And It Begins

I finally got my acceptance packet/email from the College of Nursing (CON). It contains several items to be completed and checked off, and finally I feel like I’m on my way to beginning this program!! In short, here’s the check-off list:

  • Complete, sign, and return the Confirmation Form (to indicate full-time status).
  • Read the Drug and Background Screen Policy  and return the signature page.
  • Complete the Clinical Preference Survey.
  • Complete online application for Criminal Background Screening.
  • Pay for Drug Screening.
  • Complete state-mandated immunizations.
  • Receive or update CPR certification.
  • Attend new student orientation.

I’ve completed everything already except for the immunizations and orientation (which isn’t until December 7th!). The only vaccines I still need are meningitis and influenza, and I need to get the TB screening – all of which I’m doing this morning. Then I’ll turn all the vaccine records in on Monday or Tuesday.

I’m SO EXCITED about orientation!! At orientation we’ll be able to register for classes, buy books, sign up for nursing associations, tour the campus, and so on and so forth. I’m excited about meeting new classmates and finding out where I’ll be going for clinicals, too!

I still need to go shopping for scrubs and shoes, too. I hear Danskos are great for nurses…I think I might start there. Our scrub colors are burgundy and white. Burgundy for the pants, and white tops. I think I’m going to buy a burgundy stethoscope to match. 😉

I started a facebook group for our class, and I’ve already met so many great girls (and about 5 guy so far) in my class. Last Saturday I met up with 5 others who live in my area to get introductions out of the way. It was fun, and we couldn’t stop talking about nursing school. I have a feeling our anticipation and excitation will die about a week into actual classes, but I’m going to relish it while I can. I also went to lunch with a couple of girls from my patho class yesterday who were also accepted into the nursing program. I love that we’re already somewhat acquainted from patho class and will definitely have some familiar faces in the first few weeks of nursing school.

I found a video on youtube from the TWU graduating class of 2011. It makes me SO eager to begin the next two years of my life!!

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