The Rundown: Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing - page 2

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Ok, this forum was very helpful to me when I was applying to school. It's time for me to give back. I'm going to attempt to share with you everything that I know. Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll get back to you... Read More


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    Hi again, re-reading this it was REALLY helpful since everything is coming together. I got accepted into BHSN for the Fall 2012 semester. Kind of caught off guard about the partial evening program having a DAY lecture. I have work and will still be working the first year because of this option. I wasn't aware this would be happening so now I have to figure something out. But thanks so much!
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    UPDATED 7/25/2012 (After NU-104)

    Ok, this forum was very helpful to me when I was applying to school. It's time for me to give back. I'm going to attempt to share with you everything that I know. Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. BHSN had 500+ applications and accepts around 110 students.

    I applied to BHSN in October of 2010, I received an acceptance letter a few weeks later in November. I don't remember my exact TEAS score, it was in the high 70s. My grades for my pre-reqs were A's and a few B's. I had not taken either A&P class or microbiology. I made a point in my application that I was currently enrolled in those classes and I would have them completed before the start of BHSN.

    After you are accepted, you will get another letter sometime in the spring. This will tell you the date that you have to go to orientation. Orientation will be sometime in the summer. During this orientation, you will go to various stations: payment/financial aid, uniforms, scheduling, books, and admissions. At this time you will order your uniforms; white pants and a maroon top. Mostly everyone orders 2 sets of uniforms. The cost is around $135. You are to wear white closed toe no slip shoes (I'm a boy, so I don't care, the girls seems very disappointed that they couldn't wear those 'crocs' shoes with the holes in them) with your uniform. You can also wear a white shirt underneath if you please.

    During orientation, you are given the opportunity to order books for the first year, or you can take the book list and order them on your own. The cost of the package is around $500. If you are hard on cash, the most important books in my opinion are the drug book and the nursing care plan book. I have not used any other of my books, I've only studied from my notes and the outlines that are available for you to print out for each lecture.

    Other things that you need:
    • Stethoscope: They vary greatly in price. You might as well splurge and get a good one now, you will being using it for a long time after nursing school. I have a Littmann Cardiology III.
    • Penlight.
    • Audio recording device (optional). If you are an audio learner, then record the lectures.
    • Goggles/glasses: you will need these for certain procedures and for your OR rotation.
    • As I said before: white closed toe non-slip shoes.


    Nursing 101
    Starts in September and runs through the end of October. You will learn all of your basic nursing skills. You will have clinical your first week There will be 3 tests, non cumulative. There is also a medication math test, the grade is not averaged in to your final grade. You must score an 80% on the math, you will be given another opportunity to take the test if you score below 80%.

    Schedule:
    Tuesday: 8:30 - 4:00 Lecture all day. You don't need to wear your uniform this day. Dress comfortably and dress in layers. The temperature in the lecture hall fluctuates alot!

    You will have one lab day, either Wednesday or Thursday. You will have the same day throughout nursing 101. The lab will be either in the morning or the afternoon and are usually only a couple hours long.

    If you have Wednesday lab, then you have Thursday Clinical. If you have Thursday lab, you will have Friday clinical. Your clinical group will be around 7 students and you will be assigned to one unit either at Bridgeport or at Griffin. The clinicals are short, usually ending around 1200 - 1230.

    During these clinicals you will bathe and ambulate your patient and make their beds.

    Nursing 102
    End of October to end of December.

    During this course, the schedule stays the same and you stay with the same clinical group. The clinical days start to get longer, but you get a 1/2 hour lunch. The longest clinical day ends around 2 if i remember correctly. There are 3 exams and the 3rd exam is cumulative.

    You will be assigned a patient the day before clinical, you must introduce yourself to your patient and do your research the night before.

    You will be assigned an extra day from 8 - 12 to go to a daycare center.

    You will have 2 weeks off for the holidays and return the first week of January.

    By the end of this course you will be able to give meds/injections and IV bag changes.

    Nursing 104
    January to middle of March (Spring break)
    There will be 3 exams and a final cumulative exam.

    There is another medication math test during this course.

    You will be assigned a new clinical group and hospital unit. The clinical sites are at Bridgeport Hospital, Griffin, or Yale.

    The schedule changes now. You will pick up another clinical day.

    Tuesday: 8:30 - 4 Lecture
    Wednesday: Lab (A few hours)
    Thursday: Clinical 730 - 230
    Friday: Clinical 730 - 230

    Besides your regular clinicals, you will also have 2 days of Jewish Home, 2 days of pediatrics, 1 operating room day, 1 Visiting Nurses day, and 1 School Nurse day. Some of these rotations may be scheduled on a Monday.

    By the end of Nursing 104, you will have 2 patients and be able to just about everything for them: meds, iv changes, iv piggybacks, injections, dressing changes, etc...


    Nursing 105 - Maternity
    March to May
    This is a short course, 4 or 5 weeks. There are 2 or 3 tests(I can't remember) and a cumulative final.

    You will have one clinical day a week on a post-partum floor and a few specialty rotations (Labor/delivery, anti-natal testing, obgyn clinic, etc...)


    Nursing 201 (now level II!) - Med-Surg
    May/June
    Another short course 4/5 weeks long. The good news is that there are 3 tests and there is no final!

    We are still on 4 days a week, with 2 of those being clinical days. We now start to learn about diseases/pathophysiology.

    After this course, you can choose to continue on with the accelerated program or take the summer off!

    I chose the accelerated path, so from now on the schedule I will be describing will be different for you if you chose the traditional path.

    There is a skills competency during this course: IV flushing.

    Nursing 202 (accelerated) - Psych
    June - 4 weeks long
    3 tests? With no cumulative final!
    Lecture will be Mon/Tues 8:30 - 3ish
    Clinical will be Wed - Fri 7ish - 3ish depending on your clinical site.
    If my memory serves me correctly, the sites are: Bridgeport Hospital, Greater Bridgeport Mental Health, Waterbury Hospital, Yale, Hallbrook, and Silver Hills.

    This course isn't too bad, its a nice break.

    Nursing 203 (accelerated) - Med-Surg
    July/August - 8 weeks long
    Yet another Med-Surg course! This course has 3 tests and a cumulative final.
    Lecture and clinical alternates days every week; the first week you have 3 lecture days and then 2 clinical days, the next week you will have 2 lecture days and 3 clinical days.

    Clinical days are predominately 7:30 - 3:30, some Fridays you will get out at 1.
    There is a Math competency the first day of the course.
    There are 2 skill competencies: Insulin administration and IVs via central lines. You will be done will your skill competencies after this course!

    There are also some specialty rotations that you may have: OR, Dialysis, Med clinic, burn unit, and pediatrics.

    After this course you will have a week off the end of August.

    This is the course that I'm in now, so this is as far as I can tell you about in detail. But I can describe the next 2 courses based on what instructors have told me:

    Nursing 204 (accelerated) - Med-Surg
    September - December
    10 Weeks
    4 days a week (we are back on a normal schedule, so it's not really "accelerated" anymore)
    3/4 tests with a cumulative final

    Nursing 205 (accelerated)

    December
    Apparently there are no tests in this course, only projects/presentations. I've heard that you can choose specialty rotations based on availability: ER, ICU, Maternity, etc...

    Graduate/done!


    ATI testing!!

    I forgot to mention this in my first post. You are required to take these pain in the ... tests throughout school. Each course you will be assigned a practice test to take at your leisure on the internet. You have to score a 90% or submit the best of 3 tries. You will have a day during the course where you will take a sit down paper/pencil ATI test. If you achieve a certain level, you are safe. If you don't achieve the required level, you are then required to take a practice test again on the computer ( best of 3 tries or a 90%). In some courses the grade is calculated into your final grade, but it's only 3% of your grade. In other courses the ATI is extra credit, receiving a maximum of 3 points added on to your grade (ONLY if you have a 75 first, the ATI test cannot save you!).

    I recommend not committing too much time on these tests. The instructors will tell you how important they are and so on... I would much rather dedicate my time to a regular test that is 1/3 of my grade than on the ATI test which is 3/100 of my grade. That's just my 2 cents...

    Evening Program
    The evening program is partial and it is only for the first year. The evening students attend the Tuesday day lecture, but they have their labs/clinicals at night (after 5pm).

    Accelerated Program
    The accelerated program will allow you to graduate in December instead of May of the next year. You must forfeit your summer and attend school 5 days a week starting in the summer. You do not need to decide on this track until April/May before summer.

    Grading

    Your final grade for each course must be a 75.
    74.9 = failure There have been about 8 students that have disappeared from the program after Nursing 102.

    There are several competencies throughout the program, they are pass/fail. You will have a second chance if you fail. Some examples are: Injections, Starting IV pump, sterile dressing, catheters, etc...

    All the instructors are excellent. Some have bad reputations, but I have not seen anything bad myself. They are all very knowledgeable and are there for you. Just come to clinical prepared and everything will be fine.

    I hope this has been helpful and please feel free to post any questions that you may have.
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    hi; i have another question. when you said "...
    the most important books in my opinion are the drug book and the nursing care plan book"
    which two exactly are you referring too? do you have the isbn # or know the full name? i'm sorry just want to make sure i definitely order these first. if you say the others aren't used i won't bother and i'll focus on my notes and the lectures.

    thanks
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    Quote from jeana18
    hi; i have another question. when you said "...
    the most important books in my opinion are the drug book and the nursing care plan book"
    which two exactly are you referring too? do you have the isbn # or know the full name? i'm sorry just want to make sure i definitely order these first. if you say the others aren't used i won't bother and i'll focus on my notes and the lectures.

    thanks
    for care plans you can get either book:
    nursing diagnosis manual, marilynn e. doenges
    or
    nursing diagnosis handbook, betty j. ackley

    and for the drug book:
    davis's drug guide for nurses... i would recommend getting this new so you can get the cd (copy and paste drugs...)

    i use these books for homework, research, etc... not for studying.

    everyone has different ways of studying, but i am going to tell you that personally i have literally not opened any books for studying. i've used only my notes (and occasionally google!)
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    Well thank you. I can agree I have my Bachelors and sometimes books aren't even used. I will grab these books and carry on.

    Your post is definitely EXTREMELY helpful. I appreciate it.
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    Hi Cablefree:

    I am back again with more questions. Since I can't figure out how to PM on this website I'll ask here because maybe some other people in the program are curious.

    Some others and myself are working on the dosage calculation questions. We are working them out long hand and so forth, without attempting to use a calculator. When it comes time for the exam on these questions, do they allow use of a calculator? We're just concerned that we will need to know how to do everything without one. Or are they a bit lenient and allow the use of one with showing of the long hand work?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    Quote from Jeana18
    Hi Cablefree:

    I am back again with more questions. Since I can't figure out how to PM on this website I'll ask here because maybe some other people in the program are curious.

    Some others and myself are working on the dosage calculation questions. We are working them out long hand and so forth, without attempting to use a calculator. When it comes time for the exam on these questions, do they allow use of a calculator? We're just concerned that we will need to know how to do everything without one. Or are they a bit lenient and allow the use of one with showing of the long hand work?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated!!!
    An index card is provided for you that has several formulas/conversions on it. You are allowed to use this card for level 1. Sometime during level 2 you will no longer be allowed to use the card. You will be given a calculator for every math test. Don't sweat the math tests; they aren't that bad. You are given a review before each test. If you fail a test, you are given a remediation class and allowed to take a test again. No one has ever left the program as a result of the math tests.

    You need to show all of your work and no partial credit is given.
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    Thank you so much! You are such a big help! I'll definitely need to stay in touch with you for any questions I have
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    This post was so helpful! I am getting ready to apply for the LPN to Rn program in june. I saw that you mentioned that you didnt have microbiology done but proved that you were going to take it before the program started...just wondering how you showed them you were signed up and what they said? I only need microbiology and public speaking....but wont be able to do it until summer after the application deadline. I called and the lady I talked to said I had to do it before. I will definitely have it done before tho. Any info about apply would be great!! thank you !
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    Hi there! I just got accepted to start next fall, and your description of the classes is very helpful.
    Now, let me ask you. If I choose the evening clinical and lab, I only have to go during the day 1x week, which is "Tuesday: 8:30 - 4:00 Lecture all day"? How many days/week would I go for the evening stuff?

    Thank you!


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