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    Jun 15, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    Hey so some you may have a lot of negative things to say about this, but I felt like sharing it. This is my story.

    So I have an extensive criminal history for someone my age, it's almost all taken care of now. I just filed for the last expunction yesterday, and paid my lawyer for the order of non-disclosure. I stayed in contact with the reluctant admissions chairman throughout the process. Keep in mind, through all of this I'm going balls to the wall without knowing if I can even BE a nurse.

    about 1 year ago, I decided I wanted to be a Registered nurse for
    1) Security
    2) Versatility
    3)Job satisfaction
    4) The ability to support a family

    But this was no easy feat! As you see, unlike most nursing students I had to submit a declaratory order. I was also serving a 2 year probation, up until a few months ago. I had to submit a report to the board of nursing(it took a whole month) of all documents, essays, fees, all kinds of paper to the Board of Nursing so they could evaluate my ability to nurse. I was concurrently making my nursing application, and going to school full time and working part time. I was told, it would take 6 months and I would know. Plenty of time.

    6 months later, I get letter. They need to 'investigate further', and I have to pay 150$, and wait an additional 4-6 months. At this point, 6 months is 1 month before my school deadline that I need the result to get in for. Worrisome, but doable.

    5 months later, I get a letter. They want a chemical dependency analysis. It costs 1200$, and I can't get into for 3 weeks. It takes a month to get it back, and then I get final reccomendations. If my license gets restrictions, it takes an additional 5 months to get in. The deadline is in 2. I am devastated, I will be cut off from my parents, and forced to support myself delivering pizza and find loans for school when I reapply in 1 year.

    I do the evaluation, explain my situation and the doctor tells me he will give me priority and have it done soon. He implies heavily that he sends it back clean. I still pretty hopeless though. Depressed.

    I get in contact with the admissions chairman and beg her to extend the deadline. She says absolutely not.

    I try to talk to my investigator, she takes a week to get back to me. And I ask if my eval comes back good, what happens next. She says she'll talk to her supervisor, and get back to me the next day.

    1 week later 3 weeks from the deadline, she calls and says that her supervisor has said if it comes back good, I will have no restrictions but that I will certainly not have it by the deadline and that they don't have my evaluation yet. I ask that if perhaps she was to receive the deadline could she call my admissions chairman and let her know that I WILL definitely get it, though it may not be on time. She says yes.

    I'm in a funk at this point. I am looking for housing, jobs, trying to figure out what the hell I'm going to do. I email the admissions chairman, and let her know that my investigator may be able to tell her that I am getting a license. She says she will get back to me.

    I call around, I get ahold of the doctor after 3 days. He says he's just sent it. I am reminded by a friend, that there is big list of secondary requirements for school like cpr, boosters, certificates. they are due july 1st, and if I do it get in I have to these done before I leave next wednesday or even if I am accepted I won't make it.

    I lay into these immeadiately, I line everything up that morning. It takes a few hours, many many phone calls, emails. I am still pretty sure I won't make it but I need to be ready.

    Yesterday, I talk to my investigator, she tells me she has spoken to the admissions chairman and that she asked if everything would be done by august first. Investigator says yes, they still don't have my eval. 2 weeks from deadline.

    Yesterday around 3, admissions chairman calls. She says she spoke to the investigator, and that as long as I have a card by august 23rd, the first day of school, I will be admitted this fall. She tells me, I have a personalized deadline for additional requirements. She mailed me a letter of acceptance this morning.

    I am going to nursing school! And my wonderful parents will be helping to support me through it financially. I beat all the odds, got through the bureaucracy. Yesterday, was the most satisfying day of my entire life. Today, I feel no sadness. I appreciate everything 10x more than I did yesterday. It all paid off, and through all of it, it looked like shit. I was sure I failed. If I can do this, any of you guys can do anything you want, you just have to try, really really try.




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    Jun 15, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    Nobody commented or anything, but I got a couple emails about how it was inspiring or 'im showing this to my fuckup relative'. That's really cool. Until yesterday I was pretty hopeless, and I did a lot, but I couldn't have made it without a little give from the organizations, and help from my folks.
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    Jun 15, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    Good for you icon_biggrin.gif

    Congrats, wish you continued success
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    You have a lot to be proud of. Congratulations and very best wishes.
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    I'm so happy for you. This just goes to what I say all the time, "If there is a will, there is a way."

    My favorite poem is Invictus. Link's here:

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/invictus/

    Don't you just love the last two verses?



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    Jun 15, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    Certainly! Just did!

    Thanks guys, if anyone else has a story of encouragement for those against the odds feel free to chime in.
  • commoncoll

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    Jun 15, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    Congratulations! Your persistent perseverance is admirable.
    I was having a bad day, your story makes me happier.
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    Jun 15, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    Wha? This is awesome! San Marcos will miss you--but you're going to be a rock star nurse
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    Wow, hats down...I did read it all the entire thing..and have to say congratulations! and all this hard-work and perseverance will pay off in so many ways: emotionally, financially, and just a clear future. Also. you will definitely be an inspiration to others that might be going through similar circumstances and yet you will be able to understand their situation better.

    Best of luck and keep us posted on your 1st year of Nursing school.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    I'm glad it all worked out for you! icon_biggrin.gif

    I bet you wake up every morning to a bluer sky and fluffier clouds. (did that sound gay?)

    Congrats!
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    All I want to say is God bless you , but HE already has!!!
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    I would say "best of luck" to you, but you don't need luck. You have something better -- perseverence. You will succeed. I know it! Congratulations.
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    Congrats on your achievements.....and I am happy that you had parents who supported you. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    Wow man, super congrats! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Kudos to you and I wish you much success and fulfillment in your new life. You obviously care a great deal about humanity by wanting a career in the medical field. By the way, I worked in a hospital for a while and really found it to be worthwhile and rewarding. You are choosing a good career!
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    Congrats!!! You've now proven to yourself that you can do anything you want, if you want it badly enough.

    Now the payback.... when you get out of school, don't forget what you went through and maybe lend a helping hand as a Big Brother, or a Mentor to other troubled young men.

    I've always believed that everyone creates their own opportunities to succeed. Anyone can do anything they want, ....if they want it badly enough.

    Way to go!
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    Jun 15, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    Congratulations!

    This is a big deal, and I hope it all continues to go your way. And really, I hope you take time to celebrate this (can't imagine the amount of stress you went through for all this).
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    Jun 15, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    SexyN3rd saidHey so some you may have a lot of negative things to say about this, but I felt like sharing it. This is my story.

    So I have an extensive criminal history for someone my age, it's almost all taken care of now. I just filed for the last expunction yesterday, and paid my lawyer for the order of non-disclosure. I stayed in contact with the reluctant admissions chairman throughout the process. Keep in mind, through all of this I'm going balls to the wall without knowing if I can even BE a nurse.

    about 1 year ago, I decided I wanted to be a Registered nurse for
    1) Security
    2) Versatility
    3)Job satisfaction
    4) The ability to support a family

    But this was no easy feat! As you see, unlike most nursing students I had to submit a declaratory order. I was also serving a 2 year probation, up until a few months ago. I had to submit a report to the board of nursing(it took a whole month) of all documents, essays, fees, all kinds of paper to the Board of Nursing so they could evaluate my ability to nurse. I was concurrently making my nursing application, and going to school full time and working part time. I was told, it would take 6 months and I would know. Plenty of time.

    6 months later, I get letter. They need to 'investigate further', and I have to pay 150$, and wait an additional 4-6 months. At this point, 6 months is 1 month before my school deadline that I need the result to get in for. Worrisome, but doable.

    5 months later, I get a letter. They want a chemical dependency analysis. It costs 1200$, and I can't get into for 3 weeks. It takes a month to get it back, and then I get final reccomendations. If my license gets restrictions, it takes an additional 5 months to get in. The deadline is in 2. I am devastated, I will be cut off from my parents, and forced to support myself delivering pizza and find loans for school when I reapply in 1 year.

    I do the evaluation, explain my situation and the doctor tells me he will give me priority and have it done soon. He implies heavily that he sends it back clean. I still pretty hopeless though. Depressed.

    I get in contact with the admissions chairman and beg her to extend the deadline. She says absolutely not.

    I try to talk to my investigator, she takes a week to get back to me. And I ask if my eval comes back good, what happens next. She says she'll talk to her supervisor, and get back to me the next day.

    1 week later 3 weeks from the deadline, she calls and says that her supervisor has said if it comes back good, I will have no restrictions but that I will certainly not have it by the deadline and that they don't have my evaluation yet. I ask that if perhaps she was to receive the deadline could she call my admissions chairman and let her know that I WILL definitely get it, though it may not be on time. She says yes.

    I'm in a funk at this point. I am looking for housing, jobs, trying to figure out what the hell I'm going to do. I email the admissions chairman, and let her know that my investigator may be able to tell her that I am getting a license. She says she will get back to me.

    I call around, I get ahold of the doctor after 3 days. He says he's just sent it. I am reminded by a friend, that there is big list of secondary requirements for school like cpr, boosters, certificates. they are due july 1st, and if I do it get in I have to these done before I leave next wednesday or even if I am accepted I won't make it.

    I lay into these immeadiately, I line everything up that morning. It takes a few hours, many many phone calls, emails. I am still pretty sure I won't make it but I need to be ready.

    Yesterday, I talk to my investigator, she tells me she has spoken to the admissions chairman and that she asked if everything would be done by august first. Investigator says yes, they still don't have my eval. 2 weeks from deadline.

    Yesterday around 3, admissions chairman calls. She says she spoke to the investigator, and that as long as I have a card by august 23rd, the first day of school, I will be admitted this fall. She tells me, I have a personalized deadline for additional requirements. She mailed me a letter of acceptance this morning.

    I am going to nursing school! And my wonderful parents will be helping to support me through it financially. I beat all the odds, got through the bureaucracy. Yesterday, was the most satisfying day of my entire life. Today, I feel no sadness. I appreciate everything 10x more than I did yesterday. It all paid off, and through all of it, it looked like shit. I was sure I failed. If I can do this, any of you guys can do anything you want, you just have to try, really really try.






    wow man congratulations! I love hearing things like this. I left the security of a pay cheque every two weeks last spring and since then it's been a rough go getting a business off the ground. Sacrifice after sacrifice it seems like it's never ending. But my persistence is finally getting me recognition and I'm in negotiations with stock brokers and an oil company (evil I know right?) to be clients. So many people said to give up but I never have. Yesterday I was even asked to submit a guest article to an international online media site. Things are looking up!

    I feel stressed out a lot of the time, including today, but reading your story makes me realize that everything will be fine. Thanks icon_smile.gif)
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    Jun 15, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    Hey thanks so much everybody, I will definitely keep my progress posted. After this last year, the actual school seems like it will be a breeze, but I'm trying my hardest not to speak too soon. I do love anatomy though, boasted near top of the class in A&P 1 and 2.

    Got my email of acceptance a few hours ago, I reported back to the admission chairman with my email of commitment to the program. I just need to wait till monday to have EVERYTHING taken care of. Deadline for the complete declaratory order and NCLEX pass has moved back from july 1st to august 5th courtesy of the head of the school. So I'm just crossing my fingers nothing goes wrong from here on out till everything is done. My dad is already sending me housing options for when I am supposed to move back to round rock in about a month.
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    Jun 15, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    Congrats!

    But remember with every great feat comes adversity. You've finally got your foot in the door and have the POTENTIAL to do great things. Now, you have to put in the work to get you through school and secure your license. Nursing school is no easy task. Good luck!
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    Jun 15, 2011 10:16 PM GMT
    Lordy !!! reading your experience at trying to get this worked out 'wore me out' lol !!! Reminds me of some of the things I went through trying to go to college then in later years to accomplish moving a big house and building some. Anyways your are certainly to be commended for your turn around in life and in your perseverance.

    Hang it there and when your classes get tough remember what you went through to get the opportunity and this current accomplishment will get you through all the rest !!! Wishing you continued success !!! Dennis