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    Mayo Clinic Externship 2016 (Summer III)

    I can't apply for this externship until next year, but good luck to those who applied! I looked over the externship online and it looks like a dream come true [emoji7] It's insane that they take about 60 out of 800 applicants. How did everyone make themselves stand out? For those of you who have been accepted in the past, was it based on GPA/recommendation/leadership/connections/ect??
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    Inspiration to become a nurse

    Who told you nursing had great hours and a great salary? That's pretty debatable, and I think most nurses would disagree. I chose nursing because there's so many job options. There's many routes I could go for graduate school once I'm an RN, and many different specialties to choose from. I also have a mentor who inspired me for personal reasons.
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    Northern Illinois University Fall/Spring Cohorts

    Wow, thank you SO much! That's some of the best advice I have received specific to Northern's program. I will definitely take all of your advice to heart :) I'm very nervous about Patho and Fundamentals. I'm a very hard worker and I study very hard.... So I don't want to fail anything without a fight! Some of my syllabi are being posted right now and it's very overwhelming! Patho is the most worrisome for me right now. We have to have the first seven chapters read by the first class, and the amount of information in the book is crazy! Any advice for specifically studying for Patho?
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    HS student in need of advice!

    I attend Northern Illinois University. Southern Illinois University and Illinois State University also offer a direct admit option. You can still apply later on in college if you don't get direct admit, but it's a lot easier to get accepted straight out of high school! I chose to attend there because they have many clinical sites in Chicago, good NCLEX pass rates, public tuition rates, and because they admitted me directly. I love it! I definitely would choose a direct admit program again because if guarantees your entry. If you don't attend a direct admit school, you have to apply to the school's nursing program either your sophomore or junior year. That seems very stressful to me! The rigor of the program is very intense, and I've been told it increases as you go on. I recommend taking Anatomy and Physiology, biology, or chemistry if possible :)
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    1/9: What I learned this week - Worst. Vagina. EVER.

    I'm part of the IL club too. Lovely weather we're having this week?
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    HS student in need of advice!

    Hello! I might be able to answer some of your questions but not all of them. I was admitted out of high school to a "direct admit" program. It's at a four year public university. I spent the first year and a half doing prerequisites, and this spring I will be starting the nursing program. I was directly admitted, so I did not have to apply to the program. However, I did have to maintain a high GPA in my prerequisites. You cannot become a Nurse Practitioner straight out of high school. You must become a Registered Nurse first, and usually you must have your BSN. I'm sure there are programs that would allow you to become an RN, and then immediately start becoming an NP. However, these programs are rare, and I'm afraid I don't know any. It sounds like you may have found one! But, you cannot just "skip" the RN part, or become an RN and an NP at the same time. In fact, most NP programs require a few years of experience as an RN before you can start their program. Nursing school is very challenging, and I encourage you to seek more information about being a nurse. I am not an NP, and I'm just focused on getting through nursing school right now :) However, there are many types of NPs. Family NP, Acute Care NP, Neonatal NP, Geriatric NP, Pediatric NP. I could go on and on! It may help to ask about a certain type. A "typical day" in the life of an NP most certainly depends on where they work and what type of NP they are. Also, since there are different types of NPs, there are different colleges to attend depending on what type you want to be. You can't specialize in everything! This website is a great resource. Don't be afraid to use the search function and look at past posts!
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    1/9: What I learned this week - Worst. Vagina. EVER.

    I learned that an adult tonsilectomy is really rough. Like hydrocodone still doesn't take the pain away. And that losing 10 pounds in a week is possible if you only eat jello. BAH. Thank goodness tomorrow is a new week right?
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    Credentials

    I 100% agree with applesxoranges
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    Northern Illinois University Fall/Spring Cohorts

    Im starting the program this semester guys!! Any last minute advice?
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    Northern Illinois University

    Hey there obscrubber! Did you complete your first semester of NIU's nursing program? I am starting their program this spring! Do you have an advice for me?
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    So overwhelmed!

    I want to thank everyone so much for their advice. Eventually I would like to respond to everyone and ask questions. However, I have been very ill the past few days, and not feeling up to doing anything but sleeping
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    So overwhelmed!

    I'm the same way! I've always been the one to do all the readings. But this is insane. My professors all claim to use the book and the power points. But I guess we'll see how true that is!
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    So overwhelmed!

    That's what many people say. I'm scared I'll struggle with the volume and the content, lol
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    So overwhelmed!

    That's what I've been doing too! I've filled out my planner with color coding as much as I can. I am a bit of a control freak, so not being able to map out absolutely everything kills me Unfortunately I just had surgery, so getting ahead on the readings isn't really possible for me right now
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    So overwhelmed!

    I'm starting the first semester (out of five) of our nursing program in two weeks... And man, I'm overwhelmed! Only three of my six classes have posted their syllabi, but the amount of content is insane! Many instructors are requesting we read/fill out multiple things before the first day of school (To be expected Im sure) I'm starting to put everything in my planner, and it's beginning to seem impossible. I'm a very organized and proactive person.... But this just seems like so much... Any advice for those of us feeling this way? [emoji16]
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    Anyone else a planner nerd?

    I LOVE planners! In the past I've used Plum Paper and Lily Pulitzer. I would love to try Erin Condren someday, and I'm using Personalized-Planner this summer. Currently I just have a Blue Sky Planner because I need all of the space to write! I also use Google Calendar as my electronic "back up". I also have Google Calendar as an app so it sends me reminders :) In addition, I have a monthly dry-erase calendar that I use for the "at a glance" each day before I sleep & when I wake up. For those of you who want a planner similar to Erin Condren but can't stomach the cost, I highly recommend Plum Paper! (Found on etsy). I'm also a pen addict. Right now I love Frixion Clicker Pens. They're erasable pens that click and write smoothly. I like them even more than G2 pens!