Lorain County Community College - RN program in Spring 2013
- 0Dec 9, '12 by MomofzraIs anyone starting into the RN program this spring? I am getting nervous and wondered if any of my classmate are on here?
- 0Dec 17, '12 by wantccuReally, burden away - it's winter break and I don't mind!
Cut throat students? I really didn't witness that at all. The program is tough. They try to make it seem way scarier than it is. That was the hardest thing in the beginning. The first thing they do on the first day of all of your classes is tell you all of the different ways you will fail the program. What I saw with the students was more of a banding together to survive than anything else. Everyone is equally scared!
Some of the instructors were - umm - nicer than others. Do you know who you have yet?
My advice would be to take a deep breath and not let your nerves sabotage you. That's what will get you in your check offs. I would also say from my experience, don't bog yourself down with reading the 500 pages a week that they assign to you in 115. Pay attention and take good notes in class, study your power points, and use the book for supplemental knowledge (ie - topics you don't understand or to answer specific questions on the study guide that you can't find in the power points.) I saw people get overwhelmed at exam time trying to memorize every bit of material from every chapter of the book and lose sight of the important points. 114 you will have to read your books because there are no power points.
Clinicals - Do you have any hospital background? Dive in and do everything that you can. The first semester is pretty easy. Show up early, keep busy all day, finish your preps and care plans, and don't miss any classes, and you should be fine.
I can't think of anything else offhand - if you have any specific questions please feel free to ask.
- 0Dec 19, '12 by jennylouwhoHi there! I'm entering my last semester, feel free to ask any questions!
Some students are cut throat, but mostly, they're not. We really do band together. Find someone that you study well with.
I was at orientation on Monday and Tuesday. Welcome, good luck and you can do this!
- 0Dec 20, '12 by MomofzraThank you both for your replies! I am a little less nervous now. I was wondering, do either of you have an opinion on Nursing Central? I have the books and am flip flopping on whether or not to buy it electronically. It is my understanding that it is very helpful to have but that some hospitals are not allowing you to have electronic devices?
- 0Dec 20, '12 by wantccuI can't speak for anyone else, but I used free apps. There was no place for us to leave anything or sit down at all at our clinical site, so I didn't bring more than what I could carry with/on me. So I had my ipod with apps (I used skyscape and got a free Davis Drug download), my clinical papers, and clipboard. I never used the books.
I did hear jabbering about us being on our devices from nursing staff on the floor - but as far as I know, we are allowed to be using these things, or else they wouldn't give us the option of downloading $$$ worth of reference books onto our devices rather than buying the hard books.
Every instructor is different, though - so I'd wait until the first day of clinical to see what they tell you.
- 0Dec 20, '12 by jennylouwhoSo, the thing is, some hospitals you're not allowed to use them at all. EMH was one, but I used mine on occasion in 210, in a pixis room where patients and families couldn't see. The thing is, when they see us on a device, they think we're on FB or texting, they don't know we're looking something up. Most of the hospitals have programs that you can use, but I found them cumbersome compared to Nursing Central, likely because I was used to that software. In 115, you don't prep the night before, so it depends upon your clinical instructor as to what you'll need to do/turn in that day. After 115, you prep the night before, so you won't have to look many drugs up while on the floor, only new orders.
Also, you can still use the software after a year, you just can't do an update. So, update right before the year expires.