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  1. MPKH

    UBC nursing application 2011

    Hey guys, For those of you on the waitlist, be patient! I know that's next to impossible to do right now, but it IS true, lot's of people do get off the waitlist and into the program. I speak from experience. I believe there were..about 25-30 people on the wailist for my year (2009 entry), I was #17, and I got an offer on the last day where people had to decide whether to accept or decline their offers. Just know that UBC Nursing isn't everybody's choice of school, and people may have applied to other healthcare programs in addition to nursing, so not everybody that got an offer will accept it. I know it's hard to wait, and if it helps, I bugged the admission clerk at least once a week when I was waiting to find out my current number in the waitlist. Good luck!
  2. MPKH

    UBC nursing application 2011

    One person.
  3. MPKH

    UBC nursing application 2011

    @bc1234: in a way it's relief, in another, it just feels so weird to know that with the end of my next set of shifts with my preceptor, I will have been done with my schooling, for now. But onto your questions: how much did you prepare beforehand? Not a lot. I had finals to worry about. I was in my third year of UBC when I applied, and I received the interview invitation at the beginning of finals. My interview was the day after my last final of the year...so I didn't have a lot of time to prepare. I took the night before the interview to browse through some practice MMI questions I found on the internet. So all in all...maybe a couple of hours? was the interview what you had anticipated it to be? I didn't actually have a set expectation for the interview, so for me, the interview was what it was. how happy were you with your interview performance? did you feel you prepared well, or not enough? As I said, I didn't prepare a lot, so I didn't have anything to really measure my performance by. I answered some questions better than others. Overall, I felt okay after the interview, but I didn't know how well I did or didn't do. how long did it take for you to hear back about your acceptance? I had my interview at the end of April, heard back mid May. I actually was waitlisted, and I got the happy news end of June. It was one long agonizing month of waiting! i think i read somewhere that we can read the questions over for a couple minutes before we answer them. is a pen and pad provided to organize points to discuss while we wait to answer? We got I think 2 or 3 minutes to read over the question...and no, it's just you and the question. No pen or paper. Hope that helps =)
  4. MPKH

    What is 5% D/W TKO

    The IV catheter port can get clogged up when not in use. That is why you're supposed to flush the IV site regularly when not in use.
  5. MPKH

    UBC nursing application 2011

    Hi all, I'm literally a week from finishing the UBC Nursing program. It feels a bit strange reading all your posts about the application and interview process. However, I just want to give you guys some support: For those of you that got interviews, good luck! Gather your thoughts before answering the questions, and answer them the best way that you can! For those of you that didn't get an interview this year: hang in there, keep trying, the best is yet to come :) If anyone wants to ask questions, fire em.
  6. Be prepared to work your butts off for the next few years.
  7. MPKH

    How much sleep did you survive on in NS

    6-8 hours. 7 is the average.
  8. MPKH

    Time of the month in light colored scrubs

    Our scrubs are navy...but to answer the question, I use tampons. My flow is pretty light, so unless I'm REALLY not being cognizant with changing the tampon, leaks don't happen.
  9. MPKH

    Prestige or practicality?

    Um, I'm not sure where you are getting the idea of UBC being treated like the land of the holy grail, because it's not. Employers do not care where you graduate from as much as they care about you passing your CRNE and being able to perform on the job. Yes the program gets bashed a lot...but I think it's mostly due to misconceptions about the program. Apparently, a lot of people think that UBC teaches ALL theory, and no hands on skills. But that's not the case. I've had to explain to quite a few people regarding that. It wasn't incredibly difficult to get in, but it was quite competitive.
  10. MPKH

    Prestige or practicality?

    I am going to correct you on a few things. First, UBC's program is an accelerated two years program, so there aren't any 3rd or 4th years. When you enter the program, you start in year 3. Most people in the program already have done an undergrad degree in another field; a few have Masters or PhD's. Second, UBC Nursing doesn't do all theory for one year. Theory is interspersed with clinical times. We start clinicals one month and a half into the program. In terms of clinical hours, UBC is on par with BCIT. You learn all the basic skills in term 1, and as you enter your rotations, you build onto those basic skills. I learned the more advanced stuff that you listed in my second term, as I had my Med-Surg rotation then. You end the program with a clinical avenue and a practicum--consolidating and furthering your knowledge in one of the specialty areas. Third, I think people have this misconception that UBC is ALL about theory and not hands on...well, that's not the case. A typical week is 8 hours of clinical time Mon-Wed, and classes on Thursday and sometimes on Friday. We do not lack skills of any sort--by the time a student from UBC graduate, he/she would have the skills required of a newly graduated nurse as set out by the CRNBC. Granted, some students come out very book smart and not very skilled, but I think that can be applied to ANY student from ANY nursing school. I have worked with both UBC and BCIT grads, and I have not noticed a difference in skills.
  11. I got an invitation too! I think maybe you can prepare by thinking about why you want to be a nurse, and brushing up on your nursing knowledge.
  12. MPKH

    Prestige or practicality?

    If you want to go for the UBC program, go for it! I'm currently in it myself, and so far, it's been such a great ride. If you're hearing things about UBC Nursing being all theory and not enough clinical time, that's wrong. UBC, being a university (and therefore an academic setting), has a more theory focused (I swear, the profs are practically inviting us to apply to the Master's program in a few years), but you do get solid clinical hours. In terms of clinical hours, under the new program, UBC is on par with BCIT. As for the theory...I feel that they help with critical thinking (which is essential for a nurse), and they help to broaden the understanding of the practice of nursing. We have theory classes in ethics, leadership, policy, research and relational practice...I know they sound dry, but they are quite applicable to the real clinical setting. They are also very important background to have if you are going to practice as a nurse. The only downside about UBC's program is that it's an accelerated program, which means that they make you work your ass off. But as for prestige...I've heard everything from UBC grads are stigmatized for hiring to UBC grads are highly preferred in the workplace. I think prestige and reputation and name of the school is what you make of it. I don't think it makes a big difference (if there is any) when it comes to getting a job--once in the workplace, you are no longer a "UBC grad', "BCIT grad" or "Langara grad". You are part of the team as a newly graduated and licenced RN.
  13. MPKH

    UBC Nursing 2010-2011

    No courses allowed outside the Standard timetables...the standard timetables require you to take 18 credits per term, making it 36 credits per year. So you won't have room for any other courses. And trust me, the nursing program is enough to keep you on your feet without adding anything on top of that.
  14. MPKH

    UBC Nursing 2010-2011

    Hi guys, I don't know how useful this will be to you, but for last year's intake, those who were waitlisted were told specifically in the email that they are on the waitlist (although, they might've changed that this year). I was waitlisted last year (and thankfully, a spot opened up and I accepted the offer), and this is what my email looked like: As for your rank on the waitlist, feel free to ask the office about your number...I obsessively badgered them for about a month before I was offered a spot Hope this helps!
  15. MPKH

    UBC Nursing 2010-2011

    Last year the acceptance/rejection/waitlist emails were sent out mid May...I got mine May 13, 2009.
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