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    Help!

    Heather gave good advice. You are smart to take your prereqs at the community college where classes are less expensive. Research which classes you need to apply to the community college and the BSN programs at the universities in your area. Then start taking those general ed classes that you will need, no matter where you go. Every school will require: Freshman composition Algebra or some type of math History Non-western studies Biology (usually for healthcare or science majors) Anatomy and Physiology Microbiology Chemistry Do those classes first so that you can asses your skills as a student and be ready to apply to apply to any and all programs.
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    Getting into Nursing School

    There are. My ABSN program only looked at the last 60 hours completed, so that took my cumulative GPA from a 3.0 to a 4.0! Like others have said, get As in your prereqs. Not only improves your chances of being accepted into a nursing program, but it's important to have a solid understanding of Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, etc. before you go into nursing school.
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    Intro to Chemistry Help

    Ask your teacher if you can talk with her about the issue. It will help you understand the tests better and also help her know that you really are trying to do well. Ask your teacher if there are extra assignments that might help you learn the concepts or extra credit you might be able to do. I struggled with Chemistry too. Keep up with the reading and do every assignment. But know that you might need to supplement the textbook (in my experience most textbooks aren't that great). I borrowed "Chemistry for Dummies" from the library and looked for online teaching through youtube videos and iUniversity (don't need an Apple device, just with a computer and an iTunes account) to get some of the basic concepts. I finished with an A. If I can, ANYONE can. Yesterday was cool because I ran into my Chemistry teacher and got to tell her I'd been accepted into an accelerated nursing program. I thanked her for helping me through the class. It was my first pre-req class and if I hadn't done well I probably wouldn't have continued.
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    Attempting to become an RN

    I'd love to know where these better paid jobs are. You might luck into a better paid job somewhere or have an extraordinary skill set that allows you to be promoted in a different industry. But show me another career where the average income is as high for people, especially for women, with an Associates or Bachelors degree. Healthcare is unique in that women have more job opportunities. In an office environment there are women who are promoted, but very few. Most admin assistants and other low paying jobs in my office are held by women. My admin assistant job requires me to have a Bachelor's degree and I've topped out in the salary I can earn at $38,000 a year. To be promoted I'm told I'll need a Masters. That salary is close to starting pay in my part of the country for RNs.
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    how to I become a RN Nurse

    You seem cool Kode and you've gotten good advice. My cousin became a nurse years ago and worked in the emergency room. He now oversees the nurses who work on the emergency medical helicopters at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. There are many cool jobs in nursing. Take care and we all hope you do well in school and in your future career as a nurse.
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    Starting Insulin Pump

    Insulin pumps are great for type 1s but can also be beneficial for type 2s. Some medical professionals have the mistaken idea that you should get in good control to be allowed to get a pump, but most diabetics have improved control and use less insulin with one. A pump definitely takes work and requires frequent gluose testing. However the work is worth it, which is a much different experience than with multiple daily injections. You will have to evaluate if your patient has an understanding of what the pump requires. The biggest benefit of pumps is they use only short acting insulin, more like a real pancreas. Long acting insulin causes highs and lows when it conflicts with the body's natural basal (base) rate. I use a pump and at different times of day my basal rate varies between 0.525 and 1.35 units an hour. A flat rate of Lantus can't do that. To get you up to speed I'd recommend John Walsh's book "Pumping Insulin" and also Gary Sheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas." Sheiner's book is targeted to type 1s but has great pump information. He actually offers advanced online pumping classes at www.type1univeristy.com for nominal fees. I'd had type 1 for 25 years and my A1c was around a 9. Despite my A1c I had frequent severe lows and hypoglycemia unawareness. It felt like no matter what I did I was either high or low and I felt like a pincushion taking 5 shots a day, totalling about 60u of insulin. My hypo unawareness got so bad that my endo said the only option was to start using a pump. I was newly married and didn't want to be connected to a machine, plus back in the 1970's when I was diagnosed I'd seen pumps and they were big and scary. I didn't want a needle in me all the time. Thankfully pump technology had improved a lot since then. It took a couple weeks to get basal rates set and within about 3 months my insulin dose had fallen to 45u a day and my A1c was a 6.9. This was all without making changes to my eating or lifestyle. Best of all, I rarely had lows and my hypoglycemia unwareness reversed. I have not had a severe hypoglycemia in the 11 years since I've used a pump and my A1c has stayed between 6.5 - 6.9, except for when I was pregnant and got in extremely tight control and maintained a 5.1 with no lows below 60. None of this would have been possible without a pump. I was my same self. I had my same knowledge of carb counting and bolusing, but a pump provides accurate dosing and gave me a reason to test. I felt in control of my diabetes for the first time in my life. It does take work to use a pump. Once or twice a year I'll fast for 24 hours to check my basal rate. It does cost more than injecting. But I am complication-free and am able the be the wife, mom, and employee that I don't think I could have been without a pump. Frankly, I don't know if I would have still been alive on shots. For me the small cons are worth the huge benefits it brings. Most mornings my blood sugar is about 5 points within what it was when I went to sleep the night before. It feels like a miracle. I attend church with woman who has used a pump for about 6 years of the 20 she has had type 2 diabetes. She has insulin resistance and uses a pump with a larger reservoir (300 units for 3 days). For those who use >2000u there are also pumps for U-500 insulin. Both you and your patient should read Pumping Insulin and contact the pump manufacturer for a demo. I'd probably start with Medtronic Minimed since they have good customer service and are well represented across the US. Other major companies are One Touch Ping, OmniPod (you can get a free sample off their website), and the t:Slim from Tandem (looks like a smartphone but this company is newer, since you are new to this I'd start with someone more established). Please contact me if you have any questions.
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    mismanagement of diabetes in hospital

    What you observed wiley is a common occurence that threatens the health of many diabetics and even kills some while they are in the hospital. The lack of knowledge many healthcare workers have about diabetes is shockingly inadequate, outdated, and often completely wrong. Diabetes is different than most diseases because patients dose their own medication and also learn how their blood sugar is affected by different variables, so the patients quickly becomes an expert in their own disease. Some physicians and nurses are threatened by that. In my own experience, when I was in the hospital a few years ago to give birth (after having a healthy pregnancy and a 5.1 A1c with no lows), my OBGYN promised he would put in my chart that I could test using my own meter and administer my own insulin, but failed to do so. The nurses had orders to give insulin as prescribed. There were times when I had to refuse because I knew it would cause a severe low and instead of just calling the doctor and charting it, on 2 occasions the nurses told me I was a terrible mother and non-compiant diabetic! I was not non-compliant, I just was not willing to put myself into hypoglycemia in order to to do what someone had charted. And I was right each time. Just as I should have been. After all, I've had type 1 diabetes for 36 years, which in effect means I have 314,496 "clinical hours" managing it. I have been blessed to have expert doctors (Donnel Etzweiler from Park Nicolett and later Peter Chase from the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes) and am a reasonably intelligent person. But I have repeatedly been treated like I am either uneducated or non-compliant anytime I have questioned the advice of a medical professional, whether in the hospital or anywhere else. My experience is not unique. Now I know there are non-compliant patients or those who are working off bad information (the other day my dad-in-law who has type 2 told me his endo told him to eat bananas, but I said he should double check because they're so carb heavy). But the truth is if you take a minute to hear what the patient is saying, you can usually weed out those who are concerned for their health and are trying to share valuable information they know about their disease and those who just don't want to take a shot.
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    Getting into a nursing program? Please Help!

    You might be a better applicant than you think, at least GPA wise. I am a little concerned that you seem to have a lot of excuses for why you can't meet the other requirements. That's great that you have a 4.0. How many credit hours are you taking? How many hours are you working? Do you have family and other life responsibilities? You may be underestimating what you are capable of. I'm guessing you probably have 4 hours a week of time you spend online, watching tv, or sleeping that you could instead spend getting hospital hours. If you want to apply to the nursing program, then do what you have to do to make it happen. That might mean finding out what's on the entrance exam and studying or taking the exam multiple times if they'll let you. The truth is every nursing program is looking for applicants who want to be there and who are willing to work hard. That often entails sacrifice. Most things worth having require sacrifice. Don't sell yourself short, you can do it and will be glad you did rather than taking the easy way out.
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    High School Classes That I Should Take

    AP Biology and AP Statistics may help you test out of college classes or will at least help you be more familiar with these classes when you have to take them as prequisites for nursing school. Physics isn't required for most programs. Does your high school let you take classes at a local college or community college while you're still in high school, to get advanced credit? If so, consider doing this. Most programs pay your tuition and you have to pay for books. If that's the case, you can often rent your books from chegg.com or other similar sites so it's not so expensive. Starting college with a headstart is a big advantage.
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    Nervous wreck about my interview

    They wouldn't ask you for an interview if they didn't think you were a viable candidate. So don't worry about having a lower GPA or anything else that you see as a detriment, focus on the things about you that will make you successful in the program and that will make you an excellent nurse. Be honest and friendly and answer their questions to the best of your ability. Even if you don't feel confident, fake it. I'm sure you'll do a great job. Don't worry about the number of applicants. Just do your best and trust that if you are meant to be in the program it will work out.
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    Can I take Chemisty and Nutrition together ? HELP

    Nutrition is pretty easy at most schools.
  12. Your daughter can find career testing online or get tests from her school's academic advisor. These plus Myers Briggs personality tests can help determine the type of career your daughter is best suited for. That's great that your daughter will finish high school with so many credit hours completed. Help steer her in a directions where she'll likely do well.
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    Is a 'B' in A&P a deal breaker

    I wouldn't withdraw from the class this semester with the grade you have. The W will show on your transcripts. Go forward and maybe meet with an academic advisor in the nursing department to see if you should retake it. Or apply to nursing school and if you're turned down, retake the class and try again.
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    Ain't nobody got time for DEBT! (paying for nursing school)

    Look on the local hospital websites and in their job postings for scholarship opportunities. Most hospitals that do this require you to work for them 6 months for each semester of school they pay for, or some similar program. Check with you school's financial aid office and nursing program about specific scholarships.
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    Confused pre-nursing major

    If you want to start in Fall 2014 you'd need to apply now. Your application will let you show which classes you still have in-progress and then you'd forward the school your final grades after the spring and summer semester and forward your TEAS as soon as you've taken it. I'd only do this if you've gotten straight A's in your prereqs and if you don't have many classes to finish. The reality is you're competing for application against other people who do have their classes and TEAS completed. A better option may be to check into programs that will begin in Spring 2015 so you be a stronger candidate. If you want to take a chance and apply for Fall 2014, just apply to your top choice school. It can cost $100 or more for each application, so don't waste your money.
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    Pre-nursing degree GPA.

    I've just been accepted to an accelerated BSN program with a really similar background to yours. I did badly in my undergrad and my GPA was less than a 3.0. But I had gotten straight A's my senior year. 20 years later I took nursing prereq classes at the community college and got A's in them. The program I applied to puts the most emphasis on prereq grades and on GPA for my last 60 credit hours, which made me competitive. All of the students in my community college classes have been pre-nursing, pre-med, pre-dental and are planning to finish at many different schools. Just make sure that the university you want to attend and the community college have an agreement of the clases that transfer. Many schools will post these course equvalency tables on their websites. Start picking away at your prerequisites and see if you have the science and math skills to do well. Once you have completed a few classes, meet with an advisor from the Accelerated program and have them evaluate your transcripts. Good luck!