January/Spring '08 Starters...check in!

  1. hello everyone!!!

    i thought...we are inching closer and closer to our start dates, it might be good to introduce ourselves and get aquainted as we will be leaning on each other (and those who are ahead of us) for the next couple of years!!!

    i'm curious to see how everyone is doing and what you are doing right now to prepare for your start!!!

    first off, congratulations to everone!!!! i'm sure you are just as excited as i am to be starting in the spring! let's get to know each other a little better!!! figured we could use this as an intro and for any questions we might have for each other!!! can't wait to meet everyone!!!

    name: lori

    orientation date: january 7

    start date: january 23

    school attending: college of lake county, grayslake illinois

    degree seeking: adn

    school history: finished pre-req's in spring '07, didn't get in for fall of '07, but starting in spring '08!

    personal info: i am married with a 2 year old daughter and a dog and i work full-time. i will be attending night classes at my cc.

    anything else you want to share: i am enjoying my free time right now and through the holidays because i know once my classes begin, i will not be available at all for anything!!! i am excited to start, but enjoying the days leading up to it!

    how are you preparing?: i go next week for my immunizations and i have to get a physical soon. cpr is done and i think other than that, nothing else until orientation! doing my research for the palm pilot software to help me through! also, i am requesting a lot of stuff from the in-laws to do with my classes for christmas - rolling back-pack, shoes, stehescope/bp cuff...and just plain ol' cash!
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  3. by   stephanie811
    name: stephanie

    orientation date: november 28


    start date: january 14

    school attending: el centro community college

    degree seeking: adn

    school history: will be finished with microbiolgy in a couple weeks, also working on classes for my bsn this semester.

    personal info: i am single with 2 sons 8 and 4. i will not be working, i will get loans to live on when i need it.

    how are you preparing?: i am going through burnout at the moment so i am going to just enjoy my time off so will be refreshed when school starts.
  4. by   xNursePinkx2b
    name: lindsey

    orientation date: november 7


    start date: january 2

    school attending: tn tech center @ nashville
    degree seeking: lpn

    school history: did some pre-reqs in fall/spring 06/07 for rn, had my baby in april, then decided to get my lpn so i can make money while in rn school

    personal info: i am married with 2 boys, ages 21 months and 7 months. i don't work right now.

    anything else you want to share: i am so nervous on how to juggle school and home life. my oldest is going to daycare (first time ever) and my youngest is being watched by my grandmother

    how are you preparing?: i need to get cpr done, and buy nursing shoes, and get supplies like notebooks, pens, etc.
  5. by   jackson145
    Name: Ashlea
    Orientation: today
    Start: 1-14-08
    School: Ivy Tech Bloomington, IN
    Degree: ASN
    History: started pre-reqs part-time Spring '06, just finished up co-reqs, 4.0!
    Personal: married 10 yrs, 2 kids - girl is 12, boy is 5
    work PRN as Nurse Tech on Med/Surg floor, night shift
    Preparing: still need physical and Polio booster, already have CPR and HepB series
    through work, already had shoes, stethoscope, watch, penlight, etc
    Extra: hope to eventually get position working in ED, that's my passion
  6. by   chemincal
    Name: Emily

    Orientation Date: January 14th

    Start Date: January 22nd

    School Attending: Mt. San Jacinto College, Murrieta, CA
    Degree Seeking: Registered Nurse

    School History: Completed my pre-req's last spring, took CNA this fall and starting RN in January. Really glad I took CNA course, gave me basic skills to work from.

    Personal Info: I am 22 years old, been married for 2 years with no children- trying to wait until I finish school to have kids. Props to those who have them and are going to school.

    Anything else you want to share: I am excited but not as excited as I thought i would be when i found out I was accepted. i am really book smart but I get anxiety when doing manual skills. my critical thinking is very hampered when i am anxious. Anyone else struggle with this? Yesterday I was really down on myself doubting that this is possible for me to succeed. I struggle sometimes in interpersonal skills. Also, most in my class are mature in their 30s, I feel like I am inferior because I am younger....anyone else facing this???

    How are you preparing?: I have started teaching my self drug names- started with GI drugs. Also been learning pharm. math basics from links from allnurses. Daytonites posts are very helpful with numerous informative links. Also want to learn lab values- normals to be familiar with.

    God is with us!

    I know I'll be on allnurses a lot during school for help. Its a great support resource!
    Great people willing to help and explain....
  7. by   RNMom2010
    name: erika

    orientation date: no one has said anything about an orientation as of yet.


    start date: january 16

    school attending: scott community college, bettendorf ia

    degree seeking: adn

    school history: finished pre-req's in summer '07, had been going off and on part time for quite some time. finally decided to buckle down and work hard and get it over with!

    personal info: i am engaged to my bf of over 4 years. we are getting married april 19, 2008. no kids, but we have a dog who is our "child" for now, as well as a cat and my horse vista.

    anything else you want to share: i am trying to get my wedding planning close to completed by the time my nursing classes start. thank god for my mom that she has stepped up as my wedding planner and for free!! other than that trying to get my house organized and enjoying reading novels.

    how are you preparing?: stocking up on ativan and xanax haha! getting all my paperwork in order with the physical, immunization records, etc. i pick up things that i know i will need here and there, such as shoes, new watch, stethoscope. i am trying to save some money so i can be a bit ahead once i drop down to working only every other weekend.
  8. by   nphan2
    name: nancy
    orientation date: december 13

    start date: january 4
    school attending: baton rouge general medical center school of nursing; baton rouge, la
    degree seeking: adn
    school history: started school back during fall '02, pre-med was the major then, but changed it to pharmacy. now, i've decided that i really wanted to do nursing, so i've finished all my pre-req's during spring 07. i was really surprised that i got accepted into the nursing program.
    personal info: i am living with my boyfriend of four years and our two dogs. he supports me in anything i want to accomplish out of life.
    anything else you want to share: i am seriously so nervous and anxious right now about nursing school. i don't know what to expect and if i will do well or not.
    how are you preparing?: i am buying everything that i can afford to buy at the moment. i can't buy my textbooks yet because i have to buy it from school. i actually bought the mosby's series lil study supplements to read before school starts. this way i won't be totally lost or be overwhelmed.
  9. by   Jilaweez
    I just wanted to pop in and wish you all good luck!! Don't worry, if I can make it through first semester so can you!!
  10. by   FAworld
    Name: Jennifer

    Orientation Date: January 22nd

    Start Date: January 22nd

    School Attending: Sacramento City College (part-time program)
    Degree Seeking: ADN

    School History: Completed my pre-req's last spring (most schools require all prereqs listed on the transcripts which results in a "dead" semester).

    Personal Info: I'm married with a 7 year old and a 3 year old. I'm a bit anxious as I've stayed home with both of my kids since my first was a year old. Since I'm doing a part-time (evening & weekends) program, I won't need to use daycare but it will still be a big adjustment to them for mom to be gone every other weekend.

    Anything else you want to share: I feel the same way as Emily - I feel very good about academics but extremely nervous about clinical skills. I've been volunteering though and that has helped calm my nerves a little.

    How are you preparing?: I am reading "Test Success" by Barbara Vitale right now - great book! I also have been studying dosage calcs and medical terminology. But mostly I am enjoying the holidays with my family as it is the first one in a couple years that I haven't been in school and it will probably be the last one for a very long time where I won't be either in school or working.
  11. by   LMRN10
    Quote from xnursepinkx2b
    anything else you want to share: i am so nervous on how to juggle school and home life. my oldest is going to daycare (first time ever) and my youngest is being watched by my grandmother
    my daughter started daycare at 23 months (my sister was watching her while i worked) and she loves it and is learning so much!!! your son will love it!!!! i am nervous about how to juggle everything as well.
  12. by   LMRN10
    Quote from chemincal
    Anything else you want to share: I am excited but not as excited as I thought i would be when i found out I was accepted. i am really book smart but I get anxiety when doing manual skills. my critical thinking is very hampered when i am anxious. Anyone else struggle with this? Yesterday I was really down on myself doubting that this is possible for me to succeed. I struggle sometimes in interpersonal skills. Also, most in my class are mature in their 30s, I feel like I am inferior because I am younger....anyone else facing this???
    I am worried about not succeeding as well. I think this is a normal feeling before starting...basically the unknown of how things will happen. Also, don't feel inferior to your classmates...you are all there for the same reason and age has nothing to do with it...just go there, learn what you are there to learn and focus and you'll be just fine...and they will see that quickly as well!!! Good luck!
  13. by   xNursePinkx2b
    Quote from lmm1019
    My daughter started daycare at 23 months (my sister was watching her while I worked) and she loves it and is learning so much!!! Your son will love it!!!! I am nervous about how to juggle everything as well.
    Thank you for the reassurance! I just have this vision of leaving him there and he is freaking out thinking I left him there for good! lol, it's a really good daycare though, so I'm sure he will be in good hands. :spin:
  14. by   mytwosons
    orientation date: december 7


    start date: january 14

    school attending: texas woman's university-dallas

    degree seeking: bsn

    school history: i started nursing prerequisites in the fall of 2004, and i completed my last one this past summer. i took this fall semester off to be involved on the pta board of my sons' school.

    personal info: married for ten years, have two sons (5 and 7) and a daughter (2).

    anything else you want to share: good luck to everyone!! i am extremely excited about finally starting nursing school. while waiting the three long months to find out if i was accepted, i had many doubts about whether nursing was the right path for me to take (i was going back and forth between nursing and teaching), but after receiving "the letter," everything seems more clear as to what i should do.

    how are you preparing?: immunizations/titer are done. i'm trying to get the house in better order, more organized ... and researching good crockpot recipes. i'm reading "pathophysiology made incredibly easy," as well as glancing at the "saunders review for nclex" book. i've downloaded some free nursing apps to my palm. i'm going to wait to purchase textbooks, uniforms, etc. until we have our orientation next week.

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