Nursing Student Boot Camp is Exercise for the Brain

Contact: Rebeca Rakoczy
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

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There are no cardio regimens, stretching or dietary restrictions required for the new Georgia Perimeter College boot camp for nursing school students. This is a workout of a different kind.  

“This is exercise for the brain,” said GPC nursing professor Jeanette Crawford, RN, who has organized the event.

The three-day boot camp, Aug. 3-5 on GPC’s Clarkston Campus, was developed both as a retention tool and as a way to mentally prepare students for the year and a half ahead of them, says Dr. Diane White, dean of GPC’s Health Sciences program. It has been created in addition to the regular nursing program orientation.  

“Even though nursing students are continually warned about the time commitment required of them and the rigor of the program, many don’t take it seriously,” White said. The program demands can be stressful on both students and their families.  

That was the case for Joshua Kies, 33, who is now in his second semester of GPC’s nursing program. “During orientation, they do warn us about the time commitment; they even tell you to say goodbye to your family for a while, since you’re going to be at school all the time. But I didn’t believe it at the time. I thought I would be different. I was wrong,” the Snellville resident said.  

J’Nayia Peebles, 23, echoes Kies’s sentiments. In an effort to perform well above average, Peebles estimates that she studies many hours a day in addition to classes and clinical work. A newlywed, Peebles says the time commitment has been stressful for her marriage, although her husband tries to be supportive. “He misses me—I miss him,” she said.  

Both students agree they would have benefited from the boot camp had it been available when they enrolled last year. The camp includes a review of all aspects of the nursing program, including classroom lectures, math requirements, and clinical practice lab and simulation lab experiences. Various breakout sessions will be offered including proven test-taking strategies, pitfalls to success in nursing school, time and stress management as well as many other valuable learning tools. A family night on Thursday helps family and significant others understand the time commitment and clinical workload that will be required of the nursing students.  

Despite the time commitment required of the program, Peebles loves her career path and hopes to earn her doctorate in community health nursing one day. “This is such a special profession, and it’s so rewarding,” she said. Both Peebles and Kies are on track to graduate in May 2011.  

Registration is limited to students accepted to begin in the fall semester. There is a registration fee of $10 which covers lunch on Tuesday, and is payable at the door. The program will be at GPC’s Clarkston Campus, Building CH, Room 1100.

For information and to register, contact Jeanette Crawford at 678-891-3842, or Becky Craig at 678-891-3869.

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