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- I have 70 points. Unless there is something I didn't factor in. I checked everything and I should have 70 or 73 if they accept my FAFSA. We shall see what happens.
- Plus I keep thinking like what if somebody stole my identity and I have something show up on my background check. Or what if I eat some poppy seeds before the drug test and test positive for opiates. All silly thoughts I know, but knowing how difficult it can be to get in makes all kinds of things run through your mind. I have a state license already so I should be OK, but who knows what might happen.
- Nov 13, '12 by KountryPrincessHi guys! You all are bringing back so many memories. I got into Sac State years ago in 1995. I remember how incredibly nerve racking it was. In my era, they accepted folks tramsferring in from everywhere. I was one of maybe 3 or 4 who got in that did not transfer from a jc. Also, veterans got in automatically, there were 10 or 11 of them in my class, is that still the rule? I have not heard of TEAS v. Our points were based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Plus you could get up to 10 extra points for stuff like financial hardship etc. I had 99 out of 100 points, and I kid you not, the cutoff was 97. I hope things have gotten a little easier, but I still applaud Sac State for not going to a lottery system. There is no lottery system for med schools, vet schools etc, and it promotes nursing as being a true profession with a competetive entry process. I wish you all the very best of luck. I remember getting that acceptance letter in the mail and screaming and jumping up and down with my mom. It was all I had focused on for years and I was so relieved to get in.
- They don't have the military automatic admit anymore. How are you enjoying being a nurse now? Is it what you expected?
- Nov 14, '12 by KountryPrincessWell, it has been 15 years since I graduated. Your question is interesting to answer, I don't remember having any expectations for the job. I know that may sound strange, but I have always been a rather insecure person and my focus for years was just on the steps I needed to take to attain my goal. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 5 years old, and when I found out how hard it was going to be to actually be one I think I figured if I could handle that I could handle whatever the job threw my way, and that has been essentially true. I remember being frustrated because I could not find my "niche". All my classmates seemed to know what specialties they wanted to be in........peds, icu etc. I kept thinking that during rotations it would come to me. It never did. It was not until 4th semester when you are assigned a regular floor and preceptor that I found myself on an adult Oncology unit. I had enteted "geriatric med surg" as my interest and that is what they gave me. I was terrified, not having been on an Onc floor before (save peds onc in third semester). After one night, I was hooked. I remember coming home to my husband that night and saying "I found my home". I was on that floor for the next 6 years, 1 as a student and the rest as an RN.I left the floor for a variety of reasons. Though cancer pts are my first love, I have now been in home care for 10 years. It is not for everyone. The documentation will make you want to pull your hair out. But I work at a great agency in a rural area. I love the independence of relying just on myself, the alone uninterrupted time with the patient, and getting to know the families, pets etc of the home enviornment. What surprised me about nursing is the sheer amount of responsibility my decisions have on people. I wanted to be told, "if this, then do this...black and white". But medicine is not an exact science, and we are all human. You make the best decision you can with the info you can gather. Never be afraid to pick the brains of other nurses, resp therapists, docs etc. to get as much info as you can. Even as a seasoned nurse, I will do it all the time. Never give a medication unless you know exactly why that particular pt is getting it, and know the dose is safe. This will be time consuming at first, but take the time. Always double check you are giving the right thing to the right person, you can't do it enough. Do not be afraid to admit you have made a misake, to pts or coworkers, just figure out the best thing you can do to make it right....everyone makes mistakes. Also, don't be afraid to change your mind about a clinical decision if you have mulled it over and think your initial decision might not be the best. Docs do it all the time,somebody's life is at the end of that decision. As for nursing as a career, it has been good to me. It pays well, allows flexible work hours and scheduling, and is *never* boring. If you can get past the fact that a decision *you* make could allow a person to live or die, you will do just fine. I love my work, love my patients and love my coworkers. Finally ( I did not mean to go on for so long, sorry) IME the students and new grads I have the most faith in are a bit timid. You should be timid, you don't know what you are doing yet. It is the ones that blaze in like they know everything that scare the hell out of me. They are the ones who end anger pts and usually do not last long....trust me, I have seen many people come and go at my jobs. Good luck again everone.....hope this post gave you a little insight into a fellow Sac State nursing programsurvivor's life and how it turnef out so far :
- Nov 14, '12 by dreambig2015Thank you for sharing your story KountryPrincess
Very motivating! I am really excited to start my career as a nurse. I hope I can find my 'home' just like you did.
- Nov 15, '12 by KountryPrincessThanks DreamBig. I was reading some of your posts. I was close to your age when I was in the program, I was 23 when I graduated.....am 38 now. I also volunteered at Mercy General.....I was a "peppermint" aka candy striper when I was 16 and 17, and it was fun and interesting. I was also a CNA at a nursing home starting the summer before my senior year in high school. That was the hardest job I ever had, but you learn so much about nursing and working with sick folks that way, it was an incredibly valuable experience. I am rooting for you all to get in, I hope everyone will keep this thread updated so I can find out who our next generation of nurses will be!
- Nov 16, '12 by inspacedreambig2015, I have 70 points. I had 58 when I applied last semester. On another note, I went to the open house at the nursing school today and the rumor was that we might find out tomorrow about acceptance. I can hardly contain myself! I don't want to get my hopes up, but the girls who told me seemed confident about their source.
- Nov 16, '12 by dreambig2015Thanks for letting me know Inspace! I am really nervous now (fingers crossed)!! I really wanted to go to the open house but I wasn't able to because of a class I had during that time. Did they mention anything about what the cut off points might be?
- Nov 16, '12 by crebsOMG TODAY?????????? AllNurses shows weird times for posts so inspace I can't tell when your post about finding out tomorrow was posted. I'm assuming it was yesterday as I can't see them sending out notices on a Saturday. When was the open house?