Any other Calhoun RN students out there? - page 3

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Well, it's that time of year again, and I've finally been accepted into the RN program at Calhoun Community College! Got my acceptance letter yesterday. I am VERY stoked, to say the least. I have waited a LONG time for this,... Read More


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    Jamie,

    SORRY about my full inbox. It's totally empty now; I just sent you a PM.

    Yeah, it's funny you mention Ben Stein...b/c I was actually thinking that Mr. Galbreath reminds me more of Quentin Tarantino's character in "From Dusk Till Dawn".

    The army guy's name is Mr. Holaway, btw.

    rnbubbles - I've heard that a lot of test questions are very similiar - sometimes even verbatim - to the test questions in the NCLEX guide. Did you ever find that to be the case? Did you use the CDs with the textbooks much?

    I know we're bombarding you with questions...and thank you for the info you've already given us!
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    Some of the teachers (Lee, Roark, Hollawy) get just some of the questions word for word questions from those stupid end of the chapter questions out of your Saunders, so it would be a good idea to review that. LOVE THAT SAUNDERS BOOK...used it for NCLEX..helped BIG TIME.

    Also, Lippencott, Kaplan and that's it..don't waste your time on any other crap out there to study for the NCLEX...when you get ready for that.

    CHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL enguin: have a and quit . You don't have to be a :studyowl:, just look over it about an hour a day, and that's IF you have time. DO YOUR NOTES!!! :typing

    I CANNOT EXPRESS THAT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck future RN's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote from rnbubbles04
    Some of the teachers (Lee, Roark, Hollawy) get just some of the questions word for word questions from those stupid end of the chapter questions out of your Saunders, so it would be a good idea to review that. LOVE THAT SAUNDERS BOOK...used it for NCLEX..helped BIG TIME.

    Also, Lippencott, Kaplan and that's it..don't waste your time on any other crap out there to study for the NCLEX...when you get ready for that.

    CHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL enguin: have a and quit . You don't have to be a :studyowl:, just look over it about an hour a day, and that's IF you have time. DO YOUR NOTES!!! :typing

    I CANNOT EXPRESS THAT ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck future RN's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You make it all sound so easy...
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    Hey, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm in the RN program at Calhoun and work at HH. A guy I work with is in his 4th semester, he also said the check-offs were no big deal. Just display a basic understanding and they'll pass you. Don't know how true that will be for us, but we'll see. I'm also feeling like so much of the info they are giving us is so basic it just seems to be common sense. I guess they have to start that way for those who've never had any exposure to a hospital or patients. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and intoduce myself. My real name is Kimberley.
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    Thank you for all your help and insight rnbubbles! you've really eased a few of my worries, I have the saunders nclex review, and I think I will go ahead and purchase the Lipponcott and Kaplan to help study for tests, I bought the Lipponcott NCLEX review cards that are on a giant metal ring, I'm wondering if its very similar to the book, I wouldn't want to waste any money....and I have another question (again THANK YOU for helping us and answering our Q's), Reading here on allnurses.com, particularly in the student section, I've seen people talk about how awful careplans are and that their up ALL night the night before clinicals, and ect....How hard are our clinical preparations? Do they except alot of us, did you find you were up all night, or do they give us plenty of time to get it done? Thanks
    -jamie
    And welcome Kimberly... :-)
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    I'm starting classes in Jan. to complete all of my pre-reqs before I apply to the nursing program. I figure, since I can only go part time, I should get these done so that when I have NUR classes and clinicals, I don't have to worry about any other classes. Did anyone else do it this way?
    I'm excited to get started, but I don't even know if the nursing program has a waiting list or even what the NCLEX pass rates are. I just moved here and have decided that nursing will be a great career change for me (I'm old). I've read RN posts on this site that make me wonder if I really want to do it. They seem to hate their careers as much as I hated my old one.
    Any seasoned Calhoun veterans with thoughts/advice?
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    Quote from twinsmama
    I'm starting classes in Jan. to complete all of my pre-reqs before I apply to the nursing program. I figure, since I can only go part time, I should get these done so that when I have NUR classes and clinicals, I don't have to worry about any other classes. Did anyone else do it this way?
    I'm excited to get started, but I don't even know if the nursing program has a waiting list or even what the NCLEX pass rates are. I just moved here and have decided that nursing will be a great career change for me (I'm old). I've read RN posts on this site that make me wonder if I really want to do it. They seem to hate their careers as much as I hated my old one.
    Any seasoned Calhoun veterans with thoughts/advice?
    I finished all my pre-reqs and then started nursing school at Calhoun this August, so that I wouldnt have to take other classes with my nursing classes, which is the smartest thing I have done, I hear other people groaning about having to study for english and anatomy and nursing all in one night, no thank you. I absolutely LOVE calhoun's nursing program, but it does have a reputation of being tough to get into, they look at your reading compass score, anatomy I, anatomy II, and microbiology, or high school courses if you choose to take the previous named ones while in the program....so just focus on getting good grades in those 3 courses and you should be fine, many people this summer applied to both the LPN program and RN so that if they didnt get accepted to RN, they had LPN to fall back on. And dont always pay attention to the negative comments on this site, I think alot of those people choose nursing for the wrong profession (money) and wern't going to like it no matter what they did, If you truely like helping people, you will make it through even the roughest days. GOOD LUCK!
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    Hey, thanks for the words of wisdom, Jamie. Do you happen to know if there is a waiting list? I can't wait to get started, but I can only go part time because of kids and work. It would really suck to have to wait an extra year.
    Do you plan on going straight to a BSN/MSN program after your RN? I definitely am. I'm afraid that Huntsville's job market might be over saturated with RN's by the time I get finished at Calhoun, so the more school the better. I plan to go NP, but if I really had my wish, I'd apply to med school after my BSN. I just don't think I can afford it. (Organic chemistry scares the heck out of me, too).
    Sorry to pummel you with questions. I'm just trying to plan my whole life and the future of my entire family all at once.
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    I don't know about a "waiting list" persay, they don't put you on a list if you dont get accepted the first time you apply, they just have you apply again the next year (a few people from my microbiology class have to do this), and yes I plan on going to UAH for my BSN, they offer a 2 semester online bridge program, and then I plan on getting my masters so that when I retire I can teach nursing students. They do have the delayed progression nursing program, I'm not sure how many people they accept, but you do most from your home, and I beileve they have classes at night, and offer night/weekend clinicals, but it is 7 semesters opposed to 5, because for instance they took 2 classes this semester, and we had 3. hope this helps!
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    Thanks again.
    I have researched the UAH bridge program, too. It looks like a great deal and easy to work around. Maybe I'll see you around campus. I can't wait to get started.

    Happy holidays!


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