Anyone in the nursing program at Wichita State??? - page 2

I am just curious if anyone here is currently in or has been in the nursing program at WSU. I am still a few semesters away from applying but was wanting to know what to expect as far as waiting lists and the interview process. ... Read More

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    Thanks for the quick reply! That is good to know.

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    No problem. Are you taking your pre-reqs at WSU? How far along are you?
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    I feel like my schooling is a long story at this I have my associate of arts from my ol' faithful community college and one year of half-useful credits from a school that I opted to leave last September when I discovered how bad their NCLEX-RN scores had been. That was my first year in nursing school - lasted about two weeks. Needless to say, I was a bit scarred since I had has such a huge build-up (self-elected, of course), but I'm ready to get back into it again. I have a much more realistic perspective, as well, although I do not feel any less passionate about the beauty of the profession.

    I am enrolled for Pharm and Patho this fall, though I may only opt to take Patho so I can still work part-time (I'm currently full-time).This is material that I find utterly fascinating and I want to spend sufficient time with it to really have a solid base. I did Med. Term this summer and enjoyed that. Thank goodness I was quite familiar with a lot of it because I did not spend as much time with it as I would have a year ago. In my newly acquired wisdom, though (), I know that I will learn it much more effectively OTJ. I love the initial exposure, so I am much less likely to make a goof up by being too confident in the grey areas of my knowledge.

    How about you? I see the 2011. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I have had A & P in various forms multiple time, starting in high school, so I feel pretty comfortable with that. Are you currently employed in a health care facility?
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    Sounds like you are getting close. I hear that the patho class at WSU is great but hard.
    I still have a ways to go. I only finished one semester of college after I graduated high school. It's now 10 years and 4 kids later and I am going to school full time. I applied for several jobs this summer at the area hospitals but I can only work weekends so i never heard anything. I took a typing test for one hospital but thats it. I will probably take a CNA class next summer since I need some health care experience.
    A&P scares me. I don't have a ton of science background. I am taking Chemistry this semester.

    So when are you applying to the program?
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    I am going to try to get all of my materials in for spring '09 (Sept. 1 deadline), though I don't have my heart set on it. I figure that it won't kill me to ease my way back into school, especially when it comes to finances.

    Good for you and Chemistry! I'm definitely a bigger fan of A & P (though they are complementary in many ways). Give me the acetabulum and sodium-potassium pumps any day over titrations, as contradictory as that sounds! I would love to hear how it goes for you. I am definitely excited to take Patho. I've been dying to really get into a good class for this!
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    Thats exciting. I hope you can get all of your info ready. Are you already working in health care?
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    I am using my nurse aid certification full-time currently at my local hospital. I really enjoy it and I have such a better idea of how things work, compared to what I knew going into classes in fall of '07. How about you?
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    Did you have any trouble getting a hospital job with your cna? Did you have to work LTC first? I plan to get my cna by next summer and would prefer to work in a hospital. What dept are you working?
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    I actually know that God had a hand in my acceptance at the hospital. It was my first ever CNA job, since I had just finished my training in August. I was sooo green and inexperienced. I needed it since I knew I couldn't be on my parents' insurance anymore without being a full-time student and thank goodness I got it!

    The manager hired me on the spot after a short interview (She has offered other possible hirees a shadow session, but I think that I was probably emphatic enough about the job that she didn't feel that was necessary in my case.) I had completed Foundations of Nursing, but I'm not sure what exactly influenced my manager's decision. She called my CNA instructor that day for a reference, which I assume was a positive one.

    So I said all of that to say that my hospital was very willing to hire me and was very much in need. I work on the Medical Unit, though I have recently oriented to CCU and to do telemetry, since we keep those monitors at our desk. I do tele once a week, watching the monitors and doing staff assignments for the next shift.

    No LTC for me, although I'm not opposed to the idea. We get quite a large population of geriatric patients in, so sometimes it does feel like LTC, only in a higher intensity setting.

    I highly recommend working as a CNA if you need more experience in health care. I've found that material and hands-on experiences stick with me much longer than textbook time. For instance, I'm pretty sure that I could insert a Foley without any problems!

    I hope your job search goes well! Let me know if you have any questions. When do you anticipate starting the nursing program?

    I've talked to techs from St. Francis and Via Christ - a lot busier than my hospital and a bit of a different set-up, where one aide works under several nurses. At mine, one aide is assigned to each nurse. It's a really nice arrangement, I find.
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    That is great about the job. I plan to get my cna by next summer. I hope I can find something part time. With 4 kids and going to school full time there is no way I could work full time too. For now the job hunt is over. I was hoping to find something at the beginning of the summer but since I didn't I am not going to actively look for something.

    After the fall semester I will have 37 credit hours so I still have some time before I can apply. I thought about trying to get into Butler instead but WSU just feels right. Not sure if that makes sense.

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