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    anyone starting RN at MDC this august?

    The time difference between the accelerated and Generic programs is just ONE semester. As arduous as the generic program can be...I can only imagine how hard the accelerated program must be. I personally know a handful of people that are or were in the accelerated program. A few have transferred over to the generic program...but since you cannot simple swap over to the generic program...those that switch usually ADD a semester or two to their time at the nursing school. Plus...you still only end up with an AS in Nursing. Even if you have a Masters Degree from something previous...your still an ADN nurse in the Health care Industry. Advancing your career means competing with others (GPA) to get into an RN-BSN program. What are the chances you are going to have a GPA to get you into an advanced nursing program after a year in an accelerated program. All the while....your only saving 4 months. akspudus PS...Now that I think of it...I can't think of anybody that is graduating from the accelerated program with their class...every one of them has been held back for at least one semester.
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    anyone starting RN at MDC this august?

    Remember, when you calculate your GPA for acceptance into MDC's Nursing school. Not all of your classes count. Only the classes that count towards your AS in Nursing. So, you need to go to the MDC school of nursing web site and look at the list of prerequisites and class requirement for graduate. Use only those classes to calculate and you will have a better idea as to the GPA MDC will use for acceptance in to the nursing school. I some of the people that apply and do not get accepted apply with a high overall GPA and a relativly low prerequisite GPA. Good luck to all. akspudus
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    Miami Dade College

    For Fundamentals Lecture...on the first day, I wouldn't wear your lab coat. I would dress more on the "business casual" side. For us guys that means slacks with a polo shirt or slacks with a button down shirt without a tie. Not sure what the actual equivalent would be for women. That's more or less what to wear first day. All other days you can dress down a little...more comfortable but still more towards the professional side of attire. Just don't show up looking like your getting ready to go "clubbing" or to the beach...etc. Nobody is going to kick you out of lecture for it...but the professors will definitely take notice. In the skills lab...closed toed shoes, lab coat...etc. LOL..as for my nickname....well it is a nickname I have used for years...and not just on this board. It started out with a nickname I had in the Coast Guard (Spud). Spud is usually taken when I registered for a site...so I started adding AK to it since I am from Alaska...even that was taken in some places so I added the US at the end since I am from the US. Ended up with AKSpudUS. Nope...it is not Latin for something honorable...lol. akspudus
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    Miami Dade College

    For those starting tomorrow, just remember you are going into a lab atmosphere. Close toed shoes and a lab coat are a minimum. They also require you to wear long pants. If you are not appropriately dressed...they will kick you out. One thing is for certain. Nursing school is a little more of a professional atmosphere than your prerequisite classes. Professors notice things like professional attire. I just checked my degree audit online....let me tell you, seeing the ( X ) Potential Term Graduate box checked is a sweet feeling. Good luck tomorrow for all you new students!!!!!!!! Welcome to the School of Nursing..see you on campus. akspudus
  5. Sorry...didn't mean to scare you. You only need to take the lecture for the AS program. If you ever decide to pursue a BSN..you will need the lab. akspudus
  6. Yes, those that start in August...graduate in December of the following year. So, if you are starting this fall in August of 08...you should graduate December of 09. I took Microbiology lecture and lab from Dr. Okungboa at the North Campus. He was excellent. He posted notes for his lectures online...and his tests were not too hard. AND...to top it all off...I learned a lot...LOL. Hope this helps. Akspudus
  7. Yes, the nursing program goes right through the summer. You will have to take one of your coreqs during each of your semesters in nursing school in order to graduate with your class. I would recommend doing the hardest one first...like Micro...during your fundamentals of nursing semester. Then do speech during second semester...pairing that easy class with a relatively hard semester. Then human growth and development during your third semster. DEP2000 will go well with your pediatrics and obstetrics classes during third semester. Good luck!! akspudus
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    Miami Dade College

    Your clinical skill pack will be issued to you on the first day of your clinical skills class. Don't loose anything out of it. What it contains are kits for doing various clinical skills. There are various skills that are taught in your clinical skills class such as trach care, Foley catheter insertion, wound care, IV fluids...etc, that require a materials "kit". You are issued two of each kit in your nurse pack...one for practice, one for testing. This will make more sense to you after your first day in clinical skills. Hope this helps. Good luck to everyone this week. akspudus
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    Fiu!!!

    WOW!!! Rock on BumpleBee. Good luck and best of wishes for you. I'm thinking of applying to FIU's RN-BSN program soon after graduating from MDC. I might have to hit you up for some advice about the program. Good luck...I am sure you will do awesome. If there is anyway I can help...feel free to ask. akspudus
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    4th Semester Students!!! Dec O8

    Wow..YES!! Last semester. So glad summer semester is over. Pediatric, OB and Psych rotations along with a semester long Community Health class. Talking about trying to drink from a fire hose...finished it today!!! Just over a year ago, I made that "Starting nursing school next month post". Wow...just think about where you ahve come in the last few semesters...and prerequisites before that. Seems like eons ago. Thank goodness we have a three week break between summer and fall semesters. I don't think I could do another semester without a break. Good luck everyone with your last semester!! akspudus
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    MDC: Bought school supplies yet?

    For Fundamentals you should be all right. It might be tough to cross reference your reading assignments. If you have an iPod, you can download chapter summaries for that textbook through iTunes. Very handy. I wish other publishers would do that. I am soo glad they did your orientation so early. For us it was one week before classes started. They didn't give us any time to get our books off the Internet. When you get care plan books...make sure they are up to date. NANDA changed a bunch of nursing diagnosis in 2007. Most of the professors haven't even caught up with it...but there are still a lot of books out there with the old NANDA's. You'll learn what NANDA is very soon...lol Akspudus
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    MDC: Bought school supplies yet?

    WEll....let me tell you. If you wear bright pink underwear under those pants....everybody is gonna know. Polka-dots can be kinda fun. Your basically going to be stuck wearing white underwear. As a guy...white boxers. As a girl.....well I'm sure you can figure something out. Just stay away from g-strings or t backs...or..lol...you get my drift. As for the nursing uniforms. Make sure you check with Professor Ponce. She has a good supply of used uniforms for sale. Proceeds go to FNSA. If not, you will have to buy the top at the book store. Otherwise buy your pants at a place like allheart.com. Dickie's are nice. The fabric is better...especially since your going to have to iron those scrubs before clinical. Make them look nice. Also, you are not going to find much in the way of used books for nursing school. Most of your books are going to be used through out school. Don't plan on selling them back. Also, you are going to want to make sure you have a "up to date" books...especially the drug guides and references. If you look at your book list, you will find a section for each class that refers to the mandatory text books for the class. YOU MUST HAVE THOSE. Remember your in nursing school, now is not the time to be cheap. Also, you are going to end up buying supplemental study materials. If you don't your a fool. When you have a week to read 10 chapters before a test...good luck unless you have supplemental study materials. You are going to find nursing school quite different from prerequisite classes. I'll admit, I Aced some prerequisite classes without ever purchasing the text book. Not possible in nursing school. I have probably purchased twice the number of books required by the book list. lol...sorry about getting on the soapbox again folks. Akspudus
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    anyone starting RN at MDC this august?

    Hey, Just a heads up. Professor Ponce sells used uniforms. All of her proceeds go to the Florida Student Nurse Association. You are stuck buying the nursing school's uniform top...but you do not have to buy their pants. They just have to be white scrub pants. I got mine at allheart.com. I think I got my stethoscope their also. Don't go cheep on your stethoscope....you won't be able to hear anything with a cheepy. Also, make sure you get Saunder's comprehensive review for the NCLEX Exam. It has lots of practice questions...and very refined notes/reviews on lots of the subject matter you will be working on for the next 4 semesters. Take the time to go up to the student success center. In fact...get comfy their...you will be there a lot. On the success center computers...there is a program called "test taking strategies for nursing students". MAKE SURE YOU DO IT! It will help you out tremendously. I'll keep posting little tidbits of advice on here as I think of it. Good luck and congratulations for getting into nursing school. Oh an yes....EVERYTHING you do or go to with MDC's Nursing School is going to seem disorganised. Get used to it. You just have to be flexible and relax. Don't get all wrapped up and stressed out by it. akspudus
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    anyone starting RN at MDC this august?

    Keeping track of sequence numbers is not as important for Semester one as it is for Semester two and three. Be careful though, you might find that there are not any "schedule conflicts" on your schedule....but keep in mind that class schedules are not always accurately reflected on the registrar's computer. Especially clinical schedules. Also, your schedule might look fine on the computer...but make sure you don't have any impossible commute times. For instance, I saw a student try and mix sequences...she had to make it from Palmetto Hospital to the Medical Campus in 30 minutes. The registrar's computer didn't warn her that she had an impossible schedule do to Miami's infamous traffic. By the time she figured out that she wasn't smarter than the semester coordinator....all of her options did not have any seats left in the class. She is now a semester behind us. For semester one you might not have any problems....but semester 2 it would be hard to mix sequences. Semester three is impossible. Semester 4 maybe possible to mix. You might also want to keep in mind that you are going to need to spend time at school in the success center or lab...practicing skills or studying with other students. Nursing school IS NOT like your prerequisite courses. Don't plan on being on campus ONLY for those class times that are on your class schedule. akspudus
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    anyone starting RN at MDC this august?

    Hmmm, well the one thing that I am glad I spent good money on was my stethoscope. I realize it isn't really a "supply", but for the most part nursing school doesn't demand much more "supplies" than other college classes (i.e. binders, pens, notecards and notepads). I went ahead and purchased a Littmann Cardiology III. I am a little hard of hearing so I was worried about hearing all of those breath sounds and heart sounds so I wanted to make sure I purchased a good stethoscope. I'm glad I did. Quite a few of my fellow students struggle to hear sounds that I can hear VERY clearly with my stethoscope. The MDC uniform top is required, but your not required to buy the pants from the school. Go to allheart.com and pick out some comfy white pants. For semester one you really only need one uniform since your in clinical once a week. Semester two you'll want to ahve two sets for your biweekly clinical. Comfortable white shoes (all white sneakers work great) round out your uniform. Other areas I spent money? Supplemental reading/study materials. You'll be reading from the text books quite a bit. Sometimes reading a simplified version of the material brings it all home. I have a copy of Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy and Medical-Surgical Nursing Made Incredibly Easy. Both books look like they have been put through hell....cuz they have. In my opinion, they are worth their weight in gold. I also love Mosby's Nursing Drug Cards. They are simple, straight to the point and contain all the info you need. I pull the relevant cards for my patients medications and carry them with me throughout the clinical day. Very Handy. OHH Yeah...make sure you get a NCLEX review book very early in nursing school. I really like Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination. It comes with a CD that has lots of practice questions on it...as well as a good review guide for pretty much every section of nursing school. Thats about it..lol. I also have a PDA with Taber's Cyclobedic Medical Dictionary, Thompson Clinical Xpert, and Epocrates loaded on it. Very handy, but not a necessity. A recorder for lectures is definitely handy. Heck, you might as well get a rolling bag to pack all your stuff in..unless you have a strong back. Hmmm...maybe I should hide this post from my wife. I don't think she has a clue as to how much "stuff" I have accumulated during nursing school....lol. Akspudus
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    anyone starting RN at MDC this august?

    ymarti, I typed this up as a reply to your private message..then I thought maybe some others might benefit from it. I hope you don't mind that I posted it out here as well as sending you a private response to your questions. Orientation is pretty much an introduction to the Medical Campus. They go over the various policies for nursing school and hand out various information packets and booklets that describe accession through school as well as the various polices (i.e. uniform, attendance, grades, etc). Keep all of these packets. More than once I have found them handy. You'll also get a book list...for each semester. Be prepared...the first semester of nursing school is VERY expensive. You'll not only have about 50lbs of books to buy..but also uniforms, stethoscope..etc. Just keep in mind that these expenses are for things you will need for all of nursing school as well as beyond. In clinical you most likely will not get any exposure to ICU. I haven't...but you never know you may. Clinical usually follow this pattern: Semester One -Fundamentals (One clinical day per week) Clinical is usually in a nursing home where you will be exposed to administration of medicine and basic patient care for non-ill patients or pretty much bed ridden patients. Semester Two - Med/Surg (Two clinical days per week) Clinical is on the med/surg floor where you will be exposed to taking care of patients with that require more medical attention requiring a hospital stay. As you can imagine, the assessment and patient care skills you learned in semester one will be built upon. Semester Three - Specialties (one or two clinical days per week) During these quick rotations, you will be exposed to nursing care in Psychiatric, Obstetric and Pediatric environments. This is the semester I am in right now. Psych was interesting. I am in OB now (interesting but not my cup-o-tea). And starting week after next I will be in pediatrics. During these clinicals you are exposed to the various types of nursing care required for each of these specialties. Semester Four - Advance Med/surg and Leadership (Two clinical days per week) I'll be starting these rotations in late August. As far as I know, they just build upon your skills and get you ready to eventually graduate. (scary..lol) The hardest class I have found so far?? PRobably for me was med/surg one. I was sort of caught by surprise how much time I needed to study for this class. I did well in the class but I worked myself to the bone to do it. Otherwise, most of nursing school isn't HARD...just extremely tedious and detail oriented. You really have to learn a lot of information...then learn how to apply that information. You will learn a new skill of information application called critical thinking. Basically they feed you information as they teach you...then ask you to do something with it. Nursing school is very possible. IT is NOT impossible to get through..and people do get straight A's through it. Just buckle in....get to work....read everything they tell you to read...and then hop on the internet and read more. Hope this helps!! Akspudus