Hi guys! I waited until this summer to take Nursing Skills because I was taking Chem I and Biology in spring. I thought I would have the info fresh in my mind if I took it the summer before nursing school, rather than a semester before. I am regretting that decision as summer Nursing Skills is really crammed in. It seems like we have a skills checkoff and a regular theory test every other class. Also, I do not have any medical background, so all of this stuff is brand new to me. If you're a CNA, med tech, paramedic, etc, I think it might be easier to do Nursing Skills squished into a 5-6 wk course because you might have prior background in these types of skills. If I could have gone back, I might have taken Nursing Skills during the regular year in a 8 week course, and Chem and Bio afterwards during the 11-12 wk summer, since I do not need it immediately for the ACC program.
carmelite, I had the same points as you last time. I was worried about not getting the extra points for the Nursing Skills class for reapplication, so I was considering taking it during the spring for the points. I decided to chance it and not take it, since I had heard that people were getting in with 59 points for Spring 2013. So with review points, you'll be over that next time. Of course, the cutoff changes with every application period, so it'll never be certain.
I did hear that for Spring 2013, when people deferred, and spaces opened up later, people with 58 points got in. For Fall 2013, I have 2 Nursing Skills classmates who are going to defer, so I know of at least 2 spots opening up this time.
Anyway, those are all things to consider, I guess. If you think you're going to get in this time, I would take Nursing Skills during the summer. If not, then I would put it off until Fall. If you were going to take Nursing Skills during the second part of the summer session, I would probably drop Gov't, since you already have chem on your plate, but everyone knows their own limits.
Austin404, what are your thoughts on scrubs, white lab coats, equipment, and books? How often do you use the teal scrubs, and how many pairs did you get? I heard no one really uses the lab coat, is that true? Do you have any good advice for the summer before nursing school? Thanks!