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  • Jan 31

    Oh by the way MDC's RN-BSN is similar to FIU's. I met a person doing that program, and they have to do onsite clinicals like FIU as well.

    so thumbs down for MDC too!

  • Jan 31

    Quote from >30yrsRN
    Well all I can say is email them or call them today
    alot of Adm office close by noon or 3 PM
    Good Luck, I decide to apply to FIU and Kent State RN to BSN online programs
    Hi >30yrsRN!

    Wow, I am in the last semester at FIU and let me tell you, now is when I regret going to FIU

    There are 120hrs for practicum clinical and 60hrs for community health clinical. And of course you have to finish by the end of the term. And you have to find your own clinical site. They tell you to start looking within your own place of work.

    FIU does not give you a list of clinical sites affiliated with the school so literally I had to google search community health clinics and just call each place one by one and I was lucky enough that after the 70th call one took me as a student. I was about to cry just looking for a place to do these hours.

    Oh, and yes at FIU it is a couple of less classes to take than FAU because of those EC exams..... BUT... FAU gives you 20 credits JUST for being an RN. FIU gives you only 6 credits for being a nurse!! only 6!! because each EC exam is 8 credits, so 8x3=24 and since they give 30 credits for those, you get 6 free credits! and FAU gives you 20 credits!!!

    At FAU I heard that they give you a list of places and projects to do your clinicals at. For example, I know that as a group, the students went to tenesse to teach classes of health at a community center, and another one for practicum taught some diabetes class at a health fair. I think that is more appropriate for an RN-BSN student who is already a nurse.

    seriously FIU thinks that we have all this time to do these hours-- like we don't have full time jobs and families to deal with.

    Thank God I am in the end of it.

    I wish I would of known that clinicals were going to be like this, because if I had known that I had to do all these hours, and the incredible amount of driving I have to do, I would of just gone to FAU & I would of saved myself so many hours of my time.

    I give FIU 3stars out of 5.

    3 because I did enjoy the beginning portion of just online classes. I did also enjoy that I did not have to take more courses online and I can get credits by testing.
    but for the fact that there are so many hours to do, and that there is no list on facilities affiliated with the school.

    definitely I will not recommend this state school to anyone else who wants to do the RN-BSN program. I will recommend FAU based on the information I received from other people who attended there.

    I wish I would of known about this. I did a research and I could not find anyone's opinion regarding this program. I think I am the first one on here who posted anything about FIU.
    Oh well....

  • Oct 21 '17

    OMG to the OP.
    same thing in my facility. I work a lot and help EVERYONE on my shift. & guess who is the nurse of the year? the one that sleeps in the lounge after 2am on every shift. The one that you hardly see at the nurses station answering patient's bell's. the one that when you ask for help, they give you an answer instead of going to the patient where the help is needed.

    I don't get it. I don't get how these people get recognized when they are always sleeping & you end up picking up on their slack-- putting iv bags when their patient's iv bags are empty, or giving their PRN meds.

    so not fair.

  • Sep 1 '17

    as a former BC student & grad '07, I can tell you that I've been in your shoes before, I had to make up a few points to pass a couple of classes, and I was sweating bullets.

    mmmmm I'm wondering what you are missing in your studies...... when I was in NP1 & 2, I read the entire chapter word for word, and the boxes with the pictures I read as well-- a lot of q- came from those boxes.
    I also used the saunders, and looked for every topic that it had on the subject that I was studying, read that and did the questions...
    ALSO that big thick packet that we are supposed to buy in NP1 at the beginning where it tells you all the objectives.... I got a huge 5subject notebook and wrote by hand the answer to the questions word for word straight from the book, and I read those answers over and over. I ended up getting 40, 39, 42, and 37 in NP1, in NP2 there was the hurricane katrina, so we only had 2 tests, and I ended up with an 76 and an 84.

    when you read the questions--- never think to much into the question. If they say "oh a patient slips and falls.." don't think on how old the patient is or if they are a female or a male... lol... sounds like silly advice, but it is very true. Often I missed questions because I thought "oh I would do this in this situation"... and often because of my thinking I missed them.

    for NP1 & NP2 I did not use the saunders cd, I thought the book was more helpful for me because I could easily look up the topic in the index, and read the topic and do the following questions.

  • Aug 21 '17

    before I was a mother, I worked from 7am-7pm and I loved it. I worked extra shifts, I was able to sleep at night, then do things on my days off.

    As a mother, I do enjoy working night shift. This is the reason why: you actually do things with your kids. Night shift is flexible in the way that you can sleep if you schedule yourself and your family, 4 or 5 hours before starting your shift. I sleep from 2pm-6pm and get ready for work that first night. I am able to give my baby a bath, go to lunch with my family, get her ready for ballet class so her dad can take her.
    Also, I am able to pick her up from school, I get up at 2pm, and my baby gets out at 4:30pm from pre-k, later at kindergarten she gets out at 1:50pm but that's next year. Anyways, I have been doing this since she was born due to the fact that i do not have any family members that are able to pick her up from school or any emergency. It's just me and my husband. so it really does work out well for me. When I work weekends, I still can enjoy my family. I see them in the beginning of the day, I can have dinner with them right before I go in to work >--on the first night. On the second night, in the morning I come have breakfast and see my baby, go to sleep, at 9am, then get up around 3pm or 4pm, spend a little time with my family before I go in to work, and the third night, the same thing.

    I honestly enjoy working nights.

    the thing that I do not like about nights, is that the day nurses are sooooo picky if you don't do something or forget something or that they think that you didn't do your job and later claim that you slept the whole night. At night we don't have all the support system that day shift has.

    I'm in my last semester of my BSN, so after this, I would like to try home health and make money that way because that way I don't have to be working with these not so nice nurses.

  • Aug 16 '17

    Eventhough I only went there for one semester in the generic BSN program back in the day when it was pretty new in spring 2005. I had a really nice time there. You have a pretty full schedule and it's tough but the instructors are so nice, and they really care for you as a student and try to help you pass.
    When I was there, and the girls I kept in touch with afterwards and the plenty of students I meet in clinicals now myself as an RN, say that the program is excelent and they teach nclex from the beginning to the end always testing and preparing you for the state boards.
    you definitely get what you pay for at NSU.
    Best of luck to you :=)



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