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Thank you, Both! One would have thought that I'd have stumbled across that by now with how much time I've spent on that dang website! ;-)

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Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the information. barleynhops-you especially! My fiance asked me if I needed a laptop awhile ago, but I told him I didn't think so. Since you told me I should get one-we've been looking. Hopefully I can find a semi-affordable, good-quality one. I did have one question regarding the shoes...what is the criteria? Are we talking about the classic nursing-shoe? Or would a good pair of white tennis shoes work? Also, do we need to have and be wearing the uniform on the first day of orientation?

For those of you wondering, I spoke with Mindy today when I went to drop off my deposit. She told me that all of the books would be available the first day. She did say to be prepared, because there is a lot of books. She made it sound like it would be too much to carry in one trip.

SD22-I'm just guessing from your id, but are you form San Diego? I only ask because that's where i'm from, I moved up a little over 2 years ago. If you need any help or tips with things around the city, I would be happy to help. I know I had a million questions when I moved up here. :D

Jessica

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barleynhopsBSN specializes in Med/Surg.

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Jessica-

Shoes- Clean white tennis shoes are fine. After Nursing 106 which you will take mid July-August none of the instructors care what you wear. After 106 I just wore black Dansko's to every clinical and lab.

Scrubs- You dont need scrubs until Mid July. For orientation and your entire first class at Linfield just show up in street clothes.

Books- Linfield will offer you a deal at orientation on all of the books you need for the entire program. I think it would be much cheaper to buy the books from other students or on Amazon as you progress through the program.

laptop- You 100% need one. A cheap one would be fine, just need internet, and word processing, power point. If you do spend a bit more money- Apple usually has a summer deal where the MacBook is discounted and you get a free Ipod Touch that you can use as a PDA. As a Linfield student you get like 10% off on Apple as well. Just an idea..

Orientation- Just show up and be ready to for information overload! It is a lot of fun meeting your new classmates who you will take all your classes with and become close friends with over the next 18 mths.

I think that covers the basics for Summer. If you have any other questions just let me know.

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Oh my gosh! I'm so excited that I finally found this thread- I feel like I've been looking for it for a long time!

I've also been accepted to the summer cohort for 2010. :) I am beyond excited and it's great to be meeting some of you on here! Thanks for the list of books, barleynhops. Would you advise getting the first semester's books before classes start (from Amazon, etc), or just for the semesters after this one? Thanks for any clarification.

For those of you attending, which part of town do you live in and how are you commuting? I live in SE and will be biking- would be great to have a biking buddy if anyone's interested.

Can't wait to meet all of you. Just finishing the last of my prereqs and then I'll be on my way! So excited!

~Caitlin

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The books we used last summer were:

-Life Supprt by Susan Gordon

-Publication of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. (Probably dont need this because APA information can be found online)

-Wilkinson, J.M. & Van Leuven, K. (2007). Fundamentals of nursing: Theory, concepts &

applications. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. (VOL 1 and 2 plus the DVD set)

-Venes, D. (Ed.). (2005). Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary (20th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company. (can always buy for PDA instead of book if you want)

-Deglin, J. H. & Vallerand, A. H. (2007). Davis's drug guide for nurses (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company. (if you use a Macintosh I would suggest buying the web version from Davis's webpage because it makes it easier to cut and paste information for when you make Medication Admin Profiles which you will start doing in late July, the disc that regular book comes with does not work on Mac.)

The prof for your first class (Nursing 103) will email you a syllabus soon. (You can also look up old syllabi on the Linfield webpage)

I would pick up Life Support (which is a novel) and read it so you don't need to worry about it during school.

Thank you for the book list, barleynhops, I've already started shopping. Did any of the students find any advantage to having Tabor's cyclopedic medical dictionary (or any text, for that matter) on their PDA? I have found great deals on used paperbacks but to buy the PDA version is a lot more... Again, really appreciate the help.

My one gripe about school in general is they don't give you a list of text before class in enough time so you can shop around for them. When they finally give you the list, you have to scramble and many times end up paying for the bookstore price just so you can have the book in time for class! In my final year at Oregon State I finally figured out I could email the professor (if I knew who it was going to be) and ask what the text was and if I could use old editions..... books are so expensive these days!

EDIT: There is a NEW EDITION out for the medical dictionary.....Linfield will probably recommend that, huh?

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Jessica- I am from San Diego!!, and not as some people have guessed South Dakota. Thanks for the offer on tips, I am a little familiar with Portland but I do appreciate it. I no doubt will have tons of questions once I make it up there. I went to undergrad up in Oregon so it should be interesting making that transition again from sunny SD to Portland.

A real big thank you to barleynhops for providing the book list. I am also going to start shopping, I just wonder if it is taught by a different professor whether the text list may change at all. But since they all are relatively recent editions and standard nursing texts, I guess we can assume that we are ok buying them now.

Caitlin- I eventually plan on biking as well, but I just had to retire my old bike. When I get another one I hope to bike some days. I'll be living in the John's Landing area, not sure if that is considered SE or not? I'm slowly catching on to the Portland geography. But I want to take advantage of the bus system if I can as well. I have my physiology final tomorrow then I'll be done with my pre-reqs. Good luck with yours.

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SD22- John's Landings in SW, near the waterfront area. Maybe we can meet up! Good luck on your final today. :)

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SD22 -

Here are some easy ways to remember the geography around Portland -

The Willamette River splits Portland from East and West.

Burnside Street splits it North and South.

From Burnside and north is known as the alphabet district (Linfield sits between "N"orthrup and "O"verton). I think it stops at "V"aughn though....

John's Landing is a nice area - if it got too rainy to bike, you could hop down Macadam and take the streetcar at South Waterfront which will drop you off at school but it takes about 30minutes (you could definitely bike faster). John's Landing is a different area than St. John's which is another really nice area. It has some spectacular views of Portland! :redbeathe

Anyway, to orient myself I always figure out where I-5 is in relation to where I am and that's how I figure out my directions. Although this doesn't always work because I-5 curves every once in a while. :confused:

Hope you end up liking the city as much as I do! :)

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Thank you for the book list, barleynhops, I've already started shopping. Did any of the students find any advantage to having Tabor's cyclopedic medical dictionary (or any text, for that matter) on their PDA? I have found great deals on used paperbacks but to buy the PDA version is a lot more... Again, really appreciate the help.

My one gripe about school in general is they don't give you a list of text before class in enough time so you can shop around for them. When they finally give you the list, you have to scramble and many times end up paying for the bookstore price just so you can have the book in time for class! In my final year at Oregon State I finally figured out I could email the professor (if I knew who it was going to be) and ask what the text was and if I could use old editions..... books are so expensive these days!

EDIT: There is a NEW EDITION out for the medical dictionary.....Linfield will probably recommend that, huh?

Since the curriculum hasn't changed for this summer I am assuming the books will be the same as the last several years. The professor for the first class should email you soon with enough time to buy the books online in time for class. If you buy the books early based on my recommendations do so at your own risk ;)

-I would buy the older edition of Taber's that you found for under $10 on Amazon. For the amount you use it that would be fine. I actually rarely use Tabers usually it is easier to just google terms I dont know then look it up with Taber's. I wouldn't pay the extra money for the PDA version.

-If anyone is really into using PDAs, Linfield students are usually offered a discount on Nursing Skyscape Constellation. (search for threads on All Nurses for discussion on Skyscape).

http://www.skyscape.com/estore/storetwocol.aspx?category=64

-There is a decent free Ipod/Iphone app which is similar to Davis Drug guide called Epocrates.

-PDA vs book is personal preference. For me books are easier to use most of the time but depends on what you like. Most of the time at clinicals there are Davis Drug Guides at the nurses station to look up when you are passing meds.

-You wont need Tabers and Davis Drug guide until July so it is not a huge rush to buy before class starts unless you want to.

-I would suggest buying Life Support and start reading it now if you have the time and feel like it. Perhaps start shopping for the Fundamental's set by Wilkenson and Van Lueven but wait to buy it once you get your syllabus from the school.

-We were all annoyed that the school didn't contact us earlier as well! Things will work out fine and you wont fall behind even if you dont start reading before class starts. One of the problems with any nursing school is the lack of organization at times, just need to roll with it :uhoh3:

-I hope this helps!

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Jessica!

You got in!! So did I!! Congratulations to us! I'm feeling a bit lost and behind too. This thread has been really helpful though. See you in about a month!

- Jen

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Taber's that you found for under $10 on Amazon.

I bought Taber's for my medical term. class for $2 at the website Alibris: Used Books, Used Textbooks, Rare Out-of-Print Books

There is a 21, but I bought 20 and I do not see the diff. and I do not really use it. But, it is nice to have it.

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I will be living really close to school so I can walk. Does anyone know if you can get through school without a car? I would think transportation to clinicals becomes an issue without a car.... but it would be great if I could get rid of my car and all the associated costs....

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