First day Monday - page 2
Finally...it's here. The day after tomorrow I will be starting nursing school. I can't describe the feeling. It's like a mixture of dread, excitement, apprehension, uneasiness, happiness...... Read More
Jun 21, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20So? How was it? Give us a post to hang on, pleeaaaase?:chuckle
Jun 21, '04Occupation: ED RN Specialty: Emergency Dept, M/S ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 1,462; Likes: 104I hope it went well for you today!
Jun 21, '04Occupation: PICU Nurse Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in PICU, Peds Ambulatory, Peds LTC ; From: US ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 5,266; Likes: 24Good Luck Kiyasmom!
It will be a tough road ahead but the final outcome will make you an R.N. Best of luck in Nursing School! :roll
Jun 21, '04Occupation: LPN Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in LTC/Behavioral/ Hospice ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 1,269; Likes: 284Where are you, kiyasmom? We need a full report! We must live vicariously right now! :chuckle Tell us everything!
Jun 22, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20I think she dropped off into the nursing school abyss now. Wonder if she has like 3 tests to study for already? I wouldn't be suprised. OK, well if she doesn't find her way back, it's up to you to give us a full report lisa....we all know you start next month:chuckleQuote from lisamc1Where are you, kiyasmom? We need a full report! We must live vicariously right now! :chuckle Tell us everything!
Jun 22, '04Occupation: BSN student Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 821; Likes: 442Hi. Sorry to keep you all in suspense. Ok, so I shouldn't be online right now, because I have a test tomorrow. It is on 15 pages of notes, 4 chapters, and 50 vocab terms. 50 questions, m/c...80% or higher, no retakes.
Yesterday we got there at 8AM. We received our rules for summer session, our uniform information paper (we get measured 7/12) and received our syllabus filled in on a monthly calendar. I like the syllabus, because it tells us when we will start each new chapter, broken down to the time! We have chapter tests every three days, covering 3-5 chapters. We receive "note packets" that we fill out in class, and we do the readings at home and do further research as needed. Vocabulary and objective questions are also due the last day of the unit, although they aren't graded. There is no assigned, graded homework, you are just responsible for reading and computer lab.
We are responsible for all vocab, notes, and material covered in the textbook for tests. We don't read the textbook in class, but we sometimes reference it for diagrams.
We have three mastery exams this summer. The mastery exams are compilations of all material covered up until that point. You have two chances to pass, or you are automatically out of the program. You must maintain an eighty at all times, or you are out. If you are tardy or absent three times, you are out. :uhoh21:
We also have a computer program loaded on the nursing lab computers and we have to find outside time to do all the modules, which is a graded self-exam. You can re-do the modules as many times as needed until you receive an 80% or higher on the self-test. Then you print out the score sheet with the passing grade and hand it in. Since it is accessed under your social, the instructors can also go back and make sure you are doing the modules. They aren't graded for summer session, but we are supposed to get into the habit of doing them, since they are graded come September.
I guess you can say it's intense, but I am not really stressed out yet. A lot of my classmates are. This whole test thing has really gotten some people in a tizzy, but I did my notes, read the material, did my mind maps, and did my objective questions. I will go over again once I get off the computer, and again before I go to bed, and I'll wake up at 5:30 tomorrow to review my outlines one last time before school. I am not going to cram because I feel prepared. (FEEL is the opportive word! )
I love it! We took a tour of the nursing department. There is BNA (What is a bridge nursing assistant?) class, NA class, and surgical tech class in the building with us. We share a nursing lab, that looks like a real hospital room, equipped with a faux radiator and a dummy that blinks. It's cool, and being in there makes me feel like a real nurse.
Our uniforms, which are required for clinicals only are not nursing whites or . It's a white crest top with our name and school emblem embroidered on it and crest pants. I haven't seen the uniforms themselves, so I don't know if they are ugly or not, but I did a google on the style and manufacturer and I think this is it: http://www.paraflexmed.com/catalog/p...roducts_id/398
The room is air conditioned to a fault, and even with my long sleeve flannel shirt, I was still freezing! It's okay, though. I am just so happy to be there!
About the students: Mostly non-trad with the average age in the upper twenties, with a few on both sides of that range. About 90% have children, one lady has 10! (5 hers, 5 foster that she is hoping to adopt). I haven't seen any really rude or unprofessional students yet, but this is only the second day. We were visited by the counselor yesterday, and were shown the stats for application. 756 applied, 412 qualified, 68 made it in. With those types of numbers, I would hope that everyone in the class really wants to be here, and are going to make it all the way through.
We have BLS training the third week August, with the option of going to a ACLS training after October. October we start clinicals.
I think I covered everything. We go M-F 8-12PM. I can't wait to hear about everyone else's adventures!
Jun 22, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: Cardiology ; Joined: Jun '04; Posts: 515; Likes: 53Wow, can't believe you have a test already, but it is the summer semester. They always tend to move quickly. Thanks for all the info. A bridge class is for someone who is already an LPN or paramedic/respiratory therapist who wants to become an RN. The bridge class is usually 1 year, whereas ours is 2-3 years (for ADN anyways). Good luck on your test. I know you'll do great!
Jun 22, '04Occupation: Fulltime student Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 212; Likes: 10Wow a test already! You'll do fine - just study, study, study and remember that stress is the natural enemy of memory! So dont' stress - just channel the stress into study!
I'm glad you had a great first day -- it really is exciting! You're going to be a nurse!
Jun 22, '04Occupation: RN (OBGYN) Specialty: OBGYN, Neonatal ; Joined: Jun '04; Posts: 728; Likes: 58Awesome that you had a good time and awesome that you are not overly stressed!!!! You will do fine and they probably make it harsher becasue it is summer coursework, which is usually more advanced.
Our school also lays everything out in a calendar format and I've really enjoyed it because I am able to know what to expect with just a glance.
Jun 22, '04Occupation: LPN Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in LTC/Behavioral/ Hospice ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 1,269; Likes: 284Thank you for taking the time to stop in and share with us your first couple of days! It sounds very exciting! Good luck on your exams and keep checking in with us!
Jun 23, '04Occupation: Homemaker, SAHM, and college student Joined: Dec '01; Posts: 718; Likes: 3Kiyasmom.....one word......WOW!!!!!......I got little tingles hearing about what you have to do....I absolutely love challenges and I look forward to starting school in the Fall. I am so happy for you.....study hard, have confidence in yourself and know that you are going to be a great nurse!!!!
Jun 23, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20Well, hopefully you got my PM. Like, I said, keep up your great attitude and you will do wonderful. Everyone is pulling for ya! BTW, I see you found the avatars....I like her.