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    Aced HESI Entrance Exam (1st Attempt)

    Hello, everyone! I took the HESI A2 entrance exam this past Thursday for the first time and passed!!! I had to take 4 sections and receive a 75% or better, along with taking the Critical Thinking section. Here are the sections and the scores I've received: Reading Comprehension: 88% Math: 98% Grammar: 88% Anatomy & Physiology: 92% Overall Score: 91.50% Critical Thinking: 820/1000 - The nursing school I am applying to wants us to take this section just to see where we are in terms of thinking critically before being admitted into Upper Divisional nursing courses...so it doesn't really count towards us being admitted, but still, it's a high score for someone who hasn't been admitted yet! Just wanted to give some advice on what I recommend as far as studying for the HESI A2 Entrance Exam. 1. Know what materials to buy. I strongly recommend the HESI A2 Exam Review, Ed. 3 book that is offered by Elsevier. I would use this book to study and review for Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Math. I wouldn't exactly recommend it for the science portions because the material in the book is extremely vague and does not cover what you might need for the test in terms of Biology, Chemistry, A&P, and/or Physics. For study material in terms of the sciences, I recommend your old textbook and a Cliff Notes review of the science section(s) you have to take. I can not really offer a correct method for the Critical Thinking section (for those who have to take it) because it didn't really count for me and also there's no exact way to teach someone how to think critically. I feel like that's something you learn through experience, which I learned by being a CNA. 2. Learn how to manage your time. This is extremely important because the exam is timed. At my university, we have exactly 4 hours to take all sections. The exam started at 12 PM and the test immediately shut off at 4 PM (however, I didn't have this problem because I completed the test with an hour and 15 mins to spare). Still, for those who may not be as fast paced as others, take your time, but do not dwell on questions that take up too much of your time. Pace yourself and keep moving forward. 3. Study/Review well in advance. I started studying for the HESI about two months or so before I had to take the advance. Every day I focused on different sections and took practice tests at the end of each week. The night before, do a light study session or just take a break. Give your brain a rest and get a good nights sleep before your test. 4. Go into the test with positivity. I was extremely nervous days before my test. My friends kept telling me that I would be fine and that they knew I was going to pass, so with that extra encouragement and some self motivation, I was able to go in with less nervousness and anxiety. Tune out that extra noise and talk about the test once you get to your designated testing site. Listen to music and separate yourself from the other people until it's time for you to go into the room for testing. That will help you calm your nerves and the talk about how "hard or challenging" the test may be won't psyche you out. 5. Once you begin the test, choose which sections to do first in a way that will MOTIVATE you. I say this because I feel that everyone's angles of 'attacking' the test are different. Some people may want to take the section that they feel is the hardest first because they'll be calm about getting it done and out the way. I didn't do this because I felt that if I failed that section, I would be discouraged and not do well on the other sections (but to each his/her own). I took Reading Comprehension first because it was the boring part and I knew that it would take up most of my time. I gave myself enough time to read the passages and answer the questions to the best of my ability. In some instances, I would glance at the question first and look to see if it was asking about a specific part of a passage (for example, "what does this word in this paragraph/sentence mean"). That way, I didn't have to re-read the entire passage in order to answer one question. After seeing my Reading Comp. score, I did the Math section which I was extremely confident with. My math section test consisted mostly of ratio/proportions and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing mixed numbers and fractions (which was a no-brainer for me). So I wasn't necessarily surprised with my score, but I was still extremely happy and that motivated me to do well with Grammar and then Anatomy & Physiology. With A&P, I looked at the specific words in the questions and associated them with different body systems and tissues (for example, I had a question where I had to determine what type of connective tissue had "lacunae" and "rigidity"... and I knew the answer was bone tissue because I remember lacunae is what makes up bone tissue). I was surprised by the 92% but then figured that context clues helped out a lot! 6. Finally, if you do not pass a section or the test, DO NOT LOOK AT IT AS A FAILURE!! You've done all you can by studying. If you don't pass, think about what was a problem for you and go over the problem(s) during your remediation period. Not passing the HESI on the first try is NOT a denial into nursing school. Just continue to do your best and study and you will do well the next time around. Also, it helps that you don't have to take the sections that you passed over again, so you'll have plenty of time to go through the section(s) you didn't pass (unless you didn't pass any at all). I hope you all take these little tips into consideration and remember that you will be fine. The HESI is actually really easy (don't let that trip you up), and with the proper tools, you can pass.
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    My New Year's Resolution

    Applying to/getting into PVAMU's College of Nursing
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    PVAMU Student Taking A&P I and Micro Fall 2014...good idea???

    Just doing a follow up! Ended up getting Bs in both A&P I and General Micro! So happy!
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    Too dumb to be a nurse?

    I'm guessing it means Licensed Nursing Assistant or Licensed Nurses Aide.
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    Too dumb to be a nurse?

    I agree with this. You MUST have a thick skin in healthcare because the things you do could possibly affect the outcome of the patient and there are going to be people looking at you to see what you're doing right and/or wrong. You're going to have so many LPNs, RNs, physicians, and even other CNAs trying to tell you what to do and put stuff on you because you're the new guy. Don't let them intimidate you. For the most part, your superiors will give constructive criticism to help you, so don't take it personally. As for the other CNAs that have been working for years, don't let them boss you around. It's okay that they give you tips and ask for help, but don't let them run you. They're your equals, not your bosses or supervisors. As far as your skills go, you're still in training. Don't expect to become some master CNA by the end of your training. Since you're new to being a PCT/CNA, this is a learning experience. Just take your time. You'll get it. You don't have to be a brainiac and do everything correctly and precisely. Not everyone grasps things on the first or second try. There are some things I need to perfect and I am a CNA in pursuit of nursing school as well. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.
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    Is being a CNA really so dreadful?

    I am currently a new nurse assistant. I'm working at my first job, an LTC facility. Personally, I've had more good days than bad days as a CNA. Yes, I am new, but I've been here for about a month now and I've gotten used to how things run at the nursing home. I love my residents; it's other people that I don't really care for, but I put up with them because this is my job and like I said, I love my residents. They make me happy, but you will have your moments. You'll have good days and bad days, but remember to not take it out on the residents and just try to keep it together. If you have to vent to someone, take them aside and vent. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW OUT IN FRONT OF THE RESIDENTS!! I feel that if you can't be a good CNA, then it may be in your best interest to look for something else to do with yourself, professionally. Being a CNA is a good start in the medical field, seeing as you will be spending most of your 8-12 hours with the most important people in the health institution: the resident/patient. This is a good way to determine your people skills and if you have the stomach to put up with bodily fluids (though you will see a lot more gritty and gory things, depending on where you work and/or as you go up the medical food chain). CNAs are very important, regardless of what some may think. Congrats on getting into a program and have fun learning a lot. You'll do fine once you get your exam and get out there in the workforce. Just remember that everyone included in the care team is an important member...including you, the CNA.
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    CNA Clinicals

    Well, in Arkansas, we basically just performed the skills we learned while in class. We passed ice, checked a few people's vital signs, made beds (occupied and vacant), gave a shower/bath and dressed a resident, performed denture care, and transferred residents from beds to walkers/wheel-chairs/etc. We also emptied drainage bags (catheter bags) and colostomy bags (eh). It's really not going to be hard. However, we did clinicals at an LTC facility and not a hospital. I'm sure, if you do them at a hospital, it's going to be a little bit more demanding, but that's the part I love about being a nurse assistant. I want to work at a hospital and plan on doing so once I get my license transferred to Texas. You're going to be fine!
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    PVAMU Student Taking A&P I and Micro Fall 2014...good idea???

    Thank you for the responses so far!! I appreciate the kind words and motivation from all of you! I was really concerned about the two sciences I'm going to have. Our 4 main sciences at PV are Chemistry (I already took this with the 1-credit lab and got an 'A' in both), A&P I and II with labs, and Micro with lab. I was concerned because I'm going to be taking two this semester instead of just one. I don't want this to be overbearing, which is why I was asking, but now, I don't think it will be bad. I'll just have to prioritize, use time management skills, and STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!
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    Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

    I just recently completed a 90 hour course to become a Certified Nurse Assistant and it has truly intensified my passion for the nursing profession. I love taking care of people. I love being helpful and appreciated. You don't have to work in just nursing homes or other long term care facilities. You can work in hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other medical settings. Becoming a CNA is a great start or stepping stone towards a bright future in Nursing. The pay could be a lot better though but it depends on where you live, experience, who you work for, and etc. For instance, if you get hired by someone to take care of an older relative or a person with an illness that needs to be assisted, you could get paid up to $100 a night...maybe more. Live-in care or assisted living care probably pays a lot more.
  10. I just came out of my Freshman year and will be entering my Sophomore year at PV. After taking 18 hrs worth of classes, my semester GPA is a 4.0 and my cumulative GPA is now a 3.61, which I am extremely happy about !!! :D The Fall 2014 classes I signed up for are Micro, A&P I, American Govt I, Psychology, and Sociology...making me have 16 hrs of class. I am hoping to get into PV's CON by Fall 2015 (btw, is that possible???). I was just wondering if anyone could give me any advice...is this a good idea? I know I can make exceptional grades, but I just wanted to know if this was a good idea. Thanks!!!