University of Oklahoma-Accelerated BSN Program - page 23

Hi All, I'm new to this site and to the field of nursing. Has anyone gone to this school and if so, what did you think? I live in San Diego, CA, and there is an online program that this... Read More

  1. by   sbcher09
    hey all- I'm currently in the first cohort at the Glendale ABSN program and hopefully I can answer some of your questions. Trust me this summer was stressful waiting for that damn acceptance letter...it seemed to take forever and the start day was looming closer. I didn't find out til about 4 weeks before school actually started, maybe it was even closer to the start date, I can't even remember! It was crazy, considering what you had to get done before the start of school. I don't know if it has been mentioned, but once you do get in, I definitely recommend buying a laptop (I got a Dell for about 650 and it's the best purchase I can recommend) and the ebooks. It helps not having to carry the huge amt of books you buy (about 60lbs worth for the first 2 semesters), and allows you to search for any word you type, which is extremely helpful with quizzes and studying. it's too bad you have to buy the hardcover books too, but maybe you can sell them to others.
    I can't believe we are 3 weeks from the end of the semester. It has gone by way fast, been super stressful at times but all in all I've had a great time. I have great classmates, great faculty now (thank God!) and we are finally smoothing out the bumps. The new facility is amazing and definitely beats having lab at the hospital! Clinicals were rough due to our instructor (who is no longer with us thankfully) initially but we have finally got the instruction we deserve and are doing fine. I think the next cohort will have it better now that all the bumps and hiccups are worked out. All I can say is get used to studying a lot, and don't get complacent with how easy it may seem in the first month or so. The minute you get complacent, they seem to turn up the heat and really kick your butt!

    For anyone who is concerned about commuting, I commute to Glendale from Ventura, which is about 1.5 with moderate traffic. It sucks that traffic is so unpredictable and LA freeways suck, but I can't imagine a better program that offers online and on-site instruction. It's definitely cutting edge and you'll be a nurse in 14 months if you study hard and stick to it! We were initially told we'd be down at school 2 days a week, but in reality here's the breakdown: 1 hr for preclinal planning (choosing your patient) the day before clinical, then 8 hr clinical day, then one or two days of clinical/health assessment lab. Clinicals are only for 10 weeks of the semester; we just finished last week our last clinical so the next 3 weeks we are in Glendale for about 2 days for exams.

    Anyways, I'm excited for you all and will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
    Good luck!
  2. by   laura06baby
    Hi
    wow congrats to you ...what an experience
    I am sure we all have many questions....even though I did not apply yet I will for Aug 2009 but I am a mother of 2 and I am just worried about the amount of studing we need to do. How many classes a semester did you have? what is the process for clinicals? those with no experience dound it more difficult? would you think that 3 hours a day of studing would be enough for this program?
    thanks and good luck
  3. by   sbcher09
    Thanks for the greetings! honestly, I do work part-time nights (even though they told me it was going to be impossible to work and do this program) and find I have enough time for studying if I manage my time correctly. It's really all about managing your time wisely, and using every little bit of time you have to just look something over or read something. You can't change the fact that you have to be on-site for skills labs once or twice a week, and when clinicals start you have to be on site for one and half days. Granted I am single and have no kids, but there are a few parents in the class that are doing great with good grades. A lot of us actually have jobs and are doing this program too. For me personally, having to work two nights a week really keeps me on track. School for me this semester went like this: preclinical on sunday afternoon for an 1hr, then the rest of the night spent doing our care plan for monday, then clinicals on monday at the hospital starting at 0630 (early I know) and get out around 230 or 3, then go home, take a nap, study a little bit/take quizzes for tuesday's skills lab. tuesday all day 9-3, wed half day usually done by 1 or 2, then go home do laundry/normal life stuff. I work thurs and fri nights and our other classes had hw due on fridays so I made sure to get it done before then. Then go to work, and then sat would be my day to spend with friends and do some hw for the next week. It worked out pretty good for me

    We are full-time students meaning we have 4 classes. Clinicals, health assessment, human experience (fundamentals of nursing), and a paper writing course that consisted of a 3pg paper and discussion boards/drop boxes. nothing too crazy. However, remember it's the first semester. Oh they don't tell you that there is a community health component that requires you to do community health hours (observation/volunteering) outside of the on-site experience. That's what sucks! And I guess the number of hours they require increase each semester. That's the hard part because it takes time to plan for those things and takes time away from family/studying/life. I do have a medical background, having worked as an EMT in the ER for 6 years so a lot of the skills aren't especially new to me and the terminology isn't a foreign language. However, some of my classmates struggled with abbreviations or medical roots (-itis, ectomy, etc) but that kind of stuff hails from our microbio days. As long as you have decent study skills you will do fine. All my nurse friends laughed at me when I first started bc I tried to read EVERYTHING, which I realized is impossible. They just told me to skim the important stuff and focus on what the professor emphasizes in her reviews, powerpoints, audio lectures, etc and I found it really helped me cut down on the extraneous stuff I was filling my brain with. Anyways, gotta go to work again...got called in. Guess I'll have to study later! Feel free to shoot me more questions, I'd love to answer them.
    PS clinicals start I think the 2nd or 3rd week of school, you just go the day before with your classmates and find a patient on the board, look up their diagnoses, their past/present med hx, medications, labs, etc and then create a plan of care for the next day. basically as you progress in the semester you will do more and more for the patient. we started slow, but we do the assessment, serve them their meals, weigh them, change their sheets, give them meds and just be their personal nurse basically. then we have to go back and fill in the blanks of our care plans. We learn skills in our clinical lab on tuesdays that allow us to do things on patients in the hospital under the care of their primary RN. At first you feel like a pest following the nurse around but as you learn to do more tasks, they like you because they put you to work!
  4. by   laura06baby
    Thank you so much
    Now what do you mean by volunteering? how many hours and what type? lol my husband is going to kill me I kept advertising this program for not having to leave the house much
  5. by   nancerino
    Hi all-I went to the open house at Glendale today. They still didn't tell us whether or not if we were accepted, but told us that we should wait for the letter in the mail. They just got the ok to send out letters yesterday. They made it seem like that if you meet the minimum requirements you shouldn't have a problem to getting accepted. Well, we shall know very soon!
    Last edit by nancerino on Dec 4, '08
  6. by   L&DNMe
    Quote from nancerino
    Hi all-I went to the open house at Glendale today. They still didn't tell us whether or not if we were accepted, but told us that we should wait for the letter in the mail. They just got the ok to send out letters yesterday. They made it seem like that if you meet the minimum requirements you shouldn't have a problem to getting accepted. Well, we shall know very soon!
    do you have pre-reqs in progress?
  7. by   nancerino
    Nope, I finished all of them.
  8. by   sdOU2009
    Hi Everyone,
    I am just finishing up my first semester in the San Diego program.
    Yes, it's an "online program", but don't be fooled.
    You will be going to campus a lot. This semester, I had school 4 days a week. Skills lab, health assessment, picking the patient at the hospital, and clinical. Also - you have community service hours you have to do throughout the semester at various locations.

    Also - you have to take all of your exams on campus so that can be an additional day.

    I just wanted to let some of you know that it is an online program, but you will be showing your face a lot. Oh, and the first week, be prepared to be on campus EVERY SINGLE DAY! ALL DAY LONG!

    Best of luck to you all!
  9. by   sbcher09
    "volunteering" for community health took us about 36 hrs total, but you have to understand we have a health promotion teaching project where you group up with a couple of your classmates to find a topic to present that is related to health promotion. You get community hours for that, then we had to volunteer 20 hours of our off-campus time to working health fairs, observing at flu clinics, volunteering at blood drives. I think it is more just to get you out into the community setting, at least that is how it was for us. Depending on where you live you may be spending more time away from your family....you do have to calculate in driving time and such. At least at Glendale we were there max 4 days a week, and our exams were bundled in with our skills labs for health assessment and clinical skills so we didn't have to go down an extra day. For instance this coming next week we have an exam, our health teaching project, then the rest of the day is spent practicing our skills, and then next day we have our final exam for clinical skills where we come in for a half hour and get tested, then we go home. seems like a waste, but oh well.
    Our new facility is kick-ass though, I don't know if you saw it but it definitely feels like a real nursing school now! A lot of my classmates have study groups at the library in Glendale, I just opt to study by myself because I really don't want to be in Glendale more than I have to! Next semester they are telling us that we will be having two clinical days, a preclinical day, and an onsite skills lab day. Sounds like it should be the same amount of on-campus time, but they upped our community health hours so we will have to spend more time off-campus doing volunteer work.
    Take care...I know the anticipation killed me...but remember why would they make you pay all that money and send you to open house if you weren't accepted? that would be plain dumb! Good luck!
  10. by   laura06baby
    wow really my husband is going to kill me lol...how long does it take the preclinical? ...I know the clinical is 8 hours what about the other days?
    why are we going to be in school every day the first week?
    By the time I will start ...if I am accepted I am planning for August ...we will have classes every day lol
    any other tips for us beginners?
    thank you all
  11. by   boogeysmomRN
    Preclinical time length depends on your instructor, some make you meet with them, others let you pick your own patient. Either way you do the research on your own time before clinical. It took me a while in the beginning, but after you get the hang of what to look for in the chart, you can be out of there in 20 mins, as long as your chart is there. Sometimes someone is using the chart or the patient is in surgery or something, so the chart is unavailable.

    You will be in school every day first week b/c you'll be listening to presentations about school, about community clinicals, etc. It may be different for you guys, things are always changing. Its a lot of info.

    After your first semester you'll be in class on campus a little less, since Health assessment lab is only during the first semester. But I hear also that every semester, your community clinical hours become more and more, so you'll still be out of the house.
  12. by   laura06baby
    I am so happy that you girls came back with some info for us
    BBOOGEYSMOM...I know you are a mom as well I need to know how did you feel it affected you and the relationship with your son etc....do you feel is doable if I am able to study only at night etc
    Again I am so glad you are giving us some more info about the program
    Thanks
    Last edit by laura06baby on Dec 5, '08
  13. by   laura06baby
    I know it is early to ask but is anyone applying for August 2009?

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