Hi, one things for sure, you ask a lot of questions, but that's good, how else will you know?
When I read your post I was wondering how far along in the program you were, because you mentioned not being in Nursing 2 till fall, but you had so much knowledge of nursing 1 that I thought maybe you were taking this semester off or something So you are a night nursing student?
I am currently in Nur 2 for the day program and I am endrolled this semester. I don't intend to take any semesters off since its a degree that should be gotten from a 2 year college in, of course 2 years. I might be digressing but i know of a woman who's used 6 - 7 plus years and is still in this program. I don't know what her outside school responsibilities are, but I'm a firm believer in doing things according to time.
I think that PCCC offers night every Jan and day every fall right?. I want to be a night student as well. I'm applying for the Jan 2011 class at SCCC since that is when the night program is offered next.
Yes, evening programs are offered in the Spring every year, and the day program in the fall. This link which you can copy and paste in your browser will give you more info http://www.pccc.edu/prospective/acad...vening-options
I have all gen ed course (I think it's like 30 credits) complete except for Micro which I may try to do this summer, but I'm not sure. I averaged a 4.0 gpa amazingly so that gives me a good amount of points. Right now though I took the NET once and only scored in the 76 percentile so it makes my points not look so great. How did you do on the NET? I literally only got a little more then half the reading done before the test closed down. I have to read faster next time. Do you have any tips for the NET? I got the study guide so I plan to use that again.
Excellent GPA! The admission to the program works on a point system that depends on your GPA, NET score, etc... There is an orange brochure that you can get from the school that gives you more info about it. I know that at the Passaic campus (2 Paulison Ave), you can get this orange brochure from the secretaries if you don't already have one, and it breaks down everything you need to know about the program. Just stop by the office before 4pm any business day on the second floor at the campus and ask around. You are already at an advantage with the GPA and the NET wont hurt you. I had a GPA of 3.3 and an overall net score of 99% so if you still have the time to take it again to put you ahead of the game, do so.
I remember in the Language section of the net, there were 2 questions that I didn't answer and it still didnt hurt me. There's also basic math on the test as well, which I don't think you should have a problem with.
I can see clinicals in nursng 1 being a very big learning experience. You'll have to update me when you go. Do you go to a nursing home first?
All clinical assignments are at Hospitals. St Josephs hospital in Paterson and Wayne are commonly used for clinicals along with Chilton Memorial, Ramapo Rigde, etc. For Nur 1, the focus is care of geriatric patients ( older population), so you're dealing with people with diabetes, Alzheimer's, Circulatory problems, etc. A big way i've noticed that helps in preparation of clinicals is that those who have worked or currently work in hospitals as PCA's or CNAs are more comfortable in caring for patients. If it was something that I had known earlier, i might've looked into it, but all the same, I learnt as the program went along. I start clinicals next week Tuesday.
Ok, so the 4 days a week clinical is probably bogus. Please let me know what you hear about nursing 4. Do you know how hard it is to find out that kind of information? I asked 4 different faculity members and got 4 different answers on how many hours you were in class/lab or clinical. I have a family so I wanted to make sure I could keep up with the demands of the program each semester, but no one seemed to know what actually went into the nursing program. My next step was to talk to a nursing prof, but luckily I got a response here.
I'm yet to talk to anyone higher up in the program, but I'll get back to you this coming week. Also go on to talk to the professors,you might have to also talk to a professor if you can make it to the Passaic campus, i can get you office hours if you're interested
What was it like getting in at PCCC? What it as competitive as they say? Do you have any classes left to take?
As far as it being competitive, I transferred into PCCC from another county, and I personally think PCCC is more accessible to get into. Why? Some other places like essex county, if you're not a student there have other requirements and instead of the NET which is basic math, reading comprehension, requires you to take to HESI exam ( with googleing online has questions on lot of disease processes and chemistry, anatomy and physiology as well as biology) not to mention you have to write an admission essay. PCCC has a lot less requirements for admission. I applied literally at the last minute, got my transcript evaluated, took the NET with a 2 weeks notice last summer, gave it everything, and I got in. Mind you, I had just switched majors over the summer period. Also, to answer your question about the Micro, you don't need to take until Nursing 3,( I'm taking it in the summer since I don't start nursing 3 till this fall) but seeing that you might have the time, and maybe the money, you can knock it out in the summer, or in the fall of this year so that you are still used to studying regularly till you get in in 2011.
Talk to you later
I'm sure i will