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* News / Thinking of Giving Up? Read How Military mom earns Nursing degree after 17 years by Idowu Olabode: May 23, 2017, 04:10:15 PM
Her husband is the one in the U.S. military, but Melissa Gillespie gives new meaning to the phrase "warrior mom." The mom of three earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Southern New Hampshire University on Mother's Day this year... 17 years after she started working on it.

Gillespie, 37, began her quest to be the first in her family to earn a bachelor's degree when she was the mom of one toddler and her husband, Quinton ā€” an auxiliary mechanic in the Navy ā€” was stationed in Silverdale, Washington. She enrolled in Olympic College and started classes toward an associate degree in nursing.

Three moves, two more children, one long separation and many deployments later, she never lost sight of her goal.

Taking classes part-time while mothering a toddler and later an infant was "difficult," Gillespie told TODAY Parents, but she was committed to the effort. Then her husband was moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, and Gillespie and their two small children went with him. In New York, Gillespie had her third baby, and for four years, she wasn't able to work on her degree at all. She focused on parenting her three children, two of whom were diagnosed with high-functioning autism.

"You just have to do what you have to do," she said. "Taking that hiatus from school allowed me to get involved and give my kids the attention they needed at the time."

Melissa Gillespie, pictured here with husband Quinton, daughters Adrienne and Meridian, and son Callum says that she hopes by being the first person in her family to earn an undergraduate degree she will inspire her children to achieve their own academic dreams.

Then the family moved back to Washington, where Gillespie started over. She had to re-take every prerequisite class because the credits from the classes she had already completed had expired, but she stuck with it. Because she kept having to start and stop her program, "I ended up completing 218 credits for a 120-credit degree," she said.

When her husband received orders to move to Virginia, the couple had to make a hard decision. If she left again, Gillespie would not be able to complete her associate degree in nursing that she had worked so hard for already.

"My husband said, 'The Navy is not taking this away from you,'" she said. "My hero lived on a ship for 19 months across the country from his family so that I could go to school."

For those 19 months, Gillespie studied nursing and raised their three children. "He was home 12 days each of those two years," she said. "That was the hardest point." But friends "went above and beyond" to help her, Gillespie said.

When Gillespie completed her associate degree and passed the licensing exam to become a registered nurse, her mom and children were able to attend the pinning ceremony, but not Quinton.

"It was so hard, and so hard on the kids. But I think that period of time showed them that it's not easy to reach your goals, but if you push forward to do what you have to do, you can," said Gillespie.

The family reunited in Chesapeake, Virginia, where they now live, and Gillespie continued to work toward her bachelor's degree through the College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University while also working as an operating room nurse in Virginia. She's been commuting two hours a day to work at a urban trauma center, where she routinely helps victims of gang-related violence.

"It's really rewarding, but at the end of the day, I have to sit in the garage for a few minutes because Iā€™m coming home to see my babies," she said. "My work doesn't always translate well to my home life."

A few weeks ago, the degree 15 years in the making finally happened: Gillespie graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a 3.97 GPA in nursing. With the permission of his commanding officers, Quinton was able to attend this graduation ceremony with their children, who are now ages 17, 14 and 11.

"I wasn't going to go without my husband," she said. "he's missed too much over the past 18 years."

Gillespie said that this degree holds powerful meaning for her family because it "normalizes higher education" for her children after she and Quinton came from less educated families. She's excited to see them fulfill their own academic and career dreams now.

"My oldest child wants to be a plastic surgeon to help people coming back from combat, my middle child wants to major in mechanical engineering and minor in biology so she can build submarines to do research. My son wants to be an astrophysicist," she said. "What we are trying to instill in them is working."

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* Travel Nursing / HAAD Passer last Dec.2016, How to re-register? by mayawinj: May 23, 2017, 12:35:40 PM
HAAD passer ako last December 2016. pero d pa ako nag apply abroad. then chineck ko ulit status ko sa Disapproved na status ko. may nakapagsabi sa akin na invalid na daw HAAD ko dahil upto 5days lang daw after ka pumasa dapat naka abroad ka na (dati upto 90 days). Pero pwede daw ire-register. ask ko lang sino nakakaalam?

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* Undergraduate / Re: Update: Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to Begin Online Nursing Programme by Alexis: May 23, 2017, 10:12:22 AM
Please any info about how to get the forms.I have called the numbers provided countless times but was told switch off. Thanks

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* News / Congo #Ebola Death Toll Rises to four by Idowu Olabode: May 22, 2017, 11:10:09 PM
A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo during the most recent outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.

The overall number of cases is now at 37 from 29.

WHO's Congo spokesman, Eugene Kabambi, told Reuters that of the 37 cases of hemorrhagic fever discovered since early May:

 Two have been confirmed as Ebola.
Three, including the latest death, are considered probable.
Thirty-two are suspected.

The WHO confirmed the Ebola outbreak earlier this month, the first in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2014.

Health authorities are monitoring 416 people who came into contact with sufferers and have dispatched mobile laboratories to the zone to more quickly test people who display symptoms, Kabambi said.

The affected zone's extreme isolation has helped contain the highly contagious spread of the virus, though a lack of telecommunications, few paved roads and a shortage of thermometers have hindered the response.

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* News / Like Minded Nurses, Nigeria Call for Membership by Idowu Olabode: May 22, 2017, 06:29:51 PM
Happy moment resilient Nurses(Registered Nurses). I am here to introduce LMN(Like Minded Nurses) professional group to you, its open to every professional Nurses who are ready to sacrificially bring changes and progress to our dear profession in the little way they can for a brighter tomorrow for ourselves and the generation after us.

Not to deceive ourselves, the present status of Nurses in the healthcare system, community, and the nation Nigeria at large is not appealing enough, there are much work to do rebranding its status quo. More of action than the keep of thoughts and ideas..

Join this movement and let's reshape this profession together.

Finally, its strictly for serious minds, and must be a Registered Nurse/midwife, however, the space to welcome students (Nursing students) remain unclosed as long as they see the need to join and willingly wish to bear the given...

Thank you!
The link to registering is thanks

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* MCPDP / 2017 MCPDP for Nurses: Ondo State MCPDP Schedule for June 2017, Akure by Idowu Olabode: May 22, 2017, 03:46:17 PM
The Ondo State MCPDP Committee has announced the MCPDP Schedule for the month of June, 2017 in Akure.

Module : Med- Surg Module 4 with Standardised Nursing Languages by NANDA-I Team
Venue : Nurses House Igbatoro Rd Akure
Date : 19th - 23rd June , 2017
Fees: #20,000
Account Name: Ondo State MCPDP
Account Number: 0038668697
Bank Name: Union Bank.
For more info : Call 07061683769,
0803 560 2861

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* Schools of Nursing / Pls when is aminu Kano teaching by Amina yakubu: May 22, 2017, 03:02:20 PM
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* Schools of Nursing / Pls when is aminu Kano teaching by Amina yakubu: May 22, 2017, 02:55:58 PM
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* News / LUTH School Of Nursing Wins 2017 Annual Florence Nightingale Contest by katty: May 22, 2017, 01:53:58 PM
The National Florence Nightingale Speech Contest is an annual contest open to students from all Schools of Nursing in Nigeria. This year the contest was held in OAUTHC Ile-Ife, which was the school of the winner of the previous year's contest Miss Ibukun Daramola.
The competition ran from the 9th to the 12th of May and was structured in stages:
*Interview and finally,
A grand total of Forty-four students from schools ranging from as far as Gombe, Akwa-Ibom to Cross-River States began the competition on the 9th of May having submitted their essays earlier. The essays were assessed by three examiners.
On the 10th Of May 2017 after visiting the Ooni of Ife the students then wrote a nursing based exam with the results released the next day where the School of Nursing Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) represented by "Nwabiankea Mark" came first at the academic stage.
The top twenty students then underwent the rigorous interview with the interviewers made up of Associate prefessors and seasoned nursing tutors. The results were also released same day after the interviews at around 10pm and once again "Nwabiankea Mark" led the score-board.
The top five students qualified for the finale which was held in the main auditorium of the hospital and the topic given for the speech "Implications of economic recession on the health of a nation" that night.
The next day before a large crowd, the Chief Medical Director of OAUTHC Prof.V.A Adetiloye and representatives of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and the National Association of Nurses and Midwives the students battled it out and once more Nwabiankea Mark of the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital came first.
Speaking on the keenly contested competition the CMD OAUTHC commended the judges for their objectivity stating that he already expected the young man to win after hearing him speak. He stated that he was very happy to see young student nurses fearlessly addressing the crowd and showing how knowledgeable they were on contemporary issues.
While speaking about the winner one of the Judges stated "Nwabiankea speaks with an unsual confidence, he is an unusually intelligent young man, he attacked the topic at hand with urgency, he made us laugh, he quoted Shakespeare but he reminded us of the rising price of a bag of rice, an excellent student."
The State School of Nursing Osobgo came second, the School of Nursing OAUTHC came third, The School of Nursing University College Hospital Ibadan came fourth while the College of Nurisng Eleyele came fifth.
The chairman of the National Committee for the competition congratulated the winners and encouraged them to continue to improve themselves in life.
Congratulations To The Lagos University Teaching Hospital on winning this years competition.

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