I had my orientation for nursing school yesterday. They told us how demanding the program is and that we should sit down our families and let them know that we will not be doing the things we normally do once nursing school starts in January. Senior students came in and talked to us. They all said how their lives have changed thus far. Most said that they tried to work and had to end up quitting their jobs. Others with kids, like myself, said they have to rely on husbands/wives/friends to do most of the childcare and home responsibilities. We had to take a critial thinking test and a math test.
The uniform people were there and I am so excited about the drawstring scrub pants that are bootcut and not tapered leg!! The downfall is that we have to wear all white but oh well. We got our patches that we are to sew on our left scrub and labcoat sleeves.
I was surprised to see that I am one of the younger students and we have 4 or 5 males in our class. I look at it as a good thing. I guess older students with marriages and kids are a norm at my school.
We got our schedules for the first semester and alot of days we are only there from 8-12:30. I was surprised to see that the second week of school we start our clinicals, and by the end of the week we are scrubbing in for surgery!!! It is all surreal, I can't believe this is finally happening.
We signed up for CPR, got the info about TB test and Hep vacs, and got our book list.
They fed us lunch....pizza....and had a cake that said "Welcome Class of 2008" All of the instructors seem awesome and everyone says how much they want you to succeed. I know I chose the perfect school for me. Oh and did mention that their NCLEX pass rate for this past year is 98%?
I can't wait to start.