Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program - page 3

i just wanted to start a thread for the ric bsn program. if anyone has questions on pre-req classes, admission, what the program is like.....this is the place to ask! the whole nursing school process... Read More

  1. Visit  RhodyGirl, RN profile page
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    Quote from TRR8021
    I wish these meetings were later in the day or on the weekends. I can never attend because I have to go to work
    Oh, bummer! Sorry about that. It's RIC's "free period" so we have to hold the meetings then.
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  3. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    Hey Lauren do you by any chance know when they will be sending out the Sigma Theta Tau invitations this year? I thought the ceremony was in the early fall so does that mean the invites go out sometime this summer? I'm just curious, I hope that my GPA is good enough to qualify.

    !Chris
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    Hi! I was told recently via email that you have to have completed N374 and are 1 or 2 semesters from graduation. Dr. H (RIC Psych nursing) will contact those who are eligible in early September for induction in December.
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    Quote from RileyJess06
    Hi! I was told recently via email that you have to have completed N374 and are 1 or 2 semesters from graduation. Dr. H (RIC Psych nursing) will contact those who are eligible in early September for induction in December.
    That's just the information that I was looking for, thank you. I'm going to be a senior this fall and I'm actually completing N374 this summer in the Summer II session. Thanks again.

    !Chris
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    Has anyone here taken clinical during the summer? I've heard they're difficult to get into because there are limited spots.. does it go by GPA, or credits, or is it random? I would like to take a couple of my nursing courses during summer 2012 so that I can graduate one semester earlier. Any opinions on whether this is a good/bad idea? Thanks
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    I haven't taken a clinical but I am taking the leadership course (it has no clinical component to it.) I've heard that the summer clinicals are a lot of work and that you should plan on NOT having a job and whatever else you like to do lol. But if you can make it through the six weeks, it'll be worth it. Personally, I need a slower pace so that I can grasp the material.

    To add to that, I've heard that there's a test every week (at least in med/surg). So you have lecture on Monday, then you go to the hospital to prep for clinical on Tuesday, lecture again on Wed., Wed. night prep, Thursday clinical again and Fridays are off.
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  8. Visit  RhodyGirl, RN profile page
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    Quote from fetta818
    Has anyone here taken clinical during the summer? I've heard they're difficult to get into because there are limited spots.. does it go by GPA, or credits, or is it random? I would like to take a couple of my nursing courses during summer 2012 so that I can graduate one semester earlier. Any opinions on whether this is a good/bad idea? Thanks
    Summer class availability goes by the number of credits you have. Because of this, second degree students almost always fill up the summer clinical courses.

    I have friends that have taken one or two summer clinicals and have gotten by, but they all have said they'd never do it again (too fast and too much stress). I know everyone is always in a rush to finish, but I'm glad I've taken the full 3 years....it's been difficult enough the traditional way, nevermind accelerating the process!
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    Thanks for the input!!
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    I have to agree with Lauren on this one, summer clinicals are usually not a good idea unless you are not working and have absolutely no other commitments so that you can focus your entire time during the class to coursework and studying. I would also reccomend not doing summer clinicals unless you are a really strong student in other clinicals (atleast a B+ in all of your other clinicals) but again that is just an opinion.

    !Chris
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    Quote from cjcsoon2brn
    I have to agree with Lauren on this one, summer clinicals are usually not a good idea unless you are not working and have absolutely no other commitments so that you can focus your entire time during the class to coursework and studying. I would also reccomend not doing summer clinicals unless you are a really strong student in other clinicals (atleast a B+ in all of your other clinicals) but again that is just an opinion.

    !Chris
    Thanks! Yes I am aware that I would have to devote all my time to studies if I did this. I guess that also rules out starting 340 next summer if they offer it (because I will be taking 223, 224 during spring 11). I want to graduate ASAP, but don't want to sacrifice the quality of my education...

    A couple more questions for you senior level nursing students at RIC:
    Have you ever (or do you know of anyone who has) had to put off a certain clinical for a semester because there was no space?
    Does Nursing 223 take place on or off campus?
    Would you recommend getting a PDA or is it not necessary?
    I read about an Honors Program during senior year in the nursing student handbook, is anyone involved in that?
    Is there anything I should buy before starting 220 and 222? (besides books - haha)

    I just have so many questions and I am SO nervous to start this fall so I am trying to prepare myself as much as possible.. So glad I found this site and thread!



    Also - What is on the TEAs Test? I am taking it the 24th. Think I'll be fine for math and English but I'm a little worried about what kind of science is on it..
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    Anyone have specific details on uniform requirements? I know the handbook says, in part:
    Female students will be able to choose a maroon skirt or slacks with a maroon scrub top embroidered
    with "Rhode Island College School of Nursing". Male students will wear maroon slacks with the same
    type of shirt. White lab coats will have Rhode Island College patch on the left arm. The School of
    Nursing patch is available in the nursing office ($5.00). Scrubs, tops and slacks, lab coats, name tags
    and other equipment can be ordered through Alexander's Uniforms, 1 Lambert Lind Highway,
    Warwick, RI 401-654-6500. Updated ordering procedures will be announced each semester.
    Anything specific on shoes? I'm doing CCRI's CNA program now, need to get white shoes, and would like to get shoes that work for both clinicals... Think white closed-back Danskos will be fine? Can't imagine they'd find much reason to disallow those.
  13. Visit  JKindRN profile page
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    Hey there!

    Out of curiosity...has anyone transfered to RIC-Nursing from out of state?
    I'm from CT and I have my undergrad in a non-health related field. I decided to go back to school for nursing and I'm about halfway through with my science pre-reqs...however I may need to move to RI due to my husband's work.
    I thought about transfering to RIC and wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations or thoughts...
    Thanks!
  14. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    Quote from fetta818
    Thanks! Yes I am aware that I would have to devote all my time to studies if I did this. I guess that also rules out starting 340 next summer if they offer it (because I will be taking 223, 224 during spring 11). I want to graduate ASAP, but don't want to sacrifice the quality of my education...

    A couple more questions for you senior level nursing students at RIC:
    Have you ever (or do you know of anyone who has) had to put off a certain clinical for a semester because there was no space?
    Does Nursing 223 take place on or off campus?
    Would you recommend getting a PDA or is it not necessary?
    I read about an Honors Program during senior year in the nursing student handbook, is anyone involved in that?
    Is there anything I should buy before starting 220 and 222? (besides books - haha)

    I just have so many questions and I am SO nervous to start this fall so I am trying to prepare myself as much as possible.. So glad I found this site and thread!

    Also - What is on the TEAs Test? I am taking it the 24th. Think I'll be fine for math and English but I'm a little worried about what kind of science is on it..
    1. Have you ever (or do you know of anyone who has) had to put off a certain clinical for a semester because there was no space?

    I'm not sure what you mean by this, if you mean that someone wasn't able to do a certain clinical because there wasn't space at the time then the answer is "Yes". I know of a student who wasn't able to get into Maternity when she needed to because there wasn't enough space and she had to wait an extra semester so that she could be placed in the Maternity course. The school did help her out though in that rather then make her wait a whole semester they got her into the summer section and she did it then so she was still graduating at the same time as the rest of her classmates. I know this situation is very rare though, most students get the clinicals they need, perhaps a little out of the planned order that they wanted, but they still get them all done and on time. I had to take Peds. and Med/Surg I before I took Psych. and Maternity but it all worked out fine.


    Would you recommend getting a PDA or is it not necessary?

    I would say "Yes" and "No". Yes I recommend it but it is not necessary, yet. I have an iPod touch (important because it has no camera on it) and I use Davis' Drug Guide and I have a program for EKGs and Lab Values too. I find them very helpful in clinicals when your patient gets a new drug added that you didn't get time to research the night before and its much easier to use then the online program that most of the Lifespan hospitals have, but that's just my opinion.

    I read about an Honors Program during senior year in the nursing student handbook, is anyone involved in that?

    I've heard about it, read a little about it, wanted to do it and then ultimately decided I had enough on my plate with working 32 hours a week and doing school full time. Better ask Lauren on this one, she's a smartie and Honors sounds like something right up her alley.

    Is there anything I should buy before starting 220 and 222?

    Just get the recommended books and maybe a good bookshelf for all the nursing books you will have to get in the next few years. Don't throw away ANY of the books you buy once your in the program. I still use some of my 220 books and I'm a senior . I would however get rid of any books from your pre-reqs because you probably wont' need them and you need the space for your new books.

    What is on the TEAS Test?

    Math and English, period. Its a test for basic competency, its really not that difficult. If you have taken a college course in either English or Math then you are already way ahead of the game. Most of the stuff covered is like stuff you learned in high school, but if your a little rusty on it that's ok too because as long as you pass then your fine. A few months into the semester someone will come and talk to you about your results and where you can improve on and how to improve. Breathe and relax.

    !Chris
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