The HESI A2 Study Guide

Preface: This is a study guide going over the topics that I saw and studied for the BRCC Spring 2018 HESI A2, and these subject categories and topics may change for future exams. I cannot guarantee the long-term efficacy of this study guide.This guide will outline basic concepts and ideas that must be known, I will not be explaining or providing examples or explanations of concepts unless requested. Lastly, the Elsevier HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review Book (ISBN: 978-0323353786) has wonderful chapters explaining and covering some of the information covered below. I have included topics in my study guide that were not touched in this workbook…

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My BRCC Nursing 2018 Cycle Experience

So, I know I wrote a post detailing about the physical steps and process for applying to the Baton Rouge Community College's (BRCC) nursing program. Today, I wanted to do something a little more personal and in line with my HESI experience. I'll be talking about what my nursing school application looked like, and my personal experiences during the application process while waiting to hear back from the school. Along with some of the difficulties I initially ran into even before applying. So the two biggest things to remember are that for BRCC, their nursing application opens the first Monday…

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A Detailed Overview of the Baton Rouge Community College’s Associate of Science in Nursing Program

In an older post Nursing Programs in Baton Rouge, I did a pretty short and concise bullet pointed list of the Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) nursing program's prerequisites for entry and the length of the program. Today, I wanted to do a complete detailed overview of the program. BRCC's program of nursing is a 2.5 year, 5 semester long Associate Degree of Science in Nursing totaling 72 credit hours. It is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). Accreditation by the ACEN ensures that the program…

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RN vs BSN, Do the Letters Matter?

If you're like me, you probably did a lot of research into nurses, nursing and the process to become a nurse. And in fact, when you looked into the different kinds of nursing programs available, one of the most common questions you probably saw was: RN or BSN?For those of you who aren't familiar with the letters, RN (Registered Nurse) and BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) refer to the educational pathway that someone took in order to receive their title of nurse.RN in generally used to refer to those who became a registered nurse by finishing a 2 year…

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Nursing Semester Schedule Breakdown

So, I wanted to do a breakdown of what classes are a core part of Baton Rouge Community College's (BRCC) nursing program. And, what you can roughly expect your nursing semesters to look like once you're enrolled in the program. This is assuming that you stay on track and finish the courses as necessary without having to repeat. If you take one nursing class per a semester then your personal schedule will be very different from the one I've shown below.A lot of these classes are prerequisites for the next level and require you to pass to enroll in the…

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Pursuing Nursing with a Low GPA

This is a topic that's fairly difficult for me to discuss, but I wanted to go over it anyways.Low GPAs aren't something that are commonly discussed in regards to nursing applications. And, I think it's a topic where a lot of transparency and honesty can go a long way for people who are in the same situation and looking for other's experiences. A lot of people assume that a low GPA is an automatic barrier to entry into nursing school and that's not the case at all.To preface this post, I graduated high school in 2011 with a 3.7GPA with…

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BRCC Nursing, The Application Process Explained Step-by-Step.

Hi everyone! Today, I wanted to write about and share my application process experience. I wrote about my experience regarding the HESI A2 and taking it in the Frazier building. And, I realized this would be another really great, helpful writeup for people who are hoping to apply into the Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) nursing program. I had a lot of questions when I was applying, and I didn't have any friends or classmates to whom I could direct questions. So, I went through a lot of trial and error trying to get the process done. In fact, I…

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I’m Accepted, Now What? (AKA The Wallet Shock)

So, surprisingly, I actually had a lot of difficulty looking up what exactly would be required of me once I got accepted into a program. And, I was pretty shocked by what was required of my school and the timeframe I had to turn in said materials. And, more importantly, the cost! So, I decided to put together this wonderful aggregation of everything I had to do and pay for.As always, I preface this by saying this is what's required from Baton Rouge Community College's School of Nursing for 2018 enrollment. Your own paperwork and monetary costs may change within…

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2017 Nursing Application Cycle Acceptance Mini Data

Man, to be quite honest, I'm not even sure you can call this tiny table a data set. I managed to scrounge this up by digging up and down in the AllNurses forums. Now, it is worth saying that it may not be 100% accurate because it was pulled from a forum, and anyone can say whatever they'd like on a forum. But, even if we take it with a grain of salt, it gives us a pretty good idea of what kind of application a student needs to have in order to be accepted.Now, we know BRCC takes 60…

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Nursing Programs in Baton Rouge

So today, I wanted to provide a more informative post than usual. I’ll be discussing the different nursing programs available within Baton Rouge that will let you sit for the NCLEX-RN. The NCLEX-RN is a licensure exam that must be passed in order to call and work as a nurse within the United States. Here, all students must pass an accredited program before the state Board of Nurses will allow them to sit for the test.In the city of Baton Rouge, you have several programs that allow you to sit for the NCLEX following completion. I’ve listed below the most…

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