Quinnipiac ABSN May 2011 Cohort - page 2
Hi Everybody, I was accepted here, and I'm hoping to connect with other students who were accepted as well as former grads who can help me decide if this is the right fit. I was also accepted to a few other schools and I want... Read More
- 0Feb 6, '11 by soo2428HI everyone,
I was also accepted to Quinnipiac's accelerated bsn program May 2011. I live in Los Angeles and never visited Conn. so I am not familiar with the area. There's a mandatory orientation in April so I hope to see my classmates then but before that I really need to find housing. Looking for an apartment so any ideas please let me know.Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Feb 7, '11 : Reason: TOS pm to member
- 0Feb 14, '11 by zwang21Hey all!! My name is Kelsey - I was also accepted to the ABSN program- great to see you all here It's so funny to hear a few of you saying the same thing, I searched and searched for some student perspectives on QU and couldn't find very much. I am also moving from CA - Los Angeles (excited to see other California people!!) but I grew up in CT so I'm familiar with the area etc. \
My undergrad was from UConn B.S. Nutrition and I had a 3.5 GPA - All prereqs completed here in LA with a 4.0. I volunteer at UCLA Medical Center and I am really attracted to QU because of the short duration. Also I have a lot of friends in healthcare in CT and they all have really good things to say about the ABSN program and the students that come out of QU. Many of my friends work with RNs who completed the program and they all say that the graduates are competent and get jobs. Oh, I've heard the QU facilities are insanely nice - if that matters Let's keep this discussion up
- 0Feb 16, '11 by soo2428Hi Kelsey,
I heard that quite a few people got accepted to ABSN program from CA. I'm excited to see other CA people too! This will be a big change for me since I never been to the east coast. My friend is currently in the RN program at Mt. Saint Mary's and she's working at the UCLA Medical Center too. So when will you be move to CT?Last edit by soo2428 on Feb 16, '11
- 0Feb 17, '11 by AnnewrJust wanted to add that I have worked with several QU nursing grads and they were very well prepared for their career through this program. I know one of the nursing instructors and she is just fabulous. You will also love the area the university is situated in. It is a beautiful part of Connecticut, close to New Haven. Best of luck in your schooling. As an ADN I wish I could afford the education you are about to receive. Great program!
- 0May 2, '11 by zwang21Hey! Congrats on finishing up in a few weeks!! Are you still alive with your soul intact? Seriously - I'd love to know...have you started your job search? Do you think it'll be easy to find something once you graduate? Do you feel you made valuable connections at your clinical sites? I'm excited to put this behind me, very happy for you that you're finishing now!!
- 0May 2, '11 by bengaldestructorQuote from zwang21Thank God I am alive and intact. Summer and Fall were challenging semesters and needed all I could give and maybe some more. Spring semester for the most part has been much easier.Hey! Congrats on finishing up in a few weeks!! Are you still alive with your soul intact? Seriously - I'd love to know...have you started your job search? Do you think it'll be easy to find something once you graduate? Do you feel you made valuable connections at your clinical sites? I'm excited to put this behind me, very happy for you that you're finishing now!!
I started applying for jobs late February. This year has been somewhat difficult for a lot of new grad nurses to land interviews and get jobs at hospitals. I managed to land a few interviews at Hartford Hosp. They will be making a decision by this week. So we shall see. However, I don't think there is any need to push that panic button since there are a number of Skilled Nursing facilities and other agencies who are in need of nurses. I have not applied to them yet, I will ,once I take care of my final exams coming up next week.
As far as making valuable connections, yes, it is essential for you to form a good relationship with your clinical instructors from all the clinicals you will be doing at QU --- reason being, you come job application --- they require your "clinical instructors" NOT your "QU professors" to write recommendation letters for you. So make sure you keep that in mind as you do your clinicals.
Also, in my case, I don't think any of the connections I made at my previous clinical sites helped me land interviews. I applied to number of hospitals and a few of them replied back for interviews ( not because I guess I knew anyone from that hospital ). But that is not to say, you shouldn't try networking!
Overall, I would say if I were an Accelerated student starting this May, I would put all my time and energy in making sure I get the grades throughout the Summer and Fall. Do whatever it takes to make it to that Spring semester. I do miss the Summer ( not all the school work ). All 30 students were mostly a tight knit group and I think the daily schedule forces you to come together as a unit.
- 0Jul 19, '11 by Nhrt25For all of you that are in the May 2011 cohort, how is it going? I'm applying to this program for 2012 and I'm curious as to how tough it is. I know it sounds trivial, but one of my biggest concerns is not having enough time for my boyfriend, friends, and family. Are any of you having difficulty balancing school with your personal life? Do you have any free time with your work and study load?
- 0Aug 30, '11 by zwang21sorry I didn't respond sooner to your inquiry about the accelerated prog - as a current student I can say that it is extremely busy! So honest reaction to your post #1 your post isn't trivial, it is so important to maintain a sense of normalcy!! With that said, having a balance in life is not something that is a reality (at least not for me) while in the program, all of your energy is dedicated to school and that is the most important thing for these 12 months (or 8 months now!). I think most all accelerated programs are set up this way. I was also worried about it, as I have a husband and a life...but life is just different now and you can always spot the light at the end of the tunnel so I think it is totally worth it. The experience and the knowledge we're gaining is really good and I wouldn't drag it out any other way. I think that by the time you're ready to start you'll have wrapped your mind around it and really be ready to jump in and roll with it! You can do it lemme know if you have other questions. It goes by fast! Apply!