OCC - for Fall 2012 or Jan 2012 prospective students! - page 30

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Hi everyone! Okay so I decided to make a seperate thread for those of us seeing what our options are because we got the dreaded letter from OCC. It was getting hard to filter out the information pertinent to us in the general... Read More


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    Quote from whosurdaddy
    hope everyone passed pharm, but heard of a couple who didnt through friends i still talk to in the program. its always hard to see people fail. the one thing about nursing school is gossip sure does spread fast.
    some final stats for those who are interested: we finished with around 139 students out of 216 that started. some of those were LPN's doing transitions so the number of us that graduated on time was around 110 to 115. so just a little over 50%. scary isnt it.
    I am honestly surprised (and a little confused) about how easy Pharm was! I kept hearing how hard it was but I found it very easy. I am wondering if it was the teacher. (I had -----------.) She gave us powerpoints and basically told us what to know for the test. Maybe the other teachers were harder?

    Those stats are horrifying! Do you have any idea what it was that people seemed to have the most trouble with or what led to so many failing?


    Good luck in your job search!!! Keep us posted!
    Last edit by dianah on Jul 9, '12 : Reason: Terms of Service re: posting names
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    hey kizeemimi

    honestly there are struggles for everyone in different subjects. some have problems in OB, some in PEDS, some in psych and most in med surg. there does seem to be some who just dont have any trouble passing every class, but they are few and far between. i personally struggled through pharm but passed.
    most people have problems in the med surg classes. its a lot of different info in a very short amount of time. usually its the class that gets the med surg classes 1st. not sure why cause whether you get med surg 1st, or 2nd or 3rd its still the same info. some struggle with a certain instructors, different teaching styles throw some people off. with just 3 tests and a final its easy to fail if you screw up on just one test. there is also just getting a clinical instructor that doesnt like you. now i know most would say, well how can an instructor fail you just cause they dont like you. clinical instructors have the ultimate power. a clinical instructor can ride you and make it seem like your not doing well. everyone is going to make mistakes in clinical thats a given, with an instructor who doesnt like you those mistakes can be blown out of proportion. there are some instructors who are notorious for riding students and failing them. it sucks i know, but youll find out that there are some instructors who believe it is there job to determine if a student is worthy of being a nurse.
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    IA that everyone struggles with different things. During 1st year (I can't believe I made it to 2nd year, woot!) I struggled with Foundations believe it or not. I found it all over the place at first and DRY. It wasn't until the end, and even later in med-surg during 2nd semester, that the concepts came completely together for me. At first it all seemed like a bunch of random bits thrown together. Psych was a walk in the park for me, but some people found it perplexing. Still it is without a doubt the easiest of the main 3 in first year (med-surg, psych, OB). I found OB exams harder than med-surg (the first one at least, and the final was the worst of the three!), and that is usually not the case with most people. Again, it really depends on the person and sometimes the instructor.

    Word of caution: do not type the instructor's name. You never know who is reading these boards. I also think it's a forum rule.
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    Thank you, QuarterLife88, you are correct.
    It is against the Terms of Service to post names or identifiers of people in your institution or program or school.
    This is to protect YOU and maintain your privacy.



    Carry on!
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    QuarterLife: what can we expect at the orientation???
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    From what I can recall, not too much. You'll sit in a large room (such as a student center) with the rest of the first year class, and you'll meet several nursing department heads. You'll most likely see a powerpoint show of what to expect the first year, how much time you can expect you'll need to put into the program to remain successful, and the breakdown of the 15 week schedule and how it's broken down into lab, theory, and clinical and how that specifically rotates out.

    You'll have a break in which you can purchase clinical supplies you'll need for the semester and info on how to order online. These items will be shipped to you before clinical starts in Oct. It's how I, and most people I know ordered our stethoscopes, penlights, bandage scissors, etc.

    They'll go over lab and what G.A.S. stands for and is. You'll also get a book list, and when you need to have each book by. For example, there's a contemporary nursing book that you need right away, but another book such as the psych book that you don't need until a few weeks in because of the reading assignment correlation. The book list is extensive, but all the books that you are going to purchase you will re-use for the rest of the program, so that is the bulk of it right there.

    They also discuss ACE passport and the modules you will need to complete. There's a $50 fee for ACE. You must complete and pass 3 modules before you can be assigned to clinical. Make sure you are cognizant of the due date of these modules and are compliant.

    I think that's about it, or at least the gist of it. It's not scary, and doesn't last more than a couple of hours...maybe 2 or 3 at most.

    They may also go over dress code for clinical. You'll get a folder with your name on it that has explanations for ACE login and your theory class schedule.

    Welcome!
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    Quote from QuarterLife88
    From what I can recall, not too much. You'll sit in a large room (such as a student center) with the rest of the first year class, and you'll meet several nursing department heads. You'll most likely see a powerpoint show of what to expect the first year, how much time you can expect you'll need to put into the program to remain successful, and the breakdown of the 15 week schedule and how it's broken down into lab, theory, and clinical and how that specifically rotates out.

    You'll have a break in which you can purchase clinical supplies you'll need for the semester and info on how to order online. These items will be shipped to you before clinical starts in Oct. It's how I, and most people I know ordered our stethoscopes, penlights, bandage scissors, etc.

    They'll go over lab and what G.A.S. stands for and is. You'll also get a book list, and when you need to have each book by. For example, there's a contemporary nursing book that you need right away, but another book such as the psych book that you don't need until a few weeks in because of the reading assignment correlation. The book list is extensive, but all the books that you are going to purchase you will re-use for the rest of the program, so that is the bulk of it right there.

    They also discuss ACE passport and the modules you will need to complete. There's a $50 fee for ACE. You must complete and pass 3 modules before you can be assigned to clinical. Make sure you are cognizant of the due date of these modules and are compliant.

    I think that's about it, or at least the gist of it. It's not scary, and doesn't last more than a couple of hours...maybe 2 or 3 at most.

    They may also go over dress code for clinical. You'll get a folder with your name on it that has explanations for ACE login and your theory class schedule.

    Welcome!
    Thank's so much!!! I really excited to get started!!
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    Hi Whosurdaddy,


    Thank you very much. I can save lot of money this way. Red cross CNA is $1250.
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    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me if have any special class for medical terminology during 1410 class or do we just get some kind of assignment? And also do we really need to buy the med term text?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Hi!

    You will learn medical terminology as you progress through the various courses. There was no specific med-term assignment in NUR 1410 this past fall. I did not buy the med-term text or ANY of the optional/recommended texts. Any terms about which I was unsure, I would just look up online via my phone or laptop.

    HTH!


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