IUON, St. Kitts, International University of Nursing, Robert Ross - page 2

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From a current student, I tell you this: You want a school to go to without a waiting list, without worries of jobs conflicting with school, or that living in a exotic place will be worth the expense?? You think you've found... Read More


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    Quote from GNgrace
    I have to say that I disagree with this post. Granted it was started a long time ago, but things have changed and I would say for the better. Everyone has their opinions and point of views and this is only mine.
    I graduated from IUON is April of 09 and transferred to a US partner school. There are a number of US partner schools now and they are very reputable. Some of the current ones are Purdue University Calumet, Colorado State Pueblo, Moorehead University, and Louisiana State. I found that we were just as prepared, if not more than the other students that started at these programs. It is my current understanding that students are no longer going to Turabo in Puerto Rico.
    I was there when the medical school was first started and it was owned by Ross then as well as the veterinarian. The vet school was only sold recently. These schools are businesses and when they are prospering, it is only natural to sell for a profit and reinvest in something new. Again just an opinion.
    I also feel that IUON is really what ever you want it to be. The facility is beautiful and the skills lab is better than anyone that I have ever seen in the US. Yes the hospital is lacking in technology, but what do you expect? The hospital was not built to teach US students how to become nurses and doctors. It was built for the nurses and doctor and patients of the island who will continue to practice in that environment. I learned and experienced things that I would never have seen in the US and for that I feel fortunate.
    Yes things are expensive, but it is an import country. It is no different than going to any other island ( St. Thomas, Maarten, Hawaii). They have to make a living. Plus 1 US dollar equals 2.50EC so US goes a longer way. Unless you are going to the Marriott or Reggae Beach, Beach House.
    This is only my experience. If you have reservations about going ask tons of questions. If you feel like you aren't sure ask students that have gone and research around.
    I apologize if I have offended anyone, but this was my experience and yes I am sure IUON is not for everyone, but if you are interested it is worth looking into.

    I read your post - it sounds a lot better than a couple of the prior ones on this topic - I;d like to hear more- would you do this again or just wait until you got into a shoreside school? Thank
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    I don't think it's worth going there after all the negative remarks and especially when there is only a handful of students attending there. How about the staffs there? Were there any improvement, I heard there were a bunch of incompetent administration that are working in New York. I am a still debating, the tuition fees are ridiculously high sure hate to dumb my money if nothing change.
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    You are so naive. A dollar goes a long way because $1 US equals 2.50 EC? Consider that a gallon of gas is 12.00-15.00 EC. Let's see, that's $4.80--$6.00 US. That dollar didn't go a long way, but it sure went fast! A very basic one-topping pizza is $35 EC, or $14 US....that's a long way from the comparable $5.99 in the US for the same pizza.

    I just wonder how much you naivete influences the rest of the comments made on here.
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    OK, I read your posting and decided to do my own research (yes, I am anal that way). I found a St Kitts website which showed the cost of pizza at Dominoes:
    St. Kitts Restaurants,Nevis Restaurants, Places to eat, Dining out in St. Kits - Nevis...

    And, you are correct, the average cost of a pizza in St Kitts is $30-$40 EC...

    However, I then went and did a specific comparison on a Large Hawaiian Pizza and compared it to the cost at the local Dominoes near my house. In the US, a Large Hawaiian Pizza would cost me $14.99 + tax . In St Kitts, the same exact pizza would be $41.28 EC or $15.29 USD, which seems pretty darn close considering everything has to be imported.

    No offense, but don't you think it is a little bit rude to call that other person naive, when the cost is only off by 30 cents?
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    I actually did a year at Ross School of Vet Med on St. Kitts. The vet school was awesome (I left for financial reasons). At the time I went they had no research, so the professors were there to only teach and they were all superb. I have no idea about the nursing school, but it is SUPER expensive. When I was there, there was only one real grocery store. An IGA I believe. The price of everything there will kill you. And if you go, be careful of the meat. Its not slaughtered like in the US (I won't go into detail) but they do not import meat. Its all local... so get there the day they put it out and put it in the freezer. Most of the time the chicken would still go bad regardless. How something goes bad in the freezer for a week I'll never know. Getting a dependable vehicle is really tough (no car dealerships there) so you are looking at someones old hoopdey that will cost you an arm and a leg... then if it breaks down... holy crap. The $$$ to fix them is ridiculous (everything is imported including car parts and locals will definitely take advantage of students). Gasoline is unbelievably expensive. Mind you, I was there 8 years ago... but I don't think much would have changed on the island. And as far as the hospital on the island... well, we were told to go right to our school if something was seriously wrong and would be flown to PR for medical care. I know it was 8 years ago.... but I'm just sayin...
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    Shericolbert have you applied to IUON?

    I just got accepted as a study abroad student through Morehead State University. I will be starting in the Fall of 2010. I am just looking for some people who might be starting in the fall so I can make some friends before I go.
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    Quote from worstschool
    I don't think it's worth going there after all the negative remarks and especially when there is only a handful of students attending there. How about the staffs there? Were there any improvement, I heard there were a bunch of incompetent administration that are working in New York. I am a still debating, the tuition fees are ridiculously high sure hate to dumb my money if nothing change.
    Most of the negative remarks are from a few disgruntled students. As far as New York, I think that Dr. Connelly, is doing a good job placing student at partner schools. As far as I know she has placed everyone for the next two semesters. On tuition, their rates are comparable to other private BSN programs in the United States.
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    I am a graduate of IUON and have a great job and graduated from Purdue with some of the best test scores the school had. Therefore my opnion is not biased. First of all, all the learning I gained from IUON was from textbooks and the internet. Most of the teachers at IUON are Kittitian nurses with as much knowledge and scope of experience as a CNA in the US. The faculty is rude and domineering and take pleasure in making the lives of American caucasions difficult. The country as a whole still habors ill will towards anyone not black due to lingering sentiments of slavery. If you are white, you are not welcome on St. Kitts. Not as a student, and not as a tourist. With this said the worst part about living on the island was, in fact, the school and its faculty. They truely do go out of their way to make your life hard and stressful. They are racist and sexiest and biased in every way. They have the power of control in their professor role and they use this to seemingly make up for the fact that the island once had slaves with most likely white American or Brithish owners. The discrimination is worse for males than females. However, I have several female friends who were violently raped on the island and the government did not prosecute or even try to help the them in any way. Men can expect to be assulted during there stay and everyone should expect to be robbed at least once. It is ranked as the most violent country in North America. I left the coutry with very few belongings and a bitter taste in my mouth for both the school and the island.


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