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- Nov 15, '12 by fizzylimeHey guys! I'm a member of the 2012 cohort and we're ready to graduate! It's just 30 days away.
We're all really excited to meet y'all on 11-26. Please BE EARLY. Our professors really look down on people who walk in late!! In our program "if you're on time, you're late!" So please plan on being there 20ish minutes early to ensure that you're registered and seated by go time!
Another important thing is to bring your student number and password PRINTED OUT ON A PIECE OF PAPER. If you, for whatever reason, forget your number, fudge your password, etc... That'll be a huge mark against you. The "essay" is actually a test to see if you can successfully follow directions and attach a document to an e-mail and then send it. You'll need to be able to log into your UHV email to do this. Don't leave it up to chance! You'll be nervous and stressed out on interview day. The last thing you want is to be flustered and upset over something you could have prevented very simply.
To address the meningitis question, you can wait on vaccines! As long as you're all finished and have all the documentation by the start of clinicals, you'll be fine!! Of course, as a nurse, I should advise you that vaccines are always a good idea, whether you're in nursing school or not.
If y'all have any questions, I'll monitor the board up until you get your acceptance letters! Good luck!! And remember to smile and let your personality shine through!!
- Nov 15, '12 by dman03We are all so excited to meet y'all during the interview. One piece of advice I can give...make yourself known and stand out on interview day. Another piece of advice...find people you click with and build relationships from day 1! I met three people on interview day and we are like BFFs now! Plus so many more new friends. It really is a great experience! Work hard, try your best, and good luck C/O 2013!!
- Nov 15, '12 by adrianneeeThanks FizzyLime and dman for the advice!
Can either of you tell me when classes started for you? I cannot find this info. anywhere!
- Nov 15, '12 by mrmrz3Thanks fizzylime and dman for that information!
I do have a question
What was the schedule like? For example, was the first semester all classroom/labs? Or is everything integrated together throughout the whole program? And, what about the hours? I know it is a full time commitment but I am just wondering, is it going to be like leaving your house every morning at 6 and not getting home until like 12 hours later 5x a week? I know all of this will be explained at some point, but just thought I would ask to see if ya'll could give some insight.
Thanks in advance, and congratulations on completing the program!
- Nov 16, '12 by dman03The first semester is classroom, lab, and clinical. I think we always had one day off per week though. That was for doing all of the online assignments. Like for instance, one class will be worth 6 hours but you are only in class for 3 so you are expected to do 3 hours of online stuff at home. Make sense? I remember the first semester Thursdays were horrible. Like 11-7p and the last 3 hours were health assessment (learning how to assess a patient from head to toe). Not that it was a bad class...it was just the end of the week and everyone was exhausted! Tuesdays were classroom only days and it wasn't that bad. And Mondays are always sim lab days. First semester I think it was 8-3:30 (or 3!) and second semester 8-5. No sim lab in the last semester . So you either had clinical on Wednesday or Friday. This semester we have two 12 hour clinicals on Mon/Wed but it's so fun now b/c we actually know what we are doing!! Starting IVs, hanging IV drugs, piggybacks, knowing what to do when your patient's ABG results are abnormal. It's seriously the BEST when you feel you were actually prepared to be a nurse!! Love it
Hope this helps!
- Nov 16, '12 by adrianneeeDman: What day in January did the program begin?
- Nov 16, '12 by dman03Ours started Tuesday, January 17th so the next starting day will probably be Tuesday, January 15th. Just a guess though!
- Nov 18, '12 by Chocolate88Adrianeee & Mrmrz3 -- I hope to see ya'll on Nov 26th!
Fizzylime & dman -- Congrats on the upcoming graduation! Must be so exciting!
Fizzylime/Dman -- If it's okay to share, could you share a rundown/agenda of the interview day. Also, do ya'll know when they send out the acceptance letters by?
Another question -- where do you guys have your clinicals? Is it mostly in the sugarland area? Hospitals/clinics?
My meningitis vaccine is done and the email login is working perfectly. I'm going to review the material that was given in the admissions info today. I believe we will be presenting on this? Anything else I need to do before interview day?!
Thank you so much for all your help!
- Nov 18, '12 by fizzylimeIf I remember correctly, the interview day started out with a presentation from the dean (or maybe the director) on the program. It was basically a welcome speech and then they passed out itineraries. You may also hear from a few student speakers in the morning.
You'll all be divided up into about 4 or 5 groups. You'll get your group assignment when you check in at registration. It's on your name tag. I remember I was a black square. There were also red circles and green squares. You go around interview day with your group and a group of students from the current cohort. They escort you to all the different activities.
Included in this are:
A group activity in presenting the information they e-mailed to you. You don't have to have it memorized because they give you a copy of it. But it would be good to be familiar with it. They are checking to see how well you work in a group and if you're a leader or a follower. So make sure you play nicely and you speak up without railroading everyone else.
A Hogan assessment. Which is a long computer based questionnaire that has you answer a bunch of silly T/F questions. Like. "I would like to go sky diving." It's not something they're considering for admission. It's part of a grant the school got to assess qualities of prospective nursing students. So don't stress on this one!! It's easy and fun.
An "Essay." In which they'll ask you a question, have you write about it in a word document, save the document, log into your UHV email account, attach the document, and send it to them. This is very important so make sure you have your log on information printed out with you when you get here.
You also get a tour of the Sim Lab and a place to try on uniforms. This is so you can figure out what your size is. You’ll fill out an order form for a lab coat, scrub top and scrub bottom. In the event that you’re accepted into the program, they’ll already have your sizes so they can order your uniform. The uniform is included in the student fees, so there’s no out of pocket expense.
In the end, you all meet back up in the multipurpose room for the “good luck and see ya soon!” speech. I think we finished before 1pm.
I think that’s all for the interview. But I might be missing something. The order in which you do these tasks will vary because you do them in your groups.
I got my acceptance letter on December 1st. I don’t know about anyone else. But I think they generally tend to send out letters by that Friday or the following Monday. However, if you don’t get a letter immediately, don’t despair. They send them out in waves. So be patient.
The hospitals we’ve been to are in Sugarland, Katy, The Med Center, and out in Rosenburg. I don’t think the TOS on this website will let me state them specifically.
I hope that answers your questions!!