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hi, i wanted to know are there any mdc students who know any information on the nursing program. i have all my requirements and all i need is chemistry. i am trying to apply to the accelerated... Read More

  1. by   Jessica1024
    Quote from akspudus
    For lab, you need a lab coat. You can use a plain white one if you want. You will also need your lab coat when you go in for pre-assignment. As you can imagine, you really won't make much of an impression at the hospital if you show up with a shabby old stained lab coat. I went ahead and got an MDC lab coat. They aren't that expensive, and you will get a lot of use out of it while your in school Its high quality (much better than the scrub top)...so when you press it, it looks real nice when you go to pre-assignment. remember, when you go to pre-assignment, you might be making an impression with a future employer. The more professional you look and act, the more receptive the hospital staff will be to help you out.

    akspudus

    PS...When you iron your uniform and lab coat, get the spray starch that has a stain blocker in it. It will help keep those whites...white.
    Quote from Phoenixlight
    Good Day All,

    First of all, I'd like to thank those of you that bring real-word advice to this forum. I am currently stationed in Baghdad, Iraq so I turn to this forum to get the information that is not offered on the MDC site. So many times you turn to these forum sites and get nothing but a bunch of whining and complaining on how hard something is. I try to not pay attention to any of this, simply because everyone is so different. What may be hard to one student, may be "business-as-usual" to another.

    I have applied for the Spring Bridge program at MDC. I am also transitioning from being a paramedic. I am very excited and have high hopes on getting accepted. I have had nothing but wonderful assistance from the Nursing advisement staff. They have bent over backwards to assist me via email with all my questions, doubts and worries. This is mind-blowing considering the experience I have had with MDC staff in the past has been abysmal. I have been done with my pre-reqs for a while and just finished my NLN-NACE exam and passed. For those of you medics wondering how you're going to take a test on something you know nothing about, relax! You will do fine if rely on what you have learned about patient assessment through medic school. There were also a lot of questions which pertain to the "nursing process" study that before taking the exam and perhaps you will score better than I did. They state you only need to pass with a 65 to fulfill the requirement. They do not factor your score as a basis of admittance. So basically its "you passed or you didnt".

    Now, for some of that real word advice.
    I still have a couple of months in Iraq and at least until Nov until I know if I'm accepted. At any rate, I would like to know if any one has any advice on what kind of supplies I need and the best places to buy them. I understand books change from semester to semester, so I guess we'll leave that until orientation (fingers-crossed)!
    Would someone be so kind as to walk me through on what to expect from orientation?
    When does it take place if my program starts in January.
    What are the uniforms like?
    Any tricks of the trade any of you possess will be helpful.
    Are PDAs helpful while being a student at MDC?
    Any other study techniques that will get the job done?
    What kind of shoes are required?
    Any day-to-day advice will be welcomed!

    Thank you in advance! :typing


    Good luck on the entrance. You are going into the transitional right? I am sorry I can not help you. I am doing the generic, and I am has lost as anyone starting for the first time LOL! I can only relate to you on the subject of being nervous about getting in! Wow that waiting is so hard, and sometimes difficult to deal with. I mean I was so nervous. For two months that is all I could think about, and now all I can think about is doing good in school. I just can not wait to start and see how I do.

    I am so sure that you will get in. Good luck to you again, and please keep us informed, you are going to do great! You will see.
  2. by   Nursingforever
    Hello guys, I have to take a class at Jackson Plaza, MJH. Could smoebody tell me where this class is located? Because I asked at the students life center and they told me: "across the street," and that' it!!!!!Has anyone bought the stethoscope? and which color is the best ? Any advice?
  3. by   Jessica1024
    My dad bought my stes...I won't say its the best but it was pink LOL! I think the color should fit you. I don't really think there is a best color.
  4. by   Nursingforever
    Thank you, I am going to buy it tomorrow...
  5. by   akspudus
    Hey folks....sorry I sort of disappeared on you. I was on vacation at my parents house and they live in an area where broadband is unavailable. (yes there are still such places in America)
    Anyhow, classes start soon. I wish you all well. You have gotten far enough to be accepted by the school...so you know you can do it.

    If you have any outstanding questions. Feel free to drop me a line...I would be happy to aid any fellow aspiring nurses at MDC (or anywhere else for that matter) in any way.

    akspudus
  6. by   Phoenixlight
    Quote from akspudus
    When you get into school You will be given a box of ATI books. These books are pretty good review books. You will be taking ATI exams at the end of each semester..and to graduate you will need to place above the 90th percentile on the ATI exit exam. Use your ATI books and DVD's to help with that. ATI also has online practice exams..make sure you do those.
    I also use the "Made incredibly easy" books. I bought medical surgical nursing and pharmacology made incredibly easy. Well worth the investment. As for NCLEX question...I use Saunder's Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination. Not only does it also have some outlined review..but it has lots of area specific NCLEX review questions.

    When ever you do practice questions...read the rationales as to why each answer is correct and why the others are incorrect. Make sure you understand those rationales.
    Also,..the success center computers have a program called "Test Taking Strategies for Nursing Students". Go and do that tutorial at the beginning of each semester..just to brush up on you NCLEX skills.

    akspudus


    Hello akspudus,

    Thanks for the insight above. Ever since i first read this post, Ive been purchasing the books you mentioned to get some early reading done. I am still stationed overseas so I have plenty of time to read as the days drag on.
    I was wondering about these ATI books... What exactly are they and are they "given" to you or do they come at a hefty price? Are they made by MDC or can they be purchased/searched on the web for a cheaper price. I am a bargain hunter and hate to pay full textbook price and rarely ever do. Are there any other book/supplies etc that MDC "obligate" you to purchase through them? I know scrub tops are mandatory (how much do they run?) .Since I have so much time on my hands to search, would you mind giving me more names of books that you found helpful?

    Thank you so very much!
  7. by   Jessica1024
    Thank you so much! I can not believe classes are going to start soon. I am very excited and yet a bit apprehensive. Just a little scared, I am sure everyone is a bit scared too. So good luck to everyone of course, and I hope we keep everyone updated on progress in MDC.
  8. by   gradRN2007
    before you start the nursing program, i took it in the summer and started in august...good luck
  9. by   gradRN2007
    hi
    i graduated from the transiitional program and the ati books are given to you of course they are part of the program and i am sure you pay for them somewhere ...in the semester fees...
    you don't have a choice you have to take them and they were okay but not my favorite...good luck
  10. by   akspudus
    Yes, the ATI books and DVD's are "given" to you. ATI is a third party company that the school contracts with to help validate what the school teaches to what knowledge is required in order to pass the NCLEX. You can find more information about ATI at ATItesting.com.

    At first I didn't quite know what to think of or do with the books...but I quickly learned that they are a great review resource to utilize as you progress through each class.


    akspudus
  11. by   blisstarr
    Hello to all past, present, and future MDC Nursing Students,

    I, too, will be going into the 4th(and LAST) semester at MDC. I am so anxious to start, it is all I can think about. I am part of the Jackson Scholars program, but I think i know you akspudus (we spoke after psych care plan test). You are giving some great advice, and you are describing this past years experiences so accurately.
    I remember being as nervous as these newbies. My advice to all of you who are starting this fall is to relax!!!!! The biggest problem is that some people do not know who to balance thier life. By no means am I saying that you should take it lying down, just know that ecerything works out for a reason. Not all the teachers are the best, in fact, most of them dont really care about your complaints. Just go in and work hard and that is all you can do. I cant believe and entire year has gone by already. It feels like yesterday I was walking into Health Assessment. Also, dont make a big deal out of things. Blood pressures are not that difficult, PAY ATTENTION IN HEALTH ASSESSMENT,it is one of the only thing that semparates us(RNs) from LPNs and you will need it throughout the program. STUDY LIKE YOU NEED TO KNOW THE MATERIAL FOREVER, DO NOT STUDY TO PASS THE TESTS! I have class mates that have done that and they are eaither out of the program or having to retake classes. Get to know your classmates early on and make groups, dont go it alone, you will need the support. That's all I can think of for know.
  12. by   MagnesiuM
    i am starting the accelerated program next week. Does anyone know specifically when/which month the students who start the AO in august will graduate?? for some reason, MDC will not give me this info. when i asked an instructor, i said, well, it's three semesters and we go during the summer next year too, so, that means we graduate in august, right? and he said, "oh....yeah, something like that i guess....maybe."

    why so evasive? is there something i should know? i'm planning on moving out of state after i graduate....that's kind of why i'd like to know at least the month the program ends! :-)

    can't wait to start.....good luck to all of you in all programs and hello to any fellow AOers! :-D
  13. by   blisstarr
    Quote from MagnesiuM
    i am starting the accelerated program next week. Does anyone know specifically when/which month the students who start the AO in august will graduate?? for some reason, MDC will not give me this info. when i asked an instructor, i said, well, it's three semesters and we go during the summer next year too, so, that means we graduate in august, right? and he said, "oh....yeah, something like that i guess....maybe."

    why so evasive? is there something i should know? i'm planning on moving out of state after i graduate....that's kind of why i'd like to know at least the month the program ends! :-)

    can't wait to start.....good luck to all of you in all programs and hello to any fellow AOers! :-D
    Hello there Magnesim,

    I am not sure if you have eer heard the phrase, "if you want to make god laugh. make plans." That is why your prof. was so evasive. The truth of the matter is that I attended the pinning ceremony this past Mayas an usher, and out of the starting accelerated option students(which i dont know how many started), only 5 or 6 were at the ceremony. Not to say that couldnt be you, but if you have plans to move straight out of school I would not make them so permanant. Good luck.

    blisstarr

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