El Centro students Spring '06 - page 78

i know some of us have received our letters so i was wondering who else i will be making this journey with for the next 2 years. :wavey: my name is allison shaffer and it's nice to meet... Read More

  1. by   BrieRN07
    Quote from faceinbooks82
    How is everyone's first week?

    I am definitely enjoying 2nd semester more than 1st.......so far. It seems like the schedule is easier to follow and the teachers are a whole world better. I know the studying is completely insane but it's all temporary. We will survive!!!!!!

    I wish the best of luck to everyone!
    Hey everyone! I haven't posted on here since the beginning of summer, so how is everyone doing? I finally got to meet Katie at orientation last Monday.... It's nice to be able to put a name with a face!

    Last week was absolutely crazy for me!! I had something to do every single day:
    Monday- Orientation at El Centro
    Tuesday- Lecture 9am-3pm
    Weds- Learned all 5 skills
    Thurs- Practiced 3 skills for check offs
    Friday- Checked off on IM, Sub-Q, and IV!!! ( I got 100's on all three!!!)
    Sat & Sun- Worked 2 12's

    This week was not as busy, so I enjoyed it more. Lecture has definitely been more interesting this time around... We started clinicals yesterday... I was in the nursery and I saw a circumcision!!

    Well, now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to study for the first exam, the pharm exam, and finish my major care plan... Anyone have any ideas??

    -Brianna
  2. by   LKG6
    Quote from Brie2200
    Weds- Learned all 5 skills
    Thurs- Practiced 3 skills for check offs
    Friday- Checked off on IM, Sub-Q, and IV!!! ( I got 100's on all three!!!)
    Sat & Sun- Worked 2 12's

    This week was not as busy, so I enjoyed it more. Lecture has definitely been more interesting this time around... We started clinicals yesterday... I was in the nursery and I saw a circumcision!!

    Wow, you always have all check off on the same day. And you always pass.
    Congrats.


    Do you have all your clinicals in a THR hospital?

    Katie
  3. by   LKG6
    So, I had a great day at the orientation yesterday. We visited some PP floors, had TB mask test, got a tag for the scubs machine to use during L&D rotation, got a hospital ID, and we had a great breakfast at the cafeteria and lunch at the med. school. I was surprised to see that I can get to the hospital in 30-40 minutes from home. I live far north so this is a very good time. :wink2:

    I hope all of you are having fun at your orientations/clinicals.

    Katie
  4. by   Finallyat40
    doing your clinicals at Parkland? Do you get a day to shadow in the NICU? What days are your clinicals on? I work in the NICU usually Monday - Wednesday of each week and love to orient nursing students....especially those from my old stomping grounds. You will see more in the L&D unit there in one day than you would see at another hospital in two weeks!

    Jamie
  5. by   LKG6
    Quote from Finallyat40
    doing your clinicals at Parkland? Do you get a day to shadow in the NICU? What days are your clinicals on? I work in the NICU usually Monday - Wednesday of each week and love to orient nursing students....especially those from my old stomping grounds. You will see more in the L&D unit there in one day than you would see at another hospital in two weeks!
    Yes it's Parkland. I would love to go to your unit but we are scheduled 'only' for M/S, PP, L&D and well baby nursery. In case we get extra free time during our clinicals my instructor wants us to spend that on one of the L&D floors. Also, we are at the hospital on Wednesday to select a pt and then go back on Thursday for clinicals.
    Katie
  6. by   Finallyat40
    third floor....that's where most of the high risk stuff is.....lots to learn, and in case you haven't brushed up on your spanish, just remember mas, mas, mas for helping them push! Newborn nursery is a whole different universe...we get pulled over there every so often (when we're overstaffed, which doesn't happen often) and it drives us crazy! Med/surg at Parkland is an experience in itself....you'll learn alot, take advantage of the opportunities. When I did my clinicals at Parkland (4th semester), I left there every day swearing I'd never work there....here I am two years later, and I can't imagine working at any of those for-profit hospitals....I love where I'm at and what I'm doing.

    Jamie
  7. by   a_clay
    Allison,

    Glad to hear that things are going well for you.

    Amy
  8. by   a_clay
    I have a question for you guys. I know I have heard that you get to draw for clinicals but do you get to pick your lecture instructor or is there only 1 teaching lecture for that semester and that's who everyone has?
  9. by   DreamBelieveSucceed
    1st semester ECC student here - anybody have good ideas for or success with study groups? I feel panicked when I look at the syllabus "objectives" and I have read the chapters but I can't answer the questions. Several of us want to start a group, but we have soooooooo much work to do already we don't know how to make the group run efficiently and effectively so we are all learning, but maybe not necessarily having to read every single word in every single chapter.

    I'd love any info you have to offer.
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from amyindallas
    I have a question for you guys. I know I have heard that you get to draw for clinicals but do you get to pick your lecture instructor or is there only 1 teaching lecture for that semester and that's who everyone has?


    All 1st semester at NLC has the same lecture instructor...no choosing.
  11. by   gauge14iv
    For study groups...

    Limit the group to NO MORE than 4-5 to people max.

    Appoint a task master - you can take turns - to keep folks on task when the conversation turns to dinner, kids etc.

    Set up a regular time to meet. Don't wait until the day before a test - meet once a week or every other week - more often if you need to.

    If one person is holding the group back or is consistent about veering off task - TELL them - and then don't be afraid to tell them they might be better off studying with another group.

    Take breaks every hour and a half to 2 hours to talk, laugh, get a soda or snack and have a little fun - but decide how long it will last ahead of time and when its time to go back to work - back to work!

    Decide at one meeting what you are all going to bring to the next meeting to work on. That way you have an agenda - you aren't just showing up blind and spending half your study time trying to decide what to study.

    I had a very efficient study group through most of grad school and that was just how we did things. We started out with 6 people and that was too many. We found that 4 was pretty ideal. Sometimes the 4 of us partnered up into 2's for drills and practice with assessment skills and the like so it worked well.
  12. by   DreamBelieveSucceed
    Gauge - thanks so much for the input. I have responded on the other thread!
  13. by   AllyRN82
    Quote from Finallyat40
    third floor....that's where most of the high risk stuff is.....lots to learn, and in case you haven't brushed up on your spanish, just remember mas, mas, mas for helping them push! Newborn nursery is a whole different universe...we get pulled over there every so often (when we're overstaffed, which doesn't happen often) and it drives us crazy! Med/surg at Parkland is an experience in itself....you'll learn alot, take advantage of the opportunities. When I did my clinicals at Parkland (4th semester), I left there every day swearing I'd never work there....here I am two years later, and I can't imagine working at any of those for-profit hospitals....I love where I'm at and what I'm doing.

    Jamie
    Hey Jamie- I have a friend, Susan, who works in the NICU at Parkland. She's such a sweet person.

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