Brookhaven/Mountainview - page 19

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 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.
    Did anyone ever find out about our clinicals??
    I was kind of surprised that we didn't sign up. I heard that they didn't have enough instructors or clinical sites for OB....and that is the first one!
  2. by   wannabanrn
    Quote from jla623
    Did anyone ever find out about our clinicals??
    I was kind of surprised that we didn't sign up. I heard that they didn't have enough instructors or clinical sites for OB....and that is the first one!
    not yet...I heard that we had the choice of parkland on mon or fri or big baylor on fri, but that they still needed one more ob clinical instructor for the last spot (not sure if the last choice is big baylor on mon or what....) it's such a pain not knowing...and it makes me nervous that they still need another instructor...how are your clinicals going? my group's is good...just loooonng...by day 3 we were all cranky and tired. but paperwork is lighter this time
  3. by   jla623
    Quote from wannabanrn
    not yet...I heard that we had the choice of parkland on mon or fri or big baylor on fri, but that they still needed one more ob clinical instructor for the last spot (not sure if the last choice is big baylor on mon or what....) it's such a pain not knowing...and it makes me nervous that they still need another instructor...how are your clinicals going? my group's is good...just loooonng...by day 3 we were all cranky and tired. but paperwork is lighter this time
    You are at Baylor right? I wanted to go there, but it was filled up. Mine are going pretty well. It's just really hard doing those long days. We had to go Tuesday-Friday last week. She is letting us be in the OR for a day each so it kind of helps break everything up. I am loving the lighter paperwork too! I hope yours is going well!

    I'm glad we have different choices for next semester. I would be happy with big Baylor or Parkland. They both sound interesting! I haven't heard anything about peds or psych...do you have info on that too? I'm out of the loop!
  4. by   Buttercup_fields
    I am in Fourth semester getting ready for HESI and our pinning.
    I went to Parkland for OB and loved my Clinical instructor, and for Peds I went to Children's with Ms. Wilson that was a great experience and she was a wonderful Clinical instructor.
    Good luck to every one it will be over before you know it.
  5. by   jla623
    Quote from Buttercup_fields
    I am in Fourth semester getting ready for HESI and our pinning.
    I went to Parkland for OB and loved my Clinical instructor, and for Peds I went to Children's with Ms. Wilson that was a great experience and she was a wonderful Clinical instructor.
    Good luck to every one it will be over before you know it.
    Congratulations!!!! Didn't it pass quick??
  6. by   Buttercup_fields
    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.
    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?
    You do Clinical in 12 hour shifts. During complex Med/surg and OB/Peds sometimes you can do Clinical on the weekend that helped me out a lot with having children at home it was easier to have some one help me out with them.

    How many sets of scrubs, and labcoat did you order for the first semester? One labcoat and three sets of scrubs that way during the semesters that we had clinicls three days in a row I did not have to do laundry. ( as the time wore on sometimes we did not wear white pants we would wear black pants. we never had a clinical instuctor say anything)

    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 went to the outlet in Allen and bought a pair of white nursing shoes, more important was the support knee hi socks that I bought the ones that the outlet store in Allen are the best and not the hose type but the sock type.

    What hospitals do we do our clincals at, and do you get a choice?
    This can change but we did clinicls at Big Baylor, Baylor Garland , Baylor Plano, Baylor Irving, HCA Medical Center Plano, Medical Center Dallas, Parkland (OB), Childrens Dallas (PEDS the best) Our Childrend House and Scottish rite (Peds)
    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.
    Sorry to say you have to be very flexable they change dates and locations and will let you know stuff at the last MIN.
    But it is worth all of it in the end.
    I would start planing now for home life, stock up on Paper plates and cups you will not always want to do the dishes and anything that will make things easyer with the kids. I do not know how old they are but stocking up with poster boards and stuff for projects right now is good because my kids let me know
    sometimes the night before something is due and if I had other comitments with school I would not be able to get those things so having them on hand was great. Good Luck.
    Do not forget to take time out for your self.
  7. by   coolpeach
    Thanks to everyone who responded. I guess I am going to have to work on being flexible. I am just NOT very flexible by nature, and always plan everything down to the last tiny thing way in advance. It doesn't help that everyone starts school on the same day. In the past the kids have started a couple of weeks before me so I could get them settled prior to starting.

    In the upper grades they do not get a school supply list so you have no idea what they need until after school starts. It is going to be so hard the first week or so getting them settled in school while trying to deal with my first couple of weeks in nursing school. I went this weekend and bought all the basics I knew they would need. I think I bought enough notebook paper, spirals, pens, pencils, and folders for the whole year lol.

    Here's another important question...... When do you order pay for your book package. I was told we basically order everything all at once in a package which runs $800+. I am concerned because my book check which comes the end of the week of success camp is only $600, and I won't get any remainder until two weeks into school.

    Also when do we pay liability, the $40 syllabus charge etc? With the background check, drug test, shots, scrubs, steth, shoes, cpr cert, dosage calc book, and the kids school supplies, and clothes I am going to be tapped out. Do I need to take any money to success camp? And if not how much do I need to be prepared to pay, and how soon? Will they wait for the remainder to come in. I am sure I am not the only person who get financial aid, and is poor lol.
  8. by   Buttercup_fields

    I was on financial aid. I did not buy the book pack. I would buy used books and sometimes not the same addition but it always had the same material only on different pages. I did not use a book for pediatrics. ( I was mostly A with a few B student during NS) I would buy books off the internet and even at Half Price Book store the one in McKinney and the one on North West Highway are the best for Nursing Books. You do have to buy the supply pack from the Book store you will need on the first semester and one the second and that is all.
    Good luck and it will be over before you know it.
    I also bought my stethoscope on e-bay.
  9. by   joshuaha
    I just want to say good luck to everyone taking the HESI exam! I know you will alll do great. You have worked hard to get to this point!
  10. by   coolpeach
    What is in the supply pack? Do you remember how much the book pack was, and how soon they asked you to pay for it?
  11. by   kalmeira
    Thanks Josh, we are all real nervous about it. Tommorrow!!!

    They did not have the books pack available for us like they have had for the next 2 classes. I know it's alot upfront, but it sounds nice, because with us everything was so disorganized, alot of times the bookstore would never get the books we needed until weeks or months into the class, and we would have to get them elsewhere.
    The supply pack for skills lab was like 70 or so I think in 1st semester (not sure, it's been a while) and 100 something for 2nd semester.
  12. by   Buttercup_fields
    Quote from joshuaha
    I just want to say good luck to everyone taking the HESI exam! I know you will alll do great. You have worked hard to get to this point!
    Thank you so much.I think we are all a jumble of emotions right now one minute I am fine and the next I am freaked out. I am fine right now and will hopefully stay that way until after the test. It is only a test and I have to keep telling my self that.
    Good luck to everyone that is going to take the HESI tomorrow and we will all do great.
  13. by   coolpeach
    Good luck to everyone on the Hesi !!!! I can't wait until I am there.

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