I attend Resurrection University -- Ask me your questions!

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    Other threads about Resu applications had a lot of questions for me and other students about the program that are more personal, not technical, such as what it's like, the difficulty, etc. Rather than derail an existing thread and going off topic, I started this thread so you can ask me your questions.I just started at Resu in the daytime BSN in fall 2012. I love it! It's a lot of work but so far it's about what I expected. Please keep in mind I won't have all the answers right now because I just started my program, but over time hopefully I can help you even more.So let's keep this conversation going with your questions or concerns, and hopefully another present or past student will drop in as well!

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    Hello,I am currently attending CCC knocking out my prereqs for nursing and am interested in attending Ressurection University. I am taking microbiology, A & P I and general chemistry right now. I will take A & P II and statistics in the Spring. When should I apply? I am thinking about taking the TEAS in December. I have to order the review books and study. What advice do you have on applying and preparing. I have a 3.3 GPA and received A's in Biology 121 and Chemistry 121. I redefined a Be in Math 118. I am definitely struggling with this courses this semester but hope to do well. Any help or guidance is much appreciated. I want to visit Redirection University too. I am interested in the 16 month accelerated program. Thanks!
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    Hello,I am currently attending CCC knocking out my prereqs for nursing and am interested in attending Ressurection University. I am taking microbiology, A & P I and general chemistry right now. I will take A & P II and statistics in the Spring. When should I apply?
    From my understanding, you can apply anytime, but you can only have one outstanding science left to take at the time you are accepted. The application is online and you can complete it anytime. Definitely do the personal statement that is "optional" because you want to cover your bases. They give you the chance so why not use it to your advantage to say whatever you want in your own words?! Then you will have to do a separate essay on the topic they have required. I think the earlier the better is the way to go on apps. You can submit your app, submit your essay, pay the app fee, then start getting your transcripts together and study/take the TEAS. They won't look at your application until you have ALL of these items completed, so it doesn't hurt to send them in piece by piece. In the meantime, as those items begin to trickle in from you, you'll be matched with an admission counselor, probably Juan or Jon, and they will help you figure it all out, what you need to do next, what you still have left to complete, etc. Does that make sense? The transcript stuff takes a while for them, so if it were me, I would send them a full transcript in December when you are done with chem 1 and a/p 1. Then at midterm in spring, send them something that shows your midterm grade in your final classes, then in summer send the final. But by then you'll probably know if you are in!
    Also, once you are in the application phase, you will go in one day and meet with your admission counselor. This is to go over your grades and let you know what you have left. Take it seriously. It's your first face to face with someone from the school, so you never know what they are looking at that is not on paper, like how you present yourself, how you conduct yourself, etc. I say this now in retrospect because there is a big emphasis at this school about being professional and respectful in your communication, appearance, etc.

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    I am thinking about taking the TEAS in December. I have to order the review books and study. What advice do you have on applying and preparing.
    Study, study and then study some more. That is my advice. Make sure you understand even the most "easy" seeming topics, because they might be on there. Personally, I used the TEAS book and took the online practice tests, and I also used the TEAS practice exams book and the Nursing School Entrance Exams Book. Got them used on Amazon. You must be prepared. There is no winging it.

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    I have a 3.3 GPA and received A's in Biology 121 and Chemistry 121. I redefined a Be in Math 118. I am definitely struggling with this courses this semester but hope to do well. Any help or guidance is much appreciated. I want to visit Redirection University too. I am interested in the 16 month accelerated program. Thanks!
    Sounds like you are doing well so far. Just keep it up. Try to refocus and get in the groove, because your science grades do matter at Res. They look at those. But you can do it! I know that Chem I was terrible when I took it at CCC, but I just tried to figure the professor out and I did as much practice as I could before exams to prepare. Remember, all you can do is your best, and as long as you truly did give it your best, you can be proud of the outcome.
    Visiting Resu is a great idea. Remember that we are moving from West Suburban over to the new space for the Spring term in January though. But if there is a fall open house, even at the current space, definitely attend it. I think you'll get a good feel for the people and the requirements, the intensity of the program, etc. As for the new space, some of my classmates have already seen it because their clinicals are at St. Elizabeth's and they say it's great, very modern and really nice. We're excited to move for sure, even though West Suburban does have a nice charm about it.
    I am in the 16 month day program. I just started 4 weeks ago, and so far I really like it. But it is definitely challenging having to make time for all the reading and studying. It is very intense and fast paced. One of the things I like about the school are that there are tons of resources to help you out--- tutoring, group review sessions in the afternoon, open simulation lab time, mentors, a counselor, etc. But like I said, I think an orientation will give you a good feel. Then in January you can come check out the new space.
    Last edit by PrayToTheUnicorn on Sep 16, '12
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    Hello, first of all thanks for making a thread to answer questions!

    I'm trying to order uniforms for spring 2013 semester, and I'm kind of confused about sizes (are they true to their size or should I order size that are bigger or smaller?) of the uniforms and what kind of uniforms do you REALLY need (since I don't want to spend too much money).

    I'm assuming polo shirt+white pants are a must, but do I need a consultation coat, warm up jacket and eagle work clothes dress? Thanks a lot
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    You need the polo and pants and lab coat. First term you have clinical once a week but by the end of march you will be in clinical two days a week for the duration of the program, so you really need two pairs of pants and two shirts unless you want to be washing laundry at the end of a long day. That is up to you.
    Also a must--- flesh colored underwear, or white for men. TRUST. Those pants are extremely see through and flesh tone is less visible.
    You need a lab coat for a few reasons. If you go to a clinical site at times the day before clinical or not exactly during your clinical hours, at minimum you must have your lab coat on. Also, in rotations where you might wear surgical scrubs, like OB, or other hospital supplied scrubs, you are required to wear a lab coat over the scrubs any time you leave the unit (such as cafeteria or whatever).
    As for sizing, the scrub store can help you size with other brands and can also order you two sizes and you can try them on when they come in. You need to take the order form to the scrub store and let them help you, don't just try to figure it out yourself.
    Also, get a Littman steth if you can. They are great. Even their basic is excellent, starting at about $55.
    Last edit by PrayToTheUnicorn on Sep 23, '12
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    Great! Thanks a lot do you need double sided steth? I already have a steth but it's only one sided...I was wondering if I need a double sided one.

    Also, I know that the bookstore sells the "nursing package" for 78 dollars or something, and I couldn't really figure out what's in it. Have you bought one? If not, what kind of items are required for clinical? (I'm guessing stethoscope, sphygomomanometer, first aid kit maybe?)

    Thanks for such a fast response! you are awesome
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    I have never been told to have a steth with both a diaphragm and bell. What you have is fine for getting started in the program and if you need something later, get it then.
    The package is/was a tote, and in it is a steth (super crappy), a BP cuff, scissors, pen light, sterile field supplies, a catheter kit, IV tubing and supplies, a bag of NS, gauze and wound dressings, and a bunch of other stuff. The items will correspond with things you'll learn in your first term in Foundations. For example, last week we worked on catheterizing the sim mannequins in lab, and everything we needed was in the catheter kit, from opening it up and having sterile gloves, maintaining a sterile field, the catheter itself, the cotton swabs to clean the genital area, etc. It's nice to have supplies to work with before ever doing the real thing, so that is why it is required. It's definitely not optional. You'll need the BP cuff too. Most clinical instructors will make you bring your manual cuffs to clinical to use on your patients. You don't get to use the automated machines
    FYI, all of our textbooks and some study guides and lab books are all available in the school library to borrow and photocopy, etc. You will not have to, for example, lug the huge Osborn textbook to class.
    I only hope that my advice or input is helping in a small way for you guys! I talk to former students and graduating seniors and their guidance is a godsend, so returning the favor to you in kind is the least I can do!
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    Thank you, PrayToTheUnicorn!!! Your guidance is extremely helpful!
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    Thank-You for the expedient reply! I am still struggling along with General Chemistry, a real battle. Mantaining A's in Micro and A & P. I will heed your advice and apply early. I have not had time to prepare for the TEAS yet. I will follow your advice there too. I commend you on your successes and will use you as a mentor.
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    How generous is ResU with scholarships outside of the Presidential? I qualify for it, but it's really not going to make much of a dent, I'm afraid. Also, when do students get to apply for scholarships? I applied for January 2013 admission and the website says they'll let us know when to apply but I've heard nothing.


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