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Anyone starting at GCC nursing program for summer or fall? Wondering if you have received any information other than just that you were accepted to the program? Wondering if I should start... Read More

  1. by   GlendaleStudent
    Quote from thrashej
    Glendale Student....


    You say that the "only workbook you really use is". Does that mean there are books I am going to buy in Block 1 that I won't even really use? I wonder if I should wait until school starts? There is assignments before first class but I could just get those books for now. What do you think?

    Also, long shot, but do you have any of the Block 1 books still that I maybe could purchase from you?

    Anyone have the books? (trying everything here)

    Thanks you guys!
    You will need and use the books you buy in Block I throughout the entire Nursing Program. The workbooks are on the booklist that GCC sends you, but
    the only one that I really used was the Assessment workbook, although many of my classmates didn't use that workbook either. I guess it depends on how you like to study. There is alot of reading in Block I, so the earlier you start to read the better.
  2. by   mhearn
    I dropped patho at Glendale, and now I'm taking it at Gateway during block 2. Kind of wish I had just done it then. Glendalestudent is right that patho is very do-able especially during a part-time program like we are in. Donna Vanhouten teaches a great patho class at Gateway...Everyone loves her. Best of luck to you!
  3. by   Curious1alwys
    I think I am just going to keep Patho at Glendale. Taking it at RIO wouldn't put me that much ahead and besides, there is all that reading to do before the first class.


    I am interested Luann and Glendale Student, how much free time do you have in the part time program? I was watching with interest the other thread in the Nursing Student forum about hours spent studying per week. How many hours do you study in the part time program? In all, how many hours per week would you say you devote entirely to nursing school? Does that time vary when clinicals begin? During the weeks of clinicals, are you only busy the nights before clinical? Seems like you wouldn't do much other studying the other days.

    Luann..yes, I am entering Block I.

    Mhearn.........why did you drop Patho at Glendale??

    Thanks again!
  4. by   Hoozdo
    I am interested Luann and Glendale Student, how much free time do you have in the part time program? I was watching with interest the other thread in the Nursing Student forum about hours spent studying per week. How many hours do you study in the part time program? In all, how many hours per week would you say you devote entirely to nursing school? Does that time vary when clinicals begin? During the weeks of clinicals, are you only busy the nights before clinical? Seems like you wouldn't do much other studying the other days.

    Luann..yes, I am entering Block I.

    Hi,
    I am in the full time program, not the part time program. My free time was ZERO in block three. I only took Thursday nights off to watch my favorite shows. I did have fellow students that worked part time; nobody worked full time. Thank god finals are done! I got by with B's in nursing process, assessment, a C in pharmacology, and a pass in clinicals. One block more to go
    Lu Ann
  5. by   Curious1alwys
    Thanks Luann. I wonder how the PT program compares. Hmmm. Seems like you would have not so much free time during the lecture portion and lots during the clinical portion.


    Hoping GlendaleStudent will respond when she can.
  6. by   GlendaleStudent
    Quote from thrashej
    I think I am just going to keep Patho at Glendale. Taking it at RIO wouldn't put me that much ahead and besides, there is all that reading to do before the first class.


    I am interested Luann and Glendale Student, how much free time do you have in the part time program? I was watching with interest the other thread in the Nursing Student forum about hours spent studying per week. How many hours do you study in the part time program? In all, how many hours per week would you say you devote entirely to nursing school? Does that time vary when clinicals begin? During the weeks of clinicals, are you only busy the nights before clinical? Seems like you wouldn't do much other studying the other days.

    Luann..yes, I am entering Block I.


    Mhearn.........why did you drop Patho at Glendale??

    Thanks again!
    Hi...I studied a minimum of 20 hours per week (I also hold down a F/T job) and about 30 hours per week for tests, which get to be 2 tests per week the month prior to Finals. I do not have much time for anything else. I take my books with me to work so I can study on my breaks and lunchtime. I do take Saturday evenings for fun (which is usually a movie or dinner out). I just started clinicals, and I thought I might have somewhat of a break....WRONG...
    the care plans take forever to complete. Some people in my class stayed up all night long to finish them. The instructor reviews them and tells you what you need to redo and then you have to resubmit them again. I would say it takes a minimum of 20 hours to complete.
  7. by   Curious1alwys
    Thank you Glendale Student. Good to know what the time investment will be.


    Also...the careplans..... do you do them the night before clinicals only? If so, what affects your time the rest of the week as far as school goes?

    So, I take it you must have passed your finals??

    I guess now it is just wait and see for me. I hope this works out for me, I don't know what field to go into next!

    Thank you two (Glendale Student and Luann) for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help me out. Good luck in school!
  8. by   GlendaleStudent
    Quote from thrashej
    Thank you Glendale Student. Good to know what the time investment will be.


    Also...the careplans..... do you do them the night before clinicals only? If so, what affects your time the rest of the week as far as school goes?

    So, I take it you must have passed your finals??

    I guess now it is just wait and see for me. I hope this works out for me, I don't know what field to go into next!

    Thank you two (Glendale Student and Luann) for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help me out. Good luck in school!
    With my instructor, the careplan is started the night before clinicals (Thursday night). The majority of it should be done by Friday morning, but our instructor reviews it and makes corrections and then we take it home with us to try and perfect it. It is a very time consuming process. You have to look up every diagnosis, lab, medication, past medical history, etc. The time I spend trying to get my careplan done is about equal to the time I spent studying for the lecture portion. Hopefully it will take me less time as I become more comfortable with the whole process. I was hoping that I could get a head start on the reading for Block II, but right now it doesn't look that way. You'll do fine in Block I. Just remember to study, study, study
  9. by   Curious1alwys
    Thanks again for the info. Right now I am scheduled to work Thursdays..looks like that may need to change.


    Thank you for the encouragement. I need it!!
  10. by   Curious1alwys
    So..........if I wanted to take a phlebotomy course on Thursday nights that would be impossible? I'd really like to take it.......
  11. by   GlendaleStudent
    Quote from thrashej
    So..........if I wanted to take a phlebotomy course on Thursday nights that would be impossible? I'd really like to take it.......
    I guess that depends on when you are planning to take it. If it is during clinicals, I would say definitely NO...you will be too busy starting your care plan. If it is during the lecture, I think it would be doable, but then you still have your pathophysiology to do, so you will not have much free time. Is there any way you can take it now?
  12. by   Curious1alwys
    ............doesn't look doable Glendale Student. I think it would interfere way too much with clinical prep. Also, right now I am scheduled to work a full day on Thursday so I won't get off work until 4:30. I am thinking now that may have to change as well. Hmmm. Just when you think you have it all planned out....


    Well, guess I'll give nursing school its shot first and then if that doesn't work out maybe phlebotomy and lab work. It is all a big experiment for me after all!


    Good Luck in your clinicals. I hope they get easier for you..the careplans too. I got my books yesterday and just looking at them was enough to make me want to drop out. Yikes!:stone I still need a few more that were on backorder.

    Wow, I hope I can do this. The eebie-jeebies are setting in. Do those sound familiar??
  13. by   GlendaleStudent
    Quote from thrashej
    ............doesn't look doable Glendale Student. I think it would interfere way too much with clinical prep. Also, right now I am scheduled to work a full day on Thursday so I won't get off work until 4:30. I am thinking now that may have to change as well. Hmmm. Just when you think you have it all planned out....


    Well, guess I'll give nursing school its shot first and then if that doesn't work out maybe phlebotomy and lab work. It is all a big experiment for me after all!


    Good Luck in your clinicals. I hope they get easier for you..the careplans too. I got my books yesterday and just looking at them was enough to make me want to drop out. Yikes!:stone I still need a few more that were on backorder.

    Wow, I hope I can do this. The eebie-jeebies are setting in. Do those sound familiar??
    You can do this!! You will be anxious about all of your first tests (everyone in my class was). I think the biggest mistake that most students make is that they don't study enough. If you study, you will do well. Clinicals are getting better...thanks for the encouragement.

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