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- Apr 25, '12 by TxDiscoDivaI think most of us just struggled adjusting to the amount of time it takes to complete all the assignments the first semester. Clinicals for a 12 hours day takes getting used to and then the 6-12 hours it takes some of us to write our nursing care plans can become exhausting. At NH you also have a out of class project going on the 1 semester, but it's more time consuming than difficult. I am not a straight A student (B's in both A&P's) and in my 40's, and I managed a B in lecture (there were no A's) and A in lab and clinical. As far as the "weeding" process goes, not everyone is cut out to be a nurse, so there will be those who re -think their choice of nursing as a career that 1st semester. I have a few friends who quit or failed. Some simply hated it and some struggle with the critical thinking aspect of the exams, when they may have been used to memorizing most material, and nursing exams ask you to apply the knowledge. I personally thought A&P 2 was much harder than most of our nursing exams, but that's just me They are also many other reasons people quit. Family and or personal situations that make handling our crazy schedule impossible, so they have to come back the next year. One of our classmates was diagnosed with Hodgkins at 35, but she is doing very well with her Chemo and plans to come back in the fall. Don't be afraid by all the stories you hear. The NH program has a larger number of those who fail/quit because we start out with 130 so it's expected to have more withdrawals than one of the smaller programs with only 30 or 40 that have 2 or 3 who fail/quit. One of our classmates just had her 4 baby in January:bowingpur Yes I said 4th!! and one of my good friends had her 1st baby our first semester in November. It's amazing what you can accomplish if you have the will to do it. I loved clinicals the first time I went and still do!!
- Apr 25, '12 by chikzyYou all need to calm down and take a deep breath, I know y'all will be fine. I am also finishing my first year at NH and I believe my classmates and my instructors rock. I heard alot of bad things about the NH program and the instructors before I got in but honestly I was pleasantly surprised. I can't remember us losing anyone in the first semester because they failed, but I remember we lost some people who figured that nursing wasn't for them. I have a friend in the nursing program at montgomery and I actually think it's a little bit harder over there. I have 2 kids a 7 and 4, our instructors are there to help you suceed if you go to them. Nursing school is going to be hard no matter the program you get into, it's going to be alot of critical thinking and application questions, just memorizing the material won't work. To suceed I would advise you work full time, and manage your time effectively, lectures are mondays and tuesdays and you have one day of clinical a week which could be a wednedsay or a thursday it depends on which one you get. For NH students I would advise you attend camp wanna win so that you can get all the information you need to suceed in nursing school. Congratulations on being accepted and I believe you will be all fine.
- Apr 25, '12 by Stephalump^^I really hope Moco has the same timeframe and the schedule is some sort of mistake or something. It says our clinicals are Wednesday AND Thursday from 6:30-2:00. Shorter days but more than 12 hours , and I am sooooo not a morning person and I was already not looking forward to that one day a week haha.
On another note, is anyone thinking about getting any kind of new technology? I think my iPhone will work for portable nursing software stuff, but I was thinking of getting a tablet...
Shopping...the one part of my checklist I wouldn't even consider procrastinating on :-)
- Apr 25, '12 by CkfombyDoes anyone know if Tomball offers clinicals on Saturdays?
- Apr 25, '12 by StephalumpCkfomby, when I looked at Tomball the choices were Wed, Thurs, and Fri.
- Apr 25, '12 by gmarksStephalump: I'm looking into the digital recording pen. Its like $200 but its a recorder and you can down load it within seconds on the computer and email it to your classmates! I think it would help me b/c after so many hrs of teaching I can only take in so much information at once. lol If mont. is the same next year as this year, its Mon and Tues lecture and one of those days you will have lab, n A clinical day is either Wed or Thurs.. depends on which hospital you choose.
Thanks for the first year students who had great input into the program.
- Apr 25, '12 by phantomluvr86Does anyone know when we can start signing up for classes? Do we have to wait for orientation or can we just sign up? Thanks for any help and Congrats to everyone!!!
- Apr 25, '12 by kaliseferIn the past the schedules have been assigned at orientation. They usually hand out a packet of information along with your schedule. At cyfair you had the opportunity to trade with someone if u got either am or pm and wanted to trade with another student for what they had. The schedule is then turned back in with your signature and then the student center registers you in your class. I am not sure if all campuses have that option, but I know cyfair did at their last orientation.
- Apr 26, '12 by StephalumpGmarks, oh that's a good idea! A girl in one of my classes had one and it was great...every one in our study group loved her, haha. She used it with OneNote so the lecture and notes she recorded with the pen would play in time along with the PowerPoints. Very cool. I'm just thinking I wouldn't have to drag my Powerpoints and notebooks to class if I can just take a tablet...there's no way I'm taking my laptop. I swear I'm not crazy...have you looked at the fall schedule? There aren't ANY one day clinicals up! Can't wait for orientation!
- Apr 26, '12 by KnightGalI hope I can get morning classes as I need to be home to take care of my Mom in the afternoon/evening.
And has anyone noticed that at Montgomery our clinicals will now be from 6:30-2:00 twice a week, rather than 6:30-7:00 once a week? In a way, this may be better, though I was hoping to get my clinicals done in one day a week and have the rest of the week free for studying!