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  1. Hi everyone, I was just wondering, does anyone know how the grades from the community college transfers to the nursing program? Specifically, does all the grades transfer, or just the classes that are required for the nursing program? For instance, if I had to take basic comp. in English, would that transfer along with my Eng. I & II, or just the scores for I and II would transfer? Also, are the scores from the "prep" classes considered in my GPA by the nursing program or just the core classes? Thanks ahead of time for any help in answering this question. B.T.H p.s.-I'm so glad this semester from hell is finally over. I promise that I will never procrastinate and put off studying for science(micro) finals until the night before the final exam again (at least until next semester ).
  2. That's how I study also. The only difference is that I don't study from the book. For A&P, I studied exclusively from my weekly quizzes (learn how a question could be changed to make it true or false, and vice versa), my lecture notes, and my homeworks. I would only use the book for looking at diagrahms of a particular concept to get a better understanding of its workings, or to fill in gaps in areas I felt were weak. Depends on how your instructor structors the class and tests though. As for the actual studying itself, I just go through and memorize one section at a time. After each unit, I would go back and review the previous unit I studied to strengthen my memory of it. I used this system to limit my study time for A&P 1 & 2 midterms and finals to 3 days. Again, it depends on how the instrutor structors the class. One thing to keep in mind is not to stress yourself out to much, and try to get a good nights sleep the night before. A&P has a lot of info, and if you can focus in on specific areas of importance, then it will be easier to sort out, and recall the info from memory during the test. Good luck, B.T. H
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Thanks Gooser, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family also. B.T.H
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    observing the female species

    This posting has the potential to go the wrong way fast. I think we can all see some validity to some of the ideas presented, but the problem starts when we start to generalize to much. Being a male going into a predominately female field, I have seen some "cattiness" on occasion. But then I have seen this in other fields and professions as well, where more men are involved. Most times, it comes down to the maturity of the individual(male or female) involved as to how they conduct themselves. I think the thing to remember about this is to remember the principle reasons were going through this journey in the first place. If we disagree with certain attitudes and mentalities of some people, then either ignore them, confront them, or set an example for them on how to act by how you work and handle yourself. Negative attitudes of individuals can only grow or affect you if you allow yourself to be caught up in it. I think for all of us getting into the health field, our #1 concern should be the patients. If we become too caught up personally in childish, petty, mean, catty, edgy etc. personalities of others, we are dsitracted to the real reasons why we chose this work in the first place. Or worse yet become like the type of nurse that we always see being complained about so often on this website ourselves down the line. Just my opinions, take it or leave it for what it is. Good luck to everyone. B.T.H
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    What Type of Lectures Do YOU Like????

    What subject are you teaching? It would help us to know the subject matter because we can refer to our experiences in that class to answer the question better. My A&P I-II teacher used only lectures based on the book with no powerpoint whatsover. He did give us handouts for some of the more complicated subjects but basically relied mostly on lectures alone. His tests were based on his lectures and homeworks, and he didn't he didn't deviate from this theme. My Micro teacher however, uses primarily powerpoint presentation/lectures. He gave us a CD that contained lecture notes and diagrahms of different concepts related to the lectures that we can download for class. This way he can expand on topics listed on the powerpoint and we can just add it to the printed powepoint notes he provided. This is a pretty effective method of teaching I think. I don't really have a bias of one method over the other really, as long as the teacher is clear about what we are expected to know for the tests and covers the info in his lectures. Another thing to keep in mind is that the class we are taking will most times be our first exposure to the info for the class. It's alright to expect us to digest a lot of information for a class, but don't teach the info one way and then change the vocabulary around when it's time to take the exam and confuse everybody. I don't think that it's fair for professors to do this because we many times do not have sufficient background in a subject matter to be able to adapt to this type of questioning. To sum it up, I guess what I'm trying to say is to be organized and specific about what is expected and where the info can be found. I really think that as a student this makes it easier to prepare for exams if a teacher teaches and tests this way. This way a student can't really complain about test scores because the format was fair and specific from the teacher. If taught this way, how well a student does on a test would be indicative of their preparation and not because of any misinformation or miscommunication on the teachers part. Good luck, B.T.H p.s. I used A&P and micro as examples because these are the two classes most students find challenging during pre-reqs. The format could fit any subject matter though, I would think.
  6. hrjqtpie, you hang in there. Your in the core nursing program already so tough it out. It is hard to go to school with the help of someone else, let alone doing this by yourself. I have a lot of respect for single parents that are willing to sacrifice(suffer really) to improve their situation for the benefit of them and their children. I think you are probably just tired and stressed out, and your clinical experience wast just the catalyst the stress needed to come out. I'm not sure the human body is built to take the stress that we put on it sometimes, and with your schedule of work, school as well as being a single mother.....I don't think its a suprise to find yourself stressed out. I agree with your reasoning for sacrificing when your child is young and getting this degree out of the way early. The few years you sacrifice will open up avenues to you time wise to spend your with your child later. I would rather do my schooling when my kids are young and be able to spend more time with them later on when they begin to go to school and such. One of the reasons I chose nursing is because of its many avenues of work and scheduling flexibility, which will allow more time with my kids later on. I hope you can take a few moments once in a while to reflect and see why your doing this and why, as well as just to re-energize yourself (praying, meditating, yoga, a drive in the mountains, etc.). Just use your this last clinical experience as a way to motivate yourself to be better prepared next time. Hang in there and good luck. B.T.H
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    ICU internships or training programs?

    Hi Amy, I'm from Denver also, and like you, I have aspirations of becoming a CRNA down the line. I contacted University of Colorado hospital nurse recruiter and asked her about the possibility of being hired into an ICU unit straight out of school. She told me that you have to have 50 hours in an ICU setting to qualify for working in an ICU as a new grad. Meaning 50 hours as a CNA, intern, extern or have fullfilled a special clinical rotation. I am now taking the CNA class to hopefully get a foot in at the hospital to try to meet the 50 hour requirement for the ICU. The new nurse graduate residency program is one year long and is suppose to be very thorough. University Colorado hospital is a very highly rated teaching hospital, something you will want in your resume when applying to the CRNA programs. I have been very impressed with how friendly and helpful all the student advisors and recruiters have been at University of Colorado hospital. CO also has a lot of different hospitals besides university Health that you can look into for an ICU position as a new grad. Good luck on your search and aspirations of becoming a CRNA. B.T.H
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    What is your greatest fear?

    I try to take it one day at a time now and not look to far ahead. I don't know that I fear anything school related, except for oral presentations:D. I think I fear outside factors, or unforseen situations that can derail my plans and goals more then factors I can control. Then again, I'm still doing my pre-reqs, so my fear factor could change after I get into nursing school. I don't fear failing, but I fear I can't keep up the GPA battle all the way through pre-reqs and nursing school to achieve my graduate school ambitions. Oh well, one class at a time I guess. B.T.H
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    Microbiology - Questions

    I finished A&P I-II and am taking micro this semester. I would have to say micro is harder because you have to study to understand, as opposed to A&P, which is mostly memorization. Time wise, I would have to say they require about the same amount of study hrs. It's hard to say which is harder because the difficulty level depends on the teacher a lot of times. I don't think the information is really difficult in either class(the volumn makes it difficult). In A&P you tend to concentrate on one system at a time, whereas in micro, you learn about a lot of different classification, diseases, and processes at the same, which makes it more confusing and difficult to organize and regurgitate for tests. As far as chemistry requirements in micro, you don't really need a chemistry bacground because what you cover in micro is really basic chemistry(you do dabble in organic, bio, and inorganic chemistry but you don't need a chemistry background to understand the info). If your school requires that you take chem before micro then I guess you will need to; but I don't think it's necessary to take chem before micro to do well in the class. In either classes the key to doing well is consistent study habits, something I don't have, which can make memorizing 5 units of micro a few days before the exam kind of an adventure. Don't underestimate the class, and don't psyche yourself out also, just "consistant" study habits and you should do fine. Good luck, B.T.H
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    Tips for getting an A in Eng. 101???

    Hi Amy, I took 101 last semester and made an A in it. English has never been easy for me because it's my second language. I have never made A's in English growing up, so I made sure to pay extra attention to it last semester. I made sure that every time I handed in an essay that I would have it proofread at the writing center first. Also in 101, grammar and punctuation is 50% of the grade. I think with writing it's important to be able to visualize the paper as a whole so that you can orchestra the content better. Be clear about your topic sentence and lay down the guideline for your paper well in the first paragraph, then follow that guideline throughout your paper. Pay a little extra attention to the conclusion and tie the whole paper together well at the end. The important thing is to take a little extra time and have your paper proofread by someone qualified before handing it in. I'm in English II now and it's actually a lot easier then 101 because content is stressed more then puctuation. As you can probably already tell, once I get started typing, I can go on, and on,......and.............on:D Good luck in 101 if you decide to take it again. B.T.H
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    mid semester blues

    I know how everyone feels because this semester is kicking my butt also. I don't feel as motivated this semester, and I feel like my brain is on cruise control most of the time. I don't think it's the material because I don't find it hard, but I just don't have the energy this semester for some reason. I have a little less then half a semester to go and have to turn it up a notch if I plan on keeping my GPA intact though, so have to get after it now. B.T.H
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    The end of my blog.

    Thanks for your time and effort in recording your experiences Nilipoc. I have enjoyed reading your blog and will miss it because your experiences have given us CRNA wanna-be's a very good picture of what some of us hope to experience in the future. But having said that, I'm glad that the blogs end is for a good cause(your success in the program). Your on the home stretch now so hang in there. I want to echoe the other posters by saying that I hope you continue your blog after your schooling is done(better yet write a book because I'm sure a lot of us would enjoy reading it). Thank you for your efforts and good luck, B.T.H.
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    learning powerpoint

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions and pointers. I will go ahead and get the powerpoint program and book and at least try to get a basic understanding of its usage. I have a feeling I will need to do more oral presentations in the future, so I might as well get use to it now. B.T.H
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    learning powerpoint

    Hi everyone. Does anyone know how to go about learning to do powerpoint? I have to do an oral presentation and figure this might help me to stay within guidelines of my presentation better. Last time I got so nervous I screwed up the presentation. Thanks ahead of time. B.T.H
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    Oral Presentation!

    I just did an oral presentation in English on John Singer Sargent. I had everything prepared and didn't even need notes because I knew the information pretty well. well once I got up in front of that class I forgot everything I was going to say. Lost track of where I was in the presentation and got the pictures for the presentation all mixed up. My throat got really dry and basically I screwed up the presentation. I have to honestly say that up to this point, the oral presentation was the hardest thing I have had to do since deciding to become a nurse. The bad part is we have to do one more before the end of the semester. AUGHHHHHH!!!!! B.T.H
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    Overseas Nursing

    Hi, can't help you here but you can probably get info on this topic from the travel nurse board. I have seen postings on this topic there. B.T.H