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        01-08-2012, 04:15 PM
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    Foal
    Talking Too school for cool... NURSING

    I am in my second quarter of nursing school and wow!.... It's like having 2 full-time jobs some weeks! I have seen a lot of nurses or nursing students on this forum and I would love to make some friends on here! I currently do not have a horse, but as soon as school is done I will be purchasing one! It's been about 10 years and I am itching to get back into it!

    So for now I am going to focus on my dream of becoming either a Peds Oncology or NICU Nurse and I am learning you can never have enough support and people to talk to while you go through it!

    My name is Heather, I am 28, recently married, quit my job as a Certified Medical Assistant (did that for 4 years) this fall before school started and now I spend my time living, thinking, breathing nursing school! I live in Washington State and I am still not sure this is where I want to stay once school is done.

    How's school going for you other students? What area are you thinking you want to be in once you are done?
         
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        01-08-2012, 04:56 PM
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    Trained
    Hello!

    I am awaiting acceptance into my college's Nursing program. It's a community college and I have all my pre-requisites done, but, there's a 3 year waiting list. OMG!

    So, I was working full time and applying for the program. But, was laid off. So, my dad gave me 1 option (haha) go back to school and get it over with.

    So, I'm taking Human Physiology starting tomorrow as my a requisite.

    I don't really want to wait 3 more years though, and then go through 2 years of school. I'm 23, It's time to get it done. Make it happen.

    So, I looked into transferring into another community college that doesn't have a waiting list, but tests in. Well, they have different standards of their classes, and some of my classed for KVCC, don't transfer to GOCC. OMG! So, I have to retake about 7 classes because Medical Terminology won't transfer even though I 3.5'ed it. And Nutrition won't transfer, and I have to take a gym class? OMG. In college? Get real? So, I'm retaking classes to try and get into GOCC sooner, even though I already have everything done for KVCC.

    Make sense? It sucks.

    But, It's such a good profession to go into! Congrats on being half way through! Are you mostly doing clinical's now as opposed to lecture work?

    Did you have a waiting list?
         
        01-08-2012, 05:07 PM
      #3
    Foal
    CLaPorte432 -

    Nursing school is definitely not "easy" to get into and it seems like it gets more competitive every year! I applied last year and didn't get in so I had to reapply again last spring. THANKFULLY I got in because I am 28 and I'm not getting any younger!

    You're Dad is right... Get it done! That is awesome that you can just focus on school! I am also in a Community College program and it actually has the best reputation in the State and our local hospitals choose our grads over the University program here about 95% of the time! The program is very intense... first quarter is a whirlwind and they throw information at you from all sides. This quarter is INSANE for the first 3 weeks and we are only just starting our second week! This week we have a paper, skills test for catheters and sterile dressing changes, a simulation and an Exam! Do some research on a few programs around you or in your State and if possible, apply to several so open yours chances of getting in faster! Good Luck to you and keep me posted!!
         
        01-08-2012, 07:04 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Our community college has a really good reputation as well. They have a better program then the 4 year university that has a nursing program. And it's over quicker. LoL.

    I just was it done and over with. I'm going to work my butt off now and get it done. I've been looking for a way to go back to school but couldn't afford it. This opportunity has come up and I am taking it with both hands.

    I can't wait to feel the relief of being accepted. That's a major stepping stone. And then I can stress about the courses.

    I hope all goes well.

    I do have a question though about textbooks though. I looked up what I need for my Human Physiology textbook. The book is like $145 used. Plus I need the coloring book which is another $60. There is a "International" copy of the book that I need for half the price! The description says that it's the same as the English version, just has a different cover.

    Do you think I should try it? I'm worried about it not being the right one so I'm going to the class tomorrow and getting specifics. Maybe I'll ask the teacher if he knows if it will be acceptable.

    Textbooks are stupidly expensive.
         
        01-08-2012, 07:29 PM
      #5
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Our community college has a really good reputation as well. They have a better program then the 4 year university that has a nursing program. And it's over quicker. LoL.


    I just was it done and over with. I'm going to work my butt off now and get it done. I've been looking for a way to go back to school but couldn't afford it. This opportunity has come up and I am taking it with both hands.

    I can't wait to feel the relief of being accepted. That's a major stepping stone. And then I can stress about the courses.


    I hope all goes well.

    I do have a question though about textbooks though. I looked up what I need for my Human Physiology textbook. The book is like $145 used. Plus I need the coloring book which is another $60. There is a "International" copy of the book that I need for half the price! The description says that it's the same as the English version, just has a different cover.

    Do you think I should try it? I'm worried about it not being the right one so I'm going to the class tomorrow and getting specifics. Maybe I'll ask the teacher if he knows if it will be acceptable.

    Textbooks are stupidly expensive.
    Same here, but since it's Community College I will only come out with my ADN instead of my BSN, but I can worry about that later. In WA it's only like $1 difference anyways!

    That's the attitude you have to have! I moved out on my own when I was 19 and so instead of school I was working 2 jobs and trying to pay my bills. I just didn't have the drive to get back into school, but the MA program pretty much fell in my lap and that I why I took that route first.

    I bawled like a baby when I got my acceptance letter... scared the heck out of my husband because I had prepared him for tears if I didn't get in again. I didn't even have the letter completely open, I just saw "congratualtions" and I lost it! The world was lifted off my shoulders that very second!

    The price of textsbooks should be illegal! As well as the college being able to upgrade every freaking quarter or fall... it is absolutely insane! I bit the bullet this fall and purchased all brand new books for the program... $1400! BUT we will use those the whole program!

    I am not sure about the internation book, but I am sure I have heard people in classes talk about it before and I do THINK it is pretty much the same. Have you tried asking around at school from students who have previously take that class? Maybe post on Craigslist or student forums asking if someone has a book you can buy off of them. I would even go stand outside of that class this quarter and ask people if you can buy if off of them when they are done! It's disgusting what they expect us to pay on top of the ridiculous tuition fees!

    Also, I am sure you have, but try Half.com or Amazon... My advice is to make sure and read the reviews on the seller, ONE time I never recieved my book!

    Sorry my post is all over the place I don't know how to just responde to certain sections of your posts! Haha
         
        01-08-2012, 10:23 PM
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    Trained
    The price of college is outrageous. And your right, the price of textbooks SHOULD be illegal. I'll be sure to check out the sites you posted and see what I can come up with. First class is tomorrow so I can just ask the instructor after class if the International book will be sufficient enough for class. I don't want to set myself up for failure by not having the proper book.

    At my college, the last semester is mostly clinical work at the hospital. You get to work a few weeks in different areas, Pediatrics, ER, Psyche Ward, Nursing Homes. They rotate giving you the opportunity to see different aspects of Nursing. Do they do that where you are attending college?

    Do you have an idea of where you want to be when you graduate? My mom is a RN and she always wanted to be in Pediatrics, she ended up in Dialysis.
         
        01-08-2012, 11:06 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    At my college, the last semester is mostly clinical work at the hospital. You get to work a few weeks in different areas, Pediatrics, ER, Psyche Ward, Nursing Homes. They rotate giving you the opportunity to see different aspects of Nursing. Do they do that where you are attending college?
    We start clinicals the first quarter and we spend two 8 hour shifts in Long Term Care (Nursing Home/Rehab) the last part of the quarter. This quarter we have to test off on some skills, I.e. Catheters, sterile dressing changes, and injections, then in 2 weeks will will start doing one 10hr shift a week at the hospitals. They rotate us to a new department every week. So for that 10 hours we are assigned 1 patient for the whole day and then I think we get 2 next quarter and then 2nd year we will get 3-4 each for a whole shift. From what I hear we get A LOT more clinical time than the other programs around here... that's why our program is one of the preferred in our area because new grads know how to handle a few patients at once.


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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Do you have an idea of where you want to be when you graduate? My mom is a RN and she always wanted to be in Pediatrics, she ended up in Dialysis.
    Yes, I do! Pediatric Oncology is my #1 pick, but we would have to relocate for that... which we are willing to do! Sacred Heart Children's is 2 hrs away so that's not too far. If we stay here then NICU/Pediatrics and if those don't pan out then MAYBE labor and delivery. Working as an MA I have been in gynocology (hormonal woman all day every day are not my cup of tea), Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Urgent Care... and I still prefer Peds after all of that, but you definitely have to keep an open mind because most people end up in the one thing that they said they would never do! For me that is surgery and if I end up in surgery I will be SHOCKED!!! Watching surgery is awesome, but have to work in a sterile environment daily does not sound appealing.... you will understand what I mean when you get to the sterile skills tests! Haha

    My brother just got his books for a great deal on... Thriftbooks.com and Bookholders.com. Check those out too!!
         
        01-08-2012, 11:51 PM
      #8
    Trained
    I still miss it. I retired several years ago,(when I was late 40's) and actually am thinking of going back for a refresher to go do some work again. I had been out of clinical in administration for over 10 yrs when I retired, so would need a refresher to go back to patient care anyways, so gave up my license (became inactive).

    Did everything but OR through the years. Loved ICU, but couldn't handle PEDS. Kudos if you can. I can rationalize people getting old, sick and dying. Not young kids and babies, and it was really difficult when they are abuse cases and the parents get the kid back.

    It is a very rewarding career-not easy, but very rewarding. Congrats and good luck to both of you~
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        01-09-2012, 12:07 AM
      #9
    Yearling
    HorseDreams- I too, am from Washington! I just started school at our local community college and and working on my prerequisites for nursing. I want to transfer later so that I can get my bachelors degree, as our community college offers a great program(from what I hear!) bu I would only graduate with an associates. I want to start out in ICU because I've been very interested in the nursing anesthesiology program through OHSU, and a requirement to that is that you work for at least a year in ICU. I know that is a long way down the road, but I am very excited and want to keep my options open.

    A side note- my parents are both nurses. My mom works in Pediatrics and my Dad is primarily in the NICU. He also does many higher-risk deliveries and works part time in Renton, WA. He loves his job, and it give me high hopes that I'll love it too! :)
         
        01-09-2012, 12:15 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AQHA13    
    HorseDreams- I too, am from Washington! I just started school at our local community college and and working on my prerequisites for nursing. I want to transfer later so that I can get my bachelors degree, as our community college offers a great program(from what I hear!) bu I would only graduate with an associates. I want to start out in ICU because I've been very interested in the nursing anesthesiology program through OHSU, and a requirement to that is that you work for at least a year in ICU. I know that is a long way down the road, but I am very excited and want to keep my options open.

    A side note- my parents are both nurses. My mom works in Pediatrics and my Dad is primarily in the NICU. He also does many higher-risk deliveries and works part time in Renton, WA. He loves his job, and it give me high hopes that I'll love it too! :)

    That is awesome!!! Good luck with the Pre-Req's! I see you are from Yakima... I HIGHLY recommend checking out the CBC program in the TC's!

    Having your parents in the medical field will be such a benefit to you!! You can use them for all of their knowledge! I really hope that if I stay here I can get into the NICU, but we will see! There are SO MANY options I am trying to still keep an open mind!

    I think the ICU would be awesome too!! I like the more intense settings, I work better under pressure.
         

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