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Finished exam in 1 hour, 75 questions, just got the good pop-up!! Thank you all!! RN hopefully
Good luck!! I am signing off now and I will be back after it's all over. We can do it!!
Thank you all sooo much for the words, thoughts, and prayers. I know we all can do this. Best of luck to all of us taking the exam this week. Prayers will be said for all of us. Thanks for everything.
I am taking my NCLEX RN tomorrow at 2pm and I would love some words of encouragement, if anyone has any. I have been studying, praying, meditating, and trying to stay calm all week, and it really is hitting me today. I know I can do this.
Please help me retain my sanity through tomorrow afternoon so I can kick butt on this test!!!
I would love to hear any opinions/suggestions on clipboards, stethoscopes, etc... Do you guys carry a clipboard for clinicals? With or without a calculator? What brand stethoscope do you suggest? Did you have it engraved?
I purchased a Littman lightweight II SE. It has worked great. It isn't the top of the line of the Littmans, but I hear great heart and lung sounds on it, and it isn't heavy like some other stethoscopes. I got it through Amazon. They are down to $44.96. There may be a better/newer model out now, not sure. I did not have it engraved.
I never carried a clipboard in clincals personally; however, a few students did. I also never had a calculator on the floor. I usually only carried: small spiral notebook (one of those really tiny ones), 2 pens, pencil, bandage scissors, wound measurement srip (given to us in the skils lab the first week of class), and then I would stock up on alcohol pads, "remove" bandage remover pads, and tape from the floor. I also would carry the patient summary given to us on our patient at the beginning of the shift (1-2 page printout). Oh, I also got a black sharpie on a keyring and attached it to my badge holder, to label dressings when they were done. I would also bring my drug guide and stash it somewhere on the floor or in the chart rack to look up meds.
Also...any current Dale Mabry morning program people: Do you have clinicals on Wednesday, then classs on Thurs. and Fri?? That is what they have planned for us, and I wonder how hard it is to be in clinical ALL DAY Wed., then have to be ready for class the next morning. Obviously it would just mean that you have to prepare farther in advance, but just wanted to get a feel for how difficult that is...
I did have clinicals on Wednesday for NP1 and honesty, it wasn't bad at all. I would start my reading 1 week ahead. I would read after class on Thursday and Friday for the following week's lecture. I was never behind that way and I would not have to do any reading/studying the night of clinicals. The first few clinical days were physically rough if you have never worked on the floor and on your feet all day, but it is not bad at all. I actually liked getting my clinical day "over with" so I could focus on class for the rest of the week.
Hope this helps!! It is great you are asking questions now because it can be overwhelming those first few weeks. Good luck and I am happy to give any advice and answer any questions you may have.
Sure no problem. I know how hard it is to find good looking and comfy scrubs. A lot of us started out with the basic, scratchy cherokee ones and are now trying to find more comfy and stylish ones. I will start my final year of the program with some better scrubs, wooho!! I definitely think it is worth the time and money to find ones that fit well and are comfortable. I have been through easily two different pairs of pants that either shrunk or were too saggy by the end of the day, and tops that were like wearing a box with sleeves. NO fun to do clinicals in something so uncomfortable!! Good luck!!!
I also would avoid any contrast color stitching. I did manage to find a great and soft Dickies top recently that is more stylish than the usual cherokee boxy cut top. You can also wear the Karlie Koi white pants because they are all white with no contrast stitching. I think the Lindsey Koi pants do not have contrast stitching either. Hope this helps!!
I know that if the color is not "port wine", they will have a problem with it. I too love Koi; however, the closest they have to port wine is the color you mentioned, and it is not the correct color. I even had my last clinical instructor in NP2 state that they have a problem with people wearing the wrong shade of port wine. I would stick with cherokee workwear or dickies. Koi just isn't close enough. Sorry
For those wondering about the CPR class. I just finished up NP2, and last year when I was waiting for orientation like all of you, I went ahead and took the CPR class. Most of the students at orientation already had completed the CPR class prior to orientation as well. They will take a copy of your CPR card at orientation if you have it (make a copy prior to going to orientation, both sides of the card). If you do not have it, they ask you turn it in with all of the other paperwork (physical, immunizations, etc.) that is due before classes start. They made us take CPR for health care professionals. I go to DM campus, but I actually took my CPR course at South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City. It was a great course, the instructor was great, and she was to the point, and did not keep us any longer than we had to be there. If you google South Florida Baptist Hospital and look under the classes tab, it lists the upcoming classes. Good luck to all and have a great summer!!
Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in the Tampa Bay area has a 24 month program with summers off between 2nd and 3rd semester. I know you are looking for this, but it is rough!! I just finished 2nd semester and now have the summer off and I would MUCH rather be in school and be done with 4th semester by December instead of May!!
Good luck finding a program that is right for you.
For the calc test you are allowed to use a BASIC calculator (add, subtract, multiply, divide, square root), our professor provided us with calculators in NP 1. In NP 2 we can use our own, but they have to be basic ones as well.
For the clinical calculations book, I worked out of version 5 for both my NP 1 and NP 2 tests (they are on version 6 now), and I passed them both. There are minor differences that did not interfere with my test grade in any way. I purchased the older edition on ebay for like 5 bucks because the newer one came in the box. Honestly, I have not even opened the newer one yet. The older edition has been working fine.
Good luck with the math!!
Just to calm some fears for those who are alternates. I think you still have a good chance of getting in. I started the program, Fall 2009, and at my orientation, there were 8 people who had accepted their admission to the program, but did not show up for orientation, so they were automatically out of the program. I would hope/think that they offered those seats to additional alternates.
I also know that some do accept their seat and still are not sure if they are attending HCC, so they may also back out before orientation. Keep up hope!!
I know it is stressful waiting to see if you got in and not knowing what to expect in regards to the program, ALL SUMMER, but once it starts, you will have so much to do, time will fly so fast.
I would recommend working on the clinical calculations book, the first 8 chapters, if you have time. As far as reading Potter and Perry, it is hard to really know what to read, as they don't go through the book in order. I would practice NCLEX, even if you don't know the material, it will help you get an idea of the question style, which is very different from regular test questions.
Good luck to all and if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!!
If they don't accept it, then take the CLEP exam for the course, if it is offered. That sould satisfy them.
I am currently an HCC nursing student and I wanted to let you all know who are applying for Fall 2010, that last year, the application deadline was January 15th, the committee met early March, and I received my acceptance letter by the end of March. From what it sounds like, they tend to move more quickly for the Fall applicants, so you should know by the end of March/early April, if you have been accepted. Orientation was in June, and we were in communication with our professors for NP1 by the end of June/early July regarding our clinical locations, reading/skills for Fall. It goes by very fast.
My recommendation is, sit tight. It was hard to get ANY info out of anyone as far as finding out if I was accepted. There are no "tricks" or hints in hawknet that I know of. Just check the mail every day from mid-March on, and hope for the best!!
The program is intense, but very good, and the reputation of HCC nurses is great out there at the clinical sites and from other nurses/nurse managers that I have spoken to. Good luck to everyone, the journey is worth it!!
I start NP II in less than a week and our professor says "know everything in the math book", for the quiz. Can anyone tell me what this quiz is like?? I am studying the whole book including peds/neonates and I am not sure if we will even be tested on this. Help!!
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