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  1. ProspectiveMDC

    Struggling with the NCLEX? These tips may help you.

    Could someone in the know confirm or deny this? This is the first I've ever heard of 'algorithms based on time' being a part of the NCLEX "CAT" (Computer Adaptive Testing) works. From their site https://www.ncsbn.org/1216.htm How Does CAT Work? [TABLE=width: 100%] [TR] [TD] Every time you answer an item, the computer re-estimates your ability based on all the previous answers and the difficulty of those items. The computer then selects the next item that you should have a 50% chance of answering correctly. This way, the next item should not be too easy or too hard The computer’s goal is to get as much information as possible about your true ability level You should find each item challenging as each item is targeted to your ability [*]With each item answered, the computer’s estimate of your ability becomes more precise. [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] If length of time was part of the CAT algorithms, I see no reason by NCSBN would not include that in the FAQ's. It would truly be a disservice to future NCLEX test takers, if they follow this advice and rush to answer and end up failing. More clarity (or facts) are needed on this alleged timing algorithm topic. It is imperative if it true or not.
  2. My apologies. I stand corrected.
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    Testing yourself on meds/pharm: Help!!

    Try this online flashcards free from NCSBN itself! NCSBN Flashcards
  4. That would be incorrect. The NCLEX 3500 has been on Salt Lake Community College website for the longest. http://nursing.slcc.edu Main Menu - NCLEX-RN 3500 - Institutional Version
  5. ProspectiveMDC

    Tylenol an NSAID?

    OK, I know this thread is old but the question is still important. What's the final consensus? Or is it still that partially wrong/right answer?
  6. I was wondering the same thing. Actually there are several of the links in the 1st page that are no longer there. If anyone could upload them, it would be appreciated. I just want to take the time to say Rest In Peace to Daytonite. She was an amazing person filled with nursing wisdom. My prayers are with her.
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    Fitness and Nursing- any ideas?

    I found this link which was interesting: Fitness Nursing is ranked #5 in the 10 most exciting Jobs in Nursing! NursingLink's 10 Most Exciting Jobs in Nursing #1: Going Into the Flow: Holistic Nursing #2: A Digital Dose: Nursing Informatics #3: Criminal Realm: Forensic Nursing #4: Measuring Quality: Outcomes Management #5: Health Pays: Fitness Nursing #6: On Your Own: Entrepreneur and Consultant (Self Employed) #7: Botox and Beyond Medical Esthetics Nurse #8: Beyond Chaplains: Faith-Based Nursing #9 Educating and Monitoring: Insurance Nursing #10: Managing and More: Assisted Living and Long Term Care Edit: Also found this nice blog on the topic: http://fitnessnursing.wordpress.com/ Here's another interesting one: Certified Fitness Nurse http://www.fitnessnursing.org/mission.html
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    MDC Accelerated RN program, Spring 2010

    Everything happens for a reason. If you would have gotten into the AO program you would not have been eligible for the Baptist Scholars which you did get cause of the Full-Time Generic. Congrats! Your story is one to be told for many others to read about. Four times of rejection letters from MDC and on your 5th one you land it with a full paid scholarship and a guaranteed job. Good for you! Your a fighter and are resilient.
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    MDC Accelerated RN program, Spring 2010

    Hey everybody, I found this thread a bit too late. I guess cause it was aimed at the Accelerated and i'm starting tomorrow the Full Time Generic. I must say this to all those that are starting the AO program. Hang in there cause from what I hear it's super difficult. I was friends here on allnurses with 5 peeps that started the AO in August. We traded PM's back and forth and had great communication. One semester has gone by and only one of them replied to my PM's I've left them. Nor will they post about their experience in their 1st semester. The one PM I did get was a very sad one from someone I thought would ace everything. I've also searched to see if anyone from last semester's AO program has posted anything and though they have been back on the forums all are mum. I'm getting the feeling in this case, no news is bad news. I'm mentioning this in hopes someone that started last semester AO program sees this and tells others the reality of the AO path. So future students think carefully about taking that path. Also, I mention this for the current students that will begin the AO program in the Spring, please come back at the end and share with others that will start brand new or who are unsure about which program to take. This affects me in no way for I do not have a Bachelor's so I did not even qualify for the AO. I'm just asking for others to come may find info when they hit that search button. Good Luck to all of us.
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    MDC Spring 2010

    Nice to hear from you. Hope you get well fast. Going from former posts of others who have done Jackson/Baptist Scholars, is that you can alway buy yourself out of the contract. I would be prorated based on what you have and have not worked. So say after a year of full time employment, it would be like $2,500. The refund would have to go to Workforce since they are putting up the funds. However, i'm not sure how that would play out with UM since they are not putting up the funds. What do they get in return for an employee breaking the contract. In all you bring up an excellent question, since Baptist/Jackson Scholars were all paid by the respective hospitals, you simply bought your way out if you wanted to leave early. Now, since UM puts up nothing but the job opening/position... it would feel weird just to say bye i'm leaving and they get nothing in return. Btw, PM me with your Professors and days, I want to see if we both have some classes together. From what I hear I got lucky with all my professors, at least thats according to current students and what some MDC staff have told me.
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    MDC Spring 2010

    I stand corrected, you are right, those awarded will not get a new set of classes. What I mentioned was the format that was going to be used originally, and they may still implemented it for the following term. They wanted to have all the UM Scholars together in each class but that will not happen this semester. They are going to see how this Spring turns out. So what you were told was the current model that will be used for the Spring. Hey ruis90, we're so close that by the time this post is read by some, we would have started already. I will add, that during the semester, most likely I will not be venturing in allnurses. My focus will be in studying 24/7. Hey MDCupcake, I now understand how they were able to move your appointment to the 4th. What we went to was a preliminary interview. The real deal may come soon after. Please, let us know which you receive on the 4th? If UM representatives are there, it's the real deal. In conclusion, I understood the final results will by next Friday. So i'm not even sure if there will time for those next batch of interviews since the only ideal day would have been on the 4th, the day b4 classes begin. Btw, if your classes are paid for already by your own money and you will be receiving this scholarship, you have to get your schedule reversed for an unpaid extension. So the then your voucher can pay for it. If you do not do this your 1st semester will stay paid by your own funds and voucher will kick in next semester. You may want to do that on the 4th. You can also ask that question on the 4th and they will tell you who you have to see that knows exactly what's going on and what to do so you don't have to pay out of pocket your first semester. It will also cover books and uniforms, though I don't know what happens to those that purchased their books already. I asked the head of the bookstore and his reply was a no go. If it applies to you, ask that if possible. As for me I purchased my books from former students, at rock bottom prices. Anyways, at the end they ask if you have any questions. Good Luck. Happy New Year everybody.
  12. ProspectiveMDC

    MDC Spring 2010

    I just did a course search at the MDC website on all 1st semester NUR classes at the Medical Campus and all UM choices say "UNIV. OF MIAMI Generic Full-Time only" with over 30 seats still open in each one. Further, each have a different Reference #, day, time, room# each class meets. On top of that at the Orientation, one of the administrators stated that they would take care off all the class changes for the UM program. At least I remember cause I asked him that question. I could be totally incorrect, but for example say you and I both are registered for different NUR1025 class, different day/time/room and we both ended up in the UM scholars, how could we go on the sheduled UM NUR1025 course Tuesdays 08:00AM 10:45AM in room 2117 and yet keep our current NUR1025 class which has a different room and time? In other words, verifying the MDC class search reveals that all UM Scholars have their own time/day/hour/reference# that does not match whatever we have all enrolled for the day after Orientation. That is if unless, you have already been awarded, but I did not get that from your post. The college will be open 29th & 30th, so my guess would be that includes the bookstore, for I can't see it closed down while the rest of the school is open.
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    MDC Spring 2010

    OMG! That's great! What's crazy is how this whole UM thing is going to come down to the wire. In other words, as soon as they interview you, the following day classes start. They will have to call students ASAP to let them know all their classes have changed. I have a feeling it won't be so crazy in future semesters. More like Baptists, where they have their routine down to a science. Have a great time on your trip. Stay safe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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    MDC Spring 2010

    Wow, congrats! Correct me if I'm wrong: this is your 3rd time applying to MDC (last 2 you received that dreaded small white envelope) and not only did you get it on 3rd try but with the Baptist Scholarship! Your perseverance paid off big time. I love stories like these. It's the reason I say everything happens for a reason. Cause, if the cutoff GPA was not 3.8 you would have got in but Baptist was not offered last fall. As for the UM Scholars, all appointments have been set for either Dec. 29th or Dec.30th. Till then, school is closed but for those two days school they will reopen and close again till cpl days into the new year. So I guess will have to wait till next year to find out who got into the UM program. I'm wondering how it will play out for those that got Baptist but are waiting on the UM interviews, cause i'm sure Baptist would like some form of confirmation some time soon, yet how can one make a choice, if the UM decision is so close to the start of semester? The main difference with the Baptist and UM is that the former is fully paid by the hospital as well as all classes must be attended at their Kendall facility. As for UM, all classes will be held at MDC (as of now 40 reserved seats remain open online for each of the 5 NUR courses) Medical and its paid for by So.Fla. Workforce. However, both guarantee and require 2 year employment upon graduation.
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    Get RN in 2 yrs or less!

    Wow! Congrats! You are an inspiration to all. And, I don't think anybody can say you cheated the system. Yours, was just a faster accelerated path that was even faster than the traditional accelerated program. It's the 1st time i'm reading this thread, but it's a pleasant surprise to see that you did it. Your drive, passion and determination is a formula we can all learn from, regardless if others said it could not be done. Please, keep this thread going by giving more updates. As for me I took the traditional route, I got in with to Full time RN program 4 semesters long. Of course, all my pre-reqs where in, but I did not have to endure a waiting list. I stayed in public school for two reasons: cost, ours is under $6K for the whole program including books, and our NCLEX pass rate is ~93%. Btw, how much did Concorde cost all together? And, who much do you owe or does the average Concorde student end up owing upon graduation? Or you tell more about how the government gives back up to 20K of unpaid loans? Or a link, or what the program is called? I'm sure many could use such assistance here and would be grateful to hear of such a program.
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    MDC Spring 2010

    Hi MDCupcake, For unforeseen reasons, it was not for us. Everything happens for a reason. Well, I just got a call from MDC and have an appointment for another panel interview for the UM Scholars on the 30th. Are you going to be able to make it to that interview? The choices are for the 29th or 30th.