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May 18, 2010
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rising- Hi. You have time to think about what area you would like to specialize in. I used to have to get up at like 4 am to study before my now adult daughter woke up, I also used ear plugs. It worked. How many more years do you have before you finish?

May 19, 2010
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well, it's hard to block out a two year old - can't ignore him - he is not about to let you do that!!!....and I can't get up early, he is a SUPER light sleeper and any rustling will wake him...I usually just squeeze time in between classes and maximize my time at school - and the available hours at daycare.

I dunno what I want to specialize in - I think labor/delivery or pediatrics....maybe even certified midwife....but all those will require a move (which is in the plans) and basically, where I move to will dictate my options - I am in a remote area, and general practice is all I can really hope for....we have a maternity ward, so hoping to end up there maybe...but not banking on it...every nurse in my group seems to want to be there.

May 19, 2010
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rising- When I graduated nursing school I did a new grad program in Labor and delivery. I really enjoyed it. Except for the fact it was a night shift. The chances of ever getting on a day shift was slim to none. We also had to circulate to all three areas. New born nursery made me a little nervous. Pediatrics is nice, but there is a lot of dealing with parents who are stressed out from having a sick child. The one great thing about nursing is it has a ton of opportunities to explore.

I am glad to hear you have your schedule under control.

Are you in the nursing program now or are you still taking the prerequisites?

May 20, 2010
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I had to take two prerequisites, so I figured while I was at it, i might as well knock off all the electives (since nursing only starts in the fall).

realistically, I am half way done - in that all my non-nursing stuff is done....just have to do the regular nursing and clinicals now.

I am very excited about it and not a bit as nervous as everyone else is.

OH and WHOOOOOHHHOOOOOO, I pulled off a 4.0 this semester, which is a feat, because one class is known for not giving out A's!!!!!!! and precalculus was another...I ACED it!

May 20, 2010
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Rising- Straight A's....FANTASTIC! I am sure that you are ready to start the program. Was there a long waiting list?

May 20, 2010
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Hi rising,

That's great news! So, you've got your general education classes done? How about all the sciences? Have you been accepted into an actual nursing program or still in the progress of applying? Is it an ARN or a BSN? I just finished a graduate degree in nursing and it was the most grueling thing I've ever done.

Keep up the great work! You too Lolli!

Hey Destiny... how you doing girl?

Isis

May 21, 2010
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Isis- Hey. You just finished a Graduate Degree so now you must be an MSN with many other initials following. From the secret society of nursing abbreviations (LOL).

May 21, 2010
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Haha... yeah, MSN (big deal!) For what it's worth, I practice as a clinical nurse specialist in wound care and I absolutely love it. I still do per diem at a Boston hospital on a med/surg unit and that's great too. Maybe in a year or so, I may try teaching... God knows there aren't enough clinical instructors to go around and in Massachusetts, you must be masters prepared to teach. For now, though, it's good money and I will have two kids in college come September!

And the beat goes on...

May 21, 2010
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ISIS- You must be a WOCN. No, there are not enough qualified instructors to teach nursing. Part of the problem is it isn't the highest paying job. Did you go to school on line, or? My job just called me today. I only work per diem. My son just completed his first semester of college. My daughter will complete college in the fall. Boston has some great hospitals.

May 21, 2010
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That's right... wound, ostomy and continence... the secret society of nursing abbreviations! And I know, not much money in teaching. However, one of my best friends is an adjunct professor and she loves it- she's also an NP at a nearby prep school.

My daughter starts college in September in a pre-PA program- mostly biology and health sciences. She will also graduate with a teaching certificate in high school biology. When she is finished with her BS, she goes on to a two year PA program at a school in Boston. The field is wide open now vs. a flooded nursing pool.

May 21, 2010
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Isis- I know on the East coast one has to have a Bachelors degree before they can gain admission to a PA program. In CA they have PA programs in two year community colleges. With the shortage of MD's they are really needed. I was happy to hear that NP would be compensated by medicaid and medicare.

Yep, the nursing field is getting flooded. The RN's and LVN's graduating from the school in my town cannot find jobs. I was looking at the job openings on the net at the major hospitals, the list sure has dwindled. My son is going into the nursing program in August.

May 24, 2010
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What's up Peeps?

Well, I did it. I just bought my first house.

Woo hoo!!

May 24, 2010
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Cool, Chica!

So now you get your own place w/out reminders of ex's and x-ex's? How's THAT going, btw?

May 24, 2010
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Yes, this one will be ours and ours alone 🙂

As far as ex's go....

Ex-hag hasn't been a problem for the most part. She started some shit a little while back sending e-mails accusing us of dressing my step daughter for her father/daughter dance like a "hussy looking for work on Pine Street" and asked if we were going to get her a "stipper pole" for Easter". She also accused of caking her face with makeup, despite the fact that the child had not one stich of makeup on her face.
Not her daughter btw, but with the little's girls mother's blessing (she got the pictures from the little girls mother).

They are both just gross beyond words.

As for the Lu Lu the Wingnut (who IS the little girls mother)...she just continues to be the most bitter, vindictive, obsessed and pathetic piece of shit that I have ever had the misfortune of having to deal with. We are currently going back and forth to court to try to get a vistitation schedule in effect but she has fought it ever step of the way. I truly believe she is prolonging it as long as she can because the pathetic asshole knows nobody would pay any attention to her otherwise.

Having said that....she will have to agree eventually so hopefully when that happens she'll get a life.

In the meantime...we've got bigger and better things to deal with. Like a new house for instance 🙂

May 24, 2010
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YAY Lolli! Congrats!

Sorry about Lu Lu the Wingnut... try to keep the toxic people at an arms length. Too bad you have to deal with them at all.

I say we have a house warming party for Lolli!

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