Manatee Community College - Bradenton

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by jumpwinter (New) New

I will be starting MCC's new evening basic RN program this fall. Just seeing if there are any current or entering fellow-MCC-RN students on the site. Would like to hear from any graduates as well --- who is a good instructor, what to watch out for, clinical issues in the Manatee area, etc.

I am a 33 y/o single guy. Former Marine, current paramedic & federal social worker. Always wanted to be a nurse (not a "male nurse" - just a nurse) = pumped about starting !

*Renee*

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Hey Jumpwinter,

I actually just graduated from the MCC Nursing program this past May and my husband will also be starting in the fall night program.

As far as instructors go, most of them were pretty good...though at night, you may get different teachers than we did during the day program. I think the few teachers who weren't so good have either retired, or have began only teaching a few times or just during lab or just doing clinicals. I'm not sure if she's doing clinicals or not on Saturdays, but ********** was my clinical instructor 3rd semester (days) and she was AWESOME! Very strict, but she made you learn and know your stuff and by 4th semester, the group of us who had her were way ahead of the game compared to many of the other students. ************* (who is also an instructor at MCC) is also a great clinical instructor, especially for your OB/Maternity section because she's also a current OB nurse at MMH. I think that section is during semester 2. (At least it was went I went).

As far as clinicals go, I'm not sure where you live in the manatee county area, but the majority of the hospitals around here (as well as around the nation) are using Meditech and EMAR, which is the computer based charting rather than paper....the only hospital not using it was MMH. So, if you plan on working in a hospital after graduation, I'd suggest picking at least one or two hospitals that will train you on Meditech/EMAR. I work at BMC, and I enjoy it there, though I didn't do any of my clinicals there. It's probably my favorite of all the hospitals....Doctor's (which is where I did my last semester) is very nice as well. I also hear LWR MC is very nice, but slower, so you may not get that as a choice other than when you do your OB/Maternity section. I also went to South Bay Hospital in Sun City and it was nice...just smaller.

Good luck with nursing school, and remember to have some fun in your life during these next two years!! ;)

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SarasotaRN2b

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I will be starting MCC's new evening basic RN program this fall. Just seeing if there are any current or entering fellow-MCC-RN students on the site. Would like to hear from any graduates as well --- who is a good instructor, what to watch out for, clinical issues in the Manatee area, etc.

I am a 33 y/o single guy. Former Marine, current paramedic & federal social worker. Always wanted to be a nurse (not a "male nurse" - just a nurse) = pumped about starting !

Hey Jumpwinter...I guess we will be classmates. Unfortunately, we really won't have a choice about instructors (i.e., we'll get who we get...). I am excited though.

I had been going to nursing school at USF in Tampa, but the commute is just too much (especially with the price of fuel). I'm glad that I had the acceptance from MCC, which is just around the corner from me. One of the hospitals to look into, which I am very impressed with is Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Kris

jumpwinter

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THANK YOU for the info !! Are you guys (well Renee's husband)attending the July 14th orientation ? (I'll be the blue "H" ballcap wearing, unkempt, rough looking character in the back of the room) ;)

I live right off of Bee Ridge --- Doctor's Hospital is about 1 mile from my condo. I will be an ER nurse at either Sarasota Memorial or Doctor's once I graduate & pass the NCLEX.

I met ************ while doing my OB clinicals for paramedic school at MMH. I did about 300 hours between MMH & Blake for paramedic -- spread between OB, Psych, ICU, OR (dropping tubes on people), and the ER. LOVED working at MMH (not so much at Blake), but the commute from Sarasota is too great to actually work there unless I move to Bradenton. SMH is 1/4 mile from my full-time job & Doctor's is right around the corner from where I live. SMH has the new GORGEOUS ER department. It was fun to bring patients there on the ambulance ! (got to play with all the new gear) ;)

Working full-time & going to school (I haven't won the lottery yet) will be a challenge, but I managed a rougher class schedule in paramedic night school.

Thanks for letting me know who is who for the clinical instructors.

SarasotaRN2B: Are you transferring in from USF or do you have to take all 4 semester ?

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SarasotaRN2b

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Hey Jumpwinter,

Yes, I will be at the July 14th orientation. I will be doing all 4 semesters at MCC. I had only gone to USF for the first 4 weeks of the first semester. The reason I decided not to continue is primarily due to distance. I live right by the Bradenton Campus and even if there is horrendous weather, I know that I can make it there within 5 minutes...It takes me an hour in great weather to get to Tampa. Plus like you, I'm wanting to work more local anyway. I had the opportunity to work at SMH on a med/surg floor as a health unit coordinator and enjoyed it. I only left because of USF and definitely hoping to work there again. I don't think that you will have any problem getting a position in the ER when you are finished.

Kris

jumpwinter

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THANK YOU for the encouragement. ER RN's do seem to be in high demand. I am hoping I can parlay my EMT-P & all my "alphabet soups" (ACLS, PALS, BTLS, etc) into an immediate ER position upon graduation. I also have to work around my full-time job. I am hoping to work a couple 3pm-3am ER shifts each week -- will be a nice "break" from being desk-bound all day. ;) I just wish I could push some mystical "fast forward" and get thru school !!! (hee, hee)

SarasotaRN2b

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THANK YOU for the encouragement. ER RN's do seem to be in high demand. I am hoping I can parlay my EMT-P & all my "alphabet soups" (ACLS, PALS, BTLS, etc) into an immediate ER position upon graduation. I also have to work around my full-time job. I am hoping to work a couple 3pm-3am ER shifts each week -- will be a nice "break" from being desk-bound all day. ;) I just wish I could push some mystical "fast forward" and get thru school !!! (hee, hee)

Are you working in an ER now? You should definitely check with SMH...they seem to be in such need for ER RNs, they would snatch you up now with hopes that you will stay once you get your RN.

Kris

jumpwinter

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I had considered that for those exact reasons. But, alas, I must sleep. ;)

My social worker job keeps me busy 40 hours/week. I REALLY wanted to take this summer's break from school and work in an ER as a tec, but I needed a break to re-charge before nursing school starts. I've been working full-time (and LOTS of overtime) for Uncle Sam while doing the EMT-B, paramedic, A&P's, psychology's, microbiology night school thing all in a row. It's been a LONG last 2 years ! Doctor's Hospital wanted me to work as a tec in their ER this summer, but I just needed to do my regular job & go home for once. Night nursing school will be a challenge (I'm already looking forward to next summer's break --- hah,hah). If I just didn't need to sleep, I could work as an ER tec like I want to & then just seamlessly transfer to an RN position once I pass the NCLEX. ;)

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how is manatee? are you done with the program?

>30yrsRN

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how is manatee? are you done with the program?

I was told MCC is starting a RN to BSN Program

Does anybody know if it will be online option?

UM Review RN, ASN, RN

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