Ivy Tech: Accepted for Fall 2011 - page 3

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This thread is for all of us who were lucky enough to get into the Ivy Tech ASN/PN program for the Fall 2011. Many of the threads are concentrated on the TEAS test, scores, grades, and acceptance letters. As a prospective... Read More


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    Thanks for the Lafayette shout out. I know, I can't wait for orientation either, you'll be able to recognize me I'll be the one wearing the red carnation!
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    As someone who sat through the torture of waiting for the acceptance letter last year, I say congrats to all who got accepted for Fall 2011. At your orientation meeting you'll receive most if not all the information you'll need before you start school in August. There are a couple things that came as a surprise for me when I started at Ivy Tech last fall and maybe my experience can help you out a little.
    -First there was a cost for a criminal background check. This wasn't cheap and I had to use a specific company. This was paid out of pocket and had to be done before the first month of school was over. I think I paid 108 or 109. That kind of made me mad.
    -Get your stethoscope sooner rather than later. I regretted not using the great deal I saw at allheart.com. I could have saved 10-20 bucks versus rushing to Scrubs and Beyond the weekend for my groovy Littmann the weekend before the BP check offs. I knew I was going to need a stethoscope but didn't know when it was going to be needed. This is another out of pocket expense unless you want to get one from the bookstore. If possible, listen with one first and decide if it’s for you.
    -Don't forget to get a pin light. It cost a few bucks and you can get it in the bookstore. I don't recommend buying the ones that click (like a pen); I ended up breaking the bulb in my bag and have been bothered by clicking pen lights ever since.
    -White socks and white leather shoes
    -A little memo pad in your scrubs is majorly helpful and inexpensive.
    -You can reuse your red lab bag (I’m going to assume it stays red) from Fundamentals/Med-Surg to haul stuff to and from clinical.
    -Lose your extra piercings and cover those tattoos
    I’m sure that there is more but trying to think back to last year takes a lot of work. It’s amazing how quickly the first year flies by and how much you grow as a student nurse. Best of luck to all of you.
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    Quote from mcjones19
    As someone who sat through the torture of waiting for the acceptance letter last year, I say congrats to all who got accepted for Fall 2011. At your orientation meeting you'll receive most if not all the information you'll need before you start school in August. There are a couple things that came as a surprise for me when I started at Ivy Tech last fall and maybe my experience can help you out a little.
    -First there was a cost for a criminal background check. This wasn't cheap and I had to use a specific company. This was paid out of pocket and had to be done before the first month of school was over. I think I paid 108 or 109. That kind of made me mad.
    -Get your stethoscope sooner rather than later. I regretted not using the great deal I saw at allheart.com. I could have saved 10-20 bucks versus rushing to Scrubs and Beyond the weekend for my groovy Littmann the weekend before the BP check offs. I knew I was going to need a stethoscope but didn't know when it was going to be needed. This is another out of pocket expense unless you want to get one from the bookstore. If possible, listen with one first and decide if itís for you.
    -Don't forget to get a pin light. It cost a few bucks and you can get it in the bookstore. I don't recommend buying the ones that click (like a pen); I ended up breaking the bulb in my bag and have been bothered by clicking pen lights ever since.
    -White socks and white leather shoes
    -A little memo pad in your scrubs is majorly helpful and inexpensive.
    -You can reuse your red lab bag (Iím going to assume it stays red) from Fundamentals/Med-Surg to haul stuff to and from clinical.
    -Lose your extra piercings and cover those tattoos
    Iím sure that there is more but trying to think back to last year takes a lot of work. Itís amazing how quickly the first year flies by and how much you grow as a student nurse. Best of luck to all of you.
    Hey, thanks for all the information! I was wondering if you know if Ivy Tech cares what kind and color stethoscopes their students use? I found a good deal on a Littmann, but wanted to make sure I got the right one. Thank you!
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    Quote from fletcher2013
    Hey, thanks for all the information! I was wondering if you know if Ivy Tech cares what kind and color stethoscopes their students use? I found a good deal on a Littmann, but wanted to make sure I got the right one. Thank you!
    You are welcome for the info. Again, the school you will be attending may be giving you some of that information, but then again maybe not. I think it's nice being able to get a heads up.

    At the Anderson campus we were able to choose the brand and color of our scopes. I went with the raspberry Littmann Classic II. I like it a lot though I do find it heavy. Some of my classmates got the Littmann Lightweight. They tend to forget they have their scopes on. Others bought from the bookstore. The bookstore has a stethoscope and BP cuff set and they come in black as well as some colors. I recommend trying on some different scopes to see how well you can hear out of them before buying if possible.

    Another thing I forgot to mention is the cost of ATI. ATI is like prepping for NCLEX. ATI testing may also be tied to your final depending on your class and assuming other schools are doing what Anderson is doing. You should use it often. It is an additional cost, but at least comes out of your financial aid and not out of your pocket. ASN's can expect to be paying over 300 dollars (might be closer to 350? can't remember) and LPN's will be paying less due to being in school for only 3 semesters.
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    Congratulations to all on getting accepted to the program! I am a current RN student and thought I would drop in and give some pointers. First and foremost follow your schools advice over mine.
    This is a busy time for you all in getting prepared and getting your paper work in order. Personally, I wish that I would have had someone available to help guide and prepare me for first semester and know what to expect.
    1) If you need additional immunizations go to your local Health Department. They are sometimes free or very reasonably priced. They also keep a record of them for you. Some titers are expensive, so when tracking prior immunization records, be thorough. Check with former pediatricians, health dept., high schools, elementary schools, family physicians, ask your parents, etc. This will save you money in the long run.
    2) Schedule background, CPR, and physicals promptly. Get this done and out of the way to free up the rest of your summer.
    3) Never leave any of these appointments without checking to make certain that you have the required documentation signed and dated properly.
    4) After getting all of your immunizations be sure to make a copy for your family physician to have on file. Make certain that you have several copies for yourself as well. Original Copy normally goes to the school.
    5) Be certain to double check that you get the correct CPR class. They are not all alike.

    Once you get all of these tasks completed. This is what I would suggest next...

    A) If you do not have prior medical experience or are not familiar with medical terminology...find a web site with current medical abbreviations and terms and become familiar with them.

    B) Memorize your basic metric conversions and start working on medical math problems now. Here are some sites that will help you get started www.dosagehelp.com or www.waybuilder.net/free-ed/HealthCare/MedMath/NursingMath/MathNursing.asp?pNum=1&iNum=0301 You will be tested early on in first semester and you HAVE TO PASS IT to continue in the program. No fear...You will have three attempts during first semester.

    C) Here is a site that will help you find other areas to familiarize yourself with. http://studentnurseconnections.com/Links2.html
    I suggest pharmacology and med-surg. These are the more difficult subjects. Highly recommend "Straight A's for Med Surg" book as supplement.

    D) Read, read, read, read, NCLEX Study Guides such as Saunders. This is how your test questions will be from now on. Also helpful for ATI exams.

    E) This site has numerous companion sites for most Nursing Subjects. http://www.delmarlearning.com/compan...=go&disc_id=17

    F) During the early weeks of 1st semester you will become used to having a day off during the week. Do not rely heavily on it to accomplish your reading and school work...it will soon be gone and that day is filled with a 10hr clinical rotation with additional homework of its own. Manage your time wisely before this takes place! Remember, this is another class that was just added to your already hectic schedule. You can do it!

    G) Listen closely...you will not always be able to read every single chapter, word for word, that is assigned to you. You must decipher importance by listening to your instructor, reviewing lecture notes, power points, and answering NCLEX style questions pertaining to subject matter. CD's with NCLEX questions that come with your nursing text books are extremely helpful!


    Best wishes to you all!

    Hope
    Last edit by Hopetoheal on Jun 8, '11 : Reason: typo
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    Wow, thanks for all the info, really clear and content full.

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    omg, mcjones and hope, thank you both so much for the pointers! very helpful.
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    Thank you for all of the information! I was wondering if anyone has had to work while in the nursing program? It sounds soo hectic with just school alone, much less working. I am not eligible for grants due to a previous degree, but I am hoping to get enough in loans to cover tuition and some of my living expenses. My current position allows me to work overnight and I have enough downtime to study or do homework for about half of my shift. I am really nervous about trying to continue this schedule plus school though. Any thoughts or advice?
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    Quote from hduckworth
    Thank you for all of the information! I was wondering if anyone has had to work while in the nursing program? It sounds soo hectic with just school alone, much less working. I am not eligible for grants due to a previous degree, but I am hoping to get enough in loans to cover tuition and some of my living expenses. My current position allows me to work overnight and I have enough downtime to study or do homework for about half of my shift. I am really nervous about trying to continue this schedule plus school though. Any thoughts or advice?
    I am currently working full time at the hospital, but am planning on moving to part time once nursing starts. I'm really nervous about trying to manage a full time nursing program with part time work and a two year old. So, we'll see how long the work lasts. I also am not eligible for any grants because of a previous degree. I am not taking out any more loans, I hope, as I still owe almost all of my ones from my previous degree (I graduated a year ago). My parents will be covering my tuition for the first semester, but after reading some other posts in this thread, there are a lot of other out of pocket expenses. Sigh..
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    I received my Bloomington PN acceptance letter about 2 1/2 weeks ago!! I am very excited and also nervous about starting the program! I plan on transitioning to RN immediately after completing the PN. I currently work full time at the hospital but plan on switching to part time (although I'm not sure how long I will last with tons of studying + trying to work + taking care of a toddler).

    My letter did not say a single thing about taking a CPR class, getting up to date on immunizations, etc. My job at the hospital already has me certified in CPR through Red Cross, thankfully. Our meeting for the program is not until JULY 15!! Soo long to wait it feels like for any more information!

    Any other Bloomington students here?!
    Last edit by cheesewhiz on Jun 10, '11


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