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Mom of 12, raw milk micro-dairy owner, full-time student, violist, singer, sprint triathlete, half-marathoner, doula, childbirth educator, future midwife.

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  1. Laura_G_in_ID

    CNA first than RN program?

    I just finished my CNA certification because my school gives an extra point in their points system to get into the RN program if you are a CNA. I decided that I wanted some experience in the medical field, and chose to apply for work as a CNA while I'm still in school. I found a flex position, requiring only one shift every two weeks, at a local hospital, in the float pool. It couldn't be more perfect for me while I'm still in school. The hospitals in my area generally hire staff from within as often as possible, so this should help me find a position at a hospital when I finish the RN program.
  2. Laura_G_in_ID

    Anyone else totally burnt out?

    Is there some other field you can find a position that pays comparably so that you don't have to stay working as a CNA for another year while you get through school? It sounds like you really need to leave as soon as possible, for yourself, and for those in your care.
  3. Laura_G_in_ID

    Brand new CNA - tips?

    Thank you for the excellent tips! I start orientation next week. I'm super excited and a little nervous. I am no stranger to hard work, and I'm an outgoing person who likes to make friends of everyone I meet. I hope float pool ends up being exactly the right fit for me. I think it will be. I'll keep everyone posted after I attend orientation. It's a 3-day orientation, professional dress... time to raid my stay-at-home-mother closet, lol!
  4. Laura_G_in_ID

    Brand new CNA - tips?

    I just finished my CNA certification, and I got hired on at a local hospital on the float pool. I'm super excited about this, because being in a hospital offers much more variety than being at a long-term care facility. It will prepare me well for my ultimate goal, to be a nurse-midwife. I really want to succeed in my new job, make good impressions wherever I go, and not look like a fool. I want to give my best work to my employer, and give empathetic and efficient care to the patients I work with. What tips do you have for me? What I should carry in my pockets? How can I best organize my work so that it flows efficiently and also gives me adequate time for patients who need it? How can I make myself stand out as a great employee? I'm breastfeeding my 6 month old daughter... what about pumping breaks? How can I keep from making clumsy or stupid newbie mistakes? How do I make myself a great teammate of the nurses, CNAs, and other staff? Thanks in advance! I am so stoked about this opportunity.
  5. Laura_G_in_ID

    Had to add a class to my schedule

    I'm taking courses from two colleges, and they have a consortium agreement for financial aid purposes, but for scholarship consideration, I need to be at 12 credits at the "home" institution. I'm taking Spanish 102 (4 credits), Chem 101 & 101L (4 credits), and a choir class at my home institution. At the host institution, I'm taking Math 143 college algebra (3 credits). So, I needed 3 more credits at the home institution. I decided to take my nutrition class, because it's 3 credits. Please tell me I'm going to be able to handle all this!!!
  6. Laura_G_in_ID

    Suggestions for a wannabe?

    I'm a pre-nursing student at my local community college and I am super, 100% sure I want to be a midwife. I have 12 of my own children have done doula work, taught birthing classes, and assisted a home birth based midwife for a short time. I took several years to decide on whether to go the CNM route or the CPM route. I finally decided I wanted to go the CNM route for a number of reasons. I've been given advice by a few nurses about my path and wondered if there is a consensus here about the advice. I've been told I should be a CNA while going to school because most hospitals in my area hire from within and it will give me valuable experience in learning time management and getting a feel for the medical field. I've been told I should be a float pool RN because I will learn to see patients as whole people rather than just from the waist down. I've been told I should not be in float pool, but rather I should be in a med/surg unit to really get a feel for nursing first. After receiving this advice, I signed up for a nursing assistant class which will overlap with my regular academic classes the first few weeks of Fall semester. I currently have a 4.0, and definitely don't want to jeopardize that with having too many irons in the fire. However, I've been told the homework load for the CNA class is about an hour a week. I can probably manage that in addition to my 12 credits at college. What about being a CNA while going to school? The key in my situation is that I don't have to work to make ends meet, at least not right now. My husband has been the sole breadwinner while I raised children (still raising them and balancing homeschool, too... my older kids and husband are super helpful and supportive or it would be impossible), and I am getting enough grant and scholarship money to pay all my tuition and books, plus have a little leftover. I would think something where I am called in as needed and don't have to work a 50+ hour work schedule every week would be just right. I'm thinking 1-2 shifts a week would be a great fit. But to be a good midwife, do I need to be a CNA first? I think being a CNA might be fun for me, and help me make some professional connections, but is it wrong to say that I don't want to get a CNA job in a LTC facility, only in a hospital? I don't want to spend several years as an RN, in any capacity (but if my life circumstances change, I would be thrilled to have my BSN so that I could hold a decent-paying job, if need be). Is it wrong to feel that way? I can't imagine a career as a CNA or as an RN, but think that both will be exciting and valuable on my journey to midwifery. I'm 38 years old and want to move forward on my education so that maybe by the time I am 50 years old, I will finally be a midwife. Sorry for the rambling. I just want to get a feel from others on a few of these suggestions so that I can mull it over in my mind. I'm all signed up for the CNA course, in any case, and hope I haven't bit off more than I can chew.
  7. Laura_G_in_ID

    Nursing loans really that bad? 120K

    DON'T do it! Why burden yourself with excessive debt for an undergraduate degree? I'm pretty frugal... getting my ASN at a community college, and going to a public state university for my BSN. I don't expect to take out any additional student loans at this point. Last year, I took out $6k so that we could buy a more reliable vehicle and I have started paying on the loan already. I got lucky with some scholarships last year and hope that I can again this year so that I can wipe out my loan before I graduate from school. As long as the school is accredited, there is no reason why a less expensive school should be overlooked. Surely, it can prepare you adequately for the job, and any graduate program will look at accreditation of the school and your GPA over the fancy name of the school you attended.
  8. I wasn't required to take more than algebra 1 in high school, so I didn't. In college, I was afraid of having to take any math, but finally decided my goals trumped my fears of math. I signed up for my remedial math class, and was pleasantly surprised. I actually *like* math, and I pulled an A in both math classes I've taken so far. On my math midterm and final last semester, I got 100% on both of them. I knew I did, too. I handed my paper to the teacher and said, "I think I got 100% on this." He looked right at me and said, "I bet you probably did." The keys to my success in math at college: 1. seek help early and often 2. do as much math at the math tutoring center as possible so I can ask for help if I get stuck - ask CHALLENGING, DEEP, PENETRATING, THINKING questions of the tutors, and work several hypothetical problems in addition to the ones in my homework 3. email contact and office hours visit with my professors - often... weekly at least, and ask lots of hypothetical questions so that the concepts are solid in my mind 4. ask math-y friends on FB if I am stuck on something after the tutoring center is closed 5. use khan academy and purple math and youtube videos of all sorts to help me understand math concepts 6. review my notes often - write math notes with enough actually written in English to explain steps, or help you follow logic 7. pray for help. I'm a spiritual person, and I seek truth. Math is truth. It is logic. I have prayed that truth would be revealed to me, and I believe it has helped me a great deal. If praying is too abstract for you, then think of math as a universal truth and know that the universe will reveal the truth of it to you.
  9. Laura_G_in_ID

    what do you say to friends who want to copy

    I had someone do this to me in an elective class. It was the end of the semester and in our music appreciation class she hadn't attended a concert and wanted me to tell her about a concert that I attended so she could write her report on *my* notes of a concert *I* attended. I flatly told her I wouldn't do that, but she could accompany me and my friend to a nursing home for a little performance/prayer thingy we were doing there and see if the teacher would allow it as a concert attendance. She did it, the teacher accepted it, and all was well. She didn't think any less of me. In fact, I think she appreciated my help and respected me for NOT giving her an easy report to copy. Another student in my Spanish for Healthcare class and I helped each other a great deal through the semester. We spent a lot of time in the language lab at the tutoring center, and we would help one another through all of it. It was a mutual give and take, and both of us put in individual effort before asking the other for help. A *friend* of mine met me in math class and so the next semester she signed up for ALL the same classes as me, because suddenly we were BFF. Really? Do real adults even use BFF or "bestie" as a description of their friends? Okay... So she signed up for all my classes, and fell behind the first week. I stayed up late at her house helping her get caught up, and thought if she keeps working on it, she'll catch up and be fine. The second week was the last week she attended any classes. When the last day to withdraw came around, I reminded her to withdraw from school, and she did. I think she was in school because she wanted the federal grant money in excess of her tuition to help pay her house payment. I think she took the same classes as me so that we could *study* together, but really, she was too distracted by her phone to get any actual studying done. I think she expected I would cheat, but I didn't and she had to withdraw. It's not my problem, and I don't feel like a bad person for not helping her more. I can't carry another person on my shoulders through school. Can't and won't! In the end, she respected my boundaries, because I had integrity. In your situation, OP, any requests for help need to be considered with integrity. If the professor could see what you were doing, would you still be doing it? If yes, then it's okay. If no, then you know it's not right and equates to academic dishonesty. If you get caught, it could mean the end of your formal education.
  10. Laura_G_in_ID

    Quit during orientation

    After reading many responses here, I want to start my response by saying that I agree with the majority. Nursing care will involve plenty of wiping butts. That just goes with the territory. It is good as a nursing student that you realize this and can go into something that you enjoy more, OP. On the other hand, I would hope that nursing would involve much more than wiping rear ends and cleaning up. Else why is nursing school so competitive, and why do nurses need to learn so much? If all a nurse is needed for is to clean, why make him/her go to school for years to do that? Nursing schools want the best and brightest students. I would think there is a reason for that, beyond the capability to clean patients. I plan to be a nurse-midwife, and have attended several births as a doula. At a birth, I have no trouble at all cleaning up all sorts of bodily fluids and waste. Birth is an earthy event. I'm honored to do the cleaning, because I see the birthing woman as a queen who deserves the best tender loving care possible. It doesn't even phase me. Really. My father recently had a massive stroke, and if he weren't uncomfortable with his daughter cleaning him, I would have done it. The hospital did not seem to have enough staff to keep him clean, dry, and fed, and his personal/bodily needs were inadvertently neglected. I felt the ultimate in compassion for him. He did not ask to be ill. It wasn't his fault. He was entirely at the mercy of others to care for him. When I get the chance to help others in this way, I will remember how I felt as the daughter of a man who needed round-the-clock care. I will take care of the people in my charge as if they were close family members. It is an honor to do so, and should be done in a way that helps the person retain their dignity as much as possible. I won't lie though, I know I will crave for the "intellectual" parts of the job. The thing I look forward to the most is the variety involved. That will be great. I want to use my brain, and my heart, and my hands.
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    Single mom planning to go to school

    I'm 38, and I'm just getting started (and planning to get a doctorate degree eventually... just taking nursing pre-reqs for now). It is never too late, unless you are dead. I think you are right not to delay though. Just know that you aren't too old to pursue your dreams. You just need to balance your life so you get to be a mom, too.
  12. Laura_G_in_ID

    Single mom planning to go to school

    I'm not a single mom, but I am a mom with a large family. I wanted to go to school for a long time, but my husband's military career made it very difficult for me to have consistent childcare (because my husband was always gone) so that I could attend school. I had no extended family support. This was before so many classes were made available online like they are today. Now my older children are teens, husband's military career is winding down to a close, and I'm able to attend classes full-time. I'm not working outside the home, but I still have a large household to run. If not for my teens being able to provide consistent childcare for the younger kids, there is no way I could go to school. The amount of homework for 14 credits in a semester has been, at times, overwhelming, and I've felt like I was neglecting my family. However, I managed to get a 4.0 so far, and I'm still going strong. You can do anything you set your mind to, but at times you will likely feel guilty or sad that you are neglecting important areas of your life so that you can focus on other important areas of your life. You will probably also feel pulled in a thousand directions most of the time. I know I certainly do, but I also know that what I am doing will make a better life for my family in the long run, and is personally very fulfilling. That is what has kept me going strong even when all I could do was apologize to my family for being gone so much and not being able to help them as much as they needed/wanted. Is it possible to only attend school part-time so that you won't be absent in your child's life so much? Can you reduce your work to part-time status so that you might qualify for more financial aid and have more time for homework? Each week, you will need to schedule 2-3 hours outside of class for homework, for each credit in which you are enrolled. Taking 12 credits, you'll spend 24-36 hours on homework/studying every week. If you are working 35-40 hours a week, plus attending 10ish hours of class, plus doing 30ish hours of homework every week, that's 70-75 hours a week. You need some down time to recharge, and your son needs to be with you and see you. If you have extended family support, this will be much easier than if you lack family support. It is doable, but if you can adjust your work to part-time and only attend school part-time, you will keep your sanity and have some balance in life. All work and no play will burn you out quick. And from one mom to another, you will miss your child, a LOT if you try to work full-time and go to school full-time. Slow and steady wins the race. You can do this, just pace yourself.
  13. Laura_G_in_ID

    Cnm as contract employee?

    Being contracted would mean that you aren't an employee at all. That means you would basically be a sole proprietor of your own small business. Your paychecks would not be reported to the IRS, no taxes withheld, no FICA, no benefits, no retirement/401k, etc. I'm new here, and don't know what pto means. I'm wondering about malpractice insurance as well. If you take this deal, you will be self-employed, and you will need to pay your own taxes, and have your own insurance and such. So, if you approach this with the idea that you are a small business entity offering your services to this potential client, you can do whatever you want with it. It's your own business. This would obviously be the ultimate in freedom, but would also give you a lot of personal responsibility that may or may not make this an attractive offer to you.
  14. Laura_G_in_ID

    CPM to CNM

    Wow, it is so good to read this thread. I am taking pre-reqs at my community college to enter the nursing program after years of hemming and hawing over which route I would choose, CPM or CNM, if I were to pursue midwifery. I really appreciate the like-mindedness I see here, echoing my own heart. "I am not planning to be a nurse, I am going to be a midwife" I've said that to the wrong person more than once and been told, "You will always be a nurse as a CNM, it's a nursing degree and you will answer to the state board of nursing." Um, yeah, thank you for that. I know. My heart is for midwifery. I've worked as a doula and childbirth educator while raising my own large family, and I know this is a calling I need to pursue. I believe nursing is a step to becoming a midwife, and I will likely enjoy it, because I like learning stuff, all stuff. I even found out through being in school that I actually like MATH!!! Wow! I never thought I would *like* math. I have my reservations about working in the L&D RN at a hospital, but one of our local hospitals here has the most wonderful hospitalists, one of whom WANTS me to work there after I graduate. That would be so wonderful. I think I might enjoy float pool, too. I am a high-energy person, and I love learning new things, and I am flexible. Anyway, nursing is a necessary step, but not one that I think I'll need to grit my teeth through. I think I'll actually enjoy it, even though I'm into non-Western medicine, and consider myself a very crunchy gal. I like to think of different modalities as complementary, not competitive, if that makes any sense. I'm planning at some point in my education to spend some time learning at a new freestanding birth center school (for those pursuing a CPM) that is opening in my area. I think I would benefit greatly from it. I hope they will offer some a la carte courses and clinical experiences.
  15. Laura_G_in_ID

    pre-reqs

    I started as a music major and avoided all math/science back then, only had one good part-time semester, and flunked the fall of 1996 because of my family needs, and it was too late to withdraw from classes. In fall 2014, I decided to go back to school as a pre-nursing major, with the ultimate goal of being a nurse-midwife. So, I have two and a half-ish semesters down, and have yet to complete 4 semesters and two more summers of pre-reqs and core classes. If I didn't need remedial math, I would have had this shortened quite a bit, but I needed it, and found out that I actually like math. Who knew? The nursing school I am planning to apply to only accepts applications in the middle of spring semesters for the following fall. Classes that are in progress cannot be given consideration. So, after my pre-reqs, I basically need to sit out a year. Instead of sitting out and doing nothing, I am going for my minor in music (personal fulfillment) because it'll take two semesters, part-time, and I'm also taking more Spanish classes so that I can build my fluency in Spanish. In my area, being Spanish-English bilingual is a huge advantage in the job market. So, in my case, I need to wait 3 more years before I will enter nursing school. All of that just to get an associate of science in nursing from my community college. But the RN to BSN completion track at the local university is designed with the understanding that students likely have jobs/lives/families. I think it will be a total of 7 years of school for my bachelor's, but I'll have a minor in music, and if I take all the Spanish classes I am hoping to take, I'll also have a minor in Spanish.