All of the forms that you need you will get at orientation or in the mail. Wait to get the forms, don't go looking for them! The things you need for the nursing program are specific to the nursing program. Most of the time forms come in a packet and need to be turned in as a packet. They will also need to be done a certain way or by a certain person or by a specific date. Also, most of the forms are only good for 1 calendar year, so if you fill out a "Release of Info" now it won't last you through the whole school year. That can create a bit of a mess. I know it's hard to wait, but trust me take the time to wait now instead of having to find a form or whatever in the middle of the semester the day before you start clinicals. It's not fun!
The release of info is a pretty standard form. You will get it at orientation. It's so that the school can release information from your file to the clinical sites.
Try and remember, you guys just got your letters but the nursing office just got your names too. They have to start files for each of you and get things together to be ready. In addition to that the school has 2 groups of students that are getting to ready to take NCLEX so they are very busy!! And there's 60 BSN students plus LPN students that are just sending in applications who will total 60 plus the 60 current students that will be back next year plus 60 students graduating to the completion program plus everyone in the completion program, they have a lot to do.
Yes, the drug test that you take for HTHL101S is the same drug test for the nursing program and the cost was included in the course fees. Remember, KEEP COPIES!!! (Of EVERYTHING!)
If you need something to do in the mean time, invest in a good lunch box (for clinicals and long days at school) and I suggest finding a good tote bag to carry stuff in for clinicals. It's really annoying to try and use a backpack, and there isn't always room to store a backpack at clinical. If you need to renew your BLS card, do that. (Although I think last year the nursing office offered a session and it was really cheap. So wait if you want or get it done). Start putting $5 away every week or something. There are lots of little expenses that you are going to have so I suggest it. (I.E. the first day of parking at a clinical site you might have to pay since you won't always have a badge the first day). Go to the dollarstore and stock up on penlights. I think the dollarstore penlights are great since I don't feel so bad if it gets dirty and I want to throw it away. Get a dollarstore calculator to keep in your pocket at clinicals (same reason). Scrubs are expensive! I won't lie
its a huge expense. So budget for that.
Most of all, relax! You will be so busy come fall that you need to take the time now to relax and enjoy the summer. I assure you that it will all come together