Georgia baptist college of nursing/Mercer University Fall 2018 - page 3

Hey! Just wanted to start a forum for anybody applying to this program for fall 2018. I have everything turned in and I'm just waiting for it all to process on the portal. I retook some science... Read More

  1. by   kimandthekinks
    And thank you for all the info, both of you. I really want to have a great experience at Mercer . I've heard nothing but good things about it so this is my first time hearing something negative. Either way I'm grateful for both opinions. Thank you very much!
  2. by   Danielab725
    D2D is supposed to help you do better but you get so many meetings that you barely have time to recover. The convention they forced everyone to go to was also ridiculous. It was four days the other students got off to catch up on work and study but not if you were apart of D2D. Some of the D2D students have families (singles parents too) and were told they must go. I remember one student was traveling back and forth to pick their kids up from school. They were driving like 2 plus hours or more. I forgot the actual time but something like this. Another student also voiced they did not have money to buy the professional clothing needed for the convention and felt embarrassed going. The university still used scare tactics and told them they would lose their scholarship. That blows my mind! Sacrifices should be expected but this was too much. I mean a lot of students aren't working and family comes before anything. I can't imagine how the single mom's managed with all the dates, they always came up with short notice. We had support group meetings with a 2 day advance and some a few hours because of emailing issues. And the meetings seemed more like a show for their funders than a genuine effort to reach out to their students actual needs. I am glad you at least found some value in them. I voiced my opinions to the faculty and how they could improve the program and thats where I got into trouble. I even apologized and tried to make stress kits for the class, the assistant dean stopped me because it was changing the narrative they wanted to have around who I was. Then they started the surveillance efforts, they tried to following me on Instagram to find reasons to kick me out of the program ( I would imagine). It wouldn't be the first time they do something like this. A few seniors have told me they aren't surprised this has happened.
    I had also voiced how they needed to evaluate students without black and white thinking. They have a critical thinking class and it requires you to come to campus an extra day. They don't ask if you want to be in it. I got placed in the course and requested to be removed from it. I'm very good at managing my mental health with space and felt I did not need this course. You have a few years of college under your belt and tell them this is what I have. And they don't listen to you. I got denied. This class wasn't even a part of the NCLEX. Sure... its supposed to help you become a better test taker but students should be heard. And I didn't find it helpful. I mean.. the faculty is full of nurses, some pt's don't always agree with the care plan. You should respect them and understand the person should be supported while informing them. Thats all a nurse really can do. You can't force someone to do something.
    I am also wondering if you were in class to hear schlerit talk back to students. She is super condescending and rude. There was a lecture where she asked students if they had individual pts assigned to them and she would snap at their responses. She was one of the main ones trying to fail everyone. She made sure to not inform the class we had a flu shot and titters penalty. She eventually gave the points back to students but it was a real issue. People failed midterm clinical because of it.
    I have several friends in other nursing programs like Emory and GSU, and they experience nothing like I have described. Had I not had opposing experiences then I wouldn't have bothered to make a post about Mercer. I am relieved to no longer be there. Other students in the D2D program also expressed similar views they just weren't as vocal about it.
  3. by   kimandthekinks
    Daniel,

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I was 1013d not too long ago and am actually on my way to my meeting. Thank goodness I am not in school at the time.
  4. by   Danielab725
    I am glad to hear you are getting help and support! Mental health is really tricky. You can't take blood from someone to measure how bad the disorders are. Its all self reporting. And getting on the right treatment and even finding a great therapist/psychiatrist isn't easy. Your self care will definitely pay off when you get into a program.

    And hopefully I helped some. It has been my goal to inform others of my experience and empower them further in there decision making process. We get so caught up in wanting to be a nurse that sometimes we sell ourselves short. I don't know what made you pursue this career but I understand it hasn't be easy. And the program is going to be hard and demanding anywhere you go. I am just hoping you get faculty that will value your hard work as much as you do and have your back if your brain isn't being kind to you. Thats what I hope for at GSU and I know what questions to ask for myself now.

    Good Luck! Let me know if you have more questions or need someone to talk to!
  5. by   FutureCNM0522
    Thank-you for all of the info! I have only heard good things about Mercer's program and I really enjoyed getting to meet some of the nursing students and admission staff at the open house I attended a few months ago. Mercer is my number one choice for nursing school and I'm getting so anxious about hearing back from them; my application has said "under review" for about a month now. I submitted my application over 2 months and have seen in past forums that decisions can come out as early as December, so I'm hoping to hear something soon!

    If you don't mind answering a few questions, I would be very grateful!

    1- What does your typical schedule look like week to week?
    2- Do professors try to organize the exams so that they don't fall on the same day?
    3- Do you get to choose what area your clinicals are in?
    4- Do you think it's feasible to work at least part-time? (I currently work from home and my schedule is
    very flexible)
  6. by   pearls08
    Quote from FutureCNM0522
    Thank-you for all of the info! I have only heard good things about Mercer's program and I really enjoyed getting to meet some of the nursing students and admission staff at the open house I attended a few months ago. Mercer is my number one choice for nursing school and I'm getting so anxious about hearing back from them; my application has said "under review" for about a month now. I submitted my application over 2 months and have seen in past forums that decisions can come out as early as December, so I'm hoping to hear something soon!

    If you don't mind answering a few questions, I would be very grateful!

    1- What does your typical schedule look like week to week?
    2- Do professors try to organize the exams so that they don't fall on the same day?
    3- Do you get to choose what area your clinicals are in?
    4- Do you think it's feasible to work at least part-time? (I currently work from home and my schedule is
    very flexible)
    Sure, I'd be happy to!
    1- So we are wrapping up the semester. Apart from the first two weeks, Monday class is 10am-4pm (with an hour lunch break. This is patho), either on Tuesday or Wednesday is your clinical day so you either have clinical on one day or the other. That doesn't necessarily mean you have an "off" day on the other day; you can still have on-campus assignment or something else. A better word is study day! So for my schedule I have study day Tuesday and clinical Wednesday. Thursday 8am-4pm (two classes on that day) and Friday class 8am-12pm (two classes)
    2-Professors actually make a note not to schedule exams on the same day. That would be torture! HOWEVER that doesn't mean you won't have an exam on a Friday and an exam the next Monday. I say this because understand that nursing school and the exams are nothing like undergrad exams. You can't study the night or two before and expect good grades or to retain information (which will appear on future exams and the NCLEX)
    3-clinicals are based on your zipcode. You fill out an informational sheet at the beginning and they try their best to match you somewhere close to your place. My clinicals were less than a mile away from me!
    4-so you will hear different opinions on this. Nothing is impossible. HOWEVER. You will find it very very very very hard to work part-time (assuming 20-24 hours a week?) and remain satisfactory in the rigor of this program. Again, I warn that nursing school is not like your pre-req courses. Completely different ball game! Material is harder, the demand is harder, the study time is longer. Mercer is very much a "learn it, now do it" type of program meaning we learn about it in class and in lab, we get validated on it, now we are expected to do it on real patients. It's just a lot to balance. But I understand the neccessity to work. I, myself had a full time job with a a full salary before nursing school...my bills have not changed since I started and can no longer work. I work PRN as a tech in the hospital because they are the most reasonable and flexible with my nursing school demands. I work when I can so I can schedule myself whenever. My personal opinion is to see how nursing school is for you in the first month and then assess how much you will be able to work. The first month is arguably the easiest month as far as test material. If you find yourself struggling it will only get harder!

    Hope that helps!
  7. by   kimandthekinks
    If you don't mind me asking, how are you paying your bills then? Because I had every intention to still keep my job while in school...
  8. by   keh48223
    I got my acceptance letter this morning!!!! Whooo hoooo!!! So super stoked to join the fall 2018 class!!!
  9. by   kimandthekinks
    Congratulations!!
  10. by   FutureCNM0522
    Congratulations! That's so exciting!! When did you apply?
  11. by   kimandthekinks
    Does your appplication still say under review?
  12. by   FutureCNM0522
    Yeah, mine has said "under review" for over a month now. They finally cashed my check yesterday (though it was received in October), so I'm hoping that's a sign that I'll hear something soon! lol
  13. by   kimandthekinks
    Well I got a letter.... have to do an interview that makes me anxious. Like I wasn't anxious enough. Good luck and congratulations to everyone else!

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