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Hi nursinguy. Thanks for offering to provide us with an insider's view of the nursing program. Has the program been pretty manageable work-load wise?
Like Mossback, I'm also anxiously awaiting my decision from sac state but I'm also worried about job prospects. Since it's your last semester (congrats on being almost done!), do you have any advice on what nursing students can do while in school (and maybe at CSUS in particular) to improve their job prospects? Ultimately, I'd like to work in the ER, but I've been hearing that many new grads are being forced to work at nursing homes first.
Work wise since it has been put into a 2 year program, the acelerated group no longer gets a watered down version of the curriculm. Yes that means more work. The first and the 2nd semester will be work intensive, when you are not doing real nursing stuff, you will be up to your ears in group projects, indendant projects, online quizes that confound the mind (do them in groups or a lower grade you will get, as I found out, lol) and other busy work that the teachers believe makes you a better person, lol. The work is pretty much 24/7 for 2 years, 3rd semester is a little lite if you do summer camps to complete the required 40 hours of community service required for peds and ob.
Job prospects I recomend this, do all your clinicals at the hospital you plan to work at, many of my friend have got hired, even though their is a hiring freeze. Be top notch in clinical, and maintain decent grades. A (A) in class no way means you have any clue of what you are doing in clinical, I have seen A students that are totaly incompetent in the clinical portion, they even pass. Get to know people you work with in the hospital and have good report with you clinical instructors, go to units you know they will be adding beds. All this is key to getting a job after you graduate.
Let me know if you like to know anything else. Don't be scared it is doable, just you will have to sacrifice your family and friends for a few years.