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  1. shakes320

    Should Obama care be repealed?

    Thank you for this. "Don't have sex" is an inadequate, close minded, simplistic, solution to a complex problem. As HCPs, I'm sure we can do better.
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    Should Obama care be repealed?

    The tort reform argument is patently false. Tort cases amount to about 2% of overall health care costs, whether settled out of court or take to trial.
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    So I have a few questions about my GPA.

    While I agree that Windsurfer's comments should be taken with a grain of salt, especially as he/she offered no constructive criticism, I don't necessarily disagree with everything that poster said. I agree that life is rough and sometimes you just have to suck it up:) I also think that the rest of the posters on here need to take ALL posts with a grain of salt. We don't know the entire situation; there are three sides to every story, and we've only heard one. To the original poster, I'm sorry that you're not seeing eye to eye with your mom. I promise that there are solutions to this. One of them, however, is not to get on a public forum and say that you "hate her". This smacks of immaturity. You breathe because of her, and she deserves respect simply for this reason. She also deserves the right to tell her side of the story and defend her character; you have given her neither. However, it is also not OK for her to make you feel crappy over a 3.27--that is awesome, especially for nursing school:) I've read a lot of the suggestions saying that you should sit her down and calmly tell her that nursing school is different than other programs. It seems to me that her response to the 8 patients vs. 30 students suggest that a mere conversation may not be effective. It also seems that a conversation may escalate quickly to an argument; as you live in her house and she pays your tuition, this is counter-productive at best. To that end, I suggest this; your mom is an educator, so educate her. Go online, do the research, and find the stats indicating that a 3.27 GPA is not only normal in nursing school, but pretty amazing. I guarantee the information is out there. Above and beyond that, you can get letters of recommendation from professors and clinical instructors stating your strengths and abilities thus far. So prove to her, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you're not slacking. After all, as a teacher, she can hardly argue with the facts, can she? Best of luck:) PS Please don't take this as berating...just some friendly advice:)
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    Feeling overwhelmed - not getting it (Update)

    I'm sorry you're having such a hard time:( While I agree with the other posters as far as practicing at home and being a little more proactive, keep in mind that there is a chance that there will always be a clinical instructor/preceptor/nurse that may not like you. It doesn't matter. You're there to learn your skills, so that should be your main focus. Don't let your instructor take up space in your head and intimidate you. Even if you only had 10 minutes practicing the IV tubing, give it a shot, especially if it's normal saline:) It's okay to mess up (I did--all the time--in clinicals); it's not okay to not try. Better yet, on your first day of clinicals, find the nurse that LOVES students (there's always at least one) and attach to her/him like a leech...you'll always find a helping hand somewhere. I cried everyday during my first semester clinicals; I knew I had chosen the entirely wrong career and that I was just AWFUL at everything I did. My clinical instructor had this nasty habit of poking me in the forehead when she wanted me to learn something; needless to say, we did not get along. Everything was a struggle; assessments, meds, charting, care plans (I hate you, care plans). And time management? Not a chance. At some point, it will all click; you probably won't even realize it. It will just happen. You'll change IV tubing automatically, without thought, when once upon a time, it was the scariest thing in the world. That first IM injection that you gave with shaking hands will become second nature. And I promise, you will ROCK a physical assessment:) Just take a deep breath, center yourself, and push through this.
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    Dream, Your experience doesn't need to be a job; volunteer experience will do fine. I understand why you're feeling down and pressured... But I got my rejection letter from MUSC, called Caroline Page, followed her advice to the letter, and I'll be graduating in less than a monthAnd I did it all at 34 years old So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try it again until you get what you want... In the end it's worth it!
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    Unless protocol has changed, you should be able to find out over the phone. I can't remember the name of the person I called but it wasn't Mardi. If you're feeling desperate, I'd call the admissions number. I think the secretary there has the list. I think that's the way our group did it last fall:-) Where there's a will, there's a way:-)
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    Moca, Don't freak out...you'll be fine:-) If on the slim chance you don't get accepted, you just pick yourself up and reapply. I cried buckets when i got the first rejection letter. Then I called Caroline Page and asked for specifics on improving my application and she told me step by step what to do to get accepted to the next cohort, which worked. 15 months later and I'm 2 classes from graduation:-)
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    There are a handful of people in our cohort who just have the required prerequisites...a prior degree is not a requirement nor does it weigh heavily into the decision:-)
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    I called...pretty much every day. Don't worry about annoying or bothering them; they fully expect a million phone calls:-) if you want to wait for the mail, look for the big manila envelope about the size of a piece of paper...that's the acceptance paperwork. The plain white envelope is the "try again" envelope:-(
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    They met today to make the decisions. I had SIM lab this morning with one of the faculty members who said the admission meeting was at noon today. If it makes you guys feel any better, they've increased the enrollment size...we had 65 in our cohort but I think you'll have either 80 or 90, so your odds of acceptance have increased:-)
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    MUSC ABSN Spring 2015

    Hi MUSC hopefuls:-) I'm currently in my last 6 weeks at MUSC and I remember the stress of the application process like it was yesterday!! Volunteer experience is key if you haven't worked in the medical field before. I didn't have either and got denied my first time, even with full points on the essay and a 4.0 GPA in the sciences and a 4.0 overall GPA. Just something to keep in mind. Best of luck to you all:-)
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    APriest, After crying buckets, I just contacted the number on the rejection letter. I'm not allowed to state the name of the specific person I spoke to, but her initials are C.L. (Don't know if I'm allowed to do that either). She told me what points I earned for each section and how to improve my chances the next time. Don't give up!!
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    ml52789, My cumulative GPA is a 4.0, prereq GPA is a 4.0, and science GPA is a 4.0. I have an AAS in Laboratory Sciences with a concentration in physiological and bio chemistry. For those of you who are freaking out about the GPA; I got rejected the first time around because of a lack of volunteer experience. I spoke to an admissions specialist who informed me that they review applicants based on a point system: 10 points for the essay, 10 for the references, 10 or 20 for the GPAs and 10 for volunteer experience. She also went over my app on the phone to steer me toward my weaker areas (volunteer experience:)). So dont assume the worst if your GPA isnt perfect; mine was and I still didnt make it. It seems that volunteer experience is a fairly important component. Good luck!!
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    Best of luck to everyone...I know the worst part was the wait. I got rejected the first time:( That comes in a small envelope, while the acceptance package comes in a large file type envelope...Good luck!!
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    I imagine if you received college credit, you should send it in...better safe than sorry. On a bright note, I received my acceptance letter yesterday in the mail:) Super stoked!! Anyone have information about safe housing areas or any nuggets of information from locals? Im relocating from New Hampshire; just looking for any advice to make the move easier. Thanks!!
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