Anyone know when JCCC will send letters for Fall '07 ADN??? - page 2

I'm getting antsy! Just curious if anyone has a heads up on when the letters might be coming? Its becoming a big event to go to the mailbox each day...:nuke:... Read More

  1. by   sfarage
    I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old. I also have 3 stepkids and the 15 and 17 year olds live with us so we have a full and busy house. You are right a lot of people have balanced kids and school before so there is no reason we can't. I saw you got accepted to KU. Are you wanting to go to JCCC over KU or are you still undecided? Sorry to ramble on but I was also wondering if you knew if the JCCC program was 8-5 M-F or if you have any clue what the hours are like? Have a good night.
  2. by   doglover1

    Not sure if you are still needing a reply, but I am a current JCCC Nursing student. To answer your question, the program isn't 8-5 exactly. It depends on your clinical schedule. For example, this semester, my clinicals are 6:45-2:24 T/W, class from 1-5 on Monday's. However, there are still other time commitments such as lab time, lab demonstrations on special procedures etc. and of course LOTS of study time for tests and also clinical prep. time. It is time consuming but worth every minute! If I can help you with any questions, please let me know. Good luck!
  3. by   sfarage
    Hey there! Thanks for the reply, I am more than happy to here from a current student. I have my interview tomorrow at 2:00pm. I do have some questions about the program but my mind is so cluttered with preparing for this interview that I can't think too well right now. So if you don't mind I will post something tomorrow with some of those. Your input would be sooooo appreciated. Talk to you soon. Shannon
  4. by   doglover1
    Your interview will be about 15 minutes long. There will be some standard questions that everyone will get. They are aimed at testing your critical thinking skills. They are all situational in nature - you can't study for them. They aren't the typical job interview type of questions. Just rest tonight, relax, don't tell them that you are nervous because 1. they already know that you are and 2. they want to make sure you can handle yourself professionally while under stress. I feel your pain. I remember how I felt when I was in your shoes last year. I wish you the very best of luck. Please post and let me know how it goes, if you get accepted and if I can assist you in any way. Tonight, I need to get some sleep now so I can begin studying ALL day tomorrow for a Friday exam.
  5. by   sfarage
    Hey, I think my interview went fairly well. There were 10 questions and it lasted less than 10 minutes so I hope I answered them well enough. I feel like I did okay, i'm not going to stress, it's out of my hands now and the waiting game begins. I have a good GPA and ACT score, so hopefully it will all be fine. So do you have class on Thurs. and Fri. from 8-5 or just Mon.?, Also how do you like the teachers, I heard some bad things about the LPN teachers but have never heard anything on the RN teachers. I appreciate your input, I have two young kids so I would like to know kind of what to expect so I have an idea of how I will budget my time. I look foward to hearing from you. Thanks Shannon
  6. by   doglover1
    Most Thursday's and Friday's you will have off, especially after the first semester. But please don't let that fool you because it still is all consuming. At least for me anyway. You can do it and many, if not most, of the students in the program are mom's and dad's too. The good thing about school is that you get breaks! When you think you completely worn out, Christmas arrives. When you wear down again, well, here comes spring break. Everyone says that the first year is the hardest. The first semester is more difficult as far as time consumption. You will be doing lots of proficiency check offs in the lab, having to pass medical terminology exams, drug calculation exams etc. on top of class and clinical. For the first few weeks, you are in class a lot. But for the most part, your schedule is class on Monday's, clinical Tues. & Wed. Some people's clinical's are in the evening, but most are during the day. The second semester content is much harder, but as long as you got everything down the first semester, most do okay. The program builds. So if you don't understand something, work on it until you do! Out of the 64 students that started, we have lost 8 due to flunking out, getting sick etc. Most of the professors are great. Tough, but great. There is one that I am so frustrated with right now because of her test questions are over stuff that we never cover but like her personally. She is ultra intelligent. Maybe too smart for some of us. The whole class is sooooo upset with her right now. We just all got out of a test that the majority of us think we bombed. The hardest part about the program is the fact that anything below 78% is failing. You have to get a "C" in order to go on, and that's the cut off. In reality, it's good because it almost insures, if you are performing at that level, that you will pass the NCLEX. Why go through all of this if you can't pass the boards? Right? My BIGGEST fear before starting nursing school was the juggling of family and school. You are going to need support and organization but if you aren't working on top of all of this, you will be fine. Some do EVERYTHING (work, kids, school, etc.) and do awesome. I don't know your situation, but fortunately for me I have a husband and a 11 year old son that is very supportive and know how to make their own sandwich if mom has a test. This year has gone sooooo fast. I can't believe that there is only 7 weeks left! My best advise to you is to REALLY think about why you want to be a nurse with NOBODY influencing you. Because when it gets tough (and it will) you have to want it and know WHY you are doing it. JCCC has the best historical record of NCLEX pass rates in the KC metro area. It really is an excellent program. Let me know if I can answer any more of your questions>
  7. by   sfarage
    Thanks so much for all your info, it is very helpful. I hope you did well on your test last Friday. I do have a supportive family, my kids are 2 and 4 so I mostly worry about having enough time with them but the schedule doesn't sound too bad. My daughter will start Kindergarden in August and my son will be at JCCC's daycare so at least it sounds like Thursday and Fridays could be study time without kids around. We are also looking to buy a bigger house and my mom is going to live with us so she will be a big help. So are all 64 students in class together on class time or do peoples schedules vary? Also do you go to clinicals individually or are you assigned with a group of classmates at the same hospital? I actually kind of think its a good idea that you have to have a 78%, I wouldn't want to pass everything then get a job and not have a clue what i'm doing. I hope you don't mind me asking all these questions, I just want to be as prepared as possible. I'm stressed out a little bit right now because i'll have to figure out transportation and child care for my daughter before and after school so all this info is very helpful. Hope your day is going well. Shannon
  8. by   momma&nurse2B
    NurseMiller-Thanks for all the helpful info! I noticed you mentioned that some students have evening clinicals. I'm curious if this is randomly assigned or if student's situations are considered before assignments are made. The reason I ask is that my husband (also a pre-nursing student) works urgent care each evening as a phlebotomist, and we have a 3 year old, so evening clinicals would not be an option for me. Thanks again for giving us the insider scoop! I really appreciate it!
  9. by   doglover1
    If evening clinicals don't work for you, just be sure that you tell them up front during orientation. There was only a few that had to this year during the mental health rotation (8 week duration). The people who couldn't do clinicals at night were accomodated. Each clinical rotation is 8 weeks in duration except the first one, which is the whole semester. Although, I still got to work in two different areas the first semester. I did my mental health rotation the first 1/2 of the second semester and am now started last week in orthopedics at SMMC. Last week I got to speed the day in the OR. It was great. I had a super surgical team so it was a fantastic experience. I wil warn you, not all nurses are what you might say thrilled to see students. I don't think their intent is to be mean. Many are just soooo busy and really don't want one more "task" thrown on their plate. Others are nice and see it as one less patient to have to take care of because you are assigned to one of their patients. Depends on the nurse.

    To answer the other question for Shannon....there are several sites that we do clinicals and a group of 8 (or so) are in each group. They do vary and you are assigned to a clinical instructor and a group. For example, some people worked on an oncology unit last semester, but I was on telemetry and med/surg with my group. It just varies. The hospitals that they work with are all throughout the KC area: SMMC, St. Luke's South, NKC hospital, Overland Park Regional, St. Joe etc.

    If either of you know how to send a personal email through this system, you are welcome to send me your email address and I can provide either or both of you with my phone number should you have more questions. I just don't know how. Sorry. I remember I had soooo many questions before I started. There are a few things that you can start on this summer that I would recommend. If you take the 1 hour medical terminology class and get an "A", you don't have to take all the med. term tests.....I think there were three total. (PLEASE verify this to make sure that is for sure still the case). And for the med. term test, I bought an old version of the text for $12 over the internet instead of buying the new one for $75 and got along perfectly with it. I would also recommend getting the drug calc. stuff out of the way this summer too. There is just too much going on in the beginning to be bothered with additional work that you can get done ahead of time. Once you go to orientation, this will make sense. Orientation is held mid-May. One helpful hint.....Don't buy all the books on the REQUIRED list right from the start. You will find that they really aren't "required" and some are hardly ever used, if ever. For example the workbooks. I say skip them. I never used them and haven't heard of anyone who did. None of this will probably make sense to you right now. After orientation, my notes will make more sense. Depending on when orientation is, I might volunteer. They ask for second year students to help out with first year orientation. Wow! Second year student!? Me? Ha! Time has flown.
  10. by   momma&nurse2B
    NurseMiller...I thought of one more question for you! I'm curious if JCCC's program offers an NCLEX prep program that is done throughout the two years of the nursing program? I've heard of other schools doing this...I know it costs a little extra, but I would imagine it would be money well spent. I also know that JCCC has great pass rates for the NCLEX, so I wouldn't surprised if they utilized a program like this!
  11. by   doglover1
    The teaching style/content closely follows the NCLEX format. I know that they provide us literature about the Kaplan review program but it is offered independently. We are taking a computerized exam the day after finals that, I believe, is close to the NCLEX on topics that we have already covered. The scores are used to help gauge progress and determine if there are some areas that need to be further studied over the summer break. Another test is given at X-mas time. My advise is to get a NCLEX review book when you begin school. As topics are studied, go through the questions at the same time. This will help you to not only keep up but also prepare you for the unit exam. I hope I answered your question.
  12. by   SweetLife
    I got my letter today- Anyone else accepted?
  13. by   momma&nurse2B
    Yep! Got my letter on Friday (almost hugged the mailman!)