daisyfleur70 5,860 Views
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I agree with the above poster. I started nursing school in February and I was soooo intimidated by "critical thinking." It's not so bad. Critical thinking is something that you do every day.
To oversimplify things a bit, when you are cooking or baking something new, you have to follow a recipe. The first few times it's more time consuming, and mistakes are easy to make because they are unfamiliar. (the learning process). After you've cooked/baked the dish a few times, it becomes intuitive, and steps are second nature. So if you decide to bake a cake one day, you assess your pantry, do you have all of the ingredients and supplies? What if you are missing some items, what do you do next, etc.
So the theory you learn in class and the procedures you simulate in lab are kind of like the recipe. Clinicals is where you are attempting to bake. LOL!
It's always nerve wracking to be watched, especially when you know you are being evaluated. If your clinical instructor hasn't given you any negative feedback, then you must be doing ok. Heaven knows if you mess up, someone will tell you!
Just try to relax and trust your instincts, and do your best. Good luck!
Waiting is agonizing, I know! Congrats to those of you who got in, and good luck Lilygirlie, I hope you hear back soon.
I am a PLU nursing student, I'm in the Spring 2010 cohort, and just finished my first semester.
I have a piece of advice for those of you coming into the program. PLU is very different from the community college experience. The website says it's an academically rigorous university and they aren't kidding! You will be doing a LOT of reading and writing papers.
You will only take one actual nursing class the first sememster in, but if you are on financial aid, which is super likely, you will have to carry a 12 hour load. Make sure that you have lots of time to do your studies/readings, etc. I worked part time and carried a 12 hour load, and I as an A student am mostly making B-'s at this point.
Not saying this to scare you, but to prepare you. Hopefully you kept your science textbooks, because you will need your A&P book to help prepare you for pathophysiology. I have been told by students ahead of me in the program and instructors alike that it is wise to refamiliarize with anatomy before taking patho.
That aside, you will love it at PLU, the instructors and advising staff are wonderful and helpful and encouraging. You will bond tightly with the members of your cohort. There's only 40 or so of you per semester, and you will get to know each other very well, especially the people you are in clinicals with. I love my clinical buddies to death. By the time you graduate you will have gone through 1000 clinical hours, and when people hear I'm in the PLU program, they always say that it's a great program. So if you guys are like me and didn't make the cut at UW, don't despair or feel bad about it. You surely won't by the time you finish Nursing Competencies I
I am a current student at PLU SON, in my 2nd semester. I struggled with a lot of the same questions that you did during the application process. PLU is expensive, yes, but they are very generous with financial aid. While admittedly most of my assistance is loans, I did get a grant and a scholarship too through them. Last semester financial aid covered tuition completely, this semester, not quite, but close. Not sure what your living situation is, though. I am lucky enough to have a supportive domestic partner who is able to support me financially as well as emotionally.
As to the program, by reputation it is a very good school. When asked what SON I am in, when I tell them PLU, they (health professionals) say that it is a good one. I believe that we get 1000 ish clinical hours, starting even in the first semester. Clinicals consist of working in a LTC facility the first semester, and being assigned a Chronic Heart Failure patient in your 2nd semester and acting as an advocate and point of contact, a relationship that spans until you graduate. I am looking forward to starting that! The classes are informative and I am learning a lot. So far I'm very satisfied.
As to the length of the program, BSN's get summers off, summers/j term are for the accelerated postbac MSN students, and sometimes classes are offered if there is a need to repeat. Honestly though, having summers off is not a bad thing, really... gives you some time to decompress and let what you learn sink in.
I guess what it comes down to is what is your degree preference. Not sure about the other BSN programs other than UW and if they give you summers off ( I think they do, except for UW). You could get an ADN and be an RN in less time. I specifically wanted a BSN though, knowing the likelihood of going to grad school would be high (for me), so when I was declined by UW, I went for it at PLU.
The people are friendly too, other nurses in the program, both in your cohort and in cohorts ahead of us are very helpful and supportive, as are the staff and administration.
I know, it sounds like I am gushing and I guess I am! LOL I am just really excited for this semester and happy to be working towards my goals.
Good luck, hope this helps.
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