Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 27

Anyone out there have info on the school in Arecibo, PR? It is a 24 month program that begins in August. I'd love to hear anything, thanks. zzzzzgirl... Read More

  1. by   designer-mommy
    Woo hoo! I just went through the curriculum and figured out how to sprinkle my general education classes here and there to where I will have at least 12 hours each trimester, except for the 1st and last. The first I will only have one 2-hour nursing class and nothing else, so I will just pay that out of pocket. The last trimester is just 4 hours, so I will pay that out of pocket too. I mean, the credit hours are all that we pay for, right? We don't pay for the hours that are spent at clinicals on top of that, do we? I wouldn't think so. God, I hope not LOL

    So, now that I got the whole financial aid thing covered, I am definitely going to stick with the regular program. If I try and push things for the accelerated, I know that everything will get screwed up. It's fine as it is now, so I'll stick with it. Plus, it will give my husband a whole year of experience before we go back to the states, so hopefully he will find a job over there quick. As long as one of us finds a job semi-immediately we should be good financially.
  2. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    sorry, I can't remember who said it, but someone was speaking of a great deal they got on a rental car in PR. Where did you, or are you, going to rent from?
    Thanks
  3. by   nauhjat
    Cheapest I found was Budget.
  4. by   artofisis
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    I am not doing any house hunting until I fly out there on June 8th. I found a roommate from this board though. I can't remember his handle now that we took the conversation off allnurses. We are interested in finding a third and I would like to have that hammered out before I fly down and do house hunting so I know to look for a 2 bed room or a three bedroom.

    Both of us want to be as close to the school as possible and he has a dog so we are looking for a pace with a yard. We are looking to pay 250 to 350 per person before electricity and the other stuff.
    Hey
    I Would like to talk about about a possible roommate situation.
  5. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from artofisis
    Hey
    I Would like to talk about about a possible roommate situation.
    You have mail!
  6. by   ChanelCinq
    Anyone have a list of which shots we need?
  7. by   nauhjat
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Anyone have a list of which shots we need?
    I think the most important ones are your TB and your Hep B. These shots take the most time especially Hep B because it is a series of 3 shots over 3 months. So you may want to get them now otherwise the hospital may not allow you to attend clinicals. Very bad!!!
  8. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from nauhjat
    I think the most important ones are your TB and your Hep B. These shots take the most time especially Hep B because it is a series of 3 shots over 3 months. So you may want to get them now otherwise the hospital may not allow you to attend clinicals. Very bad!!!
    Yeah I am in the middle of the Hep B series. I will get the last shot in July. I have a ton of various shots but I want to make sure I have all the ones the school requires while I still have medical insurance.

    By the way what is the story on health insurance in Puerto Rico? Does the school offer it cheap like other schools? Someone told me PR is socialized medicine.
  9. by   mike.choley
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Someone told me PR is socialized medicine.

    I'm pretty sure they are confusing Puerto Rico with Costa Rica.
  10. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from mike.choley
    I'm pretty sure they are confusing Puerto Rico with Costa Rica.

    Nope it is PR. My hair stylist just told me he is originally from PR and I have known him for 15 years. He siad whenhe goes to visit familly they have these recidency cards that gives them acess to medical. He said it is like socialized medicine.
  11. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from ChanelCinq


    Nope it is PR. My hair stylist just told me he is originally from PR and I have known him for 15 years. He siad whenhe goes to visit familly they have these recidency cards that gives them acess to medical. He said it is like socialized medicine.
    That's not necessarily true. Here we have what is called la reforma, which is basically Medicaid. Maybe that's what he's talking about? When you have that, you don't get a gold card like in the states--it's through Humana. You pretty much HAVE to have insurance here, or the ER can actually refuse you. That's what I've been told, but I don't have first-hand experience with that, since we have insurance. I don't see how a hospital can refuse to provide treatment, so I don't know the specifics of that. We have various private insurance companies here, like Triple S, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.

    A warning to those of you who have insurance in the states, do your doctor visits before you come here. Going to the doctor here absolutely SUCKS. You have to go at about 5 a.m. to sign a paper, and then come back when the doctor's office opens to sit there ALL DAY until they call your name. The majority of doctors here don't make appointments. They just give you a day to come, and whether to come in the a.m. or p.m. It's really terrible. I hated going to doctor appointments when I lived in Orlando, now I won't even do it.

    Oh, but one awesome thing about la reforma here is that they cover DENTAL!!! I really think something needs to be done about health insurance covering dental in the states, because the costs are just ridiculous. I paid a little under $600 for a root canal in my eye tooth, and that was WITH dental insurance! I need to become a dentist, not a nurse! That's where the money is at it seems.

    I don't know about the school's health insurance, but I do know that they offer something. My husband had to sign a paper to decline it, but we didn't check out the specifics.
    Last edit by designer-mommy on May 24, '10
  12. by   designer-mommy
    Wow, the hepatitis B shots are spread out that much?! My hubby needs to get his done ASAP then if he's going to do the accelerated program. That would stink if he couldn't get in because of that, because I want at least one of us to be making some $$ in less than 2 years!
  13. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from designer-mommy
    Wow, the hepatitis B shots are spread out that much?!
    I have tried to get the Hep B series several times and I never went back after 6 months to get the third shot. The whole series takes 7 months. You get the 1st shot, wait a month and get the 2nd shot, and then get the 3rd shot 6 months later. So I did December, then January and now I am waiting until July.

    Thanks for the info on health care designer-mommy. I was definitely planning on getting health care through the school. I researched it for other schools but of course for Puerto Rico all research takes 10 times as long and 5 different answers along the way. Since everything seems to be different in PR compared to the mainland I hope the school does offer insurance at a reduced rate. Anyone have info on this? If not through the school how do people plan to carry health insurance?

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