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  1. That is very strange. You don't see any results on the NYS Verifications Search when you put in your name? http://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htm#nme
  2. Mine posted nine days after I passed the NCLEX; I'm in NY.
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    Microbiology course online?

    I took it last Summer, learned a lot, and enjoyed it. As others have said, make sure your school will accept an online science class first. You do all the experiments at home. It runs every semester, including in the Summer. You definitely get out of it what you put into it, but it's really well-organized and graded fairly. https://www.cayuga-cc.edu/academics/schedule-of-classes/
  4. Hi, Sharasai - ABSN programs are for people who already have a bachelor's degree in another noon-non-nursing field. Your best bet is to get an ASN (often from a community college) or a BSN (from a four-year college or university). You can certainly do an RN to BSN program; many nurses do. It often depends on how competitive an area is when you're looking for a job; some hospitals prefer applicants to come in with a BSN, but others don't mind an ASN and will pay for your BSN (or for a good portion of it). Getting a job as a CNA is an excellent idea. At the very least, volunteering in some capacity is very helpful, but going through the CNA training and then getting valuable work experience AND earning money for school will be so helpful. Many CNA training classes are paid and then you work for the facility that trained you As for prerequisites, these are usually college-level courses that count toward your degree. For example, an ASN is usually 60 credits. Maybe 50% to 75% of those credits will be nursing credits, but the remainder will be English, composition, sociology, psychology, A&P, microbiology, nutrition, etc. - whatever your school requires. Some people take college courses or earn college credit while in high school, either through AP classes or community college classes; those will often transfer to your college. Colleges will specify whether the prerequisites are high school or college. My school requires high school or college chemistry and biology, for example, because these are prerequisites to college-level A&P, which is a prerequisite to microbiology. They all build on each other. If you don't understand biochemistry, A&P becomes much harder. Some classes are technically co-requisites; you can take A&P while you're taking your nursing courses, but it's a lot of work. If you get those classes out of the way first, you'll have more time to focus on nursing, which is a challenge to many students. Also, if you take A&P first before applying, you'll do better on the TEAS and many admissions departments give extra weight to good grades in A&P. As far as how long it will take to do pre/co-requisites, it really depends on how fast you take them and how many your school requires. My school requires 24 non-nursing credits. You could easily take those over a year (including the summer) leaving you two years of part-time nursing study (ha, ha, ha - nursing is NEVER part-time! 😆) to complete your nursing courses. It's generally easy to transfer prereqs to another school; mine are from a bunch of community colleges in my state and I took everything but my two A&P classes online. You may apply to two or three schools that require slightly different prereqs, so one may require sociology, but another requires nutrition. I would plan on taking whatever each school requires so you give yourself the maximum opportunities to apply and get into schools. Plus, most of those classes will be useful or even required when you do your BSN. Your next step should be meeting with an admissions advisor at your local community college. She will be able to guide you in your next steps, including financial aid. Please consider community colleges over for-profit schools like Rasmussen. You will save money and time by going to a local school. You can even look at the schools around where you might move and be preparing to apply to those, but have your prereqs out of the way before you move. Good luck, and congratulations on being the first person in your family to attend college! Your community college will have lots of resources to help students like you who are in unfamiliar territory.
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    Can I be a nurse without majoring in BSN?

    I think you need to really figure out why you're not doing so well in college. Start with that, then do as others have suggested and figure out if you really want to be a nurse. There are lots of jobs in the medical field that aren't nursing. Maybe take some time off from college and work as a CNA or a tech in a hospital. That will give you up close and personal experience into some of what nurses do every day. Good luck. It's hard to struggle and feel lost. Consider talking to a counselor at school as well as your academic advisor.
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    Any pediatric pearls of wisdom?

    I've done one peds rotation, so I know very little about working with our youngest patient's, but we had a sign posted by Child Life in our staff bathroom that reminded us that children are not pets. Do not pet or stroke them unnecessarily in an attempt to comfort them or gain their trust. I certainly held small babies and toddlers during procedures, but I was more aware of older children's physical space and needs. If they need comfort, they will seek it. I thought this was an interesting perspective and a bit counterintuitive to me at first. Good luck at your new job!
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    How many care plans do you do?

    During our first clinical rotation, we do one for each of our five theory classes. Second and third rotations, we do two care plans during each rotation. During specialty clinicals in our third and fourth rotations, we do one for each rotation, although I'm in a combined geriatrics/palliative clinical, so my instructor requested that we do two - one with a geri focus and one with a palliative focus. Each week, we also write a nursing process record that's about 12 pages long and includes all of our assessment data and the "web" of possible nursing diagnoses for five NANDA domains. We then pull all of that together to write the care plans and combine it with a CINAHL article that uses research to support our interventions, but again - we don't have to do that many. The first clinical rotation is the hardest, but you learn how to do them and it's so much easier from them on out. My first clinical instructor got us in the mindset of mentally doing mini care plans constantly so that it becomes second nature to use critical thinking to connect the dots, so in pre-conference, I always give the admitting medical dx, a possible nursing dx, a lab value and a med that I would expect to see, a focused assessment that will be important, and an intervention I can do that day. Instructors appreciate this, and more importantly, it's training us to quickly run through the important aspects of care as soon as we walk in the pt.'s room.
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    Pre-Requisite Nursing Course with LAB?

    Welcome! It would help to know where you're located. :)
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    eBook vs Physical Book

    We have very few books - maybe 10 for the entire program? - so the cost isn't too bad. I bought a hard copy of the first book, then decided to use an ebook version and I loved it! I've avoided physical copies ever since. In fact, someone just passed on a physical book to me last week, and although I appreciate it, I hate using it because I've gotten used to my reading, searching, and notating methods, so I'm buying the ebook and passing this one on to a classmate. í ½í¸‚
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    Generally, when people talk about ATI proctored exams, they mean a series of tests that cover various content to prepare you for the NCLEX and help predict your success there. Many programs require certain scores on ATI exams in order to proceed through the program and eventually sit for the NCLEX. There are some similarities to the TEAS in that they are standardized tests offered by ATI, but without knowing what the OP is actually asking for information about, it's hard to offer relevant advice. :) In general, though, for any tests offered by ATI, study the material, take the practice tests, complete the remediation work, get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, take your time, and do your best! I will say that the ATI Fundamentals test I'm working on right now has a bunch of SATA questions and prioritizing. For most multiple choice questions, all four answers are correct, but one of the priority or the most correct. It covers a lot, but it's only 60 questions, so you have to make sure you don't miss too many. I took the two practice tests and did about two hours of remediating, so I plan to go in to do the proctored one later this week and get 'er done! This is the first semester my school is have second-semester students do ATI Fundamentals, so we don't need to have a minimum score; this is to help students and faculty see what areas we may be struggling with or that may be overlooked in our theory courses.
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    Which ATI test do you mean?
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    Onondaga Community College

    Hi, Sade! I'd be happy to answer your questions here. 1) Are you taking prereqs with the nursing classes? I'm not because I wanted all the pre-reqs done ahead of time. Some people do, though, because they need to maintain full-time status or it just works out better for them to do that. You could take AP1 during Level 1 (first semester) and AP2 during Level 2 (second semester) and then take English (6 credits), sociology (3 credits), psych (3 credits), and micro (4 credits) during two summer sessions. You can also take CPR for credit to pad your credit hours a bit. Everyone who takes science classes while taking nursing classes says that it's hard. If there's any way to avoid it, I would, but again - you may have to for full-time status. 2) Which area do you recommend living in? That really depends on so many factors. There is on-campus housing if you're full-time; here's a list of off-campus opportunities that the college provides: Off Campus Housing - Onondaga Community College Where are you coming from? 3) Can you work and go to school? Many people do. It requires some flexibility from your employer. A calendar is provided to you prior to the semester so that you can see all of your school commitments, but things do change occasionally. You'll definitely need one full weekday each week to commit to lab or clinical and that day is an absolute must, set-in-stone kind of day. 4) Do you feel like the program is preparing you for the nclex? ABSOLUTELY! I'm taking two ATI exams this week that my adviser will use to evaluate my progress and help gauge my readiness to take the NCLEX, and I'm only in my second semester. It's a constant, ongoing process. 5) Could the program be completed part-time? So...yes and no? I'm taking 8 credits this semester because each nursing course is only one credit, so I have 4 one-credit nursing theory classes and 2 two-credit clinicals. You are expected to spend at least 45 hours working on each one-credit course. Once you've finished all the exams (usually 2 to 4 exams) and procedures (usually 2 or maybe 3) for that class, you are done with it; you take exams and demonstrate procedures when you are ready to do so with proficiency because there are no scheduled times to take exams or do procedures. You are generally working simultaneously on your other classes, though, too, so that you can finish everything in a timely fashion. You're also demonstrating all of your theory work in clinical so that your instructors know that you really get it. One of the reasons that each class is only one credit is because you may have to re-register for a class if you aren't successful at passing all of the tests for a course. You have two chances to pass each test with a minimum grade of 80%. Below that is not passing. If you are not successful, you will meet with the instructor and show them that you understand the material, get clarification on what you didn't understand. After this remediation process, they will re-open the test for you and you will take it again and hopefully pass it. If you are not successful, you will need to re-register for the class and take that test a third time. You are allowed to remediate and attempt each test a total of four times, but that's the limit. If you don't pass on the fourth try, you cannot complete the program. I have no idea how often this happens, but I don't think it's actually that common. You don't have to retake any other tests in that course if you have already passed them. If each course were three credits, it would be expensive to need to reregister; at only one credit, reregistering costs about $200. There are ways to progress slightly slower through the program if you want to, but you need to finish within three years of starting. I really don't know of anyone who has done the slower pace, though. It makes such a small difference that I don't think anyone bothers. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate. :)
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    Onondaga Community College

    Please do! I love talking about OCC - it's a wonderful program. :)
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    Hope to hear from syracuse NY nurses

    I'd be happy to meet up with you. I'm finishing my first year in OCC's nursing program and I really enjoy it. I'll send you a PM. :)
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    ATI Comprehensive retake

    I don't know, as I'm just starting out with ATI testing, but I would imagine that a good rule of thumb would be to really know the material. The questions will most likely be different, but on the same topics. Whenever I need to remediate for a test, I know that there are fundamental aspects of the material that I'm missing - even if I missed passing by one question, for example. Definitely use the materials that ATI provides because they will help you understand the larger concepts, rather than the individual questions. Unless it's some rando question about Romberg's test...which I had never heard of!
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    Any RNs considering medical school?

    I'm going to try an experiment. I wonder what kind of response the OP would have gotten if he or she had said something like this: "Hello, nurses! I'm in my last semester of nursing school, and nursing isn't quite what I had expected. I really enjoy working with patients, but I wonder if I might find it more challenging to help patients via the medical model. I would really like to dig into the most complex aspects of patient care - how the biochemistry and pathophysiology point to medical disease processes, for example. I'd like to finish nursing school, take (and hopefully pass!) the NCLEX, and then take a medical school prerequisite (organic chemistry, perhaps?) and explore whether medical school might be an option for me. Does anyone know other nurses or nursing students who have made a switch like this? I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks!" I have tremendous respect for good doctors and I would never want to be one. I'll keep plugging away at nursing school (the easy and the hard parts!) and hope that I can be the best nurse I can be because this is where I feel called to be. I hope the OP can find a calling the suits him or her, too.