JJC 2013 Spring Nursing Applicants ? - page 6

Hello - this is my very first time posting a new topic, hopefully I'm doing this correctly. Just wanted to see if there are any ladies/gentlemen out there applying into the nursing program for the... Read More

  1. Visit  hopefull2011} profile page
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    "You can't sit for the CNA test, but they do test you in the program."

    Yes, you CAN sit for the C.N.A. exam once you finish 140. I did, and worked as a C.N.A. until I became an L.P.N. after 2nd semester. JJC is an excellent program....very, very difficult but excellent.
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  3. Visit  hopefull2011} profile page
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    Congrats, everyone and good luck! Wow, I didn't get my email until October 21st 2 years ago...they let you guys know so early!!
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  4. Visit  strongfaith} profile page
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    Good luck to you. Don't give up!! ESPECIALLY if it was your first couple tries....
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    I'M IN FOR DAYS! congrats to all!!!
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  6. Visit  PurplePRN} profile page
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    Quote from hopefull2011
    "You can't sit for the CNA test, but they do test you in the program."

    Yes, you CAN sit for the C.N.A. exam once you finish 140. I did, and worked as a C.N.A. until I became an L.P.N. after 2nd semester. JJC is an excellent program....very, very difficult but excellent.
    Thank you so much! Appreciate the input!


    Congrats to everyone!! Woot!
  7. Visit  b&g'smom} profile page
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    Hello All!

    Congrats to all that got accepted...I know you've worked hard to get here! For those that didn't get in, please don't give up. I just wanted to leave some words of wisdom considering some of the negative comments on here. I am currently a 4th semester (NURS 260) student at JJC and while I am part of the "old" curriculum program, I do not believe that this program is as awful as some make it out to be. Let me explain:

    1) When I say "old" curriculum, I am referring to the fact that my class only had to have an 80% overall (800/1000 pts) to pass. The new curriculum requires that you have an 80% overall for the class and an 80% average on exams. This might be confusing, so let me explain: Each semester you have a total of 1000 pts, let's say that 700 of these points is allocated towards exams and 300 towards papers/care plans. Let's say you get 553/700 pts on exams (which equals a 79% average on exams) and the full 300 points for papers, that gives you an overall score of 853/1000 or 85.3%, but since you didn't average 80% or better on your exams, you still don't pass.

    This might be difficult for some to swallow, however let me remind some people that at the end of the day, even if you graduate JJCs program, your actual nursing license is only granted after passing the NCLEX, so this program is just preparing you for REALITY.

    2) The program is hard, as hard as it was to get in, it will be harder for you to keep your spot. I hope that most of our students realize that when they graduate they will be in charge of peoples lives! That is not something to be taken lightly. So I, along with most of my peers, appreciate and accept the challenge of our program being hard....what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, and one heck of a better nurse! Every single nursing program out there is challenging....find one that isn't an prove me wrong!

    3) JJC is an accredited program, with a great reputation, whose 2011 NCLEX pass rates exceeded national standards. In 2011 our PN pass rate was 99% and our RN pass rate was 96%. These students don't pass the NCLEX because they are gifted and talented, they pass because the program prepared them well!

    4) Someone mentioned that there were no 4th semester nursing students willing to volunteer to give advice to incoming 1st semester students. WRONG!!! I know first hand that this is incorrect, because I myself went and spoke to new students during orientation.

    Now, let me get off my soapbox and give the new, ambitious students some real advice. Be prepared to be extremely flexible, things will be thrown at you last minute and you will have to cope. It sucks sometimes, but in the end you will see strengths in yourself that you never imagined possible. Be prepared to eat, breath, and sleep nursing...again, it will stink sometimes, but in the end you will feel empowered and knowledgeable on a level that you never new was within yourself. Don't believe all of the rumors you here...Upperclassmen/women will try to scare you...don't let them. People graduate, don't they?!? The fact that we have NCLEX pass rate statistics proves this! You will hear things about some teachers being horrible and then you will have them yourself and adore them. You will hear that one semester is worse than the other and then that semester will wind up being your favorite. Blah, blah, blah....don't believe everything you hear! Ultimately, what I am trying to say is: You CAN do this!!!! I can say this because I work, I'm a mom, and I KNOW I will be graduating in December (with honors, might I add).

    Good luck to you all in your nursing education!
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  8. Visit  PurplePRN} profile page
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    B&G'smom ~ Thank you so much for the advice and encouragement! It is truly appreciated!
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  9. Visit  raqi89} profile page
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    hello again
    first off congrats to those who got in. please don't take it for granted. it is hard enough to get in and even harder to see how many other people didn't. as far as how the program goes. yea, its a lot of work and you must score 80% or above. is it doable YESSS. i think it comes down to how bad you want this! Obviously i am a 1st semester student so i sont know "everything" about the program but i do know that so far everyone has been pretty helpful. helpful is faaaaaaaar from easy so don't think it will be easy in any way unless you're been a nurse in your past life joking!
    i would like to emphasize tho that you need to get organized asap!!!!!! otherwise it will be a lot harder to do once you're in. please make sure your family/ friends/ babysitters or whoever you live with know that your going to need their help (if possible) having a great support system is great!!! if you don't, don't panic its doable. i see people who are doing it all!!
    2) STUDY GROUP!!! get in one asap!
    3) red ahead!!!!! you will get ur reading list before class starts. look at allllllllll the files they upload on icampus! read them all. they will refer back to the syllabus and policy book.

    for those who didn't make it. a big believer of things happen for a reason. i didn't get in til my 3rd time. and i believe i would have failed out had i made it either of the 2 other times. i went in with a good mind set this 3rd time and now I'm in. i believe that i was put in the clinical group that i am in because we were met to cross paths. i was meant to get in for this semester.....dont bum yourself out too much. at least you know what the teas looks like. start studying now. go bk on ati and printout ur score and look at what u lack nd work on it. study from the teas test practice books. it is a little hard to study for a test that u have no idea what's on it but at least look over the practice books. they were made for the test!! i did it and got in

    new incoming students......nursing is alllll about critical thinking. start looking at some nclex books at the library to get a feel of the wordings....they don't mean to trick you..but its a skill as nurses that we need and it can be tricky....

    dont get behind!!!! read and look at PowerPoint BEFORE class....so u know what the instructor is talking about and then u can ask questions..

    again congrats and good luck.
    remember this is a journey not a race
    you will hear this again in the near future
    message me anytime ( sometimes i forget to ck in but i look i ck it once on a while!)
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  10. Visit  PurplePRN} profile page
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    raqi89 ~ Awesome post. You make some very good points and offer some great advice. Very helpful!!! Thank you so much!
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  11. Visit  Katie2bRN23} profile page
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    My UNACCEPTANCE LETTER

    "Dear Student,
    Thank you for applying for the Nursing Program at Joliet Junior College but due to the large number of well qualified applicants this semester and limited spaces available we were unable to meet your request for admission to the Spring 2013 class.
    Of the accepted students, the average TEAS V score was 78.6%; the average TEAS V reading score was 85.6%; the ave...rage GPA was a 3.6; most students had their 6 General Education classes completed."

    I am devastated, emotionally, mentally, physically just sickened by this.. I got this last night at about midnight and I am, well there are no words, well tons of words, but I am embarrassed? Ashamed? Why am I not Good enough??

    My Teas V score 81.3%; my TeasV Reading 90.3%; My average GPA 4.0 and why didn't I get in?
    The only logical reason is 2, yes 2 of the 6 gen eds that need to be completed only Prior to ENTERING/STARTING the program, I am still taking and acing mind you. But as stated in the application regulations, that is "OK" they only require you be registered and taking the one or 2 classes you still need, in fact you are not even able to apply if you aren't registered for/completed any of these 6 classes...

    So my scores, my GPA, my obvious Amazing Personality and caring heart (that they still have no clue exists) WERE ABOVE what they accepted.. And here I sit, feeling worthless. Like everything I have done is for nothing...

    Now, come on a little journey with me, I have never done this out loud before but hell why not, you all already know I am crazy anyway.

    There must be a reason for this, and this is how I know. I have told GOD on many occasions, "I will put everything I am into this (whatever I have set my mind to) but I will trust that where I end up and what path you create ahead of me, is where you have led me. I will trust you>" I am not kidding. I know some of you have no clue about my genuine relationship with God and my Faith in trusting his guidance, but is not what I am here to talk about, I tell him this a lot, with ALL of the life changes or choices, I have been through, Every time I have found myself feeling like I am staring at a 10 foot tall brick wall and I want to just break down and give up.. God sends his ideas to me.. He GUIDEs ME and shows me how Very important it is that he has sent ME here to earth, and that I WILL serve my purpose (not just lay there and give up).
    When I first returned to school, I was going into Radiology, not because I felt it was something I would enjoy, that would have been Ultrasound technology, and not ALL of that field, only the scanning babies, but we all know, that is not ALL these people do, but I was blinded by the idea and knew JJC, the closest cheapest college I could afford had a Radiology program (which is where you need to start before ultrasound) SO there I went and wasn't passionate about the idea, I really just wanted to have a career that made decent money. At that point, if you told me, &^%* makes $60,000 a year, I'm not sure I would have cared what XYZ was; I'd have probably went for it. I didn't care much for the idea of only knowing a patient for 5-20 minutes then sending the on their way and never seeing them again.

    So I was on a fast track to making money and getting a career that I could be "proud" of.. Second semester registration... BRICK WALL.. One of the classes I absolutely needed to continue MY plan was filled, the idea of being set back 6 months was intolerable to me, IM TOO OLD TO WAIT, So I looked around at other colleges and really couldn't figure a way to either Afford them or drive 45 minutes there and then back 3-4 nights a week.. So I decided.. well hell, I'm already on a medical path class wise, I should aim for the RN program.. I know I just made that decision sound so easy and UN thought out, but I did think about it for a few weeks.. There was so much in my mind that changed about my future with the idea of becoming a nurse, but I do not want to get into this either.. So my path was changed and sometimes I wonder if God isn't just the one saving me from brick walls, but also sometimes setting one down in front of me to stop me for a moment and give me time to think things through.. Because when I want something I AM definitely like a train blazing towards my destination.

    (I just looked up and I say SO a lot in my story telling.. note to self, work on that)

    Soooooo....yes, I am hurting, very badly actually, because now I am sitting here in front of this brick wall, I can see the brightest light shining from all around it (yes, I could just walk around it, but it's not part of my path) and I know I need to sit and think.. WHY?? Why is right now not the time, and already in my life, and in my immediate happenings, I can see some of the possibilities of WHY? But also, FINALLY, I am going to contact Saint Francis University Monday and see if I can receive enough financial aid to be a part of their bridge program.. which is where I take most of my classes at JJC (where I am at) then bridge into getting my Bachelors (with SFU) In my first semester I heard a girl talking about because she was in Phi theta Kappa and her gpa was so great, she got a full ride there... I ALSO fit these criteria, but I also heard their program Is days.. Which is NOT good for me with my job... ughhhh I forgot about that. Anyhow, I am not going to assume anything. I will go there and ask all the questions I need to ask to decide if that is the path I am supposed to take.

    I register for classes tomorrow for Spring semester, and I already have had plan B (mental) in the works for a while now with making sure I have the appropriate classes taken in order to transfer to SFU... and also working towards an Associates in Art, so tomorrow, I register for Microbiology, Statistics, and Chemistry 100 (which I'm not sure I need because my high school grade somehow makes jjc say you don't need it, but I think SFU requires a college credit)
    Enough with the details that most of you probably view as radio instructions (lol I always loved that phrase)

    The thing is, yes, I want to die, but for some ungodly known reason I am not allowed, so Instead, I will leave, go work out, try to not tell anyone I SUCK and didn't get into the program this semester because it will make me burst into tears, come home, go to breakie with Jimison, take nunu and the girls to go see Brave, go to church at 5:30, drink coffee, cry more, pray, cry even more, and try to figure **** out... Ummmmm yeahhhhh I think that is it for now... wiping my tears and heading out the door with a heavy heart.

    Oh I forgot to mention there is a SLIGHT chance they could call me if enough people decided to not fill their slot in the program, my odds were even more squeezed being that I HAVE to choose the night program so I can still work, and the night program is smaller. The OTHER tiny light at the end of the tunnel.. the nursing program and facility expansion will be finished this spring, so by Fall 2014 when I would start, because there is no reason I shouldn't be accepted after these classes are out of the way (IF I am even still at JJC) they will be accepting a larger number of applicants per semester. Ok I said it, but no, still didn't make me feel better.. Guess it will just take some time to swallow.
  12. Visit  Katie2bRN23} profile page
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    Anyone that got into the evening program mind sharing your scores? I need to find some solace as to why I was not good enough.. its eating me alive
  13. Visit  raqi89} profile page
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    Quote from Katie2bRN23
    Anyone that got into the evening program mind sharing your scores? I need to find some solace as to why I was not good enough.. its eating me alive
    hi katie, sorry to hear you didnt get in. your scores are up there. dont forget the average is over all of all accepting applicants.
    i will tell you tho, not having those two classes completed plays a big part. especially if they are the science ones because they count towards most of the "acceptance points" in the classes completed section . i am more than 100% positive that you will get in once u complete those courses. and dont forget there is also a limited amount of seats and if u opted for evening only then thats another factor. i advise to chose " prefer evening but can do nights" to get a better opportunity . the nxt application is February. not too far from now. i know how u feel to not be accepted. and do not think that ur too old (if i read that correctly) because there are plenty of older students in the program and they still have a good 20yrs of practice after graduation.
    dont get discouraged. keep at it and try again.
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  14. Visit  PurplePRN} profile page
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    Quote from raqi89
    hi katie, sorry to hear you didnt get in. your scores are up there. dont forget the average is over all of all accepting applicants.
    i will tell you tho, not having those two classes completed plays a big part. especially if they are the science ones because they count towards most of the "acceptance points" in the classes completed section . i am more than 100% positive that you will get in once u complete those courses. and dont forget there is also a limited amount of seats and if u opted for evening only then thats another factor. i advise to chose " prefer evening but can do nights" to get a better opportunity . the nxt application is February. not too far from now. i know how u feel to not be accepted. and do not think that ur too old (if i read that correctly) because there are plenty of older students in the program and they still have a good 20yrs of practice after graduation.
    dont get discouraged. keep at it and try again.
    I agree with all of this! Katie, don't give up. I'm older too. (knocking on 40) You're a shoo in for the next go round as you have great scores and you'll have those two classes completed. Don't lose heart.


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