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  1. laneymaree

    I'm not really a nurse until I sign "RN" after my name

    I agree with squirtle. It isn't about just who you know. Sometimes, perhaps, but I don't think it's fair to make that generalization. I know I want to work PICU when I'm done. I'm in nursing school now and work part-time as an HUC on the PICU floor and go above my job level to help be a runner during codes or whatever else is needed. As a result, they know what kind of worker I am, they know how dedicated I am, and as a result, I have a job waiting for me when I'm done. But, that's after a lot of hard work. And that same hard work showed them a lot about my character and personality and what kind of fit I am for the unit (which is VERY important)- something that a piece of paper could not necessarily do. It's like first applying to college. A lot of people want the same spot you do, so you should be competitive as well.
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    Watts School of Nursing?

    Great to hear!! Hope it's going well!! I would just recommend really getting your A&P down. Even if you're going fast or dont need to know too much in class, learn it on your own. You'll need it for 2nd semester. Good luck for the rest of term!!
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    As a current Watts student, I can safely say that you need to take it before December to get in the January classes. Since fall has already started you should probably take it by Halloween to be safe because as soon as it fills up, you'll be waiting until next June. Good luck on your test though! It's really not so bad :)
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    For Reesee- there isn't a set supply list. You just need a couple of notebook, a binder or two (whatever organization method that works best for you) and pens/pencils. It's very standard! rnrgrl- it takes about 2 weeks to get your criminal background. If it's any longer, then definitely call **** about it- chances are it got lost in the mail (that happened with my husband who just got his background check!) After that, it takes up to 3 weeks. If you pass the background check, then you're in!! Good luck! Dreamon- Math shouldn't be too hard, it's basic arithmatic. Reading is usually what people have the hardest time with because it's so many questions in such a short amount of time. The trick is to not stress b/c the test is designed for you to not finish all of them. Just do as many as you can accurately, so if you find a problem that's difficult, just skip it! That should help with math too. Hope that helps some! Good luck guys!
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    As far as Financial Aid goes, just fill out your FAFSA on cfnc.org and the Financial aid counselor will tell you what you need to do. She is WONDERFUL and helped me pay for my first year with no problems. And age-wise, this program is so incredibly diverse. I'm the second youngest in my class at 19 and we have students ranging all the way up to 60. Hope that helps some!!
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    Anyone starting Watts School of Nursing in Jan '09

    Hmm, I would say to DEFINITELY learn your anatomy. The teacher from mt. olive wasn't good and i didn't learn anything. Now I'm playing catch-up. Do the reading. Once you get to nursing, you can't pass without it. In your pre-reqs, start holding yourself to the standard of making above an 80%. That way, you won't be so stressed once 1st semester starts. Be friendly to everyone. If you dont work with them in 1st semester in group, you will later on. If you're in a study group that is bad or doesn't work for you- get out early. And if study groups don't work for you, don't force it. Study alone. You only get so many tests to keep your grades up. Lecture is the best thing that can happen to you. It's boring sometimes, yes. But, I missed one day of lecture and felt behind for that whole section. Use a tape recorder to help catch the things you missed. And actually pay attention in lecture. If you do, you'll do that much better on your tests. That's all I can think of for now!
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    For your pre-reqs they are 2 nights a week from 6-10. For your nursing classes, you start off doing 5 days a week because you'll have a theory and history class. After the first few weeks, you drop down to four days a week. After a couple of weeks of that, you'll be in skills lab one day, clinical one day, and theory for two days. And while I had taken some classes at a different college before Watts, they didn't transfer and I opted to take them all through Mt. Olive. Bonus of that? You have some friends before nursing classes start which is great since you're all scared together! And you have to sign up for a group project in the first two weeks, so it's always nice to know someone. Advice: It would be wise to take an anatomy class at a different community college. I took the pre-reqs last June and, unless the teacher has changed, I didn't learn anything about anatomy and it makes it just a little bit harder now. Hope that helps! Let me know if you've got any more questions :)
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    Watts School of Nursing?

    Rnrgrl, You need your BLS certification by your orientation of the 1st Nursing class semester. It has to be a healthcare provider one however. I would also recommend waiting until the month before and getting a two year program. For ex: I started my nursing semester Jan 09 and got my certification Dec 08 that is good for two years. If you do that, then you wont have to pay to renew it. Once you graduate, you can renew it at your place of work for free (ie: durham regional, unc, etc.) hope that helps!!!
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    Anyone starting Watts School of Nursing in Jan '09

    Congrats you guys!! I'm in my first semester at Watts now, if you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them. Good luck!!
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Hey guys!! Congrats to those of you who got in!!! I'm finishing up my first semester now so I still remember all your excitement :) I think they're nearly (if not already) full up for the July class, but dont worry! It's rolling admission so if you didnt get in for next semester, you'll start next January. It's well worth it too! There's a 100% job rate before graduation. If you've got any questions specific to the school, feel free to email me or post on here! And yep, the new scrubs are duke blue pants and white tops and they are quite comfortable. The pants are pretty high waisted but I really like the tops at least :) Good luck and welcome to watts!!
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