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  1. Shan

    Pre-Nursing Major Change

    Can you tell us a little bit more about what the admission requirements are for the program you're going for? And what has your academic career been like up to this point? That will help us give better advice
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    Grading Changed to Pass/Fail?

    I think there are a lot of factors that come into play depending on your state. I live in Texas and a lot of students are under the impression that P/F affects GPA and/or chances of getting into graduate programs. I haven't looked into it, myself, as the need hasn't arisen (though I can't imagine how P/F doesn't mess with GPA). A non-nursing student shared a petition in my cohort's social media page to change the school's grading system to P/F and everyone was vehemently against it. As someone who is planning on becoming a CRNA, I don't want any P's on my transcript when the next applicant has A's and B's. Regardless of effect on GPA, pass/fail grades add a degree of uncertainty to your educational record. Did you make an A, or did you barely scrape by with a C? No matter how objective and fair an admissions process, that's a difficult impression to ignore. Best of luck to you
  3. Shan

    ASN vs. BSN

    Are there any RN to BSN programs in your area? If not, a lot of schools offer them online (in fact, in my state, they're more often online than not). In the event that you're able to find one that you'd be able to shoot for, your fastest option would probably be the accelerated ASN directly followed by an RN-BSN. I'm doing a traditional ADN and RN-BSN so I'll finish with a BSN in three years as opposed to the four years of a typical BSN program. Also, some RN-BSN programs can be started while you're still working on your associates, so you're even further ahead. However, that may be too much to take on if you're already doing an accelerated nursing program. Two very good points: you're definitely more marketable to hospitals with a BSN; it's also nice to not go through the hassle of applying, enrolling, and keeping up with two different schools. Also, BSN programs just tend to be well-paced. There's so much information that's thrown at you in nursing school and the more thoroughly you can absorb it all, the better. Personally, I don't think one is better than the other. They both have advantages and disadvantages. Go with what feels most right for you. Good luck!
  4. Shan

    Excited, but confused!

    Congratulations on starting this journey! I'm finishing my first semester in my local community college's ADN program and I love it; therefore, I'd personally recommend an ADN program, followed directly by an RN-BSN at a university. Schools will usually mention their accreditation on their nursing programs' websites. The general rule of thumb is that if you're a licensed RN who completed an accredited ADN program, you're eligible for RN-BSN programs (though individual states and universities will probably have a few extra criteria regarding GPA and grades). A Google search should tell you what your state's policies are. As for choosing a school, you're right that they're all quite different. I encourage you to peruse the websites of a few different schools and look at the following: pre-requisites for the nursing program most schools require Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and possibly Chemistry/biology other admissions criteria specific to the nursing program, possibly including: overall GPA pre-requisite GPA pre-requisite grades TEAS or HESI score NCLEX pass rate approximate cost how many students are accepted each term (and how many apply) do they offer only face-to-face or is there a blended (partially online, partially in-person) option layout of the program (sequence of courses and clinicals) My program also offers information sessions on campus for prospective applicants; I attended one before applying and the info was invaluable, so I highly recommend taking advantage of anything similar that schools around you may offer. I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, we're here to help
  5. Shan

    Any suggestions

    Practice questions help me quite a bit! Answering questions and then reading the affirmation or correction of your rationale is a great way to start thinking like a nurse. I also bought study guides for my textbooks. Filling them out (thoroughly) after reading the chapters reinforces the information.
  6. Shan

    Tarrant county college Nursing fall 2020

    I believe that you can do this one of two ways: you can take a form from the application and your immunization records to a health care provider and have them sign saying that you've received all the required vaccinations, or you can just submit the records as they are with the application (I submitted both the form and my records when I applied, just to be safe). Either way, you'll need to scan and upload the records into the digital compliance tracking system after you're accepted. I would still email and ask, though, in case they've changed things
  7. Shan

    Tarrant county college Nursing fall 2020

    For our class, they emailed a survey that asks you about when you want to take clinical, theory, and skills. It allows you to rank days and times in order to indicate your most preferred to least preferred schedule. The sooner you complete the survey, the more priority you get when they configure everyone's schedules. They will then email everyone's clinical groups and class schedule. We were initially told to register ourselves in the course sections that they assigned us, but there was a glitch in the system so they ended up doing it for us. For subsequent semesters, they email out a survey but allow you to pick your own theory class; the only thing they assign is clinical (skills is only in the first semester). Once they send you clinical section number, you register for that and whichever theory you want.
  8. Shan

    Nursing School and COVID-19

    I'm in an ADN program in Texas. All of our classes, including clinicals, have been moved online. They're still working out the details as to how this will work, but most people are just glad to be continuing at all. Some schools are cancelling classes altogether.
  9. Shan

    Tarrant county college Nursing fall 2020

    Hi! I'm from the Spring 2020 cohort. TCC will only be looking at HESI scores. They used to consider HESI scores and pre-requisite class grades (A&P I and II; microbiology). Now they require applicants to take the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI, so they have no reason to consider the grade in those classes. However, the pre-requisites still have to be completed before applying to the program. I believe you have to include your GPA in the application, but they don't consider it when deciding who to accept. I would recommend retaking the test. In my cohort and the one before mine, most people had at least a 90. There is a Facebook group for your cohort that you can join--I would recommend getting on there and asking people what they got on the HESI. Best of luck to you, it's a great program!
  10. Shan

    PreReqs Question? Too much at once?

    Hello! Since many schools actually merge these two classes into A&P I and II, I would think that you'd be fine taking them together. However, I recommend that they be your only classes for that semester.
  11. Shan


    Thank you for the encouraging words, I needed to hear it! Congratulations!!
  12. Shan

    Seeking ADN advice

    I wouldn't do anything that isn't required by the program you're looking to apply to. If they don't require chemistry, don't take it (unless you have the time, money, and desire to do so). Whatever chemistry you need to know for nursing will be incorporated into classes like A&P and microbiology. Admissions criteria are quite different from program to program, so look into that carefully. Ask an adviser what the average pre-req grades and GPA were of the past few cohorts--this will give you an idea of what to shoot for. For example, my program only looks at grades in A&P I and II, micro, and the HESI. They don't consider any GPA. In the cohort before mine, the average student had two A's and one B in those pre-reqs and at least a 90 on the HESI. This gave me a point of reference from which to gauge my chances of acceptance. Many schools won't accept online sciences, so I would avoid those. However, I would recommend retaking A&P; not only to raise the grade, but because that information is invaluable and you need to know it well. My program only allows two attempts at the pre-reqs, so find out if your desired program has any sort of limit like that. If you could provide some more information about the schools you're looking into, someone might have some more specific advice . Good luck to you!
  13. Shan

    *HELP* leaving my 4 year to attend a 2 year?

    I would like to warn you that community colleges are notorious for being every bit as competitive (more so, in some cases) as universities when it comes to nursing programs. No matter how you slice it, there are hundreds of applicants and only so many available spots. My two-year program averages almost 500 applicants and only accepts about 170. The level of competition really depends on where you live and what kind of schools are around you. That being said, programs have varied admissions criteria, so take that into account and be thorough when researching. Decide if you need a traditional four-year BSN program or if a two-year ADN followed by an RN-BSN bridge would work for you. Good luck to you!
  14. Shan

    First Semester Questions

    I got Healing Hands scrubs and I love them. They're super comfortable and not at all expensive. I definitely agree with WhaleTails--invest in a quality stethoscope. As for studying, start practicing NCLEX questions now, even though you'll get them all wrong at this stage. This will get you used to what the tests in nursing school will be like.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.

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