anyone from middlesex community college rn program - page 17

Hi, I am new to this forum and I am wondering if anyone has graduated from mcc in lowell the 2 year rn program. Also if anyone is in the middle of the program or applying for it. I am applying for... Read More

  1. by   Kris86
    Yeah, I heard 2nd sem is worse. I'm going to be spending part of my summer prepping for it!
  2. by   dgolden
    did you take college chem 1 there at middlesex? Just curious, how do you plan to prepare for it? Thanks!
  3. by   Kris86
    So, I can't send PM...apparently I haven't made enough posts. I didn't take chemistry there, I took it in I don't know what to say!
  4. by   dgolden
    no worries! perhaps I will see you in class this summer! Im taking it at the bedford campus, if you are as well??

    when you can PM, feel free to and best of luck!
  5. by   Kris86
    I don't have to take it, they accepted my high school chemistry. I'm in the 1st semester of the program already.
  6. by   JamesM
    My everyone's clinicals in 2nd semester are at emerson for maternity and pediatrics, acute rehab at new england rehab in woburn, and community is a bunch of different places. Labor and delivery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Being a guy in a predominately female occuaption is tough, but some of the nurses in labor and delivery were real nasty towards guys (and so is one of the professors for maternity). It was pretty cool though, got to see a c-section and take care of all the little bambinos. Rehab and pediatrics aren't bad but community just plain sucks! This semester definitely burns you out.
  7. by   Erindel RN
    hi james, thanks for giving us the low down on the second semester. it sounds like a lot of work. it must of been fun at emerson hosp for peds and labor delivery. i actually used to work there on north 6, medsurg/onc. i heard community nursing isnt too fun. im not too interested in that area of nursing. sorry the nurses, and instructor were nasty towards you, thats not nice or professional. next semester will be medsurg nursing, right? I wonder if you go to lowell general for that rotation. i heard new england rehab is a good place to work. well im glad you got through it... congrats
  8. by   JamesM
    Peds wasnt that great because when my group was there, their weren't any kids lol. Next semester is med/surg and its at lahey and emerson. Fourth semester you can choose hospitals in the lowell area (which I will be doing because they are 5 min from my house).
  9. by   Erindel RN
    medsurg at lahey should be interesting. Well do well on your finals coming up and enjoy your summer break
  10. by   LynM75
    when you say you spend the rest of the day reading/ practicing, is that practice in the open lab? How much time do really spend in there vs. how much they tell you in orientation? Do you have to go every day or a certain amount hours per weel? Sorry for so many questions... I have orientation on May 6th.
  11. by   Kris86
    Practice in open lab/practice at home. We dont "have" to go to open lab. But if you want to learn the skill, and master want to go as often as possible. Some people don't go at all and they fail every cert. They retake it and pass, but then their essential skills such as taking blood pressure, lung sounds, wound care are poor. Would you rather have a nurse that has mastered it..or half a**es it? I mean if you are a pro at it you don't have to go as often as others...but that's not usually the case. Plus, professors are there to help you, while at your house you're on your own. Hard to tell if you got the pulse right if no one knows what they are doing!
  12. by   LynM75
    oh i see... thats good. I have been a CNA in a hospital for 15 years and I do tons of vital signs per shift, so I hope I could get the BP and pulse right!
    What I need to pay attention to is how they want me to do things, that's important. Time to get rid of bad habits. At least I hope I won't need as much practice on that as someone who may be new to the task. Congrats for getting through (almost) the first semster, and thanks for answering my questions. Talk to you later.
  13. by   Erindel RN
    guess what.....I JUST GOT ACCEPTED TO THE FALL 2011 NURSING PROGRAM!!!!!!!
    Camille just called me to see if i wanted to accept an open seat. Im soooo relieved and excited. i dreamed of her calling me and saying this. i just wanted to share my news with you guys. so i guess i will see you all at orientation next friday. yipppeeee