Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program - page 6

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  tmariee profile page
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    Hello, I'm so thankful for this thread! I have tons of questions. I am a freshmen at RIC, just about finishing up my first semester. I feel as though I'm falling a little bit behind and it just keeps getting worse. This semester I'm taking Psych110, Bio108, Writing100, and Sociology: The family. I decided not to take chem because i wanted to do really good in the classes and i felt as though taking chem and bio at the same time would hurt my scores... well i was wrong, my grades are still suffering. I am averaging an B- in sociology, B- in psych, C- in bio, and A in writing100. I'm trying my hardest to pull my sociology and psych grade up but with bio.. i almost feel as if I'm giving up. It is not like me to give up at all but i am finding it tremendously hard to study for the exams for lecture. (i'm doing good in lab but my professor told me that lab does hardly anything to change your grade, of course) I'm taking gonsalves right now... I'm not accustomed to his teaching style at all. I have two more exams for his class coming up soon. I feel as though i can get my grade up to at least a c+ and that will be enough to go on to the next biology but i'm not sure how it works after that. Obviously my GPA will be suffering, so my hopes are sort of shot down for getting in the nursing program on the first shot. But how do I get my GPA up after that? Am i suppose to take Bio108 again?

    Also, how many people apply to the program and how many of them actually get in? I'm planning to apply Fall of 2011.

    I also feel like I'm the only one suffering with the classes, but I'm sure that that's not true. I can't help but think that I completely screwed myself over with this one... :/
  2. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    Quote from tmariee
    Hello, I'm so thankful for this thread! I have tons of questions. I am a freshmen at RIC, just about finishing up my first semester. I feel as though I'm falling a little bit behind and it just keeps getting worse. This semester I'm taking Psych110, Bio108, Writing100, and Sociology: The family. I decided not to take chem because i wanted to do really good in the classes and i felt as though taking chem and bio at the same time would hurt my scores... well i was wrong, my grades are still suffering. I am averaging an B- in sociology, B- in psych, C- in bio, and A in writing100. I'm trying my hardest to pull my sociology and psych grade up but with bio.. i almost feel as if I'm giving up. It is not like me to give up at all but i am finding it tremendously hard to study for the exams for lecture. (i'm doing good in lab but my professor told me that lab does hardly anything to change your grade, of course) I'm taking gonsalves right now... I'm not accustomed to his teaching style at all. I have two more exams for his class coming up soon. I feel as though i can get my grade up to at least a c+ and that will be enough to go on to the next biology but i'm not sure how it works after that. Obviously my GPA will be suffering, so my hopes are sort of shot down for getting in the nursing program on the first shot. But how do I get my GPA up after that? Am i suppose to take Bio108 again?

    Also, how many people apply to the program and how many of them actually get in? I'm planning to apply Fall of 2011.

    I also feel like I'm the only one suffering with the classes, but I'm sure that that's not true. I can't help but think that I completely screwed myself over with this one... :/
    Its nice to meet you. I'm glad you came here to post. I'm Chris by the way, I'm a senior as you might have read and I know how you feel when it comes to struggling with classes. I took the same professor for Bio 108 (although you can't mention a professor by name on this website) and he is difficult but you can pass this class! I would suggest if your having a difficult time perhaps you should go to OASIS for some studying help and try to meet with a Biology tutor to get some extra help (that's what the college pays them for!) You still have two exams and you can pull your grade back up.

    !Chris
  3. Visit  fetta818 profile page
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    Hi! I have 223 this spring which means I have to get my scrubs, stethoscope, etc. I was wondering, how much should I expect to spend on everything? And do I need to get it all now or should I wait until classes start? Thanks
  4. Visit  MiniDachshund<3er profile page
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    You can get everything right at Alexander's uniform in Warwick. The scrubs do take a few weeks to come in (they need to be embroidered with RIC nursing info.) I would order them soon just to be safe. They do tend to get backed up just a little bit as the semester nears and everyone is rushing to get them. You don't need the scrubs for fundamentals until clinical, which is 8? weeks in? You need the scrubs for your first (and all 3) performance tests in health assessment though, which I think is about 3 weeks into the semester. You will need your stethoscope and blood pressure cuff definitely for the second week of health assess. Reflex hammer and pen light is a a few weeks into the semester. You will also need your nurse pack from the book store for the second week (and rest of semester in the nursing lab) for fundamentals. Materials cost (from the best of my memory):

    scrubs: $22 for top and $24 for bottoms, not including embroidering, lab coat/lab coat nursing patch, and name pin
    stethoscope: Littman II classic, $130.00
    BP cuff: $18
    reflex hammer: $6
    pen light: $5

    You also get a 20% discount at Alexanders for being a RIC nursing student, they might ask for your student ID for verification...

    Hope this helps! Good luck! I just finished 223 and 224. Its not bad at all.
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  5. Visit  fetta818 profile page
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    Thanks for that info! Definitely helpful.... one more question lol.. what about shoes? Is there a specific kind or color you have to get?
  6. Visit  MiniDachshund<3er profile page
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    Shoes for fundamentals have to be white. (My professor said that later in the program, some professors may allow black) But for fundamentals, white shoes are a must. They can be all white sneakers (leather, no cloth b/c of risk of bodily fluid splashing and inability to easily clean contaminated cloth), or white nursing shoes. I was trying to save a little money, and I bought all white sneakers ($50). Lets just say this semester, I splurged and bought a nice pair of Dansko nursing shoes at Alexanders ($85 after discount). My feet were killing me in the sneakers after an 8 hour day on my feet!
  7. Visit  fetta818 profile page
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    Ok, cool. I will go with some white danskos then.
  8. Visit  MiniDachshund<3er profile page
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    ...I've got a question for some of the 2nd semester juniors or seniors....Whats up with these math/meds exams on the first day of clinicals? Is it just like the math/meds exam we had in fundamentals? they supply calculators? Is it for every clinical? or just med surg I? Thanks!
  9. Visit  TRR8021 profile page
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    Quote from MiniDachshund<3er
    Shoes for fundamentals have to be white. (My professor said that later in the program, some professors may allow black) But for fundamentals, white shoes are a must. They can be all white sneakers (leather, no cloth b/c of risk of bodily fluid splashing and inability to easily clean contaminated cloth), or white nursing shoes. I was trying to save a little money, and I bought all white sneakers ($50). Lets just say this semester, I splurged and bought a nice pair of Dansko nursing shoes at Alexanders ($85 after discount). My feet were killing me in the sneakers after an 8 hour day on my feet!
    I don't think that's true. I've never worn white shoes and it's not in the nursing school handbook either but some students are convinced they must be white. There's no policy on it from what I understand unless they changed the rules recently.
  10. Visit  TRR8021 profile page
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    Quote from MiniDachshund<3er
    ...I've got a question for some of the 2nd semester juniors or seniors....Whats up with these math/meds exams on the first day of clinicals? Is it just like the math/meds exam we had in fundamentals? they supply calculators? Is it for every clinical? or just med surg I? Thanks!
    Yes, you take a calculation exam for every clinical throughout the program and they supply the calculator. I believe passing is 90% and you get 3 chances. As long as you have a Math for Meds book, you should be fine. It's just basic dosage calculations in those lovely word problems lol. Don't get lost in the extraneous information.
  11. Visit  MiniDachshund<3er profile page
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    Not sure. I think your right, I don't think its in the handbook either. But all 4 professors in my fundamentals class last semester (Fall 2010) specifically said "white leather and no cloth" to the class. I hope we are able to wear different colors. I love the designed shoes at Alexanders.
  12. Visit  MiniDachshund<3er profile page
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    Thanks for the math/meds exam info! I have been worried! So its the same as fundamentals: 90% or higher is passing, and you get a retake (or 2). Good to know.
  13. Visit  TRR8021 profile page
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    Quote from MiniDachshund<3er
    Not sure. I think your right, I don't think its in the handbook either. But all 4 professors in my fundamentals class last semester (Fall 2010) specifically said "white leather and no cloth" to the class. I hope we are able to wear different colors. I love the designed shoes at Alexanders.
    Yeah, in fact, I have some black shoes and several other students wore black. One student had a leopard print dansko and some students simply wore regular sneakers! LOL With that being said, wear whatever your professor prefers. Good luck in clinical!


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