visa status would be reasonably easier, since I'm married to someone who is already a citizen...
  11. Hi all, I am planning on going back to school to become a nurse. I am in the preliminary stages (taking prerequisites here in the United States.) My husband is Australian, and we went through the pain in the butt process of getting him his citizenship here. I had spent a great deal of time there, but I came back to finish my schooling, and he followed shortly after. It will still be 2+ years in the future, but I am wondering if it is possible, and if it is, easy, to become a nurse in Australia if you've got your license in the United States. His family lives in Ballarat (an hour or so out of Melbourne) so if it varies by state, I suppose I'm inquiring about Victoria, in general. I've researched it a bit and was unable to find much corroborating information, so if anyone knows or has any experience, I would greatly appreciate it! Regards, Mindy
  12. Is anyone in Chem131?
  13. Mindylane

    FEGS is hiring nurses

    FEGS, a non profit agency in the five boroughs & Long Island has a bunch of job openings for RNs now. Just a head's up!
  14. Mindylane

    Stony Brook BSN - Summer/Fall 2011 Applicants

    I just want to wish everyone good luck!
  15. Mindylane

    Chem Spring 2008

    I am starting Chem I tomorrow!