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- Jan 14, '10 by Bus to HealthMissNJIt-
I am soo happy that you posted this and even happier that you got a job within 2 months graduating.
I am applying for UMDNJ at Stratford for the Spring 2010. I am hoping to get accepted and so far everything is looking good. Now as for the 15 months, are there breaks in between? I think there is but I am not sure. I don't think I will be able to work but if I do, I would probably work on Saturdays (I am a home health aide). I might have to get financing for the 15 months.
Did you have to purchase anything for the program like specific electronics?
What are you doing at the local hospital??
Thanks in advance. (This is open to any one who is at UMDNJ and can provide info)
- Jan 16, '10 by DominiRN09Hello,
Congrats on choosing to get into nursing! As for the 15 month program, you have a 2 week break in between semesters and about a 3-4 week break in December (depending if you have your final in the last day of the semester). A 2 week break is plenty of time for rest. It is better than other RN programs where they make you take summers off and you end up finishing in 2+ yrs than just getting it all over with.
You will DEFINITLY be able to work as a HHA. I worked as a CNA every other weekend while I was at UMDNJ and I did just fine. I felt like I had to get away from the school work and going to my CNA job gave me that break. It all depends on you however. Some people can't work and go to school at the same time because they can't take that responsibility. I say take the first month off from work so you can adjust. Then slowly pick up some hours till you find a balance with school and work. If you cannot find that balance then don't work at all.
At UMDNJ, we just had to purchase a PDA that will help you during your clinicals. It allows you to looks up meds and all that good stuff. I am actually wlling to sell you mines. Email me if you are interested at email@example.com. It is in great condition.
At the hospital, I work at the post cardiac surgery unit. I am still on orientation and it is a HUGE learning curve. I am doing pretty okay. I still need lots of learning till I can be comfortable by myself.
Hope this helped. If you have any other questions or you need to buy books email me.
- Jan 16, '10 by Bus to HealthThanks for responding.. A couple more things.. Did you have to get a specific uniform to wear to class? I see on their website that everyone is wearing the same thing but I don't know if that's the Accelerated class or not.
So far so good.. Thanks
- Jan 16, '10 by Glad2baRNDomini:
Really appreciate you sharing your experiences with us. I wish you all the best during orientation and that you become confident working with patients on your own. We all start somewhere.
Bus to Health:
Have you gone to one of their Information Sessions yet? If not, I would advise you to go, they are real helpful. I believe you wear a uniform because the Director had said the cost includes the uniform. I wish you all the best as well at UMDNJ.
- Jan 16, '10 by Bus to HealthHi-
I am actually going to one this Thursday.. Can't wait to get more info... Best of luck to you too..
- Jan 17, '10 by DominiRN09Hey again!
Glad I could help you guys. Actually, we only had to wear uniforms during our clinical rotations. During lecture you could wear whatever you want.
Definitly go to info sessions. They help. Write down all the questions you have and as you are getting the answers you could check off that you got the answer to that question. Some people may have the same exact question as you, so listen carefully.
Also, during info session someone will ask the question "will I be able to work while I am in school?" They highly suggest that you don't, esp. a full time position, but if you pick up hours here and there I think it is not a bad idea, that is if you could handel it.
Hope it helps.
- Apr 21, '10 by felicity1212Have they ever accepted anyone with a GPA under 3.0?
- Apr 21, '10 by Glad2baRNQuote from felicity1212I went to an Information Session last year in Newark and the Director explicitly stated that they will NOT accept GPAs lower than 3.0 (even if your GPA is a 2.99999). No exceptions.Have they ever accepted anyone with a GPA under 3.0?
If anyone else can chime in with any testimonies or different info given about that, but as far as I know you must have at least a 3.0.
- Apr 21, '10 by felicity1212
- Apr 21, '10 by Glad2baRNQuote from felicity1212
I had to dig through to find my Information package. The person running the Information Session is Mae, who is the Coordinator of Student Nurse Recruitment. You can privately email me for her office number and email. I don't want to post that info in here openly. I would also advise you to go to one of their Information Sessions. You get all your questions answered in there.