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    Nursing classes are easy...

    I think nursing school will be very demanding and time-consuming, but not particularly difficult to learn the material. As my A&P instructor likes to say, "It's not quantam mechanics!"
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    PTSD nclex question

    I have to go with (B). There is not enough information in the question to determine if the patient was at fault for the incident that caused his PTSD. Bad things happen sometimes that are out of our control. Spending time with co-workers isn't really indicative (to me) of a recovery unless the patient is on friendly terms with these people and reguarly socialized with them before the incident. But, attending to work is definitely a good sign that he is functioning again. So, what was the answer?
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    What classes are you taking in the summer?

    I'm taking Human Growth & Development and re-taking Intro to Computers (my school won't accept my credits b/c it's been more than 5 years since I took it the first time). I'm taking both classes on-line. I'm not really excited about either class - just want to get them over with and move onto the fun stuff in the fall, A&P I, Algebra, & CNA.
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    Areas of nursing

    Top choices: #1) OR #2) Peds #3) Home Health/Hospice Do NOT want to work: #1) Burns #2) L&D #3) LTC
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    How much do you work on top of school

    I work approximately 50 hours a week between two jobs. Right now, I’m taking pre-reqs on a part-time basis, but will have a course load of 14 credits in the fall. If I’m accepted into a nursing program, I hope to work as a nurse’s aide, but I will still have to work full-time. When I was in college the first time around, I worked 50-60 hours a week while taking 12-15 credits per semester. I left my house by 7:00 a.m. and didn’t get home until 11:00 p.m. I waitressed from 5 p.m. – 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. I have a cumulative GPA of 3.89. You do what you gotta do. Structure your time so that you can keep up with your assignments. You will definitely have to cut back on your social life, but it’s a short-term sacrifice. I’m not saying you should work full-time if you can help it, but 20-25 hours should certainly be manageable.
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    What did you think of General Psychology?

    I didn't have any problem with this class. I'm breezing right thru....got perfect scores on both of my papers and A's on all the exams. I just don't see why it is so hard for the others and wondered if anyone else had the same issues. There is a LOT of material covered on each exam, but it was not difficult to understand. To me, it's comparable to Sociology or American History. I found the class to be very interesting once we got past the first few weeks, which was mostly history and theory. Then we got into the biology of the brain, its functions and effects on behaviors. I was suprised by how much I liked this class and am really looking forward to A&P now that I got a preview of it.
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    What's the worse thing you have seen?

    The swelling was from anyphylaxis which occured two weeks after I discontinued the medication that caused this reaction. I was on the next to last dose of a ten day predisone pack. Doc put me back on 60mg of predisone for 2 months. She then referred me to a rheumatogolist for follow-up who said the steroids saved my skin (from sloughing off), and possibly my life. This was in April 1999. As bad as it was, it could have been worse. Much worse. I have no scarring from the rashes, but my immune system is still over-reactive and I have narrowing of the airway. I've developed severe airborne allergies and my throat swells up. I'm on 5 medications and receiving allergy injections and it still doesn't control ALL of the symptoms. A few years ago, I was hospitalized for several days with a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a WBC of over 50,000.....with no known cause! All the tests came back negative.....mono, meningitis, leukemia. Docs didn't know what to do with me, so they did everything - steroids, antibotics, painkillers. It worked! I got better. Again.
  8. My psych instructor had our class split into groups and discuss what we expected from the class when we first started and how it differed from our expectations. Several people in my group said they were surprised that it was so "intense" and is not an "Introductory level" course. One woman said she thought it was harder than A&P! More than half the class failed the last exam, so I know that people were struggling. I thought it was a good bit of work to keep up with, but not difficult to understand at all. What surprised me the most about the class was how much biology was involved - I loved it! I'm curious to see what others thought. Maybe it was just a fluke. ???
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    What's the worse thing you have seen?

    Was this skin condition "Stevens-Johnson syndrome"? It's a toxic reaction to a medication. I had it about once - it *was* really bad. I'm sure I must have been a sight -- I was completely covered or erupted in hives and swollen past the point of recoginition. I looked like I had been deep-fried. Very traumatic experience. My doctor almost cried when she diagnosed me. She knew how difficult recovery was going to be. I had a good outcome, though. I made a full recovery and have no visible scars.
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    When to fit in CNA course

    I would like to take a CNA course before nursing school if at all possible as I will not be able to keep my current job once I'm accepted into a program and I will need to find work. My Pell grant requires me to take no less than six credits per semester. This summer, I'm taking Intro to Computers (my credits were too old to transfer) & Nutrition, both on-line. For fall, I've registered for A&P I (evening class & lab one night per week) & Human Growth & Development (on-line). In the spring, I'm planning on taking A&P II & Statistics. My school does not have any evening CNA classes this summer or fall. They did this spring, but I won't know what next spring's schedule is until mid-way thru the fall semester. If I could be sure to take it for credit in the spring, I could put off Stats until next summer with Microbiology. But, there is a vo-tech center that offers a CNA class this fall two nights a week, but I'm concerned that may be too much considering I work full-time as well. Any suggestions? Advice? Ideas? Help........
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    GPA concerns...can I fix it?

    See if your school will let you start from scratch and retake all of the classes that will be applied to your ASN-RN. The other classes may not be factored into your pre-nursing GPA, but double-check with your school on their policy.
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    Drive or Fly

    Is a bus or train available? I have an old friend who lived in Buffalo, but commuted to Chicago every week for a new job for similar reasons. He took a night train and slept during the ride. Lot less hassle than driving or even flying. Check it out if available in your area.
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    In what order should I take these classes?

    What is the policy at your school regarding these classes? At mine, chemistry is a prereq to A&P I if you've been out of HS for 10+ years or didn't pass HS Chem with a C or better; A&P I is obviously a prereq to II, which is a prereq for Microbiology. If you're familiar with algebra or even pre-algebra concepts, I would take it along with Chemistry. If not, take it with the easy health course first, then move on to the sciences, one at a time.
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    How much reading is required?

    I was told that at my school, a community college, there is a 700 page reading assignment the first week and it doesn't let up for two solid years.
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    Anyone have an instructor that was TOO EASY?

    I've had many discussions with the department head over this as well as others. Half of the class likes him, but the rest of us are frustrated and quite frankly, ****** off because we feel that we're being cheated. For many of us, this should have been or will be our ONLY chemistry class. The fall schedule is published, but no faculty assignments have been made yet. I forwarded my schedule to the dept. head and he said he would do the best he could to work with me so I don't get this instructor for A&P I. I tried teaching myself the material. One of our "exams" was to go thru the syllabus and write a definition and decription about the topics he selected. The textbook is difficult to read and hard to follow, so I got myself two supplemental books on general chemistry so that I could learn and understand it better. One has worksheets and end of chapter/section tests which are very helpful. I started out doing really well, getting thru one or two chapters a day, but I got side-tracked with a psych paper and exam and didn't study the chemistry for a few weeks. Now, I feel like I'm back at square one. I think I'm going to give it another shot. I really don't want to take another chem class and especially not over the summer.