Any Prairie State college hopefuls for fall 2012 - page 14

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  1. Visit  shollidd profile page
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    It seems to me that i've been getting a lot of WRONG information,lmao! sorry.lol
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  3. Visit  shollidd profile page
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    OOO OOO!! Where??lol I don't want uncomfortable uniforms. I don't know any uniform shops around here, I'm in chicago heights lol
  4. Visit  Nursebetie profile page
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    Thats awesome! That gives me hope!!!Lol Nursebetie are you already in the program at psc? or did you just get accepted into the program? I'm trying to get things together before I get to the orientation and get freaked out again.lol
    Im just getting in for fall
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  5. Visit  Nursebetie profile page
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    Maybe you can get Medicaid
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  6. Visit  Jasel profile page
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    do you know where to get health insurance? physical taken? titiers? i got my tb ad titers done at work months ago..can i use that? i also have a cpr card. i do not have health insurance, and if i don't work.......then...is there any other way of getting health insurance for clinicals?
    prairie state offers health insurance although it's pretty crappy it at least covers you. there should be info on their website. if you have insurance now through work i'd recommend keeping that for as long as you can and then using that as proof of insurance when you turn in all your required paperwork. all they'll want is to copy your card. they'll expect you to be insured while in the program but once you provide proof at the beginning of the year they don't ask about it again and i'm pretty sure they don't even check after that. they just need something on record. i'm sure they know a lot of people can't work, be in this program and pay for insurance at the same time.

    tb is good for one year and required to be allowed in clinical sites. you can use the one you already have but if it lapses during your 2nd semester next year you might have to get another one anyway. i'd recommend getting another one in june/july/august so you're covered for the full first year of the program and don't have to worry about it. i don't know what your money situation is like but they usually aren't too expensive (think you can get them done at walgreens too).

    physicals and titers i got done at a doctors office (but i had insurance at the time). i also had a 6-panel drug test (prairie state required a 5-panel drug test when i got accepted) done at st. james olympia fields but i kind of wish i had asked my doctor if i could have one done through his office, it was expensive at st. james. same goes for titers at st. james. once you get your titers though i believe those are good through the entire program so don't lose the paperwork, hold onto it. you don't have to do it again after a year like tb/drug test/physical.

    also don't be afraid to call/email some of the instructors in the nursing program to ask about where to get some of these things done cheaper. i'd recommend camille willoughby whose an administrative assistant in the program. her contact info is on the site in the nursing section. we had to turn in most of our required paper work to her anyway. but i'm sure some of the other instructors (malic, bultheis, eberhardt) would know too.

    jasel, there is no grady for nurs 111 this summer aww lol theres only green and
    schwartz, do you know these instructors? did you get randomly picked during orientation? when will they tell you clinical times? and did you have clinicals in the nursing home?
    i'm not sure if mrs. grady is teaching 111 this summer. sister ida green is very nice but i only had her in lab (where you demonstrate skills you learn in discussion every week). mrs. schwartz i've never had but i think i met her a couple of times at st. james because she was the clinical instructor there for 2nd year students. sometimes she would stop by and chat with our teacher and us early in the morning. if that's her she seemed nice too.

    as for class selection you can choose your section but we entered a gymnasium or something like that and there was a box full of key chains with numbers on the end. you got to register for classes in the order of the number you chose. i'm assuming people who had higher numbers had less options by the time they were called up to pick their section. i think i had #37 or something so i didn't have any problems.

    clinicals you won't find out about probably until the week you start them (we started going to clinicals our 3rd week). a lot of clinical sites are hard to come by even for prairie state and they usually can't even tell our teachers when a good time for them right up until we start going. and you can wind up having clinical on any day from wed - sat depending on the site (although our 1st semester i think we just had wed or thurs, 2nd could have been wed or thurs or fri). yes first semester you will be in a nursing home, 2nd semester a hospital.

    also do not buy a uniform before orientation. you'll have to wear prairie state uniforms which you will order at orientation. nursing uniforms are so expensive, including theirs. i only bought one scrub top and one set of scrub pants which has worked for me the past year. you'll need to wear white *nursing* shoes (gym shoes not allowed unless it's the nursing kind with the little heart on them, i forgot the brand), and you'll also get an id which is required at clinical and observation sites.

    one last thing, and i just remembered this: make sure you pay the $100 deposit at the cashiers office before orientation. the orientation letter had many of us thinking we were supposed to pay the deposit during orientation and a bunch of us were running to the cashier's office trying to pay it while they were calling numbers to register for classes because they told us it was already supposed to have been done.
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  7. Visit  Nursebetie profile page
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    Jasel:

    In the letter it says that you don't have to purchase right away.. you can get them from a uniform store at a later date, however, you have to purchase the patch and have them put it on.. but of course same color
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    Jasel:

    In the letter it says that you don't have to purchase right away.. you can get them from a uniform store at a later date, however, you have to purchase the patch and have them put it on.. but of course same color
    Hmm not sure what to tell you. The uniforms they had us buy in the fall don't have the patch anymore. I know the class before us had patches though and the ones before them.

    Mrs. Bulthuis told us the patch raised the prices of the uniform a lot and because of the patch you can't use the uniforms outside of the program on top of that so they dropped them. Maybe they brought it back and changed it around, but we all ordered our uniforms during orientation. It was the first thing they had us do when we walked through the door.
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    Hmm not sure what to tell you. The uniforms they had us buy in the fall don't have the patch anymore. I know the class before us had patches though and the ones before them.

    Mrs. Bulthuis told us the patch raised the prices of the uniform a lot and because of the patch you can't use the uniforms outside of the program on top of that so they dropped them. Maybe they brought it back and changed it around, but we all ordered our uniforms during orientation. It was the first thing they had us do when we walked through the door.
    Ok I see what your saying! My friend thats currently in the program I went with her to the uniform store last year and she brought a uniform there for clinicals. She went to life uniform on Harlem. I guess I'm saying lol that you don't have to buy them at orientation that's what the acceptance letter is stating. Am I making any sense? Lol
  10. Visit  shollidd profile page
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    Thank you soooooooooooo much!Lolll Wow that's some awesome information. Let me take a minute to digest everything.lolll I'll be back soon.
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    What color are the uniforms for fall 2012? Did you have to get a stethescope or eye pens or anything?
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    Prairie State offers health insurance although it's pretty crappy it at least covers you. There should be info on their website. If you have insurance now through work I'd recommend keeping that for as long as you can and then using that as proof of insurance when you turn in all your required paperwork. All they'll want is to copy your card. They'll expect you to be insured while in the program but once you provide proof at the beginning of the year they don't ask about it again and I'm pretty sure they don't even check after that. They just need something on record. I'm sure they know a lot of people can't work, be in this program and pay for insurance at the same time.

    TB is good for one year and required to be allowed in clinical sites. You can use the one you already have but if it lapses during your 2nd semester next year you might have to get another one anyway. I'd recommend getting another one in June/July/August so you're covered for the full first year of the program and don't have to worry about it. I don't know what your money situation is like but they usually aren't too expensive (think you can get them done at Walgreens too).

    Physicals and Titers I got done at a doctors office (but I had insurance at the time). I also had a 6-panel drug test (Prairie State required a 5-panel drug test when I got accepted) done at St. James Olympia Fields but I kind of wish I had asked my doctor if I could have one done through his office, it was expensive at St. James. Same goes for Titers at St. James. Once you get your titers though I believe those are good through the entire program so don't lose the paperwork, hold onto it. You don't have to do it again after a year like TB/drug test/Physical.

    Also don't be afraid to call/email some of the instructors in the nursing program to ask about where to get some of these things done cheaper. I'd recommend Camille Willoughby whose an administrative assistant in the program. Her contact info is on the site in the Nursing section. We had to turn in most of our required paper work to her anyway. But I'm sure some of the other instructors (Malic, Bultheis, Eberhardt) would know too.

    I'm not sure if Mrs. Grady is teaching 111 this summer. Sister Ida Green is very nice but I only had her in lab (where you demonstrate skills you learn in discussion every week). Mrs. Schwartz I've never had but I think I met her a couple of times at St. James because she was the clinical instructor there for 2nd year students. Sometimes she would stop by and chat with our teacher and us early in the morning. If that's her she seemed nice too.

    As for class selection you can choose your section but we entered a gymnasium or something like that and there was a box full of key chains with numbers on the end. You got to register for classes in the order of the number you chose. I'm assuming people who had higher numbers had less options by the time they were called up to pick their section. I think I had #37 or something so I didn't have any problems.

    Clinicals you won't find out about probably until the week you start them (we started going to clinicals our 3rd week). A lot of clinical sites are hard to come by even for Prairie State and they usually can't even tell our teachers when a good time for them right up until we start going. And you can wind up having clinical on any day from Wed - Sat depending on the site (although our 1st semester I think we just had Wed or Thurs, 2nd could have been Wed or Thurs or Fri). Yes first semester you will be in a nursing home, 2nd semester a hospital.

    Also DO NOT BUY A UNIFORM BEFORE ORIENTATION. You'll have to wear Prairie State uniforms which you will order at orientation. Nursing uniforms are so expensive, including theirs. I only bought one scrub top and one set of scrub pants which has worked for me the past year. You'll need to wear white *nursing* shoes (gym shoes not allowed unless it's the nursing kind with the little heart on them, I forgot the brand), and you'll also get an ID which is required at clinical and observation sites.

    One last thing, and I just remembered this: Make sure you pay the $100 deposit at the cashiers office BEFORE ORIENTATION. The orientation letter had many of us thinking we were supposed to pay the deposit DURING orientation and a bunch of us were running to the cashier's office trying to pay it while they were calling numbers to register for classes because they told us it was already supposed to have been done.
    By the way your awesome! You give great info! Just a FYI
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    Ok I see what your saying! My friend thats currently in the program I went with her to the uniform store last year and she brought a uniform there for clinicals. She went to life uniform on Harlem. I guess I'm saying lol that you don't have to buy them at orientation that's what the acceptance letter is stating. Am I making any sense? Lol
    Ahh I see what you mean. Ya I don't think you have to order your uniforms during orientation, you just have to have them by clinicals. I already knew my size so just ordered mine there. But the uniforms they have you actually can purchase (the brand is Cherokee Workwear) in some uniform stores. I actually already had the exact same scrubs for the program that I wore at my previous job but didn't find out until they were delivered. Not sure if they sell them in the bookstore at school.

    What color are the uniforms for fall 2012? Did you have to get a stethoscope or eye pens or anything?
    The uniforms are a somewhat dark green top and pants. They allowed students to wear the old uniforms though (green scrub top with PSC patch, and white scrub pants) since some of the students we had in the fall didn't make it the first time and they were returning. That way they didn't have to buy a new set of scrubs. Not sure if they will allow that for the fall 2012 class though but they probably will.

    Get a stethoscope (don't get some cheap/low quality/heavy one, get a decent stethoscope that is light and comfortable around your neck. Mine was like $30 and completely worth it), pen light, medical scissors, a roll of measuring tape (small and convenient), Black markers, stock up on Black pens and mechanical pencils (for quizzes), a second hand watch, a blood pressure cuff (something convenient, not bulky and a burden, the ones at school aren't bad but kind of expensive. I ordered mine off amazon), a small bottle of hand lotion, and some small bottles of hand sanitizer. Bottles that you can fit in your scrub pocket. The tape, hand sanitizer, and lotion are kind of optional but when you need to measure wounds and pressure ulcers you'll be glad you had the tape on hand. Hand sanitizer is usually available in the homes and hospitals but I impressed my clinical instructor when she needed some and I pulled it out of my pocket. And you do a lot of hand washing/sanitizing and your hands get dry so lotion helps.
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    hey you, thanks for the reply, i got the acceptance letter about a week ago. let me know how you're doing-and don't let this school change you're profession. i know any school like to weed people out, so i am not that excited to be 1 of the 95 people. i feel like i didn't really earn to be in the program due to the fact i got 20 indistrict points. my grades are high but my confidence is low because of not getting in last year. i have to regroup and get back into gear because i work, and plan on quitting when i start this program.
    if you did not receive a letter by last week that means you didn't get in, i called last week and they sent the letters out may 4th, and said they will be sending rejection letters out about a week after may 4th.
    i will definitely keep you updated on the program and what to expect and i hope you get in, and if not now, then next year, make sure you keep you're grades up in communication 101, psych 101&, a&p 1&2 micro, eng 101 & 102 and humanities if you take it. dr. nelson is awesome for a&p.
    keep me updated! let me know if you have anymore questions

    thanks shollidd!!! but i am done with my courses as of this semester!!! not feeling sour at all about not getting in prairie states nursing program!!! i'm just going to take some classes going to my bachelors degree in the fall!!! my mind is already made up!!! i'm very young... 26 so i can wait out another year but never will i ever apply at another community college!!! sorry can't do that because now i don't know what to do... so this fall it's general chemistry and that's it!!! thanks you in advance and congratulations on your acceptance into the program!!!
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