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Jackfackmasta ASN, RN

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    A Kid's Note

    Was this a real story that happened to you?
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    Grace and Love

    You got me crying now :cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry:
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    Austin Community College Fall 2011 Hopefuls

    It's all about the person. Some people go full time and do well and those not working can struggle. When you start you will be able to get an idea on what works best for you. The material content wise is the same i believe but which modules are on which test are often mixed up through the different sites. I know at CEC lecture is not mandatory but I know those who come do better than those who don't, but there are some exceptions probably. However our teachers will tell us info not in the book but was on the test. Like a juice question about hyperkalemia.
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    Austin Community College Fall 2011 Hopefuls

    To answer the question about the working it depends on the person. I am moving to level 3 this summer/fall and did not work the first 8 weeks of level 1. I did very good. The second 8 weeks I got hired as a tech and did well with an 89 but would have had an A had I not worked. I know someone to worked 36+ hours and started to not come to class because of no study time, but at the end of the semester that person started to come more because their grades were not doing as well. You can do part time but you have to balance and come to class. Missing class means you miss valuable info for the test that is not on blackboard from what I've seen. I come to class all the time and I do good. Level 1 is vacation. Level 2 has horrid clinical HMRWK but you will make it. If you work as a tech/ca partime time i would do it because you have a better chance of a job then those who don't work and have straight A's. Experience is huge for ADN's. The rule of thumb by ADN is they don't reccomend more than 20 hrs a week. I find that true. I do about 16 and have found balance in that. Hope it helps
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    Just to give a suggestion, I strongly suggest you at least read and/or finish the study and learning guides for the first week of class assessment modules because If you walk into the first lab and lecture without doing it you may struggle and become very overwhelmed with the amount information they will throw at you and the time restraint you have to remember everything for check off. The first week of class was very stressful for everyone in my class because of the assessments we had to learn in 3 days. I did the modules before class and I was prepared but people who didn't do it were oblivious to what they should do because our teachers didn't walk us step through step, we worked with a partner. Wish you the best of luck! First week is very stressful but everyone gets through it.
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    Annbananz, I volunteered at St.David's Medical Center Austin down by 32nd street and red river off of I35. Their web site is Volunteering :: St. David's Medical Center :: St. David's HealthCare College Student Timeline for Spring 2011 Application Available: Monday, December 6 Application Deadline: Friday, January 7 I do not recommend volunteering at multiple hospitals. I would recommend sticking with one hospital and while you volunteer get those connections made. Volunteers start off in the gift shop but there are some exceptions for nursing students and pre-med students but it depends on what Ashleigh says. I started off in the ER. I did not want to do gift shop. St.David's is an amazing place to volunteer and we have a very strong volunteer base here at the hospital. Best of luck
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    As far as I know hospitals actually like to hire nursing students over just a cna. In order to get a job you have to know someone, be a volunteer and know someone or know someone who knows someone in the department you want to get hired. You will have to harass some people. I was a volunteer where I work now for 1.5 years before I got accepted to nursing school and I actually went in and talked to the ER director and also had recommendations from my fellow nurses I worked with. That's how I got hired. Another guy who got hired with me had his EMT, wanted to be a chriropracter and also walked into the ER and talked the manager himself. That's how he got hired. It takes guts to do it but it makes you stand out. If you don't get hired they'll most likely tell you I will keep you in mind but you have to keep calling asking if anything opens. I was calling for a month about 3 times a week waiting for an opening and it finally opened. I actually got an offer at gerogetown in med surgery that I turned down. They like nursing students for pct/ca alot and alot of the perferred qualifications are for a semseter of nursing. Sometimes you have to ask who DIRECTLY hired people to their deparment and sometimes you have to go the extra length to just go in and tell them you want this job and your experitse. If not I hope you know someone. I just had another person in my class asking a friend of mine how to get hired on a floor and she told her the same thing. You've got to know someone or build a relationship. It is competive to get these jobs and there are alot of nursing students out there. At St.David's I know directors of units hire people. Call the hospital number and ask to be directed to say the ER director and if they answer talk to them, if not don't. You'll be suprised that alot of the directors are happy and impressed to see you go that extra steps. good luck!
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    They are all good. When your register you'll register under one professor but you don't actually have one proffessor. Everyone at CEC level 1 sits in the same room every mon/wends. One teacher teaches the whole class and the proffesors switch around everyday so one day you may have a proffesor teach one module that day and then the next class another proffesor teachers another module. During the 1st week you'll have 2 proffesors split the class period cause you'll start off with doing 2 modules. So basically the teachers usually teach one module and who teaches a certain day is diifrent so you don't have one proffesor you have them all. During lab its the same thing but proffesors have the tendency to either be morning or afternoon. What you get for lab time depends on what you get for clinicals. You''ll be taught by all the proffesors and i'll tell you right now hands down CEC proffessors are so nice and caring. You will love them. They are not uptight. We actually have one that is really layed back and i mean really layed back during checkoffs. You'll know who it is when you do check offs. When you register you just register for whatever. During orientation you'll find out clinicals/lab times and calendar stuff so don't stress over who to register for cause it doesn't matter. You'l be taught by all proffessors and assigned clinicals and labs.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    There is a higher demand for ACC nurses here in Austin and are preferred over UT. HOWEVER, there is a current movement right now by the ANA i believe to have BSN as entry level for nursing. From what I see experience is preffered more over education but if you want to rise in your ranks to like be a supervisor or do management then a BSN is the minmial. Many people who have their ADN go back and get their BSN because they want to rise in rank but cant because they don't have a BSN. ALthough ACC nurses are preffered here, i know some hospitals won't hire adn nurses elsewhere and ACC is puting out alot more nurses now and we may have to by the time we graduate go somewhere else to find a job. I've already finished my bsn pre-reqs so i can start my bsn after i graduate. i want my BSN, acute care np and DNP because i want to rise in rank and i really want to provide the best care for clients. If i were you and get accepted into a BSN program go ahead or do acc then to a rn-bsn program. There is a saying that we never graduate from nursing school and thats true. If money is tight now do the adn program and you can do like UT's rn-bsn program where you take all your pre-reqs here at acc and after you get you rn license you take like a year-2years to do some additional upper division work to get your bsn and texas tech has a 10 class online rn-bsn program. I would get my bsn because it opens up the door to many other oppotunities and can lead to higher paying positions and perhaps even you masters. There's just so many fields in nursing and i don't want to be limited because I have an ADN. I can tell you want your bsn, peope regret the things they DON'T do, like not getting their bsn, then over the things they DO DO. You will ultimatly choose what you want to do but i encourage you to get your bsn. You can ALWAYS do an rn-bsn program after you graduate if you worried about shelling out money, i know seton has paid their adn nurses to go back for the bsn when i talked to a UT advisor
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    Im a CEC level one and I LOVE CEC.The teachers are the best and they are really nice and layed back, they're not up tight like my nursing skills teachers. Its really amazing because you get to see doctors, nursing interns, and so many other health professionals at CEC and they have amazing food in the cafeteria. I love the labs cause they are more realistic and easier to work with then at RR or EVC where you have a room full of beds. There is also alot more room to move around and the people at CEC library are amazing. They are not snitchy about you printing out things. CEC is actually attached directly to brack so you see alot of people like med students and it is really cool and motivates you when you see other nurses walking by. I haven't found anything i havent liked about CEC. I didn't like EVC where i had my nursing skills class because there was little room and we had to pretend ALOT. We used diffrent labs at CEC. The only thing that is a turn down is the open lab place is a little small with like 10 beds but you can always go to the other nursing labs to practice but i havent had trouble with getting a bed. ALso, when you sart out you will get lost alot but you'll quickly find stuff. CEC is a really good place and it is diffrent and more real. It is truly a unique place and i don't know of any other place where you can have all you nursing classes in a real hospital. You will really love the level 1 teachers here, they are SO NICE
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    Austin Community College - ACC - Spring '11 hopefuls

    I got a petion for spring 2010 section of rnsg but was enrolled full time and so I wanted a summer 1st session class so when I got my petition in the e-mail I just e-mailed tammy back and she said that I could do it and gave me the petition for summer. However I had to wait till summer to register and when I tried I couldn't so I called the office and they did some nich stuff and I could register in 3 minutes. Just tell Tammy what you want and you should be able to do it, but remeber you may have to wait till the normal registration period for that session to open before you can register and you may have to call the office to make sure before you register that they have your account ok'd to do that.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Is CEC is full? Was their any info on that?
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    i haven't either and i requested cec
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    People who are on this forum are students waiting to get in and are trying to get some insight from others and current/former students in this program. When someone posts something it may not be 100% right but again many other people may be thinking the same way. It is a forum not a scientific paper. I've learned a lot of stuff on this forum that the program does not release. We all have a right to freedom of speech and if someone asks or responds to something we must all be open to that person. If something is wrong, people can correct but there is no reason to tell people what they should do or not do. We try to provide the most correct information that we know and not purposely provide false information. You're the only person complaining about it. So leave. This forum is a positive and supporting one and it provides students with a way of getting through the waiting period by connecting with other students. Please accept this forum for what it is. I have nothing else to say.
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    Austin Community College (ACC) - Fall 2010 Hopefuls

    Congratulations irishclover! I also requested CEC so maybe will be in the same class.
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