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    Class Website/File sharing Options?

    How about dropbox.com or Wiggio.com? I'm not sure what the memory/storage space is for those websites, but those are options you can check out. I use both for my classes to share files. Dropbox installs a program on your computer where you can add files from your desktop directly into the Dropbox folder. You can create a special Dropbox folder for your Nursing class and it'll automatically sync up your dropbox files/documents with the files of the people added to your specific dropbox. Wiggio is similar, but you have to log into a website to be able to access your shared files. The thing with both of these is that everyone will have access. Not sure if you could add administrators. I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but hope it helps!
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    UT Health Science Center Houston teachers

    Hi Mabeek, I'm a first semester student in the traditional BSN program at UT. The classes you take in first semester are Health Assessment and Lab, Adult Health Care I and Clinical, Pharmacology and Pathophysiology. My current schedule is as follows (your schedule may be different if you're in the accelerated program): Monday: Health Assessment Demonstration 8-9 am. Health Assessment Lab 9:15-10:45 or 11:15-12:45 (you will be assigned one lab time) (Health Assessment is an online class with module quizzes you take in Blackboard. You come in only for demos, labs and tests. On days you have tests, tests will start at 7am) Tuesday: Adult Health Care I Lecture 8am-12pm Before starting clinical, you will have lab: 1-4pm Thursday: Pharmacology 8-11am Pathophysiology 1-4pm After you start clinical, you will have your clinical on either Wednesday, Friday or Saturday (just one of those days). Clinical is from 6:30 am - 4:30 pm. Also, after you start clinical, you will no longer have Care I labs on Tuesday afternoons. Hope that helps!
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    No jobs...Seriously reconsider nursing school

    I just wanted to offer a ray of sunshine - my friend's little sister who is graduating from UTMB this May just got a job offer today for MD Anderson :) I only know a few seniors at my nursing school, but of the five I have spoken to, three have received job offers. So don't lose hope! :)
  4. There was a short-lived thread about this when it was first announced, and I feel the same way as you all do: we do NOT need another nursing program here in Houston. We have PLENTY of programs already. I do wish there was a direct-entry MSN program here in Houston though. That would have been something I was interested in, as I did get my first degree from St. Thomas. There isn't any such program here in Houston, and that would have been a great void to fill. I do wish we could do something about it. I know the nurses who set this up meant well, but I feel their money could have been spent in a better way. The reality of nursing and finding jobs now is so much different then when they were new grads back in the 80s. Also, I saw this in the link: "The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of St. Thomas in Houston a $3.25 million grant to increase the number of Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students through the development of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The grant is part of the Education Strengthening Institutions – Hispanic Serving Institutions Program (Title V)grant which will support the University’s current efforts to expand the pipeline of nursing students and improve access for Hispanic and low-income students to a high-demand program. " I don't understand how this is going to help economically disadvantaged students unless they give out full-ride scholarships. St. Thomas is expensive - when I graduated, the cost was $625/credit. You can get a quality education for much cheaper at the local community college or public state college.
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    First Semester Students, How's it going so far?

    Just took my last regular test before Finals. Got an 88. I am so tired of making 88's on my exams! It is ridiculous how many 88s I have earned, and it's a little depressing, because I might as well get a 79.5, as either grade will reflect as a B on my transcript. An 88 has been my lowest grade in any of my classes. I know I should be glad I passed, as that seems to be the mentality of many of my classmates, but I guess I have different standards for myself. Not used to being a B student. ///Whiny rant over I'm just glad the semester is coming to an end. Really enjoyed clinicals and it re-affirmed my desire to be a nurse, but I am ready for a break!
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    The Wait

    I started my pre-reqs for my BSN in January 2010 and finished in August 2010 (I already had a previous bachelor's degree). Application deadline was September 1, 2010. Received an interview letter on September 3, interviewed September 15, got accepted Nov. 14 and started Jan 11, 2011. Just about to finish first semester. It's gone by so fast!
  7. I don't drink any coffee, Redbull or any of those energy drinks, and I'm doing just fine in my first semester of my BSN program! My secret is to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night (but preferably 8), and I never pull all-nighters. I didn't stay up all night for any test in my first degree program and I don't plan to for this one either. Sleep is key! I've become really good at planning my time so I don't have to cram everything at the last minute.
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    Planning to have a baby.. new nurse

    Can you wait and plan to get pregnant 4-5 months after you've found a job? That way, you'll be employed for 12 months (if you have a relatively 'normal' pregnancy not requiring bedrest) and take advantage of FMLA, meaning they can hold your job until you get back from leave.
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    A&P II in 4 weeks?

    I took A & P II as a 4 week summer class, and I would recommend it if you are fairly strong in science. It goes by really fast, and you need to dedicate a lot of time outside of class to reading and studying. In my situation, I was also taking Psychology (Life Span and Development) at the same time, and I didn't work or have kids. The class met 4 times a week, and I would spend 2-3 hours after class pre-reading for the next lecture and re-organizing/re-typing my notes. I made an A in the class, because I put a lot of work into it. It's not going to be easy (We started with 30 students and finished with ~12 students, since most failed out or withdrew from the class). It's tough, but do-able if you're willing to put in the effort. I would rather get any non-nursing classes out of the way first, and focus my time in nursing school on the actual nursing classes.
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    What's your nursing school diet?

    My diet and exercise regimen have been really terrible since I started nursing school. I eat A LOT of fast food now - I try to cook but I just don't have the time to prep, cook and do the dishes like I used to. So unhealthy - but I tryyy to make healthy choices at fast food places like (if that even exists lol). I've never been a stress eater, so I don't tend to snack a lot. If I do snack, I try to choose healthier snacks like bananas, grapes or yogurt. But lunch it's usually soup and sandwich in the cafeteria, and dinner is McDonalds/BurgerKing/fried chicken or pizza I haven't been to the gym in over 2 months, but I'm slowlyy trying to get back into it. I really do miss doing yoga at least once a week. I guess I am fortunate that I have relatively good genes and am on the slimmer side, but age is starting to catch up to me where I gotta watch what I eat and exercise a bit more!
  11. Thanks for the advice! I'll see if I'm running a fever tomorrow and if not, I'll head to the OR.
  12. Hi everyone, I'm a student nurse and I'm scheduled to observe in the OR tomorrow for my clinical. However, I've been sick for the past few days and I'm wondering if I should call in sick to avoid infecting the patient/staff, or if I'm well enough to observe anyway. I had a sore throat that started this past Tuesday, had a slight fever on Wednesday that disappeared the next day, and I feel like the worst is over. Honestly, I don't know if I'm still contagious or not, but I feel 100x better than I did yesterday. I still have a lingering cough and occasionally stuffy nose. I spoke to my clinical instructor and she said to wait to see how I feel tomorrow morning and then make a decision. I'm perfectly fine going into the OR and observing; I"m just worried about the patient. I'm wondering what I should do. Do any of you ever go to work slightly sick? How sick do you have to be before you call in? What if you feel better and are in the recovery phase; do you still go to work or wait until you're completely better?
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    Torn between Nursing and Medicine

    I just popped in to say...Really?? Wow. Makes me wonder about how the people in your class got into the school. I would think that the majority of the people in my class (and any nursing school) would understand that concept. My program was really competitive to get into (you needed to get good grades and do well on the essay and interview).
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    Spring 2011 UT Health Sciences Nursing Hopefuls

    Just FYI, my loans got distributed on Friday to my account. They sent a letter to my UT email and I saw the negative balance on my UT Link.
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    Lots of FREE medical, etc. books on Kindle today!!

    I noticed that the Kaplan RN review had a picture of the PN book, but when I downloaded it, it was actually the RN review book.
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