El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07 - page 44

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  1. by   Yin Yang
    Our test 3 is on Friday...hopefully it won't be too bad. It can't be alot worse than Test 2 (77 average after up to 10 points given to some people). We apparently have a couple that have failed 2 tests, but haven't dropped is the word going around. We'll see what happens after this test though.

  2. by   spoiled_lil_sister
    A question for y'all -

    I have my application in for NL/EC for the fall semester...Wish me luck - I'm expecting a yay/nay letter around April 15th. I work full-time and must continue to work full-time during nursing school since I'm single & a returning adult student. I know it will be very tough to balance work & school (luckily my parents & sister take care of my laundry, grocery shopping, honey-do's, etc). Can you please give me an idea of what your school schedule is? For example, I hear that you are involved with school everyday Monday - Friday, but some days may be just a 2 hour lecture where some clinical days are 12+ hours. I've also read where you have projects over Spring & Christmas breaks. Does this include summer? I'd also like to have an idea as to when I can squeeze in a mini-vacation! Just curious to see what I'm up against. Thanks for your help!
  3. by   Yin Yang
    The actual school schedule is incredibly busy and erratic the first half of the semester (or it seemed to me), but that may be less so if you took the HPRS class. There is alot of study time outside of actual classes. I'm not one who normally has to study so long as I attend classes, but in order to pull A's, I have had to study ALOT. I'm working part time, mostly from home, and only on the weekends. I have a 6 yo daughter and tons of family support (sounds like you do to). It can be done, but be prepared to not have much else going on. We had plenty of studying to do over spring break. I can't speak for Christmas or summer yet since this is our first semester, but it seems from the upper classmen that those aren't sacred either. One did take a cruise over spring break, and I'm going on vacation over summer. Just have excellent time management and you can probably squeeze in a vacation. Good luck to you and let us know what happens!

  4. by   JaxiaKiley
    I hope you work for a really flexible and understanding company. Yang wasn't joking when she said it was erratic! Things seemed to change from day to day.

    At this point in the semester, we are on campus for 3 hours on Monday, and 6.5 on Fridays. We are in the hospital for 3 hours on Tuesday and 10 hours on Wednesday. We do not have any commitments on Thursday (so I work full time that day). I know other students who have two days a week with nothing scheduled, so it really depends. Also, travel time to and from is taking a big chunk of my time, even on those short days.

    I haven't been studying as much as I should, and I have a high B (89) right now. I cannot decide if I'm happy to have my sanity and a B, or if I should go crazy studying and try for the A. Tough call for those grade who** ... err, uhm, tramp.

    I work 30-40 hours a week, and most of it is from home (except for Thursday, where I go into the office).

    Good luck to you!
  5. by   JaxiaKiley
    Gah! I just checked and I didn't get the 2 points. Bah!
  6. by   Yin Yang
    That's weird...you might ask her because you answered that one the same way, right? Are you studying or working? lol...

  7. by   JaxiaKiley
    Yeah, I know. That's why I was wondering.

    I'm at work.
  8. by   Spill
    I'll answer your question tommorrow Spoiled, I'm off to sleep until tommorrow til about 4pm. I just got back from clinical...sitting here trying to unwind, then I'm off to la la land.
  9. by   spoiled_lil_sister
    Thanks for your input about what to expect (hopefully next semester!). I work on the floor of a hospital, so I'm hoping that of all people, they will understand! So far they have been EXTREMELY flexible with me & they know I am anticipating going to NS. And yes, I am taking the HPRS class this semester. Speaking of, what do y'all think about this? I am debating on whether or not I should spend the time & money to take the 2nd half of HPRS that includes phlebotomy, EKG, & IV starts (but it doesn't count towards the degree plan). I am an honor student & desire to keep it that way - I'm a quick learner but I understand that they really pack it in. Should I go ahead & take it this summer so it can serve as a review when I learn it for actual credit towards my degree or spend the time bracing myself for the fall?
  10. by   JaxiaKiley
    The lab in first semester is fairly easy. It's the lecture that seems to get us.
  11. by   Yin Yang
    I second Jaxia's comments. Spend the summer reading the nursing books (we can give you the list of chapters)....it might change a little, but you'd be way ahead and could hopefully start off with high test grades and give yourself a little cushion. Let us know when you find out about admissions!

  12. by   JaxiaKiley
    Our class average was a 75 on test 3. I think we are going to lose several people after this test. It really killed my average.
  13. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Sorry about the grades on test 3.....

    What did it cover? FandE?