Just getting started - questions

  1. Hello Everyone,

    I'm new here and obviously just getting started in this journey. I'll tell you a little bit about myself. I'm 31 and after spending a few years working on a degree in Telecommunications Management, I have decided to change my major to Nursing. I never thought I would go into nursing, but after much thought, it's what I really want to do. The older I get, the more I want to make a difference and help people. Nursing seems self rewarding when you make a difference in someone's life. I will admit to watching the medical shows on TLC and Discovery-Health.

    I'm in the process of getting accepted to CCCC and their nursing program. One thing scares me...getting accepted. What is that about? I realize not everyone can be a nurse, but I do not understand how this process works? I believe I have a lot of courses that will transfer...and every little bit helps(algebra, english, speech, psychology, sociology, and I read somewhere that music appreciation qualifies as the humanities credit, basic computer skills, although I'm a little more advanced in the computer area...lol.)

    Can anyone give me any information on the CCCC nursing program?? Who should I contact? I submitted my application online and am in the process of getting my transcripts - what do I do while I wait?

    I bought a few books yesterday at Barnes & Noble on nursing. I would like to get a heads up on medical terminology, etc, etc. I was looking for a particular book I saw but can't remember the name of it. It *looked* like one of those "dummy" books....meaning black and yellow, but it wasn't "nursing for dummies". Can anyone recommend one such book that I can read?

    Any information is appreciated and will help me move in the right direction.

    Thank you!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    Since it'll be Nurses Week soon, you may want to start with the traditions and history of nursing.

    Really makes it meaningful when you realize how much a part of the bigger picture you've become, when you become a nurse.
  4. by   frann
    I think the book is called Anatomy made incredibley easy or something like it. They are soft back books, theres quit a few in the series and they are very good. Good luck to ya.
  5. by   MPHkatie
    i would suggest that you relax and have some fun while you wait. in addition, you might volunteer at your local hospital to meet some folks and get a feel for things. Since you are in a fairly big city there may be several different volunteer things you can do. I was a volunteer Chemo buddy for a patient when I was a student. It was a geat way to see the nursing profession at work- as I often came in to watch videos with my patient or play monopoly. You could also get your CNA Certification and make a little money and see if the profession holds out on it's "self rewarding promise" I don't find my career in the ED all that rewarding, but I do help a lot of people.

    you may also want to read (for fun) books written by Echo Heron. She's a very popular nurse author. there is actually a lot explained medical terminology in the books, so that might be fun.
    And be forewarned, there are plenty of patients who will never thank you or acknowledge that you made any difference in their life. not that you shouldn't become an RN, but don't expect people to be thanking you for the services you provide. You can make a difference in someone's life no matter what you do, so choose nursing for sure, but be a difference maker long before you graduate.
  6. by   StudentSandra
    Originally posted by nursejws
    Hello Everyone,

    I'm new here and obviously just getting started in this journey. I'll tell you a little bit about myself. I'm 31 and after spending a few years working on a degree in Telecommunications Management, I have decided to change my major to Nursing. I never thought I would go into nursing, but after much thought, it's what I really want to do. The older I get, the more I want to make a difference and help people. Nursing seems self rewarding when you make a difference in someone's life. I will admit to watching the medical shows on TLC and Discovery-Health.

    Thank you!
    Welcome JWS !!!

    I know exactly how you feel, getting accepted is an exhilarating and fearful emotion rolled into one.

    See if you can get the "required list" from your school, that way you won't be spending $$$ on a bunch of "extra" books.

    I'm 43 and finishing my first year in an ADN program, tomorrow is my final
    Then taking the summer off !!!

    Good luck and see ya around the board.
    Last edit by StudentSandra on May 6, '02
  7. by   cappieo
    I am starting the nursing program in the fall. I am also changing my major to nursing. I was wondering where is CCCC?
  8. by   pkmom
    CCCC= Collin County Community College, or at least that is what it is in the part of Dallas I am from. iknow of some people who went there, But I don't have any email addy's to share so they could help you, sorry.
  9. by   Mkue
    Hello,

    There is an "Incredibly Easy" Medical Terminology book by Springhouse that can be purchased online or in bookstores.

    I transcribed medical records for several years and the medical terminology will be very helpful to you.

    Also the other suggestions on this thread are great too.

    Good Luck with your nursing goal.

  10. by   carlalogan
    Hi, I don't know if I can help you any but i attended CCCC for my pre-reqs for the past couple of years. I'm not going to their nursing school though so I don't know alot about it, specifically. Let me know if you have any questions.
  11. by   DebsZoo
    Anatomy and Physiology Made Incredibly Easy!

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...310874-2259358

    I CANNOT add a link
    But, DID find the book mentioned in the first post in the thread
    At Amazon.com
    I tried the link, after copying and pasting, and it doesn't work..........so try their search, comes right up

    I am on the road to my first ever college classes.........All paperwork is filled out and ready to turn in tomorrow........and I am nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof!
    I am going to a local community college, one year or prereqs, then onto the nursing program..........Wooohooo!!

    My oldest son is almost 20, and youngest is 11..............and I am going for it!
    Excited and nervous...........is this normal???

    And a question, to those of you with school-age children:

    Does mom doing homework help motivate your children more in THEIR homework?:roll :roll :roll
    Last edit by DebsZoo on May 9, '02
  12. by   Mkue
    DebZoo,

    I say GO FOR IT too !!! I'm 42 so I'm right there with you..lol..

    Having a parent in college is a good motivator for kids, at least some of them.. I have a 7th grader that does his work at school, my 6th grader likes to bring work home, my 19 yr. old is at college at he's doing well at college.

    I think that if you show them how conscientious (sp) you are and determined, it will rub off on them too.. My oldest son was able to help me along in algebra when I needed it, that was really a plus.

    Excited and nervous is think is normal and you will be fine !

    Good Luck, and keep us posted.

  13. by   snbrcc
    Hi! I am beginning my third semester at BRCC in Hendersonville, NC. I have found that the Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice is invaluable in nursing school. When you begin school you will have clinical preps to do and this book outlines the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, collaborative care management, nursing management and teaching for most diseases. It also has step by step processes for most clinical skills ie: IV insertion. Another good bood to find is a nursing care plan book. I cant think of the name of mine but it is by Mosby's and it has every nursing diagnosis and interventions with rationales. GOOD LUCK... it is all hard work but it is fun and worth it!!
  14. by   nursejws
    Thanks everyone for all of your ideas. Wednesday I went out to CCCC and picked up some information and today I went to meet with the nursing academic advisor. Once I'm accepted into nursing school I will only have nursing courses to take because I have had everything else. I do have the pre-req's to take and have to start with General Biology before A&P because it's been so long since I've had Biology. =)

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