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  1. aeonic

    Anyone else a Biker Nurse? ;)

    Now this IS a coincidence: I just came across this thread for the first time, via this post - the first one on this thread since April. I, too, am a biker, NOAM, albeit on temporary (and involuntary!) respite while attending nursing school. But love the idea of linking up with other nurses for the day when I am finally able to, once again, mount up and ride off into the proverbial sunset. My personal philosophy is that motorcycling is cheaper than therapy and a helluva a lot more effective! But the coincidence is that, even though I live almost 200 miles away from you, I drove through Frostburg yesterday. In fact, I stopped and had lunch at the Sandy Creek Steak House (or some name like that). The food was really good, and my husband and I repeatedly commented on how much Frostburg appealed to us: the surrounding mountains (with great biking roads!), variety of old house architecture, quaint downtown area, presence of university....I was so taken with the place that I intend on stopping there every time I travel to Ohio via 68. I was also struck by your remark about the unfortunate and all-too-common tendency of non-biker travelers to avert their eyes and quickly retreat from black-leather-clad motorcyclists (although, having traveled alone on long rides before, it can be useful for a woman to have the ability to inadvertently incite some fear in others). In fact, it was on Interstate 68 near Hancock that I first noticed this phenomenon. It was kind of amusing, actually. However, when I used to ride my Kawi Mean Streak outfitted with straight pipes, I would periodically be harrassed by diminutive suburban housewives in gigantic SUVs (Expedition or Escalade-sized) for some strange reason. They would deliberately cut over into my lane - while I was still IN it. Rather disconcerting....and after the 6th or 7th time, I stopped believing it was paranoia on my part. Very strange, indeed. (incidentally, this did not happen with any other m-cycle I rode) Anyhow, NOAM, good to know you and the other biking nurses on AN. p.s. I do have a very funny m-cycling story involving your neck of the woods, but it has info I'd rather not share on a large-readership public board. I can't IM you (not enough posts), but I can be reached via email at cheepeze@gmail.com
  2. aeonic

    Have a done too much damage?

    markie, i'm not trying to be rude, or unsympathetic, but from your description of your original injury and its long-term physical effects, i question your ability to handle the physical demands of nursing. you even go so far as to mention your open disability case, which implies a physical condition that keeps you from working at full capacity. patient care requires a lot of carrying, lifting, pushing, and pulling, with each and every shift. for instance, are you capable of repeatedly lifting 200- to 300-lb patients, or of dealing with an out-of-control patient during a psychotic episode? yes, there are some jobs in nursing that do not involve direct patient care, but they may not be available in your area and, typically, they are not open to new nursing grads. i'm not trying to discourage you, but you need to give this some thought. i do recognize that you feel like you are backed up against a brick wall right about now. but you do not choose to enter a career because you want to freeze your existing school debt. from your description, your loans are already at unmanageable repayment levels. have you actually sat down and figured out what salary you would have to earn to pay back existing loan obligations? you need to do this before accumulating any more student debt. i'm sure that you know that, unlike credit card or mortgage debt, student loan debt cannot be discharged, even by filing bankruptcy. markie, i can remember being 22, and feeling desperate about where i wasn't in my life. i'm glad that you are concerned, because so many people your age aren't these days, but you are definitely not too old at age 22. you'll benefit from your experiences and your maturity. if you go to your local community college, you'll be astounded by the variety of students: ages, backgrounds, academic achievement, experience, goals. be open to meeting and conversing with your fellow students - of all ages. it enhances your educational experience, and you can make valuable contacts for your future. successful people make learning a lifelong goal. and note that i am saying "learning", not "formal education". just because you don't have money, doesn't mean you should use it as an excuse to stop learning. you need to go to the community college and speak with the counselors. you should see a general ed counselor about your educational and career goals. write up a short description of what and where you have studied since high school), and get copies of all your transcripts and take them with you. you should also see someone in the health professions/nursing dept. about what is involved in being a nurse, and the required courses. as for being "dumb", i don't know you and cannot assess your intellectual capacity or academic abilities. but i will say that most of the students i have met in my life who claim to be "dumb" because of a record of ds and fs on report cards have, in reality, simply not studied to the level required by the class material. and, yes, nursing requires extensive education in the biological and physical sciences, and in mathematics. the material is difficult. you need to approach your pre-nursing studies with this mindset so that you are mentally prepared, and you need to consciously set aside the full amount of time the instructor recommends for study, and use it for that purpose. don't be afraid to reveal that you do not know or understand something. if you insist on "faking" competence in a class, how will you ever learn anything? (it's not like the teacher can read your mind). believe me when i tell you that most times you'll be the class hero because half of the class has the same question. ignore the blowhards who brag about how easy a&p was, or that they breezed through microbiology; they can only deter you from your goal. and don't try to shortcut. i know you feel pressured by time, but you need to get very good grades in your prerequisite courses to be accepted in nursing school, and you'll need to know the material taught in those courses to stay in nursing school. take only as many courses as you can realistically handle each term (earning as in two courses is better than taking 5 classes and getting 2 ds and 3 cs), and take prerequisite courses for your prereqs if you lack the proper background, or have difficulty with a particular subject. good luck, markie. i admire the way that you've faced up to your errors, and your desire to get things right this time. just take your time, plan carefully, and, above all, don't waste time and energy looking for the "easy way". if you go into nursing, it will be many years of hard work and complete dedication to your studies. only you know if you the capacity to accomplish this.
  3. aeonic

    UMB Spring 2012

    b_more, i'm seriously considering a move downtown. Please drop me an email with details: cheepeze@gmail.com Thanks.
  4. aeonic

    UMB Spring 2012

    I already have Prime; I really hate shopping, and don't have any time for it besides these days, so, I, too, use Amazon a lot. The Prime has more than paid for itself. The Amazon Student version is now 6 mos. free Prime shipping. I hear you on AACC. With regard to their transferable math and science courses, they are one of the best educational deals around. But I really have a problem with their book policies. They're moving more and more into "unbound books" (which are a PITA, and can't be recycled or resold), or "packages" that contain a lot of junk you never use. They also use some genuinely crummy textbooks with awful editing, and flawed information (Developmental Psych was truly memorable for that). And every term, they assign a "new" edition, even though the publisher hasn't offered one in 5 or 6 years (they present them as "special AACC" editions, and change the binding or packaging to deceive students) but it's simply the same stuff they used in each of the previous 5 years. What's worse is that, as you mentioned, they use that as an excuse not to buy books back from students. I was behind a student who tried to sell a book back that she had bought 6 mos before, but was told that the book was too dated. Very interesting since it was the exact same book as I had just bought for $175 for my upcoming math class. (BTW, it was recommended that she "donate" the book to the "charity" box by the checkout. How much do you want to bet that the bookstore was selling those back to a used text company?). It bugs me that my tax dollars are going to pay for this textbook racket; I much rather see that money go toward paying the professors and instructors a decent wage at AACC. I've had some really excellent teachers there. I'd hold off a bit on buying, if I were you. I think there's gonna be a lot of UMB students wanting to dump some texts come December.
  5. aeonic

    UMB Spring 2012

    The "Calculation of Medication Dosage" (ISBN: 9780781758543) is definitely something that just about everyone will use to some extent, depending on their level of skill (altho a bit pricey at 67 bucks). This is also something that you're responsible for learning on your own; the school doesn't teach you, but they definitely test you. I believe it's once a term that you have to complete it; passing grade is 100% correct. If you didn't achieve a high level of comfort with dimensional analysis in your chem classes, DO IT NOW, and save yourself a lot of stress later. Because it's "recommended" and you're essentially teaching yourself, you've got some flexibility on buying a cheaper book if you can find one that fulfills your needs; there are tons of them out there. There's also lots of free instruction on the internet...not only on nursing sites, but chemistry and mathematics sites too. Some sort of NCLEX prep/ study guide is also highly recommended. I've been warned repeatedly that huge amounts of information will be coming at students in these classes, and apparently, the book helps you learn to identify not only the material that will be covered on the test, but also how you'll be questioned on it. But the few people I've talked to said that they've had no need of additional texts aside from those. They say that there's more than enough to cover in the required texts. One more thing: you can buy an APA Guide if you want to. However, there are lots of websites that provide comprehensive information on APA style, and are much more user-friendly (especially to the user's wallet!).
  6. aeonic

    UMB Spring 2012

    Tippeny, most times I steer away from "packages" because many of them have crap I don't use. This promises to be especially problematic in this program, where the amount of assignments and reading is monumental. I had already purchased the Kozier & Erb "Fundamentals" text when, later, I found out out that a number of students are actually using the workbook and MyNursingLab, despite them not being listed as "required" books. I went back on Amazon and ordered those things separately. Amazon (for whatever reason) doesn't carry the package, but I bought all items (NEW) separately on Amazon (text, workbook, MyNursingLab) for $162.00 total. Whatever you do, make sure that all of the things you are expecting to be included, actually ARE, and make sure that there's not an issue with whole "access number" thing if you go with the "used" option.
  7. aeonic

    UMB Spring 2012

    TEXTBOOKS: Anyone in Spring 2012 Trad BSN buy your books yet? I checked out the booklist provided when I registered for classes yesterday, and found that the REQUIRED books alone total approx. $850.00. This does not include the recommended texts (some of which I've heard ARE worthwhile), or the Response Card, and supplies (scrubs, stethoscope, etc.). If you buy used books, you get about 20% to 25% off the "new" price. I hadn't planned to buy books yet, but, out of curiosity, I surfed by Amazon. I bought ALL my required texts for $580.00. All of the books are NEW. Not only is that over 30% cheaper than the prices quoted by the school supplier (Barnes & Noble, I think) for new books, I paid fifty bucks LESS than the USED price total they gave. I don't work for Amazon, or have any connection to them. I have, however, consistently found them a very convenient and (so far) dependable way to shop for necessities. And you can't argue with saving almost 300 bucks on an $850 book bill. There's an Au Bon Pain shop in the hospital across the street from the SON, and that $300 will keep me in cherry danish, cheese croissants, and chocolate-dipped shortbread all term.