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    40 years and over?!

    Just start taking classes. Start with one and see how you do and how many you can handle going forward. I went all year round and did a mix of online and traditional classes. The online classes offer more flexibility but usually take more work. I'd also try to schedule easy and tough classes in the same semester, so I did Statistics and Nutrition together since stats was difficult for me. Nursing school is incredibly difficult to get into, so work hard and get A's in your prereq classes. Before enrolling in a class look up the teacher on www.RateMyProfessor.com Save money by renting books from www.chegg.com (get the book's ISBN from the school bookstore's website and then see if Chegg has it, you'll save lots of money). The biggest surprise to me going back to school in my late 30's and early 40's was that despite all the technology, the top students in my Microbiology and Physiology classes still learned the material using flash cards they'd made. You will also love some of the new stuff, like how you enroll online and how fast professors grade. And their gradebooks are online so you can see exactly what grade you have in a class. Much better than in the past.
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    Professional Continuous Glucose Monitoring in office

    I've just used one as a patient and no it was covered by my employer's insurance, but don't know it they typically are. I used it several years ago when I was pregnant to insure my pump's basal rates were on track. The needle was big and sort of angled so I was glad not to place it on my self. I ate low carb and logged my glucose readings and food. From a patient perspective it was disappointing because it gave no readings on the device itself, so I couldn't tell if it was working or not. Later when my results were downloaded they were very consistent with my meter. As a patient it was very useful. I'd only use with a patient who was really wanting to do it since the patient needs to to do quite a bit of work along with wearing it 24/7, which was a pain.
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    Is it legal to give a friend insulin before meals?

    He should be giving his own injections and managing his own care. I'm guessing the mom is just reassured that you'll be there for backup in case he needs help. Talk specifics with her. It's stressful for parents of diabetic kids to find daycare or let their kids sleep over at a friends because the treatment is so complex now now between carb counting, multiple daily injections and pumps. If you both you and the child's parents talk through everything and feel comfortable with what the arrangements are, then it's okay. You should not be expected to be his "nurse" though.
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    Steve- I apologize for taking a while to reply. It's not worth switching meters if the patient has to pay more to use the meter that's compatible with the pump. The truth is, syncing the meter and pump mostly benefits the CDE and physician. It has little positive impact for the patient, other than getting an "atta boy" at their next doctor appointment because they have a complete log in their pump, along with basal, bolus, etc. reports that the pump will produce. My doctor especially liked this since I use multiple meters (one in purse, one by bedside, one at the office) and they hated having to download and compare 3 separate reports. Once my meters fed to my pump all the results were available on 1 report. I could have just logged, but after almost 38 years with diabetes, I only log if I have glucose patterns that need tweaking. Since your patient has already started the pump by now you've figured out that he can manually enter his glucose reading if he wants to use the bolus wizard to calculate a correction dose. If he can do the math of a bolus correction in his head, he can also just have the pump give the bolus dose without using the wizard feature. Hope this helps.
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    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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    Starting Insulin Pump

    That's a great point delphine22. The best carb counting resource is the Calorie King Guide to Calories, Fat and Carbohydrates. There is a book you can find at Walmart or most bookstores for less than $10 or if you can get an app version of it. It's also worth it to learn the carb counts for some of your favorite meals. Because of fat some meals take more insulin than the carb counts indicate. There's also phemonenons like the "Chinese Restaurant Effect" where when you eat a big meal it takes much more insulin than the sum of the carbs you've eaten. I always say diabetes makes people become very creative and quick problem solvers. You have to be when dealing with all this stuff! In my experience with getting the pump, the Minimed rep just supplied the pump for me. My doctor referred me to a diabetes educator who did the pump education and set up.
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    SteveDE makes a great point about meter accuracy. The current meter accuracy standard is: "FDA’s standard for glucose meters is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requirement of 95% of results within ± 20% for glucose values >75 mg/dL and ± 15 mg/dL for glucose values So 95% of the time a reading is + or - 20%, as long as it's greater than 75. Definitely wouldn't apply to the situation the original poster described. The most accurate meters statistically, and in my own experience, are One Touch meters. But because of expense hositals never use them. I currently use a Bayer Contour Next because it feeds the results directly to my insulin pump and the insuarance co-pays are more affordable.
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    Acceptance Letters

    Were you told you were on the waitlist? Meet or at least have a phone interview with an academic advisor there and learn about their schedule and when waitlisted people are contactacted. Also have your file evaluated to see how close you are to eligible. Some people are right on the verge of getting in and others haven't even met the basic requirements. You need to know exactly where you stand so you can plan.
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    I think this is on the edge of possibility. Back when I had hypoglycemia unwareness, I could have extreme lows and still function. The current meters just read Low below 20 now (I think), but they used to give lower readings. I remember one time having a reading of 13 and walked from my office, across the street to a cafe an bought a juice. Another time I was awake with eyes open but not responsive, my husband tried to give me juice and I couldn't swallow so he sqeezed cake frosting in my cheek and spooned juice in my mouth. I came to a couple minutes later and tested about 30 mintutes after that and my reading was 15, so who knows how low I was to start. Exteme lows with hypoglycemia unawareness are SO dangerous because patient can appear coherent but be seconds away from brain and vital organ shut down. Hypo unawareness happens after years of high and low blood sugars. Mine occured after about 25 years with type 1 diabetes. Because of erratic blood sugars the body stops releasing adrenalin and patient becomes asymptomatic to hypoglycemia. After getting an insulin pump about 12 years ago, the severity and fequency of my lows were drastically reduced and the hypoglycemia unawareness reversed within a couple months. I now have low below 60 mg/dl maybe twice a month and have not had a low below 40mg/dl in years. I can sense my blood sugar drops below 70 mg/dl and have the classic hypoglycemia symptoms. Thank God for modern diabetes technology. With shots I would likely have been dead instead of healthy and complication-free after 37 years with diabetes.
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    Considering a move to CA

    Since the house in CA is available anytime you want it, make sure your husband has a job and you are accepted into nursing school before you make the move. If it's meant to be, you will both find something.
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    Pre-Nursing to BSN Acceptance rates Bethel Nursing School

    Like RunBaby said, you need to call the school you're interested in and get information. Every school has a minimum GPA but that doesn't really matter as much as what the school tells you about the class of students they most recently admitted. They don't accept everyone who meets the minimum... you're competing against other applicants for a limited number of open spots. For example, my school requires at least a 2.8 overall GPA and a 3.2 in prereqs. But in the last couple of years they've not accepted a student with less than a 3.5 overall and a 3.8 in prereqs. Knowing that can help a student decide whether it's worth the $100 to apply. It's also not smart to apply unless you have most of your prereqs completed, with maybe 1 or 2 in progress during the semester you apply. There are too many other applicants who have all their prereqs completed and strong GPAs. The nursing program is looking for applicants who can handle the classes and who will do well. They don't want someone who will drop out after the first semester, so that's why they are looking for folks who have 4.0 GPAs and have already completed Microbiology, A&P, Chemistry, and Statistics. It shows they'll be up the to classes in the nursing program. Hope you do well and good luck.
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    Please help with general school question

    Before applying to a program you should ask what their NCLEX pass rate is. It should be at least 95% or higher because that shows they are training nurses capable of passing the national certification exam. Also call some hospital HR departments and ask if there are any nursing schools they won't hire from or any schools they prefer. Frankly, I don't think the school you receive your undergrad from matters much, even for a business major, unless you're graduating from an Ivy League school. In my experience you actually have better teaching at less prestigous colleges because you have an experienced professor educating you, instead of a grad student handling the class for a professor who's off researching, working on something to publish, or guest lecturing somewhere else. And if you have the ability to pay and the basic academic ability, you'll be able to get into a master's program. It's not the big deal that people make it out to be. I work in higher education. There are a lot of extremely intelligent people with Masters and PhDs and also a lot of dopes. =)
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    For giggles 2.7 GPA

    You have to post all of the classes you've taken at every college you've attended.
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    wait list

    Do you know why you were on the waitlist? If it's because you had prerequisites in progress, then make sure to notify the school of your final grades. If you aren't sure then make an appointment to meet (or at least talk on the phone) with an advisor from the nursing school to see how you can be more competetive. And use this time to save money and research scholarships and volunteer so that when you're accepted, you're in a good position to excel in school.
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    In my area the masters programs require you to have a current nursing license to apply. I think you'd have a hard time find a job with and MSN but no nursing experience.
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    Nursing newbie with some questions!

    While CNA training is helpful, it now requires a lot of schooling to get the certification and then you're in a fairly low paid job. For current CNAs it's smart to take the certification they have and look for a bridge program to nursing school. But if you want to be a nurse, then apply to nursing school. Find out what the prerequisite classes are for both community college (ADN) and university (BSN) programs and start taking the classes at a community college, where it's cheaper. Contact advisors at both types of schools and get advice on how to be the best applicant possible. Then apply and see where you're accepted. Getting a BSN right off is ideal, but it's still okay to go the ADN route if that's where you're accepted. Like others have said, you may not be able to get a hospital job with an ADN, but you can still find jobs in long term care. Some employers will then help you pay to bridge from your ADN to BSN. You do need decent math skills to become a nurse, especially algebra, which will be used in Chemistry and also Statistics. But don't fear these classes. Take them and do your best. Ask the teacher for help and get books like "Algebra for Dummies" to help you get the skills. I believe ANYONE can pass classes like Algebra and Chemistry if they keep up with the work, do every assignment, and struggle through to master the tough concepts. Not only will this help you towards nursing school, but you'll feel like a rock star for overcoming a difficult challenge. Good luck.