Banner Bilingual Nurse Fellows Program

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    Hello everyone, I was just wondering if anyone is currently enrolled in the Banner Bilingual nurse fellows program. I've been to the SMCC website and Banner's as well
    but I'm still trying to figure out why the bilingual program is a whole year longer than the regular BNF.
    Another thing I noticed is they don't require you to take the NET.
    Does it mean it's less intense? Less hours a day?
    Is it very competitive? How hard is it to get in?
    What is your weekly schedule like? In the SMCC website it says to be prepared to be in class from 8 to 5 but, when I looked it up, the actual courses almost all seemed to be at night.
    I'm a full time mother of 2 and I'm trying to plan how to do it but if it requires me to be there all day it would be imposible.
    In the course outline I did not see any indication of separate classes in spanish.
    Are there any classes in spanish?
    Anything you can through my way about the program is highly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Last edit by W2BANU on Jun 2, '08
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    bear in mind that my info is over a year old and things might of changed: the bilingual program is over a year longer because you go through na program, once you pass that you go through the lpn program, and then you do blocks 3/4. its not condensed like the bfnp. i did na school w/ the bilingual section and most of them were pretty spot on and determined
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    Thanks for your reply Irish, I see how it works it makes a lot of sense. I guess that's what they meant about multiple exit points:imbar. I think reading all this info online is turning my brain to mush.

    Thanks again,

    W2BANU
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    Quote from Cursed Irishman
    bear in mind that my info is over a year old and things might of changed: the bilingual program is over a year longer because you go through na program, once you pass that you go through the lpn program, and then you do blocks 3/4. its not condensed like the bfnp. i did na school w/ the bilingual section and most of them were pretty spot on and determined
    Don't they roll a lot of the pre-reqs into the program, which accounts for the longer time?
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    from my understanding the cohorts are grouped by the prereq's theyve finished, so if student a, b, and c all apply at the same time, but only student c has all the prep work done, he starts the nursing program; meanwhile students a & b go to the same prereq classes with others in who've been selected, a&b don't necessarily end up in the nursing program if they fail their prereq's and their cohort will be added to by those who submit their application at their level......this was how it was explained to me by cohort members, it seemed a convoluted way of approaching the program, but they seem to get alot of support if they aren't doing so well and there is a great deal of recruitment for bilingual nurses
    Last edit by Cursed Irishman on Jun 5, '08
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    Quote from Cursed Irishman
    from my understanding the cohorts are grouped by the prereq's theyve finished, so if student a, b, and c all apply at the same time, but only student c has all the prep work done, he starts the nursing program; meanwhile students a & b go to the same prereq classes with others in who've been selected, a&b don't necessarily end up in the nursing program if they fail their prereq's and their cohort will be added to by those who submit their application at their level......this was how it was explained to me by cohort members, it seemed a convoluted way of approaching the program, but they seem to get alot of support if they aren't doing so well and there is a great deal of recruitment for bilingual nurses

    If only hospitals put their money where their mouth is - only one Maryvale - offers a bilingual shift differential.
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    but examined from the position of a student: not having to wait to enter nursing school, plus having your schooling paid for would make up for lack of a shift differential in the begining; a keen employee could easily argue for a higher wage based on bilingual abilities after some experience...interesting to know maryvale offers that shift differential though
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    Would any of yall happen to know if the nursing program has a waiting list?
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    Quote from elle_luna
    Would any of yall happen to know if the nursing program has a waiting list?
    Hi I don't think they have the fellows program any longer. I think they closed it a year or two ago.
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    I think they still have the program because they have information sessions coming up. I believe it's the Banner-Bosewell something or other that they stopped offering.


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