I origionally applied to 14 community college RN programs in CA that used the lottery system. All totaled, I was accepted to three schools. I visited each school, went to their orientations, snooped around, going to the hospitals where they held their clinicals--asking former and current nursing students what they thought of the program. I tried to research on the Net, but did not have much luck finding out any info on the nursing programs
of those schools. I wish I had read the rateyourprofessor.com comments beforehand on one teacher in particular of the school I eventually did choose, Merced College. We butted heads BIG TIME! When I called him on his inappropriate behavior, it was "suggested" that I transfer over to the LVN program. I encountered some rather difficult hardships in the LVN program as well. An irate instructor that intensely pressured me to administer a medication to a pt. without allowing me to look at my med. sheet, which turned out to be a med error--then carefully covering it up--the consequences could very well have been fatal. The same instructor's attendance fell off so dramatically in the third semester that she was nearly absent from the classroom more than present. She also violated my First Amendment civil rights by bringing God into her lectures on a regular basis.
I just want to try to avoid some of these totally unnecessary pitfalls and find a RN program where I feel I can concentrate on my studies and not have so many obstacles in my way.