OU ABSN Interviews for May 2011 Cohort - page 16

Hi guys! Interviews started today for the May 2011 cohort, and I think I was one of the first few to interview. I know we can't talk about specific questions that were asked during the interview, but... Read More

  1. by   blk2b1g
    Congratulations AA225! I was also recently accepted to OU's accelerated program starting Jan. 2012. Based on current student's recommendations, I really want to take a nurse assistant course prior to beginning, but I am not sure it will work with my schedule. I have only worked in the chemical industry for many years. For anyone currently in the program, can you give me an idea of how many students don't have CNA experience. Also, how well can students perform without it. Also, how beneficial is taking the course without actually working as a nurse assistant? I would appreciate any feedback you could provide! Thank you!
  2. by   cderitz
    Congrats to both of you on getting in to the program! As for how many students have experience as NA's, I would say only a handful of us did. It is not a requirement at all, and they do teach you everything that you need to know in those first 7 weeks of "nursing bootcamp".

    However, I will tell you, it has made a huge difference in my clinicals right now. Yes, I was nervous the first day, and I still get nervous every day as it's always something new that I'm doing. However, I am way more comfortable with my patients and have already seen a lot by working 8 months prior as an NA. Also, it made those first 7 weeks easier as those first two weeks of skills labs that they have you learn were things that I already knew and did not need to stress about.

    So, I would encourage it if you can. I know it's another $1000 to take a red cross course, but if you don't start until January 2012, it really will only help you in the long run. Any experience you can get before you start is going to help you out so much.

    If you don't feel like you can swing it, don't stress about it though. I'd say about 90% of the people in my class did not have the experience and they are doing just fine All the best!
  3. by   ejcl68
    I agree with CD. If you can get the experience before hand it will help you. I will caution you however that many of the NAs I have encountered in my clinical take short cuts and pick up bad habits. If you decide to be an NA, do it the right way. You will fail a validation if you try cutting corners and not being safe. They actually told us that it's sometimes better not to work as an NA because you don't get caught up in all of that. I will also stress learning your medical terminology and pharmacology. Lean all of the drug classes and their side effects. You will be leaps and bounds ahead of most in clinical. For me, my pharm class did not prepare me well enough for nursing school even though I got a 4.0. You must, must know your drugs!! I am catching up now but it's easier if you know them well ahead of time. Start making flash cards of the key classes and know them.

    In closing, this program is awesome and very doable. Don't be afraid but understand the first 7 weeks will require you to live and breathe nursing school. Then it lets up but only a little. I love it and hope you all do too.
  4. by   blk2b1g
    Thank you so much for taking the time to give me your input. I know you are very busy. It is so very helpful! I believe I will try to take the course, but I will not attempt to work as a CNA. I am sure just learning the skills will be helpful. I only have Pharm left to take and I will focus on learning that as well as possible. Do you recommend any books that I could use to get a jump start on the medical terminology and medical math? Thank you again!!

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