So before I start nursing school, I have one prerequisite to finish. The class happens to be General Chemistry. I am more than half way done with the class and wanted to share a few study tips that has helped me tremendously.
1.) Before class always read the chapter. Having some idea of what the Professor will lecture on helps you familiarize yourself with the information.
2.) Always take notes. However, do not try to write down word for word, but listen for key points/concepts.
3.) Ask questions during class if you don’t understand something. You will be surprised how many others have the same question but are afraid to ask.
4.) After class, read the chapter again but this time using the notes as a reference point. If something is still unclear, reach out to the Professor for further clarification.
5.) My secret tip: YouTube always has some very knowledgeable chemistry professional who have channels. However, before you result to this, do your research on the credibility of the person teaching.
These are just few of the many tips that has helped me along the way. Hopefully, they may help one of you as well. Best wishes!
The DePaul Preview Event was just the little push I never knew I needed. Reason being, I got accepted into the program six months before my actual start date. This was simply because I had one outstanding prerequisite to finish before starting.
This event started with a tour of the campus and simulation labs (see photos below). I must note that the lab was equipped with the latest technology and mannequins for practicing. Once the tour was over, the more formal presentation started. Here we learned all about the scholarship opportunities, class schedules, uniforms, etc… The presenters offered light refreshments, which is always a plus for me.
The presentation ended with a Q & A, which gave everyone a chance to have clarity on topics discussed. Lastly, we got the opportunity to network with others in the cohort.We were able to exchange information and created a Facebook page to stay connected. The next step is orientation, which is December 17, 2018.
This upcoming weekend, I will be attending a Preview Event for my nursing program. I am super excited because attending brings me a little closer to the official start date. I also have a lot of questions that I would like to have answered and this event seems like the perfect opportunity. Hopefully, I can bring back some very relevant information and share it with you guys!
Today I want to share a secret about me. So when I was in high school, I attended a Practical Nursing Program. For those who don’t know, the Practical Nursing Program is designed for students who wish to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The total length of the program was two years. This program was connected to another high school. So I spent a half day at one school and the other half at my home school. We also attended many clinical at local hospitals in the Chicagoland area. After completing the program, I was eligible to take the NCLEX exam. So here are a couple of throwbacks pictures from my graduation in 2008. Some how I wish I could fast forward to 2020 and be done with this MSN already 😩
So the verdict is in! In January 2019, I will be starting the Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice program at DePaul University. This program is designed to prepare students with a bachelor’s degree in any field to become a professional registered nurse through the NCLEX-RN examination.
This program is a two-year accelerated program, ideal for individuals who are careers changers, do not want to obtain another bachelor’s degree, or whose ultimate goal is advanced practice nursing or doctoral preparation in nursing.
This was my first choice for nursing school and I am more than excited to be starting soon. Below I attached my Acceptance Letter.
I started the process for applying to nursing schools by researching several schools through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (link listed below). The site always has the most current information on the different type of programs as well as the accreditation status of each school. Some things I looked for in schools were the amount and/or type of science prerequisites needed to apply, the length of programs, the degree awarded at completion, and the overall cost. Additionally, there are many route to become a registered nurse. The two options that were most attractive was the accelerated bsn and msn programs. The length of these programs are anywhere from 16 to 24 months and is ideal for career changers. This is ultimately how I formulated the list of schools I was interested in.
Next, I signed up for open houses when it became available. I took this opportunity to gather all the facts needed to make an informed decision to apply. Also, this was a chance for me to get to meet some of the faculty.
After completion of the opening houses, I had a clear idea which school I realistically wanted to attend. However, knowing how competitive schools can be, I played safe and applied to a couple of schools. I gathered all the required documents needed such as, recommendations, transcripts, and personal statements. I have successfully submitted all documents by the application deadlines and now I wait! 🙂