Hey Everyone! What are we taking next semester???

  1. Hey gals! (and our few guys)!

    This semester is almost over with... FINALLY! I have had 3.5 very stressful years, and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting a bit brighter. I have had an average of 17-18 hours per semester since I started, and next semester (MY LAST SEMESTER!!!!!) I have 12 hours, which is my lightest load yet!!! I purposefully push myself the past 3 years so that I could have a lighter load when I was preparing to graduate, for house hunting, job hunting, etc. Its finally here! May cant get here soon enough

    So, now on to the point of my post, what are we taking next semester? Do you think you will like it? Why and Why not

    Here is my schedule

    Nursing Research - 3 hours
    Psychiatric Nursing - 5 hours
    Emergency Nursing Clinical Elective - 2 hours
    Practicum in Nursing Reseach - 2 hours

    Psychiatric Nursing 8:30-10:30
    Nursing Research 10:30-11:20

    Psychiatric Nursing Clinicals 8:00am-4:30pm (Until I reach 120 contact hours.)

    Nursing Research 10:30-11:20

    Emergency Nursing Clinical (12 hour shifts until I reach 180 contact hours)

    Nursing Research 10:30-11:20

    Looks pretty good to me!!!! Besides having to log 300 hours of clinical time this semester, this is going to be a nice, low stress (hopefully I wont be eating those words) semester. I only have 2 classes that have tests!!!!! woohoo!

    Incase you cant tell, im a wee bit excited

    I have other reasons to be excited too, but that will come in a different post

    Hugs to all!
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    Community Health Nurse


  3. by   peaceful2100
    Brandy, I read your other post first but you are really ready for graduation and I don't blame you after 3 and a half years I would be ready to graduate too. This time next year I will be just the way you are totally excited. Your school spends so much time on nursing research compared to other schools. Is there a particular reason that you know. I think nursing research is good and personally I like it and I just want to know why your school has a 3 credit course plus a 2 credit practicum. Any way

    My clinicals will be done in OB/PEDS, Community
    My schedule is as follows

    Monday-Professional practice (PP) 1 (clinicals)- 5 credit hours (Sad thing is I don't even know what time yet it simply said arranged)

    Tues- PP 1 (clinicals)

    Wed- PP 1 (clinicals)

    Thur- Nursing health management III (3 credits) 900-200
    Christianity 2

    Fri- Nursing Research (2 credits) 800-1000
    Nursing seminar (2 credits) 1000-1200.

    Plus 15 hours of service learning hours anytime we have free time.

    I wish they tell us what time our clinicals will be so we know. Many of us HAVE to know to plan for childcare including myself. I also want my book list because I am buying all my books on-line for next semester instead of the university bookstore so I can SAVE some money.
  4. by   BrandyBSN
    I DONT like research You can take the class and practicum for me

    I think we have so much because of this university. Minimum graduation requirements are 129 hours of coursework. Truman is very research based, and each major has it's own coursework for practice based research. We actually have less research hours than many other majors do, which is a good thing in my opinion.

    You will might be asked to contribute to my research project next semester I plan on setting up a separate website for my project, focused on nursing students, and stress managment. Its still at the drawing table right now, but that proposal has been accepted, so its going to happen

    Are you taking Christianity as an elective, or is it a requirement at your school? That sounds kinda neat !

  5. by   HPlayBoyU
    Hello......BRANDYBSN...............I juts wanted to know how and what do you do to keep a GPA of 3.5..........what am I not doing?........I'm at like a 2.9.........and it's not like the work is difficult..........I don't know what it is.......can you please give me advice, strategies, helpful hints...........or anything else that I can use........FurtureCRNA
  6. by   BrandyBSN
    I actually have a 3.3 now, I lost the extra .2 points from a C in Phys Ed (what a stupid class).

    The reason that my GPA is a 3.3 is that I have been in college since my Junior year of high school (technically), so I transfered in a semester worth of A's (which REALLY helped). Another driving force is that my program requires us to maintain a 3.0 to stay in the nursing program. Anything lower, and they kick us out. A 3.3 is my cummulative GPA, but my GPA at Truman (My university) is a 3.23. The other part is from transfer credit. Even with that, I dont qualify for scholarships, because we have to have a 3.25 truman GPA to get them, and they wont budge an INCH! Kinda stinks.

    To keep my GPA at what it is now has taken a lot of work. I never cram, and always study ahead of time. I also was on Prozac for 2 years to help deal with all the stress of college. I still cry a lot, and get extremely depressed, but I use this board and my website as outlets for stress. I also take "me" time. If there is something on TV that I want to watch, I do, I go to the bar for Karaoke some thursdays, and singing relaxes me (especially when I win ). School is tough, but eating, breathing, and living nursing homework just makes it worse.

    I also try to stay extremely organized (which is hard sometimes), and always try to plan ahead. To some, a 3.3 might seem impressive, but it disapoints me some days. I was a 4.0 student in high school, and getting Bs and Cs still really bothers me. Even with my 3.3, I am not in the top 1/4 of my class. Many do even better. Some students here on this board have 4.0s, children, extra jobs, and THEY are the ones you should seek advice from. I'm still learning to balance life and school, they seem to have mastered it.

    A lot of it comes down to your own goals, and what you are willing to do to reach them. When I started, my goal was a 4.0, and I THOUGHT that would be realistic for me. Later on, i found out that it was not, so I just do the best that I can, and try to have a small life outside of classes. My friends are all supportive, both here at school, and on this board.

    I procrastinate, but that is ok, because I work best under pressure. like right now I am posting here, when I have a 6 page paper due tomorrow, and I havent even started the research part of it yet Speaking of which, i should get going! I must be in bed by 10, 11 at the latest. My brain wont function if I am tired.

    Good luck though! Sorry if I can be of more help. I just do what I can, and live with what I cant. College is 4 years, but enjoying life is longer

  7. by   essarge
    Congrats Brandy!! I know you have worked very hard to get where you are now!! We'll have a cyber party for you and all the grads this may!!

    My next semester goes like this

    Intro to nursing practice (finally get out in the "field:!) M/W
    Patho/Pharm M/W
    Med Computations T
    Micro M/W
    Global Societies MWF

    Both micro and nurse practice have labs and the nurse practice lab is Fridays from 800am - 155.

    18 credits. Like you Brandy I am trying to get things out of the way so in my senior year it won't be that heavy.

    Best of luck to all!!
  8. by   moni rn
    don't know what i will be taking next semester, yet. i am still waiting on that d*mn acceptance letter! *fingernail biting*

    keep up the great work!
  9. by   Robin61970
    Well still doing prereqs here.............I have taken Eng 1 and 2 along with Psychology so those are done. I had a problem with math so I am taking Dev ed courses.....right now I have Dev ed Math/Beginning algebra, Lifespan Pyschology, Sociology, A silly IDS course required to help manage time....So far I have kept a 4.0, but I am not fooling myself into thinking I can keep that........that would be too much pressure. In the spring I am taking Intermediate Algebra, Microbiology, Chem for Health Occ, and health and safety along with a total fitness course. In the summer.......summer 1 college algebra........summer 2 A&P 1.......then I will only have A&P 2 left........I plan on taking it with my first Nursing semester .........that is where I stand. I sure am tired,lol..........
  10. by   giftedRN
    Hey guys,

    Here are my prerequisites for spring:

    1. English 1
    2. Chemistry 2030
    3. Statistics
    4. Life cycle
    5. fine arts

    For the summer:

    A&P 1&2
    English 2
    Historical Perspective

    For fall2002
    intro. Sociology
    Hist. Perspective.

    I will be entering the nursing college Fall 2003. This seem too long but it will come fast. I will have one semester off.

    Pray for me!

  11. by   pkmom
    Please tell me that you guys who are taking so many classes don't have kids! I'm taking ten hours next semester, support courses still, and I'm a little nervous. BEfore marriage and kid, I took 20 hours just fine, but now I'm scared about 10. Must be brave... I'm taking intro to nutrition, applied math, and microbiology. I'm not worried at all abou the first two, its micro that is giving me a headache already. Any advice on micro? I got A's in A&P so I think I have some hope.
  12. by   essarge
    oohhh!! Do I remember A&P I and II in the summer!!! It was tough with allot of studying!! Good luck to you!!
  13. by   KristaB
    How exciting for you, Brandy! I know how much I'm looking forward to being done; I can only imagine how exciting it is to be so close!!

    Here is my schedule for next quarter:

    Med/Surg 8:30-10:30
    IV Therapy 10:30-11:30
    Women in Health (nursing elective) 12:30-2:30

    Med/Surg 8:30-10:30
    Women in Health 12:30-1:30

    Med/Surg clinical (8 hours) not sure what times yet.

    I'm also taking statistics online for a total of 17 quarter credits. Should be a busy quarter!

  14. by   Bonnie Blue
    Time to throw in my 2 cents.

    professional nursing seminar (2)
    health care systems (4) all lecture bleah!
    human experience across lifespan II (5) pathophys.
    clinical (4)-not sure where, I'm on a med-surg floor this semester clock total 280 hours
    ecology of health care (.5) a joint class with the 1st year med students that have been really bad or really good. Meets 2x a month

    hang in there Brandy and the others who are graduating, there is light at the end of the tunnel and it's not a frieght train!