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  1. Shan

    Texas fresh start program

    Hello! I'm about to start in an ADN program at my community college in Texas. I'm not very familiar with fresh start programs, but I wanted to let you know that there are other paths to a BSN that you might consider. My program's only admissions criteria were the prereq grades (A&P I and II; microbiology) and HESI score--they didn't pay any attention to GPA. Admission requirements are quite varied in Texan nursing programs. My plan is to get my ADN and then do an RN-BSN bridge that will take two semesters, but I know a lot of people who are going to enroll in a BSN concurrency program that allows them to earn their bachelor's online from a university while they get their ADN in our program. So I would encourage you to look into ADN, bridge, and concurrency options instead of a classic BSN because you'll find some very accepting and affordable programs in Texas. Good luck to you!
  2. Shan

    Inappropriate patient behavior

    I listen to a podcast called FreshRN and they have an episode called "Dealing With Difficult Patients and Families" in which they address this exact scenario, along with situations in which a patient is verbally malicious or belligerent. I highly encourage you to give it a listen, since you will probably run into this after nursing school, as well.
  3. Shan

    Too shy for nursing

    This is huge. Eye contact is one of the most prominent conveyors of both attention and confidence. I took a public speaking course a few years ago and one tip that really stuck with me is to nod every once and a while when someone is speaking to you. I believe that a sign of confidence is being genuinely engaged in an interaction instead of seemingly shirking away from it (even though you're not intending to) so the more that you can portray that image, the better. It is completely natural to be intimidated by the wealth of knowledge possessed by everyone around you in a hospital. But instead of letting that be at the forefront of your mind, I would encourage you to view it as a myriad of opportunities to learn. Instructors tend to appreciate an obvious (but not overbearing) willingness to learn and try new things. The fact that you reached out for advice on such a public platform shows that you're not bereft of self-assurance. I have no doubt that as you acclimate, it'll show. You got this!
  4. Before, hands down. The information in that class is invaluable. There's already such a large adjustment and influx of new information in the first semester of nursing school; it would be easier to retain the material of both A&P II and Fundamentals if you could devote appropriate focus to both instead of splitting your attention between the two.
  5. Hi everyone! I wanted to make a topic for our cohort because I have a few questions and I bet others do, too. I just read the thread for applicants and found the Facebook group. Congrats to everyone who got accepted! First of all, I believe it was mentioned in boot camp, but I can't remember what the requirements are for the picture we have to submit for our badges. I know they mentioned a photo size but are there any background requirements? Next: Just to make sure I remember correctly, we DO have to wear our uniforms to skills lab, right? Lastly, what exactly is Tech Day? Sorry if these have been discussed already in the Facebook group--I just got accepted into it but can't see any previous posts. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
  6. Shan

    Need Advice on Accused Medication Error

    Yes, I should have clarified. I meant it completely as something I wish I could personally say to whomever decided to make this accusation. I 100% agree with the general consensus to approach it cautiously and professionally, but it would be nice to be able to fight for yourself and I'd be interested to hear their answer to that question.
  7. Shan

    Need Advice on Accused Medication Error

    I would like to politely ask them, "If you were the patient, would you have wanted a student administering a medication on their own judgement that a licensed nurse had turned off?"
  8. I'm starting my program around the same time as you. I've been listening to podcasts and watching videos about what to expect and study tips. One thing that I've heard a lot is to really make sure you understand fluids and electrolytes. I'm going back through my anatomy and physiology textbook, and the parts of my micro textbook that cover medications and diseases. Another tip is to start practicing NCLEX questions, even though you're going to get pretty much all of them wrong. I've found some very helpful videos on YouTube that explain how NCLEX questions work, because they're different than anything we've done thus far. I've been learning little nuggets of information by taking practice tests and reading the reasonings behind the correct answers. I've also read about Maslow's hierarchy of needs, ADPIE, and ABCD. These will be covered in Fundamentals/Foundations.
  9. Shan


    Most anatomy and physiology or microbiology textbooks have a chapter on chemistry in the very beginning. That is the only chemistry you could possibly need to know to be a nurse, and even that's overkill. However, if you ever just want to explore it a bit, I'd recommend a general chemistry textbook or online resources like Khan Academy and YouTube. Heck, there's probably a video floating around out there that specifically focuses on all the chemistry that might be useful to a healthcare professional. Don't give up because of fear that you might fail! Especially since you've got loads of varied, incredibly valuable experience that other nursing students wish they had. It will be a challenge but it sounds like you're used to that, based on having worked in so many different hospital settings.
  10. Shan

    Which prerequisite plan of study should I pick?

    I would definitely NOT take three sciences at once. I took micro and A&P I together, with no other classes, and that was plenty. If your school is anything like mine, the labs will have their own separate assignments and tests that require just as much, often more, study as the lecture component. I would also encourage you to really take your time and be thorough about completing your prereqs well. Nursing school is very competitive, even at community colleges, and high grades are key. Instead of cramming everything into two semesters and possibly struggling to get competitive grades, I would recommend planning a schedule that would give you the best shot at knocking those out of the park. Besides, the information in those science courses is going to follow you for the rest of your life, so the better you can learn it (instead of just knowing enough to get by and then forgetting everything), the more you set yourself up for success in those difficult nursing courses.
  11. Shouldn't affect you at all, especially because you have no choice, really. If, after exhausting all financial options, you decide that you need to give up the place, all they ask is that you do it in a timely and professional manner so that they can quickly give the spot to an alternate or waitlisted applicant. Think of it like looking for a job--you apply for several get offered a few, but you can only accept one and have to turn down the rest. As long as you're courteous about it, there can be no penalty.
  12. Shan

    Do I still have a chance?

    Hi! I'm not from California but I think most nursing programs don't care if you've had to retake a prereq, they just factor in the highest grade of the two attempts. My program, for example, didn't have a place in the application process for specifying if any of the prereqs were taken more than once. Now, they did have a rule that only two attempts at a prereq were allowed, so they probably just pull transcripts to a) see if the class was taken more than twice, and b) make sure the applicant put the higher of the two grades on the application. Only the highest grade would factor into their decision. Again, that's just my program, but I think most are structured similarly. I know loads of people who had to retake at least one prereq--some of them because they failed, and some because they needed a higher passing grade to be competitive. Now, if your desired program includes GPA in their decision-making process, you might consider dropping and retaking before a failing grade could negatively impact it. Again, tons of people do this. All in all, I would encourage you to do whatever will allow you to be competitive among applicants. Shoot for a stellar passing grade, not a barely-passing grade. Research their admission criteria carefully. If you ask program advisers, they'll usually tell you what the average grades, GPA, and test scores were of their previous cohort (I asked about this and the information was incredibly helpful).
  13. Shan

    To Take or not to retake?

    Hello! I don't think I would recommend spending the time and money to retake those courses. Instead, I would reread the textbooks. I'm actually doing this while I wait for my program to start in January, even though I just took my sciences in the spring and summer. I definitely would encourage you to thoroughly re-learn everything, but if you feel like you can accomplish that by self-study, there you go!
  14. I was a physics major before I switched to nursing, so I know how scary it can be to suddenly scrap everything you've been working on and start from almost the beginning. I can't even imagine how much harder that decision and transition would be without the support of my parents. Them telling you that "you chose this major--" nursing is unique in that there are students of every age. People drop established careers to switch to nursing. "Choosing" a major is not permanent...? If I were in your shoes, I would ask them what exactly their reasons are for their disapproval, because I don't see how any of them could be even slightly valid. You can get a variety of different, exciting, rewarding jobs after studying nutrition! Your parents should want you to follow your passion, not sign yourself up for being miserable in your career. Nursing is definitely not everyone's cup of tea and I think it would be horrible for anyone who didn't love it (your parents should understand the difference between this and the simple frustration that we all experience in nursing school). I encourage you to do what you believe will make you feel happy and fulfilled and confident. It might not be what your parents want but they should NOT let that get in the way of your relationship with them. I'm sorry that you're having to go through this. I think that if you deal with the anxiety and disapproval that you'll face by switching to nutrition, you'll thank yourself for it later. Good luck, you got this!
  15. Shan

    Nursing School Admissions

    Look carefully at the admissions criteria for the programs you're considering, because they're all wildly different. My school only considered my HESI score and my grades in A&P I and II and microbiology. They didn't even look at anything else I'd ever done (I already had an associate's by that point). Some schools only look at GPA, or science GPA, or TEAS/HESI scores, and some look at a combination of some or all of those. Even then, most schools have some sort of ranking scale that they put those criteria against. I believe my school scores applicants, giving them a number 50% based on HESI and 50% based on those three prereqs.
  16. Shan

    How to handle different prerequisites?

    Hi! I wouldn't waste time and money on classes you may not need. I would make a decision on the program that you like the most and go for it. It would be prudent to have a back-up, of course, but I would make the choice of program the priority and then take whatever prereqs are necessary. Of course, if money and time are resources you have in plenty and you don't favor any one particular program, there probably isn't such a thing as taking too many classes