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  1. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Hello nursing2424, as for the breaks, you can look at current cohort or previous cohort's schedule and see what they do with the break. You can look through schedule by going to nursing.ubc.ca, click undergraduate program, under the menu on the left, click 'BSN program schedules.' For the current cohort's January schedule, click 2018 cohort and it will show January 2019 schedule.
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    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Hello Kathleen L! Just wanted to comment that it is possible to work part time during the program. I graduated this year and I know some of my cohort were working part time. However, I would suggest to not work too many hours especially the 1st term. 1st term is really heavy and loaded with so much information and all the new things that are going on during the clinical. Imo, 1st term was the heaviest and as the term went I thought the load got lighter and lighter. Let me know if you have any other questions!
  3. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    No problem! I think the aspect that makes this program hard is because it's accelerated. I really did not mean to discourage anyone in my previous replies. Please do not get discouraged! It's definitely doable! Every one of you will do awesome! There were lots of people in my cohort who did not have Bachelor's either when the program started and I know they were doing fine, some really excelling! Please do not get intimidated. It's going to be really fun 20 months. If you have good study habits, you will do totally fine. So relax, don't worry about it at this moment but enjoy the summer before the program starts ;). Oh and one more thing. Everyone is super smart but super nice too and our cohort really helped each other throughout the program. Facebook group is the space where supporting happens a lot. I'm sure your group will do awesome!
  4. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    I'm glad I can be of some help! It is quite intense program. I would say getting good grades is quite difficult but definitely possible. I also wanted good grades but I said it's difficult because everyone in the cohort are super smart. Class averages are really high most of the time. But I know some people get really high grades so it's possible with a lot of work. Clinical course and labs are pass/fail. For the clinicals, I would recommend maybe to watch some youtube videos about head to toe assessments. Your first term clinicals are going to focus a lot on the assessment and it is an essential skill to have in nursing career. Other than that, maybe I would wait until you meet your CI (clinical instructor) since every CIs have their own style.
  5. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Hi RD19, For the first week, you have 2 days off 9-4 class then one day of clinical/lab orientation (shorter day) and one day of lab. Lab sessions are 2hrs and you are assigned into different time slots throughout that day (ex: 0830-1030, 11-1, 2-4). You will get more information about lab sessions during your orientation. For the next 2 weeks, so until you start your clinical, it's 2 days of 9-4 class and 3 days of labs. So it's going to be only 2 hours for those 3 days/week. And yes, totally understand with childcare schedule! The age is very diverse in the cohort, our cohort ranged from around early 20s or younger! to 40s! You're very welcome! I'd love to answer any questions if I can! Congratulations on being accepted.
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    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    You're very welcome. And yeah, I don't mind questions at all!. As with clinical being on Saturdays/Sundays is if you have clinicals on Saturday and Sunday, you will get 2 days off from weekdays. If you have clinicals during weekdays, you will get the weekend off. But these days change every term and it may not be same every year. Anyway, I can talk more about clinical if you have specific question about that. Regarding program workload, before I came to nursing, I actually did graduate degree. But even comparing with that, the workload is heavy, especially the 1st term. I was definitely overwhelmed the first term but it got much better from the 2nd term personally. My friends also agreed 1st term was the hardest then it gets better gradually. I didn't go to UBC for undergraduate but comparing to full time undergraduate, 1st term definitely has heavier workload imo. But you can definitely find balance with your life once you get used to it.
  7. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Hi jennifersgj! Yes, our cohort was the first cohort with the new revised curriculum and they did increase lots of clinical hours, including increased preceptorship hours I believe. Since I did not go to BCIT nor know anyone who is going/went to BCIT, I cannot speak about comparing UBC graduates to BCIT graduates. I heard lots of great things about BCIT though. One thing I know, however, is that there are quite some people I know in our cohort who got hired right after the preceptorship. I think it really depends on individuals. I heard great opinions about both school graduates from different nurses from different clinicals throughout the program. Hopefully that helps.
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    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Hello everyone, I just graduated this year from UBC nursing. I could help answer some questions if there are any regarding program or anything. One thing I want to mention is I was also on waiting list (my number was late 20s I believe?) and was informed before the June 15th. I know people could even get accepted up to the day of orientation so you never know!!
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    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey! If I remember correctly, we had about 3weeks off between 1st and the 2nd term (in December). Then for summer, we have entire August off. For graduation, the actual graduation date is going to be in May I believe. Hope that helps!
  10. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey, westlife1, I'm not sure which schedule you're referring to so I'll use an example from our cohort's last September schedule (Term 1). So last September (2017) for first 3 weeks: (with an assumption that lab was at 8:30-10:30) Monday: 9-4 Tues, Weds: 8:30-10:30 lab, Thurs: 9-4, Fri: 8:30-10:30 lab. From 4th wk, an example with Tues, Weds Clinical: Monday: 9-4, Tues, Weds: around 6:45-3pm (depends on every clinical group but generally 7am-3pm), Thurs: 9-4, Fri: 8:30-10:30 lab. If Clinical was Sat, Sunday, you got Tues and Weds off but same time on Sat, Sun around 6:30/7am-3pm. For term 3 that we start from next week, some of us have 2x12hr shift while the others have 3x8hr shifts. The only thing that I personally know about term 3 right now is that we have class Mon, Tues from 9-4pm and have labs for 1st 2wks. I'm not sure what our lab schedule is going to be from the 3rd week since we haven't started the term yet. I hope that helped to answer your question :)
  11. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Yeah, so it is kind of hard to understand if you just look at the calendar. For the first 3 weeks of our first semester, we had simulation labs or going through different scenarios. We were assigned in one of 4 (or 5) different time slots, like there's groups at 8:30-10:30, next is at 11-1...etc. Those days, you only have to be at campus for whatever time slot you're assigned to. For example, if you are assigned 8:30-10:30 lab group, you only have that lab day so you can come to campus at 8:30 and leave at 10:30 because you're done for the day! I think it says 8am-6pm because that's the time when all the labs are running. But for all three weeks, you had to come for that same time slot (so every Tues, Weds, Fri for 3 wks) and once/wk (Fri for our cohort) from 4th to the end of the term.
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    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey! I can totally understand the anxiety. I was like that last year April as well! In regard to admission letter, if I remember correctly, it is sent by email only. After you get admitted, there are some paperworks, criminal record check, CPR certifying and others. If you want to know more about what needs to be done after admission, FAQ section in UBC website has more detailed explanation about it.
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    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey, babyfriendly! In regard to our current cohort date, you can go to UBC nursing website, click undergraduate program then on the left hand side, you should be able to see BSN Program Schedules tab. If you click that, you can see the schedule from last September (2017) to summer of this year. From there, you can click whichever term you would like to see and it will give you pdf file of the calendar. Let me know if you're still having some trouble finding it. For orientation, I'm not sure when the actual date is going to be this year....sorry
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    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey! If you want to look at 2017 cohort schedule, you can go to undergraduate program->BSN program schedules and you can see the calendar of current cohort. I think it only has the calendar until this summer so maybe that could give you some idea what the dates are going to be for the next year.
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    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey westilife1! I think I can answer some more about clinicals. As for clinicals, it's either Tues/Wed or Sat/Sun for the first term of our cohort but next year may be different days. We know that we will have different days for our next term clinicals already so it's not a set days when the clinicals will be. I heard it really depends on when the hospital units are available for students. For the choice, everyone gets to rank their preference but that doesn't mean you will get your first ranked choice. I heard the algorithm tries to get people's first choice but I know a lot of people who did not get their first choice. Hope that helped a bit :)
  16. EtherealRailgun

    UBC BSN September 2018 Applicants

    Hey westlife1! I'll also try to answer the question. For clinical, I totally agree with to-be-nurse. For the first term, clinical doesn't start until the 3rd week of the term. We learn skills in the lab and then we can perform the skills in the clinical. But we do need clinical instructors to supervise us for medications and injections. I am also one of the commuters as well! I live a bit far from Vancouver so my commute is about 3-4hours per day to UBC. If your clinical site is quite far away, you can try to carpool with peers who have the same clinical assignment as you are. Parents: I do know a classmate from our cohort! I think there are few parents in our cohort but not sure how many. Hopefully my answer kinda helped as well :)
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