Orientation was held today at my school. It was refreshing (especially after reading the other board & how many people were not recommending anyone go into nursing). They covered pretty much everything.....from books, to financial aid/scholarships, counseling, what to expect in the nursing program, how they offer a lot of help if you feel you are struggling in any areas and they also covered how to continue your education afterwards from bsn to msn to a doctorate degree. The adn to bsn & msn programs can all be done online where I'm at. Oh....and they even had someone from the local hospital there to recruit us to begin working after our first semester. Not sure about other states, but here in Florida...the hospitals will pay for your education if you agree to work for them upon graduation. Not sure how long of a commitment you have to give them or how they decide the pay, but they told us it's something they will talk to us after classes begin in January. It seems so far away....yet just around the corner. They even advised us to get started prior to class beginning as there is a calendar posted online as to our assignments for the semester.
The only downside I found is that we don't get to wear scrubs
....rather we have to purchase a uniform. Not sure what it's like at other schools, but I guess it's the norm for my school. Also found out I got certified in the wrong cpr course......need the one for health professionals....why can't they have that written on the paper they handed out months ago????? Lol, oh well, another 6 hours in a cpr class...fun, fun, fun.
Can't wait to hear how everyone else's orientation goes.