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  1. annabellarose77

    Individual Attention in Nursing Class of 80 Students

    Thanks everyone for your responses. NICU guy, it's not that I feel I will need lots of extra one on one time. I just want to know that if I need additional time in the skills lab, or help from one of my instructors, it will be available. I've never been in a class with a large group of students. The largest class size I've been in was with 25 students. If I needed to stay after class to ask questions of my instructor, it was never a problem. If I sent an email to one of my instructors, I would always receive a prompt response. Being older, and being in a much larger class size does make me a little nervous so I really appreciate the other posters explaining how their classes were set up which gives me a much better idea of what to possibly expect. I am very confident in my learning capabilities, and my skills regardless of my age. I'm also accustomed to using outside learning material to cover the gaps that get glossed over. I just want to be able to learn enough to feel comfortable performing skills outside of the classroom. I'm sure that's most every student's hope. I truly appreciate all the feedback, and NICU guy, it's encouraging to know you were 47 when you went through an ABSN program successfully.
  2. I'm in the application process for BSN programs and I'd like to ask current students about their experiences in large classes. I'm really interested in an accelerated program that is small and every student is able to get individual attention and help, but money is an issue so a traditional program at the same school I'm looking at is much more affordable as well as the living situation, but the traditional program takes up to 80 students. I'm in my early 40's so I'm a little concerned about having such a large number of students how much one on one time with instructors you can get as well as extra time in the skills lab. I'm specifically looking to go to ETSU. The main campus is in Johnson City, TN and the accelerated program is in Sevierville, TN. If anyone has any experiences being in a large class, or is attending ETSU, I would be grateful for any feedback you could provide. Thanks!
  3. I know this may be a sensitive topic, but I'm asking because I need to start sending applications to Nursing programs, and I'm having second thoughts about my career choices. I was a CNA for almost 10 years and I worked in LTC and on a Med-Surg floor. It has been quite awhile since I have done this, but my experiences working short staffed and not having time to give proper care to my patients happened more often than not. From what I can see, this trend has not slowed down any. I went into this to care for patients because I truly enjoy patient care and feeling like my work made some difference for a person. And what I mean by that is a personal satisfaction, not a congratulatory pat on the back. My question is about how Nurses are feeling in their jobs. Do you work with unsafe staff/patient ratios more often than not? Do you feel like you have enough time to give each of your patient's the proper amount of time for assessment and care? These are important questions for me because I'm not afraid of hard work, learning, getting feedback to make myself better, etc. What I don't want is to be constantly working in an environment where I have so many patients that I cannot give the proper care, and might make a fatal mistake because of it. I don't expect the perfect working environment, but if this is pretty much how all nursing jobs are now, I'm not sure the cost and stress of going into this field is worth it. I know that a lot of facilities care much more about the bottom line than the actual care of the patients and their nurses well-being. Is this most Nurses experiences currently? I truly appreciate anyone that takes the time to read and respond. Your responses will be very helpful to me. Thanks.
  4. annabellarose77

    At A Crossroads

    Hi everyone, I decided to go back to my community college at age 41 to finish my prerequisites in hopes of getting into a BS program for Nursing. I just have 3 courses, 2 of which are currently in process, to finish with an Associates in Science for this program. The problem is, I am discovering a true love for the science aspect, and am questioning if I should change my path to Medical Lab Science instead. I get more excited about dissections and looking under the microscope than I do thinking about care plans and assessments. Honestly, if I could go back, I would have went the Pathology route a long time ago. Now, I'm much too old for medical school. I really like the thought of becoming a Pathology Assistant, but these programs are very limited, and I would have to move which isn't really an option for me. If I change majors now, I will be adding a lot more courses that I need to take, and will have to pay out of pocket because my financial aid for general ed courses have been used up. I was a CNA for over 10 years and love taking care of people, but I don't know if that's enough for me anymore. I don't know of any nursing specialities that I could work in pathology specifically except for Forensics, which is hard to get into in my area. It's hard to decide because if I go the MLS route, it will take more time and money, but if I continue on the Nursing path and hate it, then I've wasted all that time and money. I can't afford at my age to waste anymore time. I know that I'm the only one who can answer this question, but I would love to get some opinions, and maybe ideas of nursing specialities I haven't thought of that focus on pathology/histology. Any former MLS that changed to Nursing or vice versa? Thank you in advance for any opinions/suggestions/advice you can provide.
  5. annabellarose77

    LPN Supply Kit

    Hello everyone. I hope it's ok to post this here. I'm a previous Practical Nursing student from the TCAT Hartsville program. I had to withdraw for serious health issues, but I had already purchased my textbooks and supplies for the first trimester. Anyway, I have a nursing supply kit in the black bag that has medical supplies such as syringes, tubing, vials, gait belt, etc. The only things used from it was a couple of syringes and a vial used in class. Since I don't think I'll be able to go back to school, at least not for a very long time, I'm trying to find a practical nursing student who could use it since I can't. It's not doing me any good just sitting in my backroom. I'm not giving it away for free, but a reasonable price. I really just want to find a nursing student who can benefit from its use. Thank you for your time. Andria R
  6. annabellarose77

    Need Advice in Deciding between LPN or RN

    That's about the cost of the private school I'm looking into. My current job is in medical billing, and it's days only. I've thought about going back and re-taking a CNA course, as I stupidly let it expire, but not sure it's worth it. After the first trimester of the LPN program I can sit for the test without paying for a class, and it's possible to get hired as a nurse tech here during clinical rotation. The first 4 months will be the hardest for me money wise, even then I'm not sure I can make it either way on reduced salary and hours. But I also realize if I want it bad enough there has to be a way to make it work. I really appreciate everyone's responses. It's helped me realize I've really got to find a way to make the LPN course work. Have any of you worked as a caregiver? I was wondering if it would be a good alternative to CNA until I finish the first trimester. Anyone else work part time during school? Someone once suggested retail pharmacy tech. I'm sure that would be good experience for pharm classes, but not sure about the job. Thanks!
  7. annabellarose77

    Need Advice in Deciding between LPN or RN

    Thanks AspiringNurseMW, I really need to check into that. I know they require you to take the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam. It is a private school, and people have told me it is easier to get in because their tuition is higher and they accept more students. I really don't know how true this is, but if I went that route, I would really aim to get my GPA above 3.0 if humanly possible. However, it is scary for me to give up the acceptance in hand, not knowing what could happen if I go the other route. I don't know if having my LPN would make it easier to get into a RN program. Even though it was stressful, I really enjoyed the brief time I had in LPN school, and the instructors were great.
  8. annabellarose77

    Need Advice in Deciding between LPN or RN

    Thanks for your response. I'm not sure if my school does that, but it is definitely worth looking into. Does your ADN program require you to take A&P/Micro even though you completed the LPN program? Thanks.
  9. annabellarose77

    Need Advice in Deciding between LPN or RN

    Hi everyone. I really need some advice. First, here's a little background. I have worked in healthcare most of my adult life. I was a CNA for 10 years. I have always wanted to be a nurse. Several years ago, I took most of my pre-req's for nursing at a community college. I ended up leaving with my GPA in the toilet after a bad marriage. My GPA was great until the last semester I attended and I dropped after the deadline so I got all zeroes which brought my GPA way down. Anyway, FF 7 years later, I got into LPN school, and was in 2 and 1/2 months before I had to leave due to medical issues. My grades were excellent, and they are going to let me come back in September if I want. My problem is that I really need to work full time and it is very difficult to do during the LPN program which is M-F days. I have six more classes at the community college to finish, and the BSN program I'm looking into has a nights and weekends course. I'm thinking about finishing up my pre-req's and then applying to that BSN program. This way I can work during the day, go to school, and still afford to live. However, my GPA there now is a 2.74. I need at least a 3.0 to get into the BSN program. I feel like I can get it up there with the six classes I need to take, but there is a risk of not getting in to the BSN program. I am already accepted into the LPN program so I'm afraid of letting it go, and then not being able to get into the BSN program. I know there is a risk to anything, I just want to make the right choice. I planned to go for the BSN anyway, and it will take about the same amount of time regardless. Sorry to be so long, I just really need a fresh mind set to help me. Thanks everyone, Andria