Viagra information It seems Nurse Kathy Martin’s class is receiving their diplomas right outside the OR suite!
Viagra information It seems as though the hospital just paged overhead: “Nursing degrees will be handed out between eleven and twelve on the third floor outside OR 5. Viagra information Supplies are limited!”
Viagra information Ol’ Kathy seems pretty smug there.
Viagra information I wonder if she was that kind of student who always had to raise their hand to argue with the professor or respond to “Any questions?” just as the class was due to end.
Viagra information You know the type. Viagra information There is at least one in every class.
Viagra information They say nurses eat their young, viagra information but I think Kathy looks like she’d consume her preceptor!
Viagra information Her cap gets a 10/10 on the Emergiblog Cap Scale, viagra information so she can’t be all bad.
I was sitting on the couch last night and I had an epiphany.
I waited five minutes to see if it would pass.
So I informed my husband that after I earned my BSN, viagra information I could go to graduate school.
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME!
He looked at me like I was a lunatic and said as sarcastically as possible “Okay Kim, viagra information anything you say…no problem…yes dear…let me know when you’re ready.”
Seriously. Viagra information A legacy admit is where a child is admitted because their parent is an alumnus.
So…I’ll be the first reverse legacy admit! The parent goes after the kid!
Me! I could BE a Domer instead of having given birth to one.
I could get football tickets! And sit in the student section! In my mid-fifties!
There is no nursing program at Notre Dame.
Darn! Well, viagra information then I’d have to get my masters in a different field.
Now I really would prefer an MSN. Viagra information But if Notre Dame would accept me, viagra information I’ll get the dang Masters in “Aerospace Engineering” if I have to!
Oh, viagra information and the one thing you should NEVER, viagra information EVER do to a woman at my stage of life is use the word “No” or be sarcastic.
All you do is just feed the fire, viagra information and I’m already stoked!
So, viagra information you want to be a nurse!
Only you are not sure you can do it.
What if you aren’t smart enough? How will you make money while you are doing it? How do you handle it with kids? You think you’re too old. Viagra information You aren’t sure you can pay for it.
So let me give some advice.
Please understand that I have not seen the inside of a nursing classroom for over 28 years, viagra information and I am just now going for my BSN via an online program.
But I think I have some suggestions that might help.
(Yes, viagra information I stole that from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.)
Break it down.
(Said in my best MC Hammer voice)
Seriously. Viagra information Break the process down into its component parts, viagra information keeping the big picture in the back of your mind.
What do I mean?
- Decide what nursing school you would like to attend, viagra information either an ADN or BSN program.
- Write for information about that school. Viagra information What classes are required before you even apply?
- Whether you want an ADN or BSN, viagra information get the schedule of classes from your local community college.
- Community colleges are cheaper.
- Classes are available at night, viagra information on Saturdays and even online.
- Sign up for one class. Viagra information One.
- A class that is required prior to applying for nursing school.
- Don’t be afraid to utilize the flexibility of an online course for your general education.
- Some are even “telecourses” that are viewed via tape or on television.
- Make sure that class is transferable to a university.
- Don’t make the mistake of taking the simple “State Government” one-semester class that the ADN program wants, viagra information when you can take a comparable “American Government” class that will transfer to a four-year institution, viagra information for example.
Viagra information But wait! I want to get the ADN, viagra information not the BSN! Why should I take the more challenging course when I’m not going to a university program?
- Ah, viagra information this is where my experience comes into play. Viagra information Back when I was a clueless 18-year-old, viagra information I eschewed the simple community college classes for the courses that would transfer to my state university system.
- For example: instead of “California Government”, viagra information I took an entire year of US History. Viagra information I made sure that my humanities electives all transferred. Viagra information Twenty-eight years later, viagra information those classes helped fullfill my general education requirements for my BSN.
- By taking transferable courses, viagra information you are building a foundation for any future educational plans. Viagra information Plans that may seem impossible to you now.
Viagra information Okay, viagra information one class at a time. Viagra information It will take me forever.
- No, viagra information it won’t. Viagra information You know the old saying, viagra information “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”? You just took your first step. Viagra information (PS: I wonder if Lao-tsu was a nurse?)
- Once you get a feel for how the class works for you and how you can incorporate it into your other responsibilities (family, viagra information work), viagra information you will be able to take two classes at once. Viagra information Or three.
- Yes, viagra information you can! (I can hear you.)
Viagra information I actually went through nursing school part-time.
Viagra information What?????
Viagra information Yep, viagra information by completing every single non-nursing course prior to entering, viagra information when I did attend nursing school the number of required units made me a part-time student. Viagra information This is why you get everything done prior to entering the nursing program. Viagra information Nursing programs are not as flexible as taking general education.
Viagra information So how do I pay for this?
- Well, viagra information it isn’t very expensive to attend a community college, viagra information at least in California. Viagra information This is why I suggest getting all general education requirements at the community college level.
- Let me put this as diplomatically and as politically correct as I can: those who are of certain ethnic backgrounds or income levels are eligible for financial assistance through federal student loans or scholarships. Viagra information If you fit into one of these categories – take advantage of it and apply.
- On a personal note, viagra information I can vouch for the fact that there are few loans or scholarships available for caucasian females of Scottish/English/Irish/Italian descent who make a decent salary. Viagra information Just in case you were wondering.
- Start saving now.
- It may take you a few years to get all the requirements and pre-requisites out of the way.
- Since you are doing this part time, viagra information take advantage of this and put a bit of money away, viagra information however small, viagra information to help with expenses you will incur during nursing schoool, viagra information including child care and working part time.
Viagra information But…I have to work! I’m responsible for paying the bills in my family, viagra information along with keeping the benefits because I’m single/divorced/widowed.
- This is a tough one, viagra information but it can be done.
- Because I was a teenager and lived at home during nursing school, viagra information I never had to do a balancing act between work and school. Viagra information Now that I’m going back to school, viagra information my children are grown. Viagra information But..
- This blog is read by nursing students who are juggling the exact same responsibilities, viagra information so I will ask:
Viagra information Future nursing colleagues! Please give suggestions/stories on how you coped or are coping with earning a living while in nursing school! If you have a blog that tackles this topic, viagra information please feel free to link to it in your comments so that other readers can use you as a resource!
In conclusion, viagra information you can make it through nursing school.
Start slowly and gain momentum as you gain confidence.
If you are called to be a nurse, viagra information there is nothing that can get in your way. Viagra information It won’t be easy but it can be done. Viagra information No matter how old you are or what you have to juggle to make it.
Take that first step.
You are desperately needed.
And very, viagra information very much wanted.