BHSN-Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Fall 2011 - page 5

Started a new thread, since the other threads on this topic look like they are from last year. Okay, I just got my acceptance letter in the mail today!! I was going totally mental with... Read More

  1. by   YMBX
    I'll keep you posted hopefully I will hear from BHSN by the end of next week...
    Have a wonderful day!:heartbeat
  2. by   Purplemajesty33

    I am registered to take the TEAS at BHSN on March 13, 2010. I mailed my application a few weeks prior to the Feb deadline. I received confirmation and then the e-mail stating the date for the TEAS. I was hoping that it was sooner but I guess I have more time to study since I bought the book from ATI. I have applied to NYU too but BHSN is my first choice. I have a BS degree as well I have noticed that there aren't many BHSN hopefuls on this site.
  3. by   Ladybug15
    Hi there! Glad to hear someone else on here has also applied! We definitely can't be the only ones since I heard that there are about 600 applicants.

    Best of luck to you! The TEAS isn't too difficult. Just make sure that you watch the time on the Math section. I ran out of time because I didn't realize how many questions there were going to be in such a short period of time. Also, I would suggest googling natural science websites pertaining to plate tectonics (divergence, convergence, lateral slipping), rocks (sedimentary vs igneous, etc), clouds, and food chain (primary, secondary, etc). The ATI book barely touches on the science. I think maybe one question I had on the exam was seen in the ATI book. I just happened to quickly review basic natural science info via data pulled off of various websites and I managed to score a 100 on the section! Also make sure to review basic AP1&2 material and chem. I don't think any of the material I had used covered any of the AP questions, they were so obscure. Hopefully you may recall the topics from your AP class.

    What are your reasonings for picking BHSN over NYU as your first choice? Tuition? I originally applied to Fairfield, but during my interview it was mentioned that the total cost would be about $50k. I just couldn't afford something like that given my current loans from my B.S. degree. I had also looked into Pace since I currently live in the city. However, that also seemed quite pricey.
  4. by   Purplemajesty33
    Hi Ladybug15 / and other BHSN hopefuls,

    I've read all your posts they are so helpful, thank you for the additional study information. I am originally from NYC, I have been living in CT for the past 10 years though. I too owe over $40,000 from my undergrad education in criminal justice but at this point were going to be in debt forever , I would like to get an R.N. then Masters as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Already having a Bachelors we have so many options and truthfully I did consider Fairfield University. I guess that I just want to get an R.N. first then apply to the other schools for the Masters. I've taken Microbiology B-, and Chemistry this semester. I plan to take API session I, APII session II in the summer accelerated. I do have an AP book from my friend that I will study for the TEAS. I am very nervous since I applied near the deadline and everything is hanging on the TEAS. Do you plan to go further in your nursing education? ie Masters degree? Do you work now or plan to work in nursing school? Right now I'm not working but I may have to work part-time in the future. I also have a CNA license.
  5. by   Ladybug15
    Glad you found the information in this thread helpful! I applied near the end of the deadline as well, but I submitted all of the requirements at once, including my TEAS score. I used a proctor to take the TEAS, which allowed me to take it as early as possible. I had a day to read over the ATI study material. I mainly concentrated on the math and english sections. All the material that will be on the exam within those two sections are covered in the ATI book. Hopefully this info will help you in your studying. Let us know how the exam goes!

    I think we have similar plans. I am also concerned with just getting the R.N. first. I'm interested in working in cardiac ICU afterwards, but from what I hear it may take a little bit of experience first before I land a job in an ICU. I definitely want to get my Master's; however, I am not sure if I want to shoot for CRNA or Family NP. I am really interested in the diagnostic side of things, but then again, I am also fascinated by anesthesiology. I'm sure I'll have a better idea of what will suit me after going through clinical rotations. Not to mention, if I don't end up with stellar grades in nursing school then I can count out getting into a CRNA program. Are you planning on working for a little bit first before continuing on for your Master's? Perhaps working while going to school part-time?

    I am not currently working. I was laid off in September from banking and have been on unemployment since. I just found out that my unemployment benefits will be extended for another 20 weeks, which will take me through the entire summer. I hope to have found a job by then so I can work throughout school, possibly a flexible bartending position.

    In regards to student loan debt, I am up to my ears! I keep hoping to win the Mega but it hasn't happened yet!
    Last edit by Ladybug15 on Mar 4, '10
  6. by   Purplemajesty33
    I was laid off last year as well from the insurance industry, but I got a letter for an additional 53 weeks of unemployment, maybe I should call them it could be a typo I guess were both night owls as, I am trying to get through the math section of the ATI book. It's a great math refresher, even though I took college algebra and statistics a few years ago. It's good to know that the ATI book covers the math and english section thoroughly, no surprises like the GRE test I took in October.

    Wow, you reviewed in one day, but it was worth it since you've already received your acceptance letter. I wonder how long after the exam before they start to notify the rest of us. I like mental health very much so I don't think it would be too hard to get a Master's. As you stated cardiology is a great major as well, and anesthesiology would require steady grades in nursing school. I will definitely let you all know how the test goes, hope to meet you in the Fall.
  7. by   Ladybug15
    Definitely a night owl too! I find that my brain is more alert at night. Also, the fact that we are both unemployed might have something to do with it. Wow, 53 weeks! That's awesome! I wouldn't question it.

    I am super annoyed right now. I am typing this on my iPhone because our entire area just had a cable outage. I really despise Time Warner! I just hope they fix it before I wake up. I can live without cable but not Internet as well!

    Yes! Looks like cable is back on. They definitely worked quickly. I'm gonna jump off my phone now.

    Hope to meet you in the Fall as well. Keep us posted and good luck studying.
    Last edit by Ladybug15 on Mar 4, '10
  8. by   Ladybug15
    Did you guys happen to see the news post regarding the shooting of a nurse at Danbury Hospital?? How terrible!

    This is the story…
    Last edit by Ladybug15 on Mar 4, '10
  9. by   nursstud
    Quote from th0r
    hey just browsing and saw this post. i am currently in nu104 (1st year) at bhsn, and here is a basic rundown on what to expect:

    -orientation: is going to be scheduled sometime in late june. here you will get your preliminary schedule, order uniforms, and they have a book representative where you can order the book package from. the orientation is more one on one and you won't meet many other classmates at this time. besides those books you will need to pick up a health assessment guide, drug book, and nursing diagnoses manual before you start in september. total cost of the package comes to $600 and the books will last you till you graduate. to be honest though, i don't even use the books but i know of some students who do. it's really up to you. best book worth getting is the brunner and suddarths med-surg book. tons of useful information and good reading for if you're bored. also will help you on research for your clinical patients.

    -nu101: you will be on clinical starting the first week. it's pretty basic and you will just be interviewing the patient and then slowly performing more skills as you use them. you have three tests for this semester spaced every 3 weeks, they are not cumulative. by the end you will be passing out medications. the schedule looks like the following for day students.

    mondays: off
    tuesdays: lecture from 8.30-3.30 (with 1/2 hour lunch usually around 12.30)
    wednesdays: 1-2 hour lab period, based on your lab group number. there are 4 lab groups (a-d) of about 25 students each.
    thursdays and fridays: you will have either a thursday or friday for clinical and the other day you will have off. clinical runs from 8-1.30 for nu101. also no lunches during these days. you will be in a group of about 8 students per clinical instructor.
    saturdays and sundays: off

    -nu102: begins around halloween and runs till christmas. your main focus this semester will be developing nursing diagnoses and big care plans for clinicals. schedule remains the same as nu101. you have 3 tests this semester spaced 2 weeks apart, the final test is cumulative. than you are given a small thanksgiving break and a two week break after christmas, before nu104 starts.

    -nu104: begins first week of january and runs till ides of march. schedule changes a bit here and so does the testing. you will have 3 tests spaced three weeks apart and one cumulative final. we also pick up an extra day of clinical.

    mondays: off
    tuesdays: lecture 8.30-4 (with 1/2 hour lunch usually around 12.30)
    wednesdays: 2 hour lab period based on lab group
    thursdays: clinical 7.30 - 2.30 (with 1/2 hour lunch usually around 11.30)
    fridays: clinical 7.30 - 2.30 (with 1/2 hour lunch usually around 11.30)
    saturday and sunday: off

    also during this semester you will be given 2 days of clinical off as they schedule you, and also 2 days of jewish home, 1 day at the vna, 1 day of surgery, and 2 days of pediatrics. these will be on a thursday or friday and when scheduled you will simply not go up to the regular floor for clinical and report to that assignment for the day.

    also some tips:

    -the lecture hall can be unforgiving. temperature shifts in that room rapidly, so my advice is wear something comfortable but also bring a sweatshirt or something when the temperature drops and be prepared to take it off a half an hour later, lol.

    -i saw some mentions of a voice recorder. i personally have a droid and use their voice recorder app. ain't much special but allows me to email it directly to my gmail so i can listen at home. normally though i just record the lectures and listen to them while i drive. ends up being pretty time efficient.

    -i have a cardiology iii stethoscope also a gift. let me tell you the difference in quality is pretty amazing. some patients don't have the best peripheral blood flow so it comes in very handy when i can grab a blood pressure that the nurse on the floor can't accurately get.

    -instructors are all great. i haven't met a bad one yet. some have reputations but the truth is they are all there to help you to become the best nurse possible. don't forget that. if that means challenging a student some times, than i say let them bring it on.

    -clinical will be held primarily at bridgeport hospital although you may also be rotated to either yale or griffin for a semester.

    -passing grade is a 75 average for each semester. my advice is you normally have three tests to get that so do as best you can on the first so you allow yourself a buffer. and if your average is a 74.9, sorry no rounding up you will fail. i saw a few kids just miss the mark. the average is based on exams only. clinical doesn't count and is only pass/fail. don't stress yourselves out about this though only about 5 kids dropped out per semester so far. we started out at about 120-130. the weeding process seems pretty much done at this point and those that remain are those that are going to stay. and even if you do poorly you can wait a year and try again, so you may have new students joining your class as the semester's progress.

    -you will also have a chance to join the accelerated program. you will apply at the end of nu104. in order to join you need to have all your prerequisites and corequisites done by the time you start the accelerated program in june. you will end up forfeiting your summer but also graduate that december. so i say the trade off is fair. ill let you know more about that once i apply.

    -after nu104 you get a 2 week spring break. nu105 follows which is maternity, which runs through april. nu201 runs through may. than you either have summer off starting in june to come back in september and graduate in following may or class through the summer to graduate that december.

    -along with clinical and exams you will need to pass a few competencies per semester. examples of these are health assessment, injections, wound dressings, catheter insertion, and a few math exams for drug administration. math exams are basic calculations and algebra, not too difficult if you're good with math. you need to get an 80% on the math exam to pass. and if you fail any of these you will be given one more chance to complete it.

    -you will need to research your patients the day before clinical. this usually involves going to the hospital the day before anytime after 2 pm and logging into the computer to get lab data, checking the patients chart, and going to introduce yourself to the patient for the following day.

    -as far as patient load. you will start with one patient a day and eventually work your way up to dealing with more. they normally don't want to always overload you so expect about 2 patients once you hit nu104.

    -uniforms are maroon scrub top and white pants. grab the white cargo pants if they are quite nice. not sure if they offer them for girls.

    -pda/smartphone use: they dont allow it on the floor. although i dont find it useful anyways. with researching the patient and always being on the floor i have quickly memorized many of the common drugs and actions without even realizing it. if you really need to look up something quick no ones stopping you from drifting into a corner and doing fast research.

    -other supplies you will need are light pen for neurological checks, a watch, and a white pair of leather shoes.

    that's all i can think of for now. hope it was informative. if you've got anymore questions either post or pm me. im usually on once a week.
    hi, what is the accelerated program like? how many semesters are they? do you just instead go to school the entire year instead of spring and fall? what book did you use to better help you for the teas exam? when did you apply for the program, how long did it take for you to get accepted? what are your study habits like? is there any kind of way that you can pm me the syllabus? the things that you guys do on a daily basis. i wanted to pm you but i don't know how please help!!!! i want to know so much but i will wait until i get a response, thank you in advance.
  10. by   benedicth2
    Hi! i have also applied for BHSN fall 2010 and im so nervous. I called today and they said my application was under reivew. My friend also called and they told her that they had a smaller number of applicants than normal. (like 550 instead of 700) making our chances almost 1 out of every 4! I also applied at SCSU, st.vincents, and goodwin college. SCSU is my first choice obviously because i would have a BSN and im already there, but BHSN is my second choice and ive heard so many great things about the program. I hope I get in!!!
  11. by   Ladybug15
    Good luck Benedicth! You were smart in applying to a lot of programs. You should get into at least one of those. Let us know when you hear back from Bridgeport, or Southern for that matter. I just found out that another person received their acceptance letter today, so they are definitely working on getting them out. When do you expect to hear from Southern? Did they give you a timeframe? I missed the first deadline for them, so I wasn't able to apply. A BSN is definitely a plus! However, I heard from someone on this forum that they were really unhappy with the program and looking to transfer. I have yet to hear any negative feedback regarding BHSN.
  12. by   jdoll
    Was anyone put on the waiting list to get in to bridgeport?
  13. by   YMBX
    OMG!!! WHY ARE THEY TAKING SO LONG? I'm driving everyone crazy at home. My hubby and kids try to beat me to the mailbox everyday but we get nothing but bills and junk!! Please let it come this week!!