UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing '09'

  1. Hello all.

    I just wanted to provide a thread that those going to Shadyside this year can communicate on. All input is greatly appreciated of course, especially those who have done the program. Has anyone else received the letter letting them know the fall 09 class is full and to wait for spring?
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  3. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    Is this the thread we're actually using? Excellent. The other one is useful but sooooo long. Years of info on there.

    I anticipated the waitlist and took the first testing session and had everything ready as soon as my results got back.

    Has anyone gone to their compliance meeting with Joanne yet? I am wondering what's up with that, what books/uniforms we need to buy. I hate having to do all this at the last minute.
  4. by   nocheapones
    Wow, so you applied when exactly? January or February? I do think it would be frustrating to have to do all of this last minute.
  5. by   kellyjo1414
    Hey Robot,

    I got the idea to start a new thread from you, thanks. I started one with just UPMC Shadyside in the title, but I figure this one will get more hits.

    I do agree. The last minute stuff is ridiculous!
  6. by   joyceak120
    Hi All,

    I am starting the evening/weekend program. I have my compliance meeting with Joann on Aug 1. I don't know what it's all about, but I bet it's to see if everything is in that's supposse to de done. I have everything done except my ppd's and urine drug test, which can't be done until after Aug. 3.
  7. by   kellyjo1414
    Did anyone take classes at CCAC and transfer them to Shadyside? Since I have to wait until Spring to go full time, being the class for fall was full, I'm taking classes at ccac to try to get them out of the way. Any input?
  8. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    Quote from kellyjo1414
    Did anyone take classes at CCAC and transfer them to Shadyside? Since I have to wait until Spring to go full time, being the class for fall was full, I'm taking classes at ccac to try to get them out of the way. Any input?
    I took Nutrition at CCAC and transferred it to Shadyside. I sent Natalie (I think) an email first and asked her what is okay to transfer. . .I think it's basically everything except for the nursing courses and the diversity. I took Nutrition online. It was sooooo easy. You can have my book if you want it.

    Yeah, I applied in January or February I think. . .as soon as my results came back. I had to send in a 4th letter of recommendation though because one of them got lost in the mail. I kept following up on it, thank god.
  9. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    Also, I THINK I've done everything except for my drug test and my physical/ppd. I only have to do 1 ppd because I'm a UPMC employee (I just do the repeat ppd because I had the 2 part last year). . .that's pretty much all that's left to do, right? Did CPR. Did my ID photo.
  10. by   Ravenx2012
    Well okay I am here ... Not much to add at this time .. did not make this round of the draft picks but am hoping I make it come March. Anyone who wants to start networking early I am game .. Panera breads over coffee once we know more? Those entering in the fall .. perhaps you guys can give us some info for March... Let us know whats up in these interviews .. prereqs etc ... ummmm books title author of books .. hopefully they wouldn't change, but getting a leg up on things in the next 6 months can def make the first 6 months of classes easier.
  11. by   kellyjo1414
    Thanks for the info. I have registered for the Nutrition and Diversity Health and illness online. I am taking Logic at a campus. Diversity doesn't transfer? I'm going to have to email Natalie about that.

    Thanks again. I may want to buy your book also, Robot. Thanks.
  12. by   kellyjo1414
    I will be with you in the Spring. I agree, any info is appreciated.
  13. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    Has anyone gone to the compliance yet? I got drug tested last week and got my schedule/book list. . .not too happy about the cost of these dang A&P books but I got everything else pretty cheap on Amazon.

    I have Mondays off. I talked to a girl at work; she said the first semester is pretty easy.
  14. by   merner1012
    Just some info for you guys just starting. I'm just finising up 200's and thought I'd give you a heads up on some things!

    The first semester is not "easy". You'll figure out out really fast that you're going to devote a lot of time to this program, and as you move forward your life will pretty much revolve around school and nothing else. Micro and Anatomy are definitely do-able, but the key thing with any classes at shadyside is start your grades as high as possible- catching up is not a game that you will want to play.

    You won't have to worry about uniforms until the end of the first semester, so don't stress about that. Even though you'll only have 1-day a week clinical to start with in 102, I would recommend buying 2 pairs of tops and bottoms (you won't have to worry about buying more when you start the 2-day clinicals). I paid about $125 for 2 tops, 2 bottoms, stethescope and pen light (i think). An extra note- the pants that the uniform store will be selling are not very comfortable or flattering (most people think this). I would recommend going to another uniform store (walmart and lifeform are good ones) and getting your own Dickies or whatever, they're about the same price or cheaper and you have a much bigger and better selection. Also, remember to write off everything that you buy regarding uniforms, etc. on your taxes!!

    As for the first semester, Micro (although I had a different teacher) is rough, no matter what, but as long as you put time into it, you can get a lot out of it. Things you'll learn in micro like the gram negative and positive organisms are handy to know further down the road when you get to passing meds, so pay attention to those! For Anatomy (I had a different teacher than you will), sometimes it can be a blowoff depending who you have but it's so helpful in the long run just having this basis of knowledge on the human body. Really soak up what you learn in these courses, it may not seem like it has anything to do with nursing at this point, but trust me you'll be happy later on that you studied and remembered what you learned. Everyone hates going to labs for these, whether it's in the morning or at night but they're totally beneficial to go to (if they don't require you to).

    As for N100, it's a piece of cake. You really need to go to class because there are a lot of group projects, but think about it- it's a "communications" class, so you're going to be doing a lot of unnecessary stuff. The teachers for N100 are awsome, just don't blow them off!

    And N101 is an awsome class. I'm assuming they'll still be teaching care plans and whatnot, and the instructor is totally awsome. There will be quizes every week (if they still do them) so definitely go to class every day. She knows when you skip or when you're late, and you miss quiz points everytime you miss or are late for class. This class will be the basis for every care plan you write all the way through the 300's so really get good at care plans. There is a pass-fail project that you'll have to do, and don't be lax about it, there are people that failed the course because they failed this project.

    I hope this helps everyone... Good Luck to you all, and anything else you want to know just ask!
    Last edit by merner1012 on Aug 25, '09