BHSN-Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Fall 2011 - page 7

Started a new thread, since the other threads on this topic look like they are from last year. Okay, I just got my acceptance letter in the mail today!! I was going totally mental with... Read More

  1. Visit  Cardinal23 profile page
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    Hi All,

    I have been following this thread and have finally decided to speak up. I was accepted into BHSN program for this fall and checked off night program. I wont know until orientation or late spring if i got my choice, from what the letter said.

    My question was I also applied to Gateway Community College. But i have yet to find anyone who knows about both programs in order to pro vs con them. Gateway is closer to my home, i assume the clinicals will be in New Haven from what i heard. But is it a good program? How do the hospitals who will hire us view Gateway vs Bridgeport? Also GWCC Associates Degree vs. BHSN Diploma. These are things i want to find out so i can make the best choice. Anyone have thoughts?
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  2. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    Hi Cardinal! Glad to hear that you've been accepted! Congrats!

    I actually just responded to your post in the CC thread. From what I understand, Gateway isn't as competitive to get into as a few of the other CCs; NVCC and NCC are one of the best CC programs and are therefore the most widely sought after. So you have a good shot at getting in!

    There really is no difference between diploma and ADN. From what I've heard throughout the community, diploma programs are sometimes more highly looked upon by some because of the extra clinical time that you get - you are comfortable hitting the ground running. However, a few people may also have negative ideas about hospital based programs since they seem to think you don't have the same general education experience that the ADN graduates would have. I doubt they would have the same mindset for diploma grads with prior degrees, so the diploma program is a terrific choice for current degree holders - you will be able to market yourself as having strong clinical experience plus the general ed experience . From what I've heard about BHSN specifically, it is viewed as an excellent nursing program in the state (it is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1884!). Another thing to think about is that the CC's have been known to have a lower retention rate. They can lose about 30 students or more easily in a given year, as opposed to BHSN who lost only 5 (provided by Th0R) this past year.

    I had the same decision to make because I also applied to NVCC, which would be less than a 5 minute drive from me. BHSN is about 35 minutes. The thing that you have to consider, however, is that clinical at the CC's can be anywhere. I've heard a lot of students say that they were placed at the farthest location possible (45min+); they definitely don't take where you live into consideration. At least at BHSN, you know where you will be. I also decided that the extra clinical time would be invaluable, and I haven't heard one negative comment about the program yet. Everyone I talked to has said that BHSN has an excellent reputation, including my former boss who provides debt financing to all the hospitals. NCLEX pass rate is over 95% on average.

    Unfortunately, I don't know much about GWCC specifically, so I can't speak to that. Another thing to think about is that Bridgeport has been known to offer jobs following graduation and will repay your tuition costs if you sign a 2 year contract with them. I know they were doing this up until a few years ago, but I haven't heard much about it since. Perhaps this has changed with the market but the possibility of getting this opportunity in the future is there, which is a nice plus. I'm hoping the market for new grads opens by the time we graduate.

    Hope this helps in making your decision. If BHSN is extremely inconvenient location wise, I could see why you'd prefer to attend GWCC. What is the difference in driving time for you?
  3. Visit  SaraStrong profile page
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    Yup, mine was a normal envelope that seemed too thin to be good news, but this wasn't the case! So don't cry at the site of a little one.
    Thanks for the thoughts about public speaking. It probably sounds silly, but all the advice in the world hasn't helped me yet as far as this goes. But, I guess you are right that it's the practice that really takes away the nervousness and phobia. Maybe I'll try for a course like your communications one this summer, Ladybug, and see if they won't take the credits.
    Welcome, Cardinal. I don't know too much about Gateway, since I was set on BHSN from the start, but I have definitely seen threads on here specifically about that school, and even in comparison to others. I would just do a search of posts, you'll find a ton of stuff I'm sure. About the AS vs. Diploma, I have only been told so far that it really doesn't make a difference. Credits from either an associates program or a program like BHSN will transfer the same to a BSN program. I've even called a few Universities to ensure that this is true. Needless to say, a BSN is best to have, but as far as AS vs Diploma, I think they're pretty on par. So, now it's just what you know about each program's pros and cons, and of course the lesser commute is something I'd consider. I'm gonna be driving from Hartford to Bridgeport come Fall, which won't be fun!
  4. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    Come to think of it, I really can't think of too many pluses regarding the CC's over BHSN except for distance and tuition (less expensive for in-state residents). This is why I chose BHSN.

    [EDIT] - I also forgot to mention that with BHSN you have the opportunity to apply for the accelerated option, so you will graduate a semester before the ADN programs in Dec of '11.
    Last edit by Ladybug15 on Mar 11, '10
  5. Visit  wannabenurrssee profile page
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    hello everyone! i am new to this thresd. i applied for fall 10 and i havent heard back anything yet. i submitted my application about a week before the deadline though and they told me that it would be about 6 weeks to hear anything. it is driving me crazy!! i am confident in my gpa and teas test but not knowing is the worst!! its nice hearing that there are others on edge with me!
  6. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    Welcome wannabe! If they told you 6 weeks then you should hear by next week…yay! Are you stalking your mailman yet? Have you applied to other programs?
  7. Visit  Cardinal23 profile page
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    Quote from Ladybug15
    Hi Cardinal! Glad to hear that you've been accepted! Congrats!

    I actually just responded to your post in the CC thread. From what I understand, Gateway isn't as competitive to get into as a few of the other CCs; NVCC and NCC are one of the best CC programs and are therefore the most widely sought after. So you have a good shot at getting in!

    There really is no difference between diploma and ADN. From what I've heard throughout the community, diploma programs are sometimes more highly looked upon by some because of the extra clinical time that you get - you are comfortable hitting the ground running. However, a few people may also have negative ideas about hospital based programs since they seem to think you don't have the same general education experience that the ADN graduates would have. I doubt they would have the same mindset for diploma grads with prior degrees, so the diploma program is a terrific choice for current degree holders - you will be able to market yourself as having strong clinical experience plus the general ed experience . From what I've heard about BHSN specifically, it is viewed as an excellent nursing program in the state (it is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1884!). Another thing to think about is that the CC's have been known to have a lower retention rate. They can lose about 30 students or more easily in a given year, as opposed to BHSN who lost only 5 (provided by Th0R) this past year.

    I had the same decision to make because I also applied to NVCC, which would be less than a 5 minute drive from me. BHSN is about 35 minutes. The thing that you have to consider, however, is that clinical at the CC's can be anywhere. I've heard a lot of students say that they were placed at the farthest location possible (45min+); they definitely don't take where you live into consideration. At least at BHSN, you know where you will be. I also decided that the extra clinical time would be invaluable, and I haven't heard one negative comment about the program yet. Everyone I talked to has said that BHSN has an excellent reputation, including my former boss who provides debt financing to all the hospitals. NCLEX pass rate is over 95% on average.

    Unfortunately, I don't know much about GWCC specifically, so I can't speak to that. Another thing to think about is that Bridgeport has been known to offer jobs following graduation and will repay your tuition costs if you sign a 2 year contract with them. I know they were doing this up until a few years ago, but I haven't heard much about it since. Perhaps this has changed with the market but the possibility of getting this opportunity in the future is there, which is a nice plus. I'm hoping the market for new grads opens by the time we graduate.

    Hope this helps in making your decision. If BHSN is extremely inconvenient location wise, I could see why you'd prefer to attend GWCC. What is the difference in driving time for you?

    I am from Branford, so anywhere from 30-40 minutes with out traffic...I have talked to alot of nurses and people who work at St Rays and Yale and most of them Say along with the Gateway people that they do 90% of their clinicals at St Rays and Yale, so i am hoping that is true
  8. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    Oh, the traveling time isn't too terrible. It's about the same for me. At some point, you have the option to choose Yale as a clinical site instead of Bridgeport if you want. I'm not sure about St. Rays, haven't heard anything about it.
  9. Visit  Cardinal23 profile page
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    Where can i find out if that is a 100% possibility to do my clinicals at Yale....also i wonder if that two year agreement where they pay back your schooling works if you work for YALE in New haven becuase they are owned by the same organization
  10. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    I don't think you can do all of your clinicals at Yale... I believe it is just a portion, but I could be wrong. Th0r is currently in the program so perhaps you can ask him the specifics of that. He is the one who told me that they give you the option. Plus, I believe that they have a limited number of openings at Yale - so if a large number of people request it you may not get it. Perhaps you can call the secretary and ask who you can speak to about the specifics regarding the clinical sites. That is probably your best option so that you don't make an important decision based on false assumptions. Just let us know what you find out. I'm curious what they may say.

    Perhaps they may offer the 2-year contract deal for Yale as well, but i would think that Bridgeport would prefer to keep their students in-house. Maybe if you can get someone on the phone to ask about the clinical sites, they can tell you if they still offer the 2-year contract opportunity to grads.
  11. Visit  benedicth2 profile page
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    i dont know if this is true or not but one of my friends that just graduated from the program said that they were in the process of doing away with the contract deal so I dont even know if they do it anymore....but i havent talked to anybody in the program so i dunno how reliable the info is.
  12. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    Thanks for that info…that could be the case. As I said, I haven't really heard much about it over the past year or two. That would be a nice perk in this economy, but perhaps that is why they decided to get rid of it.

    Maybe a current student can shed some light on this, if any are reading this thread.
  13. Visit  Ladybug15 profile page
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    Benedicth - Since your friend recently graduated the program, how did she like it?? Was she able to find a job fairly quickly?

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