Denver School of Nursing--BSN experience - page 4

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Hi there, I'm starting this thread for people interested in the Denver School of Nursing. I'm starting the BSN program in Oct 2006, and I'm going to try and post regularly to give new/prospective students an idea of what to... Read More


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    I was recently accepted to UC SoN and researched accreditation issues. My understanding is this:

    When you pass the NCLEX you are an RN (whether you have your ADN or BSN)
    So you may have the BSN but if you plan to further your education beyond the BSN level that is where you may run into trouble. Check with some universities offering masters/doctoral programs to see if your BSN coursework would apply to necessary pre reqs in their program(s).

    I plan to continue my education post BSN, hence my decision to apply to CU.

    Good Luck and hope that my two cents helps!
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    Hi everyone,

    Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, we have been BUSY! However, today we received the schedule for next quarter, so here it is.

    Sun--open for clinicals
    Mon--open for clinicals
    Tues--open for clinicals
    Weds--Health Assessment 9-12
    Med/Surg 1-4 (short for medical/surgical)
    Thurs--Health Assessment Lab OR IV lab 11-1
    Health Assessment Lab OR IV lab 2-4 (1/2 the class has each lab; then you flip)
    Fri--Med/Surg 9-12
    Sat--open for clinicals

    It should be noted--just because four days are open for clinicals, that doesn't mean you have clinicals on all four days. You will have clinicals on one or two of the four. If I learn more, I'll post it here.
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    Correction:
    You'll be in lab on Thursday from either 10-4 or 11-4:45pm, depending on if you're in group A or B. (This might be too much detail...)

    Also, here's some more information about clinicals:
    You need 120 hours for Med/Surg. You'll probably be in clinicals two days a week, 12 hour shifts. Right now, the shifts are 6:30am to 7:00pm. (Occasionally, you'll also have evening shifts from 2:30pm-11:00pm. Currently, the school doesn't do graveyard shifts.) Therefore, you'll only have clinicals for five weeks. (If you end up doing clinicals 1/week, they'll be for ten weeks.)
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    Hi everyone,

    This post is to inform you that due to a very long explanation, I won't be continuing my schooling at DSN after this semester. I'll continue to post any information I get up until the end of the quarter, but after that, you're on your own.

    I'd like to encourage my classmates (and future BSN students) to keep posting and get information out for everyone to share.

    Thanks for reading!

    -Mary
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    Mary,

    Thanks so much for your posts, they have been very helpful to me. I will begin in July and would love to hear from anyone with info about what to expect.

    So, are you moving to Nashville like you thought? I hope all goes very well for you. Again, thank you.

    m
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    Yup--we're moving to Nashville (hello--fried catfish! I don't even like fish!)

    I'm going to be attending Belmont University out there.
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    Book lists are out!

    For Health Assessment + Lab, the books are:
    Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (9th edition.) 2005
    Case Studies to accompany Bates...

    Med-Surg:
    Medical Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems; 6th edition
    Study guide that matches that

    Principles of IV therapy
    Required--Plumer's Principles and Practice of Intravenous Therapy, 8th ed
    Required (unless you have PEPID for your palm pilot) Nursing I.V. Drug handbook
    Optional--I.V. Therapy--An incredibly easy! pocket guide

    Feel free to PM me if you want more details about these books--I'm only mentioning them so people can plan accordingly.

    Also, if I didn't mention it before, clinicals are six people per one instructor.
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    Mary,

    Thank you for explaining so much about DSON. I just wanted to clarify the schedule with you, if you don't mind.

    Regarding the first semester; can I assume I will be attending classes 4 days a week, pretty much all day?

    For the second semester; will it be 3 days, all day, plus 2 days full days for clinicals?

    Thank you for your help.


    Cynthia
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    First quarter is 4 days a week, essentially day.
    Second quarter clinicals are 2 days (12hr shifts) for 5 weeks. The other six weeks you won't have clinicals.
    Second quarter classes are two full days and one-half day (total 2 1/2 days of class per week.)

    Of course, this could all change by the time you get there.
    If that doesn't help, PM me and we'll figure it out.
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    Thank you, Mary. It is helpful to have that information since I have small children to consider.

    Now that you have completed one quarter, did the school meet your expectations? Did you find your instructors to be supportive and knowledgeable? Do you feel it has been a positive learning experience for you?

    Best wishes regarding your upcoming move and change of schools.


    Cynthia


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