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Calling all nurses
June 2, 2006
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I was thinking about changing my major and going to nursing school. Is there anyone out there that has gone to school for nursing that could tell me a little bit about what to expect. I would greatly appreciate any replies. Thank you.

June 2, 2006
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Jewel,

"Tunnel vision." That's what we called it when one gets into the program; nothing else matters as all concentration is focused on reading, studying, labs before clinicals and of course tests; from written to "return demonstrations" on the lab setting of tasks.

One has to be dedicated and really focused on your intentions, studies and more learning.

The nursing opportunities are endless with diverse fields to practice.

I would however, think seriously about a degree in nursing and not the LPN or VPN (practical nursing) programs that are for one year. That gets you into task oriented only fields one step above a nursing assistant.

If being a degreed nurse, RN, registered nurse if not your choice, there are many other options as well, such as a med tech or xray tech or phlebotomist. I am not sure what your expectations or desires are.

What else would you like to know?

For me, personally, it has been and remains a very rewarding career.

Sew

June 2, 2006
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Nursing Training
As a nurse, you must have the ability to integrate medical technology and a compassionate, human touch. Not only will you be treating patients every day, but you will be comforting and caring for them as well. The concern for others is a quality that you should already possess, but the science and medicine of nursing is something that you can easily learn at any of the accredited schools listed below. If you are interested in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the medical field, nursing training could be perfect for you. To learn more about the nursing training programs offered, simply click on the links provided and you will receive complimentary information from the schools of you choice.

This was from a link I goggeled in: "Why would I want to become a nurse?"

June 2, 2006
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June 2, 2006
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Thank you so much sew. One of the reasons that I was considering nursing is b/c I love helping people and making them feel good. It kills me when I am in the hospital or at a doctors office and the nurse is mean. I understand it can get stressful and overwhelming, but it should never be taken out on a patient. Esp. when sick. To me, that is uncalled for. I just worry that the schooling will be to hard and I won't understand some things. Other than that, I am really into switching my major. I love moving around on the job vs. sitting at a desk all day(yuck!!!!) and like to work long hours. I will check out the websites later when I have more time. Thanks again sew.

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June 2, 2006
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Hey I have a question as I have been trying to get into a program for a couple of years with no luck so far.

Is it possible (in your opinion) to work full-time and go to nursing school and take care of 2 kids (ages 10 & 11) without much help (recently separated and he's not very reliable)?

I'm almost 40 and don't want to put things off too much longer but maybe it's better for the kids if I wait.

Thanks 🙂

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June 2, 2006
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gofigure...my friend went to nursing school a few years ago when she was about 35 years old, married with 2 kids. She worked probably 20 hours a week, but had a job that was really flexible (in the medical records department of a hospital), where she could put in her hours when it was convenient for her. She is so happy she did this, and she is now doing very well at the same hospital working on the post-partum floor. Good luck to you...don't give up!!!

June 2, 2006
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Gofigure,

It is possible. If you want it, you will find a way.

Let's see. While married, husband did not want me to go to nursing school. My daughter was 9 then. I worked full time in Q.C. at a factory. That was third shift!

I took one core course at a time; english,, philoshophy, chenistry, anatomy/phys. etc. Did that until I had all the coursed except for the nursing course, which were not allowed to be taken unless I was enrolled in the nursing program. there was a waiting list for two years (and a nursing shortage, ha!).

But as soon as I had all the other courses out of the way, they bumped me up and the next semester I was In the nursing program! It was go then, or forget it and be bumped down to a 2 year wait again. I was thrilled.

But no money for the program. So I sold my car, got a cheaper one (real cheap, baby) and the difference went for school. Mind you, I was married with a double income and he said we had no money for school. I found a way. Beg, borrow, you can do it. There are grants and student loans I had to finally resort to. That's the way it is. But I graduated as an LPN and worked at the hopsital.

Got divorced and single mom again. Went back to school for college. Student loans etc, I also worked part time.

For 2 solid years plus I worked or went to school. Every day, no misses. Hear me here; every day I went to school and worked or if no class, I worked. For 2 years I aslo worked two jobs every other Sunday. Every single day of the calendar, I worked and or went to school or both.

Today I could not do it, but I did then. And I wonder how I did it. But I did because I found a way. You can too. It will be hard. It will take what seems like forever, but it can be done. You will find a way.

And it was all worthwhile is the bottom line.

Good luck!

Sew

June 3, 2006
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Sew. WOW!!! Way to go on following your dreams and not giving up. You are an inspiration.

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