Brookhaven/Mountainview - page 18

Hey everyone, I just wanted to get a thread started for all of the BHC/MVC students; please help me get a support system going here. I am starting at BHC in Jan. 07 and would love to make... Read More

  1. by   jla623
    Quote from kalmeira
    The OB, peds, and psych classes are only 4-5 weeks each, so it shouldn't overlap for you, and it won't be bad at all. We are taking OB and peds now in 4th semester and we took psych in 2nd. Actually we finish OB this week and peds start next week, so I don't know how hard peds is. Psych wasn't too hard, just brush up on theraputic communication. OB is challenging in that it is different from anything else we've had, but it's not too bad. You'll be fine. Good luck, you're almost half way there!!!
    Wow yours is completely different from ours.
    But you guys graduate at the end of the summer right? How exciting!
  2. by   lexcourben
    Quote from Sandy_dfw
    Thank you for the info, it is much appreciated.
    I am trying to figure out how I am going to be able to work full time and go to nursing. I am research all the options in the DFW area.

    Sandy
    Hi Sandy,

    If it's financially feasible I would only work part time at the most. Even that was difficult for me to do though. I worked 2 days a week at the beginning of the program but had to take a leave of absence for the last two semesters. It's pretty intense especially the first and last semester so be prepared.

    It's an interesting journey with lots of highs and lows but it'll be worth it in the end. Good luck.
  3. by   joshuaha
    I worked full time all through nursing school. I also managed to keep my grades up. Then again, some have called me insane... But, I did it! I would suggest working for a hospital (as I did) and work three 12's a week. THere is probably no way I could have done a five day a week 9-5 type job. There is just not enough time in the day. Pm me if you have questions.
  4. by   sitesonRN
    working and nursing school.

    one thing that you might want to consider is:

    if you are married and/or have children, working full-time may not be feasable. like sandy, i worked part-time through the first half of our program. then it just became too much for me and i quit.

    i am married and have an eight-year-old. and there were many times that i had to choose between spending extra time studying or spending time with my family. plus there is the kids homework, baths, etc. that have to be taken care of each night. even if you have a very supportive s.o., the kids still want you.

    another thing to consider along with the family is that brookhaven does not take the summers off like other programs. therefore, you can get burned out really fast if you don't take a little time for yourself.

    so, just take into consideration what you might want to use those "extra" little hours for....family, self, studying, work, etc. many students have pulled it off, but everyone's circumstances are different, and i think most of those that worked were single w/o kids.

    good luck to y'all.
  5. by   Sandy_dfw
    I am lucky enough to have a job where I can study at work on good weather days and is very flexible with my schedule.

    Thanks for the info and good luck to y'all also.

    Sandy
  6. by   sitesonRN
    if any bh nursing program "newbies" want to buy any text books or resource books for their future classes, let me know by private message with your phone number/email or post here and i'm sure we can get you some books. there are several people in my class willing to sell books. it's either sell them or burn them! and we could use the money :chuckle.
  7. by   kalmeira
    Hey everybody, 2 weeks left for us 4th semester students! I can't believe it, we're almost there!

    How are you 2nd semester students doing?
  8. by   coolpeach
    I start at the very beginning Aug 25th. I ENVY you guys so much. How does it feel? I can't even imagine.
  9. by   joshuaha
    Yeah congrats! I am so happy for you guys! I so wish I could be there, but I have to work that night Now for you all, the real learning begins
  10. by   jla623
    Quote from kalmeira
    Hey everybody, 2 weeks left for us 4th semester students! I can't believe it, we're almost there!

    How are you 2nd semester students doing?
    Congratulations! I can't wait to be in your shoes

    It's going pretty well for me. Lecture is finally over on Thursday and we have a test and a final to take, so that is a bit stressful. I like Common Concepts of Adult Health much better than Nursing Fundamentals.

    Do you guys all have jobs lined up? Or atleast an idea of what you want to do?
  11. by   coolpeach
    I am starting my first semester in the program on Aug 25th, and have a couple of questions.

    We were able to sign up for our support courses, and nursing foundations, but thats it until success camp which is a week before school starts. I have 3 kids which start school the same day I do, and really need more than the Friday before school starts to get my schedule set.

    I know we have a skills lab and its right after our nursing foundations class. Do we take skills lab ONCE or TWICE a week?

    In the course schedule book it shows clinicals Monday for 12 hours. Is that the only choice we have or do they offer clinicals on other days, or the option to split it up during the week into 6 hours shifts?

    How soon into the first semester do we start clinicals? Do we start with the 12 hour days right off?

    How many sets of scrubs, and labcoat did you order for the first semester?

    What brand of nursing shoes did you buy, and where did you buy them? Do the local hospitals that we do clinicals at restrict what shoes you can wear?

    What hospitals do we do our clincals at, and do you get a choice?

    Any help would be great as I am an anal planner and can't stand waiting until the last minute to get everything sorted out.
  12. by   jla623
    We were able to sign up for our support courses, and nursing foundations, but thats it until success camp which is a week before school starts. I have 3 kids which start school the same day I do, and really need more than the Friday before school starts to get my schedule set.

    It is tough, but honestly there will be all kinds of last minute schedule changes. They often change your class days with almost no notice in the first and second semesters. Mostly your pre-clinical and skills lab days.

    I know we have a skills lab and its right after our nursing foundations class. Do we take skills lab ONCE or TWICE a week?

    You will have skills lab once per week and pre-clinical (which is just like skills lab) for the weeks BEFORE you start clinical. After clinical has started, you will only have skills lab once per week. Pre-clinical is just like skills lab and you will be learning basic skills that you need to prepare you for your clinical rotations.

    In the course schedule book it shows clinicals Monday for 12 hours. Is that the only choice we have or do they offer clinicals on other days, or the option to split it up during the week into 6 hours shifts?

    Yes, that is your only choice. You can only do 12 hour shifts. We had the choice of doing clinicals Mondays or Tuesdays. We chose our clinical sites in Success Camp, so you draw a number and pick your first choice. If you draw last and don't get your first choice, sometimes people are willing to trade with you so don't worry about it too much if you don't get your first choice.

    Summer is even tougher as far as clinicals go. Our clinicals right now are 3 12's for most classes, but mine are 4 or 5 12's in a week ,but we get a week break to work on our major care plans.

    How soon into the first semester do we start clinicals? Do we start with the 12 hour days right off?

    I honestly can't remember the exact number of weeks, but I think it was 8 or 10 weeks. You will start with the pre-clinical in place of the clinical, but it isn't 12 hours. It's 3 or 4.

    How many sets of scrubs, and labcoat did you order for the first semester?

    Most of us got 2 sets and one lab coat.

    What brand of nursing shoes did you buy, and where did you buy them? Do the local hospitals that we do clinicals at restrict what shoes you can wear?

    I got white tennis shoes. Just get some white ones to be safe. Preferably no other colors/designs.

    What hospitals do we do our clincals at, and do you get a choice?

    I think it varies every semester. We had Medical City, Baylor Garland, and Medical Center of Plano. This semester we got to add big Baylor.
  13. by   wannabanrn
    ditto jla...with a BIG reminder to be as flexible as possible. There were numerous times when we had schedule changes at the very last minute...it does make it hard for those of us with kids or those that are working, but they really do expect you to have that flexibility. I just can't stess that enough because it took me by complete surprise. It looks like we won't register for fall until the week before class starts, so we won't know either what to expect in regards to scheduling.

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