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  1. heatherann08

    Bachelor of Science with Major in Nursing versus BSN?!

    To clarify, I already have an ASN. I am an RN. I'm in an RN to BSN bridge program online, and I figured out the difference. I'll technically be BS(N), not BSN. I can't use BSN because the college doesn't grant BSN, it grants BS, major in Nursing. Yes, they're accredited by NLNAC. I got it all figured out after I posted this.
  2. Hi all, I recently passed my boards and accepted my first job, start in 9 days! :) I also am scheduled to start an online bachelor completion program this Monday (the 18th) I was previously unaware that any bachelor's degree in nursing was anything other than a BSN, but apparently my program is a bachelor of science, major in nursing? The dean made sure to send out a message saying that we can use "BSN" as a credential when we graduate. She also says the ANCC shows that the BSN and the BS with a major in Nursing as the same degree for Magnet status purposes. I never knew there was such thing as two different ways to get a bachelor's degree, and this is somewhat of a concern... Is it different in any way?
  3. heatherann08

    Ivy Tech

    The first semester is most difficult, for sure. Not trying to scare you! It's just all brand new information and difficult material to get down. Don't freak out on skills check-offs, if you know what those are. In the first 6 weeks, you'll have to check off on basic things like blood pressure, washing hands, doing a bed bath, making a bed, etc. And after that, you will start your first clinical at a nursing home to go along with your Med/Surg I (Mercy Providence, SIRH, and I can't remember the other one are the clinical sites) one day a week, about 10 hours of time spent there. You'll also have to check off on harder skills such as Foley catheter insertion, tracheostomy care and suctioning, etc. Med/Surg I is HARD. Half of my class failed out because of that class. But once you get past it, nursing school goes a lot smoother. I know they just had a curriculum change and I think your second semester is Med/Surg II, Advanced Pharmacology, Mental Health, and Health Promotion. Health Promotion is easy. Mental Health is fairly easy and fun. Pharm is difficult, but one of those essential classes lol. I think your third semester will be Med/Surg III instead of OB/Peds like mine was. Very difficult class, but also very rewarding because it makes all of the information you've learned in school all come together :) and fourth semester will be your OB/Peds class, which is probably the most fun because you get to see babies be born, but it'll also be sad because you have to go to Kosair for Peds. I personally don't want to work in peds so maybe that's why it was sad to me Also, an awesome thing you will get to do is simulation lab. You get to sit out of clinicals for the week you go to sim lab, and you are in a safe environment and put into a simulation situation to care for a patient/dummy, and call the "doctor" and give "meds", and do assessments and get feedback right then and there, and that is definitely helpful. This is a very wordy response, but just remember. 75 equals RN. Do NOT get discouraged if you fail your first test, because I did, and I just graduated with flying colors. In fact, most everyone will probably fail test #1. It's very weird to get used to taking NCLEX-style questions, because there are multiple right answers, but you have to guess what the MOST RIGHT answer is. Use your ABC's to prioritize (airway, breathing, circulation). You will spend a lot of your days with your nose stuck in a book, crying your eyes out, losing sleep because of clinicals, but it is all worth it when you get your pin when you graduate :) If you need to know anything else specific, PM me :) I'll be glad to help!
  4. heatherann08

    Ivy Tech Nursing Schedule

    I just graduated from Ivy Tech Sellersburg, so I'm not sure how different our campus is. First semester, you'll probably be there 3 or 4 days a week, either during the morning or afternoon, around 3-4 hours a day. And one clinical day of 12 hours a week. Second semester, you'll probably be there 4 or 5 days, depending on the classes they have you take, plus one 12 hour clinical. Third semester for me was a summer semester, so I was there Monday through Thursday and had TWO 12-hour clinical days during a week that I had to be at at 5:30 AM. Last semester was easiest, and I was only there Tuesdays and Fridays and Tuesday was the clinical day. It's a VERY difficult program, and half of my class was failed out during the first semester. I did it with a two-year-old daughter and a bunch of help from her daddy and our moms. Also, I wouldn't worry too badly about the Psychology grade... A&P II will be more heavily weighted to get in, so a B in Psychology may or may not be a big deal. Just try to get at least an "advanced" on the TEAS. I hope this helps a bit :)
  5. heatherann08

    Ivy Tech

    I just graduated from Sellersburg last Friday! :)
  6. For some background, I am graduating with my ASN on December 14th. I am already filling out my application for licensure in the state of Indiana. However, when it went through the list where you have to answer "yes" or "no,", I DID have one yes answer, but it was because I was fired as a healthcare worker when I was a phlebotomist. I was fired for missing three days during the orientation period, so I've already written a sworn affidavit and had it notarized. Will this hinder the application time whatsoever? I'm just worried about this, for some reason. My family is moving tomorrow, and the sooner I can get licensed the better, because a prospective job will only interview me once I have my ATT
  7. heatherann08

    Ivy Tech Fall 2011 Waiting on THE letter

    Has anyone applied to the Sellersburg campus? And is there really a deadline to reply to the letters? I've been checking every day and still nothing I'm about to call the school to see if they've even sent them out. And I have all A's in my prerequisites and got a 92.7% on my TEAS. Good luck to everyone else!

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