Tampa/W. Coast Students Roll Call! - page 5

Per Mave's request... here's a post for all Tampa and W. Coast students! :) Where are you studying? And when did you start/ or will start?... Read More

  1. by   MB37
    I hadn't even thought about that...I haev class 8:30-11:30 Tues morning too, so I have to leave early, and then another class at 3:30 so I hope it's over by then...maybe I'll wear something in the middle - i.e. jeans and a nice shirt, or a jean skirt even maybe, but not really dress up. Maybe avoid the PJ bottoms and old holey T-shirt?
  2. by   RBlucky
    Good idea. I'm thinking that if they didn't mention it, then there isn't a particular dress code. So jeans and a nice top is a safe bet.
  3. by   chickapin
    Hi, new USF nursing students! I just finished semester 2/3 of the accelerated program. I remember how excited I was to go to orientation and then for classes to actually start. Good luck guys!
  4. by   Journey_On
    I will be starting the Accelerated BSN program at USF in January!

    I apologize for digging up an old thread, but I had a question and some concerns about the TB test and the CPR certification.

    I am not (and will not be) in the USF area until early January. I am aware that I need to get my TB test and CPR certification completed by the time classes start.

    My orientation is next week on November 15th, but I found this out on October 23rd.

    My next day off of work is this coming Monday, and I cannot get off of work any more days until the 15th - can I just do the chest x-ray for the TB test? Also, I was told that for the CPR certification, I either need to have completed or be enrolled in a class by the time of orientation - is this correct? Like if I were signed up for a class in December, would that be okay? How long is the class (e.g., one day)?

    Thanks in advance. :spin:
  5. by   JTwin
    Hi, and congratulations =) I am currently in their upper division program and I got the acceptance packet 2 or 3 days before the intent to enroll form was due! Then I had a week to get the TB test and immunizations out of the way -- I got the TB test and shots done the very next morning and had it read first thing the following morning before getting on a plane! The scariest part was the varicella titer, because if it came back negative, I'd have had to get those vaccines ($70+) and there was no way that was going to happen before orientation.

    Apparently, they do this to every incoming class.

    I would call the admissions office with questions. They will allow it, as long as you bring proof of enrollment to orientation. The cheapest, most frequently offered CPR/BLS course I could find is the one offered at St. Joseph's for $35 to $38. I think they have one every week, or every other week. You can find the info and register at their website (http://www.sjbhealth.org/body.cfm?id=617).

    Good luck =)
  6. by   chickapin
    Hey. I remember rushing to try and get the stuff done before orientation but it really wasn't necessary. A lot of people hadn't even started getting their stuff done by the time orientation came around. You can always call and double-check but I think there's really no need for them to have your PPD results or CPR card until the semester starts.

    And I think the CPR certification is about 4 hours. My class ran at a fast pace and I think we finished in under 3.
    Last edit by chickapin on Nov 5, '07
  7. by   MB37
    Congrats! Yeah, I rushed to get all my immunizations done before orientation in May, and they weren't required. Call the admissions office to make sure they haven't changed that, but as long as you have an appointment before classes start you should be OK. You don't need to pay for a chest x-ray when all you need is the PPD. Also, if you need Hep B, you only need to have started the series since it takes 6 months. They have never asked for my CPR (BLS) card, but it's in my wallet if they ever do. I also drove halfway across town to make sure I had it before classes started, and you definitely don't need it until clinicals start (2nd semester unless they've changed the program again). It took me one morning (8-11 or 12). I went to a lady in Town and Country. Just go to the American Heart Association website, and if you type in your zip code, a list of classes in your area will pop up. Then you have to call them all and find one that fits your schedule - some only offer one class a month. The sooner you get started the better, but no worries if you haven't finished everything by orientation.
  8. by   Journey_On
    Thank you JTwin, chickapin, and MB37! Your replies were very helpful and reassuring.

    At least I know I'm not the only one rushing around to do stuff. I have been stressed out the past couple of days trying to make sure everything gets done!

    It looks like I will be able to get my TB skin test done at a local walk-in clinic here, since they are open late hours (I have work all day). Hopefully I will be doing the CPR class sometime in early December, they have to get back to me to let me know exactly which date it is.

    I have to go home to get some blood work regarding the titer(?). I got an email today from my advisor noting that I had a hold on my record from Student Health Services. She said they won't let me register for classes yet until I get that done. Hopefully getting the blood work done will take care of that.

    I visited USF on Monday, got my student ID, parking pass (for orientation day), and turned in my intent to enroll form. I also signed a lease for an apartment. :spin: Can't believe the orientation is next week!
  9. by   PeachyERNurse
    Quote from RBlucky
    Good idea. I'm thinking that if they didn't mention it, then there isn't a particular dress code. So jeans and a nice top is a safe bet.
    Final semester (thank God) USF ABSN student here. Orientation for us wasn't formal at all. I drove down from Atlanta the day of my orientation, so I was very casually dressed and so were most of the other students. So, I'd say just wear whatever makes u comfortable, or if ur really worried about it, call the CON and ask. Welcome and congrats!
  10. by   Journey_On
    I went to USF's ABSN orientation yesterday. It was shorter than I thought it would be, from 9:00 to 12:00. It was a little overwhelming with how the speakers were saying how hard the program was and it seems like we are going to be studying all the time.

    Anyway, the question I am getting to is, are any of you who are at USF in this program first-time students at USF? If so, did you have to attend the orientation for new students at USF (not the nursing one, but the longer orientation)? A fellow future classmate asked this question because she had talked to someone at the school, and they said she didn't have to attend it. It would be a huge relief for me, as I am not in the area and would have to make another drive over there (plus I am working full-time for a few more months).
  11. by   1stloveistobeanurse
    I am currently a nursing student at Keiser RN program and I am looking to transfer because I will be moving to the Tampa area. I have researched several school's one being Keiser Lakeland campus because they have the same RN program. My problem is I am trying to make this transition go smooth and I cannot get a straight answer from Lakeland can I simply change campuses and continue with my studies the admission counselor is telling me I would be ahead on the waiting list because I am already in the program but it seem's like they are trying to make me pay another registration fee. Are the school's in Tampa really hard to get into? and what is the deal with Galen? I have been calling them for 2 weeks and no answer.
    Any help I would greatly appreciate it
  12. by   NURSJADED
    Galen is in a huge growing phase right now. They have recently gotten their permanent accreditation and are increasing their class size. They're probably just a bit overwhelmed. They also give very little info over the phone. I can't imagine them transfering your credits in, they have so many people wanting to get in right now that they just don't have to accomodate people like that yet. I can't say for sure though. Ask for Dawn Coles.. or at least leave a call back on her voice mail. She's one of the admitting counselors there. Good luck!



    Quote from 1stloveistobeanurse
    I am currently a nursing student at Keiser RN program and I am looking to transfer because I will be moving to the Tampa area. I have researched several school's one being Keiser Lakeland campus because they have the same RN program. My problem is I am trying to make this transition go smooth and I cannot get a straight answer from Lakeland can I simply change campuses and continue with my studies the admission counselor is telling me I would be ahead on the waiting list because I am already in the program but it seem's like they are trying to make me pay another registration fee. Are the school's in Tampa really hard to get into? and what is the deal with Galen? I have been calling them for 2 weeks and no answer.
    Any help I would greatly appreciate it
  13. by   1stloveistobeanurse
    Thanks for the reply I am actually in contact with Dawn at Galen and I am pretty much ready to move forward. I just need to get a accurate date on my spouse transfer to Tampa - He is in corrections,

    How is Galen program Do they have a good reputation for the LPN and RN programs

    Also because I will postively be moving forward for my BSN after my
    associate in Nursing - will I have to take these Gen course again or will I be able to transfer them out.

    I have decided to obtain my CNA and use that while studying for my LPN, and gradually move up the ladder to my RN - ASN - BSN and then Master's

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