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AnnieBopannie has 1 years experience and specializes in Community Health Promotion.

Currently working in a General Medicine inpatient unit in Baltimore, MD. Looking for intensive care, public health, and/or international nursing job opportunities in the near future. While not researching nursing, I also enjoy cooking healthy and simple meals, gardening, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.

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    Nurses with Narcolepsy

    I know I'm posting a bit late, but I am a new nurse (started 10 months ago) and have recently discovered that I might have narcolepsy. My main system is cataplexy and looking back, I probably had it a few years ago---neck giving out and buckling of the knees--after telling a funny joke, but had no idea that was a system of something until my friend, who is a PA, told me the official medical term for that a few months ago. Working at a hospital, I have researched narcolepsy a lot and finally saw a general neurologist, who confirmed my suspicions. I am now waiting to seeing a sleep neurologist and to do my sleep study, but I wasn't able to get an appointment until april (4 months away!). I am currently a new nurse and we do rotating am/pm 12-hour shifts. I worry that I won't be able to wait to tell my employer before I have an official diagnosis, so I recently disclosed it to her. I am starting to realize the lifestyle changes that I will need to make and therefore have asked to go down to 36 hours (from 40) and to be permanent AM shift. So far, I haven't been able to talk to anyone who has narcolepsy (let along fellow RNs!). I would appreciate any advice/suggestions you have going forward. Thank so much!
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    JHU ABSN Fall 2013

    Hey Everyone! I just got my financial aid package and it looks like I will need to find a private lender. Since the school is not able to disclose any particular lender, do any of you (accepted/current students) know where to start? How to go about that process? This is my first time having to get a private loan, so I am a bit daunted.
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Thanks hopefulnurse24---ha I saw that, but I guess I did not connect the dots yet. Thanks for that reminder.
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi Kelseymh--- I'm def in your position. At this point I'm choosing between UW, Duke, and JHU. My heart is leaning towards JHU because of a scholarship and also their peace corps program. I haven't been to either Duke or JHU, but I am going to JHU accepted student day in April---so I might make a quick trip down to NC if I still don't know by then. For me, it comes down to caliber of program and money. What about you? What are your thoughts? For me it is helpful to list a pros/cons list and that way you can get all your fears and thoughts on paper.
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi guys! I am also having the same dilemma. I got into JHU with a scholarship as well, however am still waiting on Duke. I have already help my spot at UW, but that is my last choice among the 3. I have not visited either Duke or JHU, but plan on going to visit JHU in april. For me, it comes down to the caliber of the program and while Duke does have a loan replayment program, you can also apply to the HRSA one, which a lot of my friends have done. I am just waiting to hear back from Duke and see what all my options are. I'm not going to make a decision until I have all the info in front of me, but I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one having a hard time! bah
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    UPenn Second Degree BSN 2013

    Hi everyone! I just found this thread, as I have also been accepted to Upenn. Does anyone know when the financial aid packages are being sent out? I turned in all my info by the Dec 15th deadline, so I'm hoping I will hear back soon. I have already put down a deposit on a school (to hold my spot), but still waiting to hear back from 3 schools and their financial aid packages. I can't fully accept an offer until I know what I will be paying.
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    JHU ABSN Fall 2013

    Thanks cnp2012 for that link! I currently have a pending CNA license in WA state, but I suppose I will need to get one in Maryland if I go there. I'm definitely interested in working as a CNE, if not just for the opportunity to get an "in" at the hospital. I second that bummer CareQueen. I'm currently working in patient safety and quality at a physician's group practice, and I would have liked to have been given the opportunity to talk more about that, but what are you going to do. I suppose we will just have to wait and see. I talked to one school about extending the deadline, and they gave me an extra week---unfortunately that wasn't enough time. I put down a deposit at the UW (deadline is this friday) but I'm still holding out for JHU. It's nauseating to think about "throwing away" $500, but people told me to just tack it on to "tuition" costs. CNP2012--I didn't apply to any of the bsn-to msn program bc I'm not sure what area I want to go into yet, but do you know if bsn students are eligible to apply for a msn programs while in school? I know that is an option for other schools like UPenn.
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    JHU ABSN Fall 2013

    That fuld fellows scholarship seems right up my alley. I looked again online, and there doesn't appear to be any application---so everyone is evaluated you say? I will definitely be looking elsewhere for scholarships bc you are right, every little bit counts. I'm also interested in working part time while in school---hopefully in the hospital, but I have plenty of experience working in admin. How did those students working as CNE's get their jobs? Thanks for helping me out!
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi jenf21! I just wanted to let you know that Duke got back to me and said that yes they can do a skype interview. I had to be persistent though (a few emails and phone calls). I would be in the same boat with you as far as visiting my top schools on the east coast, but the short term notice and financial means doesn't help right now. Plus right now I'm working full time and taking night courses, so it's hard to be gone for a long time. I hope you have a fun trip out east!
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    University of Washington accelerated BSN summer 2013

    Hi everyone! I was accepted to the UW's ABSN program and plan on putting in my deposit next week---still waiting on other schools out east, but at least I will guarentee my spot somewhere. I was wondering if there is any current ABSN student out there that can answer my questions: -Does the SON offer any scholarships? What kind of financial aid is offered? -How big are class sizes? -How are the professors? -Where do you live? on campus/off? -What is your schedule like? I currently live just north of seattle (edmonds) and went on an informal tour last weekend. I was hoping to get a better idea of the program as I'm making my final decisions in the next month or so. Thanks! Annie
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    JHU ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi Cnp2012! Thanks so much for all that information. About the Fuld scholarship---what exactly are the requirements to be eligible? And what activities do you participate to participate as a Fuld fellow? I actually might be interested in that one bc currently I work in a quality dept of a physicians group practice---and it's very interesting work. As far as the merit scholarship---according online, the deadline already passed (feb 1) I'm a returning peace corps volunteer, so I'm going to apply to that one---but they only give 1 away as well, so I'm not going to get my hopes up. Do a lot of students work at the same time as going to school? What is the cost of living in Baltimore? I really appreciate all your help in this. Thanks so much!
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi OsoBear, Thanks so much for your advice. My father is a CPA and I worked at his office for a few years---so I'm also about return in investment as well. I did get into the UW, which is why I'm keeping it as one of my top options, but I am also really interested in Johns Hopkins program, as well as Dukes. The logical part of my brain is saying "stay here and go to UW" bc I already am a resident, it's a really good program, and the cost would be cheaper. However the adventurous part of my brain is saying "go out east!" bc I would like to experience a different part of the country, both of those programs are geared towards global health (RPCVS and medical spanish pathway), and are both excellent programs. At this point, it all comes down to the financial aid packets, so I'm waiting to hear back from all my schools. The difference between UW vs Duke and JHU is that UW is a public school so doesn't give away a lot of scholarships whereas JHU and Duke have big endowments, so provide more financial assistance to students....so in the end, both of those schools could be cheaper than UW. Good luck with your programs as well! Your career experience as a CPA will help you a lot in the healthcare world :-D
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    Hi Jenf21! Where in Oregon are you from? I'm originally from Roseburg, but moved up to Seattle last year. Where is VCU? I'm still trying to get an answer from the admissions team at Duke about a possible skype interview, but if that isn't possible, then I will try to make it out there and perhaps go and see my other top school as well. Might as well make it worth our while right? Let me know if you decide on going to the duke days and if you find any good deals on plane tickets---they are looking pretty spendy!
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    JHU ABSN Fall 2013

    Hey cnp2012! Thanks for reaching out. I actually just talked to a friend today that went to jhu a few years back and is now working at the hospital. I know the school is amazing and my friend tells me how they are so willing to help student out--I was just curious about the financial aid available. Are students having to take out private loans? Is there a loan repayment program with the university? And regarding the 17 mon program---what's the main diff than the 13 mon program other than the length. When did you find out about your acceptance? I really appreciate you help with this. Lots of questions :)
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    Duke University ABSN Fall 2013

    @Kelsey939 Thanks for the advice. Yah, I'm going to see about getting a plane ticket. It would be nice to actually see the campus and get a feel for the university before I make my decision. I also find it hard to justify spending so much money (or borrowing more like it) just for another bachelors--so I'm trying to balance that with also getting a great education. @hopefulnurse24 I saw that on the email, but it can't hurt to ask. My sister said her grad schools said the same thing and then found out later that she could have done a skype interview. Since money is low at this point, I'm going to try that route. If not---might just have to book a plane and see. I'm having such a hard time deciding on schools. While I am in a good position having been accepted to some already, what it really gets down to is how to afford them all and that is the worrisome part.
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    JHU ABSN Fall 2013

    I agree with the summer break. I've graduated back in '08, so have been working ever since---so it would be nice to have a break! Did you apply for only BS-MSN programs? I'm also waiting to hear from JHU and Upenn, although Upenn's price tag is a bit steep for me. I'm bascially going to be depending on financial aid since I have absolutely no money---but I'm hoping that my good grades/healthcare experience will help get me a really good scholarship somewhere.