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meanmaryjean DNP, RN

NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia
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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

Started as a nurse's assistant in the Dark Ages, then LPN, then AAS-RN, then BSN, then MSN, and finally DNP. Director of a prelicensure BSN program.

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    Retaking chemistry 101

    The way to approach this is to look at the school you eventually want to enroll in and find out from THEM what CC courses would satisfy the requirement. That might mean a lot of phone calls or emails- but it's honestly the best way for you to not waste time and energy. PS: I failed Chem 101 the first time i took it- came back with another professor and got an A and have been a nurse for 40+ years now.
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    Is your nursing program this disorganized?

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    Juggling 2 under 2 and college

    Sometimes the best approach is to delay enrollment. Or since you are just starting prerequisites- take one class at a time- being mindful of your sciences getting 'old' in timing them. Nursing school is not going anywhere- it will be there when you are ready.
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    Rejected from schools - Please HELP!

    I am not attempting to be snarky- promise. It sounds like you need to work and save for a couple years. Community college degrees can almost be cash-flow they are so inexpensive.
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    Rejected from schools - Please HELP!

    I would strongly encourage you to consider ADN, BSN traditional and ABSN programs as well. It seems you have all of your eggs in the most expensive and most competitive basket. All four of these options take the same NCLEX and lead to the same entry-level new grad jobs.
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    Honest Feedback

    I would also look to schools who do 'holistic admission' where GPA is not as important as looking at the those non-numericals.
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    I think I’m going to fail Skills help!!!

    100% what BagelBomber said. Do you become good at bike riding my reading about bike riding? NO! You get good be getting on the bike and actually RIDING!
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    Ridiculous class schedule, please help

    Take the emotion out of it and listen to NICU Guy's wise advice. Finish late or risk not finishing at all? Seems like a no-brainer.
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    Non-invasive NAVA and PPV *New Grad*

    No such thing as a stupid question if it keeps you from making an error! Keep asking!
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    STUCK with no LUCK

    First of all- do NOT do that ridiculously expensive program. Is there any way you can re-locate for a couple years to give yourself a fighting chance at getting into an affordable program? WGU offers a fully accredited pre-licensure BSN program in five states (including California but the competition there is insane). TX has the greatest capacity and clinical sites all over. It is designed so you can work AND attend the program. And as an LVN, you can make a living wage. Cost is under $40k inclusive. https://www.wgu.edu/online-nursing-health-degrees/rn-prelicensure-nursing-bachelors-program.html You clearly have the grit and determination to succeed.
  11. One caution: Accurate is 1,000,000,000,000 times more important than quick.
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    WGU LVN Challenge Exams

    What challenge exams? I work in the Prelicensure BSN program and there aren't any.
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    Advice Needed Please

    There are so many jobs outside of hospitals you seem to be ignoring. At this point ANY experience is better than none. LTC is always hiring.
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    I Was Fired...for Being Abrasive and Having Attitude

    This is so insightful!
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    Help...need AWAY from bedside but don't know where to go...

    What about making your per diem job your FT job?
  16. This X 1,000,000,000,000 The various specialties in nursing are different - not 'higher' or 'lower'. And that #1 ranking for the hospital?- Those ( like college rankings) are purchased and mean nothing.