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  1. winterlights08

    When do you start your fall class?

    Second to last semester for me starts Aug 26. Med-Surg III & clinical Pathopharm III Knowledge Synthesis III Population Health & clinical Bioterrorism (an elective) I can't wait to be finished!
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    Nursing School Bag - Vera Bradley

    I had ordered the Carried Away tote when I started my prereqs and it only took one day to realize that a bag that size was overkill. It's really big! If it were filled with books and a laptop it would be awful to carry. I ended up getting the Vera, which worked great for my needs at the time. I still use the Carried Away for traveling, and it works great for that purpose. I'm actually shopping for a backpack now, because my 15" laptop makes the Vera too heavy with my other stuff. I had tried a wheelie bag, but I felt really out of place and awkward using it (I was one of the only students with one). If I were you, I would just get a good backpack now, with a laptop pocket. Every school is different of course, but you may find that you don't need to bring your texts to class, just a binder or notebook. Even in nursing school, we never need to bring the huge books with us, just the smaller texts sometimes, and our laptops. A lot of people like taking notes in the power points, or your school may do computerized testing. If you end up at a school that requires you to bring books, the backpack will still be good for clinicals and work later, or lighter load days.
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    Confusing shoe restrictions!

    I have these and really like them. They were comfortable right out of the box, and were reasonably priced.
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    Top 10 Nursing Supplies

    I agree with earplugs for exams. I use those silicone ones you roll into a ball that mold to your ear. They help to muffle the coughing in the class that for some reason only starts up during an exam, and our squeaky chairs.
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    Whats your favorite montra or saying?

    Why choose failure when success is an option?
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    Conditional acceptance?

    What on earth are they going to have you do with a computer that costs almost $2000? I have a clearance PC that cost me $280 and it does everything I need to do for school.
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    most hated subject???

    Yup...sitting here right now trying to formulate a PICOT question for my paper .
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    Very nervous about my third semester of nursing!

    Our school uses the Hogan series "Reviews and Rationales" as supplementary texts. I just finished OB (with an A) and found this book more useful than the actual text. I think these books are available for any nursing class. There are practice tests in each chapter and the material is really condensed to "need to know" information.
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    Planning "My Space" for Nursing School

    I don't really have any particular space in my house set aside for studying. I do have a desk off the kitchen but it's not private. It's more just an area to keep my books, computer, etc. I did need an area that would let me leave books lying out since my books had pretty much taken over the kitchen table. I have a noisy husband and four kids. Last year for Christmas I requested Bose noise canceling headphones from my husband. He gave me ones that aren't noise canceling but are still pretty good for blocking out the sound. I listen to classical or Yanni (no distracting words) and I'm usually parked on the sofa reading or studying. Occasionally I'll go out to the library or the bookstore to study, but I'm usually at home. I also find that I don't function very well past 9:00 pm so I don't even bother trying to study after that time. So...I would say if you have to stay at home, get those headphones, and hopefully your wife is very supportive of what you are doing for your family!
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    What classes are you taking in spring

    I'm just finishing up a 17 credit semester . I'll have 3 semesters left of my BSN program. Spring looks like this: Med-Surg II (5 cr) Pediatrics (5 cr) Evidence Based Practice (3 cr) Pathopharm II (2 cr) A critical thinking class (1 cr) 2 clinical days
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    Calling all Widener Students: BSN

    So the final decision was Widener? There's a Transferring to Widener FB page; maybe you could also ask there? Good luck! -Erica
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    So close to seeing a delivery

    Oh, that stinks! So close! I also missed out on my first birth last week . Mom was most likely headed for a c-section, and my instructor was willing to hang out with me for an hour or so, but by the time the decision would be made, and the prep..who knows how long it would have taken. She was really close though. Oh well, there's still a few weeks left in my rotation. Hopefully we'll both get another chance!
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    Calling all moms

    I'm a second-semester BSN student: a back-to-school mom with four kids (16, 12,10, and 4 1/2). The only thing that is saving me is that my three older daughters are with their father for half of the week. I don't know if I could do this with all of them home and all the driving/homework stuff! I don't work, so that also really helps. My husband is able to work from home 2-3 days a week, and my youngest daughter's preschool offers an aftercare program, so we use that 1-2 times a week if I have a late day. I went to school over the summer and my MIL was a big help then. I have six classes this semester (and two clinicals) so I'm going a little but I'm managing somehow. I try and get out of the house to the library or B&N before an exam to review, and fortunately my youngest daughter puts me in line.."do your homework, you need to study!" It's definitely not easy though, and my housework has definitely slipped off..and I have fantasies about cooking a savory pot roast and actually sitting down to enjoy it..but I know it's (apparently) worth it in the end. Oh, and I am so, so, very tired. But I try and get 7-8 hours of sleep because I don't function well on less than that, but the fatigue is really getting to me. I just keep reminding myself why I am doing this and that it really isn't forever!
  14. I'm also in my second semester and feeling like . All I can say is hang in there, but I know it's tough. I'm sort of having issues with my one clinical instructor also, but for different sorts of reasons. Right now I'm in the same boat though..not motivated to study or prepare for anything. Something she said to me during my midterm evaluation sort of got to me and made me wonder if I'm just wasting my time. I too spent *so much energy* to get to where I am, and now I'm like, whatever. I can honestly say that if I don't make it through this semester, I'm finished and I guess I'll be doing Plan B (whatever that is). This is really, really rough. I'm rough on myself, it's rough for my family, and now I'm sitting here wondering if I really belong here .
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    Should I take Chem or Biology?

    I would also agree with chem being the better choice, if you had to chose between the two. Bio is good for cell biology and genetics, but what you need to know will be covered again in A&P, but my general bio class was more concerned with the life cycle of a pinecone and mushroom stuff. Chem I covers all the basic element knowledge that's good to know for nursing, as well as conversions (which you will need for med calculations). I also had to take a pre-req for Chem (fundamentals of chemistry) and I'm really glad I did (I didn't have it in high school). I had a great instructor and would have been clueless if I hadn't had that fundamental class--especially because my Chem I instructor was absolutely worthless.
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    Question re: NLN exam at LaSalle

    It sounds like they haven't opened registration for November/December yet. When I registered last year, I randomly happened upon an open test date with a couple of seats open. Debating registering, then went back a couple of minutes later and there was only one spot open. If there are openings now, you might want to jump on it or take the chance that you'll catch the next opening. I had a week to study but did really well. Good luck!