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  1. aHolisticStudent

    UMB Parking

    First of all, congratulations on getting into UMB! Regarding parking lots, BioPark is good, Lexington garage is the main garage, with Lexington Street Market parking being an overflow location. I'm not sure what you mean by arriving early each day. Since clinicals begin at 0630 many spots are taken by students who have clinicals long before your classes are set to begin @ 0800. Also, you can't get into the library before 0800 and can't get into the school itself or the local coffee house before 0730. So there's no point in arriving too early. Parking is hit or miss, it all depends on how all the schedules work out that semester. Remember, you are sharing parking with students from the nursing, medical, pharamacy and dental programs as well as tenents in the nearby apartments/houses so there's no way to really predict how busy the parking garage will be until the semester begins. Best of luck!
  2. aHolisticStudent

    Nursing school laptops

    Like everyone else has said above, you don't need the computer they sell through the school. However, the choice of whether or not to get a laptop really depends on your working style. For me, I don't buy notebooks for school, instead I do all my notetaking on my laptop in a program called MindManager; so I needed one with a wireless access card so I could pull down the lecture slides while on campus or in lecture. Secondly, I needed a backup battery since I was often on campus many hours during the first semester and didn't want to lug power supplies back and forth with everything else I carried. Third, don't buy MS Office. The library has copies of MS Office 2007 Ultimate you can buy for $50!!! That's like 6% of what the suite of programs usually retail for. Finally, if you like to work outside (we have a nice "park/garden" outfront) in the sun, spend the money and get a screen that's designed for that environment. Nothing sucks more than having to go inside and work on a beautifully sunny day just because you can't read your screen in the sun. If you don't store your whole life on your computer like I do, then save your money since the school has plenty of computer labs which you can use for free. And some of the tools (like free NCLEX questions) are only available to students when using the computers in the labs. Best of luck with the program!
  3. aHolisticStudent

    is anybody applying to umd and what are ur gpas

    It's a good book. However, two things should be considered first when looking at questions and answers. 1) Your ABCs (Airway, Breathing, Bleeding, Circulation) always takes precedence when deciding which answer should come first. 2) Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs If neither of those two options help with the answers provided then I'd move on to the Nursing Process, all encompassing words, restatement of words in the question and answer, False/False, etc. as outlined in the Nugent text. Good luck in the Fall.
  4. aHolisticStudent

    is anybody applying to umd and what are ur gpas

    Review your developmental psychology (particularly Erik Erikson and his stages), they'll be useful in Health Assessment. Know your A&P and Microbiology, particularly the immune response, the inflammatory response, blood pressure & hemodynamics of blood, really all of the homeostatic mechnisms in the human body with a particular focus on the roles of the liver, kidneys (if you're looking to ease your transition into pathopharmacology), and the RAAS. Review and know all the cranial nerves, where they are and what they do. This will save you time when learning how to assess the different CNs in Health Assessment. Fundamentals is all about learning to think differently so I would recommend picking up a book on how NCLEX questions are created and how to break them down. Not necessary, but most people who did really well on the tests (read: high A's) had a better understanding of how to approach the questions than did everyone else. Other than that, just relax and enjoy your time off. School will start before you know it and you don't want to be burnt out before the semester even begins.
  5. aHolisticStudent

    is anybody applying to umd and what are ur gpas

    Clinical days aren't set. There are slots made available at the beginning of the semester and the registration is done online. It's basically first in wins. Most of the favored spots (i.e. those close to campus or where most people live) are full ~2 minutes after registration opens. After that the spots go further afield based on what the professors were able to negotiate with different units at different hospitals. So once the list is made available you choose your top 10-12 sites you'd be willing to work on and then wait until the service opens at 6 AM at which point you submit your whole list and if you're lucky you get one of your top choices. Regarding days and hours of clinicals. During the first semester you have 2 clinical .5 days (6:30 AM - 1 or 2 PM) followed up by lunch and a post-mortem. Second semester is all about adult health. I'm trying to remember if it is 180 or 200 hours but it's somewhere in that range. 2 days a week and the available courses are split into a long Monday and a partial Friday. That way all the clinical sites commit to either T/W or W/Th schedules. Start time is the same as first semester, but you put in full days instead of partials. HTH, best of luck.
  6. aHolisticStudent

    nursing program

    Most challenging? Definitely time management. If you are not competent in this area you will have serious difficulties. I've seen a lot of students just get run over by the requirements of nursing school. For example, while our schedule for lecture classes was known before the semester started, we found out our first week about an additional 4-week "Communications Module" we had to attend. Then we found out about how two of our courses (Health Assessment and Fundamentals) both had lab components in addition to the lecture courses that took up the entire first half of my Wednesdays. Third we found out we had 2 weeks worth of clinicals the first semester. Once you get in you'll probably realize that your lab time isn't extensive enough to allow you to fully "grok" all the intricacies of the skills you've been introduced to, so you then need to schedule more "off time" to go into open labs and practice these skills until you've got them down cold. When I planned out my semester prior to class starting I hadn't expected any of these other requirements. Finally, most people just don't understand the increased demand due to the type of learning you have to do in NS. Although Pediatric4077 certainly alluded to it with regards to the NCLEX questions, the ability to think through "scenarios" from every possible angle requires a deep understanding of the underlying content and a conceptual grasp that allows you to predict what will happen when you diverge from "normal". Most students in their prerequisites hadn't been challenged to do that before and found themselves spending alot of time revisiting content they should have learned in their prereqs originally. So like I said above, you have to own your time, and be able to manage it effectively or you'll find yourself unable to manage a healthy, balanced life due to the demands of school. Best of success in NS!
  7. aHolisticStudent

    Which Program is best for me? JHU/MD/Towson?

    I don't have any exact numbers regarding admissions for you, but you can e-mail the Admissions department at the school if you need to know. The e-mail is: admissions@son.umaryland.edu. I chose BSN because I don't have a prior undergraduate degree, so the CNL option wasn't available for me.
  8. aHolisticStudent

    Which Program is best for me? JHU/MD/Towson?

    Agrippa, Glad to hear it ranks high on your list! I've been very happy with the experience so far. Yes, the Traditional BSN class I came in with is about 90 students but we rarely have class with just us. At this point in the program the new CNLs are taking courses with us (ex: Pathopharmacology, Health Assessment, and Fundamentals of Nursing Practice) so the actual lecture attendance size is ~150-180 students. As we move forward, the CNLs will split off away from us and our class size will shrink down to our actual size. Secondly, all the classes have clinical practice labs which are much smaller. We have 12 people in our labs. Feel free to ask anything else you'd like to know I'm happy to share.
  9. aHolisticStudent

    Which Program is best for me? JHU/MD/Towson?

    Agrippa, I'm a traditional BSN student at UMB so I can't speak to Towson's or JHU's admission process, but my experience is that there is no disadvantage to CC credits. I know some people like to claim that University courses are "more challenging" than CC courses, but my experience has been that CC students are adapting much more easily to the stresses of the program than the University transfer students. This is anecdotal evidence so take it as you will. I came through CCBC with a 4.0 GPA and was selected along with ~90 other students from over 3000 applicants. Nearly every single one of us had 4.0 GPA's who began the program this year so be aware that it is extremely competitive. I also had a fairly robust extracurricular, volunteer, leadership, and community service record which helped to secure the seat I received. With regards to your earlier question on $$$; UMB offers significant financial scholarships and grants to student applicants. I personally received 12K from the school in merit scholarships (so keep that in mind when making your decision) in addition to numerous other smaller awards (no loans baby!!!!). One final note, I'd be reluctant to enter into any program that "looked down upon" where I did my prereq work. Either you understand physiological, chemical, and developmental processes or you don't. Saying that Joe understands the intricacies of NS development and motor and sensory pathways to a lesser degree because he went to a CC smacks of academic snobbery. Something I'd try to avoid at all costs. Best success in your pursuits, aHolisticStudent
  10. aHolisticStudent


    This is a really bad idea. First of all, are you familiar with SQ3R? Try this link: http://arbeitsblaetter.stangl-taller.at/LERNTECHNIK/PQRST.shtml for a quick run through. Secondly, only for particular processes that you don't understand should you try to rewrite it in your own words (not copying the book). By forcing your self to translate the process into your own words you are forcing yourself to understand what's going on in a deep way. This will make the associations and transitions easier to recall later on your tests. Next, are you familiar with the Cornell Note taking method? Check this link for an example: http://www.clt.cornell.edu/campus/learn/LSC%20Resources/cornellsystem.pdf. By placing questions related to the notes in your left hand column you have ready made sample tests to go over weekly with no extra work. Finally, have you gone online and grabbed free test question batches to see how other professors approached the subjects you are covering? Sometimes it's just a matter of seeing the information presented in a new voice that can make it stick. No matter what you choose to do, you have to move away from reading every chapter 2-3 times completely, and scribing what is in the book. Copying doesn't force the brain to store information, you must use more active, higher level thinking processes to "burn" the information into your long term memory. Best of luck.
  11. aHolisticStudent

    Memorizing the bones

    Part of the "fun" of A&P is learning an individual process for how to digest large amounts of info quickly. But as far as another option, here's how I approached it: 1) Learn the different locations/regions of the body 2) Learn all the bones (or muscles, or tissue types as you get to them) for a particular region. For example let's take the foot. So we start with major pedal (foot) bones [tarsals, metatarsals, and phalanges], then target the talus & calcaneal (ankle & heal) bones [talus, calcaneus], dorsum (top of foot) bones [cuboid, navicular, medial cuneiform, intermediate cuneiform, and lateral cuneiform], and finally the digital (toes) bones [proximal, middle and distal phalanx]. Later when you learn muscles you can do the same thing since you'll already have learned the regions. With regards to what your professor is describing as bone functions you'll need to give me an example. For the life of me I can't think of 25 distinct things that a femur does. Maybe if I included all the functions that are common to all bones I could come close to that number, but I'd welcome an education as to what you've identified as the 25 functions of a femur. By regionalizing this information you'll find yourself in better condition to copy it to the other half of the body, and to more easily understand the literature as you move forward in your class. I hope your able to find something of use to you in this endeavor. It can seem tough at the time, but the beauty of A&P is how this all comes back again and again and really reinforces the information over the course of a years study.
  12. aHolisticStudent

    stuck on Algebra question for TEAS!

    Happy to help :) OK, let's see if I can clarify what I posted. The original information you posted gave us a point (x, y) of (1.5, -3) which I plugged into the equation y = mx + b to get: -3 = m(1.5) + b. You also provided the other point on the line. X = 4 from the original question and Y = 5 from the answer in your book which I once again plugged into the equation to get: 5 = m(4) + b At this point we know neither the slope of the line (m), nor the y-intercept (b). So the first thing I did was determine the slope of the line (m) by calculating the rise of line over the run of the line defined as: rise / run = (Change in Y) / (Change in X) = (Y2 - Y1) / (X2 - X1) = (5 - (-3)) / (4 - 1.5) = 8 / 2.5 = 3.2 So if we plug in the newly calculated slope of the line (m) to our two equations earlier we get: -3 = 3.2(1.5) + b 5 = 3.2(4) + b The only thing left to determine is the y-intercept (b). So using the following formula: y - y1 = m(x - x1) with the first point provided from the problem (1.5, -3) we end up with: y - (-3) = 3.2(x - 1.5) Then we solve and reduce: y + 3 = 3.2x - 4.8 y = 3.2x - 7.8 So to find the y-intercept we set x = 0 which gives us: y = 3.2(0) - 7.8 which reduces to: y = -7.8 So now we know: y = 3.2x - 7.8 will provide us with y for any given x value. By rearranging the equation we can find x for any given y by using: x = (y + 7.8) / 3.2 Given all the previous steps, by plugging in the supplied value where x = 4, we can solve for y. y = 3.2(4) - 7.8 y = 12.8 - 7.8 y = 5 And from your book, you know that the correct answer was indeed 5. Hope that helps to bring it all back to you. Best of luck on the exam and getting into your preferred nursing program.
  13. aHolisticStudent

    stuck on Algebra question for TEAS!

    DianaJH, Does the graph on the page have a line or just a point? From the description you posted we only know one point on the graph, without having a slope or y-intercept the line could be going in any direction, so without more information I'm not aware of how this problem could be solved definitively. However, if the graph shows a line you can calculate the y-intercept or the slope and then using basic algebra with y=mx+b you should be able to find y for any given x. EXAMPLE: -3 = m(1.5) + b & 5 = m(4) + b Calculate Slope: rise / run = (5 - (-3)) / (4 - 1.5) = 8 / 2.5 = 3.2 = m Find y-intercept: y - y1 = m(x - x1) y - (-3) = 3.2(x - 1.5) y + 3 = 3.2x - 4.8 y = 3.2x - 7.8 Check answer: 5 = 3.2(4) - 7.8 5 = 12.8 - 7.8 5 = 5 // SUCCESS! Hope that helps. Best of luck.
  14. aHolisticStudent

    Books that aren't required for course.

    It depends on how you study, and how your course is organized. For example, when I did A&P I we had a "visual lab guide" that was somewhat helpful for histology earlier in the semester, but when it came to bones, muscles, and nervous system I found that the lab time we spent on dissections and identification cemented the information in my head without spending valuable study hours coloring in a book or looking at pix that were "too perfect" compared to what we actually had to identify in lab. As far as a study guide goes, it depends. Most A&P books come with study guides/fill-in the blank chapter notes on their websites, and there are a ton of practice quizzes and animations on line on the web for free. But if you don't often have access to a computer or can't print out the chapter-based study guides I suppose buying one would be an option. Also, be advised that you may have a teacher who doesn't teach directly from the text book leaving you with a study guide that is way more detailed than the subject matter you're actually expected/required to understand. In the end, I suppose it all comes down to what works best for you, but I would probably wait a week into your lab & lecture to get an idea of the approach your instructors take before spending $60-100 on superfluous books.
  15. aHolisticStudent

    Anatomy Summer 2006 Club

    Congratulations on your grade so far. You're definitely not the only one. I'll also be taking A&P 2 in the fall. Along with Chemistry & Nutrition, so I expect to be up to my neck in equations and terminology come September. :)
  16. aHolisticStudent

    Anatomy Summer 2006 Club

    Congratulations! Glad to hear you made it through with your A. Enjoy your R&R for a little while before next semester starts :). I've only got a couple weeks left to go myself. Here's hoping I hold onto my A as well :).