El Centro students Spring '06 - page 8

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
    katie,

    I haven't received anything like that from El Centro. I got my stethoscope last year when I thought I was going to be accepted so I hope I can use it. It was pink which is why I fell in love with it. I bet they won't let me use it. Anywho, I bought it for about $25 which wasn't expensive at all. I bought it at the El Centro bookstore so hopefully they will let me use it

    I don't know if that's a good deal or not but it will definitely keep you from having to shop for all of that stuff! That may be a good thing!

    You'll definitely have to tell us about your orientation on Tuesday!!!! Good luck with that. EC is on Thursday...I'm getting nervous....:uhoh21:
  2. by   sunshelley
    Quote from faceinbooks82
    katie,

    I haven't received anything like that from El Centro. I got my stethoscope last year when I thought I was going to be accepted so I hope I can use it. It was pink which is why I fell in love with it. I bet they won't let me use it. Anywho, I bought it for about $25 which wasn't expensive at all. I bought it at the El Centro bookstore so hopefully they will let me use it

    I don't know if that's a good deal or not but it will definitely keep you from having to shop for all of that stuff! That may be a good thing!

    You'll definitely have to tell us about your orientation on Tuesday!!!! Good luck with that. EC is on Thursday...I'm getting nervous....:uhoh21:
    I'm confused... are you questioning if you can use a pink stethoscope or not?

    If so, then yes you can
  3. by   LKG6
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    Thanks.

    I am getting nervous, too. I still don't know how to choose from the hospital list. I guess I have to choose the one closest to me.

    Is it Tuesday, yet?

    Katie
  4. by   LKG6
    Quote from sunshelley
    I am currently a 4th semester student at El Centro, I'll graduate in December
    Wow, good luck! You are so close to graduate.
    Katie
  5. by   sunshelley
    Quote from LKG6
    Thanks.

    I am getting nervous, too. I still don't know how to choose from the hospital list. I guess I have to choose the one closest to me.

    Is it Tuesday, yet?

    Katie
    Trust me- don't go by what's closest to you. Go by the instructor you'll have for the clinical.
  6. by   AllyRN82
    Shelley,

    yes, in a long about way I was asking about a pink stethescope being okay. I didn't know if they had strict guidelines. Thanks for answering

    When you say pick by the instructor, which one do you recommend? I have heard horror stories about one of them.. I think it was a lady named Galloway???? I don't remember exactly....does that ring a bell?

    Also, do you recommend purchasing a laptop or palmpilot? I keep reading on the boards that people highly recommend them. I was just wondering if you actually use one.

    When do you take the NCLEX? Does EC place you in a job?

    I'm sorry to badger you. It's just you're the first person I know that close to graduation.....what do you think about the program?
  7. by   sunshelley
    Quote from faceinbooks82
    Shelley,

    yes, in a long about way I was asking about a pink stethescope being okay. I didn't know if they had strict guidelines. Thanks for answering

    When you say pick by the instructor, which one do you recommend? I have heard horror stories about one of them.. I think it was a lady named Galloway???? I don't remember exactly....does that ring a bell?

    Also, do you recommend purchasing a laptop or palmpilot? I keep reading on the boards that people highly recommend them. I was just wondering if you actually use one.

    When do you take the NCLEX? Does EC place you in a job?

    I'm sorry to badger you. It's just you're the first person I know that close to graduation.....what do you think about the program?
    I had James McCarty at Presby for first semester. Try your best to get him if you can. There are a lot of new instructors so I don't know a alot about them. And yes, you are right- stay away from Mrs. Galloway if you can possibly help it!

    As long as you have a computer at home then I don't see why anyone really needs a palmpilot or anything else. I mean, they are nice and all but I made it through the program no problem without one

    I am eligible to take the NCLEX as of December 17th but I won't take it until the end of January or beginning of February.

    No, El Centro does not place you in a job or help you get one either. But I promise you will have no problem getting one on your own by the time 4th semester comes around. In 4th semester, you will take a management course that prepares you for the interview process and gets you ready for the type of questions that hospitals will ask, etc.

    What do I think about the program? Honestly, El Centro's program is really difficult... a lot more difficult than other nursing programs like Trinity Valley. You will see what I'm talking about soon enough. A lot of people who came in to the program with 4.0 GPA's end up getting a huge blow to their self-confidence during the first and second semesters. Most people do not get A's on lecture exams. You may get an A every once in a while, especially in first semester, but it gets progressively more difficult each semester. The passing rate is a 78. It is not uncommon to have to repeat semesters either. There are always at least 15-20 repeat students every semester. We lost like 43% of our class back in 3rd!

    Sorry if I'm scaring you! I'm just trying to convey to you what to expect. Nursing school is hard, no matter where you go but El Centro is 10 times worse. A lot of people end up failing and then going to another school.

    However, if you study hard and use your free time wisely, you can definitely make it! If possible, try not to work during the semseter. Some people do it but a lot of them have failed or are borderline...

    First semester is not that difficult. It's 3rd semester that seems to be the "weed-out" semester.

    Sorry for the rambling!

    Use your time wisely, study hard, expect to be studying all night sometimes, and buy a couple of nursing study books. Keep a positive attitude. You can do it!!
  8. by   sunnyjohn
    Any El Centro graduate will tell you, the program is VERY HARD, but VERY GOOD.

    It has a great reputation.

    Sunshelley is right with that.

    One thing though, it is not a good idea to use instructor names in a post. It is better to send a PM. Instructors read this board all the time and if you do a quick Google search your "private post" may pop up.

    You certainly don't wan't someone dinging you during nursing school because of an allnurses post!
  9. by   sunshelley
    Quote from sunnyjohn
    Any El Centro graduate will tell you, the program is VERY HARD, but VERY GOOD.

    It has a great reputation.

    Sunshelley is right with that.

    One thing though, it is not a good idea to use instructor names in a post. It is better to send a PM. Instructors read this board all the time and if you do a quick Google search your "private post" may pop up.

    You certainly don't wan't someone dinging you during nursing school because of an allnurses post!
    I am aware that instructors read this board... and I honestly don't care if Galloway reads what I wrote about her or not. Not to mention that she is perfectly aware of her reputation, she'll even tell you that in her class.

    And I would disagree that any El Centro grad will tell you how great the school is either. El Centro has so many administration issues it's unbelievable. If you want my honest opinion, had I known what I know now, I would have gone to another school.

    There are good things about it though too. The clinical experience is wonderful and there are a few instructors that I will continue to keep in contact with in the future.

    Hmm, how do I put this.... I don't necessarily regret going to El Centro, however, the whole "nursing school" experience could have a been a lot better had I gone to another school.
  10. by   sunnyjohn
    SunShelley,

    I was laughing so hard at your post about "that particular instructor". That sounds SO like her!!!!!

    I went to El Centro for 2 years getting a surg tech certificate, Phebotomy certificate and taking numerous credit classs, so believe me, I KNOW how difficult things can sometimes be there.

    During our breaks we would watch some of the nursing students come out of lab in tears and share Kleenex and choclates with the sad ones to cheer them up!

    Frankly when I graduated the last time, I swore I would NEVER go downtown to El Centro again! It was that tough and I was that frazzeled! The classes were a breeze (as I studied hard). It was the personality and administrative foolishness that wore me out. I was ready to rain hell fire on the Health Occupations office, The Testing Center, The computer lab on 4th, The BHO lab on 6th, and that A/V center on the third floor!

    But then I calmed down and was able to talk to many of the nurses in DFW who had went to EL Centro. Even though many of them would say a cuss word or two when they mention the school and a few would gently try to suggest other schools in the area, they still said how much they valued their experience at El Centro.


    I also realized that my tough experience did not break me, on the contrary I am tougher than ever. I dunno, maybe I just got older and mellowed out.

    To their credit there are some very nice people at the downtown campus who will go out of their way to help you out.

    Since I am with my fiance now, I turned down my DCCCD acceptance in favor of a school in another state.

    Good luck to all my pals in DFW who will be in the program.
  11. by   AllyRN82
    Thank you Shelley for all of your advice. It's so nice to hear from someone who is actually nearing the end. What is it about El Centro that makes it stand out from the other nursing schools in the area? I had a friend in my Micro that was in her 3rd semester and HAD to take Micro but wound up dropping it and the nursing program...I really hope I don't wind up like that..........

    I have to work part-time so I don't know how that will all pan out either.......AAAHHHHH Maybe after my husband sees how hard it is for me then he will let me quit.......

    Yeah I think I will skip on the PDA.

    A friend of mine told me if Micro or A&P was difficult for anyone then they might as well turn around and go home b/c they won't survive in EC nursing school. Do you think that's true???

    Thank you again SO MUCH for all of the advice. I really REALLY appreciate it!
  12. by   sunshelley
    Quote from faceinbooks82
    Thank you Shelley for all of your advice. It's so nice to hear from someone who is actually nearing the end. What is it about El Centro that makes it stand out from the other nursing schools in the area? I had a friend in my Micro that was in her 3rd semester and HAD to take Micro but wound up dropping it and the nursing program...I really hope I don't wind up like that..........

    I have to work part-time so I don't know how that will all pan out either.......AAAHHHHH Maybe after my husband sees how hard it is for me then he will let me quit.......

    Yeah I think I will skip on the PDA.

    A friend of mine told me if Micro or A&P was difficult for anyone then they might as well turn around and go home b/c they won't survive in EC nursing school. Do you think that's true???

    Thank you again SO MUCH for all of the advice. I really REALLY appreciate it!
    Don't let what anyone (including me :chuckle) says about EC scare you!

    This is going to sound corny but if you truly believe in yourself, and keep a "can do" attitude then you can absolutely do it.

    It's going to be difficult, no doubt about it. Do your best and you will get through it!!

    Do some of that just rhyme? :chuckle
  13. by   LKG6
    Hi Guys,

    We had the orientation from 2pm til now. First we talked about the lecture, skills and clinical schedule. The time of skills lab will change, but the lecture is always on Wednesday (Northlake). We also filled out some forms and bought a nice nursing pack.

    We had to order our uniform before orientation. The pants are black and the tops are ceil blue. It looks good. There are three options for tops. One is the regular scrub top that has only one pocket. The other two has more pockets and one style even has a back thing that makes the whole top fitted. It looks like a vest. You have to wear black shoes.

    We also chose the hospitals. I go to Presby with McCarty. :hatparty:
    We first had to choose a poker chip with a number on it. It doesn't matter what number you choose, because they already have a list. So, you may have 3, but you may choose your hospital in the third round. I was lucky, because I was the last one who could sign up for Presby.

    There was also a guy who talked about the textbooks. If you buy the books at the bookstore you get discount and also the computer version of the books. But I don't know the price of the whole 'textbook box'.

    It was a great orientation, I really enjoyed it.
    Have fun at El Centro!
    Katie

    Edit: They also give a 'Future Nurse' magazine free at the orientation and there was a prize drawing, too. (I didn't win)
    Last edit by LKG6 on Nov 15, '05

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