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    FSCJ/FCCJ spring 2011 hopefuls

    I was reading back through the recent posts and just wanted to comment for what its worth. I went to an information meeting with you know who (can't post names but the same person everyone else speaks with in the nursing office) months before I applied to the program and was told directly the summer 2010 nights/weekends would be at Deerwood. Others were given the same information. Upon accepting my seat in the program, I was shocked at orientation to discover our group would be at north campus. I guess my point is you cannot believe ANYTHING you hear on this website, or from FSCJ, even straight from the nursing office. They are less than helpful with information and WILL NOT give you info (for instance saying the letters won't be mailed until a particular date when they know for a fact they went out in yesterday's mail, etc...). I'm not sure why this is the case, but its how it is. Don't expect to be able to plan for anything in the program- you have to plan on being very flexible and go with the flow or it will be a very frustrating 16 months for you. I'm finishing up term 2 and have slowly learned this the hard way! :) Best of luck to everyone, try not to get too caught up in what everyone is saying and just take everything you hear with a grain of salt. :)
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    FSCJ/FCCJ spring 2011 hopefuls

    The only grades that matter are your pre-reqs for the nursing program. If you failed a history class, it won't matter one bit. I failed an accounting class which lowered my GPA but it didn't matter since the nursing department only looks at the grades from your pre-reqs needed to get into the program.
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    I'm 99% sure it was multiple choice. We've taken so many tests since then it scares me to say for sure. I know the dosage calc was NOT multiple choice.
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    I'm pretty sure that was the number of questions last term. It wasn't hard- very basic med term. You guys didn't have to take it on the first day? Lucky you! :)
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    I think you can pretty much wear what you want, but totally agree it is FREEZING in the classrooms!!
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    They both work- it doesn't matter since they do go in the front pockets of your uniform top. (I think one girl put hers in her pant pocket)
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    I had a million questions too! For the record, it does seem to change from semester to semester, but at least for us, we were on the 7th floor. You go directly to the floor to get your assignment- it is posted at the nurses' station. (You will learn all of this during orientation before clinicals). The evening classes usually ran pretty close to the full 3 hours- more than once we got out late in one of our classes, but sometimes finished early in others. You get a lot of breaks- almost every hour for 5-10 mins, so it goes by fast really. Also, pharm & concepts are hybrid, so you don't have class every week. Its not 50/50 though, so you are in class more nights than you're not, but the nights you do have off are a HUGE break! Its so nice to have a night off every now and then! The care plans are tough to get used to. Much of it depends on your patient and how many meds you have. That part takes the longest. The first night of care plans I think most of us were up 1/2 the night. It got easier after that, but I think the first week or two it was a 6 hour ordeal. By the end I could do it in under 2 hours. Obviously this varies from person to person, but the consensus the first day of clinicals that most people didn't get more than 2-3 hours of sleep. The first week, we were paired up two students to 1 patient. After that, we had our own patients but were paired up on paper so that if we needed assistance, we had a partner to help us. Its basically getting comfortable touching the patient, speaking with them and doing a full assessment. LOTS of bed baths, linen changes, water/ice fetching, etc... You will pass medications, give injections, possibly start an IV. My best advice for the first term in the hospital is to get comfortable touching people, cleaning them, get used to poop, look for opportunities to help the nurses, observe them, learn from them. I got to start an IV because I asked "Do you have anything exciting we can do before we leave today?" and she said "Want to start an IV?" Don't be timid, try to keep in mind the only way you will learn these skills is by doing them, and take every opportunity possible to do them! Most of the time the things we did wasn't always even on our patient- we would follow the nurse and get to help with other patients. Also, we learned A LOT from the ACPs on the floor. They were very helpful in giving us a heads up about our patients and how to move them, things to be aware of with them, etc...I have other advice about your instructor too- I am pretty sure you have the same one. She is wonderful, but you can't ask dumb questions, you need to read the syllabus and course calendar and pay attention to the things she says because she is not nice when you ask something that could have been answered by looking at the schedule or paying better attention to her. Hmmm... not sure what else to say. If you have any other questions, ask away! :)
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    If you have the same professor I had this term in nights, with clinicals at Baptist downtown, she had our assignments ready at 12pm. I don't think it will be any earlier.
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    It has nothing to do with Amazon. Its the new way FSCJ will be dispersing financial aid. :) Every student at the college, financial aid applicants or not, should be getting one.
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    FSCJ Instructors

    One of our 1st term instructors had terrible reviews as well, and honestly she wasn't 1/2 that bad. I strongly believe its what you make of it! You'll be fine! :)
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    You don't need them yet. Really you can do without the dosage calc book too if you print all of the materials from nursing tutor and study them and do the practice. You can even google concepts you're unsure about. I would wait to see if you can get Worksource! :)
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    All of our instructors lectured in class using the powerpoints. Most of us printed them to take notes on, but I wouldn't think you would need an ipod or computer in class unless you want one. Also, I never had any issues looking at my phone during class. They are annoyed if its ringing or vibrating, but no one ever said a word to anyone about having one out in class.
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    You could save your money on the Taber's dictionary. More than one person told me it isn't worth the money but I didn't believe them and bought it anyway. It sits unopened on my desk. If your budget is an issue, you can easily skip this one and google anything you need a dictionary for.
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    Just keep telling yourself you will be a nurse in the end! :) I have to do that EVERY DAY dealing with FSCJ. It doesn't get better dealing with the nursing department unfortunately... BUT we will do it for 16 months and then we will be NURSES. :) Hang in there!!
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    It is VERY easy. The powerpoints are very clear and to the point and really all you need to study. The book is nice to have extra practice, but the nursing tutor has extra practice too and after the first dosage calc test I never picked up the book again. I think most of us agreed that we over stressed/obsessed/studied for the tests on the first day. I left feeling so relieved and a bit silly for over thinking it so much. I promise you will be just fine!! :)
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    FSCJ Fall 2010 ACCEPTED

    The day program has Baptist Beaches as a choice. We're pretty limited at night with just 2 options.
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