GPC Nursing Spring 07 - page 2

Hello, I was wondering if anyone who is currently attending GPC nursing could enlighten me how the 1st & 2nd semester classes/clinicals are scheduled. I know you attend every day for the first 5... Read More

  1. by   Paris2B
    I, myself, had no experience in the patient care/med field prior to the program. I didn't even know how to use a bP cuff/steth (my scariest ck-off), but now...bring it! lol!

    Yeah & in GPC no one is going to be there to hold your hand, in fact it's in the policy that if you need more than, I think, 75% of one on one time with an instructor that is a problem.

    The key to studying at GPC & probably any other program is reading to get the concept, not reading word for word or even hundreds of pgs. If your reading the whole chpt your reading to much. I have never read word for word chpt to chpt. In fact, in Med-Surg I didn't even read cardio in the required book & got every quest correct on the test because I read Reviews & Rationales & Straight A's in Med-Surg, a book that teaches you the concept. I also had a great A&P instructor that taught the class like everyone was going into nsg.

    But still in all, no one breezes thru that program with no problem, a lie if they say that. They had to neglect some aspect of their Holistic Being...lol!
    Last edit by Paris2B on Dec 16, '06
  2. by   dmarie (GA)
    Good tips on the supplemental books Paris. Wish I had this information beforehand! I mistakenly thought if I read the chapters completely, sometimes twice, there would be no way they could trip me up on the exams. I was wrong.
  3. by   Paris2B
    There's no way one can even read that amount of info in such a short period of time & really get a good understand of the content. One of the instructors even mentioned in lect that there is no way they are expecting us to read all those chpts in the required reading books. Another thing that lots of students are doing is reading NCLEX quest books, bad idea for first year students. You have to get the just before you go off answering quest. that require some degree of knowledge, not just common since that people claims that all you need to have to pass. I will do the Incredibly Easy questions that they have in the nsg computer lab, but that just reinforces the reading I do.
  4. by   dmarie (GA)
    Yeah & in GPC no one is going to be there to hold your hand, in fact it's in the policy that if you need more than, I think, 75% of one on one time with an instructor that is a problem.
    You seem to know the policy pretty well! If I didn't know any better, I would think you were an instructor!

    Seriously, though, I guess I missed that part of the student handbook. In fact, I just looked through it again, and couldn't find that.....

    But it's good information!
  5. by   Paris2B
    LOL!!! Believe me I'm not an instructor, far from it.
    I just thoroughly read any contract I get myself into,
    you never know what your agreeing to & in this case
    I think that's what happens to a lot of students they
    don't read the important "stuff". It's in the course syllabus &
    I think some where in the Student Handbook. This caught
    my eye when I was over zealous reading all the hand-outs
    when I first started & had to say huummm, what is this all about.
  6. by   sweet tooth
    Paris2B, Will you pass along more info on this book please?(Reviews & Rationales & Straight A's in Med-Surg)Author/publisher or the isbn. I'm starting Med Surg in a couple of weeks and this sounds like it might help. Thanks.
  7. by   Paris2B
    Quote from sweet tooth
    Paris2B, Will you pass along more info on this book please?(Reviews & Rationales & Straight A's in Med-Surg)Author/publisher or the isbn. I'm starting Med Surg in a couple of weeks and this sounds like it might help. Thanks.

    You can find these books online at any bookstore, ebay, etc. & type in the name mentioned above & the whole series of those books will come up. I borrowed several of them from GPC's library (the cheap route if there are any left). Sorry don't have ISBN but you can find it once you go online to look for these books.

    Hope this helps you.
  8. by   carostar
    Quote from Paris2B
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    required book & got every quest correct on the test because I read Reviews & Rationales & Straight A's in Med-Surg, a book that teaches you the concept. I also had a great A&P instructor that taught the class like everyone was going into nsg.

    !
    I tried looking for these books through Amazon and B & N. Can't find them. Are these the correct titles? Can you give me the ISBN #'s or authors?

    Thanks so much

    Carostar
  9. by   atlboys
    Medical-Surgical Nursing: Reviews and Rationales by Mary Ann Hogan and Tomas Madayag

    Straight A's in Medical-Surgical Nursing (Straight A's) by Springhouse

    Both of these series are great.

    Good luck with the rest of the program. I am a 4th semester student and am counting the days until all of this is FINALLY OVER
  10. by   GloryB
    Hi there,

    Just found out about this website...better late than never! I'm moving toward the light at the end of the last semester tunnel! Thank God!
    :hatparty:

    In addition to the Reviews and Rationals for Med Surg, I found the Med Surg Incredibly Easy book to be the most helpful. It really breaks things down as simply as possible. Make sure to understand the most common lab tests. This will bite you in the butt if you don't!

    Good luck with Med Surg. Just be thankful you aren't taking it in the Summer!

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