jebain 1,053 Views
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I personally am quitting work June 26th & heading to the beach for a mth. I am going to relax, spend time with my family, & I may look over some drugs while lounging.-doubtful, but maybe!!! Our department head said if we got in the program then we were ready to be taught in the fall-not to start trying to teach ourselves now. And personally after seeing my fall schedule & paying for the 1st semester I have no problem relaxing & waiting to be enlightened!!!!!!!!
:hatparty: Enjoy your summer!!!!!!!!!
Just putting my two cents worth in: I actually met the director of the Gooding Institute when I was looking at applying to schools for this fall. He was very laid back, nice, direct guy. I liked the staff & students I met there as well. No, it is not a bunch of politics down there. If anything it is the opposite in my opinion. I have a friend attending there now & she absolutely loves it. I was offered an interview there, but selected another school because it offered more job opps for my husband (also a nurse) while I am in school. The only negative I can say about Gooding is that they only do clinicals at one main hospital-from my understanding, & I wanted to gain more experience at diff. facilities. It just depends on what you want.
I am starting my program this August, and I would not even consider taking time off in the beginning. You applied to school & should know what it takes mentally, physically, financially, & time wise. To ask for time off to go on a honeymoon does not show you have your priorities in line. A honeymoon does not make or break a marriage-it is simply a fun get-a-way that americans have deamed a neccessity when getting married. Plus, adding the stress of missing classes to starting a new marriage is not a good way to go. Just focus on the fact that you are in love-getting married-AND were selected to start a competitive program that will afford you an awesome, but late honeymoon. I am sure you can find a nice, luxury hotel close to home & spend a few nights there together--Get some nice couple spa treatments & relax!!!! Congrats on the marriage!!!!
JUST WANTING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANYONE THAT WILL BE STARTING THE PROGRAM WITH ME THIS FALL!!! :hatparty:
Know what you have been exposed to well, and do not try to B.S. the interviewers. Just say you don't know. This was the best advice given to me before I interviewed. They are not looking for the person who gets the most answers right-they are looking for a well-rounded nurse. Let your personality come through (easier said than done!!!). Good Luck!!
P.S. Dress Appropriately & Make EYE contact!!!!!
I agree that the competition is tough, but you need to find out what schools you want to apply to. Some schools don't factor in ADN or prereq. grades. Some only look at your BSN grades, some look at BSN grades plus science, math, & statistics grades. It all depends. I am not sure what they do with someone with your degrees, but I would contact each school I wanted to apply to and find out. Do all you can to make yourself more competitive by their standards, but don't get into overdoing without knowing exactly what they are looking for. You can waste time & money.I do know most of the schools I looked into were far more concerned with recent grades/achievements & work experience. A "C" average in the ADN program will not keep you from getting in. Good Luck!!!
I got a call today from the director of Midwestern University and she offered me a spot. I am so excited!!! I have to move to another state now but I dont really care. Thanks for all the great information provided on this site
A week or two ago someone posted a link to a pharmacology for a good refresher on pharmacology prior to school. The site is at
It has excellent information, flash cards, scenarios, practice tests, etc.
Just thought this might help some of us.
Good luck in school.
First of all, congrats and goodluck in nursing school. The key to being a well-rounded, competent nurse is to have the desire and commitment to life-time learning. The medical world continuously changes, and nurses must strive to learn all they can. Remember that it is o.k. to ask questions-infact always ask questions when you are curious or unsure. No one knows everything. You learn what you are exposed to-Labor and Delivery, CVICU, ER--it is all different. Just concentrate on the basic foundations of nursing and know them well. AND don't forget 6 yrs from now when new grads come onto your unit or area-help them, teach them, guide them. One of the worst things we do as nurses is get frustrated and "eat our young". ---You are already on your way, just keep up the faith!!!!!!!
I am with the elope. Got to Vegas or somewhere and get married. If family or friends want to come they can. Plus, it will be a great get-away before school starts!! CONGRATS ON BOTH & GOODLUCK. Marriage is great if it is to the right person, and unless you are deadset on a big wedding-they are a pain!! Stress you don't need right now. We had a small backyard-family wedding and have never regretted it. You can always renew your vows with a big wedding bash.
sweetdreams-I look forward to meeting you this August!!!
Thanks everyone for the advice. I have selected to attend Newman, and I am very pleased with the feedback from current and former students. It seems to be the small, friendly, and supportive environment I am looking for in a school.
I am an EP nurse too, but soon to be off to crna school!! EP is a different ball game, and it is amazing what you learn in the lab! You learn about the heart in a whole different light.
I begin school this August, and I would like to be reviewing anything that may help me out prior to school starting. Any advice on what to review or a specific book that may help me? I don't want to over-do it, as I know I will be in for quite the load come August. I just want to have a good base knowledge "brush-up"!!
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
I have a friend in Panama City & she loves the Gooding Institute. I have met the director myself, and I was impressed with him and the program. Close knit group from what I gather-with no special treatment for people that work there or have "connections". I don't know anything about the other school in FL.
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