Hi. My name is Lori.
You're very welcome!!! I wish someone had responded to me lol!!
There is a big variety of students. Some, well most are wait listed, some have no experience at all and come from different back rounds like yourself,some like us have experience and want to keep going. It is for our benefit in a way because we know some classes like A&P and it will be a breeze. For me, it was the most difficult class so I am paying close attention and taking lots of notes and making tons of cards!
I am sort of in the same boat as you. I got help from unemployment but I fought! Take a look at my other posts lol. I just turned 30 and the dead end jobs as an MA were not getting me anywhere. I want more! I wanted to be a nurse for a very long time, but was afraid to do it, or was worried about doing this while working. I also will never get this chance again to focus fully on this program. I am sorry to hear you didn't make it through med surg, but you are giving yourself another chance!
I am also sorry to hear about your sick parents. I took care or my grandmother when she was sick with Dementia and Alzheimers. I am worried about that clinical because nursing homes are really hard for me to deal with emotionally. But I know that I will have some help from other students and our clinical professor getting through it. The hardest thing for me to learn how to do is to not get emotionally attached to patients. But I guess it will get easier as it goes on...
I know the stress you feel about being prepared too. I felt the same way! I am and have to be very organized! I made a print out list of things I will need. It helps when you go and get everything. I bought the 300 pack of the big cards at Staples for 7 bucks...I suggest different notebooks for every class. I started out with the five star flex. I really like it because it is like a binder too and customizable. They are a little pricey but worth it to me! I bought a big binder and dividers for handouts that we won't need later on but I keep it at home. Also buy some folders for each class too. I do have a post here about the supplies. http://allnurses.com/pre-nursing-stu...pn-598677.html
That list is pretty much what you will need. I suggest getting the basic stuff for first quarter first...especially if you are on a budget like me! Coupons are very important. I know post it site has some coupons listed and they saved me a lot of money! Staples has coupons as well so sign up for the email list! I also have my own scope...but they are provided to us when we do our practice clinical in school. If you can get that brand def do it! It's the best kind! I think getting a sep bag for clinical is a great idea!! I am def going to do that...I didn't even think of it, actually!
As for the white sneakers, I am wearing them in class and might get a sep pair for clinical. I would rather just wear what is expected of us then make a mistake and get docked for it. One girl was wearing RED sneakers...I dont understand how hard it is to follow directions lol. But I am not there to worry about others...No specific brand for the white long sleeved shirts...any will do. Target has them and so does Old Navy. I am guessing for clinical we have to wear our hair up...but in school you can wear it any way you want to.
I took CPR already. It was quick and easy. I did not do my malpractice thingy yet but I guess you can just mail it in or give it to your advisor..We just need everything like that done before first clinical.
Orientation is a little rough bc we are being given so much info. On day 2 pay attention to the schedule of classes they give you. It is all broken down for us. I wanted mine to be earlier too, but they have it set up so that your class is together and you can meet your classmates too. Our group was split up bc there was so many of us. I like my teacher a lot for A&P and med term, and the teacher for professional awareness is very nice too! There are a lot of tests! At least one a week. So def keep on top of all assignments and reading. Time management is a must! It was hard for me in the beginning, and this was not my first full week. This coming week will be. By day 3 I felt more comfortable with everything. If you get overwhelmed like me, I suggest making a list on the weekend of goals that you want to complete. When I crossed off that first goal it felt really good!!! I listen to music with no words in the back round...it kinda helps me focus better.
That is a good idea to get the books debinded...but I would rather have the whole book in front of me. The rolling backpack is great! You can always keeps stuff in your car that you don't need too. One girl ripped out the pages and used a hole punch and binder. Too many loose pages make me overwhelmed...so it depends on what you would want to do for that. I don't see why they would say you can't debind them. They are ours. One student was nice enough to leave her book in the library for us to copy her study guides.
We only take A&P the 1st quarter. But it is a combo..Med Term is included with this class too. But we get the book for that and this really good flashcard notebook thing. I was actually going to purchase it myself. I am glad I didn't!
School attendance is no joke either! If you accumulate 5 minutes a day of being late, it adds up and the teachers know! If you have an emergency goin on let the teachers know first thing. I don't even look at my cellphone and it is on silent all day. I get distracted easily. Save all your days that you can have off for sickness or emergencies or if you can't make it in for whatever reason...I think we only get like 35 days...There is no place for us to store our lunches because there are too many of us. I did not get myself a lunch bag yet, but I am planning on it. Our lunch is from 12-12:30 and we have been getting out at 11:30 but I suggest bringing your own,especially if you dont get out early. By the time you get down to the mall and wait on the line, it is like 12:15 or later not leaving you much time to eat. You are going to Paramus right?
If you are, there is whole foods which is temping bc the food is delish! But it is costly if you do it everyday. I got a soup and salad and it was 12 bucks without a drink! You can get 2 bags of spinich for a lot less lol. We get a discount at Subway, but that is all I know of...There is hangers in class for our jackets, but I do not know of anything else.
Again, if you have any other questions, please message me or answer me on here. I am here to help you and other people too that probably have the same questiions. You did not overwhelm me at all because I know how you feel!
Good Luck with getting everything this weekend!!
Talk to you soon!