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  1. cyntrim

    Not impressed and depressed

    "Nursing school is hard. No really, it's hard. Don't get pregnant in nursing school. Books are expensive. Nursing school is hard. Don't fall behind. Here, have a cookie on your way out." Crazed - Were you in my orientation? Because that is exactly what they said except they gave us some pizza as well as the cookie.... lol
  2. I received a gift to buy shoes for nursing class and I would love to buy a good pair of nursing shoes that will last a while. I know that I could ask which shoes people favor and would get a bunch of different answers. What I would like to do is find a store in the Dallas area that would help fit me into shoes that are comfortable and fit me properly. Does anyone have a suggestion as to which store they like that gives excellent customer service. I live about 70 miles outside of Dallas, but will be traveling through next week and would like to get some ideas where to start without just having to point to a store and guess.
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    OVER-40 Fall 2012 Nursing Students--Roll Call

    Last year I was 40 years old when I started my first year of nursing school with my 19 and 20 year old kids. It tickles me that this "Old brain" beats them pointswise on tests, but they are much braver than me in clinicals. They are not afraid of a procedure "hurting" a patient where I have enough experience in life that I worry about what the patient is going through emotionally and my kids mind process is that it has to be done and it is a way to help them. Age does have its advantages. I was surprised that a third of the class was as old as me if not older.
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    What are you going to miss the most...

    I think that nursing school is a state of mind. After my first year I realize I do not miss the mind numbing TV that I was watching nightly. I already lived a structured life so it was ok to have a schedule. I think there is a big hype about how difficult nursing school is and then when you get into it you ask yourself, "Is this what everyone was turning into a monster?" Because it is truly a life changing event but not for the bad and the reward at the end is worth all of the hard work and sacrifices you will make. You will have time for free time but you have to make decisions on what is really important that you want to do when you have that time. Nursing school is definately about priorities.
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    Ways to Stay Energized

    I drink lots of water to stay hydrated - On test days I take Focus Factor which seems to help me. I think that one of the most important things to remember during nursing school is to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and no matter what else is going on find 20-30 minutes to exercise daily (even if it is taking a light walk). Dont train only your brain but find your body is in terrible shape when you graduate from school.
  6. cyntrim

    Bug-Out-Bag for natural disasters

    I was reading a heated discussion in another post and it made me start thinking. I have 10 months left until I get my RN (very excited). The topic was about what to do if there is a natural disaster in your area and you are required to come to work. Although I am not a nurse yet I am the one that even in bad weather goes to work if the doors are open and they are expecting me (might just be my Marine Corps job training). However knowing that I may be required to stay at work unexpectantly at a hospital there are a few things I think that I should start to keep in the trunk of my car now, "just in case." The first thing I thought about was a change of undies and a phone charger. Does anyone keep a just in case bag or what they are calling a bug out bag and what do you recommend keeping in it to make maybe staying at the hospital for 3 days or more - bearable?
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    Anyone else feel this way?

    I am starting 3rd Semester and am so anxious for it to get here, but nervous as well. This is the semester we will be learning psych. I think what if I just cant grasp that concept? Last semester was about maternity... I had the same fear then. I just keep telling myself I can do anything for 16 weeks at a time! Oh and I just started a job as unit clerk in the ICU.... Whew watching how hard the nurses work makes me worry... What if I get all the way through nursing school and then cant do it? I think the thing is fear and nerves are a part of life. but are you going to let them stop you? I hope not because when you conquer that fear - My goodness that feels great!
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    stethoscope for bte hearing aids

    He went ahead and got the E Scope with headphones with great success. As a nursing student with greater than 50% hearing loss he would recommend it to others in the medical field. He has had no trouble hearing with it. I definately want him to talk to his audiologist about the oticon streamer. He did not mention that to us before.
  9. My son and I are starting nursing school together this fall. We have been looking for stethoscopes that he can successfully use with his bte hearing aides. The one that he is looking at is the E-Scope belt model by cardionics that he would use with earphones. It is a little pricey, but well worth the cost if it works. Looking for opinions from nurses that are hard of hearing and have to utilize a stethoscope that is more powerful than a traditional one. If you have used one of these was it worth the cost and a good stethoscope? He does not want to have to take his hearing aides in and out all day and he cant hear through the molds. Thank you in advance for all help.
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    Grayson County Fall 2011

    My family got 3 acceptance letters this weekend! Cant wait to start with my daughter and son!
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    Grayson County College Applicant

    Yay!!!! The kids got their acceptance letters on Saturday! Mine got lost in the mail, but I got it this morning! It was a LONG weekend! Congratulations !!!
  12. cyntrim

    Grayson County College Applicant

    Good Luck Hope to see you there in September -- still playing the waiting game for results of whether we got in or not....
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    Grayson County College Applicant

    Grayson County College Applications are due to be finalized today. Any one else on this board that has applied for Fall 2011 RN program? I have 29 out of 30 points, but both of my kids have applied and have 25- 26 points. Nervous and just can't wait to find out the results of if we get to go through nursing school together. It has been nice to have my study partners so far together during pre reqs I hope we can start the program and finish together!
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