Charity School of Nursing- Starting Fall 2010!! - page 2

Hi everyone!! My name is Nikki and I am getting so nervous and excited about starting in August!! :yeah: Does anyone have any suggestions for a new nursing student such as instructors to look... Read More

  1. by   mrs.gleason0918
    I'm really concerned about my clinical rotation. Do you have any advice or insight you can lend a new student. Ive heard that there is a lot of paperwork required. Any help or advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
  2. by   su9032
    Mrs. Gleason,
    I dreaded the paperwork for clinicals because there was a lot to fill out or type up. It's overwhelming when you first try to read the charts, but you will get the hang of it. My instructors gave us more to do each week so you will learn more as you go.
    My hospital still used the paper charts so a lot of what I needed was handwritten and it was difficult to read because the penmanship. I would try to fill out as much of the flowsheet and my paperwork while I was at the hospital and then I would work on the nurse squared when I got home. That way, if you need to look something up, you can get the additional info on the second day of clinical. Nurse Squared is a software program. With my class, different instructors had different requirements in terms of how much you had to do on it because we were the first class to use it. Make sure you save your work carefully because I always seemed to lose info after typing it because I wouldn't save it before "adding it to the backpack" or whatever- I can't really remember.
    Make sure you get the Nursing Diagnosis Handbook You will get a lot of use out of it and it will really help you give rationales for the doctor's orders. You'll need a good Drug Guide as well. Mine was classified by the type of drug (anti-infectives, CNS drugs, cardiovascular system drugs, etc). You will get a typed packet explaining what is expected during clinicals. Use it as a guide because it will kind of walk you through it. The key is to not leave everything till the last minute. If you have clinicals on Tuesday & Wednesday, then you will pick up your assignment and actually meet your patient on Monday. You need to start your paperwork & nurse squared on Monday and work on it Tuesday after clinicals and Wednesday after clinicals while everything is still fresh in your head. Then Thursday, you'll just have to finish whatever is left and it will probably be due on Friday.
    You have a couple of months before you even start hospital clinicals so I wouldn't worry about it for now. I would focus more on the lectures, getting and reviewing your notes, doing the questions from Fundamentals of Success after you study, and also watching any Tegrity video that is required.
    Good Luck.
  3. by   nishu09
    I want to apply to charity school of nursing for Spring 2012, but I dont know if i will get in. I currently attend LSU SON and not liking it one bit. I have a 3.5 gpa and got a 78 on the teas score which is horrible, and still have to take A&P, but I am enrolled in A&P at LSU SON hoping to at least pass it. Could anyone who got in tell me if i have even a shot at getting in? I even have recommendation letters from Oshner and professors!!!! Thanks
  4. by   jabroadwater
    I hate to burst your bubble, Nikki, but being realistic, there is no way you will make it driving from Ft. Polk to New Orleans everyday. That's 8 hours out of your day just driving. Your first semester will be classroom three days a week (two basics lectures days and a pharmacology lecture day), and, though you won't start clinicals until midway through the semester, you will have clinical days with your instructor those first 8 weeks. Once you factor in study/paperwork, where do you propose to fit in sleep.

    You'd do much better either finding a school closer, or finding a cheap place to stay, or staying with friends while you're here and going home on the weekends.