Sac state (CSUS) nursing spring 2013 - page 7

Hey, is anyone applying to sac state for spring 2012? Do you think it will be easier to get into since they won't accept any non-sacstate students? What do u think the cut off will be? Sorry for... Read More

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    Dont stress too much! I think they let you retake the tests if you fail up to three times total (first try counts towards your grade) I passed on the first try so dont know for sure. Start studying the abbreviations as soon as you get the email file containing that information. If you are good at memorizing you can beat it into your brain pretty well within a weeks time. The dosage calculations are not hard if you remember your math but it is a long test and a little exhausting, I would not describe myself as a math expert, however I got 92% because it is fairly simple math and you get to use a calculator (the computer accessory calculator that is on most windows program) again I believe the school allows retakes.

    In CSUS SON Gross violations of patient safety rules or violations of HIPAA will get you kicked out. You will NOT flunk out because you forget a watch, yes you need one but buy several (two of mine broke, I got my last few from thrift stores) and keep one in your car for the days you forget. You can flunk out of a nursing class if you average below 73% on tests OR if you average below 73% total in a course. I think All local community colleges RN programs have a C- as failing too. If you fail one course you can petition some sort of board at the SON to retake it but you may have to wait a semester if the next cohort is completely full. We were at 79 and one person repeated N12 from 2nd semester. I have heard that they dont often let anyone repeat two. You do need all of your clinical hours and they are hard to make up. I figure that tardiness may be an issue with some clinical locations as it should be it depends on your professor. My professor was nice about it if someone was late.
    Thanks so much for the info! I'm seeing posts of people getting kicked out for missing even 1 question on the calculations exam. Ayayayay. I've been practicing on website I found. It is pretty easy, but I just thought oh man one mistake and I'm through! You've made me feel much more confident. Thanks Kaiamc
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    Crebs & Kaiamc What is this calculation exam you guys are talking about? Is it for pharmacology class or is it just an overall class that everyone needs to take?
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    Crebs & Kaiamc What is this calculation exam you guys are talking about? Is it for pharmacology class or is it just an overall class that everyone needs to take?
    I believe it's something they have you do in one big exam at csus. Some schools have you take a calculation exam every semester, some the first semester. From what I see it appears to be conversions from micrograms to grams, stuff like that. Just knowing your basic math skills.
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    So I removed the facebook group because who knows what might come out of my mouth and get me in trouble! Gotta be safe!
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    Does anybody understand the correct procedure for turning in our Healthstream stuff? I just printed out the transcript to turn in with the other stuff that's due by the 26th, but the email didn't say to turn in a printout with the rest of the forms due on the 26th. This is probably a stupid question but don't want to make any mistakes. The instructions say to hit a special button, but because it doesn't say to deliver a hard copy I find this to not be as clear as it could be and want to make sure I'm hitting the correct button. I work with electronic submissions a lot and there are a lot of different procedures so I promise I'm not as stupid as this may make me sound. hehe

    Anybody complete all 4 modules yet? I got so excited I did them all right away after receiving my email.
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    Crebs- is there any way to study for it? Or do they eventually send us material to study before the actual exam? I have yet to do the modules, but I'll make sure to get to it soon!
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    Crebs- is there any way to study for it? Or do they eventually send us material to study before the actual exam? I have yet to do the modules, but I'll make sure to get to it soon!
    google dosagehelp. Can't post the link here but it's quite obvious.

    Also, do you still have to take pharmacology? I want to take a wintersession course but I haven't found one. Any ideas for that?
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    Crebs- is there any way to study for it? Or do they eventually send us material to study before the actual exam? I have yet to do the modules, but I'll make sure to get to it soon!
    Don't forget that the HIPAA one is due by next Monday!
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    Crebs- Thanks! Ill make sure to look into that. I'm going to work on the modules tomorrow Also, I took pharmacology last semester, so I'm done with that requirement. I'm not sure where you could find the course during a winter session either; sorry /:
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    I believe it's something they have you do in one big exam at csus. Some schools have you take a calculation exam every semester, some the first semester. From what I see it appears to be conversions from micrograms to grams, stuff like that. Just knowing your basic math skills.
    Yes this is pretty accurate, we took a long test and a few quizzes but I have heard other higher semesters dosage calcs get more detailed and complicated. Your mentor will likely be able to help you with study tips though. You'll meet them at orientation.
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    OK Kaiamc, I have a ton of questions about dress code/equipment I'd love if you could answer them all but don't feel obligated.

    1) I found a list online of items to purchase for CSUS from a past semester, but it doesn't mention a blood pressure cuff, watch, specifics on shoes and dress code, etc. Would be able to give a brief overview of the equipment that we'll end up needing to buy so that I can start my bargain shopping and dress code info.

    2) Any recommendations for things they don't tell you before you start that would be good to know?

    3) What's in those goodie bags they give you at orientation?

    4) Any preference for either of the stethoscopes they give you the choice of?

    5) Will we be able to purchase an extra name badge to be prepared in case we forget one at home.

    6) What's with the schedule overlapping and having so many sections for 80 students? Several of the listed lab times conflict with the times for the courses that are supposed to be for all students. Is the published schedule just there for time blocking and they'll set us up later?

    7) Are they going to schedule ALL of our classes, or do we have to choose sections for some of the core courses?

    I know, lots of questions that will be answered at some point soon anyway, but I'm so anxious and excited and want to be prepared as early as possible.
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    Crebs- Thanks! Ill make sure to look into that. I'm going to work on the modules tomorrow Also, I took pharmacology last semester, so I'm done with that requirement. I'm not sure where you could find the course during a winter session either; sorry /:
    Medical Dosage Calculations
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    1) I found a list online of items to purchase for CSUS from a past semester, but it doesn't mention a blood pressure cuff, watch, specifics on shoes and dress code, etc. Would be able to give a brief overview of the equipment that we'll end up needing to buy so that I can start my bargain shopping and dress code info.

    You can borrow/ check out a blood pressure cuff at the SON anytime but might prefer to own your own, I bought mine 2nd hand because the SON ran out of lenders during check off week. For clinical shoes lots of people like their Danskos, I own Keens, and I have also seen lots of random sneakers Nikes, New Balance, ect. You just dont want anything porous that can absorb body fluids and you will want something comfortable for your feet that is of decent quality. You might like a water resistant watch, it will get wet at least occasionally, Make sure it has the second hand.


    2) Any recommendations for things they don't tell you before you start that would be good to know?

    During front loading,(first two to three weeks) you will be at school 5 days a week basically from sun-up until sun-down and you will be shoving lots and lots of information into your brain so if you struggle with large chunks of information and tend to get overwhelmed start working as soon as you get your book bundle on both online skills classes so that its easier to digest.




    3) What's in those goodie bags they give you at orientation?

    Only the CNSA stuff that you buy from the purchase list. Nothing more, nothing less, and nothing free.



    4) Any preference for either of the stethoscopes they give you the choice of?

    I bought the more expensive one. I think its the master classic two with only a diaphragm side, the single side works for both the diaphragm and bell functions. I got mine on ebay for $70 gently used with new earbuds. CSUS also students get a 20% discount at one of the nearby nursing stores. I dont remember which one but ask around at the SON they will know.Most students have Littman and it doesn’t seem to matter which version, you have your heart and lung sounds that sound much the same on both versions. You can buy and use ANY stethoscope with both a bell and a diaphragm function not just the Littman(the MC 2 has a bell function built into the diaphragm , you just press harder instead of ) so you can shop around a little until you find one you like. I have found that the cheap ones will meet your needs if you are really crunched for cash as I bought some spare, inexpensive, used (sanitized)stethoscopes that ended up working very well against Littman once price was considered. They did not have a bell though, so if you go cheap make sure the stethoscope has a diaphragm AND a bell.



    5) Will we be able to purchase an extra name badge to be prepared in case we forget one at home.

    I cant answer that I only bought one set but I don’t see why you couldn’t have two unless they don’t want you to have two SON ID cards moving about at the same time for security purposes. You definitely wont get a second hospital ID badge for places like the VA, or any clinical locations so just don’t lose it if you can avoid it. The name badge comes with four plastic card holders, one for each semester and each a different color. They are pretty easy to lose if you don’t have strict organizational skills.



    6) What's with the schedule overlapping and having so many sections for 80 students? Several of the listed lab times conflict with the times for the courses that are supposed to be for all students. Is the published schedule just there for time blocking and they'll set us up later?

    Yes, the schedule listed on My Sac State is not useful at all, it is a space holder. Do not try to schedule around it. Once you receive your clinical section number assignment you will have a better idea of how the schedule might be once clinical starts. However know that the first two weeks, are nothing like the listed schedule and that there will be plenty of days where you had no idea you were supposed to be somewhere officially. Keep VERY organized and combine all the class schedules onto one planner so you know whats going on each day for the whole semester and know that the schedules are subject to change and sometimes do change at the last minute.



    7) Are they going to schedule ALL of our classes, or do we have to choose sections for some of the core courses?
    They schedule everything that is listed as a nursing course as well as pharmacology. Anything else you can schedule yourself.


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