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    Thanks Indy. Math is always something I worry about. I passed the first drug calc test, but I stressed over it. This second one really has me worried with all the new stuff. I have a math tutor that I'm going to use this summer to help me figure out easy ways to approach the math. He helped me so much with the last test.
    Any other areas I need to watch out for? I heard we have a med surg test we all have to pass this next fall in order to continue. Do you know anything about that? How tough was it?
    Thanks again for the advice...I appreciate it.
    Kellie
    p/s What campus were you on? I'm at Gwinnett.

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    Hi, sorry I haven't looked at this forum in a while. I'm an ATC grad of 2005. About the math test for senior year, Kellie, I'd advise you to drill until you can do it in your sleep. Sometime over the summer one of the instructors, or Ms. McDonald, will probably email the class with review dates for the math test. Either go to the review or see her for a copy of the problems they did; the test itself was a doozy due to all the conversions and drips in it. Apothecary to metric and then figure out a drip rate on a pediatric patient. Or something similar for an IM injection and then you need to remember what volume you can give in IM injections and for peds versus adults.

    Our class lost about a third of its students I think; 40 on ATC campus, 20 gwinnett campus to start with, and I think we graduated either 40 or 41, two of the grads failed NCLEX first time around but then passed it. Now that's only if my memory and grapevine info are correct! Reasons for dropping in the program were varied; anywhere from pregnancy to not passing a nursing course, and we lost one to the first year math test and two to the second year math test. We had only two tries on the second year math test and a lot of people had to take it the second time. Talk about tension! Pass the word around to study over the summer for it, and don't get too bent out of shape if some people don't, because you can only control what you do, even if you're emotionally attached to your classmates.

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    All is well....the interview really wasn't bad. Go figure. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to write, and help me calm down.
    They asked...
    1. Why did I chose nuring...
    2. What area of nursing am I most/least interested and why....
    3. Why did I choose Grady Memorial....
    4. What has been my worst clinical exp. and why....
    5. How do I feel is the best way to care for a patient....
    Then I was asked if I had any questions, and I had some questions prepared. (Memorized) That was it...much easier than I anticipated.
    Thanks again for the calming words and advice. Going to nap now. I'm exhausted. If I had known it wouldn't have been bad, I would have slept last night.

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    Well, you guys have helped me though some tough times. My first care plan. Passing the drug calculations test......I now need help again.
    Tomorrow I have an nurse extern interview at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Did I say interview? What I mean is, a PANEL interview. Why more than one person is needed to scare the **** out of students is beyond me, but okay.
    I have the outfit together. I have researched the facility, and I have some information about it. I have some questions ready. But I am scared to death. I am so nervous about the interview. I'm afraid they will ask me a question relating to my clinical exp. I have had plenty of clinical, but nothing exciting has happened. What if they ask me what I have found to be my most difficult challenge during clinicals and how did I handle it? I don't want to make anything up. Also, do I have to have a resume? I have already been to an first interview. This is a second. I didn't take a resume to my first because I didn't even know I was going to be interviewed. I don't have a resume prepared. Now I'm stressing out. I know I need to relax. I am applying for a position in the ER. I plan on saying one of my strengths is how I function well in stressful situations. I think they will have their doubts if I go in sweating. Are these interviews terrible? They said it will last about a half an hour. A half an hour???? Good God. Do you think it would be unethical to have a little nip before I go in???? HELP ME

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    The school uses St. Mary's hospital, Athens Regional, North East Georgia Hospital and the Lanier campus hospital. (The Gwinnett group goes to the last two). They also have a contract with Gwinnett Hospital, but we have yet to do clinicals there.
    Of the 52, I believe 4 have left. Two for grades, one for pregnancy issues, and one for personal reasons. So far, that's it. I would imagine we might see a few others go. We have another math test the beginning of our senior year that we have to pass with a 90% or better in order to continue. It's mostly IV drip calculations regarding heprin and pediatric meds.


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    Thanks for your input Atlanta Kellie!! Do you do your clinicals in one hospital or several? Also, have you lost many students? Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

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    I am currently in the ATC RN program. I am nearing the end of my junior year. So far its been great. Yes, the instructors are very supportive and rooting for you the whole way. Most are very patient, and you get a lot of clinical/hands on time. As a matter of fact, most of the nurses at the hospitals where we do clinicals, say that AT students are offered more clinical time than in any other program. They also said we seem to be more prepared to handle things once we graduate. Of course, I have never been in any other program, so I don't have anything to compare it to. But I am constantly learning, and I know I how I feel now in comparison to how I felt when I first entered the program. I have learned so much already, and I am contantly azamzed that I have the ability to actually take care of a patient. Hope this helps.


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    Just checking in to see if anyone has anything good
    or bad to say about the Athens Tech ADN Program. Has anyone at allnurses graduated from AT? I have spoken to professionals that have good things to say about AT nurse graduates, but how do you guys like the program? Are the instructors pulling for you? I would love to hear from anyone who has any info on Athens Tech or anyone who will be attending in the Fall06.

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    What sites did you look under to find a job that quickly. I would like to have a job lined up when I graduate in April also but I am not sure on how to do it. Can anyone help?

    Thanks,
    Danita
    You can check with the hosptials your interested in to see if they have nurse extern positions. I will start at Grady Hospital in Atlanta this summer as a nurse extern. I can continue there until I graduate and then take a position there as a RN in the ER. The nurse recruiter told me they love getting nursing students because they like to "grow their own" in the ER. I guess the new ones are easier to mold.

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    Thanks very much!

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    Does anyone know of a web site where you can find out where your school ranks in regard to the NCLEX results? I have searched the NCLEX web site and can't find anything that lists specific schools or states. Would appreciate any help.

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    You mentioned that it was just like your interview for the nurse extership. I have an interview for a nurse externship that will be in front of a "panel". Can you tell me what your nurse extern interview was like? What should or could I expect to be asked. I'm a tad nervous as I really want this. Any thoughts or advice would be very appreciated.
    BTW, congrats on your interview!

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    Dr."P" used to have a comprehensive final, but this past term he did not. I think it's like that just for Med Micro. I know the A&Ps still do.
    We haven't lost anyone so far out the GTC campus, but I believe the ATC campus lost 2. I know three seniors were lost at the GTC campus this year. They didn't pass the math. (There is a drug calculations test you have to take your senior year. You get two tries and have to make a 100%) So...still lots of places to get the boot I guess. I don't plan on being one of them

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    I had Dr.Pyle for Med Micro. I started out at Gwinnett, then transferred to Athens tech. At ATC I took both A&P's, math, and med micro. Dr. ****** is a really hard teacher, but he's very good. You will be studying a lot. From what I understand, there isn't a comprehensive final anymore. Good thing!

    No, I don't work. I've been really fortunate. My husband has been very supportive regarding my education. Things are tight because I don't work, and he never complains. There are quite a few people who have to work, and they seem to be doing okay. I"m sure it's harder on them. I just feel like I busted my butt to get in, and the last thing I want to do is get the boot because I don't study as much as I need to. It would be much harder if I had to work while going to school. I plan to work this summer though. I'm hoping I can get on at Grady.

    This program is really competitive. What makes it even harder are all the people who transfer in to try and get in. I think you have a chance though. Keep your grades up. There were some people that got NLN scores in the 90's and didn't get in this last time. They had poor GPAs. I know you feel worried. I remember feeling the same way. I know for a fact that some people got in with an NLN score lower than 85, so don't take everything you hear as the gospel truth. They did have strong GPAs though. That's why I keep saying 'keep your grades up'.

    Keep me informed!

    ***Instructor's name edited from post*****

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    **Where are we going and why are we in this hand basket?**

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    Our first class was okay. I got a B, which was a bit disappointing, but I'll live You don't recieve a grade for any clinicals, math or labs. That is all pass or fail thing. Your letter grade for the class is based on your test grades only. We had five tests not including the comprehensive final.
    As far as our hours, we were there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm...sometimes 2pm. We were there for a Friday maybe once or twice. This next class will require a bit more time clinically. We will have shifts from 7a-7p, but I believe just once or twice a week. Class instruction is only one day a week (I think). I'm sure there will be a lab day as well, but I don't know what all is involved yet.
    Wow, I don't evny you your load for winter. A&P II was tough, as was medical micro. I couldn't imagine taking both. I know people that have though and they made it through. Do you know who your instructors yet for those classes?
    Good job on the grades! Your math and A&P will go towards your GPA that will be looked at.
    Keep it up and let me know! Have a great holiday!

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    Hi Kelly,
    I really don't know what your chances are...I had two friends that didn't make it last year. They had 71 and 73 on the NLN, and the GPAs were 3.0 and 3.2. Neither made the alternate list. (They both re-applied for 2006) I think it's good that your GPA is higher...Keep that up and remember that they only base your GPA on the 5 required classes. (A&P, A&PII, Med Micro, College Algebra, and English) Keep that GPA up as high as you can. Some people make high 80's and low 90's on the NLN, but they don't get in due to a low GPA. You could beat them out of a spot with that GPA. You still have two tough courses left. If it's possible to take them one at a time and try for the A, that would really help.
    Yes, only 52 seats. Don't know about next year though. I am in the last class to attend the Gwinnett campus, so I don't know if there will be more seats available or less. I would speak with Mr. ****** in admissions. He is the person who notifies the RN applicants about placement. He is a good man to know, and he is very helpful. He kept me together towards the end.
    I really wish you luck. I know just how you feel. Let me know how it goes,

    ***Name edited from post******

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    Thanks for all your help. I had my presentation today and it went fine. I went with activy intolerance, risk for fall/injury, and anxiety r/t knowledge deficit. I really appreciate all your help and looking up all your suggestions actually taught me a lot.


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