Latest Comments by cathering

Latest Comments by cathering

cathering, ADN, BSN, RN 2,258 Views

Joined Aug 21, '12 - from 'Buena Park, CA, US'. cathering is a Registered Nurse ADN, BSN. Posts: 77 (21% Liked) Likes: 37

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    When you finally receive the grade you were aiming for, you feel da** proud of yourself!

    When you're driving home from a rough day of clinical and think to yourself, "how did I get so lucky in finding a profession I really enjoy"

    When the patient you've been wiping butt for 5-6x an hour tells you, "thank you, I know you'll be a great nurse" all those sweat and tears (in secret) are worth every drop!

    When you sit at bedside holding hands for a patient passing or receiving advice for hospice care, you feel so honored that they're willing to share that moment with you!

    Nursing schools hard, but you already know that! But it's so rewarding (:

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    I'm in a community college nursing program and I did spend about $1000 first semester including books, materials, insurance, and ATI materials. The books alone were about $600-700 and it was about 6 books in all. And same with you, they told me I'll use it for rest of the program. I thought no way I'll use all in the first semester! But actually I did use all except one. Especially doing my care plans. So I would get what's recommended. But buy used! No point in getting new ones.

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    Hi. I see your post has been awhile but I decided to chime in. I am a current saddleback nursing student-going into my 3rd. So I can only speak for the saddleback program...

    As far as wait list.. There isn't one. You can ONLY apply after you have competed your pre-reqs and teas v test (ATI has good study guide). The prereqs are only 4 classes though: English 1, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. So there is no "guaranteed" spots.

    The best way for you to get into the program is to do very well in those 4 pre-reqs and the teas test. Saddleback is a point system as you already know and on its website there is a form that breaks down all the points. (I applied to saddleback because their application process was the easiest to figure out-lol.) however, the difference between and 3.5 to 4.0 in the prereq GPA is pretty big, so I recommend taking your time in making sure you get very good grades.

    As far as the counselor, she is absolutely crazy! Obv she doesn't know much about the nursing program. I recommend seeing saddleback counselor who specializes in it's nursing program. Private message me if u want his name. I went to him before I applied and he was a great help. Basically, he told me that if you have over 70 pts, you have very very good chance. He wasn't wrong!

    Okay. I hope I was clear. And good luck!!! Saddleback is a wonderful program and I feel very lucky to be apart of it. As of now, if I was offered a bsn program vs saddleback's program. I would choose the saddleback even if It means I have to go back to school for rn-bsn.

    -Cathy

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    This is a great thread! I am also interested I'm doing this for my summer break. Would love to hear some feedback and testimonials, it's overwhelming with so many organizations. Thx for starting this OP!

    I would love to know some volunteer work I can do since I'm just a nursing student, not a professional nurse yet. Thanks I'm advance for any recommendations (:

    Cathy

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    dorkypanda likes this.

    Hi everyone,

    I appreciate everyone's recommendations. As many of you have stated, my nursing program did list Ackley's "Nursing Diagnosis Handbook" as the required care plan book. This is great because it is what most of you have recommended to me anyways! So thank you again for that!

    GrnTea, thank you for your recommendation! The Ackley book is current with NANDA as well. However, I will definately check out your recommendation. I think it might be helpful to have both!

    Thank you all, Happy Holidays woo!

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    Oh and good luck!! Everything's gonna be great ure done!!

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    metal_m0nk likes this.

    Say ur prayers and watch the hobbit!! It'll make next 3 hrs go by!

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    I am, I had to when I started volunteering at a hospital. Now I don't have to take another class when I begin nursing school in jan. students without it has to get certified before they begin.

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    Thank you amandacam and oknurse2be! I will check them out at my bookstore. I really appreciate your advises (:

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    Will appreciate any feedback thanks!

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    dorkypanda likes this.

    Hi! This is my first time posting since being admitted to a 2yr RN program. (:

    I have been reading very good posts here on allnurses about how I can prepare for nursing school Jan 2013.

    What I've found is that many nursing students advised to get a "very good nursing care plan book." However, I never saw any suggestions. What are your recommendations for a good nursing care plan book? What sort of informations should I be looking for in such a book?

    I appreciate and thank you in advance for any suggestions. Have a great day/night!

    -Cathy

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    Hi. I got the skills lab book, but from the trading and hw assignments we got from the orientation, I do not see any assignments from the skills lab book. So... I don't think there is an assignment from the lab manual.


    Cathy

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    Oo yes I was given a littmann se ii by my cousin. I think they're a very good brand of stethoscopes. No engraving on mine ): have you purchased the uniforms yet? Those are the only ones I haven't purchased. I want to see them in person at orientation (:

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    Hi!

    I got orange coast college. I'm also excited to start! (((: I haven't registered yet because my reg date is one of the last days...


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