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    NURS 3645 Professional Nursing A & B

    Add me to the list starting Prof Nursing A on 8/13. This will be my first class at UT-A (all pre-reqs complete) and first time using Epic . . . finding it a bit confusing but hoping as we go along it will get easier. I have the same fear about submitting blank documents! Already sent in my Attestation & Self-Eval form. Fingers crossed I did it correctly. Liking the fact that we don't really have any required texts outside of the APA guide!
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    Austin Community College - Level I clinical scheduling

    Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to your questions. Clinical schedules will be based on two factors: 1) Site availability and 2) your assigned clinical site & days/times. During Level 1 in Hybrid my assigned clinical days were Wednesdays and Thursdays. In addition labs, classes, and exams were scheduled on Monday and Tuesday. Clinical days can be 6 hours, 8 hours or 12 hours. Be prepared that you will rarely have much notice and there is little, if any, flexibility. Most people that I know holding jobs during school had to switch to either purely weekend or PRN schedules as anything else was at best challenging, if not impossible. I would encourage you to contact the Nursing Office or your campus-specific instructors to ask for more information related to your upcoming semester and your work requirements. Congrats on your new position at St. David's and best of luck at ACC!
  3. I'll be starting the UT-A RN-to-BSN program this Fall and definitely am interested in the FB Page! I think it would be a great way to keep in touch and share tips. It may be one of those "build it & they will come" type of things. We may find people looking for Facebook connections that aren't on AllNurses.
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    Austin Community College Fall 2011 Hopefuls

    I attended every Seminar in Level 1 - either attending the live session remotely or watching the recorded session. They really helped me identify the important concepts and focus on areas that I needed more review. In Level 2, I did not attend every Seminar (only 20-25%) mostly because I live a fair distance away and often the sessions seemed a little more cursory in nature than those in Level 1. With gas prices and the time spent on the drive, I found that I could accomplish just as much at home in those 3-4 hours with my nose buried in the books. It's a good idea to try them out each semester and see if they help enhance your learning. Since everyone is so different in their learning styles and what they take away from any learning environment it's always good to experience and evaluate them for yourself. :) GG
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    Austin Community College Fall 2011 Hopefuls

    IMMABERN - In short, the Seminars are opportunities for the Hybrid instructors to offer a brief review of the materials, similar to the lectures of the on-site programs. The format depends greatly on the instructors. In Level 1, the Hybrid instructors offered the Seminars in a remote setting where you could log on to a chat board (ie - you can stay home and participate while still in your jammies !). Powerpoints were presented and interaction was available through student/instructor microphones or typing responses. These sessions were then recorded and offered to students who were unable to attend or as a review tool. In Level 2, the Hybrid instructors opted to offer Seminars only on-site at the Round Rock campus. The Seminars again were basically lectures with presentations of Powerpoints highlighting important topics from the modules and the opportunity for questions/answers. Oh - and Seminar attendance (at least in the past) was always optional, but encouraged.
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    Austin Community College (ACC)

    I believe allnurses decided that they wanted to keep discussions free of specific references to avoid having to deal with libel issues on the forums. To find reviews and feedback on professors or classes, resources like myedu.com or ratemyprofessors.com are available.
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    Another tip on textbooks is to check out the International versions available on eBay. I used International versions of the textbooks for both my pre-reqs and ADN degree courses like Med-Surg. They can be as much as 1/2 off the prices you can find through the bookstore or other online booksellers and contain the SAME information, page numbers, and illustrations/tables - they are just printed for use overseas. The only other thing I look for is a notation in the ad that they use color ink (as I was cautioned that some really cheapo printers don't - although I've never had a problem.) Laptops were definitely allowed in our classroom along with ebooks - although your mileage may vary based on your professor. Always best to double check with a call or an email before making any book purchases different from the list.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Purkinje - I'm curious what two rolling backpacks you selected. Any conclusions yet on which one you prefer? I've seen some neat ones online but feel hesitant to buy anything I can't play around with a little first. Where did the LAZY days of summer go??!! The summer has been ZOOMING by! I'm starting to hyperventilate a teeny bit - juggling everything now is a challenge and adding in Nursing School is going to make everything quite interesting! I'm so impressed by all the advance prep everyone has fit into the summer so far! Between kids/family, work, classes, and some major house remodeling - I've barely started prepping for Fall. I did glance over the "Test Success" and Med-Surg books and have about half of my books ordered along with the lab pack. I bought some used scrubs from a former student and found a white pair of Dansko clogs. Working on finishing the online clinical modules to submit to the department next week before the August 1st deadline. I'm waiting until early August (when my classes will be behind me and hopefully most of the remodeling craziness) to focus on reviewing for the dosage and skills exams. Figured they might give us some pointers too at the August 2nd Jump Start meeting on what we can expect in the early weeks! Down to FIVE weeks!!!
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    I'll be buying the 2011 version, especially since there really isn't much of a cost difference with both around $35 new online. I also opted for the International version for my Med-Surg textbook. I've purchased many of my other Pre-Nursing textbooks this way off of eBay and saved hundreds of dollars. The material is exactly the same - including color text and illustrations and supplemental CD's. I have never experienced problems with the content or page numbers matching the U.S. version texts either. The text I've had the most trouble finding is the Evolve Case Study one - guessing that will be one I'll purchase through the ACC bookstore. I grabbed the Test Success book early too since I've heard it's a good one to read BEFORE you start so that you can focus your energy on the material and not on test taking/study strategies. Are there any other books anyone is purchasing based on recommendations or reviews online to supplement the "Required" and "Recommended" list we already have from the ADN Dept?
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Congrats SS! So happy that you got your email AND it happened during a time you could also register! How was your state exam today? I'm still waiting on my Hybrid email. Once I register for the Fall classes I think it will actually start to feel real.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    No all-clear in my email box yet!
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    I was just looking at books last night and wondered the same thing about the 2011 edition. Was also confused by the "Retail Edition" vs "Nurse's Edition" available online. The textbook list ISBN refers to the "Retail" version but my inclination would be to buy the "Nurse's" one. Couldn't find any information on differences - total page numbers seem to be the same.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Kits are now up and available for purchase. Cost will be $139.92 ($126.56 plus $13.36 shipping) for the RNSG 1413 pack. I'm in the same boat as Purkinje. My CBC came back on Friday but no peeps yet on registration.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Purkinje - Nope, you're definitely not crazy. All I'm seeing at the moment for Student Lab Kits is the Summer VNG class too. I tried access from both the "Direct Sale Kit" link on the left hand side of the screen and the "Student Lab Kits" button at the top of the page.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    :yeah: h y b r i d :yeah:
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Looking forward to receiving that email today too! They did update the ACC ADN website today to reflect the Orientation date for Fall. It is under Course Bulletin Boards - Level 1 - New Student Orientation and states Orientation will be on August 19th from 8:30am to 4pm at the campus where your program is based.