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LaceElaine

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  1. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    Hi! Well, actually, not well at all. I had a bad experience with an instructor. Some instructors just aren't meant for every student and that okay. Unfortunately, the experience drove me away from the field entirely. It really is unfortunate because I wanted to love it so badly but didn't get the opportunity. It's sad that I let one person cloud the whole field for me, but that's okay. Don't let that scare you, though. My experience won't be like yours. I really did like it and enjoy my time there. I even had the chance to speak with an actual midwife! She told me she loved her job and couldn't get enough of it (even at 60+ years old!). If you follow your dream, you'll witness incredible things! And if you don't, there's plenty of other areas of nursing for you. I've found a new passion in geriatrics. I didn't really how much I truly loved working with the population. I hope you fine your passion! Good luck!
  2. Your experience is great! I can't tell you for sure that you'll get accepted of course, but from the sounds of it, I think you have a good chance. Since I attend UNMC, I know a bit more about their admissions process than the other schools. From what I've heard, as long as you have above a 3.0 and have good experience (volunteer work is highly looked upon) you're a competitive applicant. I wish I could tell you more about the accelerated programs, but I don't know anyone in those programs unfortunately. Oh, and don't forget about the essay. From what I've heard, a strong essay is important as well. Good luck in wherever you end up!
  3. I was accepted to all three. I had a pre-req GPA of 3.6 plus 2 years of volunteer work at The Med Center. I wouldn't recommend Methodist for transfer students. Not that it's a bad school, it's just that the curriculum isn't set up for transfer students so you would have to complete another 3-4 years only take a class or two per semester. (I suppose that might work for you if you plan to go part time though) I don't believe Creighton is as competitive as it used to be. Good program, good reputation but VERY expensive as I'm sure you already know. From people I've talked to, UNMC seems to have just as good of a reputation as Creighton, but because it's much cheaper, it's more competitive. I believe Creighton also has a rolling application window. I'd recommend you look into Clarkson as well. They have many clinical rotations at the med center and isn't quite as expensive as Creighton, plus almost everyone gets accepted as long as you meet the requirements
  4. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate all your help! I'll definitely look into all your suggestions. I agree, it would be difficult to do doula work during nursing school. I wonder what I could find to do over the summer. But, good news, I ended up getting an OB rotation for next semester! (My school allows students to have a 'Special Clinical' during second semester. Including, OB, Peds and psych. We then rank our choices and we may or may not get our first pick, which is why I previously mentioned that my school doesn't technically have an OB rotation set in the schedule) I can't wait to start!
  5. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    Thanks AspiringNurseMW! I didn't know you could take such a short course or that you don't necessarily have to be certified. That's great!
  6. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    That's nice to know! How would I go about getting into that? Thanks so much!
  7. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    I think my wordage was unclear. Essentially, my goal is to get my masters in science of nursing with a concentration in midwifery, achieving my certification in nurse midwifery. This is what I meant. I too believe that direct entry midwifery is a frightening concept. That's interesting. I didn't know that a doula certification isn't necessary for practice. I'm curious as to how to go about getting involved in that area. Does that apply to all states? I know many states are cracking down on home births (including mine where it is illegal to attend one as a CNM). I'll have to do more research I suppose. Thank you :)
  8. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    Yes, you're right. I suppose, I meant to say that to become a midwife, in my state you must become a CNM by obtaining a master's degree at minimum. Although, some other states require much less to become a midwife (not CNM). The reason I mentioned this was because it would be awful to go through all that schooling without ever actually experiencing it, only to find out I don't actually like it. And yes, I find it strange as well that my program doesn't offer regular rotations. Thanks for the advice!
  9. LaceElaine

    Hopeful Someday CNM...

    Hello all, I'm just beginning to wrap up my first semester of nursing school. I'm so blessed to have found my calling! It's been a wonderful, albeit stressful lol, ride. The main reason I decided to go to nursing school, was to become a midwife. In my state, a midwife has to acquire a Masters degree in order to practice-no big deal. The problem is, my program doesn't have an OB rotation ... So, I'm currently trying to think of any and all possible ways to get experience in L&D/obstetrics and build my resume. I need Ideas, please! I've already come up with: Shadowing Volunteer work (I volunteered in the NICU last year) Becoming doula certified (although, I didn't realize how extensive the program is :/ ) Is there anything else I can do to gain experience?? Any other advice is greatly appreciated as well! Thanks everyone!
  10. LaceElaine

    Accepted into Nursing School

    Congrats! :) if you have the time, get your CNA if you haven't already. Not the biggest deal but it does help. A lot of people recommend that you relax and take it easy before you start and that's great advice, but I also suggest you brush up on A&P, micro, maybe invest in a med term and med math book. You don't HAVE to do these things. They'll just put you ahead of the game :)
  11. LaceElaine

    Nursing Student Advice

    Yes! All the students in my class that's didn't get their CNA, now wish they had! It really helps because while everyone else is still stumbling over the basics, you can study and work on the more difficult material. Same goes with studying. Everyone told me not to worry about reviewing A&P, micro... Before nursing school so I didn't. Now I really wish I hadn't listened to them. I just mean that it makes the material easier to grasp when you have the basics down. They review everything you need to know, but it makes life much easier when you don't have to relearn it.
  12. LaceElaine

    Any good apps for bones?

    Google msjensen bones test. That's a good site. For the vertebrae, a very simple way of distinguishing thoracic, lumbar and cervical is this: first, cervical is easy (smallest and have the hole in the middle) thoracic look like a giraffe when viewed from the side, and lumbar look like moose. Pretty cool. Even my teacher enjoyed that trick.
  13. LaceElaine

    OMG, is it only the second day of nursing school????

    Hell... My first 3 weeks were hell. I cried, had panic attacks and wanted to quit nearly every single day. But it gradually got better and better. Now, 7 weeks in, I've finally got into a routine and I can actually say I love it so far. I hope it gets easier for you all too! Good luck :)
  14. LaceElaine

    UNMC Acceptance Rate?

    No problem :) and thank you!!
  15. LaceElaine

    UNMC Acceptance Rate?

    Ummm well... I think I had something like 65 credits or so. I can't remember exactly. When I officially submitted my application (January 2014), the last class I needed was statistics. You have to have completed so many credit hours in order to apply, so I'd call -------------------. She works in admissions. And for volunteer work, I worked at the Med Center in Radiation/Oncology, the NICU/PICU and with the March of Dimes.
  16. LaceElaine

    UNMC Acceptance Rate?

    So far, it hasn't been terribly difficult. Yes, it's VERY overwhelming. I'm not gonna lie about that. But I think that comes with any nursing school. I love my school and my teachers. They're all very supportive, encouraging and understanding. My first semester has been very intense as I'm taking 4 classes, 2 labs and clinical. The content isn't very challenging as of right now (I'm only 2 weeks in). What is challenging is the amount of homework, reading and projects. With that being said, I'm actually really enjoying my time here.
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