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    Why are the floor nurses so unwilling to teach?

    This thread is depressing . I can sympathize with the original poster to a degree. At almost all of the clinical sites/departments that I've been to the nurses literally roll their eyes and scoff from the minute they see us walking down the hall.....this is even before meeting us. I realize the nurses are not obligated to show me everything, teach me everything, talk to me, but I do wish they would give me a chance before deciding to treat me like an unloved, unwanted stepchild just because I'm a student. I realize it can be irritating to be disrupted but there are times that I have to approach the nurse to let her know what is going going on with their patient - not all of the patients utilize the call light and need things that are out of my scope as a student. I really *value* the time I spend on the floor watching the nurses in action because it really gives me insight on what my upcoming role will be like. My clinical instructors have been great and are always on the hunt to show us something interesting, let us perform skills etc. but there is nothing like being able to work along side of a nurse and follow through with pt care throughout the day rather than jump in here and there without knowing a thing about the pt. I have managed to make the best out of every clinical experience but I also believe it is what you make it to be. Meaning, answer call lights, volunteer to help anyone with any task, give your nurse space and know when it's a good time to ask questions. Often I write things down and wait until she has an opportunity to go over a few things with me. I make sure to review the charts , orders, and labs so I don't have to bug anyone with questions I can get answers to myself.Yes, my clinical instructor is there and is available to me but she knows nothing about my/our pt's ( I had 3 last semester) . I think as students we have to gain the trust of our nurses and that it takes a little time for them to see what we are capable of. By the end of each semester I was able to establish good relationships with the staff and they treated me like their own. Being a student nurse is a slippery slope but I think with the right attitude anyone can make the best of it....it just takes a little time to earn trust and respect. To all the nurses out there that love having students - thank you for all that you do! To the ones that loathe us, I'm sorry for being a burden to you but please give me a chance before throwing me to the wolves....I really am there to help and will do anything you ask of me .... even "CNA work" 😉.
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    Textbook questions

    My entire class used the 13th edition of that book while I used the 12th with no problems at all. We were not required to used the online resources or ebook that was part of the bundle. The only issue you might have is the that the page numbers were not the same so you had to dig a little to find what you were looking for. The books were the same , word for word, with the exception of a few different charts to look at. Save your money and use the 12th edition....it worked perfectly for me :)
  3. I highly recommend using a tablet that way you can upload your powerpoints to the tablet (no printing necessary) and annotate directly on the powerpoint during lecture. You can takes notes on the powerpoint, highlight, and make voice memos for yourself to study in the car etc. I also have my e-book on there which comes in handy from time to time although I do prefer paperbooks.
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    Calling all non-traditional nursing students!!!

    Hi - I'm a 34 yr old mom of 3 (ages 2,3,& 9) going into my 3rd semester for my ADN. I would love to start a group for those in similar situations to be able to support one another.
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    NS and kiddos/how to get any studying done?

    My kids were 1,2, and 8 when I started the program....so definitely a lot of action around my house. During the day when it was noisier, I would watch youtube videos related to what I was studying at the time and read through power points on my phone or tablet. The bulk of my serious study time was done at night while they were asleep. My husband works a lot so getting him to watch them while I studied was impossible. I also made voice memos and listened to them in the car, while I was cooking, and doing laundry. It's hard, but if you're dedicated you can totally do it!
  6. I took micro over the summer in 10 weeks....it was a challenging class because of the amount of material you are required to learn in a short amount of time. Every week sort of builds on the other so it's important to understand concepts. I got A's in lecture and lab but worked my butt off for it. My professors let us record lectures so if that's an option for you I would most definitely do that. I took a lot of handwritten notes and rewrote them over and over to help it sink in my brain. When trying to memorize things for lab I would make charts. I also recorded myself going over key concepts and listened to my audio recording in the car. You need to take some time each night to study....really, because otherwise it will not sink in. It's challenging, but totally doable! Good luck :)
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    lol! of course it's not yours....that would have been too easy. I'm sure it'll all get worked out soon enough.
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    Ruh Roh I see only one class on monday from 6-10.
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    Huh...that's weird. When are you supposed to take the class?
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    try this Course Schedule | Pasco-Hernando State College[min]=&field_start_time_24_value[max]=&field_sequence_value=&timeday=All&starttime=All It's most likely that your are selecting a "credit" course as opposed to a "noncredit" course (BLS). I made the same mistake :)
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    Last fall, tuition for funds was approx. $1700.00 Re: CPR class - are you guys having trouble finding it on the course schedule or actually registering for it?
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    Thank you for your kind words - no worries about the booklist...really, its quite alright. I'm at West campus and am going into maternal child this semester. It has gone by sooooo fast! My advice - keep up with your reading assignments, especially studying the power points.Funds initially has a ton of reading but it tapers down. It will take you a little time to find your own study method. For me personally - I would have the power point up and my book open at the same time (at home) and reference the book to the slide I was reading. I would also make little voice memos to listen to in the car while driving to clinicals and such -that was really helpful in helping me memorize lab values and abbreviations. Test questions can be tricky -make sure you analyze the test questions and ask your self why they put each answer to choose from....sometimes the most simplest answer is the one that is correct. Practice your skills at home when you can so you can pass them with ease at check off in the lab. When you're in clinical - always be on the up and up of whats going on and volunteer as much as possible (even if you're scared) to perform new skills. Dont be scared to ask questions!! Oh...for clinical - they want you to bring a folder to keep your paper work in....most people in our class use these Officemate Slim Clipboard Box, Blue - Walmart.com since they can be cleaned, hold our notes, and be used to write on....super helpful! I'm not sure if you plan on printing your power points or not (many do) - but I bring my ipad to class with the power points already uploaded and annotate directly on the ipad within the power point which has made studying a breeze since I can access it from my ipad or iphone at any time. That's all I can think of at this time....but I'll be happy to answer any questions. Congratulations again to all of you and yay Corey on getting an answer...FINALLY!.
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    I thought my questions were pretty benign....I was just curious and trying to have a conversation. I like reading this thread and have read many of the other PHSC threads being that we all have something in common and have been in the same situation.
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    I remember what it was like being on your end...not knowing what to expect etc. Luckily, last year we had someone in our thread who was already in the program that was always there to shed a little light. I'll politely bow out of your thread - I didnt mean to intrude...best wishes to you all. As for the book list - someone in my class mentioned they were going to switch books and I just wanted to see if it would effect the books I had already purchased (the new list is not up yet for us).
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    Good, at least you got the packets right away. Did they give you assigned dates/times to bring everything completed to the nursing office? That's what they did last fall - we had to show up on a designated date with all of our packet info complete in order to get a ticket into orientation. I feel bad for you guys....I remember thinking there was a ton of stuff to get done and I had over a month to get it all done. Make sure your packet is complete before you go to turn it in or they will just make you come right back. Did they include a booklist in the packet? If so, would someone mind posting it....I want to see if they changed anything.
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    PHSC 2015 Nursing Hopefuls

    I hope you get your acceptance letter, Corey. I'm curious - for those of you that did get their acceptance letters - did they email you your packet yet? It just seems so crazy that they are doing everything so late....there's a lot to get done in that packet.