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  1. MySimplePlan

    HFCC 221 Diabetes Help!!!!!

    I would say no. At this point, you have enough on your plate to learn the content of the next two quarters. Spend your energy and brain cells focusing on that - it's plenty enough!! Let me say this: most of you will be able to pass NCLEX the day you get out of nursing school, with no additional NCLEX studying. No one wants to take that chance, but you'll be well-prepared by the end of school. So spend this fall learning the material presented to you really well. Put the effort in now. There is one book I'd recommend, though, and it's a book everyone should read before nursing school. Unfortunately, you don't really find out about it until you begin to study for NCLEX.It's by Kaplan, titled NCLEX-RN Strategies for the Nursing Licensure Exam. This book explains how to break down nursing test questions, and that's extremely valuable information for you to use right now, during your last year of NS. It would be best if we all could have known to read this the first year of school, when those questions mystified the heck out of us!! Oh well, get it now, and use its contents to help you finish the year, then aid you preparing for the NCLEX. In short, don't start killing yourself right now for NCLEX. You will have what it takes to pass when you finish your second year. Concentrate on doing that well, and having a little bit of fun, because you will miss it. Call me crazy (hey! Don't call me that other thing) but you will miss your days at school. Good luck!
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    HFCC 221 Diabetes Help!!!!!

    Isn't there a graphic in the text that differentiates btw DKA and HHNK? Know that cold. Def know the purpose of an A1C. Some advice: everything you will need to know to pass NCLEX is covered from now until Christmas break in 221 and 222. (OK, so there's an OB question or two.) Learn this content well. Good luck everyone. It's a fun, interesting year. Do NOT flunk out!! You are thisclose to your dream. Failure is not an option!!
  3. MySimplePlan

    221 Math at HFCC

    Gawd, I don't miss this stuff. At. All.
  4. MySimplePlan

    Moving on to another program

    I couldn't disagree with you more. I'm sorry you weren't successful, but your failure does not make other nursing schools failures as well. Thanks to my nursing school, I was well-prepared to perform on the floor, and so were my classmates. We did actually know what we were doing.
  5. MySimplePlan

    HFCC RN Classes

    Clinical postings are very last minute. If the are posted before the class starts, it's only a day or two before; no long term heads up, unfortunately. There's never been anything more than water allowed in the classrooms. Signs are posted in every classroom. Those rooms are really nice and they wish to keep it that way. However, you can dring coffee on the way in, or in the atrium. Either way, you'll need it to stay awake during 120.
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    HFCC RN Classes

    Lecture for 126 meets twice weekly. Lecture for 120 meets once a week. 120 is all lecture, no lab work at all. 120 is a theory class about the origins of nursing, its major theorists, and nursing concepts such as caring, empathy, etc. Bring coffee. :anbd: Don't let the seemingly easy lectures and reading mislead you - 120 tests are difficult, and knock more people out of the nursing program than seems fair. Between studying for the two lecture classes, learning new skills, planning extra time in the nursing lab to practice the skills, and just getting used to the overall and pace of nursing school, try to cut your work hours as much as you can, if at all possible. 150 and 155 are taken the second semester, but are not taken concurrently as 120 and 126 are. You take one of them first, then the next one. Of course, clinicals are every week, but there is not a great deal of time in the nursing lab this semester as there was the first semester. Work very hard the first year and get through it. Your second year will seem much easier because you will know how to "do" nursing school. Good luck to everyone starting nursing school this fall, no matter where you attend. It's exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
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    WCCCD, Applying for fall 2010

    Nursing school has a unique way of knocking people off their pedestals all the time. Just sayin'.
  8. This Henry Ford CC grad is going to tell you to look at HFCC. However, the challenges will be the same at all three schools: most clinicals will start at or just before 7 am, so who will get your daughter off to school on those days? Granted, it's only two days a week, but they can be a challenging two days where kids are concerned. Some clinicals are placed far from your home; it's not unusual to have to leave your house at 6 am on those lovely days. In the winter, it's even lovlier . Some PM clinicals are available, but that doesn't sound as if that would work for you. However, if you had a willing family member to watch your little kindergarten pumpkin at night, maybe it would. HFCC nursing classes let out by 1 pm. I imagine the others do, too. The HFCC Nursing program is really adding more and more schedules to their rotation; the NSG program is being offered at night, on the weekends, and other flexible times to target the working parent. Certainly, one of them will work for you. To me, they are the ones tweaking their program the most to offer as many opportunities to obtain your RN. Of course, I am not aware of all the particulars of the other programs you are considering. No matter which college you choose, they all require about the same pre-requisites to enter their programs: English/writing classes, basic computer class, Intro to Psych, Lifespan Psych. and some others which escape me. After you finish your 'pre-reqs, you must have a passing grade on the NET test, which is a nursing entrance exam every nursing school requires you to take and pass before entry. (it's just basic math and moderate reading comprehension.) The three colleges you are considering have very different application processes. You need to achieve the highest GPA you can on those pre-reqs to increase you chances of getting accepted. WCCCC considers your GPA the most; HFCC is a first-come-get-your-fine-self-on-our-two-year-waitlist. Not sure about our southern friends in Monroe. All three will seem challenging and maybe even a bit intimidating to meet all the requirements, classes, objectives and who knows what else they want to get into one of these programs. If you want it bad enough, you'll do it. You just start knocking down each goal, each class, one at a time. Don't let time or the end-date slow you down - you are still going to be that age anyway - why not have an RN when you get there? If you keep that little kinderpop cutie in your head as work toward your goal, it seems to keep you on a focused path. If this is your time, then go for it and don't look back. Most people don't know how to pay for this, but you seem to have that difficult part worked out, so you must utilize that and don't blow it. You are way ahead of the game just because you have ready funds. Use them wisely. Work very hard. Visit all three college sites to get a feel for what best suits you and what you are able to do. For Henry Ford, go to www.hfcc.edu and look under the "Programs" tab and start reading. Print it out. Compare it to the other two. It also helps to look back on this site and see what others have said about MCC, WCCC, and HFCC. Good luck to you. PS...How did you type all that on a little Blackberry?? Exhausting.
  9. MySimplePlan

    HFCC financial aid

    I wonder why they are so far behind? Odd, that.
  10. MySimplePlan

    Moving Up on the HFCC Waiting List

    Um, no
  11. MySimplePlan

    vent, need some advice, Michigan Nursing

    How do YOU know the nurses you see "all" the time when you visit your grandmother or "whatever" (how did you get a 'whatever'? I never got a 'whatever'.) are incompetent and inadequate? Since you are not a nurse yourself, how do you judge that these RNs are incompetent? What do you know about their backgrounds, their education, their practice, their day before they left for the hospital and encountered YOU, that they "all" are inadequate? I am secretly hoping the nurse goddesses are preventing you from entering the field. The rest of us have been saved by a point. :bowingpur
  12. MySimplePlan

    Grad party idea for my wife

    Plastic bedpans can serve all manner of chips, fruit, even punch. Yum. Yuck. Have fun, whatever you come up with and yay for your fabulous wife.
  13. MySimplePlan

    Hazing of New Grads

    Well, not every day, LOL. But overall, yes - very satisfying. Just keep your eye on the prize and keep that enthusiastic attitude of yours.
  14. MySimplePlan

    Hazing of New Grads

    OK, good. Now that you're a bit calmer, can I tell you I've never been hazed, nor treated badly as a new nurse, and neither have my friends. The majority of your future colleagues want you to succeed and do well, and be a good addition to their/your unit. Of course you'll run into the grumpy ones, but that's more about them than you. Your job right now is to learn how to be a great nurse and get through nursing school. If you don't like what you see when you get into the hospital setting, then be an agent for change. I am betting you'll do well. Good luck!
  15. MySimplePlan

    HFCC NSG 155 struggles

    hfmf, I'm sincerely sorry you're struggling. I have to ask - how are your classmates performing? How are your grades compared to theirs? I agree that you should see the dean. There are some problems with that wknd. cadre, and she needs to know about the three different types of instruction you say you are getting. Just keep a cool head and explain your case. Negotiate, don't fight. She's on your side - try and remember that. Don't give up. It ain't over. Let us know what happens.
  16. MySimplePlan

    Hazing of New Grads

    I think you need to calm the heck down. Good grief. You are jumping to so many conclusions, using all that precious energy that you'll need to study. Calm down, darlin'.