# Tri-C Nursing Program-Starting in Fall 2011 - page 6

Hi All, I was looking for fellow students that will be starting the nursing program in the Fall of 2011. I am excited :yeah:about starting and just looking for others who I might be in class... Read More

1. Not really, about the only book I didn't use very much was the Med Math book. The 1450 math is really simple.

Basically you need to know

(Ordered Dose / What you have on hand) * Route (Tablet? mL?)

and for non pump Tube feeds you'll get to this around Week 10 or so of 1450

(Ordered Amount * Calibration factor of tubing) / Time in minutes feeding is to be delivered over = drip rate

Remember that Pumps are ONLY set in hours. If you are to deliver 100 mL over one hour you set the pump at 100 mL also if you are to deliver 50 mL over 30 minutes you set the pump at 100 mL.

Other than some basic conversions like converting lbs to kg and Degrees F to Degrees C the math is pretty basic. Each 1450 exam had about 3 math questions and then 2 of these alternate format questions. Some were put these 5 things in order of importance, others were the dreaded select all that apply type questions.

One book that you'll probably want to pick up for when you are writing care plans for your 1450 clinical is this book http://www.amazon.com/Nursing-Diagno...6293980&sr=8-1
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Hi can you tell me about the school??

Thanks

Not really sure what exactly you want to know but http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/nursin...s/default.aspx is a decent place to start.
3. Thank you so much! You are so quick with your responses and so informative. I really appreciate it!
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Thank you so much! You are so quick with your responses and so informative. I really appreciate it!

Haha, thanks. I was where you are now not that long ago.
5. Here is some more good advice. For the first 5 or 6 weeks of clinical hit your patients up with wit and charm because you won't know what the hell you are doing and that's all you'll have going for you at that point. At least that's what I did and how I felt.
6. My advice...if you are young enough....and don't already have another bachelor's degree...opt out of doing the actual nursing program at tri-c. Do all your pre-reqs for a BSN and then apply to CSU or KSU or Akron and go straight to the BSN. Akron City hospital (where I recently worked as a nursing assistant) has told me any hospital with magnet status will be hiring BSN new grads over ADN grads. I was passed over to be a nursing student technician there because I am not in a BSN program. The only requirement is completion of the first clinical rotation of nursing school..which I did..but nonetheless the positions were all filled by BSN students from Akron or Kent...which would mean the new grad RN positions will be filled by those students.

Since I am old and I have a BA from OSU, I opted for the ADN. Had I known what I know now, I would have waited a couple of years until my youngest was in kindergarten and completed the accelerated BSN at Kent or Akron.

At minimum, you should consider completing the BSN prereqs at tri-c and then bridge asap to a BSN once you are done with the program.

On the bright side, I am starting a new job at Parma hospital and they still hire ADN grads so I hope to get an RN position after I finish at tri-c....knowing full well that I will need to bridge either to a BSN or an MSN in the future.

If you aren't already signed up for the ADN group forum thru my tri-c space...do so immediately. Many of our classmates that either failed or dropped out are selling their books and uniforms for pennies on the dollar.

Good Luck and welcome to Tri-C nursing!
7. Those accelerated programs aren't for old people and certainly not for people that have families and or children. Unless you want to have absolutely no life other than nursing and be borderline suicidal for a year and a half accelerated programs aren't for you. It's most cost effective to complete the ADN and whatever other Gen Ed courses at Tri-C then matriculate to Ohio University's RN-BSN program. They actually have an agreement with Tri-C. http://www.outreach.ohio.edu/onlinec...-C/landing.htm You're looking at roughly 15k between Tri-C and Ohio University tuition vs a hell of a lot more somewhere else. The OU program is also entirely online. Plus since you'll be an RN you will actually have the option of working as an RN (possibly having the hospital pick up part or all of the cost of the BSN) while completing your BSN. It's not a bad route to go unless you are in a big hurry to find a job. It almost certainly is less stressful however hard that may be to believe.
8. Just wanted to say hi, I am starting Fall of '11 at Tri-c. I was at yesterday's orientation, yes it was boring :lol.
9. FYI on Magnet status with the whole ADN vs BSN thing. I finally figured out what the degree requirements are for magnet status! Any nurse manager must have a BSN. 75% now and 100% by 2013. Any director of nursing type role must have at least a MSN. There are ZERO degree requirement for staff/floor nurses for magnet status. You can have BSN prepared nurse managers and every single one of your staff nurses can be diploma and ADN prepared and it will not affect magnet status at all!! I'm getting my ADN, getting a job at a local hospital, and having them pay for the RN-BSN. I get my degree faster and have far less educational debt!
10. Hi ... I'm starting in the Fall 2011 Eve/Weekend program at the eastern campus. I'm presently working full time M-F and and planning on doing lec/lab on weeknights and clinicals on Sat/Sun. Is there anyone else in the program that is working full time and how doable is it? I know my life belongs to the nursing program now for 4 semesters, but I'm getting a little anxious about my schedule. I am fortunate that my husband and daughter are very supportive and helpfull and she now has her driver's license so won't be relying on me to get her to and from school activities. I have a bit of a commute, about an hour each way, so that cuts into study time as well. I don't do things half way, so I want to make sure I can get everything out of the program that I can. Any response is greatly appreciated!!
11. If the Tri-C program is similar to the CSCC program, it is doable and if you set your mind to it. I am in the traditional program at the moment (classes/clinicals in the daytime) and I am working a full-time job. I am switching to the hybrid program (lecture/seminar online, lab evening, clinical weekend) and I have heard most everyone in that program has a full-time job.
12. It's doable depending on what type of student you are. I probably wouldn't recommend it though. Not only will you be spending time outside of class studying lecture material, but you'll also be completing various assignments for clinical (care plans, med cards, well elderly interview, and teaching plan) along with your MANDATORY one hour of lab practice each week. After the first semester it isn't as bad. First semester you are in lecture for 5 hours a week and lab for 4 hours a week in addition to 14 hours of clinical. Expect to spend another 5 to 10 hours a week completing care plans, studying, ect. After the first semester it's easier. In 1600 you are in lecture for 2 hours a week (5 weeks it is 4 hours) 2 hours of lab, 14 hours of clinical. 1701 is 1 hour each week, but only goes for 8 weeks. Anyway, check your Private Messages.
13. Thanks for the feed back and the info in the message. I've been carrying 8-10 credit hours each semester and working fulltime, but I know that nursing courses are a completely different beast! I'm used to getting A's in my classes and would like to keep that up if possible!! If the lecture instructor allows recording of the lectures, I'm planning on doing that too. With an almost hour commute each way to class and/or clinicals, I'm hoping to utilize that time reviewing lecture materail as well. Thanks again and good luck on your seconds semester!