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  1. Charlihoo

    EKU 2011 ABSN

    Hey KYExplorer, congrats on your acceptance to the ABSN program at EKU! I was in the 2009 cohort and survived with only a mild case of PTSD (kidding!). The best advice I can give you is to take things one day at a time and use your clinical time to do as much as you possibly can (including hitting up the techs as they can teach you a bundle too). Everyone in my cohort kicked butt on the NCLEX but we are all still trying to get a handle on real nursing. Overall I think I got a great education from EKU, but I had to work for it and I had to do my part (study, do my own research, involve myself at clinical). And I graduated with honors. I may even run into you at clinicals if you happen to be over at UK (which you definitely will be during your last semester- maybe I'll know what I'm doing by then, sort of). Good luck and again, congrats!
  2. Hello everyone! I will graduate from my BSN program in December. I fell in love with Chattanooga two years ago while I was in town for a stage race sponsored by Rock Creek Outfitters. I would really like to relocate to the area (I currently live in Kentucky), but am not sure to which organizations I should be looking. Are there hospitals in the area that are friendlier to new grads? Are there hospitals in the area that are friendlier to continuing education (as I plan to return for my Masters degree)? I would love to work in a critical care (esp. trauma or neonatal) area but am not coming out of graduation picky about area or shift. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  3. Charlihoo

    Rookies: A Profile of Nursing Students

    Seems to me to be about right. I mean learning the "tasky" things is the natural progression of the novice nurse to the expert nurse. It's like learning to drive a stick shift. First you're all concerned about getting it in the right gear and the right time, and letting the clutch out just right. But as the stick and clutch become sort of second nature, you're able to settle into the zen of driving, and with experience comes the knowing when to slow down to avoid a collision and knowing when to speed up, or the reading of other drivers. I'm saying all this as a student. I understand that there's a lot more to my clinical pts than getting the foley in, doing their blood sugar checks, and starting IVs, but I'm unpracticed at reading the multitude of personalities you meet everyday. My assessments are getting more thorough as I learn different subtleties but it will take time for me to get the big picture. That's what learning is all about.
  4. Charlihoo

    EKU 2nd degree program

    Hey hey! I'm currently in the 2nd degree program at EKU. I just finished my first semester. I have no idea what the GPA cutoff is (because obviously I haven't asked all my classmates what their GPAs are). I had a 3.7 GPA for my first degree coursework. I also had all As in my prereq courses. There are 24 students in the program with me and I think they said around 80 people applied. One of the girls in the program applied 3 times. I think they look at a lot of things. I mean yes, I think your GPA should be over a 3.0. You should have some kickass references, and a compelling statement of purpose. I certainly wouldn't let my GPA or the difficulty of acceptance keep me from applying. But also, spread your applications around. Apply at UK, and U of L, and Bellarmine too.
  5. Charlihoo

    Bellarmine vs EKU Accelerated BSN

    I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. In the end, I chose EKU, and the only reason for this choice was a financial one. I would like to say that everything about Bellarmine impressed me. I've spoken to many of their graduates who praised their education at Bellarmine both for its preparation of them for their careers and for the support of its staff. Because I'm in an accelerated program, I fully expect intensity and I have scrimped and saved for the last several years so I won't have to work and will be able to focus solely on school. So for those of you considering the same choice, I'll repost on my experiences. I start in August. I don't intend to stop at the BSN level so who knows? I might end up at Bellarmine anyhow for my MSN or PhD.