Is anyone here starting Valencia RN program in Fall 2013? - page 6

I am starting this to hopefully meet some other students, to get more knowledge from others and share information. I can't wait to start, and it will be 2 years of waiting this Fall!! Thank you and... Read More

  1. by   TYoungRN7
    Quote from ReigN719
    Where to start. Well since I can only speak on Nursing I, I can tell you that it's definitely a good amount of work, and only gets harder if you don't put in the time. They tell you when you first start that you should dedicate 3 hours of studying for every 10 credit hours you're taking which relates to 30 hours a week which I think is easily surpassed considering how many chapters you have to read each week, and then study.

    Some of the stuff I may say next may not make sense yet, but I'm going to include it anyways. Definitely read, read, and read the book. Learn the definitions, but don't dwell to much on memorizing each and every one for the test, you'll get a def. here and there on the tests, but the majority of tests will focus on application of knowledge learned, and applying what you've learned/read. Study the figures, boxes, and charts in each chapter, a nice amount of questions come from there too. Take step by step notes when instructors do Skills Demos. Practice your skills, the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Make friends, get into study groups. Also, when having to do skills, be sure to practice on all of your classmates, since no patient is ever the same. That's all I can think of for now, but any other questions feel free to ask!
    Thank you so much for that information. I know once I start the program and understand the concepts of how to study, I will be ok. I have a bachelors degree in another field and I've heard the tests are completely different as well as the way you study. I guess because of all the stories I've heard I'm just really nervous. Thanks for your input.
  2. by   TYoungRN7
    Quote from kristin.love
    Valencia has one of the best nursing programs in the area. The program is also one of the hardest. If you don't start this semester there is a chance they will email you to start in the Spring if you would want to
    I'm kind of hoping I will get another opportunity to start in the spring. I want to go ahead and get it over with but at the same time I'm so nervous. Good luck with starting this fall and when I start I'm sure i will be contacting you for assistance...lol
  3. by   ReigN719
    Quote from TYoungRN7
    Thank you so much for that information. I know once I start the program and understand the concepts of how to study, I will be ok. I have a bachelors degree in another field and I've heard the tests are completely different as well as the way you study. I guess because of all the stories I've heard I'm just really nervous. Thanks for your input.
    You're welcome! The tests are definitely different from the normal memorization that we learned all throughout school. Instead of only one right answer, there are 4 right answers and you have to choose the best one according to the situation. For many of my classmates, it was nerve racking, but after a while you learn to eliminate the better answers from the best ones. Someone recommended the Fundamentals of Success and Test Success books when I was in orientation, and it was a good intro to what was to come since it gave you questions, answers, and rationales as to why the answer chosen was the best answer. So those may help get you acclimated to tests.
  4. by   Froggie14
    Thank you for all your insight. Every little bit helps. I am so excited to get this chapter of my life started. Orientation in 2 weeks and let the chaos begin. Thanks again and best of luck to you!
  5. by   ReigN719
    Quote from Froggie14
    Thank you for all your insight. Every little bit helps. I am so excited to get this chapter of my life started. Orientation in 2 weeks and let the chaos begin. Thanks again and best of luck to you!
    Best of luck to you too, I was asked to volunteer for your orientation so I'm sure I'll unknowingly bump into everyone on here that has orientation that day. lol
  6. by   kristin.love
    I'm so ready to start! I just finished all the immunizations and background/drug tests today!! I'm trying to stay ahead of the game!!
  7. by   Froggie14
    Good Job!! I did alot of my stuff last week when I was off from work. When I did my drug test I didn't give them enough and had to sit around for an hour to try again. Lol. At least I wasn't the only one, there were 3 other people doing the same thing, drinking water and waiting. I only have to take my immunization list to my primary DR for them to fill out my physicial/immunization form. I just did my CPR class yesterday. Now I have to fight with the Financial Aid Department, they say I don't qualify for FA because of the number of classes I have taken (I have my AA and it's going against me as if I've taken too many classes towards my current AS degree, because of a change in major) so I am appealing. Anyway, I'll do loans if I have to, I'm in this program and I'm not letting it go!!
  8. by   kristin.love
    Yes! I was stuck at the lab corp place for over an hour just waiting for my turn! I drank like 2 bottles of water before I got there so needless to say I was anxiously waiting for my turn! There is always something with the FA department!!!

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