Midlands Technical College Nursing Student - page 8

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  1. by   Katie803
    Quote from Stargirl2011
    My start date is August of 2012. Is there anyone on here that dropped RN to LPN to get there foot in the door faster. Can somebody tell me who a good teacher for Pharmacology. I will be taking it in the Spring of 2012.
    For pharm you should be able to choose your teacher. I had Mrs. Kennedy and I aced it. Her tests are EXACTLY what is in her study guides. BUT DO NOT TAKE IT ONLINE IF YOU CAN HELP IT! It's a lot of busy work. I didn't even use my book but 1 time for pharm and that was something I just wanted to look up on my own. Good luck!
  2. by   melgail93
    Hi guys! New to the site. I am looking to get my LPN certificate/license and I would like some advise. I have never been in the nursing field, but it is something that I have a VERY strong desire to pursue. I live in Myrtle Beach. Anyone out there that can help lead me in the right direction??
  3. by   dlynn1979
    Hi everyone!! I'm starting 101 this January at midlands, nervous and excited...anyone have any idea what sections Horn or Mays usually have? I've heard they're the best to get for 101 and I wanted to try to make sure I register for their section...
  4. by   Katie803
    Quote from dlynn1979
    Hi everyone!! I'm starting 101 this January at midlands, nervous and excited...anyone have any idea what sections Horn or Mays usually have? I've heard they're the best to get for 101 and I wanted to try to make sure I register for their section...
    Unfortunately, they usually don't post the specific teacher's sections until after registration, and you have to register AS SOON AS IT OPENS! I mean seriously, have everything you want picked out and ready to go, then when it opens at 8:00 am, be clicking on submit at 8:00 and ten seconds. They may have Mrs. Horn or Mrs. Mays as the lecture teachers, but there is no guarantee you will get them for clinicals. I think when I did fundamentals Mrs. Horn taught clinicals in the lower number sections. I would highly suggest just picking a class time that is good for you and keep your fingers crossed. Try to see if Mrs. Horn or Mays is registered as the lecture teacher and that will increase your chances. All the teachers are good, and don't let the horror stories about Ms. Murray scare you. She is a little strict, but she is nice and a damn good teacher. You WILL know your stuff. She is only strict because she wants you to put forth your best effort and learn QUICKLY from your mistakes. And if she does anything that intimidates you, just let her know. I am not a shy person and I realized after about 3 classes that the other girls were afraid to ask her to listen in with them on the double stethoscope to make sure they were auscultating in the right place because they didn't want her to react negatively. She was out of the room at the time and I told the other girls to watch how it was done. She came back in and I walked right up to her and said, "Do you think you could listen in with us? Some of us are a little concerned and we want to make sure we are doing it right.' She was very nice about it and listened in with everyone. Then after class I waited until everyone left and told her that while she was a good teacher she sometimes came off as a little intimidating. She seemed surprised and told me she hadn't realized that she came off that way, then in the next class told us to speak up about anything we didn't know and if she was being ****** to put her in check! She is actually pretty nice, but she was in the military for a long time and used to doing being authoritative. Good luck and keep us updated!
  5. by   dlynn1979

    Thanks for responding Registration is always a nightmare with midlands...seems like every semester I get booted when trying to register because so many people are on right at 8, I really wish the school would fix that issue. I've heard so many different things about Ms. Murray, I was terrified of her, but it sounds like you had a good experience with her and shes not nearly as bad as most make her out to be... thanks again for the advice, and I'll keep in touch with everyone and let you know how things are going
  6. by   lelafin
    I had Murray for 101, and I actually really liked her. She has a no-nonsense way about her, but underneath it all you can see a really good, dry sense of humor. She is willing to help if you ask - you just have to be assertive.
  7. by   lelafin
    I was wondering if anyone had any advice about 265/263 - 3rd semester. I start in the Spring, and I'm pretty terrified. My friend is finishing up right now and less than 25% of her class is still left, and the ones that are left are barely passing. I have Greene, Basham and Richardson for lecture and Richardson for clinical.
    Please, any tips or hints about clinical and lecture - what to expect and what to focus on in order to get through 3rd semester would be so appreciated!!!
  8. by   tmroge03
    Hello! I'm starting 101 in January in 2012 and I am so excited! Some study tips I have gotten from others is don't forget to study the same amount of time for lecture as you do for labs . That's where some tend to mess up. But if anyone has any advice of what I should expect in 101 any advice would be appreciated.
  9. by   oneblessed
    Quote from JacAn001
    Hey - I'm also starting my pre reqs in Jan at MTC!
    I'm doing Medical Terminology online AHS along with English 101 online and Freshman Seminar Online
    Hello. It's been awhile since I've been online. hope everyone had a good semester. I am one class away from my pre-nursing certificate. I registered for an online English 101 class. Can you please tell me how the online class was for you and what instructor would you suggest?

  10. by   studentofmtc
    I just finished 165 and I am starting 265/263 in Jan. Advice for Nursing 101--relax, study, and really try to LEARN what you are being taught. So far I have not found clinicals to be very stressful--but I think that will change for 265/263. Be prepared and try to look at your books/notes every day. This helps you to not be so overwhelmed before a test and more prepared for clinicals. Good luck
  11. by   klj0315
    265 Tips and Hints:

    This is LONG, but I guarantee it's helpful! I will re-post this also at the end of the thread for people who may not see this information.

    I finished the Fall 265 semester successfully!! I did not take 265/263 together. I had an unfortunate mishap the Spring Semester and had my first CLINICAL FAILURE ever in 265. Totally my fault, by not being prepared and then another circumstance out of my control. Because of this I was EXTREMELY on point by the time I was back in the class Fall 2011. Here is what I learned...

    1) You WILL be nervous (especially for 265), do not let your fear paralyze you, let it motivate you.

    2) There ARE people who take it together, worked (they may have had to adjust their schedule a bit), and passed BOTH classes with decent grades. This does not happen often but I have a friend who did it this past semester, and one of her 265 test grades was an A!!

    3) @lelafin- Skills lab and clinical tips: The professor you have for clinical is amazingly helpful, amazingly THOROUGH, and expects you to be prepared. Some things I learned:

    **HAVE YOUR skills checklist with you ALWAYS, especially at skills lab! Have it the very first week. SHE WILL ASK YOU FOR it at the beginning of class. Some of my friends had professors that forgot or asked on other days. My suggestion, ALWAYS HAVE IT. (This is one of the ways I got a stupid ED). Have it for 263 too, those professors MAY seem nicer and smile more, but they expect preparedness as well.

    **Read for skills lab, you WILL be asked questions, and your particular professor will keep an eye out on your preparedness and knowledge. Stand out for GOOD reasons, not bad ones.

    ** Go on D2L, Print out all your skills-lab quizzes, worksheets, assignments ahead of time. Keep them in your skills packet notebook. That way if there is a printer, ink, or an I forgot we had a quiz mishap... you have them with you. Teachers will NOT accept you writing the questions and/or answers down on notebook paper. You would be surprised how many people do their quizzes super late, or don't look online and print them out, or have a printer problem at the last minute, get to skills lab and try to write the answers down quickly. SORRY you get an ED. (Never thought it would happen to me, Ms. Super organized, but it did).

    ** For Skills Lab/Clinicals Don't Forget!! Skills CHECKLIST (I know, I said already but I want you to know how important it is), Lab Skills Notebook, DO ALL QUIZZES and HW , Check D2L before you go, Bring Textbook, remember ID badge (especially if you are doing hospital assessment right after), stethoscope, items you need for the skills lab, watch, scissors, hemostat, measuring tape

    ** This is not 101 people, you should know that you wear a midlands tech approved outfit, no undies showing at clinical. Wear that badge, have your supplies. Don't be late! Little tip, take measuring tape, bandage marker, hemostats, scissors. Have it just in case, you may be in a situation where you can impress the professor because you had scissors and hemostats, when others didn't think it was necessary to bring. Have a marker to label date on saline container or IV bag... most people don't bring it, so you will look very prepared!

    ** Remember safety, and please avoid stupid ED's. You want to save up your ED's for when you really make a nervous mistake (i.e., not looking up a med, bad time management with patient... although sometimes it IS out of your control, incorrectly identifying a med, bad technique with injections, or recapping a needle... IT happens). So please don't get ED's for missing homework, checklist, supplies needed at clinical, unprofessionalism, missing supplies for skills lab, BEING LATE, leaving a blank space in your data tool or clinical worksheet.

    **KNOW YOUR INSULINS, Onset/Peak/Duration, When to give, Why given, HOW to give, Where to administer.

    ** Be thorough on your Data Tool, but don't give a dictionary definition for a basic diagnosis. Also, if there are terms within the diagnosis, other secondary medical issues in the patient's history, or things that aren't normal that you find in the chart.... look it up before preconference. The person may have LUNG cancer, but also other secondary issues might be pleural effusion. Don't just write down pleural effusion, know what it means, know where it is in your patient, when it occurred, and what is being done for the patient now to treat it (i.e. a chest tube is placed, how patient is positioned, daily weights etc). YOUR PARTICULAR PROFESSOR WILL ASK YOU ABOUT THIS, she is very thorough, and if you do not know what you are talking about in pre-conference you will not be allowed on the floor. Give her extra IMPORTANT information before she asks you. Now, some things are not SO important. If the person is getting a soft diet, you don't have to define what a SOFT diet is and the type of food examples under it.

    Class/Lecture tips:

    **Have all your textbooks, and buy a Saunders NCLEX review book. Get the most recent edition.

    ** Get out of your head that you will be able to read EVERYTHING BEFORE the assigned lecture. It almost never happens, and sometimes you don't know what is important to focus on until after the lecture.

    ** What is VERY helpful BEFORE LECTURE, review your notes along with the podcast. This is veeeeeeery helpful in reinforcing the information learned. Also listen to podcasts maybe 2 more times on that particular subject, before the exam.

    ** Be organized, prepared, check d2L for updates on the calendar!

    ** How I studied: I would read notes and listen to podcast (most of the time) before lecture, Soon after lecture I would read the sections assigned and high-light what I deemed important and what instructor focused on, I would write my own additional IMPORTANT notes from my reading (then usually I wouldn't have to look in my book anymore), Look at important charts (If you don't know what chart is important ask the professor in HER OFFICE HOURS, do not waste time asking this question in class). Keep re-reading your notes and doing NCLEX questions throughout the weeks. Please try to make time for this. At least 3 times a week. A couple hours PER subject matter. It will help reinforce the information!! Then 5-7 days before a test. I would do NCLEX practice questions, and divide up my lecture notes, written notes, charts etc, and study them systematically throughout the last week before test.

    **Do not try to STUDY/COMMIT to memory 2-3 days before. It won't work, unless you are seriously ready to hustle and be stressed!

    ** OKAY, the NCLEX questions you practice will be MUCH easier than the test questions in 265. But the benefit to taking them is that it reinforces what you are reading. It also gives you a break from reading... sometimes it's nice/fun to take the little quizzes on the CD. Also it helps you practice for the NCLEX!!

    ** DO THE Worksheets or Handouts they pass out in class. Some professors will call on you COLD and want you to know the answer.

    ** DON't forget to study for MANAGEMENT. Management will be one of you first lectures in the semester, but you will not get tested on it until the FINAL! Yes, the FINAL! Now I have to admit: I DID NOT get to read all CHAPTERS in management, I did not have time! I read the 3 REQUIRED articles, and THOROUGHLY read/memorized/understood my notes and definitions, as well as listen to Ms. Richardson's Management podcast (they are very helpful and very entertaining!), listen to the podcast again when you are studying for finals, and TAKE Management NCLEX practice questions.

    ** Some people say the final was torture, but if you read your notes from day 1, listened to podcast, started early, time managed well, tried to read as much from the book (but again do not sacrifice reading and understanding your notes and handouts), NCLEX practice questions, and rest... you should do well.

    ** VERY HELPFUL TIP: After you get tests back, don't argue. If you really think an answer is debatable nicely ask or email the course coordinator. ALSO, stay and review your test (EVEN IF YOU DID PRETTY WELL). Read, understand, and find out what you got wrong. Also, when you leave or walk outside. Try to remember those questions/scenarios, and write them down for yourself on a piece of paper so you will never forget. By the end of the semester you will have a paper with scenarios or questions that were tough for you to remember on tests but now you know how to answer correctly. Then you will be prepared if you see them, or a similar question, on the final again :-). This REALLY helped me.

    **To me the final was straightforward. Don't let people create a fear in you about the final before you get there.

    ** Don't study with a group if you aren't learning anything, you are just going to gossip, or get on facebook. I never studied with a group. I studied alone and either did handouts, study guides, or NCLEX questions with a friend once a week. We would also test each other and try to see if we can explain certain pathos or diseases without having to look at notes too much.

    ** Make a friend/find a friend you can rely on that will encourage you through the course. BLOCK OUTSIDE VOICES of discouragement. People told me the first test was the hardest, and I ended up understanding fluid and electrolytes VERY well. I personally thought the second test would be murder because GI has SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much information (but it is very enjoyable to read), and that was my HIGHEST grade. I thought the third exam was my HIGHEST after taking it because I loved the info I read, I studied WAYYY ahead of time, and I got amazing sleep.... yet it was my lowest test LOL (although I still passed it). And the fourth test, I was told OMG EVERYONE GETS an A on the test, It is soooo easy. I took it and almost cried, It was the most difficult test ever (but yet it was my second highest exam grade). I was told that you have to read EVERYTHING for management, that it's soooo much info on the test and that's why people don't pass the final (Yet I read all required articles , read/studied/understood all terms and notes, and listened to the podcast thoroughly).

    I passed every exam. Never made an A on tests, but was always CONSISTENT (i.e. 86, 84, 83 etc). I passed the class and I am not looking back!!

    (P.S.- My suggestion, if you are not passing or 3 points away from passing at midterm... then DROP. IT is not WORTH the fail.)

    (Send a message if you have more questions on particular subjects (i.e. what did you study, what do you think I should know for this subject? etc). Good luck!
  12. by   lelafin
    @klj0315 Thank you SO MUCH!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Most amazing post EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, you are my hero Where are you at in the semester now?
  13. by   klj0315
    @lelafin, You're welcome. I'm starting my fourth semester.