Drexel University ACE Spring 2010 - page 26

Hello all, I just received a letter from Drexel saying that my application for the ACE program is now complete and I'm waiting for a response. I was wondering if anyone else here is applying for the... Read More

  1. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from acrawl
    Thx nursingyogi, I will pm my email address. And I def keep in mind its from the previous year...I'm just interested in seeing how extensive it is...
    Hiddencat, will we get the actual booklist at our orientation?
    I think it was emailed out just before orientation. If you guys haven't activated your Drexel email addresses yet, you should definitely do that. I think if you look on the website for tech services there should be information on how to set it up.

    And you definitely don't need a book for genetics- most of the material will be in the blackboard shell for the class.
  2. by   acrawl
    Thx hiddencat, I'm all set up for my email acct so I'll be on the look out for it the next few weeks.
  3. by   CocoBelly
    Anybody (past students- AugustRain or Hiddencat or anyone else) have the Calculate with Confidence book I could buy from them?
  4. by   lhtanyu
    does anyone know what time the orientation is suppose to start on march 22?
  5. by   nursingyogi
    yes, I just talked to Peggy. She said it's going to be 8-5, as of now but might change
  6. by   Cslice
    The orientation time is 8am. Spoke with Peggy today 2pm 3/2/10. She states that an email will be sent out shortly stating the time and specifics of the orientation.
  7. by   AugustRain
    Quote from CocoBelly
    Anybody (past students- AugustRain or Hiddencat or anyone else) have the Calculate with Confidence book I could buy from them?
    I do, yours if you want it.
  8. by   CocoBelly
    ahh, thank you... but I already bought it off Amazon for pretty cheap. But thanks again!
  9. by   brooklynne
    Quote from AugustRain
    I do, yours if you want it.
    AugustRain,
    If you still have, I would like to buy it from you. Thanks.
  10. by   AugustRain
    Quote from joujoubee
    AugustRain,
    If you still have, I would like to buy it from you. Thanks.
    Sure, PM me and we'll work it out.
  11. by   blueyes26
    I am trying to decide whether or not I should plan on taking the train to school or driving. Does anyone have experience with either? First quarter is the only quarter I am considering taking the train - I have heard that it is best to have a car at school the other quarters due to the need to drive to clinicals. Would it cause an inconvenience during the first quarter if I take the train and don't have my car in the city? If feedback shows that driving would be best, are there parking lots/garages that you would recommend? As the first day of classes approaches I am trying to plan all the last minute logistics. Thanks!!
  12. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from blueyes26
    I am trying to decide whether or not I should plan on taking the train to school or driving. Does anyone have experience with either? First quarter is the only quarter I am considering taking the train - I have heard that it is best to have a car at school the other quarters due to the need to drive to clinicals. Would it cause an inconvenience during the first quarter if I take the train and don't have my car in the city? If feedback shows that driving would be best, are there parking lots/garages that you would recommend? As the first day of classes approaches I am trying to plan all the last minute logistics. Thanks!!
    Parking is expensive in Center City, so train is definitely best first quarter. Plus you can study on the train. Second and third quarter, you'll be on campus 2 days a week from 8-4:30 or 8-5:30, so if you're living somewhere you can leave your car home 2 days a week I recommend that too. Then you can use the car for the 3 days a week you have clinicals.

    If you're planning to live in Center City near campus, I would recommend leaving it home during the first quarter. I have *KNOCK ON WOOD* been able to work out carpooling to my clinicals so far or be able to get there via public transportation so far.
  13. by   OpheliaK
    Hi,
    I just wanted to respond to the article that was posted about the high percentage of Drexel Nursing Students who pass the NCLEX. While this is all well and good, what they don't tell you is how many people pass the final HESI in order to graduate to get the opportunity to take the NCLEX. I myself recently graduated in 2009 from the ACE program. I'm sure you know that in order to graduate you must get a certain percentage on the final HESI. I began the program in March of 2008 and unfortunately failed a course during second quarter. I had to wait three months to rejoin the next cohort and repeat the course and then was able to continue the program. When the final HESI came around I did not pass the first two attempts and was required to sign up for (and pay another 2600 dollars) for a 3 credit course and had two more attempts. Luckily on the fourth attempt, I attained above the required score. If you don't already know what happens if you don't get the required score after the fourth attempt, I'll tell you. You are required to retake the senior seminar class where you will spend 11 weeks testing out on your skills (injections, catheters, assessment, etc) and have two more HESI attempts. If you don't pass those attempts, I'm still not clear to this day what happens. I want to make you guys aware of this because you won't hear it from school, more likely you will hear about it during second quarter through your fellow student grapevine. I consider myself an intelligent person and excelled in my previous degree, but I have to say, the ACE program was by no means easy. Throughout my time involved with this program, I hated life, and so did most of the people who were there with me. A good amount of people can get through this program in one year and pass the final HESI the first or second time, but many don't. For many, a one year program turns into an 18 or 24 month program, or longer I don't want to scare you, that is not my intention. I just want to share my experience and observations as a graduate. So here comes the advice. First quarter is a breeze compared to the rest. Don't let it fool you. Also, take HESI SERIOUSLY!!! You cannot expect to get good grades and pass based on memorization alone. You have to learn how to prioritize and understand. I strongly recommend purchasing the book, NCLEX-RN Reviews and Rationales by Mary Ann Hogan. It's a big white and red book. I used that book to study for the final HESI before my last attempt and it is what helped me pass, and it is such a great resource it will only help you reinforce what you learn throughout the program. I found that the HESI study guide wasn't very comprehensive but the CD that comes with the HESI book is excellent as it provides you with hundreds of practice questions, and I recommend buying it for that. The last thing I recommend is supporting each other as much as you can. The old adage that "nurses eat their young" still exists and you will encounter it at some point as you go through the program. Don't let this discourage you. You'll meet more wonderful nurses than not. Do your best, you can do it!! I wish you all the best and good luck!!!!

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