I took statistics during my first college tour as a pass/fail. I didn't understand a word of it. Nobody did. After it was done I called the prof and asked what I would've got if I didn't do P/F. He said it would've been a B. Go figure.pdtpuck wrote:The wife is kicking ass in grad school (becoming a nurse practitioner after being a surgical nurse for 20 years). I got accepted to nursing school starting this fall, contingent on me getting "C's" or better this semester. I'm taking microbiology, anatomy & physiology II, and intro to statistics.
Maybe. If it's a struggle to pull C's in the prerequisites it won't look good for the rest of it. The grading scale where I went wasn't the usual 70-80/80-90/90-100 we're all used to. An A was 94 or better and so on down the line. C's don't make it.I need to have my head examined.
CRNA school is some heavy shit, like two years and more of pharmacology heavy with a more than full-time course load. Everybody wants to do it because it's phat money but I couldn't see doing it even if I was that smart.Even worse, eventually I'd like to become a CRNA, but that could change with continued schooling. The wife says there are MANY opportunities to specialize in this field.
Nursing school basically has two purposes: 1- to thin the herd (flunk out the C students) and 2 - to prep for the NCLEX. NCLEX questions all have 4 answers, two of which are stupid and two of which are correct but one is more correct than the other. Good luck. Oh, and don't miss/skip class or clinicals and if you do miss/skip don't bullshit them over why you did it. You'll be gone.At this point in my life, even if I do get my job back, I don't think I'll go back. I will for the back pay, but that's it. The railroad industry has changed and not for the better. All of my former co-workers tell me how far down the abyss my former company has gone in the year I've been away. At least I got 20 years in and will get a decent pension when I hit 65, God-willing.
pdtpuck wrote:The wife is kicking ass in grad school (becoming a nurse practitioner after being a surgical nurse for 20 years). I got accepted to nursing school starting this fall, contingent on me getting "C's" or better this semester. I'm taking microbiology, anatomy & physiology II, and intro to statistics.
The Suburban Avenger wrote: ...(plus a bullshit theology course everyone has to take)...
Navy Blue Scrubs wrote:The Suburban Avenger wrote: ...(plus a bullshit theology course everyone has to take)...
Theology? Lemme guess, U of D Jesuit?
Looks like everybody's in nursing school. It's the new law school (but with better prospects).
Craig wrote:I'm reading this right: two guys here are studying their way into nursing school? Nursing is a shit show, literally. Tell 'em, NBS. My wife's gig is nursing and the happiest day in her career (other than resigning to have and raise kids) came when she returned to work and landed a position doing immunizations: clean work, no huge messes, and she hasn't been in scrubs since the great recession.
Craig wrote:^ A very good question.
Some, I'll guess, feel the need for more income and so double-dipping in the sense of collecting a pension as well as a decent wage in a relatively decent environment may be a way to shore up one's financial security. Anyone with a pension these days should be looking carefully at what happened in Detroit; demographics and municipal finances are such that many of the old pension plans are upside-down or nearly so.
I wonder if a part of the push for second careers among the recently retired is a combination of boredom and psychological reaction to the realization that death is not only inevitable but also imminent. We work for all of our lives and then suddenly we don't. Personally, I have a large backlog of interests and hobbies and so I expect no trouble filling the eventual abundance of free time but for some, I feel, work is the best part of life and to lose it is to suffer a metaphoric death. Strip away the work friendships and then the sense of accomplishment that comes with being a master of one's trade and maybe you're left with the guy who mopes, eats too much, rents a bar stool, and either listens to the police scanner or makes a sport of sitting in courtrooms all day in order to witness the action. A second career likely could be the desperate grab from the drowning man to hang on to their sense of vitality and self-worth
middle aged female wrote: He just made do.
Craig wrote:middle aged female wrote: He just made do.
That's kind of my point about financial security. I don't know of anyone in the emergency services who was overpaid and so I can easily see how many would feel the financial draw of a second career. When my father retired he truly retired but he had the advantage of having lived a frugal life, worked OT when it was available and part-time jobs when it wasn't, and he saved relentlessly in the way of one who lived through the Depression and war-time rationing. I contrast the old man with other retirees who had no choice but to continue living in the city in their golden years, and I don't mean in nice places like Rosedale Park or Indian Village.
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