Starting Lorain County Community College RN - Fall 2012 - page 9

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Anyone else out there starting LCCC's RN program this fall? My orientation is May 7th, and I'm starting to get a little nervous!... Read More


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    One of my classmates takes her ipad to clinical, and I have no idea how it works out for her. For me, I can toss my itouch into my pocket and look things up as I go. It also works on your smart phone, but some hospitals and/or clinical instructors will not allow you to use anything but an itouch, because they're afraid you'll be texting or something. I use it all the time at clinical, and even when I'm studying at school and don't have my laptop. If I had an iphone or another fancy phone, it probably wouldn't be as necessary.
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    Oh, and if you don't get the software, you have to buy the books.
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    Chances are you won't have much time to use either. And when you do wind up needing some sort of reference most of the hospitals now a days have some sort of drug/reference application on their computers. The Cleveland Clinic facilities actually have two. The Lexi-Comp suite and the Micromedex suite.
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    Not all of the hospitals are on computerized charting though. Mercy Allen and Mercy Regional are two hospitals that spring to mind. Also, it's sometimes hard to find a computer available even if the hospital does have computerized charting because everyone else needs to use them as well. I've only been on one unit with computerized charting and the computers that were available that were just there were never really available. You won't have time to spend a lot of time with it, plus, you have to prepare your clinical tool and do your drug cards (or sheets, depends upon clinical instructor), I've had up to 40 drugs to do in one day, and in 115 you don't go the night before, so if you have someone with that many meds, you'll spend a lot of time with a drug manual or the software. And, the drug reference books on the floor have been horribly out of date.
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    Great info Jenny! I can't decide if I want to get an iTouch or not. I know an iPhone or my Droid will use the same software, but like you said, I'm afraid an instructor won't allow me to use it (although, can't you text from an iTouch? what is really the difference?).

    I was thinking of an iPad for the ebooks, however I didn't think an iPad at the clinical site would be practical. I can't afford both.
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    I will be at Mercy. I wouldn't mind using my iPad for it, but it would be more of a pain to take with me. I'll make do with it though. Thanks for the information
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    Seeing everyone's costs, I'm suddenly less unhappy about having to do the program part-time: I get to space that out a bit!

    Since I'm not doing clinicals this semester, I'll hold off on iTouch/iPad considerations - though I would consider an ipad if all of our books were available in that format. Much easier on the back and neck!
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    Ordered my required texts for 114 on Amazon. Would have been around $225 at the bookstore for new books; I spent $135 not including the syllabus for new or like new.

    115 looks rough; around 450.
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    It's looking like it's going to be about $800 for me (between Amazon and bookstore) for books and supplies... Has anyone gotten their supply bag yet? How much was it? Also, what kind of stethoscopes are you using? I've heard that they're priced much better at Affordable Uniforms - I have no idea what kind to get though - there's so many!!!
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    I already have a stethoscope, so that's not an issue for me. As a respiratory therapist, I love my Littman Cardiology III. A Littman Select is good, though, and will not run more than ~40 bucks.


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