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  1. RubyRabbit

    Feeling Down

    NeoNatMom, I would encourage you to make small goals and meet them. It can seem overwhelming and impossible if you are always focused on the end game. Once you start a program, you will be so busy that the time will fly by. I personally went to GGC and I have zero regrets. It was an amazing program. You have a competitive GPA, and I am not sure if there is much difference between the TEAS and HESI, but the TEAS basically covers what you have already learned in your prerequisite classes. To prep for this, I highly recommend purchasing the TEAS practice exams on the ati website. It is set up exactly like the test and will highlight specific areas of weakness for you to review. I am confident you will be fine with a competitive entrance exam score. However, if you have to take a significant number of extra prerequisites for GGC, that is a factor as well. I would recommend reaching out to the program for specific information before making any permanent decisions. GGC provided me with top-notch education at a very fair tuition rate.
  2. Hi all, This post is actually extremely late. In early October, I received two job offers as a new grad nurse (-which I am so, so grateful for). One was in the CCU at the hospital I currently extern for, and the other was in the CICU at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. I had 5 days to reply (which is when I originally should have posted this!!) but ended up choosing CCU. The management is amazing, and it's by far my favorite ICU in the hospital. A main reason why I did not go for CHOA is its seeming lack of diversity, both in culture and age (majority of nurses seem to be very young... I am in my early 20s as well, but it seemed to be a red flag at the time). I was also intimidated by working with children and primarily babies, as I'm very comfortable with the adult population. I have worked with adults for years, and the material we learn in school is so focused on adult illnesses. In addition, I value autonomy and hate micromanagement, which peds seems to have a lot of. Now, I am starting to feel some remorse for not doing more research on both offers. Five days is not a lot of time when finishing nursing school! It would be great to get any insight on the two positions. I am realizing I would be able to adapt to any clinical situation. The factor most important to me is getting a great residency with a program deeply invested in my education. Also, would be it worth emailing the CHOA HR rep to see if the position is still available? I know it's probably extremely unprofessional, but it seems I rejected such a coveted position others would do anything for. HR for the CCU position has been hard to track down (to say the least) and I haven't actually signed any papers yet. Feeling a bit lost in starting my career!
  3. RubyRabbit

    Nurses with eating disorders?

    Hi all, I just wanted to point out that it's perfectly normal to be body-conscious or have less-than-healthy eating habits. Many people find eating to be a stress relieving act, hence the term "comfort foods". Looking at our world today, processed junk food is abundant and can be prepared quickly. Exercise does not happen naturally as many people have sedentary jobs (and many people must work overtime in order to make ends meet). All while simultaneously, media is bombarding us with the "ideal" body image. This is causing many people to develop a negative relationship with food. Much more contributes to this, but I'm sure you are all already aware of what's going on. The important thing to note is that these are external forces working on us, making it more difficult than before to maintain a healthy level of nutrition. EDs are actually psychological disorders that go beyond the occasional feelings of guilt or irregular patterns of eating. They can quickly become crippling or even fatal, and the person may feel complete lack of control over his/her impulses. In many cases, patients describe that the disorder no longer becomes about food and the fear of becoming overweight, but more so about having complete control over a single aspect of their lives. Like many mental disorders, however, EDs are widely misunderstood. It is important to be observant- after all, your kind intervention may save somebody. However, please do not assume somebody suffers from an ED without reasonable cause. Thin people may simply be thin. People can have different eating habits due to disorders, certain medications, religious practices, allergies, etc. I experienced a phase several years ago and lost about 30 lbs in a month, making me underweight. It's strange for me to recall this, but there was a time when the mere thought of keeping food down made me feel horrible. I'm lucky to say that I grew out of this. As I matured, the habits dwindled and it no longer made sense to me anymore. I'm unaffected by this today, but I recognize that the option to slip back into old practices may always be there. When I began working, I think it actually helped me. Encouraging patients and educating family members about positive health made me want to take my own advice. It was as if I didn't want it badly enough for myself, but wanting it for other people opened my eyes to it. For those of you who are working and affected by an ED, try to find motivation rather than triggers. You must set a great example- you are a beacon of health to people! Engage with groups who will keep you accountable to your goals (friends who expect you in the cafeteria at lunchtime, etc.) And if you care for the people who come through your doors, remember that you must take care of yourself in order to take care of them.
  4. RubyRabbit

    Georgia Gwinnett College Spring 2016

    Order the study guide from ati, which is the same company who proctors the exam. It's a pretty easy test, but practice timing using the online practice tests. I would also brush up on basic math calculations without a calculator, and try taking as many required science courses as possible before taking the exam. Some of the questions can be pretty specific- you either know it or you don't.
  5. RubyRabbit

    I hated being a CNA.....

    @alwaysklassy, Geriatrics is not for everybody but you should realize that you are in a temporary situation. Hopefully you do well and succeed in nursing school. Then, you will be able to find a specialty better suited for you. In the meantime, have compassion for the people who are relying on you for their care. I began as a CNA at a hospice when I was 18. Trust me when I say it's much different than an assisted living facility. I still love helping my patients. In truth, I don't think any field of nursing is going to be as ideal or glamorous as one may envision..
  6. I don't think nursing programs look at any unrelated experience. They want to see if you've had any clinical experience or direct patient interaction. If you have, it really speaks volumes. My advice would be to apply as a volunteer at a local hospital, but many require a minimal number of hours per week (~4). Hospices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc. may be more lenient if you are stretched for time. If you can commit to it, look into a CNA or MA program. It's a great way to get clinical experience and make some money at the same time. I work full-time and am taking 17 credit hours. I just got accepted to a nursing program in the spring. Anything is possible! Best of luck.
  7. RubyRabbit

    Georgia Gwinnett College Spring 2016

    I think they only look at a science GPA. Science: 3.25 Overall GPA: 3.76 TEAS: 93.3%
  8. RubyRabbit

    Georgia Gwinnett College Spring 2016

    Congrats!! See you in the spring
  9. RubyRabbit

    Georgia Gwinnett College Spring 2016

    If anybody is keeping up with this thread, I just received my acceptance letter from GGC. It seems that they are only sending emails, or the email reached me quicker than a letter, anyway.
  10. RubyRabbit

    Georgia Gwinnett College Spring 2016

    I just submitted my application today. Just gotta take the TEAS and submit the rest of the requirements now.
  11. Hi all, Any GGC students here? I'm currently on the fence between GGC's program and Georgia State. State is obviously more established, but GGC is closer to home (and tuition isn't bad, either). I previously attended GGC once and actually quite liked it. I was wondering if any nursing students could give some insight as to how the program is like, since it's so new!
  12. I'm a student in GA so I've been dealing with the exact same requirements. I actually made a folder with all of the different programs' prerequisites and I'm trying to knock them out in the most efficient way possible. Too bad I realized this two years too late. :-(( Also, GA State's traditional program is a three year program. Wasn't expecting that. Their accelerated program lasts the typical two years, but supposedly you won't have time to work or have a life.
  13. RubyRabbit

    Is this abuse?

    When in doubt, always report. The patient's safety always comes first. Your status as an almost-CNA is irrelevant as anybody of any discipline is capable of having common sense. I would (objectively) report to a supervisor or administrator of some kind and allow him/her to take care of things from there. Unfortunately what you described is fairly common, so it is up to the facility to decide what measures should be taken. Regardless, reporting should not negatively impact you or the patient in any way! It is better to be safe than sorry, and don't forget that an bystander is never innocent.
  14. RubyRabbit

    Kennesaw State University Spring 2016

    I felt the same exact way. I made an appointment to take the TEAS, read through some of the forums on here, freaked out, and decided I needed to study a little more beforehand. It set everything back a semester but I would rather do things correctly and slowly than rush and make any permanent mistakes. Anyway, the forums probably make the process seem more intimidating than it actually is! Regardless, an 88.7 is a competitive score that many would be happy to have. Congrats!!
  15. RubyRabbit

    Kennesaw State University Spring 2016

    I am applying for Spring '16 as well. I haven't taken the TEAS yet but I hear that the ati study guide is extremely helpful! I'm applying to other programs like GSU and GRU as well. The stats seem a *little* less competitive for the spring semesters. Spring 2016 students in GA should stay in touch as the application process continues! Edit-- I don't think GRU has a spring semester opening but if anybody knows better please correct me!
  16. RubyRabbit

    Anatomy Venting/Help

    I completely feel you. I made the horrible decision of taking a split session A&P class, so I'm knocking out A&P I and II in one semester. We usually go over 2-3 chapters a day and my professor absolutely refuses to omit any details so I've been really stressed. (We do not have multiple choice or word banks either). I'm struggling to find a study method that works, so my time management has been awful. I often study 10+ hours a sitting but can still end up knowing essentially nothing by the end of the day. I somehow pulled through and managed to make an 85 in A&P I. Things that I've found are helping: -Watch youtube videos of the concepts that are difficult to grasp (skeletal muscle contraction, action potentials, etc.) I cannot emphasize enough how much easier your life will become. -Make SIMPLE charts and outlines with none of the detail! This will help you to organize the information and know what goes under what (e.g. "subtypes of the subtypes of the types.. which are only one type of something", lol) You can mentally fill in the details later. -Use online flash cards instead of making actual physical ones. Too time consuming. -Teach the material to somebody else. -Devise systems for remembering things. Make mnemonics, observe prefixes/word roots, draw diagrams. Don't make it harder than it has to be. -Purchase supplemental resources if you don't like your textbook. I browse my Medical Terminology book at times because it breaks down the basic information in a way my anatomy book does not. Lastly, keep up a positive attitude towards the material. This stuff seems impossible at times but complaining and feeling hopeless doesn't help (I've tried). Keep reminding yourself that you're gonna have to get through the information eventually. Also, remembering that one day you'll have to apply this information is a good motivator. Good luck to the both of us!!

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