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hi, i wanted to know are there any mdc students who know any information on the nursing program. i have all my requirements and all i need is chemistry. i am trying to apply to the accelerated... Read More
Jul 31, '08Occupation: RN as of May 21 2007! Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in cardiac/med surg ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 276; Likes: 68which hospital do you work at that MDC students go to? I graduated from MDC transitional program and never refused to do anything, and some excellent instructors and passed the nclex with a 75. I am also working as a tele RN in broward and know several students that went to BCC because MDC raised the gpa and has made it more diffucult to get in, also now they have a BSN program. I don't think you can lump all MDC students by saying they use cell phones etc. I think I am wasting my breath here but had to reply.
Jul 31, '08Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 85; Likes: 20Akspudus,
Earlier I read something you had written about students taking classes in the summer. I will be going to the generic program in Homestead. Aren't classes and clinicals only Spring and Fall semesters with the 2 summers off? Is this right?
Thanks so much for your posts....Very helpful for all of us who are just starting...
Aug 1, '08Occupation: Passed the NCLEX....I'm an RN!! Specialty: New Graduate Nurse ; Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 167; Likes: 111The MDCare all completed in consecutive semesters. You will have classes during summer semester. In fact, this last summer was the busiest semester I have had since starting nursing school.
Nope you won't be getting summers off.
New nursing students start either in the spring or fall semesters. If your class started in the fall (as I did) you will have your community health, pediatric, psychiatric and obstetric classes in the summer. If you start in the spring semester (January) then you will have med-surf and pharmacology during the summer. Either way...your summer is going to be fast and furious...don't plan on going anywhere.
Aug 1, '08Joined: Jul '08; Posts: 11; Likes: 2Quote from gradRN2007gradRN2007,which hospital do you work at that MDC students go to? I graduated from MDC transitional program and never refused to do anything, and some excellent instructors and passed the nclex with a 75. I am also working as a tele RN in broward and know several students that went to BCC because MDC raised the gpa and has made it more diffucult to get in, also now they have a BSN program. I don't think you can lump all MDC students by saying they use cell phones etc. I think I am wasting my breath here but had to reply.
I noticed u went through the MDC transitional program... I am trying to get into it from paramedics... Did they make u take the NLN NACE 1 exam before starting? If so, how was it and what could I expect? Thanks
Aug 1, '08Occupation: RN as of May 21 2007! Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in cardiac/med surg ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 276; Likes: 68The exam I remember taking is the LPN exam because you are actually going into the RN program as an LPN. I was a medical technologist going in. You will get in and have the advantage of already being a paramedic..will be much easier for you. I didn't know the front from the back of the blood pressure cuff, etc, and Professor Hammack is a great professor, remember how she does assessments. I worked full time midnights and still did well at MDC, had to study a lot but met wonderful people and really loved the program. Now I work at memorial regional in hollywood, only not in the lab but cardiac step down unit.
good luck to you
Aug 1, '08Joined: Jul '08; Posts: 11; Likes: 2Thanks so much. I was just concerned because I thought this exam, as well as my gpa, would determine my placement on the list when I apply for the program. Thanks for the encouraging words.
Aug 2, '08Occupation: Passed the NCLEX....I'm an RN!! Specialty: New Graduate Nurse ; Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 167; Likes: 111Quote from gradRN2007Yes Professor Hammack is great. I had her for Community Health Nursing this last summer. I wish I could take more classes from her. Rumor has it that she is going to teach the BSN Assessment classes.Professor Hammack is a great professor, remember how she does assessments.
Aug 2, '08Occupation: Paramedic Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 34; Likes: 2Good Day All,
First of all, I'd like to thank those of you that bring real-word advice to this forum. I am currently stationed in Baghdad, Iraq so I turn to this forum to get the information that is not offered on the MDC site. So many times you turn to these forum sites and get nothing but a bunch of whining and complaining on how hard something is. I try to not pay attention to any of this, simply because everyone is so different. What may be hard to one student, may be "business-as-usual" to another.
I have applied for the Spring Bridge program at MDC. I am also transitioning from being a paramedic. I am very excited and have high hopes on getting accepted. I have had nothing but wonderful assistance from the Nursing advisement staff. They have bent over backwards to assist me via email with all my questions, doubts and worries. This is mind-blowing considering the experience I have had with MDC staff in the past has been abysmal. I have been done with my pre-reqs for a while and just finished my NLN-NACE exam and passed. For those of you medics wondering how you're going to take a test on something you know nothing about, relax! You will do fine if rely on what you have learned about patient assessment through medic school. There were also a lot of questions which pertain to the "nursing process" study that before taking the exam and perhaps you will score better than I did. They state you only need to pass with a 65 to fulfill the requirement. They do not factor your score as a basis of admittance. So basically its "you passed or you didnt".
Now, for some of that real word advice.
I still have a couple of months in Iraq and at least until Nov until I know if I'm accepted. At any rate, I would like to know if any one has any advice on what kind of supplies I need and the best places to buy them. I understand books change from semester to semester, so I guess we'll leave that until orientation (fingers-crossed)!
Would someone be so kind as to walk me through on what to expect from orientation?
When does it take place if my program starts in January.
What are the uniforms like?
Any tricks of the trade any of you possess will be helpful.
Are PDAs helpful while being a student at MDC?
Any other study techniques that will get the job done?
What kind of shoes are required?
Any day-to-day advice will be welcomed!
Thank you in advance! :typing
Aug 2, '08Occupation: Paramedic Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 34; Likes: 2Oops! I also had a question to anyone who has done the BRIDGE program in the past! The NRG 051 Nursing Update Skills Course...must it be completed by the time you apply, or before you begin the program. does anyone know if it is possible to complete it during your first semester? Hmmm
Aug 2, '08Occupation: RN (OR) Specialty: Operating Room ; Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 45; Likes: 14Quote from PhoenixlightI believe that with the new changes (as of August 2007), NRG 051 has to be taken and completed before you can apply for the nursing program. A letter was sent out last year explaining this. However, these "rules" seem to change so you should definately speak with an advisor to find out.Oops! I also had a question to anyone who has done the BRIDGE program in the past! The NRG 051 Nursing Update Skills Course...must it be completed by the time you apply, or before you begin the program. does anyone know if it is possible to complete it during your first semester? Hmmm
Aug 2, '08Occupation: RN (OR) Specialty: Operating Room ; Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 45; Likes: 14Quote from HealthJunkieHello HealthJunkie,Hi Nips,
I noticed you got accepted to the bridge program, that is what I am applying to get into. They said I needed to take a NACE exam and the grade was a big deal to get in. Did you take this test? If so, was it anything to worry about & what to sudy? I am transitioning from the Paramedic program.
I did not take the NACE, I took the Hesi exam last July. It seems as though they change the entrance exam each year! I am not sure what the NACE is composed of, but the Hesi included science (chemistry, anatomy, biology), english, reading and math. It was not a bad test to take and we had two chances to take it. This test also had a study guide. If the NACE has a study guide, I suggest you buy/look at it to gauge the type of questions that might be asked. If it is anything like the Hesi (basic subjects) then your pre-req courses will prepare you for the test. I hope this helps you.
Aug 4, '08Occupation: Cardiovascular Nurse Joined: May '08; Posts: 233; Likes: 27Quote from akspudusYou get three chances to get to the 90th percentile. If you don't pass the exam on the first attempt, you will retake it again in one week. If you still don't pass you have to take a focused remedial class..then take it again. If, after three attempts, you will need to retake Professional Nursing Leadership.
It isn't as bad as it sounds. You will be given a list of practice ATI exams with their assessment numbers and passwords. They are all "non-proctored" practice exams. At the end of each section you will be taking a "proctored" ATI exam that is focused on the section you just completed. By the time you get to the comprehensive exit exam, you will very adept at taking ATI exams. No Worries!!
That sounds so much better. Now the ATI exam sounds like a walk in the park! I can not wait to get my ATI books already. I want to start studying. STUDY STUDY STUDY!!!!!:chuckle
Aug 4, '08Occupation: Cardiovascular Nurse Joined: May '08; Posts: 233; Likes: 27Quote from akspudusFor lab, you need a lab coat. You can use a plain white one if you want. You will also need your lab coat when you go in for pre-assignment. As you can imagine, you really won't make much of an impression at the hospital if you show up with a shabby old stained lab coat. I went ahead and got an MDC lab coat. They aren't that expensive, and you will get a lot of use out of it while your in school Its high quality (much better than the scrub top)...so when you press it, it looks real nice when you go to pre-assignment. remember, when you go to pre-assignment, you might be making an impression with a future employer. The more professional you look and act, the more receptive the hospital staff will be to help you out.
PS...When you iron your uniform and lab coat, get the spray starch that has a stain blocker in it. It will help keep those whites...white.
What is pre-assignment? When do you do the pre-assignments? One more question, aside from the books I need, what else do I need for nursing school?