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  1. ruby1989

    Immunizations for NS

    I was unable to get my records for the Hep B shot (I had it done probably 10 years ago). I got the titer done and the results within two days.
  2. ruby1989

    How do you accept the fact you might not get in?

    I remember thinking the same thing. I prepared myself if I didn't make it, but I didn't even know how I would explain it to other people if I didn't get in. Everyone in my chem class knew I applied and I was waiting for my acceptance letter (we were a close knit group). While they were certainly interested and just eager, it added extra pressure on me. Fortunately I never had to face that hard decision.
  3. I had to take two separate courses for my BSN program: inorganic and organic. The biochem class only counted toward the ADN in my area.
  4. ruby1989

    Prerequisite advice please!

    I would take one science course at a time. Since you're just starting out you can safely take one science course and pair it with pre-req courses like English, psychology, math,etc. I've always found 12-13 credit hours to be a nice balance between course load and manageability.
  5. While biology is cool, there really isn't a need for another degree if nursing is what you want to do. A BSN is going to cost money and will probably force you to take out loans. You'll be taking out even more loans with the ABSN. You'll basically be like me (I have a previous bachelors degree) and be something like 80,000 dollars in debt. Don't be like me.
  6. ruby1989

    How do you accept the fact you might not get in?

    I got accepted into a BSN program for the fall. Had I not gotten in, I would have went the ADN route at my community college. I probably would have started one year later. My community college will accept anyone as long as your overal GPA is something like a 2.5 and all the pre-reqs are a C or higher, so it was a very safe backup. I just didn't want to have to do an online program for the BSN part though and starting a year later would have sucked. It retrospect, a year doesn't seem as bad as what a lot of other community colleges are like. I remember feeling awful and filled with anxiety the days leading up to my acceptance letter. It was exceedingly difficult to push it out of my brain. I just kept telling myself I wouldn't accept a plan B as silly as that sounds. I have a friend who swears by "wishing things to happen". Sometimes he's off his rocker, but for whatever reason I did what he did. I told myself I'm already in, I'm going to start in the fall, there's no reason to worry. Whether or not that worked, who knows. This is what trying to get into nursing school does- it makes you crazy!
  7. ruby1989

    Just started A&P1

    I took A & P 1 over the summer in 10 weeks opposed to the normal 16 weeks my college usually does. It was my first science course I took in several years. I was super stressed the first couple of weeks, but I soon acclimated to the class and started to enjoy it. I devoted probably at least 5 hours of studying each day, which probably sounds excessive, but I wanted to make sure I got an A. The anatomy portion was the most difficult I think. The bones were difficult to memorize, but I found memorizing the muscles even harder. We had to know additional details for that, like insertion and what direction the muscle rotates. I also struggled with the muscular system in the physiology portion. It's my least favorite system (and yes I do have favorites, haha), so maybe that's why! A & P 2 is a lot easier in my opinion.
  8. ruby1989

    Micro biology vs A&P difficulty?

    I'm currently taking Micro in an accelerated summer session and I don't find it very difficult. It's possible that it's a lot easier for me because I've already had all the other science classes. For example, our last test focused on the Krebs cycle. I learned that previously in organic chemistry, so it was really just review. The next chapters cover immunity, so there is definitely overlap from A & P 2. I think it really depends on when you take the courses. I took these pre-req classes very seriously and I'm glad I did. I find a lot of overlap through all of them. Each one builds upon one another and further increases my understanding of the subject. I would say A & P is a lot more intense, particularly the first A & P class where there is more emphasis on the anatomy portion. I didn't find the material "hard" to understand- there was just so much material that sometimes it can seem humanely impossible to retain all that information. Conversely, when my organic chem course moved more toward the biochem realm, I really struggled to comprehend what was going on. I found that material "hard". Here's how I would rank all the science courses I had to take (easiest to hardest): Microbiology, Inorganic Chemistry, A & P 2, Organic Chemistry, and A & P 1.
  9. ruby1989

    New RN here!

    Congrats! :)
  10. Books, books, books! Lucky you! I so badly want to get mine. They're probably at the bookstore, but I have to wait for my loan to kick in before I can purchase them. I remember before I got accepted I was scoping out the bookstore and looked through the nursing books they had. I must had been standing there reading for 15 minutes or so until someone asked if I needed help finding something. I kept thinking, I wish I did! Haha, it's funny how nursing puts irrational fear and anxiety into all of us! I kept thinking crazy things like, what if the postal workers accidentally lose my letter with all my paperwork? What if the mailman delivers it to the wrong building? My irrational fear was warranted, however, with the e-mail! I kept worrying, what if somehow my campus e-mail doesn't work? I had the campus mail forwarded to my normal e-mail and received the nursing info on orientation and scheduling. Guess what? I'm still receiving generic campus related mail with the campus mail, but the important nursing e-mail never has yet to arrive in my campus mail. I'm so glad I'm paranoid and changed it! So sometimes being crazy is warranted :). Don't feel so bad!
  11. Haha, I felt very similar. I remember after I had my interview for nursing school, they told me that the letter would come in three weeks. I felt like that was a precise number, so I was expecting them to hold true to their word. Three weeks came and went. Every day while I was in school my mom would bug the mailman and ask, "Are you sure that's all the mail you got?" Four weeks came and went. Somewhere in week five I got my acceptance letter. I was so nervous to open it, so I did it very slowly. Eventually I saw "congratulations" and I ripped that enveloped open to shreds. I did a dance and cried in my room. And then I, too, became anxious because I realized I had to get a ton of stuff done. I got accepted at the end of April and had to have all my immunizations, physical, background check, dentist appointment, and CPR done by June. I must of had like 20 papers to mail. I checked that I had all of them at least 15 times neurotically the day before I mailed them. Then I checked then again and again and again. Phew... okay, but then I wondered when the orientation information and class information would come. I was worried about that as well. The acceptance letter told me I would receive an e-mail sometime during summer, which sounded very ambiguous. I finally received the e-mail, was able to register for classes, and found out that my orientation is on August 13. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulder. Don't forget to breathe, you will find out soon enough. If I was able to get all those things in on time, so can you. Good luck! :)
  12. ruby1989

    What made you decide to go for ASN or BSN?

    I chose BSN for several reasons. Most hospitals in my area have went magnet. While the ADN-BSN bridge program seemed like a good idea on paper, I wondered if I would even be able to get a job with an ADN. Also, while most people need more pre-req courses to apply to a BSN program, it was actually the opposite for me. The community college wanted me to take an extra English class. I was beyond angry. I already had a previous bachelors degree. They claimed I was 1/2 credit short of meeting their communications requirement. I had skipped the usual sequence of two English courses because my SAT scores tested me out. Now they wanted me to take a lower level English course. Working backwards, paying additional money, and wasting time didn't make sense to me. Additionally, they wanted an extra psychology course. Secondly, there's quite a waiting list at the community college. It's not as bad as many places it seems, but I would venture to guess that I would have been starting at least a year and a half later. I would have ended up with an ADN in the same amount of time it would have taken me to get my BSN. Imagine me doing the bridge program after that. Also, there's a whole lot of drama and concern with this community college losing their accreditation.
  13. ruby1989

    Am I stupid for not doing the ABSN?

    Thanks for the kind words. Good luck on your journey as well :).
  14. ruby1989

    Am I stupid for not doing the ABSN?

    You're absolutely right, but for whatever reason I let that woman that confronted me get inside my head. My mom will sometimes say things that I don't appreciated too like, "It's too bad you didn't realize that you wanted to go into this sooner. Just think, you could have been a RN already." I don't think she realizes that she's coming across as cruel, but it does affect me and I wish I could learn how to turn off my emotions. Maybe I just needed to vent. Okay, I did need to vent. A year ago I was just starting my pre-reqs. Now I'm going to start nursing school in the fall, so there's no need for my victory to be clouded by what is probably just other people's insecurities. This is easier said than done, of course.
  15. ruby1989

    Cleveland State nursing? or stick with Tri-C?

    I can't really say I know much about all this non-accreditation thing going on at Tri-C. Most of the pre-nursing students that I know from my pre-req classes didn't seem too concerned about it, though. Basically, Tri-C will have to pay extra money and hire/fire some people so that the majority of professors hold a master's or higher. At least that's what I've heard from other people, but it could be mere speculation so take it with a grain of salt. With CSU maybe I can be of more help. I start the basic BSN track there this fall. There is no wait list. They accept 80 people a year and it begins every fall semester. Two weeks after I sent in my application (which included basic information as well as a resume, and two letters of recommendation) I received a phone call about scheduling for an interview. They were interviewing people for one week and had about maybe 12-15 time slots open. It was a group interview with 8 other people. They asked us five questions and we each had an opportunity to answer them. Do not be the last person to answer the questions! Be assertive! Anyway, 1 month and 1 week after the interview I received my acceptance letter in the mail. If you do not get in you will still be notified through the mail. You have to reapply each year. As for the difficulty of getting in- I can only say what I had going for me, which didn't seem like much compared to other people. I had no experience in a health-care related field (many of the people I interviewed with worked at hospitals). My overall GPA was about a 3.4. In my pre-reqs I had one B and the rest were A's. I do hold a bachelors degree in an unrelated field, so I don't know if that was positive or if that factor is just neutral. I know two fellow classmates that didn't get in and one of those classmates knows of someone else that applied twice. This person had health-care experience and a very good GPA. In other words, I can't say for certain what they look for. Maybe I just kicked butt at the interview part. I can't tell you what option to consider, but I hoped I helped. Good look :)
  16. I was never a math and science person. Science wasn't too bad because I've always found it pretty interesting, but the math that comes with some sciences scared me. Throughout grade school, high school, and even college I was lucky to get a C in math. Most of the time that C was actually a C-. I remember being in small classes in high school consisting of the mathematically challenged students. Upon being accepted to college I remember having to take a math assessment test. I got a 4% on it. I'm not kidding. The math tutor said it was the lowest he ever saw. I couldn't even get into the math course I needed to take at the time. Flash forward to my crazy dream of becoming a nurse. I was angry at math for holding me back all these years. And then I realized I was the one holding me back. I gave up all this self-doubt and insecurity. I channeled that anger into intense studying and for the first time I understood math. People in my class came to me for help. I began helping people in math class and chemistry class. I became a science and math person. I was no longer this person who flooded herself with self-doubt. I wanted to go into nursing more than anything. I started just last year working on my pre-reqs. I remember taking A & P over the summer. I told myself if I didn't do well on the first exam I would withdraw from the course and take it in the longer fall session. Well, I'm a stubborn person and I don't just withdraw. I pulled through that course with flying colors. It give me such a rush of confidence that I could get an A in a science course. Me, the same person that would have been happy to get a B in science. I'm not even sure if I ever got a B in science before. I guess the point of this rant is, don't ever think you're not good at science or math. Never. One of these days it will just click for you like it did for me. I start nursing school in the fall. If you would have told me several years ago that I would be taking math/science classes and doing well in them, I would have thought this person existed only in a parallel universe.