Broward College hopeful for May 2013 Nursing Program - page 70

I know there is a lot of confusion going around with the new requirements for the BC nursing program so I wanted to start a thread for those of us finishing prerequisites and applying in January. Im in the Core class now, but... Read More

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    Nursing Process I schedule for North is now available in the course search!

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    Hello Everyone!!!
    I am a returning nursing student at North campus and wanted to say hello to my future new class! I was accepted for last May entrance into the generic RN program but had deferred my seat till August. I started last fall, but due to my own fault I did not successfully complete 1 of the 6 classes during 1st semester. My personal meltdown cost me to lose so much time and my goals in mind. Before I started this program I knew exactly where I was going and how I was going to get there. When November came around, I lost all of that and more. I am not here to discourage you, but instead to let you know that this program IS possible if you want it bad enough. I failed myself and my fellow classmates because of ME. When I originally entered the program I thought I wanted this so bad. Now that I have the time to reflect on myself and do some soul searching I have come to realize that I wasn't anywhere near as determined as I should of been. I had the best intentions, but that's not good enough.

    I had the most amazing professor for Process 1 & 2 and I am forever grateful for the life long lessons she taught me. Listen to what the instructors are telling you because they know what is best. You may not always agree with what they say or do, but you will see clearer with every test, return demo, and clinical assignment you complete and pass. Work hard and most importantly try to stay positive. Attitude and determination is everything in this program.

    I apologize for the lengthy post, but I thought I would share my story in hopes of someone not making the same mistake as me. Don't give up on yourself like I did because you CAN DO THIS... YOU WILL DO THIS. I'm looking forward to joining those that will be attending North for Process 2 lecture and for the rest of this program. If any of you have questions or need any type of help please feel free to reach out to me. Take care and enjoy the excitement of being accepted into one of the most respected nursing schools in FL!!!
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    Thank you for a most inspiring, eloquent post! I just applied for August...fingers crossed...Please don't give up!
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    I have been shoe shopping and met a Nurse from Memorial at a Famous Footwear in Hollywood. She told me to try the "grasshoppers" I was skeptical because they are actually not that cute, but as she said after so many hours on your feet you won't care. I tried them and they are sooooo comfy. I don't think I have ever tried a more comfortable pair of shoes. They are slip resistant and all leather (kind of look like KEDS) and they were about $44 bucks. Just giving the heads up in case anyone was still looking for shoes : ) That's one more thing off my checklist!
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    Quote from Hope2bPicuRN
    Hello Everyone!!!
    I am a returning nursing student at North campus and wanted to say hello to my future new class! I was accepted for last May entrance into the generic RN program but had deferred my seat till August. I started last fall, but due to my own fault I did not successfully complete 1 of the 6 classes during 1st semester. My personal meltdown cost me to lose so much time and my goals in mind. Before I started this program I knew exactly where I was going and how I was going to get there...
    Hello Hope2bPicuRN and welcome! Thanks for sharing and for your words of encouragement. Life is full of unexpected surprises, but I'm glad you found your way back to nursing Here's to a new start!!

    Any advise you could give us newbies? Maybe on how we could better prepare ourselves before the program starts...anything helps. Thanks!
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    So relieved to see North campus will be available this summer. I missed the last class. There is another class coming up I am planning to attend. BROWARD/DADE SCHEDULES
    Its getting closer....

    AH Assoc. CPR/BLS Healthcare Provider Course
    [COLOR=#ff0000](2 Year Certification)[/COLOR]
    Saturday, April 6, 2013 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Has anybody else found any useful resources for meeting entrance requirements?
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    I have a guy that was recommended thru school that will do a class just for us 45.00 each in sunrise/plantation area.
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    Seriously? Is it for renewals or first timers?
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    1st timers
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    Hello E_Sarita and thank you!
    As for preparing for school... Being organized and time management is essential! It looks like everyone is already getting their portfolio together which is great! You don't want to wait till the last minute to submit your documents and realize something is missing or incorrect. I wouldn't spend too much money on supplies just because it's really not necessary. However, I will say that a Littmann Classic stethoscope makes a world of difference when taking BP's. I paid about $70 on Medisave and had my name engraved on it and I love it! When it comes to shoes... you wouldn't believe me if I told you but I got mine at Payless for $16 (guy gave me a coupon) and they are SO comfy. They are all leather except the tongue and the brand is Champion. I was looking at Nursemate's which are great but I'll get those later. Save your money cause it will come in handy when you need an extra pair of scrubs, supplies or those days that you need to eat out cause you aren't going home till they kick you out of the library or Starbucks.

    If you have the Perry & Potter books start reading the Vital Signs chapter (again this is for north campus, not sure about the other campuses). They test to the objectives so the second time you read through the book you can focus only on the objectives by highlighting or taking notes. Try not to focus so much on fluff either. You'll understand more once class starts and they will let you know what is expected of you. For right now just getting familiar with the book is fine.

    Keep in mind that the summer is accelerated because of you losing 2 weeks so as soon as they teach you a skill plan on being in that lab asap to practice those skills. Return demo comes up fast and you don't want to wait till the last minute to log in your mandatory lab hours or risk having to re-do return demo. If for some reason you do have to re-do it... It's OK! It's not the end of the world and chances are you were extremely nervous. I told my professor I should of took a shot before coming in...lol. Also, something I should of done and didn't... Once you feel comfortable with a set of skills, ask one of the lab instructors to watch you so that they can give you constructive criticism. I used to see them go through the whole return demo list with other students when I was only asking for help here and there. Can I tell you that it makes a world of difference when you're use to one of them already watching you! Trust me when I say when I got to Process 2 return demo I was a lot more comfortable cause I did exactly that.

    When it comes to math and pharm... You don't need the books. The math book is good but I opened it once and never again. They teach you the way they want you to learn it and give you plenty of practice problems. Please do not take the math lightly either. Practice, practice, practice! I passed on my first attempt for Process 1, took it for granted in Process 2 and failed the 1st attempt then passed with a 100% the next time around. They give you a chance to pass it again but I was so mad at myself cause I made silly mistakes costing me a lot of time away from lecture. I had to complete a 60 problem packet within 6 days to make sure I nailed it next time around. So please don't take math lightly. The pharm professor is hilarious! He tests straight from his powerpoints and does a review for the test. Never bought the book and got an "A" in the class.

    I'm sure there is so much more I could go on about so feel free to ask any specific questions that I haven't covered. You all will do great and enjoy the rest of your time off!!! You're about to get on the biggest roller-coaster of your life, and just when you think the ride is about to stop it takes off again! However, I can truly say it's been one of the best rides of my life.
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