Once you meet the requirements for Concordia University Texas’s Accelerated BSN track, you will then be expected to prepare for your transformative, 16-month nursing school experience. But where do you begin when you’re unsure of what to expect from your first day of nursing school? Allow us to fill you in.
Prior to your first official day of nursing school, you will be required to attend a mandatory ABSN orientation. Not only will you have the chance to meet your support system, but you will dive deep into ABSN track details, and explore how online courses are organized.
The time you spend at orientation will give you a good idea of what to expect from your first day of nursing school and provide you with the tools and resources needed to begin your new journey as an accelerated nursing student with confidence and ease.
Meet your support system.
Orientation will take place at Seton Clinical Education Center, the largest clinical education facility in central Texas. Staff and faculty will welcome you upon your arrival and you will receive various packets of paperwork, along with the day’s itinerary.
During orientation, you will have the opportunity to mingle with nursing students in your cohort. As you advance through the ABSN track, you will become very close to these students – you will collaborate together, perform labs and clinicals together, and graduate together. It’s important that you get to know one another from day one. Be yourself and don’t be shy – it’s likely your classmates are feeling just as anxious and excited to begin the ABSN track as you are.
Once orientation formally begins, you will hear introductions from Concordia University Texas’s ABSN site director and team. These individuals play a critical role in your success and are devoted to making Concordia’s ABSN track a positive learning environment. After hearing from staff and faculty, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the ABSN track.
Dive deep into ABSN track details.
This is often the part of orientation ABSN students look forward to the most. That’s because they receive specific answers to their lingering questions about the ABSN track. Students will receive assorted schedules outlining the locations and times of
They will also learn where to park, how to plan for traffic while traveling, and when to wear uniforms.
Once your questions are answered, you will then participate in a hospital orientation. Staff and faculty will reveal clinical education expectations and demonstrate which modules you will complete throughout each clinical rotation.
For example, your first module may focus on safety. If so, you could learn about general safety measures and what precautions to take to ensure the safety of your patients and their families. You may also learn about risk reports and how to complete them.
These modules are created by the hospital, so as you rotate from one hospital to the next, they are likely to change. It’s extremely important that you take the time to retain this information. Why? Because the clinical placement you work in as an ABSN student could offer you a job after graduation.
Explore how online courses are organized.
Online nursing theory coursework is developed and led by top instructional designers in partnership with accomplished nursing faculty. At orientation, you will have hands-on access to the online learning management system, Blackboard, which houses all learning content. The ABSN team at Concordia University Texas have implemented the following into the online-based nursing curriculum:
- Cutting-edge graphic design.
- Lifelike animations.
- Simulation activities.
These elements will help you understand and practice complex concepts including:
- Measuring I.V. dosages and solutions.
- Identifying parts of the human body that are small or close together.
- Detecting diastolic and systolic pressure.
Concordia’s team of instructional designers and e-learning specialists will show you how to log into your account to verify your credentials work. You will also participate in an assessment lockdown browser, which will show you how secure the testing environment is at all times.
Blackboard will allow you to interact with course material in a unique way and communicate on a regular basis with faculty, staff, and students in your cohort. Students who take the online accelerated BSN courses say they appreciate how simple it is to maneuver and complete assignments.
4 things you can do to prepare for orientation.
If you didn’t already know, the ABSN track at Concordia University Texas is no easy feat. Orientation will introduce this known fact and staff and faculty will throw a plethora of information your way. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed at first, but before you head for the door in fear, take a deep breath and remember why you chose to pursue a career in nursing in the first place. Here are 4 things you can do to prepare for orientation day:
- Bring your blue card or clearance letter from the board of nursing.
- Plan to spend extra time to find parking and become familiar with the flow of traffic to and from Seton Clinical Education Center.
- Write your questions down in advance so you can leave feeling organized and excited for what’s to come.
- Stay organized and familiarize yourself with the paperwork you have received before attending orientation.
Your first day awaits you!
Orientation is an exciting way to kick off your ABSN education. It will answer your longing questions and open your eyes to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. At Concordia University Texas, you will be well prepared and have plenty of resources to help you succeed each step of the way.
Take the first step toward your future as an accelerated BSN student and contact an admissions counselor today!