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  1. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College Applicants.

    WARMEST CONGRATS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:I know how exciting it can be and had several friends trying to get in, and they all got in also! MizzGizz... the rankings are just "estimates" on when you will start. Sometimes there are "ties" for ranking. So there could be more than 41 people ahead of you. Last year, I shared my ranking spot with 5 other people. If you really want August, when you go to the mandatory orientation meeting the will tell you how to request that start date. They cannot guarntee you will get that start date. But last year, although I was ranked a probable "October start". I STILL put in I wanted to start in October and I got it! :) So there is hope. Many people prefer different start dates due to whatever circumstances. Good Luck to you all! It's a lot of hard work, but the rewards are so worth it! :)
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    2010 Macomb Community College Applicants.

    Hey BugsMom, After getting your acceptance letter, you have to give them $100 to the cashier to confirm your spot in the program. While you are there... go to the Admissions counter, show them your letter and they will give you where you ranked. Once you are in the program, it is not really important where you ranked, just that you made it. Although having "some" idea of where you ranked can get you a better idea of when you will start. I remember waiting for my letter last year. We got ours around April 20th? I can't believe they are sending out the letters so late. Hopefully by the end of this week you will know something. They usually have a mandatory welcome / orientation meeting in May that you MUST go to. That is not a lot of time for you to save the "date". Good luck to you all. I so understand how you feel waiting, but really.. it will be here before you know it, and in a year you all will be in my position going... where did the time go?
  3. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College HESI scores

    Hey Gemberly! I would so be there if it was a little closer to my house. I'm about 1 hour 15 min from where the practices are. I would LOVE to participate and get rid of that stress, and roller derby would be an excellent way. I'll have to fb you....
  4. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College HESI scores

    Hi Gemberly!!! JenLau I would agree with Gemberly. I think that the pre-reqs were beneficial and did provide the proper framework I needed to do the book work. Like with Gemberly, it is the application of those interventions and assessments and the fear of hurting someone that stresses you out. Plus, Gem told me once that "The cure for the overachiever is Nursing School" LOL.. With that said... I can say yes we are stressed out, but I honestly think it is the overachiever in all of us in the program. During the first set of classes I thought that I had to know everything! That is not the case. The classes build on each other. If you are not successfull in A&P, Chemistry, Nutrition, etc, you will definatly have a hard time being a nurse or a nurse student. As a nurse you not only have to understand the right interventions, but the whole disease process and your patient as a holistic being. I am not from a medical background, so I definatly also need to time on the clincial floor. It is one thing being book smart, but as I have already seen the patient doesn't always follow what you have found in your book smart skills! LOL.
  5. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College HESI scores

    I am not sure on how Baker's program works, but it seems like the points you have out of a possible 24 are a good chance! Macomb's program... I am defiantly loving. I am in my second set of classes and have just started being at a hospital for my clinical classes. Not going to sugar coat things, but the classes are intense. So far the first set of classes seem like a walk in the park compared to the second set I am on. But our instructors told us that these classes we are in now were the most intense in the program because of the body of knowledge they expect us to know and apply within the next 8 weeks. So far, the instructors and fellow students have been wonderful. The instructors I have, have tremendous backgrounds in nursing and they share with you everything they know. Can't complain much! I am assuming that Baker's program will follow the same type of classes and clincials and work that goes with it!
  6. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College HESI scores

    LauJen don't feel too discouraged. Right now, all the HESI / GPA scores are up in the air and there is no good indication as of yet how this year will come out because of the new requirements. Plus, there is a small percentage of the people who are in the running for this year on this website. So, again, who knows? I am currently in the Nursing program at MCC. The acceptance letters were received around April 20th? I think last year. The wait is going to seem excrutiating! Good Luck to you!
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    A Question to Nurses and Nursing Students.. HELP ME!

    I did not go into nursing when I graduated high school. I was in fear of "dead people/bodies". I was in fear of "having to clean up others excrement". It was too bad I had to wait.... But at 32 years old, none of that bothers me now. Going through nursing school is awesome for me right now. You do get somewhat "desensitized" to it. Blood/guts... no problem! I would hate for you to miss the opportunity to do what you want in life because of a little blood! LOL. When I wear my gloves I feel they are my shield, that helps me out. Also, there are other areas of nursing you can do into that do not deal so much with that aspect of it. But you will never know what you can handle until you try. You are stronger than you think you are.
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    Factory worker one day ... nurse the next?

    I live in Michigan.... and I am proud of our automobile factory workers. Although it might not have been your intention, it does sound like you are stereotyping when you post a thread titled "Factory worker one day...nurse the next?" and then go on to explain how they look decrepit and un-kept. I too have family in the auto industry, and I can't say that they fit that profile. That being said, I can understand what you are concerned about in your post outside of just making it sound like taking jabs at autoworkers. I am a 1st year nursing student, and I completely understand what the nurses in our past had to go through to make it the profession it is seen as today. But there are people in ALL professions that are unprofessional and then there are those they hold what they do in great honor. So, it is not simply the "factory worker made nurse" who is causing harm to the profession. I can understand what you are saying when you speak regarding "these fly by night schools". In that regard, they take students money and guess what? do they pass the NCLEX? probably not... especially if you take classes from an non-accredited, here today, gone tomorrow type institution that "pops" up. It is unfortunate that people fall into that trap. It may be because they are so desperate for work. As far as too many people flooding the marker for RN's.... At least in my area, the number of open student slots remains the same. They may have added a slot of two for someone to fill, but they do not have the number of MSN teaching nurses, or nurses who want to teach to fill those positions. They cannot continue to be an accredited school and have a massive teacher to student ratio... For me, I was accepted, beating out over 2,000 other fiercely competitive applicants. There are people I know that are on 1-2 year waiting lists. So how is that solving their immediate need to become employable? Especially in the Metro Detroit Area where there are huge cuts to not only the factor yworkers, but huge lay offs in auto suppliers, car dealerships, and even in places like Civil engineers because our state doesn't have the money to pay for road updates because everyone is "laid-off" I consider myself extremely blessed to be in a place in my life that I could be the best nurse possible. I honestly can say, I could not have done it at 18 or 19. Because I did not go into nursing when I was 18 or 19 does not make me "not worthy" of becoming a nurse. A sentiment I feel many people make. I am more than worthy, and in each patient/family encounter I feel extremely honored that humbled that I can be of service to them.
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    MCC - Nursing Students Starting 2009

    Hi There! Like I said in an earlier post, I wasn't able to post on here for a long time. I was reading the thread though! I started in October, so I will be starting the 1600's/1700's. I'm more than happy to send you some of the tips that helped me through. First, I have to admit that the first day I was excited, nervous, scared, plus any emotion in between. The 1510 & 1520 teachers will really put you at ease. After the first class, I was fine and I was just looking forward to everything. Another thing for me is that I thought that I had to know the entire body of Nursing knowledge day one. LOL. That is just my personality and I put too much stress on myself. Make sure you take enough time each week to study. In 1510 the teacher will have handouts and study guides on Angel. Use them... print them out. Also, making flash cards helps also! There is a lot of things you have to know. I am not working right now, so I spent my days studying. Make friends. Everyone there is in the same boat as you. I have to say that the Oct starts are awesome! We made a facebook page which has proven very helpful. In your clinical, most teachers expect you to show you are confident and capable. You might be shaking inside, but if you have studied up and know your material, don't let those nerves show. Everyone on staff so far has been extremely helpful and you can see they genuinely want you to succeed. YOU though have to put the work in. OH... READ! The first few weeks you swear that it is "War and Peace" and there are a ton of pages to read. Try to keep up to date or somewhat ahead as much as possible. Life gets in the way. LOL. Do all that you are assigned to do and you will do great. Finally, take some time for yourself! Breathe in and out and you will do great! If you need anything else, just let me know. I'd be happy to help the best I can. I like how you are willing to help others also. I like the motto "Lift as you climb". Best of luck to you! I'm excited for you to start on this great journey!
  10. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College Applicants.

    If you had a 91 and 4.0 last year you would have made the cut for the 2009 class. I know this because I started the Nursing Program last October and poepole in our class talk... I can so feel your frustration and worry! I've been there too.... They use a formula to calculate the rankings. If you do some deep searching on here you might find it...It's weighed by your HESI and GPA. So if you had an excellent HESI of say 98 and a say 3.75 GPA it would put you near someone who had a 94 HESI and 4.0 GPA. This year is unfortunatly the trial group in which you will be the first set to be scored by the "new" rules. I honestly think that the GPA's are going to be lower than previous years. Not many people had a chance to retake classes that they may have had B's or C's in. The new rules hit somewhat "fast". Also, if you did not do well in A&P, would you really want to spend that kind of money or time again? Just saying it is a costly class.... The next months are going to be really tough to get through and not worry about things. A 3.58 GPA and 91 HESI would not have made the cut in 2009. Alternatively, the GPA's being most probably lower this year might work in your favor. You just never know. So there is no good answer to your question. I'm curious on how things will end up too for everyone as I have a few friends working on becoming 2010 students also. Good Luck to you! I wish I could say more....
  11. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College HESI scores

    Check you webadvisor. I think there is a section called "test scores" or something along those lines. That is where I found my HESI score. I would defiantly double check on Monday though. It's so much pressure just to get into the program, nonetheless having to worry abou these things. If you just recently took the HESI, it may have been that they did the letter to you before that was complete.
  12. MichyMich

    2010 Macomb Community College HESI scores

    MsAshley, I took the HESI last year and I am currently in the Nursing Program. I have a few friends that are taking the HESI and applying this year. This was my advice to them. Get the HESI study guide. Know your math conversions, take your time and SLOWLY answer the reading comprehension questions. Vocab - a lot is in the study guide. A&P - I can't help you with that part, as it was not on my HESI. Go in there, and relax... you have PLENTLY of time to complete things. The part I hated was that once you answer you cannot go back. So take your time and you will do great! Best of Luck to you! The Nursing program so far has been a lot of hard work, but I LOVE It so much!
  13. MichyMich

    MCC - Nursing Students Starting 2009

    I've been having problems posting on here! Had to get the powers to be to help!
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    MCC - Nursing Students Starting 2009

    Thanks pbid for the info! I started calling around to these medical supply places and asking their advice. They too said the Littman Classic II SE was the way to go. Of course you can buy a better one, but it seemed that for what we would be using it for and the cost you couldn't go wrong. What was told to me that the Classic SE has that bell and diaphragm part that is more of a traditional way to use it. The Master Classic II had the diaphragm that you have to know how to apply different pressure points to find high and low frequencies. They said that you can learn how to use it, but for the most part, it is easier with the design that has been around the longest. Most said that for a beginner student, who has no experience with heart/lung sounds, etc. it was a good bet. I was surprised they didn't try to talk me into a higher price one. Soo... I bought the Classic II SE also!!!! In Baby Pink (The Breast Cancer Awareness One). . I'm just excited to have PINK... but now I hear that the light pink gets marked up a lot... ;( Oh and I got a hot pink pen light also! LOL. I do love my pink....:heartbeat
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    MCC - Nursing Students Starting 2009

    Ok... so I'm stethoscope shopping! I have no prior experience in the health care field. I want a stethoscope that I can use in nursing school that will help me in my ability to learn heart sounds, lung sounds, etc. I have been reading up on stethoscopes and nursing students on here, and I'm more confused than ever. First, what is this turntable bell? Does MCC allow it? It seems like some schools don't. So, all you nursing students at MCC... any suggestions? I'm thinking Littman master classic II or the master classic II SE (What does this SE mean?).
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