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  1. BagelBomber

    CCBC Fall 2020 Entry Cohort

    @SARAH_DICKSON No problem! I stressed myself out wayyyy too much during first semester. I was convinced I totally bombed my first exam, and honestly never really felt "good" about any nursing school exams but that's just my test anxiety. And one other thing- skills testing is suuuper frustrating if you're someone like me who just doesn't like being watched haha.
  2. BagelBomber

    CCBC Fall 2020 Entry Cohort

    Hi everyone, I just graduated from the Essex evening/weekend program and will finish with my BSN at Frostburg in December. Now that orientation is over, get ready for some of the most annoying semesters of your life I'm a single mom that has worked full-time throughout nursing school and I want to let all of you know- CONTENT is not the hard part about nursing school. Do not get caught up in tiny details about how something works and trying to memorize everything. The hard part of nursing school is making sure you stay organized and on top of all of your assignments and requirements (highly recommend getting a planner), and learning to "think like a nurse." Basically, you need to be able to think critically and anticipate interventions and patient needs. SAFETY is huge. Use your PowerPoints. Take notes on said PowerPoints during lecture. When in Ms. M's class (she teaches a chunk of Funds and Concepts I)- bulleted PowerPoints tended to become SATA (select all that apply) questions. There will be a lot of what seems like "silly busy work," and for the most part, that is true (hence "the most annoying semesters of your life"). I do hope you're able to participate in clinicals for the fall semester, especially if you have no patient care experience. I came into nursing school with zero patient care experience and my clinicals at Oakcrest and Franklin Square really taught me a great deal about the basics. You're also able to have a shadow experience in your first semester where you just follow a nurse around for the day- that was by far one of my favorite clinical experiences. Good luck- do not stress yourselves out more than necessary- nursing school is entirely doable and not at all impossible.
  3. BagelBomber

    A "real nurse" or school nurse

    I live in Baltimore City, and the school "nurse" at my son's school is a CNA that attended a two-ish hour course on medication administration. My son attends an elementary/middle school that easily has 300+ students, and they are LUCKY to have even a CNA available- sad truth of Baltimore City public schools. A great deal of the city schools here don't even have a health suite, let alone someone with actual training in health care. But I digress- I'm in my final semester of nursing school now and I cannot IMAGINE being a school nurse. You guys have to deal with absolutely everything from paper cuts to broken wrists and it all needs to be documented- on top of dealing with an administration that seems to be against you far more often than they're on your side. I salute all of the school nurses out there.
  4. BagelBomber

    Phone Interview Advice?

    I did, and it went really well! I landed the job I ended up having an in-person interview scheduled about a week later with some share time on the unit. After that, I got a call about three days later offering me the position. Good luck!
  5. BagelBomber

    First Semester Nursing School - Tips??

    I'm graduating in May, and have worked full-time throughout nursing school. It's totally doable, but I highly suggest getting a planner and using it like crazy to make sure you stay organized. I literally ALWAYS have my planner with me. Stay on top of assignments (yes, most seem like pointless busy work, and most of them probably are), and prep for exams in a way that fits your learning style and you'll be fine. Regardless of your learning style- DO PRACTICE QUESTIONS as much as possible and get your butt to clinical early (not on time....plan to get there early always).
  6. BagelBomber

    Phone Interview Advice?

    Hi, all- I am graduating with my ADN in May and BSN in December, and sent a resume to the new grad residency program at one of my local hospitals. I was contacted to submit my unofficial transcript, and then told I would be contacted again to set up a phone interview. I've never had a phone interview before, and I'm wondering if there's any special way I should prepare? Are the questions asked along the same lines? Thank you for any help you can offer!
  7. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    I'm entering my final semester (FINALLY) of the evening/weekend program. We started with 41 people- as of right now we have 16. I think it's common in most programs for people to either fail a class (therefore making them wait a year or switch to the day program), or drop due to the workload. The pass rate for the 2018 graduating class of the evening/weekend program was 100%! So, while it can be a bit tedious and time-consuming, it seems they're definitely preparing you for NCLEX.
  8. BagelBomber

    School + Work?

    I've worked full-time throughout nursing school as a single parent (set to graduate in May). Time management and organization are key. The only hiccup you may run into working night shift is clinicals tend to start in the early morning (my last set of clinicals, for example, was two 12hr shifts starting at 6:30 Sat and Sun mornings).
  9. BagelBomber

    Was RN school easy for you?

    But actually...this is so true. My last semester for ADN starts in January, and then I'll be finishing up the BSN in December of next year and I am OVER nursing school. Over. It.
  10. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    I'll double check my home computer to make sure it's still saved and pass it along if I still have it.
  11. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    Hi, guys! I just finished my third semester of the evening/weekend program at the Essex campus (May 2020 is the light at the end of the tunnel) and I'm so excited for the journey you're all going to start soon! I can only speak for myself- but orientation seems as though it is built to terrify you. Do not get discouraged and worried after orientation, and don't get overwhelmed by the amount of books on the list you see in front of you at said orientation- nursing school is doable! If you have a decent grasp of A&P- the content itself is a breeze. Exams make you think differently and actually apply knowledge rather than regurgitate it- but again- THIS IS DOABLE! Full disclosure- I do not complete the readings. I take notes in lecture, and I've had to open my textbooks two, maybe three, times only to clarify something I really wasn't getting. Practice questions are the key to exams in my opinion, and Amazon has a bunch of books on the cheap end for that purpose (the Davis Success Series has been great for me). I know the Essex day program has Mrs. Thompson for the majority of the Funds lectures and that woman is amazing and she has a wealth of knowledge to share. Evening/weekend attendees- you'll have Ms. M- she can be intimidating, but just keep your head down and get your crap done and she's fine. I don't know anything about the Catonsville campus (sorry).
  12. BagelBomber

    CCBC FALL 2019

    It depends on what program you're in. I'm in the evening/weekend program and our first semester looked like this: Tu/Th- Fundamentals of Nursing 6-9; lab will be either Saturday or Sunday for the first six (?) weeks, and then clinicals were Saturday and Sunday. Wed (unless you're enrolled in the Stevenson ATB program)- Health Assessment from 6-9, you'll alternate between lecture nights and lab nights.
  13. BagelBomber

    Is your nursing program this disorganized?

    Yikers. While exams being difficult because of question style versus content is the norm for me, as is multiple instructors for one class- I certainly hope the extreme to which your program has taken it is NOT normal. I'm in my third semester now, and several of my classes have had more than one instructor. However, each instructor was responsible for writing the portion of the exam dealing with the content they lectured. The fact that you're not able to see exams for review is pretty terrible. I'm not sure how they expect you to learn and improve when they don't allow you to see where you flubbed up. We do not have tutors for the nursing program specifically, but my professors are very receptive to meeting with you individually to go over exams and potential study strategies. As far as lab/clinical instructors- every single one of mine have followed CDC/Joint Commission/hospital policies without question. I'm sorry this has been such a struggle, and I hope you are able to bounce from this program and find one that works better for you. This definitely sounds like a money-grab type of program that makes nursing school far more difficult than it needs to be.
  14. BagelBomber

    I think I’m going to fail Skills help!!!

    There's a line of Davis books called the Davis's Q&A Success Series (I got mine on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Med-Surg-Success-Applying-Critical-Thinking/dp/0803644027/ref=pd_bxgy_14_2/140-1576012-3650923?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0803644027&pd_rd_r=38d09d0b-6e20-4a41-b33d-20f2d1ceff94&pd_rd_w=eXIMQ&pd_rd_wg=SHVNp&pf_rd_p=09627863-9889-4290-b90a-5e9f86682449&pf_rd_r=D8CHR763QX1BS0TBJETT&psc=1&refRID=D8CHR763QX1BS0TBJETT - honestly a game changer for me. They don't necessarily line-up with what is being taught in lecture, but it has helped me determine what questions are actually asking and how I can best narrow down my options. I treat the SATAs like true-or-false questions and that has helped me a good bit. I had an instructor tell me to answer priority questions by asking yourself, "What is going to kill the patient first?" and that's been a big help as well.
  15. BagelBomber

    I think I’m going to fail Skills help!!!

    When you say "skills exam," do you mean actual written tests specifically for nursing skills or do you mean exams in a class like Health Assessment or Funds? If they're for a class and the exams extend beyond nursing skills, the study strategy that has worked for me thus far is taking notes throughout lecture, studying those notes directly, and TONS of practice questions. As far as skills check-offs go, the best thing you can do is PRACTICE. Take everyone's BP that you can get your hands on; find the different pulse points on different people, ask to listen to their bowel, lung, and heart sounds. Muscle memory is key, especially if you happen to "lock up" when you know you're being watched and evaluated (I'm incredibly guilty of this- skills checks make my skin crawl). If they offer open lab times for practice, go whenever you can. Use the criteria sheets they give you so you know exactly what is being looked for with each check-off.
  16. BagelBomber

    Single Mom in Nursing School

    I can't speak to being in school with a toddler, as I have an eleven year old, but I am a single mom and I'm working full-time through nursing school. 1. I personally think 3-4 hours of studying each night after your son is in bed is plenty, it may even end up pushing you into overkill territory if you're prone to overthinking and overstudying. 2. The amount you'll need to study is very dependent on how lectures are structured and the kind of learner you are. I have several classmates that record lectures and listen to them in the car and as they take notes at home each night. Recording lectures has never done much for me, so I instead focus on reviewing Power Points and keeping detailed notes. 3. I'm not sure how many sports or activities your son is involved in at only three, but I keep my notes in notebooks and take them with me when I take my son to sports practices or parkour training. I always make it a point to take a break from reviewing notes and watch for a few minutes every now and then. It has helped me comment on things I saw him working on, while still having a chance to focus on school. I also HIGHLY recommend the NCLEX RN Mastery App! I answer practice questions while my son isn't getting playing time on the field or if I have some down time at work. I squeeze practice questions in every chance I get because that is what helps me get into the critical thinking mindset necessary to tackle nursing school exams. All in all, I think it's very doable to get through nursing school as a single parent (some days are harder than others, because holy mom guilt); I simply remember nursing school is temporary and my son is a big reason I took the plunge in the first place.

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