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Broward College August 2011

Hi guys, is anyone else working towards starting the nursing program at BC in August 2011? I am working on my last pre-reqs this semester (spring 11) and then apply and hopefully get accepted for the fall semester. I just took and passed the hesi exam last night and that is one big load off my back. I also started my hep shots since it takes 3 rounds of shots and a total of 6 months to be fully immunized. I want to have all of my ducks in order to start the program. I am undecided whether to go to south or central campus. Any advice?

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Hi

I'm also interested in applying for the fall 2011 group. I'm currently taking AP II and chemistry. I'm hoping for Central campus. I still need to take the HESI :( ....Did you complete AP II before taking the HESI exam? Thx and good luck

I took the Hesi last week right before starting A&PII. I just studied everything that was on the HESI study guide a little more in depth and that did the trick :) I am taking A&P II and lab in South campus this semester. I was at Central last semester. Right now I am thinking of doing Nursing at South campus since it is closer to my house. I am getting excited to finally be getting close to turning in my application!

Im excited too! I need to take the HESI. I have the study guide and will study for a few more weeks before taking the test. I'm currently taking A&P II and CHM1032. I'm planning to take the HCP class at sheridan tech since its online and only 3 weeks.

It sounds like we are on the same track :) I also did the HCP with Sheridan and it was great! Sweet, simple and to the point! I can't wait to finish this semester and be able to turn in my application. What campus are you planning to attend?

I am thinking about Central but really as long as I get in I don't care which campus I attend lol.

Hey I'm applying to the Fall generic program also. I'm currently taking Chemistry and the health career course. But I still have to take the HESI ahhh !

Take the HESI girl! I remember I was so worried and stressed about the HESI. Now that I did it, I feel MUCH better and can fully focus on my classes. I plan to take Micro and Lab during the summer. August is right around the corner :yeah:

Ahh lool I know I have to take it! I'm taking Micro in the summer too.. but I go to MDC. Do you know if they've posted up when the deadline for the application is?

hi!

i'm planning to start in august as well. i'm taking a&p 2 now and will be taking micro in the summer. i already did the health core class and i need to take the hesi!! :eek: i haven't studied for it i think that's why i'm so nervous..

Ahh lool I know I have to take it! I'm taking Micro in the summer too.. but I go to MDC. Do you know if they've posted up when the deadline for the application is?

In BC the deadline is a few days after the Spring term ends. That is why we need to have everything done before the semester is over. We only have a couple of days to turn in our applications. Eeeek!:eek:

hi!

i'm planning to start in august as well. i'm taking a&p 2 now and will be taking micro in the summer. i already did the health core class and i need to take the hesi!! :eek: i haven't studied for it i think that's why i'm so nervous..

that is also my master plan. i am doing a&p2 now and hopefully micro in the summer. do you know what the micro & lab schedule looks like in the summer? i work fulltime and need to plan how i am going to do this. i want to try and keep working until we start nursing in august.:rolleyes:

I'm not sure. I would like to know too.

stay away from south campus, if you can go to North campus its a better program !!!

Hey, guys, wanted to post on this thread since I started Nursing at BC this January over at Central campus. It's only been, what, three weeks? Two? But it's been incredibly intense!! We have our first exam in theory on eleven chapter this Friday.

Those of you who are able to get Micro out of the way this summer, I'd suggest that's a good idea, but keep in mind, you'll also have a summer off while in the program:) I took Micro in the summer with a wonderful male professor (looks a bit like Santa) at North campus.

The skills you learn in health care core are actually the skills you are mainly doing in Nursing Process I Clinical at lab and hospital (lab for first few, I think 5 or 6 weeks, then hospital for maybe 2 or 3 days, it's not much). So practice those skills as MUCH as you can. Sterile gloving, PPE, handwashing, moving and transferring patients, VITAL SIGNS (this is one you need to perform and you get two chances or are kicked out of the class), creating and maintaining a sterile field, bathing a patient, oral care, giving an enema, head to toe physical assessment, Applying restraints, making an occupied or unoccupied bed, etc. As you can see, there are more skills than just in health care core, but all of the skills we learned in core, we WILL be tested on again in NPIL.

As far as the Hep B shots, it's definitely best to get them, but don't sweat it if you can't get the whole series done in time. I was only able to get one shot done and was told to sign the waiver declining the shot that it was okay, wouldn't impede me going to the hospital or anything, and then when I've got the immunization complete, return with the results and they'll update my record. You should also get a flu shot, because at Central at least, we were told that hospitals would be requiring them.

I really, really can't stress enough how much you should practice critical thinking type test questions before you begin the program. These are questions of the sort I guarantee you've never seen before. The Test Success and Fundamentals Success books are very good (Fundamentals Success is better, in my opinion, because it breaks it down into categories..but you might not care about that distinction unless you're in the program). Also, if you end up at Central, you'll be sent a reading assignment 2 days before classes start to read Ch 1-6 in Perry-Potter's Fundamentals of Success. Just telling you ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let me know. The program can make you feel like you're destined to fail, and you might come home some days and cry-I did. But hey, as long as you keep studying, and keep going, you'll get there. And I have a one and a half year old son, so finding the time to study is one of the hardest things for me. You're supposed to study 28 hours a week in the program.

Also, one more thing: you're NOT allowed calculators for the math. So I suggest buying Dosage Calculations: A ratio proportion approach by Pickar (the textbook we use) and if you want, the bookstore sells a packet of sample problems that is just like what we do. The class is only 4 weeks long!

im currently taking micro lecture and lab but i still need to take the Hesi test and im so nervous to take it :uhoh3:, I've read that a lot of you guys have taken the test already can you PLEASE tell me what the test is all about!? i want to be able to get in the nursing program this fall 2011.

im currently taking micro lecture and lab but i still need to take the Hesi test and im so nervous to take it :uhoh3:, I've read that a lot of you guys have taken the test already can you PLEASE tell me what the test is all about!? i want to be able to get in the nursing program this fall 2011.

Well, I would make sure you go over things you don't remember from A&P I a bit, make sure you know your A&P II decently well--for both, read the Anatomy & Physiology section of the HESI study guide, which is published by Evolve. The A&P on the test is not that bad, but you DO have to know it well- because there's a lot they can pick from, and it can sometimes be obscure: I personally had a few questions on my test that were a little, ''Where did THAT come from?" There weren't as many bones/muscles/joints A&P I type questions on my exam, personally, as there was A&P II type questions- but everyone's exam will be different.

As far as the math goes, a calculator will pop up on your screen, and it is multiple choice, so as long as you know your basics, like how to at LEAST set up your problem, you will be fine. And there are some really...ahhh, simple questions, like adding. 17+24 type. And subtracting. Lol. There are ratios on the exam, and remember, ratios are basically fractions. Again, the HESI study guide is perfect in going over exactly what will be on their exam. If you study from that, in my opinion, as long as you've done well in your classes, you won't have a problem on the exam. I'm a person who struggles very much so with math, and I got a 94 on the math on the HESI.

The English is a bit boring and tedious and I think that's where a lot of people get the lowest scores, because perhaps it isn't necessarily their first language (I'm not trying to be negative here at all, this is just based off of what I have heard people say to me), or because they don't spend enough time reading the passage to know what the question is truly asking. If English is a known problem area for you, again, study from the HESI study guide to see the types of questions they'll be expecting you to know and answer- and if that's not enough, perhaps go online and look for English practice and questions, there are plenty of good websites out there. Remember, there are multiple English portions on the exam.

--I DO want to say that once you get into the program, you are NOT allowed to use your calculator for the math, and the math is of the sort presented on the HESI, including mostly ratios with a lot of conversions, also fractions, multiplying, dividing, etc. So if you struggle without a calculator, please please please study beforehand. The math class is only 4 weeks long, and there is only 1 exam and you must get a 90 on it (out of 10 questions) to pass the class.

The HESI is very easy and is the least of your worries, I promise. You may all be worrying now about GETTING in, and be so very excited about the process, and I don't want to dash any hopes, I simply want to prepare you for just how fast paced and intense the program truly is. It's rough. It's doable. But you MUST be dedicated. It WILL be ALL YOU DO. I now spend 2 and a half hours with my son a day during the weekdays, THAT'S IT. That breaks my heart. But that's how it has to be- I need to study to pass.

If you want to do well in theory, please learn how to take the test questions. That's the key to your success. You can memorize and study 24/7 and not pass if you don't know how to answer these questions- they aren't what ANYONE is used to. Besides Fundamentals Success and Test Success, more great books for these questions RECOMMENDED BY THE NURSING COUNSELOR are- Lippincott's NCLEX Made Incredibly Easy; and Hogan's Reviews and Rationales. Also a lot of students are recommending a Saunder's NCLEX style book. Find what works for YOU. :)

Good luck!

Thanks for all your advice alisonelizabeth. I'm a little worried about my GPA that's why I want to do good on the HESI so it can give me a better chance of getting.

I was also thinking of going to the south campus cause I live in downtown Miami and that would be the closest campus for me but I've heard bad things about that campus.

AlisonElizabeth, thank you so much for your post! It is VERY helpful :) I did the Healthcare Core online and really did not learn any of the skills you mentioned. I wrote them down and will start working on them. This way I will have a general idea of how to do things when I start.

I want to buy the Nursing books during the summer and start reading. This way I am hoping not to feel super overwhelmed the first 2 weeks or so.

Good point about taking Micro during the summer we have off. I did not even think of that!! If my job will not give me the flexibility I need during this summer, at least I now know it is okay and could just take it during my sumer off :) That takes off a huge load off my shoulders.

I will take your advise and purchase the Fundamentals Success book. The more prepared I am for these exams the better it will be! Thank you VERY much for all of the advise. If you think of anything else as the semester progresses please let us know :)