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  1. BagelBomber

    For those planning to get or have gotten an ASN..

    I'm in my last semester of my ADN program, but my school offered a dual-enrollment option so I've also been taking classes that count toward my BSN. I'm sure it depends on your area and the job market, but I've found when I was interviewing a lot of hospitals were requiring enrollment in a BSN program within six months to a year of your hire date. If it's any consolation- the BSN program has been a serious breeze compared to the ADN. There's just some papers to write and a handful of PowerPoint based projects (I'm enrolled in Frostburg's RN-to-BSN; all online).
  2. BagelBomber

    Words of Encouragement?

    Hi! I'm also in my last semester and have found that nearly all motivation I had is gone. Moving online is an adjustment for sure (but it's not all bad- I've been able to eat cereal and have a glass of wine in my sweats during lectures ), and I feel very disconnected from the whole learning experience. Our clinicals are being adjusted a great deal so the bulk will be online, which I find a little scary, just because I lovvvved having the hands on experience with an instructor or experienced nurse being able to watch my back. As far as NCLEX goes, keep on doing those practice questions. We will all be okay.
  3. BagelBomber

    failing due to less than .1 of a percent

    Unfortunately, word of mouth is not concrete proof of a professor demonstrating favoritism. If you encounter another student who typed the exact same answer in one of the fill in the blanks as you did and they were marked correct while you were not given the credit, for example, that would be actual proof of non-equal treatment. Wuzzie makes a great point regarding the potential long-term consequences here, as well as your standing in the class heading into the final.
  4. BagelBomber

    failing due to less than .1 of a percent

    I'm sure this is devastating and tough to handle, but I'm not sure you and your classmates have much of a leg to stand on. Grading policies should be available in your syllabus and on the school's website, so if you're really not able to find it, that may be your only saving grace. Unfortunately, failing by less than a percent is still failing. I've had classmates fail for similar circumstances, and it is heartbreaking, but it is also just how the cards fall sometimes. Believe me, I would love if nursing school rounded, but I've never encountered anyone who went to nursing school that did. You can't expect the program to make exceptions for you and your classmates and allow you an "extra assignment" that others before you and those that will come after you were not given. Take your break between semesters to chill out, relax, and do a lot of self-care. You may have just burnt yourself out and that's why this semester didn't go your way. I wish you luck.
  5. 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!
  6. BagelBomber

    How Long After Graduating to Start a Job?

    I graduate in May, and have a job lined up for July (provided I pass my NCLEX, of course). I started putting in applications at the beginning of February, and was hired on the 17th. I imagine it depends on the job market in your area, but I started my job search before graduating so I wouldn't feel bonkers trying to land a job after.
  7. BagelBomber

    I feel so alone

    I am far from a social creature, and I can completely understand where you're coming from. I have a very dark, dry, and crass sense of humor, so most people simply don't "gel" with me, and that's fine. While things like group projects and clinical presentations are a group effort, you are there for YOUR degree, like Mergirlc mentioned. My classmates are often going to grab a few drinks after exams or chatting before class, while I go home after exams and am usually trying to shove some semblance of dinner in my face before class starts. I don't concern myself with making friends, mainly because the likelihood of you really relying on your network of nursing school friends after graduation is slim (in my opinion- I'm sure there are plenty of folks who made lifelong friends in nursing school). That being said, I think your being a true "outsider" in the sense that you're coming from out of the area makes things more difficult. Do you have a support system beyond school? Someone/some people you can just vent to even if they aren't totally understanding the ins and outs of the program? I vent to my supervisor at work all the time, just to blow steam off (you will discover there is a lot about nursing school that seems to be stupid busy work with no real payoff).
  8. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    We did use the online material for the Funds book during Funds, just some videos we had to watch as lab prep. The other codes we didn't use, although I think some people may have used the online info for enrichment when they studied.
  9. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    I have bought every book for CCBC on Amazon, and they've come with access codes. I rented the ones I used for my ATB program, but bought the CCBC books since I may use them to study for NCLEX.
  10. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    I think "use" is a strong word, but I have cited mine as a reference when writing papers and such throughout the program. There are also a few charts and tables in there that are handy.
  11. BagelBomber

    Working while in nursing School

    I've worked full-time throughout and will graduate in May. My schedule is as follows: M-F: work 0800-1700 Tu and Th: class 1800-2100 Sat and Sun: clincal (times vary based on the class) If you have children (single mom of a 12 year old boy, here), that makes it a bit more difficult to plan, study, and do well. But- it's doable. The most important things (imho) are to prioritize your time appropriately, stay organized (MY PLANNER IS MY BEST FRIEND), and remember the endgame is worth your effort. The most difficult thing (again...imho) is finding time to eat things that aren't terrible for my body. I love pretzels, an apple, or some celery with almond butter, and recently I've done a much better job at packing for a full day, but....every now and then, it's a Subway Club for dinner.
  12. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    If anyone is starting the evening weekend program- who is teaching 155? I'm just curious
  13. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    Essex provided us (I'm in my final semester now) with the ATI materials.
  14. BagelBomber

    CCBC Spring 2020 Cohort

    It should be distributed directly to the school, with whatever is left over being deposited into your bank account. I had to link my bank with CCBC before the refund could be deposited, but it's super easy. The financial aid office should send you a link that allows you to sign up for direct deposit.
  15. BagelBomber

    Was RN school easy for you?

    I have my final next week- and then I enter my final semester of nursing school. I'm a single mom working full-time and attending school full-time. Would I say nursing school is "easy"? ...no. However, I will say it is entirely doable. The most difficult part of nursing school for me is adjusting my brain to "think like a nurse." The content is far from difficult, especially if you have a decent grasp on A&P. The questions on tests make you think beyond the facts and apply knowledge, so that's where I got tripped up early on in my first semester. I'm currently dual-enrolled at my community college's ASN program and a university BSN program, so I've taken on a tiny bit extra work throughout the journey. That being said, my BSN stuff ISSSS easy. It's mainly just writing some papers here and there and participating in discussions about nursing practice. My approach to nursing school (and it's worked well thus far), has been to take notes on Power Points during lecture, and then rewrite them in a notebook that goes with me everywhere so I can review when possible. I also downloaded the NCLEX-RN Mastery app to have practice questions on the go, and purchased the Davis Success books for Med-Surg, Maternal/Newborn, and Mental Health.
  16. BagelBomber

    Thinking of Quitting Nursing School

    I graduate from my program in May (provided I pass everything up to that point haha). I am a single parent of an 11 year old and work full-time, with lectures taking place twice (possibly three times) during the week and clinicals on weekends. I'm not sure what kind of student you are, and I know everyone operates differently so I can only speak from my personal experience: Child(ren) and sanity > getting As in nursing school Before nursing school, I was a straight-A student (that rarely studied). Then nursing school happened: exams kick you in the fancy bits real quick, not because content is difficult, but because questions require more brain work. After my first class, I decided I would simply have to suck it up and deal with not having an A on everything. Once I gave myself that wiggle room, I immediately felt more relaxed. I do not let studying remove me from time with my child. I study, sure, but I'm not letting an A on an exam that very few people will be concerned with (most NP schools I've looked into thus far want a 3.5, and as of yet I've still got that) get in the way of being a present parent. I work full time. I take my son to practices and attend games for whichever of his sports is in season. I go to the gym in the morning. I sleep at night (for the most part). I get my school work done. Am I getting straight-As in nursing school....nope...but I am okay with that.
  17. BagelBomber

    Nursing hospital situations

    I absolutely understand where you're coming from, but I view nursing as the front-lines in making people feel better. We are the face they consistently see, and we can advocate for their needs. In terms of having five patients, I had three with my last clinical rotation. I will say, time management and organization are crucial skills as is prioritization, but it's totally doable. I found myself with "down time" throughout my clinical and used it to see and help as much as I could and to pick floor nurses' brains about my future career. The flip-side of things is how much you can do with your nursing major. After graduation, you may work in acute care for a bit and find that your fears are accurate and you thoroughly dislike seeing patients in such discomfort and you still feel as though you can't give them each the care they deserve. In that instance, there are other areas of nursing: psych units, outpatient clinics, the OR, L&D...the possibilities really are endless. I wish you the best of luck with your decision, but in your position, I can't say I would decide to switch majors.
  18. BagelBomber


    I don't know what your program uses to evaluate for clinical, and I don't know how your program determines the pass/fail aspect- but it sounds like the instructor basically gave you an "unsatisfactory" rating for your first day. The good news is, YOU CAN ONLY IMPROVE FROM HERE! In my opinion, if your instructor did not properly orient you to the unit you're having clinicals on (here are vitals machines, here is the nutrition room, here is where clean linens are kept, etc), they failed in one of their duties as well. I think the most important thing for you to do now is practice managing those nerves. I was such a nervous heap on my first day of clinicals I tried to take a radial pulse ON THE ULNAR SIDE OF THE WRIST (**facepalm**). That being said, I finished that first round of clinicals with "exceeding expectations" as my final rating. I remembered I was there to learn- if your instructor is not willing to help, there is certainly another student or a nurse or a tech on the floor willing to lend a hand (especially for something as trivial as the location of a BP cuff). Nursing will be a stressful job (I'm only in my third semester where I'm taking care of three patients, not five or six and most days I feel drained)- your instructor may simply be trying to push you in order to encourage better coping skills. When in doubt, simply remember the patient takes priority; not paperwork, not charting, the patient and the patient's safety are number one. Take a few deep breaths, count backwards and forwards in your head, roll your shoulders a few times, find something that brings you inner calm and go from there. You'll get through this.
  19. BagelBomber

    1st Sem. Nursing student: Shaking in my scrubs

    ^^^ yes. I'm a bit of an obnoxious note-taker during clinical because we don't have actual access to hospital computer systems, so I have both. But that foldable clipboard is great for carrying around throughout the day to keep track of your assessments and vitals. My small spiral notebook was moreso there for me to monitor disease processes and things like that so I could go back and look at it for my care plans and clinical papers.
  20. BagelBomber

    1st Sem. Nursing student: Shaking in my scrubs

    1. Your planner is your best friend. 2. You need to sleep, keep hydrated and eat. 3. Know what kind of learner you are and study based on that information. 4. Support is important. I am not a social creature; however, no one understands nursing school like other nursing students. Get the emails and numbers of a solid group of other students. 5. RELAX whenever possible.
  21. BagelBomber

    Need advice about work and school

    I'm about to start my last year of nursing school. I've been working full-time throughout my education journey and am also a single parent, so cutting hours or not working simply was not an option for me. Nursing school content is not "hard." Nursing school exams and the time nursing school requires from you are what makes it so difficult. I have never been a crier- nursing school made me a bit of a crier. From mom guilt to sheer "I AM SO SICK OF WAKING UP AT 4AM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND I JUST WANT TO SLEEP," I've had my share of crying. My job and my child certainly don't relieve stress from my life, but I also remind myself nursing school is temporary and I suck it up buttercup and get it done. If you're able to not work, and you genuinely feel your CNA position will interfere with your learning, I do not see the harm in stepping away. That being said, your entire first semester of nursing school will include you being a bit of a CNA throughout clinicals. My first round of clinicals was in a nursing home and we performed morning care, took vitals, and performed quick assessments. If it's the actual work you don't enjoy (vitals, bathing, turning, etc.) versus the environment, just prepare yourself to grit your teeth and do that very work for a good chunk of your nursing school journey.
  22. BagelBomber


    My program has a minimum exam average of 75%. Like your program, OP, they will not factor in any other grades unless the exam average is at least a 75. They invite you to tutoring if you score below an 80 on an exam. If you fail a class, you are permitted to join the next class (if there is space). If you either fail that class again or you fail another class after that, you are removed from the program and you are not allowed to apply to another nursing school in the state (Maryland) for five years. There is no rounding, there is no coddling. Welcome to nursing school!
  23. BagelBomber

    CCBC FALL 2019

    You can buy almost every book used without any problems. The only thing I really remember using the web-based material for was a handful of Funds labs, and the DocuCare information. So I would snag the Fundamentals of Nursing book as new, but the rest can be used for sure.
  24. BagelBomber

    CCBC FALL 2019

    Your shoes have to be white and leather with no openings. It doesn't matter if they have laces or not, as long as they're white and leather.
  25. BagelBomber

    CCBC FALL 2019

    It is definitely harder with everything else in life going on, but it's really about maintaining organization. GET A PLANNER! My planner is my lifeline and I have it with me at nearly all times. The one I have has each month broken down, and then pages of week-long breakdowns so I can write things in more detail. So I'll write something like "218 Due" on the month calendar and then I can flip to that week to find the assignment. I also have a section for notes on the month calendar where I write abbreviated assignment names (like "218 Reflection 1") and a box for me to check off once it's finished. Good luck- it's tough but it will totally be worth it and you will honestly learn so much!

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