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  1. megd62

    SPC Nursing Fall 2018

    As far as I know, St Anthony's is not an option. Unless they've changed things recently. The Northside instructor is disorganized. It can be extremely frustrating. But she is a good lady and genuinely cares about her students. You won't realize how great she is until you get to level 2, then you'll have that "I want my mommy" thing going lol. She drills some important stuff into your head that you will not think twice about until level 2 and then you realize what she was doing. If you have the pleasure of getting Dr. Miller as an instructor, be thankful. She works in the same class with the Northside instructor, and she is AMAZING!
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    SPC Nursing Fall 2018

    The books you need for level 1 are the drug and lab books, the nanda book, fundamentals, and med surg. I highly recommend the Q&A success book as well.
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    SPC Nursing Fall 2018

    It's in St Pete, and you deal with a lot of homeless people and drug addicts. You clean up a lot of poop. So much poop. I have 3 kids and I was working part time at a daycare. I quit half way through this semester though, it was too hard. Alot of my peers without kids work part time though. Full time is not possible.
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    SPC Nursing Fall 2018

    Okay, sorry it took me a few days. Finals coming up so it's been hectic. Orientation is nothing to get your panties in a bunch over. Some instructors and faculty are there in the auditorium. They give you a few handouts, talk to you about the uniform, castlebranch requirements(your background check and Vax info), and tell you nursing school is hard. Clinical start around the 6th week of level 1. I was days, and my clinical site was Northside. If you go to Northside, it is awful and scary and a lot of work. However, you learn so much more there than your homies that go to the rehab places do. It's worth it. We don't really have "classes" really. Theory and clinical kinda run together. The skills are easy, don't stress them. Pharmacology this semester has been awful. A damn disaster, and I'm an A student. Level 1 I had Fridays off, level 2 I have Tuesdays off. As for studying, yes. I've had to completely revamp the way I study. Flash cards that you used for micro and A&P are not going to do the job. There is just too much material. You are no longer memorizing info, you are having to analyze data and then come up with an answer. You have to really understand what is going on. I use concept maps alot, I also hand write all of my notes. I've found handwriting to be faster and better retained. Read. Reaaadddd. Each test this semester contained about 130 pgs of assigned reading. With about 2 weeks in between each test. It's alot. But you have to read. You're going to get ATI books, you'll know what I was talking about come the first week of class, use them. No one used them level 1, until we realized how awesome they were at the end. Buy a fundamental Q&A success book, you won't regret it. I used to try to just get by on homework/studying like 3 days a week, like I did in my prereqs. You have to do more, this semester I started doing homework/studying 6 days a week. At least 3 hours per day, some days much more. Don't worry about the instructor's powerpoints, they're useless for the test. In our prereqs, an instructors PowerPoint was the test, not anymore my friends. My last piece of advice is to do practice questions. Then do them some more. I made a B level 1, because I did not know how to answer an NCLEX style question. Level 2 is much harder, and I have an A...and it is all because I started banging out practice questions and figured out how to answer NCLEX questions.
  5. megd62

    SPC Nursing Fall 2018

    Also, fire away with any questions about Level 1.
  6. megd62

    SPC Nursing Fall 2018

    Hey SPC future Level I students! I am a Level II student in the ADN program. I am working on the beginning stages of developing a peer mentoring program for the ADN program. The idea would be that volunteer Level 3 students would be paired up with interested Level 1 students. The Level 3 mentors would give you tips on studying, managing your time, what exams are like, what resources work best, instruction styles to expect, the general ideas of how it all works. It would be a way to encourage networking between the levels and reduce anxiety for Level 1 and Level 2 students. Nursing school is a beast. No matter how many articles you read (and I know you have, because we're all type A and obsess) it will not prepare you for what is to come. But it's amazing :) I would love to hear from you guys about any potential interest in something like this. Do you think a program like this might be beneficial, and if it was available would you sign up? I'm researching lol. Thanks in advance guys!
  7. megd62

    SPC students applying for fall 2017??

    Anybody here on days at Northside?
  8. megd62

    SPC students applying for fall 2017??

    Been lurking for a while, finally joined. This list of requirements is kinda mind blowing with the deadlines. Do we have to have our end of the drug screen and background check done by the 14th or do our results have to be posted by then?
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