Penn Valley RN Program...What is like? - page 3

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I am currently finishing up my pre req's for the Penn Valley RN program. I plan to apply in August of 2009 for the January 2010 start. I have read some other threads saying it is hard and there is alot of stuff to put up with. I... Read More


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    I'm in the RN program now (started in Jan 2010). I had 6.0 points and was initially an alternate, but then got in only because someone dropped out before the semester started. I heard that the minimum score hovered around 5.5 to 5.7 in the prior semesters. It sounds like the minimum score has been on an upward trend for a while. The 1 point for CNA is the only thing I was missing. If you want to be sure to get in, you'll want to take Micro ahead of time and also have your CNA.
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    I'm starting the PV program this Jan, and I still have no clue what to tell my boss (schedule wise) What kind of jobs will be THAT flexible?
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    From what I've seen, if you want to work in the daytime, afternoon or early evening, prn jobs are about the only ones that give you the flexibility you'll need. The only part of your schedule you'll know before freshmen orientation is the lecture days/times. There will be lots of irregular stuff added to your schedule which will make it different from week to week. That includes an all-day clinical orientation, clinical shifts, virtual hospital times, skills check-off times, and an ATI computer exam. If you want to wager on days that you'll most likely be available to work, weekends would be the days to bet on. But there is still no guarantee. Even as a daytime student, there are times you might end up with weekend clinical shifts. If a prn job isn't enough for you and you can't find a job with the flexibility to allow all the schedule irregularities, you could work overnights. There are some students who are doing this - some of them even full time! But it seems like they are walking zombies. It's definitely not something I could pull off. I think prn is probably the most popular choice.
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    Thanks for your reply!! You're probably right. Hopefully I can find a PRN phlebotomy job that pays ok. I work for Labcorp now, which is an eight to fiver I'll miss it, but school is way more worth it!!
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    "Hi, I just wanted to see if anyone was having the same issue. I went to talk to just a regular pv counselor about applying to the rn nursing school. She told me i wouldn't get in because i need one more point....basically to get my cna. I have an A in psych, C in Chem, and im about to finish A&P with a B. I also get 1point for living in district. I think that's 10 pts, so im not sure what the problem is. Anyone?"

    I just wanted to say that if you want to talk to someone about the PV nursing program, you should go to the HSI building. It is just down the street from PV off broadway. Tammie Ellis is her name and she is wonderful. Very helpful. Also, you are adding your points wrong. The point system works as follows:

    1 point for living in district
    1 point for taking Microbiology
    1 point for having your CNA certification OR having 3 months of patient contact experience
    Then, the last 4 points that are possible are your GPA on your pre-reqs. For example, if you have a 3.5 GPA plus living in district, and having taken Micro, you would have 5.5 points. Do you understand?

    Thanks,
    nurse4life2008
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    Is there anyone applying for the Fall of 2011. I talked to ***** ******, and she says the cutoff for points vary each semester. Sometimes its 5.5, sometimes its 5.9 and sometimes its 6.0. I really hope I get in!
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 27, '11 : Reason: PLEASE DO NOT POST NAMES OF SCHOOL STAFF
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    Quote from nsinbsmo
    I am actually in my freshman year in the PV ADN(RN) program and it is going quite well....for me at least. It is hard for others because of their work schedules and family life as a whole, but I am a stay at home mom with 2 kids. It was easy for me to apply, study for the teas, pass, and then get all the papers filled out and turned in to actually get fully accepted. As for the Teas test, it was pretty easy, almost like the compass test, but a little more math and problem solving. I used the teas study manual and another NLN accredited pre-nursing exam study guide. I don't know if you were wanting to get into the night/weekend class, but they stated that they don't know when or even if they were going to start that again. I am in the day classes which are on mon 2-4pm and tues 8am to 12pm, and skills lecture/lab is wed and thurs 8am to 10 or 11am--the first three weeks and then after that it's on your own time to learn/check off. All clinicals are 6:45am to 2:45pm and they kinda depend on what group you get in, mine are on fridays and 2 times a month, except april I have three days and two are thursdays. Others have wednesdays and thursdays, but never monday or tuesday. The books are expensive and heavy and there are tons of other things you have to buy(scrubs, patch, lab coat, stethoscope, pen light, scissors, etc) but it is so worth it. Also, if you do get in, the orientation is OVERwhelming. Good luck!
    Hi, did you get in while the point system was being used??
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    I am applying to the RN program now. Last semester I applied but did not get in. The only thing I did not have was micro. Now with that done I will go in with 6.6 points. I pray this is enough because I am ready to get started. I also applied to another school to be safe.
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    I have just started the LPN program at Penn Valley....I am a little nervous about the in class exams....

    Can someone please tell me what they are like? Do they follow the book or lecture mostly? Mrs. ***** posts material on blackboard...How is this material useful? Does it correspond with exam questions?

    Thanks in Advance.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 27, '11 : Reason: PLEASE DO NOT POST NAMES OF SCHOOL STAFF
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    i am still confused about something with the admission and ranking. under the ranking portion of the admission requirment section it says that "we will rank applicants following completion of admission requirments 1-6. this will be used to determine your eligibility to take the entrance exam and for admission to the program." so my question is, do we have to take another entrance exam besides the teas? because number 6 on the admission requirments talks about the teas and it says that you have to get a minimum of 53.1% on the 1st or 2nd try and that it needs to be taken prior to the start of any application period.

    so if that is the case then what entrance exam are they referring to if we have to take the teas as part of admission requirments 1-6? i hope someone here knows the answer to this question. in the mean time i am going to email one of the women over the program to see if she can answer this for me as well.


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