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    Thinking of dropping Nursing school and doing Pre-Med

    I think doing nursing before medical school is not a bad idea. Be prepared to answer the question intelligently about why are you switching careers. Yes, you do need a good GPA and MCAT, but if your undergraduate GPA is not good you will need a stellar MCAT, (520 and higher out of 528). A high GPA will not coverup for a bad MCAT because it is indicative of how you will do on the USMLE steps. Plus it will make your GPA suspect (grade inflation). Plus you will need to do a post bac program or a special masters program show you are capable of handling professional level coursework. In addition, you need these four things: Clinical experience (being a nurse will come in handy here) Non-clinical or clinical volunteering (non-clinical would be better if you work in the medical field already) Research experience (preferably with a poster and/ or publication especially if you are looking at mid to top tier medical schools as the top 20 are research powerhouses). Shadowing (about 50 to 100 hours) What I also suggest you do is go to www studentdoctor net and go to the "What Are My Chances" forum look at other people who in a similar spot as you and ask the same questions of yours are unanswered. There are admission committee members that will answer your questions.
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    The Influence of the Influenza Vaccine:

    Influenza Outbreak in a Vaccinated Population-USS Ardent, February 2014 This one has the almighty, all knowing CDC scratching their heads.
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    The Influence of the Influenza Vaccine:

    First of all, Mercury and other heavy metals that are consumed rather than injected are handled two completely different ways. The latter bypasses several layers of the innate immune system that exist in the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines it passes through. The chemicals are everywhere and in everything argument doesn't fly with me. What is that supposed to mean? There are some toxins you are going to be exposed to there's no getting around it, I get it. We can't live in a bubble. However, there are certainly toxins you can avoid exposing yourself to.
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    RANT: Fed up with nursing!

    I see you're looking to going in the lab sciences. I'm a Histotechnologist, and while I work on the Anatomic Pathology side (rather than the Clinical Pathology you'd be working on) of the lab, I went to school initially for Medical Laboratory Science so I have a pretty good idea of goes on in there. The hierarchy is technician, technologist, lead technologist, supervisor (of the various sections), lab manager (of Clinical or Anatomic Pathology), and then lab director (they are over everyone). Yep, certain personalities flock to the lab, some good and some bad. However that does not mean we are not people persons. You still have to interact and form trusting relationships with your co-workers, superiors and doctors (especially them!). That requires people skills. During the interview process, they'll ask you questions that screen for this. Plus, since you don't work with patients you will only be interacting with the above same people day in day out. You can't escape them. Discord and resentment amongst the department can ruin the work ethic and quality. I saw this first hand at the laboratory of one top ten hospitals in the nation. But I digress... If you want your day to be at least 75% or more bench work, I wouldn't go higher than a lead tech, although some supervisors are very hands on and still a lot of bench work. Beware, your job as a med tech especially in the Hematology and Clinical Chemistry sections is very automated, meaning once you put the vial into the machine you'll never see it again. You pretty much are doing quality control to make sure the test results are accurate. You will need the theory info you learned in school, but perhaps not the manual tests. It all depends where you go. There are some exceptions; in Microbiology you do streak the culture plates, and the HLA dept.(transplant) consists of very hands on work. If you are a very hands on technical person, you might like Histology which is making stained slides of biopsy/excised tissue specimens. Or if you like looking through the microscope, screening slides you might like Cytology. As for job prospects, it really depends on what area of the country you are in but in general you will not have a problem finding a job as a Medical Technologist, even as a new grad because unlike nursing (wait for it...) people in general don't know about the professions in the lab. Heck, it's hard to explain what I do to people when they ask what do you do for a living without making their eyes glaze over. When you decide what to do, try to get your first job in a hospital, a teaching hospital if possible. It is far more valuable TRUST ME! Reference labs by reputation get you into a slump that hospitals labs seem to think you can't break. Don't know whether it's true, but I do know that it is harder to go from a reference lab to a hospital than the other way around. I assume it's the same with nursing going from a doctor's office to acute care.
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    Nurses vs Phlebotomist

    Thank you TramaSurfer for pointing out the education of people in the laboratory. I believe there is a lack of education about our qualifications is simply that patients just don't see us. With the exception of Phlebotom In addition to our degree we also have to take a board of registry exam. There are a few credentialing organizations however the gold standard seems to be the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification. In addition to CLIA and CMS, we also have to follow regulations set forth by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). They are very stringent to say the least.
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    PA-C or NP? What would you do?

    Not to mention, if you go the PA-C route and you want to further your education and become an DO you can go to Lake Erie College of Medicine and do their PA to DO bridge program in three years. I don't know of any physician bridge program for NPs. Correct me if I'm wrong, cause' I learn more when I'm wrong!
  7. Viva, I'm glad that you included AD/HD in your list of mental health challenge. Unfortunately, the name in itself kind of trivializes the disorder/syndrome and it is not seen as one of the most life impairing out-patient psychiatric disorders that it is. I think if it we're renamed Executive Function Deficit Disorder (EFDD) or Self Regulation Deficit Disorder (SRDD) as Dr. Russell Barkley coined it I think it would get more respect and compassion (slightly on the latter).
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    Are You A Victim?

    You become what you think about most of the time... Earl Nightingale Whatever the mind of man can conceive, and bring itself to believe it can achieve. -Napolean Hill The OP has the mentality of what these two men were said. I want to add something to what the OP has already stated that I have discovered by observation is a hard pill to swallow and elicits vehement denial. YOU and only YOU create every circumstance and event that occur in your life based on your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This happens consciously, but much more often unconsciously due to deeply entrenched neuropathways we created overtime that causes us to react and feel a certain way to events. People who are perceived to be 'lucky', 'fortunate', or just so happened to be at the right place at the right time created their 'luck' by their thoughts. If you believe this, then you MUST believe the counterpositive, and this stirs up strong emotions in folks. If bad things happen in your life, such as a house fire or a car accident, YOU created those events in your life based on your thoughts, emotions and feelings...How so? How did you feel when the event occurred? Then think back, how have you been feeling in the months prior? Winners and losers, they both stumble and fall in the race of life, in fact winners may actually fall more often. However, what makes winners different than losers is that they get up and continue. Losers on the other hand, stay down, whine and complain about why they can't get up. Rather than dwelling on the catastrophes in life, focus on what can you to make this situation better.
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    Culturally insensitive patients

    To the OP: The demographics of the area you are describing sounds eerily like a certain college town I know and love in Florida.
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    I just received my acceptance letter yesterday from Florida Southern College's BSN program!!! I start my intro, fundamentals, and assessment classes May 8th. I'm so excited!!!
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    Whats your biggest pet peeve working in the ED?

    Hi, new to nursing here...Could you expand on this more, practicularly the note in interdisciplinary and behavioral health? Thanks!
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    My reason for breathing...