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    My most important tip for a nursing student is....

    Definetely have a little fun, if you feel guilty about it then you can try to incorporate it. Some of the girls from my school go out with eachother one night out of the week and they do talk about class lectures, give eachother tips ect but they also have a good time and have some drinks. They're not studying but they are still sharing information. You don't have to party but do something that relaxes you. Whether it be playing video games, playing a sport, going out to dinner, or just sleeping, do it. It's true that a lot of the things can be compared to many other professions and classes. But one thing that sticks out to me is that you need to not only know the what and understand it but the WHY and that's not necessarily true for most classes. As someone said before, nursing exams usually have a few right answers and one REALLY right answer. While in other exams, most multiple choice questions have one clear right answer and three wrong, regardless of the situation. For example, if you have an anatomy question asking "Where is the femur located". It will always be in the leg, regardless of the age, gender, medical problems, the femur will always be in the leg. Because it will always be in the leg, you really don't need to know WHY it's there, just that it is. My friend who is ahead of me suggested that instead of studying for a multiple choice exam, study as if you were taking a short answer exam. Know why and why not for what you need to know.
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    Well, No Nursing for Me

    This doesn't really make much sense to me, but maybe I'm misreading it. Nurses are meant to catch doctor mistakes, that doesn't mean the doctor has to like or appreciate it. Most doctors don't like it when they are corrected by a nurse (or anyone else for that matter) but just because a doctor isn't interested in it, doesn't mean you shouldn't still be able to do it. My school uses A LOT of exit Hesi's. They use one for each clinical and then cumulative ones in the final semester. If you were taught the material then I think its suitable. How is it any different from taking a final? Some people aren't great test takers but you know, that's something you have to overcome in this world. Everything is done by a paper exam at some point. When you get hired by a hospital they usually give you a pharmacology exam, you don't even get two shots for that, you get one and one only. You fail, you don't get hired. Practical skills are great but just having practical skills doesn't make you a better nurse either. Some experienced nurses don't know how to put in IV's or have difficulties due to small veins on the patient ect. (some people don't even do that during nursing school and even if you did if you're in a specialty where that rarely happens you're going to lose that skill). Hands-on skills can be taught to most people what sets you apart is the knowledge you have of it.
  3. I'm only starting my nursing program in Sept but I can already tell that my Spring semester will be issues. It has to do with what others mentioned with clinical times. Our OB clinical is only listed to be from 8-12. Now I find that VERY strange because the only clinical that is that short for us is psych. All the others are from 8-2. So when I do my schedule for Spring, I will do it in mind that the clinical will PROBABLY be from 8-2 but I know a lot of other students won't really notice it or question it and will more likely be in for a surprise when orientation rolls around. Even when you know its suspicious, you still go with the "well the school would list it if its suppose to be longer" mentality. Now I could be wrong of course but I think I'll just go with my gut on this one. I've also heard of my school having issues with the hospitals they choose for clinicals and sometimes you're not even on the appropriate floors for the clinicals you're suppose to be there for (ie: being on the adult neuro floor when you're doing your peds clinicals). What I dislike abou nursing school right now (before even starting) is they are misleading us on how much everything costs! When we first registered for our 1st level nursing courses, they gave us information on the cost of the assessment kit, CPR, background and drug test. They have yet to give us information about the malpractice insurance I KNOW we're gonna need, where to get and how much our scrubs will be (all we know is that they are all white). I'm sure they will wait until orientation to spring all of this on us and even though orientation is a week before classes, I would have liked to know about the cost of these things from the beginning with the rest so I could plan out when I was going to buy all this stuff! All this aside, I'm still very excited about starting and going through this and being a nurse. I do not hate my school, I just don't like how disorganized they seem to be with certain things. I don't know the professors so I can't comment on them yet.
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    Tips on surviving through nursing school

    I haven't started yet but one of the things that my developmental psych professor told us to do when we had to study was don't just read, but take notes on the book! I'm a little OCD so anything I need to know, I have to write it down, some people see it as a waste and even when I had powerpoints I still rewrote the information in my notes, organizing it in a way that made the most sense to me! Sometimes its hard to study when you outline things differently from the book, also rewriting the information helped me study it more because I was saying the sentences over and over again in my head. Somethings that made me say "huh?" in the book I'd keep saying over and over, rewrite it and then say "OHH that's what it means" it works for me and it is just so much more organized. I don't want to have powerpoints + notes + textbook when I have to study, I'd rather have it all in one place together. Everyone has their own method of studying, whether it be flashcards, talking outloud, notes, recording lectures, summary sheets ect. Don't just use other people's methods, find your own! My friends found it pretty silly when I highlighted key things in A&P with a red pen and I gave everything it's own heading, but when I needed to look for something specific to study, I didn't have to flip back and forth looking for little words, they jumped out at me. I also agree with not buying into the drama, rumors ect. You might think it doesn't effect you but after awhile it does begin to make you question yourself. A lot of people thought my physiology professor was awful and that wasn't the case. She was difficult but I actually enjoyed her class, she was a great professor and I admit it was hard keeping up with her and her exams were just difficult, it was the hardest earned B I ever got and I still think she was a great professor. You're going to hear a lot aout such and such professor and such and such class but its best you go in with an open mind to give it and the professor a chance. There were some posts on this forum that at times made me question going into nursing all together but I'd stop myself, close the window and say "you know this all may be true but I'd rather experience it myself then take others words for it" it's kind of like the old saying that you have to "learn the hard way", I think it applies in nursing.
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    First day of nursing School *unleashed* post yours

    Yes most NYC nursing programs do not do clinicals at nursing homes. Our first clinical is in geriatrics but it's in a hospital. We don't go into the hospital until the end of October. Orientation for us is Sept 1st, I'm excited and nervous. Our orientation starts at noon but they never told us how long it would be lol. We're in groups of 15 for skills nursing lab and in groups of 10 for clinicals. I hope we get our hospital assignments at orientation so I can prepare myself for how far I might have to travel for clinicals. There is a hospital right across the street from our school but hospital assignments are random so it's all about luck. I'm sure we will go over the nursing handbook, grade requirements, hospital requirements. I was wondering do all programs have orientation every semester? Because we do orientation everytime we go to the next level which makes sense. We should also be getting the information or where to purchase our scrubs and hopefully receive our assessment kits we ordered.
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    Does anyone know adn programs with dorms in ny or nj?

    You're not going to find many schools with single dorms in NY.
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    HESI A2 Entrance Exam

    For me majority of the vocab from the book wasn't on my exam. There were a few of the basic medical ones but there were a number of A&P questions. Also they weren't phrased like they are in the book so you couldn't use context clues. They aren't used in a sentence, they just straight out ask you what the word means. The reading comp is similar to reading on the SAT's, asking for opinions and viewpoints. Passages are short, maybe 2 paragraphs. Grammar was easy but tricky. Sometimes I was overthinking, looking for punctuations to add when all that was wrong with the sentence was a mispelled word. Good luck.
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    Hunter College Adult NP Program

    Hunter College has a great nursing reputation in the city. The tuition is cheap because it's a state school, while Columbia is a private university. However due to the cheaper tuition, the admission process for Hunter is actually more difficult and also as a state/public college they have less seats than a large private university like NYU or Columbia do.
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    Are nurses becoming more negative on Allnurses?

    I'm a nursing student and honestly, I take everything online in general with a grain of salt. I don't think this forum is different from any other kind of forum. People with different experiences and different opinions. Lately there's been an influx of "don't go into nursing" posts by new grads, older nurses ect. Now as a nursing student, I could say "gee they're right" and run the other way or I can do for myself, think for myself and do whatever the heck I want because this forum only represents about 10% of the nursing population. I see it on forums all the time, people just going back and forth. I come to this site sometimes just to kill some time when I'm bored, to learn and explore specialties but I try to stay away from vents and rants because it's unnecessary drama. Point is IT'S ONLINE! You don't have to take anyone's advice you don't have to like what anyone says, just close the window if it gets you heated. Is it really worth stressing yourself out over an online post from someone you don't know and probably will never meet? Even as a nursing student seeing some of the things other students and new grads post get on my nerves! The "New grad can't find job" seems to be a favorite and I understand they want guidance but is it really needed when the same exact thread is only two threads below yours? lol. Or "can I specialize?' "what type of nurse does this" things that are relatively easy by googling it and should be researched before even going into nursing. Or posts asking for requirements for programs. If I, someone who hasn't ever heard of the school or live anywhere by it can find the info on their website, you can too. Search is my best friend for all school and hospitals sites. It could be my personality, I usually just let things roll off like rain water. And I come to this site with an open mind. There are only two things that really bug me sometimes. One is the grammar nazi's? Seriously? It's just unneccessary, some people type from their phone, some people made mistakes and only see it after they recheck the post and it's too late to edit it. I'm sure there are a lot of people who write just fine but aren't going to check their sentence structure, verbs because they are online and they don't expect a spelling lesson. I understand sometimes it can be to the point where the post makes no sense but one or two mispelled words? The other is that I think the "real world" and "real nurse" phrases get thrown around too much. My real world might be different, we don't all live the same kind of lives, we don't all have the same kind of worlds. There are some nurses who love their jobs and some that don't. Some people do actually work in hospitals and on units where co-workers love eachother, management respects them and they work in safe conditions and unless you've worked everywhere in the world or know nurses from everywhere, you can't say things like "this isn't the norm" or "you're living in a fantasy world" or "I thought it was great too for the first year". As I said before, only about 10% of nurses are on this site. Again I'm a rather mellow person so maybe that's why. I feel like sometimes people post things or read things that they KNOW are going to stir the pot or rile them and others up. Oh and I know that the search button can sometimes be a pain in the neck but honestly if you post something that has been posted 4532001 times before then you shouldn't respect a response.
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    Are Jobs So Plentiful?

    Thanks for posting your resume, it does give me ideas and also read your cover letter which was amazing. I'd offer you a job if I had one LOL. I think it's great that you included your experience from clinicals on your resume and that instead of just listing off general responsibilities of a nursing student you listed specific cases which really made your experiences even that more important. I've always been a little confused because some people on this board have discouraged from listing clinical experiences since it isn't real nursing experience but not every student is exposed to the same practices during clinicals.
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    "You cannot have BSN or MSN on your nametag?"

    I'm a student and I'm going for my BSN and I honestly don't care whether its on my badge or not however, if I get a certification such as CPN then I would want that on my badge IF I'm working in that field. Does it mean I'm better? Not at all but it does mean I have expertise in that field. Now if I'm doing Psych or Dialysis, I don't really think they'd give a crap that I'm certified in pediatrics, in fact that might make them think I don't know how to care for adults! So I probably wouldn't want it on my badge then. To wrap it up, RN is fine, most people don't even know what a BSN, ADN is. I'd rather explain what being certified in pediatrics is than explaining I got a bachelors, she got an associates but we passed the same licensing exam.
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    What are the requirements?

    I think if you already have A&P done then they will probably wave the general bio course.
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    NYU College of Nursing as a Transfer

    I can't tell you much but my friend transferred in to NYU for her last two years of nursing from another school and the only pre-reqs she had to take at NYU was the ones that she didn't take before (Nutrition wasn't required for our nursing program). Her gpa was about a 3.4-3.5 which looked good. NYU doesn't have any nursing entrance exam from what I heard but they do letters of recommendation and I think they require a personal statement.
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    What are the requirements?

    To be accepted into the introductory term all you need is a high school diploma, the admission exam and the pre-req to A&P which is a general bio course, you can do this at City Tech or a different school. After you take that class you can take A&P I, Intro to Psych, English Comp and Intro to Math. To be accepted into the clinical portion of nursing you need the NLN and a very good gpa of about 3.6 or higher in those pre-req courses.
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    do you care about your patients?

    I don't think most patients would think that their nurses are suppose to care about them after they leave the hospital or for the rest of their lives. A lot of patients don't feel like the nurses care in general. Meaning that they aren't there to care for them or their well being in the hospital, they are only there to collect a paycheck. Of course not all nurses are like that but plenty act like that. My mom has been in the hospital A LOT and I felt like some of her nurses cared and some didn't. Caring for a lot of patients is just being friendly, maybe cracking a smile and listening to their concerns about themselves. Some nurses don't even come in and introduce themselves to the patient or the family member that might be there. They'll just walk in, do what they need to do without saying one word and then leave. Some patients don't know how many patients a nurse has, so even just telling them that you've got some other patients and you'll get to them as quickly as possible is a lot better than saying nothing. As a patient I don't really expect you to think about me all the time or care about me as if I were family. Honestly, I'd find it a little creepy if you did lol. But showing a little interest while you're taking care of me couldn't hurt.
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    Help va Rn looking to move to NY!

    Agreed, maybe in upstate New York things aren't as bad off but in the city? They're just bleh, in every single job pretty much. Also, a lot of large scale hospitals have started with their BSN-preferred and BSN required comments so I definetely think coming with a BSN would be more beneficial.
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