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Is anyone else applying to Otero Junior College in La Junta for Fall of 2009? Or is anyone in the program right now? Graduated from it? I'm interested in talking to people familiar with it. I... Read More

  1. by   mandyc
    Blakese! Good Luck with your upcoming year. The last semes. was the hardest for me. I think my mind was already on graduating and half way out the door. Send me a message if you need some extra study guides/sample questions for the last semestar. I have plenty of books with the rationales included that I purchased in addition to the regular text books. I can send them up to OJC if ya need. (FREE of charge) I will keep my actual text books though....Never know when I might need that GINORMOUS Med surg. book...lol
  2. by   blakese
    Thanks! I will take you up on that! I will even come pick them up if you need me to. I don't live down there, I acyually live in Pueblo. Works out real well. I tape all my lectures and listen to them on the drive to and from school. It really helps. I get reinforcement of the information on the way home and a refresher on the way back to school.How is pharm II different from pharm I? Is it more in depth or just more information?
  3. by   mandyc
    It really is about the same at Pharmacology I from what I can remember, however, it does go into more specific "groups" of medications. It helps when you recognize which medication are in which group...(i.e.: benzo's, calcium channel blockers, ACE-inhibitors...). I use to try and memorize the effects of each drug separately from the others....However, in pharmacology II, I did much better by grouping them, then taking out the BIG differences from each under that category. It is all about safety as well! (Side effects/contraindications, therapeutic levels) I work nights, and will be working the next few.when I have a few minutes, I will gather all the books that I have that you might need..Which classes are in your curriculum that are coming up?
  4. by   blakese
    I have Pharm II, Med Surg, (yet again), and Psych this semester. Where are you working at? How did you like psych? I have run into a lot of people who absulutey hated it. I am kind of looking forward to it. I did the adolescent psych tech program a few years ago and just loved it.
  5. by   blakese
    Make that, "absolutely"...absulutely?
  6. by   mandyc
    i cannot say that i liked psych...or at least i didn't think that i would. i am more of a black and white kind of person when it comes to studying...it was hard for me because there is so much grey in psych. i did really like my clinical at the state hospital, once i got over the incredible, paranoid, fear...lol .(still be on your toes).i did tell myself that i would never go into psych as a nurse...lol...one of my first jobs with agency was in the psych unit of doc....2 places i said i would never work...and to be honest...i actually liked it...once you realize what types of techniques/communication works with which types of disorders....i have a great care plan book for psych....i hope i can still find it...you can have it...
  7. by   jillane2011
    Hello Nurses/Future Nurses!
    I was hoping you guys could take the time to answer some questions. I realized that searching for discussion threads regarding OJC's Nursing Program has been very difficult! I'm currently living in Oregon but i'm planning to move down to La Junta. The fact that OJC has 4 application deadline dates is new to me because schools up here only have one.

    I just wanted to know how soon after the deadline were you notified that you were accepted? how did they notify you? I'm applying for the last application deadline which is July 2.

    If you guys don't mind could you provide some background info. if you were accepted/declined. Factors such as your accuplacer score on math/reading, gpa for prereqs (english comp, A&P1&2, human development, microbiology) and did you complete the other prereqs (not the required ones but supplemental) the math 103 clinical calc.,nutrition,humanities/social science,pathophysiology? I would like to get a feel and see what area I can improve in.

    Thank You & Take Care!
  8. by   blakese
    Take clinical calc at OJC. There is a test first year and you have to score 100%. It's better if it's fresh. I had a B average in all my pre-reqs. Took nutrition online and path here where I live. ( commuted an hour for OJC) I actually didn't apply till late in July cause I was trying to get into a school closer to home. I got a call about 10 days before classes started but I know most heard within a few weeks. Take the humanities whenever you can, psych, soc, really help out. They are a great group down there. I have to head out to work, but if you have any other questions I will be happy to answer. Good luck to you! You will love and hate it. Whole different ball game. OH! Make sure you try the chicken butts at the Hogs Breath Saloon!
  9. by   dlady777
    Hi there! I attended Otero Jr. College and will be returning to the nursing program again this fall. Please send me an email and I will give you my phone number so I can answer all of your questions. Someone in my car pool just got accepted in and went thru the new requirements. My email address is dlady007@msn.com.
  10. by   jillane2011
    Now I really want to attend OJC! Thank you for taking the time to give me all this information & thoroughly answering all my questions! Seems no one likes to share information here in OR! So far I turned in my transcripts, took the accuplacer tests and I'm flying down this saturday to attend their information session this Monday! I will have plenty of questions for them as far as how many people do they accept, and if they start in the Fall...their point system...etc. Thank you for the heads up on Clinical Calc. I'm afraid I won't be considered since I don't have that and Pathophysiology completed. I will post back after the information session & after I try those chicken butts! I always loved coming to CO since they have Rudy's BBQ but I might have a new love:bowingpur
  11. by   jillane2011
    Goodevening dlady777,
    I received your PM and responded! Have you already been accepted to the NP this fall? If so, Congratulations!! I was confused because there's 4 applications deadlines. I wanted to apply for the last app. deadline July 2, but I feel if they already have enough people accepted for the cohort then what will they do with the rest of us? I'll be at the info session this Monday, and I'll go exploring around the campus & hopefully check out the labs! I've been blowing up Mrs. Lease phone for the past month so it'll be nice to actually talk face to face.
  12. by   jillane2011
    I will never forget my visit to La Junta especially to Hogs Breath Saloon! Everything was pretty much deep fried & the Chicken Butts that you suggested + the mountain oysters put me into a deep food coma. It was ahhhmazzing! I was surprised how small of a town it was, since I went to watch a movie (there were only two movies playing and two showtimes!) I feel if I moved out to La Junta for nursing school, it'll be good to be in a small town & be away from any distractions! As far as the program, I met with Lavona & she said that at this time the full time (40 students) & part time (30) slots are filled. Which is a bummer, however I will still apply and hope that someone decides not to go and i'm at the top of the list...hopefully! I'm happy u got a call 10 days before! I hope if I do get in, i'm notified sooner because I'm not sure if I can drop everything here & pick up and move a week before the program starts!

    Thank You again!
  13. by   dlady777
    Hmmm! That's interesting! So they say the slots r full? They have always taken in whomever applied. Like when my class started last year, we started with 42. So I'm surprised they didn't take you. Did u score high enough on the placement test to get in, or did u not just apply? I would apply anyway, cause things come up, and people do drop out before it starts.(military, death, etc. Never not apply just because they say it's full. If you really want to go, apply anyway, and see what happens. That way you did all that you could. I learned to just do things to cover myself,, cause usually it worked out in my favor. Yes, small enough town from plenty of distractions. Maybe that's why that is one of the reasons why they have a good pass rate, lol. Good luck and let me know what you do. Check in anytime if u have questions!