Anyone starting the CCD program in Aug???

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    Trying to locate any CCD students that are beginning the nursing program this fall, sign in here! SG
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    Hi.I am from Toledo, Oh well actually Bowling Green (nobody knows that small town), I am looking into CCD myself but I feel like I am not getting any closer. I just finished my Anatomy 2 class and am currently waiting for a LPN application from Pia Smith. Funny though, I have talked to her via email and was told it would be in the mail 3 weeks ago and still have not received anything. I am clueless and getting very frustrated. Although I am going to Westminster, Co August 11 and apparently I will have to go there myself.

    Any suggestions on what I should do? HELP!!!!
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    Funny though, I have talked to her via email and was told it would be in the mail 3 weeks ago and still have not received anything. I am clueless and getting very frustrated. Although I am going to Westminster, Co August 11 and apparently I will have to go there myself.

    Any suggestions on what I should do? HELP!!!!
    That's nothing! Take this as a warning sign. CCD is NOT the place to go. I have a list of 16 people who will be more than happy to tell you why not.

    Susan
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    Trying to locate any CCD students that are beginning the nursing program this fall, sign in here! SG
    I'm very sorry to hear that. I am finishing the nursing program there, unless CCD finds another way to mess up on us. Are you aware they are trying to get the state to approve them to not do as many clinicals as the rest of the world? They want to use a robot instead. We already worked with it, and it is so limited it's sad. We ran through all the programs in 3 hours. How you would do 200 hours of clinicals on it is beyond me. You need to work with real people to develop interpersonal skills, patient care skills, and to learn to deal with real people, not a preprogrammed computer that keeps saying, "Help me, nurse." In addition, because there is only 1 robot, they want to do clinicals in groups of 4 people caring for RoboMan ("Shelby") at once. You will never as a nurse collaborate with 3 other people about what to do.

    If you have any questions about my personal experiences, please email me and I will be happy to share.

    Oh, and if anybody reading this would like to do some research, check out CCD's rate of people failing the NCLEX compared to other school's records.

    Susan
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    Originally Posted by jeanylorenz
    Funny though, I have talked to her via email and was told it would be in the mail 3 weeks ago and still have not received anything. I am clueless and getting very frustrated. Although I am going to Westminster, Co August 11 and apparently I will have to go there myself.


    And think about it... you are trying to get in... trying to give them your money and they say one thing and do another. Think about what it will be like once they actually get your money and have you trapped in their program.

    My advice truly (and sadly) is to run away now.

    Susan
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    Quote from susnam
    Originally Posted by jeanylorenz
    Funny though, I have talked to her via email and was told it would be in the mail 3 weeks ago and still have not received anything. I am clueless and getting very frustrated. Although I am going to Westminster, Co August 11 and apparently I will have to go there myself.


    And think about it... you are trying to get in... trying to give them your money and they say one thing and do another. Think about what it will be like once they actually get your money and have you trapped in their program.

    My advice truly (and sadly) is to run away now.

    Susan

    What is your advice to someone starting class Monday?! I can't turn back now, so I guess I'll just tough it out. (?) That is so sad what I am hearing, wish I'd heard it sooner. Like before I waited two years on a waiting list. A robot??? Please tell me that was a trial thing that will not be returning during my two years......... what are they thinking with that idea? SG
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    Quote from enfermeraSG
    What is your advice to someone starting class Monday?! I can't turn back now, so I guess I'll just tough it out. (?) That is so sad what I am hearing, wish I'd heard it sooner. Like before I waited two years on a waiting list. A robot??? Please tell me that was a trial thing that will not be returning during my two years......... what are they thinking with that idea? SG
    Ummm... sorry, they just BOUGHT the robot (it cost like $10,000 or $20,000 or something like that). Since we are getting ready to graduate, they wanted us to go through some scenarios with the robot and give them feedback. We all hated the thing. It has lung sound settings... clear, rhonchi, wheeze, etc. But guess what? These are text book cases, nothing like I've ever heard in real life. They are too perfect. And all the rhonchi the robot has all sound identical. And for shots? The thing has an insert that you can feel so you know where on the robot to give the shot. How does that help? You need to feel flesh and bone to learn landmarks. ANyway, everybody gave "Shelby" the robot a huge thumbs down. They are going to use it for L&D, too... add "lady and baby" parts. THere is no way it can take the place of a woman in labor desperately panting and holding your hand and the excitement of a live birth.

    The drop out rate for the first year is over 50%. That means look around your first class and 1/2 or more won't be there for more than one semester.

    Advice? Don't drink the water there. It's brown and nasty. Don't expect the bathrooms to be in operation, they go out of order once every month or 2. There is only 1 bathroom upstairs and 1 downstairs. Usually both aren't out at the same time, but that has happened to us. When I was there on Monday, the windows are broken out in the cafeteria. The microwave on the far right doesn't work.

    Other than that, just grin and bear it like we did.

    We're done as of September 30, so I will be floating around. What days are your classes?

    Oh, that reminds me. They frequently change classrooms. You may meet in 108 one day, then 104 the next, etc etc. Just roll with the punches.

    And, as I prepare to graduate and my employers ask me if I got education in this or that or this other thing, I have to tell them no. Hopefully my employer will bring me up to speed with what they didn't teach us at CCD.

    Susan
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    That is funny. I truly agree. I just went to Colorado to check out schools and CCD was one of them. WOW!! Definately not a school I would pay to go to. Everything was disgusting, no parking lots, I would definately be a minority. That's fine, but I'll pass. Actually I did turn my application and transcripts in for the heck of it, to see when I would have been called and the lady called the Tuesday after I got home. I pretty much told her how I felt about the school, which I do not think she liked, but oh well it was the truth. How did you feel?



    Quote from susnam
    That's nothing! Take this as a warning sign. CCD is NOT the place to go. I have a list of 16 people who will be more than happy to tell you why not.

    Susan
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    Susnam, why is the drop out rate so high? Is it because it's so bad there and students do not like it or are they so hard on the students that they are failing and have to go?

    Jeanylorenz, what did you mean about being a minority at CCD? What did you notice that made you think that? What am I getting into?

    I am so disgusted and disappointed with the whole robot thing! I have been doing patient care for 10 yrs now and can't imagine any quality of learning could come from a robot. I would not want to be the first "human patient" a new grad nurse gave a shot to!! Perhaps after my first year I will take the LPN exam and go through a bridge program somewhere else for my last year to complete my ADN. Thanks for the heads up, SG


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