AngelRN27 2,632 Views
Joined Aug 11, '12.
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I graduated from Keiser's Miami campus RN program in 2012. Right now I'm actually finishing up my BSN with them as well (RN to BSN program) after having practiced as a nurse for about 4 years.
I cannot express how glad I am that I chose Keiser for my nursing education. I can't speak for other campuses, as I'm not sure what the hospital systems are like in Tally, but our clinical education was top-notch. First of all, we had THE BEST sites for clinical rotations around. Again, this might be a bit different up there because I'm not even sure what hospital systems you guys have--but down here in the Miami/Ft. Laud area, there are at least 3 large hospital systems I can think of (with each of those having multiple facilities and specialty hospitals). Compared to peers that I later met in the professional arena, we really had it good with regards to the quality of clinical rotations. I literally saw everything, and got to actually DO a hell of a lot more than any of my peers. We rotated through every specialty with lots of hands-on time. The majority of our professors had professional ties at these institutions, so they often had actual relationships with departments we floated through. Some of the areas that I got to see and spend clinical practice time in included: Trauma ICU (Jackson Ryder--nationally renowned), NICU (neonatal), OR, ED, and I did my final practicum in the Pediatric ICU at Miami Children's Hospital (now: Nicklaus), another nationally renowned unit (Practicum is essentially your independent "exit" clinical where you practice alongside a professional preceptor, largely without any professors hovering over you). While all of this might sound like what you expect from nursing school, many of my peers mostly rotated through several skilled nursing facilities (i.e. nursing homes) and then a couple of med-surg floors. IMHO, this is nowhere near "enough."
Beyond the clinical advantage that I truly feel we got at Keiser, our professors were all extremely knowledgeable and had rich experience to draw from. All of them had 15+ years of experience as nurses, many with 20+ years, and a large majority (if not all?) were then nurse practitioners. One of my professors was even an NP/JD--she was a VA nurse, became an NP, and also became an attorney. Where have you heard of getting an instructor like that?!
As you might already know from hearing/investigating around campus, Keiser's RN program is quite rigorous. They require a lot of you and you will undoubtedly have peers that will fail-out. All of our classes start out at a max of 22 students, and I graduated with 14. Nonetheless, our NCLEX pass rate down here is 100%. They also front-load clinical rotations. In other words, you will be in clinicals within the first month of class. From what I hear, this is not common among nursing programs. It sounds daunting, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I guess you can tell I loved my educational experience. Sorry for the rant.
Overall, my tips would be to get involved and stay involved. Study groups are important, being PRESENT and volunteering for procedures and practice times in the clinical setting is super important, as well as making relationships along the way. Getting a nursing job is often about who you know, especially in the beginning, so make a good impression wherever you go. Keiser grads tend to have a good reputation, so that will also help. Also get comfortable with nursing care plans. The more efficient and comfortable you are with these, the smoother your nursing education will go. This might not make sense yet, but you will see what I mean (LOL). Finally, like the other poster mentioned, you will have to make some large adjustments to your personal life. You did not really include any personal details in your post (that's ok) like whether you are married, have kids, are taking care of older adult parents, etc. If any of these apply, you will need everyone to help out with these factors during nursing school. The financial aspect goes without mentioning. Some of my peers worked during nursing school (weekends only, in the hospital or clinic setting) but it was very tough. I personally worked 60+ hours the year before nursing and between what I saved up and some family help, I was able to go a year without working (lived with family--no rent). You will have to work that part out as well.
Sorry for the super long reply. I love this stuff! LOL, good luck, and enjoy your education! You will actually miss it! And the better you are prepared as a student, I honestly believe that this will make you a much better nurse in the long-run. Excuse the following arrogant rant, but, I am known for being a bad-ass nurse, and I attribute it not only to my passion for it, but to my education.
Angel RN, PCCN
If you have issues with the tap water, your facility needs to fix that. The gut is not sterile, no need to use sterile water IMO.
I could maybe see it in a neutropenic patient, maybe.
Thanks for the advice, BuyerBeware. My choices are limited because (1) I need to stay local and (2) as per what I've been able to find on my own, there aren't really that many ACNP programs out there, at least not in my area. There are PLENTY of MSN programs (with varying tracks/"concentrations") but it's not too easy to come by a program for acute care. If it weren't for my specific end-goal, I'd go straight into an MSN program, but I don't think that any MSN programs will truly help me in attaining an ACNP as it now stands.
Again, I welcome any suggestions for other schools/programs out there... or if anyone that has pursued the route of ACNP has any advice at all, it is most definitely welcome. Unfortunately, I don't personally know any ACNPs so I don't have any mentorship as of now. Everyone is really going after FNP in my area and within my networks.
This thread should be moved to LTC; LTACH is not the same as LTC/SNF/Rehab/Nursing Homes.
The rationale behind starting distally and working proximally is that if you blow/damage a proximal vein (further up) then all veins communicating with that vein will run into that same clot/occlusion/injury. Therefore, whatever is being administered through that IV will not reach central circulation, OR could cause further harm if leaking into tissues (depends on what happened to that proximal vein).
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