MCC - Nursing Students Starting 2009 - page 16

Hey everyone! Thought I would start a thread where we can keep up with all the fun new and exciting things coming our way! We'll get to meet each other in a few days (May 20th)! So, how shall we... Read More

  1. by   MichyMich
    Quote from krazy8s101RN
    Hahaha, MCC nursing students are the best!!! Just reading these boards take me back and make me short of breath. Seriously I wish you all well, I graduated back in Oct. 2006 (IT CAN BE DONE). The instructors demand a lot, but are eagar to teach to those who put forth the effort. Take care of one and other, you'll need each other.
    A couple of recommendations:

    • Find a like-minded study buddy if you haven't already :smiley_ab
    • Tape record your lectures (I wish someone told me this from day one). Then rewrite your notes.
    • Stick with a small group for study sessions: 2-3 ppl. My study buddy and I would burn the midnight oil studying over the phone. Helped save me from failing.
    • PDAs helped me immensely through RN school but I never use mine now that I'm a nurse.
    • Learn how to do care plans from the get go...channel Carpenito. Care plans are tedious but do have a purpose, they will help you to learn how to critically think. Don't think of them as horrible or else you will actually die :chuckle
    • If you have test anxiety, start getting over it...they never stop hitting you with tests. Take them in stride, and know they are NOT indicative of how smart you are!
    • Don't just memorize. Visualize. If you know and can picture how each body system works normally verbatem, you'll be able to figure out what will happen if something is pathologically wrong. (i.e. if you understand how the heart works normally, you'll be able to visualize when there is something like mitral valve regurgitation goin on, and know what assessment findings you will need to find (lung sounds, heart sounds, pulse ox, objective and subjective data), what treatments you'll be giving). It will stick with you better than just straight up memorization....trust me!!!!!!!!! THIS IS KEY: KNOW THE NORMAL FUNCTION BEFORE YOUR LECTURES...seriously, study like you need to know it for test and you'll totally understand the lectures and it will save you time later.
    • Get to know your instructors...they're awesome. If you're a go-getter, or was shy like me :imbar, get involved with your MCCSNA...it will help you with job opportunities and will help stuff your resume for when you need a job. (It's getting tougher out there). It helped me get where I am today.
    • Ask for a reference after most clinical rotations. It again, helps with getting a job, either as a Nurse Assistant and eventually Tech.

    If you ever have any questions, just ask. These are just some tips that helped me through nursing school. Great memories but it sure as hell was a lot of work. I really think Macomb churns out the best nurses. When it comes to nursing, MCC gets it...pretty much have a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX. Soon your faces will be up on the wall of fame upstairs . Best of luck!!!!!
    Thank you so much for your post! I especially like your tip on visualization. I've been thinking about that and I am excited to try it out. You offer some great tips and I'm sure I'll be on here asking questions!

    I'm glad to hear of the positive experiences you had and I am getting so excited, I can't stand it! I am going to get my books tomorrow as long as the bookstore has my NWLB account set up. Wow, it's really getting close!

    I am thinking of calling and finding out when the info packet will be mailed to the Oct. start. I will be working for a few weeks and don't want to miss something, or not schedule something correctly and find out I'm too late to get tests done, get my CPR, etc....
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 20, '09
  2. by   mac212marco
    Let us know if you call about the packets for October start, I am curious when we will be getting them. Thanks
  3. by   sirI
    gentle tos reminder:

    while it is important to be able to network, everyone should be mindful of the following:

    1. it is a small world - when we narrow it down to a state and throw in some personal info, there is actually a pretty good chance someone may recognize you if you are not careful. your privacy is paramount to us.
    2. while allnurses.com is a wonderful place to vent (without excess personally identifiable details) it is not the place to express why ("x" specific person, place or program) is terrible. gripe away, but since we cannot permit allegations to be made about named entities, your care in not naming them is very much appreciated.
    3. please do not give out personal information about others. do not name names where anyone could identify the person in any facility including your nursing programs.
  4. by   MichyMich
    Quote from sirI
    Gentle TOS reminder:
    Oh No! I can't believe I did that... I am not able to edit my post as it has been a while since I wrote it. Can you please edit the name out? Thank you for the reminder...
  5. by   MichyMich
    Quote from mac212marco
    Let us know if you call about the packets for October start, I am curious when we will be getting them. Thanks
    Yep will do! I stopped in the Nursing Bldg and wanted to go into the Nursing Lounge, but it was close. I didn't see who I was looking for, so I will call or e-mail them tomorrow if I get a chance. I ended up at the bookstore, as my NWLB account was active. They will not give you the Nurse Packs until you are on a "list". They will not give Oct. start people them now. They said to come back about a week or so before classes start for Oct. I also brought a large suitcase to the bookstore. Thanks CorazondeOro! LOL. They were right there are a very LARGE amount of books. They were missing one required book. So I will say that with the Nurse Pack and the missing book, the cost for 1500 books is around $800 for those interested.
  6. by   Nell123
    The nurse pack was $89. If you would like to know what is in it, I can look and post that for you.
  7. by   gemberly
    I would love to know what is in it!
  8. by   MichyMich
    Hey Nell, that would be great to post the info if you get a moment I held it in my hand for one brief second before they took it away from me. Ha! I should have opened it and looked inside. It is in a white draw string bag, and it was pretty full from what I remember....
  9. by   Nell123
    The Nurse Pack contains the following:

    1 Set of Sony headphones
    1 Pen light

    and here is the "fun" stuff:

    1 Foley Catheterization Tray
    1 Tracheostomy Clean and Care Tray
    1 Central Line Dressing Change Tray
    1 Suction Catheter Kit with a whistle tip catheter, vinyl gloves, sterlile wrap and pop up cup
    2 0.9% sodium chloride injection USP ( IV bag)
    2 continu-flo solution set ( IV tubing?)
    1 secondary medication set ( more IV stuff I think)
    alcohol swabsticks
    about 4 different hypodermic needles
    sterile towel drape
    gloves
    2 sterile ABD pads extra absorbent
    maybe a dozen 4 X 4 gauze pads
    some tape
    some sterile water for injection
    2 small items very well wrapped in bubble wrap- no idea whats in there
  10. by   MichyMich
    thanks nell!!!!! so that was all in the "mystery bag" lol lol lol.


    so, i was online and happened to go to barnes and noble. i was looking for a book that the campus bookstore has to order. when i punched in the name of the book. i got this message: note: [color=#ae340e]just announced -- for a limited time, all customers receive the discounted member price plus free shipping on new textbooks!

    so, this text book was $118.00 in our bookstore. the member price right now at barnes and nobel online was $72.20 so, for you that are looking for a few ways to save a little money here or there on books, this offer is good until i believe sept. 25th. this book alone was $50 off from our campus bookstore price with the deal. it's only good on textbooks, there is a place where you can click on for more details.

    oh and there is a website called chegg.com they rent school textbooks. i did not look at our whole list of books required, but you can check it out if you want. you can rent them for 60 days, a quarter or a semester... i think the quarter price for the $118.00 book was $47? you can't keep the book... but if you need to save some money right now, might be another option.
    Last edit by MichyMich on Aug 21, '09 : Reason: Forgot to add info
  11. by   chicanamami
    Quote from michymich
    thanks nell!!!!! so that was all in the "mystery bag" lol lol lol.


    so, i was online and happened to go to barnes and noble. i was looking for a book that the campus bookstore has to order. when i punched in the name of the book. i got this message: note: [color=#ae340e]just announced -- for a limited time, all customers receive the discounted member price plus free shipping on new textbooks!

    [color=#ae340e]so, this text book was $118.00 in our bookstore. the member price right now at barnes and nobel online was $72.20 so, for you that are looking for a few ways to save a little money here or there on books, this offer is good until i believe sept. 25th. this book alone was $50 off from our campus bookstore price with the deal. it's only good on textbooks, there is a place where you can click on for more details.

    oh and there is a website called chegg.com they rent school textbooks. i did not look at our whole list of books required, but you can check it out if you want. you can rent them for 60 days, a quarter or a semester... i think the quarter price for the $118.00 book was $47? you can't keep the book... but if you need to save some money right now, might be another option.
    i just went to barnesandnoble.com and i saved a total of $40 on my order. (i bought health assessment for nursing practice, make sure you get the one with the lab dvd set, and i got clinical calculations) definitely worth it.
  12. by   Nell123
    Dang it...I just opened that Health Assessment book last night so now I can't take it back. Does is come with the Mosby's CD? Is everyone done with ACE passport? It has to be done by the 25th.
  13. by   MichyMich
    Chicanamami excellent!!!!!!! glad it worked out for you!

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