WCCCD-Who applied for January? - page 2

Okay, November is suppose to be the month we find out. Does anyone know when in November? I applied for the January start back in August...I thought a lot more people would be at the meeting, but... Read More

  1. by   MySimplePlan
    Congratulations to you people who stuck with your goal and applied again! You got in!!! Yay for you!! I am so happy for you!! You are on your way.

    Some advice from one who is finishing up the first semester:

    1) Look over your modules as soon as you purchase them so you are familiar with how the classes roll.

    2) DO NOT get behind. It is nearly impossible to catch up. I just came from behind, but it took a grueling three weeks to do so and it was not fun. Know now most of your weekends will be spent studying. I have not watched a lick of TV since school began, and went out one night with a friend. For coffee. Woot.

    3) Cut stuff out of your schedule. Resign yourself not to be the person who shows up at everything. You will only have time for school and your immediate family. Try not to ditch church.

    4) Organize your house NOW. Stock up on things so you won't have to run out and buy them. I hate errands during the week. Better, get married before January and have the new spouse do these things.

    5) Don't waste your money on the 'coolest' accessories for school. Just buy the basics an elementary schooler would need: paper, erasers, pencils, Bics. The one with the most toys usually flunk.

    6) Don't ever think something will be 'easy'. After you've been in school a while, you get a feel for what might be harder, not as bad, etc. Don't be fooled into thinking 'you already know that'. Nursing school is never designed to give you a break. Everything is deceptively challenging. I made a critical error in this regard this semester, and damn near fell out. I'm still reeling from my near-miss, and it made a Christian outta me, alright. It took me a long time to climb out of the hole. Don't make this mistake.

    7) Be kind to everyone. You will meet some wonderful people along the way. Some day, you will need them to be wonderful to you. Nurture a generous spirit and it will make every day in nursing school a pleasant experience.

    8) Have faith in yourself. You made it!! Who's better than you??!! You're smart, resourceful, and tenacious. You made it this far, and you will make it through nursing school. Go, you!!!!
  2. by   rntoben2008
    Thanks for all the great advice. I don't have a lot of money to buy all the extra supplies, like a palm pilot, do you really need one of those in nursing school? I will splurge on one thing and that is some good shoes for clinicals.
    I know it is hard, I have a few friends in their first semester of nursing school now. One is in our school, another is at a big University close to our school. They both tell of the same thing, that it is a lot of info to absorb and that it is hard. I know it will be a challenge, but I welcome the opportunity to go through that challenge. I did try again and it paid off. I am so happy. I had almost let negativity get to me and lost faith. It does help to be patient. I am glad you made it out of the hole, and don't lose your faith either. Keep plugging away at it. Just think only 3 more semesters for you. One down almost....and 3 to go. You can do it. I will definitely heed your advice. What do you mean about reading modules? Is that the books info? Or do they give you that at Orientation? Well much luck to you on your last few weeks, keep your chin up, you can do it.
  3. by   MySimplePlan
    The material in my first semester wasn't hard as such....there was just so much of it. There was nothing difficult to comprehend at all - there was just too much stuff to know in such a short period of time, as well as other things they want you to do.

    Modules....my firend is in her 2nd semester at WC3 and I *think* you guys do modules over there - it's a notebook (well, it will BE a notebook once you put the packet of papers you have to buy from them in your own notebook) that is an outline of all your lessons, or units, in your class. For example, I'm on Unit 5, Elimination, and Module 5.1 is Urinary, 5.2 is Bowel, 5.3 is something else. Each module has Learning Objectives, which are concepts you need to know/master for the test and for the class. One Learning Objective might be, "Describe three characteristics of urine". Another might be, "Desribe the procedure for inserting a Foley catheter." We don't have to turn in the answers, but writing them down makes a fine study guide later, and everything in those modules WILL show up in a test somewhere. Successful people write down all the answers and know them.

    No one in my nursing class has a PDA. You don't need one. Someone proficient with them would certainly disagree, but we're all doing fine w/o them. However, if they interest you, lots of people here can help you with them. I'm sure they're quite handy.

    I've seen your great big Fundamentals book, and all I can say is good luck lugging that sucker around, wow! How much is that, anyway? It scares the hell outta me.

    I am so glad you and DaMomma got in. I still pinch myself that I got in, and the thrill of being in the nursing program FINALLY has not worn off. I am finishing up my first semester as excited as when I started. I know I am a lucky dog.

    Oh - one more thing....try and hook up with a good lab partner. I'm not sure how to tell you how to do this....just don't get stuck with someone that you can't work with. You need her to want to work as hard as you do, to meet you in the lab when you can, who is serious about the work. I lucked out big time with my partner, and I worship the ground she walks on. I'm not quite sure how we came to be....I think we were in the same clinical group and hooked up that way. We're a good match and have the same sensibilities. We both have kids so when we get to lab, we want to work hard and then get out to get home. We don't rush, but we don't fool around, either. There are several people I could be lab partners with at school, but you have to hook up with them before someone else 'grabs' them. Plus, I trust her completely and we have each others' back. That is worth gold.

    Did I say I love nursing school?
  4. by   DAMomma
    SimplePlan,

    THANK YOU so much for the tips!!!! I am going to print it out and keep them!
  5. by   gin2425
    Congrats to all of you that got in!!!
    And those of you that didn't keep TRYING! It takes a strong person to keep reapplying if you really want it!
    I am now almost done with my 3rd semester in the NUR program @ WCCCD. It has seriously been the longest road in my life and it feels like it's never going to end.
    I totally agree with My Simple Plan GET THAT HOUSE IN ORDER! Buy a lot of crock pot meals..Forget the man they are supportive but they will never clean or be a mom like you. (And when you start losing your mind they get tired of hearing "I think I am going to die!") Start gathering the big support group now because you will never be able to be late ever again and excuses are not acceptable. (ie. "my grandmother just died would it be okay if I left class a little early to make it to the funeral" Response: "Wow that must be difficult but I will take 5% off your grade if you do.)
    I am telling you this so you are prepared for boot camp. You do need a true friend in the program Becareful some want to be the best and they will walk on top of you to get there... BEWARE.
    Those lovely modules disappear after medsurg 1. Learn to highlight only the most important information. Learn the material everything connects (who would of thought the human body would be so complicated...I wish I had paid better attention in anatomy then just memorizing.
    I am reconvincing myself on a regular basis that I can do this..So all of you hang in there...Congrats again!
    One last bit of advice C=Nurse is our motto
  6. by   finola
    Quote from rntoben2008
    Congratulations! I will see you at Orientation. Let me know if you find a cheap doctor to get the physical done. I don't have insurance.
    Congratulations! I am doing my pre-reqs and am hoping to be able to start the program Jan 08. Just think, if I get to start then, You will be half way through the program! How exciting!

    I dont know where you live, but at the Taylor Meijers there is a clinic that charges $49. Ive gone there a few times for sinus infections. They are really nice there. Nurse Practioners pretty much run it. Very fast too. They have this 15 minute policy. Your not supposed to wait longer then 15 minutes to be seen. That would be a good place to go for a physical.

    Good luck!
  7. by   aramsgirl
    Congrats to those who are just beginning to enter the nursing profession. I am a registered nurse and have been for 20 years. I work at St. Joes. I received my ADN from Jackson Community College and I am now finishing my BSN - - last day of class Jan. 8. Nursing is one of those careers you must be called into. You must have epathy for your fellow human being. You must have guts to stand up for your patients. You must be flexible as change is a continuous event in the nursing field. And you must be willing to be a life-long learner. Stand strong, proud and courageous as you have chosen a great career. Welcome to the nursing profession.
  8. by   Nursegirlgg
    Congrads to you and you guys will do well
  9. by   SGN_08
    Quote from rntoben2008
    thanks for all the great advice. i don't have a lot of money to buy all the extra supplies, like a palm pilot, do you really need one of those in nursing school? i will splurge on one thing and that is some good shoes for clinicals.
    i know it is hard, i have a few friends in their first semester of nursing school now. one is in our school, another is at a big university close to our school. they both tell of the same thing, that it is a lot of info to absorb and that it is hard. i know it will be a challenge, but i welcome the opportunity to go through that challenge. i did try again and it paid off. i am so happy. i had almost let negativity get to me and lost faith. it does help to be patient. i am glad you made it out of the hole, and don't lose your faith either. keep plugging away at it. just think only 3 more semesters for you. one down almost....and 3 to go. you can do it. i will definitely heed your advice. what do you mean about reading modules? is that the books info? or do they give you that at orientation? well much luck to you on your last few weeks, keep your chin up, you can do it.
    hey girl- hope you got in and class selection went well. i can say this... a palm is not required! however, i do have one and love it. what most people do around me because 90% of people do not have one they just borrow mine at clinical to look up meds that are added to their list of meds. i don't mind helping out my classmates in this way. it is impossible to bring your own book with you in book form as there isnt room but the med carts normally have a copy or two around them to help the nurses out. some ways to perhaps save money...#1 the techniques book isnt needed...the hardcover kozier has all the same material in it that we used. #2 you can buy "pen lights" at wal-mart's in a two pack they are like 2 dollars and you can change the battery, the ones in the book store are crap. #3 dont buy med-surg books till you are going into med-surg (gives a little breathing room for money for a few weeks). #4 you do not have to have a expensive stethoscope and look around check online and ebay. #5 the all in one care plan book wasn't all the great not saying you don't need a book like it though i am going to look into another book and see if i like it better.

    this you will need right away...
    #1 clothing- sweat pants and white shirts
    #2 davis drug guide for week three but you may be able to borrow a friends
    #3 kozier hard cover- you will use this book in nur 118, nur 111, nur 110 and nur 112
    #4 carpinitos students guide to nursing diagnosis care plans (not sure the title but it is a pink book and yellow and sorta small)
    #5 the assessment little pocket book
    #6 stethoscope
    #7 a planner
    #8 order your name tags and patches so you have them in time
    #9 sharpie, highlighters, pencils


    that is about it for the first bought of things.
    good luck!
  10. by   SGN_08
    Quote from babycakes2
    hi everybody... i'm new here..congratulations damomma on your acceptance into the nursing program. i just wanna say that i just got my acceptance letter last week into the wcccd nursing program for the spring and is lookin forward to it.. i can't wait to attend orientation.. i'm wondering what the program is really like there. i know that you must maintain a 75% to pass the program..unlike henry ford community college where you have to maintain an 80%. i know this is going to be a tough program. so good luck to everyone who got in.
    i have to say something about the 75% vs 80% to pass. i am not sure about henry fords programs but at wcccd they have altered the grading scale...this being said 75-83=c 84-92=b 93 and above= a and they do not round at all (which i am sure you all know being that orientation was the other day) this may sound not so bad being that most people were a students (note the were part) but this stuff is no joke and they do not even try and make it easy on you at all. that being said i loved clinical and the patient work, it really makes it all worth it.
  11. by   rntoben2008
    Thank you for all the great heads up items to get. My husband went to HF to get his books for his own classes and he bought me the Davis Drug guide as a surprise. He is not going in to nursing, he just browsed over in their nursing section. He also got me a Littman. I have been wanting one of those for years now, they are awesome and most of the nurses I have worked with used that brand.
    I did luck out and get my first choice in classes and clinicals. I feel blessed after reading that other post in the Michigan Forum. I am going to be at Western, with clinicals at Annapolis with Caroline. I don't want to put her full name on here, as it is the internet. How did things go for you this past semester? Are you ready for your break? I bet you need it after all the hard work. Thanks for all the advice too. They suggested to us at the orientation workshops to make buddies with students farther along in the program, so as to have a mentor. Keep in touch, we love to hear from you.
  12. by   rntoben2008
    Anyone else getting nervous and excited about January 16th? I have read through the books, and looked at my handbook, and pinching myself that I am not dreaming. I have heard we should be enjoying this break...heh
  13. by   DAMomma
    Quote from rntoben2008
    Anyone else getting nervous and excited about January 16th? I have read through the books, and looked at my handbook, and pinching myself that I am not dreaming. I have heard we should be enjoying this break...heh
    Hey you!! Ditto everything you said. However, I haven't done all of the reading... I have started reading that medium sized book on with the care plans, etc in it. I have also been reviewing my medical math. Mainly, I have been getting my mind ready for the academic and emotional roller coaster ride we will face in the program. Did you also read thru your med-surg book?

    I am just so ready to get started. I have to wait till the 18th. My first class is my foundations lab 8A-2P and lecture 3P-5P.

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