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    Who says nurses can't be scholars?

    I am mainly a lurker hiding in figurative bushes on allnurses, but I really wanted to say I love your initial post, OP! I am fascinated with neuroscience - it is what I am majoring in (the "Wild West" of science, IMO, as there is so much left to discover/unravel). I want to be an PMHNP eventually, and everything I am learning thus far I feel is going to benefit me with my end goal. Plus, it's a joint venture with the College of Medicine, so I can take some really interesting classes - like the neurobiology of disease, neuroimmunology, et al. I would love to have you as a preceptor down the road as you are passionate about learning, but I am in a different state, so it probably is not feasible. While I am actually posting, from a lurker's perspective, I just want to say thanks to everyone who contributes to this particular forum; all the different view-points is very helpful in deciding what is the best road for me to travel in order to be a safe/competent healthcare provider (no online schools!) and gauge my eventual monetary worth as such (Jules, you are awesome).
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    "No Haitian nurses" says Ad

    I would stand behind an ad that said "no hipster nurses".
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    Excelsior Exams (ECE's)

    Thanks everyone, I don't know how I missed this forum! I feel like the dwarves in the Hobbit whilst they were lost in the woods. You can feel free to close this thread, if you would like.
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    Excelsior Exams (ECE's)

    Good afternoon, everyone! Background: I have taken the fundamental science courses (biology, chemistry, physics), however, I am still in need of taking microbiology, anatomy and physiology, et al. I enjoy taking online courses, or hybrid courses (whereupon you learn on your own, and come into class only for labs), as I like to teach myself and make my own schedule (I work full time, so the flexibility is great). I have emailed my advisor about the possibility of testing out of microbiology and anatomy & physiology via the "Excelsior Exams" (ECE's). It says on their website that my school would credit this if I were to pass the exam, however, I do want to verify before I spend money on study guides/books. Here are my questions: - Has anyone here done this? - If so, what are your thoughts on this... would you recommend this, or did you personally feel that taking the class(es) via your college would have been better for you? - I am wondering if this could possibly be viewed detrimentally on my future nursing application? (Would the powers that be prefer that I take the course via the college?) - What is your favorite color? Blue... no yellow! (Had to throw that in there...) Thank you for your time, and I hope everyone is doing great this semester!
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    Brian Short News

    Grief is a heavy, sunken rock that is leaden within your gut - renders it hard to breathe, to function. I fervently wish that everyone who feels a personal connection/friendship with Brian and/or his family is able to piece together peace. I am so very grateful for this edifying community, I have truly learned so much lurking here. Creating an enduring place where people are able to learn, connect with one another, and evolve is an amazing, unique legacy; as a stranger, it's surreal to realize that someone who I never spoke to, someone I never knew on a personal level... will have impacted my career and education. I hope those who are mourning Brian and his family are able to be surrounded with love during this time... the best enemy of grief is love and a good bottle of whiskey.
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    Walking from school at night with deer and no street lamps?

    I applaud your sensibility in being aware of the subversive nature of the nefarious trouble-makers of the Cervidae family, AKA They Who Must Not Be Named. To protect yourself from these dastardly deer, I recommend the following: - Deer are excellent swimmers. If you decide after a long arduous day of class that you would like to take a nighttime swim in the local watering hole, please be aware that you will not be able to outswim a deer - so this is probably a terrible idea. They're like sharks, but with fluffier tails. - Deer are terrific jumpers. Do not try to climb a tree in order to get away from them, as they can jump up to heights of 10,000 feet on a bad day. - The Chinese water deer have large upper canine teeth. With this in mind, I would recommend not taking an alternate route home, say, through China. - Deer like to have you think that they eat leaves, grass, fruit, et al. Do not believe this, as their diet mainly consists of man-flesh, the tears of the vanquished, and the occasional stray nursing student. Ways to combat these fearsome creatures of the dark: - Watch old Chuck Norris films, in particularly pay attention to his roundhouse kick and fists of fury. - Buy a pet mountain lion and let him loose in the wooded area to eat all the deer. - Conjure up a patronus to walk you home from class. Bonus points if you can call up a scary bunny. - Offer the deer a beer. - Pack up and move (this should be your last resort). All seriousness aside, I agree with others here in saying you should be concerned about walking home by yourself in the dark due to humans. I would catch a ride with a classmate if you miss the bus; or if you walk home, bring pepper spray and make sure your phone is always charged. Good luck!
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    The Wisdom of Lurking

    I have been creepily lurking here for the past several months (yes, that is me in the figurative bushes)! I am finishing up my pre-reqs, and then will be applying to nursing school. I am your friendly neighborhood lurker so that I can soak up as much knowledge as I can in the meantime - not to mention, it's also pretty motivating. I can't wait until I can proudly state that I am a nurse and then eat baby nurses, myself! (I hope for some ice-cream flavored ones - kidding kidding). Seriously though, there has been so much information that I have learned from lurking here... I am really glad this place exists. I promise I won't ever ask you guys to do my homework, or "why am I not being placed on first shift without weekends? Scandalous!", or even talk about how "I failed a class because my Professor is a giant Sucky McSuckerson who is out to get me because I am SuperStudent". I will probably keep creepily lurking about, however, as I feel this has been really helpful. ~ Newbie

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