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Hey SPC future Level I students! I am a Level II student in the ADN program. I am working on the beginning stages of developing a peer mentoring program for the ADN program. The idea would be that volunteer Level 3 students would be paired up with interested Level 1 students. The Level 3 mentors would give you tips on studying, managing your time, what exams are like, what resources work best, instruction styles to expect, the general ideas of how it all works. It would be a way to encourage networking between the levels and reduce anxiety for Level 1 and Level 2 students. Nursing school is a beast. No matter how many articles you read (and I know you have, because we're all type A and obsess) it will not prepare you for what is to come. But it's amazing :) I would love to hear from you guys about any potential interest in something like this. Do you think a program like this might be beneficial, and if it was available would you sign up? I'm researching lol. Thanks in advance guys!

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Also, fire away with any questions about Level 1.

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I think that is a great idea! I would definitely be interested in that.

And I have a few questions

what was orientation like? what did you guys do?

When did you start going to clinicals with actual patients?

What was your most difficult class?

Did you have to change the way you study when you started the program?

Do you have classes on Friday?

I have a lot of random questions.

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Yes, definitely!

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I think that is a great idea! I would definitely be interested in that.

And I have a few questions

what was orientation like? what did you guys do?

When did you start going to clinicals with actual patients?

What was your most difficult class?

Did you have to change the way you study when you started the program?

Do you have classes on Friday?

I have a lot of random questions.

Yes, I have the same questions as Rebecca. Also, did you do days or nights and what location did you choose and get? I really want nights and I see that they have St. Anthony's as a selection, but I am not sure if this is only for their employees. Not sure why it would be on SPC's Fall Registration site if it was though.

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Okay, sorry it took me a few days. Finals coming up so it's been hectic. Orientation is nothing to get your panties in a bunch over. Some instructors and faculty are there in the auditorium. They give you a few handouts, talk to you about the uniform, castlebranch requirements(your background check and Vax info), and tell you nursing school is hard. Clinical start around the 6th week of level 1. I was days, and my clinical site was Northside. If you go to Northside, it is awful and scary and a lot of work. However, you learn so much more there than your homies that go to the rehab places do. It's worth it.

We don't really have "classes" really. Theory and clinical kinda run together. The skills are easy, don't stress them. Pharmacology this semester has been awful. A damn disaster, and I'm an A student.

Level 1 I had Fridays off, level 2 I have Tuesdays off.

As for studying, yes. I've had to completely revamp the way I study. Flash cards that you used for micro and A&P are not going to do the job. There is just too much material. You are no longer memorizing info, you are having to analyze data and then come up with an answer. You have to really understand what is going on. I use concept maps alot, I also hand write all of my notes. I've found handwriting to be faster and better retained. Read. Reaaadddd. Each test this semester contained about 130 pgs of assigned reading. With about 2 weeks in between each test. It's alot. But you have to read. You're going to get ATI books, you'll know what I was talking about come the first week of class, use them. No one used them level 1, until we realized how awesome they were at the end. Buy a fundamental Q&A success book, you won't regret it. I used to try to just get by on homework/studying like 3 days a week, like I did in my prereqs. You have to do more, this semester I started doing homework/studying 6 days a week. At least 3 hours per day, some days much more. Don't worry about the instructor's powerpoints, they're useless for the test. In our prereqs, an instructors PowerPoint was the test, not anymore my friends. My last piece of advice is to do practice questions. Then do them some more. I made a B level 1, because I did not know how to answer an NCLEX style question. Level 2 is much harder, and I have an A...and it is all because I started banging out practice questions and figured out how to answer NCLEX questions.

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Thank you so much for answering all our questions. I really appreciate it.

I am wondering why you described Northside as scary and awful though. Also, are you working while in school?

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Okay, sorry it took me a few days. Finals coming up so it's been hectic. Orientation is nothing to get your panties in a bunch over. Some instructors and faculty are there in the auditorium. They give you a few handouts, talk to you about the uniform, castlebranch requirements(your background check and Vax info), and tell you nursing school is hard. Clinical start around the 6th week of level 1. I was days, and my clinical site was Northside. If you go to Northside, it is awful and scary and a lot of work. However, you learn so much more there than your homies that go to the rehab places do. It's worth it.

We don't really have "classes" really. Theory and clinical kinda run together. The skills are easy, don't stress them. Pharmacology this semester has been awful. A damn disaster, and I'm an A student.

Level 1 I had Fridays off, level 2 I have Tuesdays off.

As for studying, yes. I've had to completely revamp the way I study. Flash cards that you used for micro and A&P are not going to do the job. There is just too much material. You are no longer memorizing info, you are having to analyze data and then come up with an answer. You have to really understand what is going on. I use concept maps alot, I also hand write all of my notes. I've found handwriting to be faster and better retained. Read. Reaaadddd. Each test this semester contained about 130 pgs of assigned reading. With about 2 weeks in between each test. It's alot. But you have to read. You're going to get ATI books, you'll know what I was talking about come the first week of class, use them. No one used them level 1, until we realized how awesome they were at the end. Buy a fundamental Q&A success book, you won't regret it. I used to try to just get by on homework/studying like 3 days a week, like I did in my prereqs. You have to do more, this semester I started doing homework/studying 6 days a week. At least 3 hours per day, some days much more. Don't worry about the instructor's powerpoints, they're useless for the test. In our prereqs, an instructors PowerPoint was the test, not anymore my friends. My last piece of advice is to do practice questions. Then do them some more. I made a B level 1, because I did not know how to answer an NCLEX style question. Level 2 is much harder, and I have an A...and it is all because I started banging out practice questions and figured out how to answer NCLEX questions.

Thank you for the info! How's the instructor for Northside? She didn't have really high reviews. Is St. Anthony's a choice? I see it on the fall registration, but wasn't sure if it was for their employees.

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Okay, sorry it took me a few days. Finals coming up so it's been hectic. Orientation is nothing to get your panties in a bunch over. Some instructors and faculty are there in the auditorium. They give you a few handouts, talk to you about the uniform, castlebranch requirements(your background check and Vax info), and tell you nursing school is hard. Clinical start around the 6th week of level 1. I was days, and my clinical site was Northside. If you go to Northside, it is awful and scary and a lot of work. However, you learn so much more there than your homies that go to the rehab places do. It's worth it.

We don't really have "classes" really. Theory and clinical kinda run together. The skills are easy, don't stress them. Pharmacology this semester has been awful. A damn disaster, and I'm an A student.

Level 1 I had Fridays off, level 2 I have Tuesdays off.

As for studying, yes. I've had to completely revamp the way I study. Flash cards that you used for micro and A&P are not going to do the job. There is just too much material. You are no longer memorizing info, you are having to analyze data and then come up with an answer. You have to really understand what is going on. I use concept maps alot, I also hand write all of my notes. I've found handwriting to be faster and better retained. Read. Reaaadddd. Each test this semester contained about 130 pgs of assigned reading. With about 2 weeks in between each test. It's alot. But you have to read. You're going to get ATI books, you'll know what I was talking about come the first week of class, use them. No one used them level 1, until we realized how awesome they were at the end. Buy a fundamental Q&A success book, you won't regret it. I used to try to just get by on homework/studying like 3 days a week, like I did in my prereqs. You have to do more, this semester I started doing homework/studying 6 days a week. At least 3 hours per day, some days much more. Don't worry about the instructor's powerpoints, they're useless for the test. In our prereqs, an instructors PowerPoint was the test, not anymore my friends. My last piece of advice is to do practice questions. Then do them some more. I made a B level 1, because I did not know how to answer an NCLEX style question. Level 2 is much harder, and I have an A...and it is all because I started banging out practice questions and figured out how to answer NCLEX questions.

Also, for Level 1, are all those books really necessary? Which books did you buy or is it at the discretion of the instructor?

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Thank you so much for answering all our questions. I really appreciate it.

I am wondering why you described Northside as scary and awful though. Also, are you working while in school?

Yes, I am wondering that as well because I may have to go there. I did look at the instructor for Northside on ratemyprofessor.com and she got REALLY bad reviews, so I am terrified of getting that choice. I saw that St. Anthony's is an option though and I would rather do mine there because it is close to home. I had heard that it is reserved for their employees, but I am not sure why it would show up as an option on the registration portion of the SPC website.

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It's in St Pete, and you deal with a lot of homeless people and drug addicts. You clean up a lot of poop. So much poop. I have 3 kids and I was working part time at a daycare. I quit half way through this semester though, it was too hard. Alot of my peers without kids work part time though. Full time is not possible.

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