Penn State Altoona RN program
- 0May 3, '12 by megpsu31Is anyone starting PSU Altoona 2Nurs program in Fall 2012? Don't know anyone so just trying to reach out. Or has anyone already done this program that has tips to offer a newbie??
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- 0Jun 1, '12 by tscharfI'm in the class that will be graduating Dec 2012. It's been a lot of work, but definitely worth it.
Check out those two threads - I've answered some questions on those links.
My tips: enjoy the summer! You will stay very busy, so enjoy the downtime now. Jump at every opportunity to learn something new. The instructors and (most of the) nurses on the floors are willing to have you observe procedures and/or help out and/or perform it (when it's within the scope of what you've been taught. Study early and often. Smile - it's contagious and the pts will really appreciate it! :-)
Do you have any specific questions I can answer?
- 0Jun 1, '12 by tscharfI know that I was incredibly nervous starting. I'm a "true" returning adult student, with a small child and husband, and had left a really good job to follow my dream. It has been worth every frustration, every night with little to no sleep, every night of studying! I won't lie - it's a lot of work, but we just finished up in the ICU and I felt very prepared to handle those difficult cases. If you can get the book lists at orientation, get your books off amazon or half.com or the like. MUCH cheaper than at the bookstore. :-) Get lots of NCLEX books and start using them early on. (I probably have at least 15 - no joke - and study from all of the regularly. I feel it helps me prepare for the tests.)
Yes, I ramble - blame it on the Advanced Med-Surg test today and the OB test on Monday! :-)
Can you narrow down areas you are curious about?
- 0Jun 1, '12 by megpsu31Same here, I'm an adult student with 2 kids and a husband. I guess I'm most worried about being able to manage it all. I know it will all come to me as I get in the groove but I just worry about staying on top of it. But I am very excited. I am trying to enjoy the summer knowing it's going to get crazy but also just want August to get here! NCLEX books are on my Christmas list for this year. Thanks for your help!!