ummnasim, Yes! Emory does a great job at helping students who need it the most, and giving students additional opportunities and resources to do well in the program. In the beginning of the year, you are set up with a senior mentor and a second mentor who is a staff member at the school of nursing. They will help you with any concerns you have, giving advice, and developing a plan to make sure you succeed. Additionally, there are tutors that are offered for every class. If there is anything you are not understanding in the classroom, you have more than one person to go to for help. For your more challenging classes, "recitation" is offered after the class if you choose to come. The professor will go over in a more smaller setting what she went over that day, and further clarifying the subject and answering your questions in greater detail. If you still need additional help or you are not doing well on exams, you are still not left behind! You will be set up with a professor to further analyze how to answer NCLEX-styled questions and what you may not be understanding. I have used these resources and it has helped many students in preparing for exams and ultimately doing well in the program.
meeep, my clinical rotations have been very good. My first semester, I was placed at Emory University Hospital-Midtown, better known as Crawford Long. You begin Clinical after the first month or so in nursing school. You have to get your patient information the day before clinical and research his/her diagnosis, look up medications, and complete a plan of care. Your clinical day will be once a week for 6 hours the 1st semester. You will have 1 patient and paired with another nursing student. You get used to taking vital signs, checking blood glucose, hanging and spiking fluids, giving shots, administering medications, and giving your patient a bath & making a bed while someone is still in it. You learn a lot during the first semester. You might be placed with a more challenging clinical instructor with very high expectations or you may have a very down-to-earth one....either way, they are very experienced and you learn a lot from them. You are expected to be prepared but it is not a military style of nursing school. My second semester, I was placed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston for the first half of the semester and Northside Hospital the second half of the semester. We had clinical 1 day a week, 12 hour shift, and you could take on your patient by yourself if you like. If you are even more comfortable than that, you can take care of 2 patients by yourself. You have post conference after each clinical day and at this time, you go over your patients diagnosis, what you learned during your shift, and just talk about your experience.
The students at Emory are very diverse and have very unique backgrounds. In our class, we have had people from the age of 21 to about 50. We had the most males ever during our class. There are a good amount of students who have children, married, already have degrees, and even one who has already earned her doctorate in another field. There was maybe about 12 that are from different countries. Majority are wonderful, caring, and very helpful towards each other.
Also, Financial aid should cover living expenses! You are at the right place! Hopefully I see you all at the information session :)