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  1. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer of 2011 applicants!

    I've been gone for quite awhile! School has a habit of picking up when you least expect it to I'll try taking a stab at a couple of the questions.... Learning Communities will be your lifeline. It's AZ law that clinical groups can be no larger than 10 students, so these Learning Communities are basically your clinical/lab partners. The 10 of you will have the same FOR (Faculty of Record) that will teach you in Lab and will oversee everything you do in your clinical areas! :) The only impact that the Learning Community has on your schedule is where you'll be at for clinical and what you're doing in lab because you'll go through the different stations in lab with your learning community. Weekly schedule looked ROUGHLY like this (I'm doing the times and stuff from memory) for me when I was an Accelerated Junior 1: Nursing Fundamentals (NUR 310) on MF, from 7:30-10:00 Foundations Nursing Practice (NUR 394) on M, from 100-12:30 (hardly ever went that long) Pharmacology (NUR 311) on W, from 9:00-12:30 Professional Nurse Attributes (NUR 330) on W, from 1:45-4:45 (hardly ever went that long) Tuesdays and Thursdays were our days for clinical/lab. Those will vary, but expect to be there from 7:30/8:00 until at least like 1:00pm or so. Schedules change, though, and ASU loves to change things around, so I wouldn't be to confident in saying that your schedules will be exactly like this, but I would wager a small bet that it will most likely be similar. I'm not sure if I should be telling you guys this, but you'll find out eventually regardless. The Lighting of the Lamp will take place on May 16th from 3pm-5pm (but it usually gets out earlier) on the Tempe campus at the MU in the Ventanna Ballroom. You'll need to dress up for the event (professional, not like ballgowns or anything). You'll get to walk across a stage, get your nursing pin, hear some speakers, etc. etc. It's a really neat event and a great way to start off your nursing career. It can be pretty inspirational :) Financial Aid: I can't really help you there. I qualified for subsidized loans, which are the best because you don't have to pay them back until 6 months after you graduate. But my parents kind of handled all the loan stuff, I don't honestly know too much about it. Living: Downtown there are a couple places. There is a place called The Met that is right across from NHI-2, as well as Alta Lofts. They are both pretty expensive. However, there is a place called Camden at Copper Square which is pretty nice and a lot cheaper. Plus, Camden is really close to the Mercado, where all of the labs are and the LRC, which is kind of like our nursing library and computer commons is. Most of our classes are at the Mercado, too! There are students there, I know that for sure, a couple from my cohort are there. There is also a place right across from the Science Center, that is caddy corner to Camden called Renaissance Park, but I don't know what their prices are like. I hope that info helps you guys!!! Relax while you still can--nursing school is quite the whirlwind experience that you'll love to hate, but wouldn't change it for the world!! :heartbeat
  2. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer of 2011 applicants!

    The start date for ALL Summer students (Mayo Jr 1, Downtown Jr 1, Downtown Sr 2) is May 16th, the same day as your guys' Lighting of the Lamp ceremony! :) Your end date should be around August 2nd, and absolutely no later than August 5th! So you might be getting a small break (depending on your finals) before you start and you'll get a break before class starts in the Fall!! Be very, very thankful for that... last summer some of us had only a weekend between Spring and Summer, then we only had 4 days between Summer and Fall... talk about ROUGH! Also, I know for us Senior 2's (we already have our class schedules, for once) and last summer as a Junior 1, we most definitely had an exam the day after Memorial Day. Soooo try to keep that in mind if you're planning a vacation over Memorial Day!
  3. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer of 2011 applicants!

    :ancong!: Aw, I still remember getting my letter... probably one of the best days of my life, still! :) Just a note for those of you on the alternate list: For my cohort (Summer 2010), ALL 10 of the people on the Alternate list are in the program. Unfortunately, the summer program is a lot more expensive and I think students didn't really realize that until they got in, and therefore dropped out of the running. So, keep your heads up. You may never know what will happen! CONGRATS again!
  4. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer of 2011 applicants!

    I remember asking this same question in the Summer 2010 thread hehe And I am going to tell you the same thing that those wonderful people who answered told me (and what tttt essentially said as well!): Enjoy your time now! Once you start your program (no matter when, or even what school you choose to go to), you will be very, very busy. I know all nursing students are pretty Type-A people who want to have something to do and be proactive, but enjoying your free time before you start is the biggest suggestion I can have for you right now. I know, I know; it sounds stupid, and I remember scoffing when they told me that and thought they were all crazy. But it is the unfortunate truth. I live at home with my family but I still hardly ever see them, no joke! And my friends? Not really! I see my nursing school friends all the time (which 95% of the time we're studying, the other 5% we're blowing off steam after a long day/week/test), but my friends before nursing school I see very few and far between. Don't get me wrong, though, there are probably other reasons why I don't see my friends as often as I would like. There are many people in the program who still manage to have social lives, go out, etc. There are many people who are married and there are also several people with children--and even within those people, there are a couple that have three or four kids!! We even had one girl deliver her first child in November (yes, she carried her child through school and clinicals up until the day before she gave birth!!). So it's definitely doable to do all of the above--it just makes things a little more difficult. I highly suggest color-coordinated calendars and lots and lots of list-making :) Most of the teachers are great and they'll give you the information you need to know in order to be successful. If you really HAD to study something before you get into the program, I would suggest what tttt said and study Patho. But, I also tried that as well despite what the people on the forum told me and even did study sessions with a friend that got advanced with me, but to be completely honest it did not help at all. One nugget of information that you should DEFINITELY carry with you through nursing school: You are in nursing school; not med school, not pharm school, not epidemiology school. NURSING school. You won't need to know a lot of the specific information that you learned in A&P and Patho. Even though knowing the intricacies of Patho (and it's super fascinating!) is great and you WILL need to know most of it in order to explain the disease process to your patients, will it help your patient to manage their Diabetes if you know that the inheritance of the DR3/DR4 markers on the HLA complex on chromosome 6 increases the likelihood of developing Type 1 Diabetes? Not in the slightest!! But, knowing that there is a familial component to acquiring Type 1 Diabetes and knowing that can be crucial to the prevention of the disease--that is important for your patient to know, and therefore an extremely important component of your patient education and prevention screening tools. See, there's a fine line between the information you need to know and how you need to apply it--a fine line that students (including myself) are still struggling to figure out in our Senior 1 semester because the exams in nursing school are all very application based, not brute memorization of facts and numbers that happens in all of the pre-req classes. That was a pretty big smack across the face for me in 310 haha. Pharm was great because it was a lot of memorization, but in Nursing Fundamentals and in all of the classes in Jr2 + you'll have to be purely application based, which is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Don't get me wrong, either, there will still be numbers and facts you'll have to memorize, it's just that the questions on tests won't be so straight forward like, "What area in the upper respiratory system does asthma effect?" or something. It's much more application-y. [/soap box] This is a great question, because I honestly have no idea even though I'm graduating in August. ...LOL! I've heard that you should start applying for New Grad RN jobs about 3 months before you graduate because the process can take awhile (it's usually a three or four interview processes to get a job! Eek!). However, you won't even have started your clinical immersion by that point, so I think that 3 months is too early to be honest, but that might also be because where I'm sitting is about 4 months until I graduate (August 5th, baby!) and I am terrified at the thought that I need to be getting ready to apply for jobs lol. As far as the outlook goes--not good for New Grads. For experienced nurses with 1+ years of experience, the market is pretty okay, but New Grads are a huge investment for hospitals because of all of the training. Add in all the turmoil with ACCCHS and the AZ Legislature and it makes Arizona a not-so-favorable environment for New Grads. My friend who just graduated from ASU in December was THE ONLY New Grad hired for Scottsdale Healthcare that wasn't already in the system. So, if you can get a job at a hospital as a CNA, PCT or Extern... DO IT!!!! (I highly suggest looking for externships near the end of your Jr 1 semester). It will make you so much less stressed when it does come time to apply for jobs since you'll already be in the system and you'll be privy to the in-house jobs that aren't offered to the public yet. Although I do not know how many ASU New Grads don't yet have jobs, there are several that I know of, unfortunately. But keep in mind, though, it depends on how picky you're going to be about your first job and where you want to work. If you're willing to be flexible, then chances are you'll be more successful. If you ONLY want to work in the NICU on the day shift... well, good luck with that, but you might be looking for quite awhile. Flexibility in nursing is huge! :) ...this is a much longer post than I intended it to be... hahaha. It's a combination of avoiding an Evidence-Based Practice research paper and all sorts of other homework and my own little soap box that I need to get off of haha With all of it's problems, complications and all the painful hard work you have to go through to get there (i.e. nursing school ), a career in nursing is still SO, SO worth it. So try not to get discouraged by anything you may hear from any of us upper ASU classmen or even any other threads on this site. Nursing school will change your life :) :heartbeat
  5. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer of 2011 applicants!

    haha, oh dear! That's not a very encouraging sentiment to leave them... haha! It's just all very overwhelming, pretty much all the time. It's a lot to adjust to at first, but I don't think you ever really get 100% adjusted until finals week at the end of the semester to be honest haha. I really cannot fathom medical school--it can't be much harder than what we go through, I swear! It's SO totally worth it in the end, but I know personally I wasn't prepared for how much they would be throwing at us at first haha Boo, go little kids and growth and development!! I talked with a connection I have in Student Services and she stated that the letters are slotted to go out on Tuesday next week! If that helps at all... :) tttt is right, you'll start clinicals in the second week, but I feel the need to define "clinicals." Clinicals in Junior 1 are not what you think of; unfortunately, you won't even step into a hospital until Junior 2. That's just how ASU runs their program. The first week is a lot of introduction/orientation stuff, but in lecture they will throw you straight in. The first part of clinicals will be your Well Elder where you essentially interview an elderly person about medical history, personal history, etc. They'll focus on communication quite a lot in the first couple weeks. Then you'll concurrently work in a preschool, gathering information from them as well, making a teaching plan, and teaching them a lesson. You won't move into Long Term Care until you're at least half-way through, and there you will be doing typical nursing skills like transferring patients, bed baths, feedings, passing medications (injections, yay!), wound care, etc. So you won't necessarily be thrown into a hospital in your first week or anything like that, which is kind of nice, but you won't get "clinical" experience with necessary skills until about the halfway point of Junior 1 semester (which would be around weeks 6-8). :heartbeat
  6. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer of 2011 applicants!

    Hey, everyone! I just stumbled across this forum (during class, lol), but I am one of the students from the Summer 2010 Accelerated Cohort (I'm currently a Senior 1, yay!). I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK to you all!!! I can still remember the days of rampantly checking my mailbox every day for several weeks to see if the letter comes... and how ASU just loves to try your patience (they continue to do it during the program, so watch out!)! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! It might take me awhile to respond, but I do promise to respond at some point in the near future! :) I look forward to meeting some of you guys--as fellow Accelerites, we all have to kind of band together to get through the summer months. It's definitely a different experience than all the other cohorts have, but my cohort is seriously the most amazing group of students I've ever met and I feel that we have bonded so much closer than most of the other cohorts because of our experiences together. Get ready for a wild ride :heartbeat P.S. If you don't get in this time around, please don't give up. I had to apply twice and got in the second time, and I am SO THANKFUL that I didn't get in the first time because my cohort is just simply amazing. Here's a quote that has fueled the past 13 months of my life: "Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; they are there to show us how badly we want something." -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture I have my fingers crossed for you guys!
  7. PineappleCrush

    ASU Nursing Program Spring 2011 hopefuls

    You guys are so awesome! You all have really great attitudes, that is so great to hear/see/read! It always happens every year that people from allnurses.com want to meet, but then usually don't! I met like 10 other people from my cohort on allnurses.com and we didn't really meet over the Orientation, but we did all meet at Lighting of the Lamp! Then again, our Lighting of the Lamp was BEFORE school started, not the first week of school like it is for you guys. I wish I could have met some of you guys, too! I am in CCNS so I inevitably saw some of you guys, I just didn't know who you were hehe. For those of you not in, KEEP YOUR HOPES UP! They literally admitted some of the alternates in my cohort the Friday before school started, so you never know! Good luck on your finals (if you have any left!) and have a great winter break everyone! :heartbeat
  8. PineappleCrush

    ASU Nursing Program Spring 2011 hopefuls

    There are 100 spots for the summer?! Say whaaat? That is a LOT of spots! ASU hasn't taken on 100 people in one cohort in like 2 years! dutchessca: I would most definitely call Student Services, something is fishy with that. You should have gotten your letter by now, for sure!
  9. PineappleCrush

    ASU Nursing Program Spring 2011 hopefuls

    We start back for Spring on January 18th! :)
  10. PineappleCrush

    ASU Nursing Program Spring 2011 hopefuls

    Wow, your cutoff score was a 5.597? That's pretty high! I am in the Accelerated Summer cohort (currently a Jr. 2) and for our alternate list, all 10 alternates actually got in. I'm not sure how the alternate lists normally go, though, so I don't know if that is an anomaly or not. CONGRATULATIONS, though! You guys are one step closer! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you guys that you can get bumped in!!! If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask! :heartbeat P.S. Although Bells23 is accurate about saying that there is a lot of "self taught" modules/information in the program, and it can be frustrating at times to say the least, you WILL get the information you need to know one way or another. I definitely wish there was more time in the Adult Health rotation in Junior 2, but you CERTAINLY won't teach yourself how to give injections. Actually, lab is one of the better run parts of ASU's program! All the people who work in the labs are great and they will literally stay there with you for hours after lab until you feel comfortable with something. ASU's program has it's problems for sure, but it's still a good program, and getting better with each semester because they see the issues and try to fix them as soon as possible. :)
  11. Hello, everyone! I'm not sure if this is in the appropriate area/thread--I'm not really sure if it is or not (sorry, mods!)--but in my first block of nursing school we had to do an Aesthetics project that symbolized the Art of Nursing. Now that I think about it, I actually don't think I really covered the assignment... but this was what I came up with, regardless . I have gotten a lot of really positive feedback on the video that I made and thought I would share it here for anyone needing a little inspiration (we all know how crazy life and school can get). I made it with the intention to kind of show how difficult and trying nursing school can be, but it's also supposed to be inspirational too. Just as the coordinator for my program says, "Always continue to take steps forward, even if they're the smallest baby steps known to human kind. As long as you're moving forward, you're still fighting. Always remember to just keep stepping." I hope you enjoy it! [video=youtube_share;OBBa7tkhIDQ] :heartbeat
  12. PineappleCrush

    ASU Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    All of my other friends at ASU (who aren't nursing majors) start on that Thursday... which is so weird! I was curious if the rest of CONHI was doing the same thing, too. But I guess not! I would literally cry if the summer program started on Thursday... our last final is Wednesday the 18th and then having to start Fall on the 19th would be murder! Are you guys excited to start?!
  13. PineappleCrush

    ASU Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Sorry this is a little delayed, but about the shoes: They do have to be mostly white, but if you have a *little* bit of color, it's okay. Like if you have a ring of color around the Nike swoosh or something, then that is okay as long as it's not like hot pink or something haha. Just try to have/get shoes that are mostly white. Small symbols that are like silver or gray are okay. If you have the money, I would TOTALLY suggest the Sketchers Shape-Ups for Work. They are AWESOME. I have pretty bad knees and back problems from playing soccer for 12 years (goalkeeper, mind you) and when I get home from our 8 hour shifts, my feet barely hurt and I hardly ever experience ANY pain in my knees/back. They're pretty amazing!! A little different looking, and they take a little time to get used to, but they feel like you're walking on clouds! :) ...just a little suggestion! Do you guys start on Thursday the 19th? Or do you wait until the 23rd?
  14. PineappleCrush

    ASU Summer 2010 Program Applicants

    Does anyone know if there is an Elsevier book bundle for Junior 2's? I'm afraid to get my books in case there is because I absolutely love the eBooks but I know you can only get the eBooks in the bundle... haha. Has anyone heard anything about that?
  15. PineappleCrush

    Student Nurse Association @ ASU?

    Hello, Candice7409! I don't know much about the SNA at ASU since they do not do anything over the summer (and I just started ASU's accelerated summer program), but I know that they are "active" in a sense. They have a handy Facebook site, so you might want to check that out. Just search Student Nurses' Association ASU and you should find it. From there you can probably email the President and whatnot. But yes, I do know for a fact that they are a bona fide chapter of the NSNA, but as for the other, I do not know. Are you a student at ASU?
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