anyone from middlesex community college rn program - page 24

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   LynM75
    The part I wasnt sure about was where my placement was. Im at Rivercrest deaconess and it wasnt on the list, only Emerson Hospital was, so I typed in Rivercrest Deaconess, Concord.

    Erindel- I know you need to have all updated software, like java, adobe reader etc... perhaps you need to download new sofware or use a different browser instead.

    Good Luck to all today!

  2. by   Erindel RN
    Thanks Lyn, I actually do need to update my computer. Its so old.
    Well goodluck today!
  3. by   patno86
    Rivercrest is actually Rivercrest at Emerson Hospital from my understanding. Which would explain why Emerson was the only one showing up. I think they are going to go over all of this with us come our clinical orientation, but we are just over achievers haha!
  4. by   lakerATP
    Caught by surprise today! Got acceptance package to the January 2012 day program! Hooray!!!

    for anyone following this board, my application was complete July 22, 2010.
  5. by   Erindel RN
    Congrats Laker!!! Im so happy for you... Its a great feeling getting that package in the mail. We just had our orientation yesterday for the fall program. Alot of info and reading already so be ready to work your tail off when January comes around.
    Enjoy this semester and again congrats and welcome to nursing!!!
  6. by   LynM75
    Congrats! What a great surprise to get in the mail! Good luck with everything and keep in touch.
  7. by   KHarmon
    Im panicking...I got all my stuff out at work last night to get organized and misplaced my access code for Fundamentals. I am going to freak out!!! Does anyone know if I can get another one since its a new book? PLEASE let me know!
  8. by   Erindel RN
    I am sorry that hsppened. the only thing I can say is let the teacher know, but i believe you may have to order another one online.
    Just give all your stuff a thorough look through once more.. I hope you find.
    See you tonite!
  9. by   lakerATP
    Hello! How has the fall day program been going for those that started? January will be here before I know it - I welcome any advice and/or tips!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving (and break to those in the program!)
  10. by   Erindel RN
    Hi laker... goodluck with the program in january. Be ready to read read and read some more! School is going well, four more weeks till semester break.the teachers are nice. The clinicals are either in concord near emerson hosp or in bedford. Its all long term care first. You should do well, be organized and stay on top of things. Go over basic math, fractions, conversions between systems, and dosage calculations.
    Enjoy your thanksgiving!!!!
  11. by   Katherinevt7
    Hi everyone I am new to this forum. I am currently finishing up my last semester of nursing at MCC (3 more weeks!!) I am in the full time day program.... Thought I would give you some info about what to expect on finishing up your journey as a nursing student. You will have a nursing issues course in addition to the regular NCA 2 course work, in this class you won't have any tests, but you do have about 4 papers to write. Clinicals include Nursing Management (you will be the charge nurse, for all the patients your fellow students have for one day, and the med nurse on another day, giving meds to all the patients assigned for the entire group). Med-Surge and Community are the other two rotations. You will prepare your resume, and start freaking out about NCLEX... At this point you are very independent, trust the skills you have learned in past semesters, and don't be afraid to ask if you are not sure about something (some students have been dissmissed on the last semester, for not meeting the clinical requirements).... If anyone has any questions about any of the nursing semesters @ MCC, I will gladly answer them... GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
  12. by   Erindel RN
    Hi Katherine, first off i would like to say congrats for getting through the program and i wish u luck during the next three weeks and on the nclex!! i appreciate your comments and right now i am in the first semester evening program so i have a long way to go.... What clinical sites do u go to during the third and fourth semesters? have you been following through each semester by doing nclex style questions to get yourself ready for the actual test? i am assuming the amount of care plans increase as each semester goes by. in january we will be going to new england rehab or tcu in holy family hospital, i hope to get NE rehab. How do you feel in the role as nurse manager and med nurse? thats a big responsibility... have many students dropped from your class since the beginning of your program?

    i know im asking alot of ques but its nice to have someone else to talk to whose farther along in the program. well i hope to talk to u again soon... thanks again....

  13. by   Katherinevt7
    Hi Erin... I'm glad I'm able to give you a heads up on what is to come...I wish I would've had someone to tell me what to expect as I went along, it probably wouldve decreased my anxiety about the unknow a bit...During third semester your clinical sites are Med-Surge @ either Lahey Clinic or Emerson hospital, i went to Lahey, highly encourage it the nurses there are absolutely great. The other rotation is Psych and it is at the VA in Bedford, you may be placed in the locked psych unit or the outpatient unit. Fourth semester clinicals are the med surge, management, and community. (For community you choose where you want to go at the end of third semester.) I went to Dracut High for school nursing, Billerica House of Corrections for prison nursing, and the wound clinic at Holy Family Hospital. I've actually found the ATI website very helpfull to help prepare for the NCLEX, I've heard from people who have taken the NCLEX that the ATI format and questions are very similar to the NCLEX. So, the ATI online practice tests and books are pretty helpfull....After your second semester, you actually don't have as many care plans, I'm thinking this is because they feel at that point you can think it through in your head and talk it out, instead of spending so much time looking things up.... Being Charge Nurse and Med Nurse is definately a big responsibility, you spend many hours looking up all the patients (total of maybe 6-8 patients) and giving report to your fellow students about them. If you are well prepared it will go smoothly. In fourth semester, you can't use your med sheets anymore, so when doing med pass in Med Surge, those meds have to be memorized along with side effects, assessments along with the med, and reasons why the patient needs it.... I know its a lot, but don't worry throughout all the semesters you learn the necessary skills and confidence in yourself to do all these things and eventually it all comes naturally.... About the clinicals since you are in the evenning program, I'm not sure how much the clinicals rotations differ from the day program, but I dont think it can be too different... We lost about 4 students in the first semester, and about 7 in the second, lost 2 in the third, but some LPN's joined, as of now in fourth we have lost 1, and some are in clinical warning....At this point probaly a little over half of us survived the journey....Its sad to see so many students not make it, but many people don't understand that nursing school will completely take over your life... If you put all your mind and love for nursing into it you will get through it... Good Luck :spin: any other questions as you go along let me know