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  1. Khan Academy was very helpful for me to supplement the classes/book, especially for some of the more tricky concepts. But people learn differently! I really took my time with the assigned homework, too, and that helped - I got an A in both chem classes. As far as your question about how much time to spend studying, I've heard that studying for 30 minute spurts is a good technique - especially when you have little ones. Good luck!
  2. neon puppy

    Career Change!

    Hello! Yes, I'm in the same boat. I currently work in marketing and am taking prerequisites to apply for an ABSN program. My husband, a former EMT and a current PA student, actually inspired me! (If he could do it, so could I, lol!) Volunteering in the ED of a local hospital confirmed my choice as the right one for me. I know it's going to be a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to a challenge. Best of luck to you!!
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    Attempting to become an RN

    Some of my friends also have questioned my decision to leave my current "fancy" job to "wipe asses" as an RN - and I tell them I'd rather WIPE them than KISS them. :) I am still a few years away from becoming a nurse, but I have been volunteering in the ED of my local hospital. It's awesome. I'm able to talk to nurses and patients and techs and doctors and cleaning people and family members....the list goes on. I get to observe how the unit works together as a team with moving parts - including myself, the volunteer! See if you can find time to volunteer in an emergency department, if you're interested in working there. You will learn a lot, meet a lot of people, and see a lot of different patients come in and out.
  4. neon puppy

    Intro to Chemistry Help

    I agree - ask your teacher! It sounds like you aren't struggling with the concepts, but with how to phrase the right answer. What terminology, exactly are you struggling with? Khan Academy is very helpful, if you have the time to invest.
  5. neon puppy

    What is BSN/MSN?

    Be wary of some Direct Entry MSN programs that don't award you a BSN as well as your MSN. You did the work, you should have the degree. Also, there are some Direct Entry MSN programs (Northeastern University comes to mind) that build in time for you to get RN experience and hold a spot for you in between finishing your BSN and starting your master's track.
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    Nursing pre reqs

    I'm a career changer who will be applying to accelerated BSN programs, so it feels like I have to take a billion classes - Chem 1 & 2, Bio, Micro, A&P 1&2, Intro to Psych, Human Growth & Development, Nutrition, Statistics, and maybe Ethics, if I don't run out of steam. I also volunteer in the ED of my local hospital. Because my husband is in school full time, I have to work full time, so I am taking one class per semester, which helps me understand the material and get A's. Not including class time, I spend about 3-5 hours a week on homework. I wish I could quit my job and just take classes, but for now I'm just going low and slow...
  7. neon puppy

    Chemistry sites please:)

    Khan Academy totally helped me when I had a teacher that didn't teach! Even though it was hard (and slow going) I remember a lot more because I essentially had to teach it to myself. Good luck!!!
  8. neon puppy

    Have I done all my research?

    Thank you - I'm curious as to how your experience was making this career change in Boston, especially because I'm at the same age you were. I recently attended an info session at Simmons (very informative, Simmons seems to have a fantastic program and great resources) and I'm attending one tonight at MGH. What field were you in before nursing? How did you plan out your progress to achieve your goal? How long did it take you? Is there anything you wish you knew before applying? Did you apply to many schools in the Boston area? Did you always plan to do Direct Entry MSN, or were you considering other options?
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    Have I done all my research?

  10. neon puppy

    Have I done all my research?

    Thank you all for your helpful and informative responses! How would I go about finding an RN & NP to shadow in the Boston area? I had asked a few of my family friends (NPs) when I was first researching, but unfortunately they were not allowed to have a shadow who is not enrolled in school. What have you done in the past? Do you have any suggestions?
  11. neon puppy

    Have I done all my research?

    Oh absolutely! I have quite the spreadsheet going - the lowest common denominator for "shelf life" of courses is five years, at least for the programs I'm interested in.
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    Have I done all my research?

  13. neon puppy

    Have I done all my research?

    Hi everyone, I'm a first time poster with no nursing experience interested in becoming an NP - just looking for some advice. I apologize for the length of this post...but it's not boring! I promise! Here is some background information: I'm 29 years old with a BS & MFA under my belt, (Communications & Graphic Design), working at a job that I hate (Internet Marketing, yuck!). After some serious reflection, I've decided to kick that meaningless crap to the curb and pursue a career in nursing. I know some of you must be asking, "Why does she want to change her career completely? Surely there must be something else out there for her," or maybe, "How does she know that this is the right career move for her?" Believe me - my brain asked me those questions too. And so did my mother-in-law. The best answer I can give is that a) I want to have a career that utilizes practical knowledge b) I want to engage with people every day instead of plugging myself into a computer to create display ads that no one clicks on anyway and c) I want to be challenged and think on my feet. And I want to come home tired. Now, here is my situation: I make pretty decent money at this joyless, frighteningly mind-numbing job. My husband (a former EMT) is starting PA school in a week, so I'm basically the only breadwinner here, and so I can't quit. I've looked into Direct-Entry programs in the Boston area, talked to RNs & NPs I know, and created a schedule of the prerequisite courses I will need to fulfill before applying. I'm starting chemistry after Labor Day, and I feel like I'm already ahead of the game because I love Breaking Bad (kidding! but I do love Breaking Bad). Right now, I feel most comfortable taking one class per semester (including summer) because I want to focus on that class and get an A. And then another A. And so on. But that's going to take a few years - I won't be applying to nursing programs until 2016 or 2017 - and by then hopefully my husband will have a job. I'm also going to be looking for evening/weekend volunteer opportunities. (If you've made it this far, congratulations, and do you have any advice about how best to go about volunteering?) What I want to know is, have I missed anything in my research? Is the Direct Entry route my best option given my circumstances? Have any of you been in similar circumstances? Thank you in advance for your wonderful advice!