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Macomb Community College Nursing 2013

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@Mrs.Pebbles. As for the health insurance, you can get it through The college. It's expensive but a necessity.

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@Mrs.Pebbles. As for the health insurance, you can get it through The college. It's expensive but a necessity.

I actually looked at the one Macomb offers and it's about $130/month, so the ones I looked into are a bit cheaper.

On a more positive note than my freak-out post lol...I bought my stethoscope and I'm anxious to get it so I can start practicing auscultations. :cool:

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Oh, and @bayliedynell, I like your positive attitude!

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Congrats to all of you who got into the program. My advice to you is to start on the titers/immunizations ASAP and if you can help it, don't go to the JAMS place to get the drug test. A bunch of my friends and myself went through hell trying to get it in time. They are extremely unprofessional! No matter who you are, you are going to feel unprepared. I don't think there was a single person in my class that felt like they had it all together! lol. So try not to stress out and enjoy life before the program, you will soon be exhausted!

If you have any questions I can try to help you guys out! I remember running around with my head cut off trying to get everything.

Best of luck!

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Thought I would help with some of your questions. Just finished first 8 weeks. Buy the used uniforms if you can from ----------- e-mail her in the fall if you didn't go to the used scrub sale. Her e-mail is in the nursing student handbook. Students graduate 4x a year so there is always a stock pile. It's better because they already have the patch on them. Saves your $$. You can wear Dove or Landau uniforms just make sure they are the royal blue color. Buy them anywhere- doesn't have to be the book store. You need white shoes, nike is good at any sports store.

Wait until you find out your start date before you have your physical because the from needs to be filled out I think 6 months before your start date. I would go to one place for your titers, immunizations, and physical. I went to my Dr. office and it was a lot of phone calls to get the form filled out...waiting for titers/labs etc.

Working during the program is doable. I worked 20 hours a week my first semester. I was busy, but not impossible. I feel your pain about trying to find a hospital job. I think it will be easier after you finish your first year (after psych). Just work wherever for now.

You need a stethoscope, penlight, bandage scissors, and tape measure ( have yet to use this). Don't buy the safety goggles, never used those either. Any stethoscope you want. I like Litmann lightweight it's great.

As for health insurance, luckily I have it through my husband. They don't check but I would recommend something even if the bare minimum. Just in case anything ever happened during clinical.

Remember you have to study!! The exams are moderate-difficult. We already lost 3 people after the first semester. Remember passing is a 78 percent. Work hard and it will pay off big time!!!

Congrats on getting in, that's half the battle :)

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Hi thanks for the tips, do you know if it's possible to use earlier edition textbooks or is it mandatory that you use the current class edition. Thanks again.

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Yes, older editions are fine. I bought a lot of my books on amazon and so did my friends. Let me tell you the books you need. Fundamentals of nursing (the huge thick one, buy older and save $$). Definitely the math calculations book and nursing diagnosis book. Both video series, one is for fundamentals lab one is for health assessment lab. And the green book for Health Assessment for Nursing Practice you use it for lecture/lab. If you have a smart phone I would buy the Drug guide app vs the book. It's more practical for clincal, because you can't really carry around that huge text.

Those are the only books I used. All the instructors give detailed power points and we studied off of those for exams. You have homework assigned from the texts I listed and Nclex questions to study from in the books which is why you need the books too.

I know there are other books listed on the first day handouts...everyone ended up returning them. If you are worried the library has them and you can always do reading there.

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@morgan1086, so you are allowed to use your smartphone in clinicals? I always planned to get the drug guide app on my iPhone, but during our orientation we were told that electronic devices are not allowed during clinicals. Or do you think it's per the discretion of each instructor?

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@morgan1086, so you are allowed to use your smartphone in clinicals? I always planned to get the drug guide app on my iPhone, but during our orientation we were told that electronic devices are not allowed during clinicals. Or do you think it's per the discretion of each instructor?

It's at the discretion of the instructor. I was able to use my phone in clinicals but I do know there were others that were not. If you don't want to buy the big three pack I actually found a small pocket drug guide on Amazon that is so much easier to follow (and cheaper) than the Davis book. I wish I knew then what I know now because I wouldn't have bought that big three pack bundle!

Also regarding the textbooks, I know you should buy them but 95% of my studying came from the PowerPoints.

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Yes!! If the instructors don't allow for phones you can buy a pocket drug book at Barnes and Nobles in the RN section or amazon.

I agree with RNintraining I only used the texts for homework and lab. For lecture exams I studied strictly off power points and did fine!! I thought the videos were helpful.

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We will know soon when we start! I just realized how close it is. Pretty soon we can start a new countdown until we start!

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