Anyone attending or planning on attending pjc:?

  1. Hey all, I am starting the ADN-RN program at pensacola junior college in january 2010. is there anyone else going to start at that same time? I live in FWB and I am trying to get to know some more people starting in january. If you have started or planning on starting in august, please respond also, it would be great to get some well needed advice for those who are already in the program! Thnx guys and gals...
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  3. by   Jacs7284
    im in my 2nd semester there and i wish i never started to be honest. the lectures have been pretty rough, its basically a self study, about half my class is failing. i think the teachers who are the coordinators are probably your best bet though...their tests seem to be a bit more fair from what i hear. im so discouraged right now.
  4. by   Mikey 0-0
    Im sorry to hear that, I heard that it is it that the teachers don't teach well? Or is just extremely overwhelming? thnx for your post!
  5. by   sleepdeprivedmomma
    My advice, Mikey 0-0, would be to always read ahead in your courses, utilize every resource you can get your hands on (don't expect the instructors to provide printed powerpoints for you after intro), don't fall in with the "it's all their fault" attitude (cause regardless, you'll always have ineffective co-workers/bosses/collegues to work around anyway), and do your best. The program at PJC is better than it's ever been, but it certainly could use better instructors and some changes in the the way summer semester, especially, is handled (too little resources for students to access, too few hours to get it all done, too little preparation on the instructors/coordinators parts). That said, there is NO other 2 year degree you can achieve in THIS area that will offer the future Nursing will, which is why I'm sticking my nose to the grindstone and just trying to soldier through the CRAP! Get your financial aid/resources in order, get a plan to stay organized and stick to it, set aside adequate study time (per DAY), and Good Luck.
  6. by   Mikey 0-0
    Thank you MAM! I appreciate it! I figure I will be studying a lot while in that school. I am very accustom to studying a ton for a class, and plus I already finished all non nursing related class from my ADN to my BSN and I only have 2 classes left for my CRNA requirements. So all I need is those darn NURSING classes from ADN and up! Whats your schedule like? Or rather how many days are you in pensacola? I will be traveling from FWB everyday haha. Crazy I know .
  7. by   sleepdeprivedmomma
    First semester is typically 2 days of lecture in the AM (unless you're nights and weekends) and 1 day of clinicals (start at school then onto the hospital), plus six simulation labs (2 hours long) approximately every 2 weeks throughout the semester (but you should be able to schedule them for days you're already there)
    Second semester (at least during the summer) is 1 day of lecture (ALL DAY LONG, pack your lunch) in Adults Health I and Mental Health, 2 days of clinicals for Adults I and 1 day of clinicals for Mental Health (in the summer, the class is split with half doing Mental Health clinicals the first half of summer and then the rest the second half). and almost the ONLY simulation Lab time available through the summer is on Fridays (about every other week). There are 5 simulations you'll have to take part in for Adults I and they'll be scheduled throughout the semester, so you can plan on being in P'cola EVERY day at some point during your summer semester.
    Third Semester - if I can scrape through this one, I'll let ya know.

    As far as commuting . . . we've got students that drive from Holley-Navarre, Fort Walton, North Santa Rosa, North Escambia County and even over in Foley, Fairhope and Lillian, AL. I'd recommend saving money by bringing your lunch (the roach wagon on campus is responsible for many a missed lecture).
  8. by   Mikey 0-0
    Wow sounds like the first semester isnt that bad, but the following semesters look like they are getting worse . I may plan on rooming with some people just for the days that I am in pensacola, but I may just drive back and forth. Thank you for all your input, it is greatly appreciated. I was going to attend OWC, but its longer than your PJC program. Do a lot of people car pool? And how is your ratio with males and females? Also, how many student per class room? How are your mentors for clinicals? Thank you! My name is mike by the way, whats yours?
  9. by   sleepdeprivedmomma
    Mike, the male to female ratio is pretty small but it's on the rise. I'd apply for ALL Non-Traditional Student Programs ($$$$) because guys in the program are eligible for all that. As far as students per class, Intro started with 40 in my class, now I think my class has 35-37. Mentors???? I'll say this, there are some great Sim Lab instructors that will fill you full of great info and little things to help you learn but your actual clinical instructor is going to have 10 other students to supervise (and he/she MUST be in the room during medication pass, dressing changes, etc) and NOT a lot of time to spend one on one. Be nice to the nurses on the floor at the hospital because drops of wisdom can be squeezed from the batty soulless ones and the rest will drown you in it if they have the chance. Most good nurses want to help student nurses become good nurses. Remember too, you can learn from EVERY situation, even if it's WHAT NOT TO DO!!!! The instructors in the Learning lab (where you'll practice a LOT your intro year, if you're smart) are also great go-to resources. Just familiarize yourself with where everything is and don't get discouraged. As for a name, since I'm currently in the program and my name isn't as "everyday" as Mike, I'll just keep going by sleepdeprivedmomma, but you can call me SDM for short.
  10. by   Mikey 0-0
    Hehe ok, so dont wanna be singled out , I can dig it . Thnx for the info again, I have done quite a bit of shadowing and observing at FWB hospital and up at the military hospital also, your right about learning from things your not supposed to do . I have recently learned that the military will pay for my school, and I am very grateful for that :bowingpur. Is there any way to get in contact with people that are starting in janurary? Also, how well does PJC prepare you for your NCLEX? Thnx a bunch mam!
  11. by   Jacs7284
    its really tough, prepare to basically self study. intro really isnt bad, but yes, the summer semester, and 2nd semester are pretty bad, this last test we took, the class average was a 62 i was told. JD offers associates in nursing. i would consider weighing your options wth both schools. ive had great experience clinical wise though, its just the lecture part of it all that is pretty bad. it doesnt matter how mjuch you study, its how well you can TEST. the testing style is very different the second, 3rd semester etc... in intro, its all pretty much knowledge base. the 2nd semester is application, and so even if you read one thing in the book, you could have that exact question on the test, but still get the answer wrong even if the situation is similar. also, weve had problems getting books in on time for several semesters. and with the military, if you dont pass a class, and you withdraw, you have to pay for that out of pocket. i know this because my friend who just dropped is in that boat right now. just be careful if you do go to pjc, i wish i knew what i know now about the school and the people who work there. ms young is a great instructer for intro, and dr thomas in the nursing department office is also great to talk to.
  12. by   Mikey 0-0
    Hey Jacs, thnx for you info. I have also heard about the book situation. I did consider Jefferson Davis, but I am in FWB, and that drive is about 2 hours one way haha, so thats a bit of a drive . What semester are you in? What were your hours of lecture and clinicals for your previous semesters? Thank you very much Jacs
  13. by   Jacs7284
    i was in my second semester. REALLY consider your options. if you fail out of intro, you can not get back into pjc for 3 years. if you fail any other semester, you wait 6 months, which, most likely, you will fail out of one of your semesters. the class starts with about 140 students. after our first semester, about 40 fialed, and about that same number after the second semester as well. do your research very carefully. also, if you take classes at pjc ten transfer to JD lets say, the classes in the RN program can not transfer. its such a mess for me right now. i seriously seriously wish someone had told me all the things i am learning for myself. I have had several people email me with similar horror stories i have had and seen others go through. Also, if you do decide to go to PJC, i strongly recommend you take pharmacology before getting into the program. Theres a lot of drugs on the tests, or things you need to know about drugs to answer a question, so you have basically pharmacology, nursing, and clinicals, plus sim labs all rolled into 1... if you fail the class you fail clinicals and vice verca. email me if you have any other questions. i dont get on here all that often.
  14. by   Jacs7284
    oh yeah, since it was a summer semester, i had mental health and adult health together, so for half the semester i had class 1 day a week from 8am-4:30pm, then clinicals 3 days a week, and sim labs every so many weeks on a friday. once mental health clinicals were done, i had a tuesday free from school, then i failed and had to withdraw.

    the class i would have been in has 12 hr clinical days for some of their clinicals, and i hear once you get into your 4th semester, you have whatever schedule the nurse you are following has, including weekends if she works weekends. i dont know how true that part is.

    I dont know if you have children, but i do and to work out daycare (800$ a month for me btw) school, clinicals, and the times im required to be at school which can change. even though they say to be at clinicals for 7:00 am, thats really like 6:30, and it depends what hospital you choose, and daycare generally dont open until 6:30, so i had to pay an extra few hundren dollars a month to put my kids in a daycare that opened at 6:00am.

    i know when we become nurses we will have to make these same arrangements, but im just trying to show you exactly what school is like. Atleast when your done with school, things are a little more flexible adn dependsing on the place you work, you wont have to rearrange your childcare and life as much. not for the type of nursing i wanted to do anyways. There is so many oportunities out there. chances are you will work weekends, some holidays, some extra shifts here and there, but when you are being paid, a few extra hundred dollors isnt so bad for daycare. i had no financial assistance for school wither until last semester (thank god) and only 1 income. i couldnt get a job because my schedule changed so often every semester.

    It was said to us before we even started our classes " if you have a job you will not make it through this program" there are a few who did work, and they really struggled through, so just prepare yourself. im not trying to scare you, just trying to give you what ive seen, heard, and experienced.

    i am definitely willing to have my life be upside down for 18 months, and i did for 7 months, but then to have the door slammed in your face after youve worked so hard, its pretty depressing. ive been going to school since 2002, sometimes part time, sometimes full time, and had 2 babies in between, a deployment, and a move across the country, and i never let it be my excuse for not going to school, so to hear someone say "maybe i cant handle this school at this time in my life" is complete BS. i can handle it, the school just sucked in my opinion lol. eventually i will be done though