Northlake College Spring 2010 students

  1. I wanted to see specifically how many Northlake Spring 2010 students are cruising these posts? And see if anyone wanted to kind of share some background info? I am obvioulsy going to be there so I will start. If you are going to be at ECC in the spring feel free to jump in as well. Im hoping this will help everyone to not be complete strangers the first day of class.


    - Northlake class SP10

    - 36years

    - male

    - currently work as an anesthesia technician (3 years)

    - spent about 7 years as a paramedic (ambulance and ED, 2 years before that as an EMT-B)

    - ACLS Instructor for about 5 years , was a CPR instructor for the same until this year

    - prereq GPA is 3.8

    - Hesi overall is 93

    - all support courses completed

    - Live in Wylie

    Chime in with anything you want to share. Thanks
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  3. by   longhornteacher
    Hey there and congratulations! Thanks for starting the thread.
    I too will begin at North Lake this Spring 2010 semester.
    I'm 29,
    teaching high school geography & government for the past 5 years,
    graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in '02,
    completed all support courses except for microbiology (probably this summer),
    live in Garland.
    See you at orientation!
  4. by   jeepchick
    I'll be at NLC too!

    Got the email today that they received my confirmation. Can't wait until orientation!!

    I'm 35 and this is a career change for me. I've worked the last year as a secretary in a hospital to get my feet wet in healthcare.
    Looking forward to meeting all of you.

    Longhornteacher - I'm planning on taking micro in the summer too.

    Good luck!
  5. by   ETCO2
    Glad to hear from you guys. I also recieved my email today. I am looking forward to orientation so that I will have more information about the structure of the program. I think the first few weeks will be the toughest simply from a logistics standpoint. Im not sure about you guys, but I will continue to work fulltime during the program. I am fortunate in that I work 12 hour shifts, so I have the option to free up the 2 days needed for class and clinicals. But from what I have read the first few weeks are often just a mess with regards to scheduling. Hopefully it wont be as bad as others have made it out to be. But just in case, I am storing up my PTO.
  6. by   Pianist8
    Congratulations on your acceptance to the nursing program at Northlake College. I'm almost through, and have enjoyed it very much. I have found the teachers and staff to be extremely supportive, as well as the other students.

    I too have had to continue to work while going to school, and actually have a full time (45hrs) and part time job (12 hr). I have a family and am active in church. I have been in the medical field as well, so much of the material I already felt at least somewhat familiar with, which helps considerably. The most difficult part for me was finding all the different paperwork and forms at various places on the ecampus website.

    While I have always purchased the complete book packages, I probably could have gotten by with just one or two of the items each semester. Additionally, while I purchased several uniforms, I could have gotten by with just one set and a lab coat....(and I could have worn my own black scrub pants and NOT have bought theirs).

    I found I spent more $$ on other items such as review books, drug cards, study guides, etc at barnes and nobles or borders than I actually did on the books they provided. Make sure your save ALL your old notes each semester as the material is cumulative and grows with each semester.

    Yes, I did study, not really the first semester, but 2nd semester I found I had to study 1-2 hours prior to the last several tests to feel comfortable.

    Other than that I spent approximately 20-45 min doing care plans for clinical days.

    The experience has been great, and I look forward to finishing. I love it. Not nearly as hard as I thought it would be....and takes much less time than I thought. While other schools may be M-F 8 hrs a day....this is just 2 days (approx) a week. In first semester you have Lab, Lecture and Clinical;...but by the end of the semester you are just going to Lecture....same with 2nd.

    By 3rd, you will have Lec and Clinical, with any Lab skill days replacing your it's still 2 days.

    In addition to your regular schedule you will have several modules to do, a mock trial to attend, and several seminars and simulation labs at El Centro. These are pretty fun to do, and are generally just one day.

    Don't get strung out the first couple SEEMS really confusing the way everything is explained. The best advice I could offer would be to print out EVERYTHING for your lecture, lab, and clinical and make several different notebooks, PRIOR to starting the course. And when you KNOW you have something to do such as Major nursing care plan, community service hours, modules to complete....DO NOT WAIT...Get all this done in the first couple weeks of school. Your Major Nursing Care Plan will have to wait till you actually start clinical at the hospital, but the minute it has been explained, do it. Also, find a mentor at the school who has already completed first semester and get their number. They can explain things as well, and prove to be very helpful. Mine even passed down her notes to me!

    Best of luck, you will love it. Don't stress over it, the time goes by fast, it is NOT that difficult, and YES, you can still have a life outside of nursing school. Be positive and you will succeed. If you did well enough to get into nursing school, you should be able to make it through with no problem. Many of my pre-reqs were tons harder than the actual nursing part!

    Best to all!
  7. by   aj12
    Any of you guys still active on this thread? I would love to hear about your experiences! OP looks like you ended up going to El Centro and not liking it?