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NCTC ADN Fall 2012 - page 5

Anyone applying for the Fall 2012 semester at North Central Texas College for the ADN program? I went up to Gainesville yesterday and applied! I'm pretty excited because I didn't realize until... Read More

  1. Visit  onbowens1 profile page
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    Hi, Zweiells. I'm Oneita from class. What's your first name. And Ashley, everything Zweiells said is SO TRUE!"
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    Quote from onbowens1
    Hi, Zweiells. I'm Oneita from class. What's your first name. And Ashley, everything Zweiells said is SO TRUE!"
    Hey Oneita. I'm Allison, the one who just got married!
  3. Visit  onbowens1 profile page
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    Ok lol! I always wanted to know who you were and CONGRATS again!!
  4. Visit  ashleyj2011 profile page
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    Thank you ladies for the responses!! And don't worry, you haven't scared me yet I am ready for the challenge! So ready to get into a nursing program! Good luck to you throughout the rest of the semester!
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    So another question-have you started any clinicals or sim labs yet? If so, how are they going? I am so curious!!
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    Quote from ashleyj2011
    So another question-have you started any clinicals or sim labs yet? If so, how are they going? I am so curious!!
    I had written you a nice long reply a few days ago, but it didn't go through!

    We started actual clinicals in September, so we've done about 6 weeks so far. It is going well for me. The first two weeks I was terrified and was wondering what I had gotten myself into. It's just overwhelming at first being in a new environment practicing new tasks. After the 3rd week, I grew more comfortable and had a routine down so it's been better each week.

    Most of the semester is at a nursing home performing basic patient care (e.g. bed baths, showers, toileting, feeding, making beds, etc.). Sometimes there is an opportunity to use skills learned in the skills class. Each set of clinical partners gets to go to a small, local hospital at least once during the semester. I went this past week and really enjoyed learning more about working in a hospital setting. There is more opportunity to use skills there, as the acuity is higher than at the nursing home.

    Sim lab we do in a few weeks. We are just now at the point where we have learned enough information and skills for sim lab to be beneficial. Sim lab is utilized more in subsequent semesters.
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    I just found out I was accepted for Spring 2013 (the official letter hasn't come but they called because they thought I had been arrested and didn't fill out some form but I have never been arrested) but I am really excited and scared. I live in Keller so the drive is about 45 minutes but I am used to driving to Dallas for work so this isn't bad. It was nice to read your response and find out what my first semester will be like
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    Quote from smajerczyk
    I just found out I was accepted for Spring 2013 (the official letter hasn't come but they called because they thought I had been arrested and didn't fill out some form but I have never been arrested) but I am really excited and scared. I live in Keller so the drive is about 45 minutes but I am used to driving to Dallas for work so this isn't bad. It was nice to read your response and find out what my first semester will be like
    Congrats! First day of classes will be here before you know it. Let me know if you have any questions.

    You may find that there is another classmate who lives near you that you can carpool with. A lot of students now carpool whenever possible and it really helps with long, boring drives and gas costs!
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    Zweielles, thank you so much for the response! I know you have to be extremely busy, so I appreciate you taking the time to tell about your nursing school experience
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    Hey I am curious about books from all of you experienced nursing students What are your thoughts on ebooks? Also, are the "suggested" books really needed? I just priced the books and was shocked how much first semester will cost.
    Thanks for any help you can provide!!
    Sarah
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    Quote from smajerczyk
    Hey I am curious about books from all of you experienced nursing students What are your thoughts on ebooks? Also, are the "suggested" books really needed? I just priced the books and was shocked how much first semester will cost.
    Thanks for any help you can provide!!
    Sarah
    The books listed for us on the bookstore website were a package for the entire 4 semesters. Not sure if that's changed this semester (was about $800-$1000 total for us). I went ahead and purchased the book package from the bookstore. It was expensive but I'm mostly set for the rest of the program. I also didn't miss out on any of the little extras, like access codes to software or online resources. The book package comes with software called Pageburst that allows you to download all of the books onto your computer, smart phone, tablet, etc. I am one of those people who needs to study from a paper book. It is a LOT of reading, and my eyes get tired staring at a screen. It's nice to have my books on my iPhone though, in case I find a minute to study and don't have my big paper book.

    Buying e-books and used books is definitely an option, but you will still have to purchase access codes separately from the bookstore. :/ I don't think you can get Pageburst unless you buy the package (but I may be wrong on this). Drug books, care plan books, and a few others are purchased separately regardless so you can choose your preference (we have also used all of these this semester).

    Ultimately it's up to how you study best and possibly your financial situation. I hope my novel of a reply helps!
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    Thanks! My plan was to but the 800-900 package in bookstore but purchase the extras somewhere else. That's good to know that it comes with both ebook and book, that way I can play around with both.While I have you, lol. What shoes do most people wear? My family would like to buy some of my stuff for Christmas but I have no idea what to tell them...
  13. Visit  amandacam profile page
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    Thanks for the info on the books, Zweiells! I was looking at books too and knew they would be pricey, but whoa! It is comforting to know that we're using them for each semester.

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