El Centro students Spring '06 - page 79

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   AllyRN82
    Quote from Brie2200
    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
    If there's anyone that survive all of that Brie, it is YOU! I can't believe all that you have done so far! EC and NL must move at snail's pace haha. We haven't even had our first check off!

    Good luck to you through this semester

    Congratulations on those 100s!!! WOW!
  2. by   AllyRN82
    Quote from amyindallas
    Allison,

    Glad to hear that things are going well for you.

    Amy
    Thank you Amy

    I know waiting until the 15th is going to be the longest wait of your life, at least it was for me! It will go by amazingly fast once that letter lands in your hands, at least it did for me.
  3. by   a_clay
    Yep, that's why I am trying not to even think about it. I'm sure I'll start stressing as the date gets near. I am a last minute worrier - I am okay until the last minute then I start freaking out. LOL

    Amy

    Quote from faceinbooks82
    Thank you Amy

    I know waiting until the 15th is going to be the longest wait of your life, at least it was for me! It will go by amazingly fast once that letter lands in your hands, at least it did for me.
  4. by   semi-fly
    I have a few question for you guys, hopefull nothing that has been asked/answered before.

    I'm curious, what do those taking or those who have completed the El Centro ADN program think of it? What made you choose this program over others offered in the area? What are your thoughts on your clinical work to date, other than the "fish out of water" feeling all people normally feel? How have the instructors/preceptor/nurses been in clinical work?

    Thanks
  5. by   mysterious_one
    hi semi fly,
    my reasons were basically financially, location, shortness of programm, and i heard of, that ECC has a 98 % passing score at NCLEX. I am now a freshmen at ECC and found out that this is, if you make it through the 4 semesters. It is a very tough programm and a lot of people dropp out or have to repeat semesters ,so I have heard !!!. Instructors all vary, some are nice , some are mean, but they are known to prepare you very well to be a good RN.
  6. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from mysterious_one
    hi semi fly,
    my reasons were basically financially, location, shortness of programm, and i heard of, that ECC has a 98 % passing score at NCLEX. I am now a freshmen at ECC and found out that this is, if you make it through the 4 semesters. It is a very tough programm and a lot of people dropp out or have to repeat semesters ,so I have heard !!!. Instructors all vary, some are nice , some are mean, but they are known to prepare you very well to be a good RN.


    Ditto this!


    It's a hard program, but you will have a greater chance to be prepared...not only for the NCLEX, but also on the floor!

    Book smarts doesn't always make a good nurse. I want to be good at the hands on stuff as well!









    BTW, those of you at the VA last semester or this semester, did you go/are you going to the TCA (Transitional Care Unit)?

    It seems like I remember one of you saying that. If you have already been there, how is it? Do you get good experience learning first semester skills, even though it's not the actual hospital part?
  7. by   AllyRN82
    Hey Fun!

    I was in the Transitional Care Unit at the VA. I thought it was a good experience for 1st semester because all of the patients know they're going to be there for a while and they've accepted it pretty well. It's very good for getting a feel of what the hospital is like. The only thing I didn't really like was the air conditioning or lack of it! It was way too hot but they said it had to be like that because of all of the older patients. I am big on having my a/c so that was literally a major downside of that unit haha. I know...I'm weird.
  8. by   Finallyat40
    I can absolutely tell you, now that I"m on the other side of the fence that ELC/NL prepares its graduates to practice nursing.....During my last semester at ELC, I worked on a pulmonary floor at Parkland for clinical....I took 4-5 patients (depending on acuity), and the nursing students from the local BSN programs were still taking 2-3 and getting ready to graduate! The ADN program has such good NCLEX passing rates because they don't spend as much time on management per se and much more time on diseases/treatments/diagnosis, etc.....real world stuff. Yes, the instructors are hard, and sometimes seem mean, but it's SO worth it! I always lived by the mantra "what doesn't kill us, will make us stronger!". The clinical instructor I had for first semester, I thought she was so mean....always getting on to us, asking what were we thinking, etc., until I realized that the reason she would do this is to make us think....not run on auto pilot! After finishing that semester, I swore that I would NEVER choose her again! Guess who I had for fourth semester....yep, her....and I'm proud to say that she is one of my favorites from ELC.....I keep up with which days her clinical groups are at Parkland and try to visit her periodically.

    As for my decision to attend ELC, primarily it was because my goal was to become an RN without acquiring any student loan debt. I accomplished that goal, as compared to my 4 year compadres who have massive debt (I'm talking between 15 and 30 thousand dollars!). I realize that for many, that goal is not attainable, however, the less you graduate owing, the more for your pocket in the long run!

    Keep on trucking ladies, you're doing well....keep your chins up!

    Jamie
  9. by   a_clay
    I am not in the NL / EC program yet. I have just applied and hopefully will be starting January 2007. I picked NL / EC ADN program because I have heard that it is a tough, but very good program that will prepare you for nursing in the real world. This is the foundation of my career and I want it to be a solid foundation. I wanted a program that will teach me enough to make the transition from new grad RN to competent RN as smooth as possible. I don't want to graduate and struggle with my first RN job. NL/EC has high first time NCLEX pass rates as well. One of my current classmates in Statistics this semester is a Spring 2006 EC new grad RN. She said that the NCLEX seemed easy because NL/EC over prepares you. Also, the fact that the cost of the program is reasonable didn't hurt either.

    Amy
    Last edit by a_clay on Sep 16, '06
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from faceinbooks82
    Hey Fun!

    I was in the Transitional Care Unit at the VA. I thought it was a good experience for 1st semester because all of the patients know they're going to be there for a while and they've accepted it pretty well. It's very good for getting a feel of what the hospital is like. The only thing I didn't really like was the air conditioning or lack of it! It was way too hot but they said it had to be like that because of all of the older patients. I am big on having my a/c so that was literally a major downside of that unit haha. I know...I'm weird.

    How did the staff/patients help/treat the students nurses? With it being a TCU, what types of 1st sem skills did you not get to do? (Tube feedings, etc) Did you do a 12 hour, 1 day a week clinical there?
  11. by   AllyRN82
    Quote from Fun2Care
    How did the staff/patients help/treat the students nurses? With it being a TCU, what types of 1st sem skills did you not get to do? (Tube feedings, etc) Did you do a 12 hour, 1 day a week clinical there?

    I thought the staff was pretty nice but I was mainly working with my instructor. The patients were all wonderful because they've been there a while and they are fully aware of all of the students who will be there. You're able to do as many skills as you volunteer for. I was always on the heels of my nurses wanting to learn new things and perform my skills. Of course you can only do what you've been checked off on but they're always willing to teach you. It's all what you make of it, in my opinion. I did tube feedings, dressing changes, physical assessments, and medication administration. That was all I could really do.

    I was there for a 12 hour, 1 day a week.
  12. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    TY


    Quote from faceinbooks82
    I thought the staff was pretty nice but I was mainly working with my instructor. The patients were all wonderful because they've been there a while and they are fully aware of all of the students who will be there. You're able to do as many skills as you volunteer for. I was always on the heels of my nurses wanting to learn new things and perform my skills. Of course you can only do what you've been checked off on but they're always willing to teach you. It's all what you make of it, in my opinion. I did tube feedings, dressing changes, physical assessments, and medication administration. That was all I could really do.

    I was there for a 12 hour, 1 day a week.
  13. by   AllyRN82
    Hey Katie How was test #1? Mine is tomorrow! I had SQ checkoff today and got a 100 and so did a lot of people in my group. It was a good day for many!

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