Mohawk College RPN 2012 - page 16

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Anyone else accepted and confirmed? I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! September is so far away! I'm just itching for more information/registration/timetables but thats still a few months away! :)... Read More


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    Andrea,

    Do we have the same placement person the entire course? Or different every semester?

    I have ****** this semester and I do like her, but I think it would be interesting to have all of them over the 4 semesters.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jan 16, '13 : Reason: name removed as per Terms of Service
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    No, you have a different instructor every semester ****** is....well, she's old school and hardcore, that's for sure. But that can be good in some ways.

    How has your first week been?
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jan 16, '13 : Reason: name removed as per Terms of Service
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    Honestly, I am really struggling. I have some health conditions that I thought were under control but everything has flared up and I've missed a lot already. I am determined to stay in the course though, and am just trying to work around my health issues.

    The amount of homework/pre-class work is ridiculous. It's unbelievable to me how much we are required to do at home and how little we actually DO in class. This way of learning is totally unfamiliar to me and it makes me wonder what I'm paying for when I'm seemingly teaching myself a lot of it.
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    Hi sweetcurves, its come as a bit of a shock to me as well. I thought the course wouldn't be so bad as in class time works out to be only 3 1/2 days a week. I've found that with all the reading that is stated it can become overwhelming, I'm not sure who you have for teachers some build on the work covered in pre-class exercises others while others seem to use it as a method to squeeze more into limited time.

    I would recommend talking to the teachers if you are finding yourself having issues they have been very approachable when i've talked with them. If possible stay ahead of the work load between week 1 and 2 I didn't and felt like i was drowning, this week however i had all the preclass done by the end of the weekend and i've felt so much better. Someone suggested focusing reading on just "ends in views" and not whole chapters, this might help with some of the textbook reading, of course doesn't help when they drop 42 page pdfs in the course materials. Hope this helps.
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    Quote from relaxingbath
    Hi sweetcurves, its come as a bit of a shock to me as well. I thought the course wouldn't be so bad as in class time works out to be only 3 1/2 days a week. I've found that with all the reading that is stated it can become overwhelming, I'm not sure who you have for teachers some build on the work covered in pre-class exercises others while others seem to use it as a method to squeeze more into limited time.

    I would recommend talking to the teachers if you are finding yourself having issues they have been very approachable when i've talked with them. If possible stay ahead of the work load between week 1 and 2 I didn't and felt like i was drowning, this week however i had all the preclass done by the end of the weekend and i've felt so much better. Someone suggested focusing reading on just "ends in views" and not whole chapters, this might help with some of the textbook reading, of course doesn't help when they drop 42 page pdfs in the course materials. Hope this helps.
    What I'm wondering, is with the pre class stuff, since we don't actually hand it in, can't I just do the reading portion and not worry about answering the questions? I'm finding myself just skimming the material looking for the answers, and not really READING the material. I'd rather read the material and make my own notes. I gain a better grasp if I can sit read the material entirely. But I don't have time to read it all AND type out all the answers to all these questions that no one is going to CHECK anyways!!!
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    oh, it gets worse! in my lab class this semester...my teacher said mohawk told them they are only allowed 30mins of actual lecture time per class and the rest has to be interactive group work. she actually timed it and when the timer went off she was like "ok im not allowed to talk anymore"...it's really lame. and they move so fast...i am learning medications now and they only take one class to cover it and then we move on.

    sweetcurves...i replied to your message but i dont think it sent. yes first semester is very overwhemling, but you get the hang of it. no homework is handed in...it is for your own learning purposes. The questions are guidelines of what they want you to know...but if you have a more effective way of learning for you...then go for it. I didnt do all the homework for health and healing or professional development because i felt it was common sense and understood the concept. for bio and lab, i always did all the homework...which i recommend. i never did much reading though...just reading to answer to questions...but i dont learn by reading.

    good luck, and let me know if you need any more help!
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    Quote from sweetcurves
    Honestly, I am really struggling. I have some health conditions that I thought were under control but everything has flared up and I've missed a lot already. I am determined to stay in the course though, and am just trying to work around my health issues. The amount of homework/pre-class work is ridiculous. It's unbelievable to me how much we are required to do at home and how little we actually DO in class. This way of learning is totally unfamiliar to me and it makes me wonder what I'm paying for when I'm seemingly teaching myself a lot of it.
    Hi, sweetcurves. As I read this post it was like I was listening to myself. I had to double check and make sure it really wasn't me who had posted it in one of those nights that I was so tired and couldn't remember the next day what I had done and not done. I also have health issues that have flaired up and would love to meet you so we can support each other. Which clinical are you in?
    Last edit by Magal on Jan 24, '13
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    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone here can give me some insight and help me figure out whether I should go for the Practical Nursing at George Brown or at Mohawk College. I live in Mississauga so I am not really sure whether the commuting to Mohawk will be too difficult for me.
    I see the only difference between these two programs is that Gbc requires one to take 9 courses as supposed to 7 at Mohawk.

    I talked to one of the coordinators at the GBC and was recommended the Dental Assistant Level 1 and 2 program. All this time I had been thinking that LPN has a great employment outlook but then the coordinator told me that there is a 90% employment after grduation from the dental assistant program. I am just not sure anymore and not too certain whether I would really like to be on-call night shifts and or be comfortable to give patient baths...

    In addition, I was also wondering whether you have to take any kind of practical evaluations before allowing to go for clinical placements.

    I hope I am not asking too many questions. Its just I am really looking for a career that will definitely get me a descent job.

    Please help.
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    Hi Zoya, sorry for the late reply but this week (2 exams, 2 assignments) has been really busy for those of us doing first term PN at mohawk. While there is 7 courses to do, don't think that there is any less work to do, because its student directed learning each class has "pre-class" work that should be done often this amounts to 3 hours per course i think a lot of people do it in less time but i'm trying to be very thorough. There are several students that i know of that commute from Mississauga for class, though they are finding it a bit harder to get to placements.
    I honestly don't know how the employment is for RPN/LPN but from what I can gather is if your placements go well there is a strong chance that you will be offered a position for after your CNO exam. The advantage of going the RPN/LPN route is that at a later date you can bridge to RN which offers wider employment opportunities and of course better pay. This intake (jan) started placements in week 4 and this requires you to be cleared by Paramed (up to date vaccinations, CPR certificate and mask fit) first term placements are always at long term care facility and yes you will be expected to wash your client. As for on call and night shifts its going to really depend on what area you go into.

    Hope this information helps.

    Edit: forgot to mention it is a 16month course that runs through the summer so you don't get a summer vacation but you finished sooner.
    Last edit by relaxingbath on Feb 9, '13 : Reason: additional information
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    I would say, if you want to be a nurse - be a nurse. Don't be a dental assistant just because someone said they have a better job outlook if that's not what you want to do. From my experience guidence counselors and program coordinators like to discourage people from doing what they want to do, lol. I know several people who just graduated from the PN program who were offered jobs right away. I haven't heard of one PN grad who struggled in finding employment.

    Hope that helps.


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