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- Oct 19, '10 by mfarmerNurses have to be able to calculate dosages. Math is a HUGE part of what nurses to. When I started my pharmacology class I realized this. When I was first calculating dosages I was so nervous. If you don't know your math, you could kill someone.
- Oct 19, '10 by ErinRN2BYeah - at Ivy Tech we have had math built in to almost every exam so far. I mean separate, distinct math questions apart from the main exam.
The math used in nursing school isn't really rocket science, but I think you'd a least need a decent foundation in algebra to feel comfortable with it.
- Oct 29, '10 by anjobaEmmi7, Our clinicals started the first week. For seven of those weeks, we did SIMS lab and then the last four wk we went to nursing homes (in and around Indy inc. Avon, Brownsburg and Lebanon), and worked with CNAs. There were three sites since our class is 30 people. This quarter, SIMS lab is every Saturday for seven weeks and then we go to more nursing homes and follow a LPN around. I heard that RNs don't start their clinicals until the fourth quarter. (??)
Anyhoo, good luck and hope you are doing well! I'll be soo glad when this quarter is over. Five nights of school and then clinicals on Saturday is doing me in. I've had a cold for two weeks because I just can't seem to have the time to heal. :zzzzz
- Nov 7, '10 by HawaiiSun]In the real world, nurses have to calculate very few dosages. That is the in-house pharmacy job. Sure you should know how to convert micrograms to milligrams etc and the difference between 0.5 and 0.05 etc. I think it makes no sense for ivy tech to require two additional math classes. ( the prereq. for 13x and the 13x) If anything would have made more sense would have been 2 semesters of pharmacology. Something thats pertinent to the field of nursing.
- Nov 7, '10 by sunnysideup09I disagree...everyone can make a mistake, even pharmacy. Nurses need to know basic math. There are some situations where the nurse has to calculate the meds quickly. For example, a code or an emergency situation. Can't wait for pharmacy to calculate.
- Nov 9, '10 by biblepoetQuote from IbreakForBichonsI started going back to school in 2005 and at that time it was all your classes plus your teas score. No interview was included. It changed about 2006 when it became 4 classes +TEAS score. BTW I had a 4.0 in those classes and only 83 on my TEAS and I made it into IVY Tech's program at Indianapolis. I graduated 2009 as a ASN at the Ivy Tech. I know what I am talking about. Be careful most hospitals at this point do not want an Medtech grad. They do hire Ivy Tech grads. Not knocking your school just face facts finding a job as a RN is hard enough without making yourself unmarkable to all the hospitals around here.I don't know where you two were in 2005, but I took the TEAS, then interviewed with the DON at the Fort Ben campus which is the only place you can go for Ivy Tech nursing classes in indianapolis last I checked. You can go to another campus in another city but you lose points. I have no idea if they still use the point system. Everyone had to interview before you could get in. I have no idea what they are up to these days. It definitley wasn't "cut and Dry" when I was attending. My point is, with or without the interviewing process, applicants will be on a waitlist to get into Ivy Tech like many other schools due to the large volume of applicants. You need to have a 4.0 to be competitive. For U.I. Don't drop any classes otherwise you're out of the running alltogether. I wanted to get in and get out. I wasted time and money bottom line. If MedTech's program had been available, I would be a MSN by now. I suspect they will soon have a waitlist as they build a reputation and more people pay attention.
Regarding, classes transferring; Westleyan offered to take 40 credits already towards BSN. Don't believe everything you read. Even double check what I say. Please do your own research. Remember these schools are for profit. They will make you retake courses, and it's strictly to get more money. IU allows students to test out of certain subjects. Small schools won't because they want the money. Period. :heartbeatGood luck ladies.:heartbeat
- Nov 10, '10 by HawaiiSunIf you read my post, I did not imply nurses should not know math and should just depend on the pharmacist. I was saying in general you not spending your whole day calculating dosages. I also said pharmacology would be more pertinent for nurses.
In school, one have to do many things that you simply will not have to do or do that often in the real world of working.
- Nov 23, '10 by indynurse '87Now don't laugh... I graduated IVY TECH LPN program in 1987, I am now looking into going back for my ASN. Have been back to IVY TECH's info session. After 20 years as an LPN, I really am not looking forward to class time again .
Have looked into Kaplan and Med Tech also, but have not attended any sessions. Have been reading on here of Med Tech problems, are the problems still present or have they been resolved? has anyone attended Kaplan?
- Nov 27, '10 by Emmi7Hi Indynurse...this is my 1st quarter at Med Tech and my only complaint thus far is the price. Other than that I don't really have any complaints. Sure some teachers are really anal, about dress code and stuff but other than that it seems fine. Like I said I am only in my 1st quarter though. I've talked to other students there as well and that seems to be their only problem too.
I am sorry I don't know anything about Kaplan, other than their bad rep when they were PCI...but everywhere school especially for profit goes through a bad rep phase I think. Good luck choosing!
- Dec 3, '10 by nursemel86I graduated with my PN from Ivy Tech and also with my ASN from Ivy Tech. They are competitive, but wouldn't you want that in a nursing school? I never attended Med-Tech but I have worked with a lot of nurses who graduated from there. For the most part, these nurses are not prepared to be in the medical field. Sometimes I wonder how they passed the NCLEX. I'm not saying that these nurses are stupid or anything like that. I'm just saying that they obviously did not receive the proper education. A lot of long term care facilities will put a new grad on the floor with as little as 3 days orientation. That is hard for seasoned nurses to do, nevermind nurses that are green and had little to no formal training.