Quote from LydiaLyn
Hope all is well. I just got accepted into Mesa Boswell for Spring 09
. And I would love to know how you're feeling about the program so far. How are the instructors? Is the curriculum overwhelming? About how much time do you spend outside of class studying? Also I was looking at the booklist for fall 08 and was wondering if you could give me an estimate how much you spent for books and PDA (or if a PDA is even needed)???I would love to know as much as I can, as I'm really excited and nervous at the same time!
I will see you guys next semester. You guys will like it. Its a new curriculum that they started this semester but hopefully it will get better next semester. Right now, week 11, we start our hospital rotation until november 20. We're only at the hospital on wednesdays and thursdays so that was a relief. Until the next block then i think you have some days you are not at school where u have to go to clinicals. But right now, it is all good. Today we just had our 3rd exam on fluids and electrolytes and i HIGHLY advice that u read on those because it is one of the hardest topic you will ever encounter in nursing school. So many lab values you have to interpret...
Istructors...my instructor was great. We actually have 2 since they divided us into two groups of 30. Both are really good. have their own style of teaching. But I believe my instructor wont be teaching blk 1 next semester. We'll see...
Curriculum....Well like what I said, its a new one so it is a bit scattered all over the place but we're working on it. It looks unorganized right now but we're starting to pick up the pieces.
As far as studying...get a study group together. But Im the type I study better off by myself ( iahve two kids, one in kindergarten). Its your choice.
Books...well, I spent close to $1000 because i bought some of the optional books which were helpful to me. And I highly recommend a PDA because we use this program called unbound nursing and it has davis drug guide, lab and diagnostics, tabers, and medline...its around $160 but it is so worth it during clinicals because you dont have to carry so much books around.
And i also recommend buying 3 sets of uniform
...thats just me but lately I have to wear uniforms on the days im at school and during clicicals (always). But its up to you....
So total cost would be a little over $2000 (or even more) out of pocket that I spent but its so worth it!
But anyway...enough about me....congrats to all those who got in. Boswell has the highest NCLEX passing rate in the county. So im proud of that.