Merritt College Fall 2012 - page 6

I have been accepted to Merritt College ADN for fall 2012. Any others that have been accepted as well?... Read More

  1. by   jayshrey
    Hey guys!!!

    I got accepted into fall 2012 too! I have heard a lot of bad things about Merritt, but honestly it does not put me down at all. I am so excited to start Nursing. I live in Sunnyvale, and will have to commute every day back and forth.... a whole hour!! I love my sleep, but will have to give it up.
    Chris, thank you so much for your tips, I am sure it will help us first timers. We hope to meet you around the college, as I am assuming most of us are newbies in Merritt.
    I have a very important question: Do you guys have any idea if we have to take "Nursing to Success" 250 ? I have planned a trip back home in Spain in summer. ( I planned it so I have plenty of time before fall session starts, but I saw this class on the ADN handbook and got dead nervous!) Chris, did you take it?

    Where abouts is everyone from??
    Btw... I am Jayshree, I have been in US for over 2 years now, I am Indian but I was brought up in Spain.
  2. by   Chribri
    The summer course is optional. But if you don't take it you should grab the textbook and study during the summer. I know studying on vacation does not sound like fun but you will learn that you don't really get breaks in this program (or any nursing program) you only get opportunities to read ahead.
  3. by   jayshrey
    Hey Chris, thank you.
    Its a great relief to know it is optional. Dont get me wrong, I do want to take the summer class, but its the first time I am going back to my home and it would be painful to cancel the tickets. If it was mandatory I would have skipped it (with a lot of pain!)

    So you recommend to study the Fundamentals book? What about Law and Ethics and DDC?
  4. by   Chribri
    You should read my first post on this thread it covers preparation for the summer including chapters to read.
  5. by   jayshrey
    I completely missed the first page! Thanks Chris, it is very nice of you to help us out.. I truly appreciate it, specially with so many negative comments...
  6. by   heartdrop
    the summer program is great for several reasons:
    1. discipline: for those who need that push to work/read when you have the propensity to slack on your own.
    2. critical thinking: you will be tested in the style that you will see on every exam in the nursing program and some questions thrown in there are from material you didn’t read. this starts the development of your critical thinking skills, which are critical for success in this program.
    3. taste of the adn program: you will be taught by a professor you will see as you continue on in the program, so this experience can help with learning a little about the program and what is expected from you.
    4. study group: the people you see in this class will likely be part of your study group, which is good to have before the semester starts in the fall.
    5. readiness for fundamentals: having done something shows readiness this will be funny to you once you get tested on nursing dx.
    if you are unable to take the class: - - follow chris sn's advice - - read the book, do the chapter tests in book and on the evolve website, find fundamentals nclex style questions online, get the prentice hall reviews and rationale books for fundamentals and fluid & electrolytes, also lippincott has a good app for nclex questions (search app store for taylor’s fundamentals).
    don’t overwhelm yourself during the summer there will be plenty of that come fall. :spin:
    congrats to making it in and see you all at the orientation! j
  7. by   jayshrey
    Hi heartdrop,

    Thank you so much for your input. I honestly would have not thought twice to take this summer class, any extra help that is provided is great. I will definitely follow Chris and your suggestions as I am sure I dont wanna be below the 75%!
  8. by   DisneyDreamer
    Any thoughts after orientation?
    I am excited and scared at the same time!
  9. by   jayshrey
    Hey! I feel much better now after the orientation. So many bad comments was giving me hiccups, but I am happy now. How about you? We can exchange email/phone for the future
  10. by   jayshrey
    Hey Chris, thanks for coming and helping all of us! I kinda recognized you (the only guy hehe), I was in the front row. A long orientation, but the students comments were the most important part of it.
  11. by   uni1602
    thanks for being so informative Chris!

    Were you guys offered the book bundle last year too? I'd probably have to get it before starting the Nursing Success in the summer
  12. by   Chribri
    we were offered the bundle. I selected to buy my books through amazon though I think it came out cheaper and that way you only have to pay for the books you will use this semester. We will also be holding a raffle for used books and uniforms during the first few weeks of school where you can get extra material for very cheap.
  13. by   heartdrop
    I too purchased my books through amazon and saved a lot of money doing so. And the bundle doesn't include the recommended books.