Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 30

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   ChanelCinq
    Quote from MidWest78
    ChanelCinq=> I wont be able to attend the orientation on Friday, but please let us all know what we missed. Also did you get your Medical Cert yet? I know its a requirement and was hoping someone could tell me when I can get one. Hope all goes well for you while you're there.
    Nope I have not done that yet. I may try to do that Monday. I'll ask them at the school tomorrow.

    So I am amazed that very few people at the school speak English because every single person I came in contact with today spoke English. There is not a single person from the hair stylist to the police man I asked directions to or anyone else of the 2 dozen or more people that I came in contact with. Every single person spoke English except the people that work at my hotel but they are from the Dominican Republic. I am not quite sure why the people at the university do not speak English. I find that odd. Everyone on the island speaks English except the people that work in higher education.

    The people here are sooooo friendly. I love it. They are so helpful as well and go out of their way often.

    I found the public transportation clean and efficient. Although I will get a car or a scooter. From the little I have seen of the roads and the drivers I would feel fine on a scooter. Although the humidity would drive me into a car.

    If anyone is coming to SJ in advance and wants to do it on the cheap I suggest the Fortaleza Guest House in Old San Juan. It is 40 USD a night and Old San Juan is so, so cute. To get into town you walk 3 or 4 blocks to the ferry that leaves on the 1/2 hour, every hour from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM. The ferry stops at the Hato Rey train station and you can either jump on the train or take a bus. The ferry costs 1 USD each way. The train I only took once and it was .75 cents.

    I will post a little review of the orientation after Friday and Midwest I'll let you know what I find out about the health cert.
  2. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Nope I have not done that yet. I may try to do that Monday. I'll ask them at the school tomorrow.

    So I am amazed that very few people at the school speak English because every single person I came in contact with today spoke English. There is not a single person from the hair stylist to the police man I asked directions to or anyone else of the 2 dozen or more people that I came in contact with. Every single person spoke English except the people that work at my hotel but they are from the Dominican Republic. I am not quite sure why the people at the university do not speak English. I find that odd. Everyone on the island speaks English except the people that work in higher education.

    The people here are sooooo friendly. I love it. They are so helpful as well and go out of their way often.

    I found the public transportation clean and efficient. Although I will get a car or a scooter. From the little I have seen of the roads and the drivers I would feel fine on a scooter. Although the humidity would drive me into a car.

    If anyone is coming to SJ in advance and wants to do it on the cheap I suggest the Fortaleza Guest House in Old San Juan. It is 40 USD a night and Old San Juan is so, so cute. To get into town you walk 3 or 4 blocks to the ferry that leaves on the 1/2 hour, every hour from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM. The ferry stops at the Hato Rey train station and you can either jump on the train or take a bus. The ferry costs 1 USD each way. The train I only took once and it was .75 cents.

    I will post a little review of the orientation after Friday and Midwest I'll let you know what I find out about the health cert.
    Please, please, please don't get a scooter! Trust me on this one. I've lived here for years, and I would never recommend that anyone drive a scooter here. I don't know where you're driving that people are driving sane, but trust me, that's not the norm. The driving conditions here just aren't the same as in the states. For example, yesterday the stop lights at one of the busiest intersections in Caguas was out, and everyone was on their own. I kid you not when I say that it looked like a scene from one of those "end of the world" movies. Not only that, but I saw TWO police officers make their way through the lights and they didn't even bother to stop and direct traffic. They just don't care. Also, running red lights is pretty much a normal thing here. Another thing is the pothole situation. We have some nasty ones, and they will sit there forever before anyone does anything about them, and they pop up overnight too. Another thing to consider is our little unwritten law here. We're allowed to run red lights here between midnight and 5 a.m. because of the bad carjacking problem here. We just have to do the "California roll," just slow down and yield to anyone who is driving by, then you can go. So, I don't know if you like to go out or ride around late at night, but I wouldn't feel too safe all out in the open and exposed like that.

    I hope I don't sound cranky about it or anything...I just kinda like ya so I don't want to see anything bad happen to you. My hunch is you're driving around a lot of tourists who actually know how to drive LOLLLL If you live here, you have to drive like a butthole or you won't get anywhere. Sometimes you have to just throw yourself out there because PR is so overpopulated and you'll never get a break if you don't. If you can drive here, you can drive ANYWHERE!

    That's wild about no one at the school speaking English. I have never realized that, because both me and my husband speak Spanish so it's never been an issue. Did you go see "E" in the English trimester office? He's so awesome! He might be able to direct you to people in different departments that speak English.

    As for the medical certificate, I haven't gotten it yet. I'll make sure that I find out where to get it tomorrow. Can't wait to see you guys tomorrow!!!
  3. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from designer-mommy
    Did you go see "E" in the English trimester office? He's so awesome!
    Preface: This is going to be log. I typed it on the train and ferry.

    Wow, what an awesome day! So I was waiting for my future roommate, labsrock, to arrive from FL when his travel plans were a bit delayed so I got a late start. I got down to the ferry at 10:31 just as the 10:30 ferry was pulling away from the dock. So I had an hour to kill and spent it sipping wonderful Puerto Rican coffee at the Caf Cala'o next to the ferry.

    Then I did the ferry -> train -> trolley (shuttle) route and finally ended up at the school. By the way the trolley that you take when you exit the Cupey train station has Interamericana written all over it. The shuttle is free and provided by Interamericana and runs every 30 minutes.

    So I asked where the nursing dept was which of course was a big deal because again no one speaks English. It is not that I expect them to speak English only that I find it odd that the guy at the grocery store, all the people that work at the train/subway/metro station, the people at the ferry, the woman working at the drug store, etc all these people speak English. Then you go to a higher education establishment and they don't. It just seems so backwards.

    I definitely plan to learn Spanish as I found today amongst a group of people that all spoke English very well that when they are together as a group they will speak Spanish. So I wandered off and spoke English to the son. Also it will be a huge benefit to be trilingual when I return to CA.

    So I found the nursing school and was told to fill out some forms and then come back tomorrow for orientation. I asked where I could do the health certificate and the woman (sorry I already forgot her name) said anywhere. I asked if she could give me a specific place and she said we would get all this information at the orientation tomorrow. I asked if I could register and she said that would be done at the orientation tomorrow.

    So it seems like they will be going over everything tomorrow.

    In the middle of all this the power went out for about 10 minutes and someone lit a candle. I love it. It is so random.

    Then the woman told me that my acceptance letter did not state that I was in the accelerated program. She said if I had been admitted to the accelerated program that it would state that on my letter. She asked if they evaluated my transcripts and I said that I thought they had because I was told since I was a Religious Studies minor (went to a Catholic University and it was one extra class to minor) I was not required to take the religious studies class at IAUPR. She tried to call someone but the phone rang and rang and she said we would deal wit it tomorrow but I should not be worried. And now that I am here I really am not worried. It will work out. Heck I have over 250 units, which is a heck of a lot of units. 120 is a Bachelors and 60 is a Masters so I have the equivalent of 2 Bachelors or a Bachelors and 2 Masters.

    Anyway that was not the part of the day that was supper amazing. It starts here. Than I went over to meet "E." I had sent him an Amazon gift certificate when I was accepted as a thank you and I just wanted to introduce myself.

    E is such a character. He was so appreciative of the Amazon cert and was drawn to me as a person. He is very spiritual but can't let his colleagues know as it is a Catholic University and most Puerto Ricans in general are really religious. He liked my aura. I wear a bracelet that represents 9 different religions and religion like systems. It is like the Believe bumper sticker or the Tolerance bumper sticker. And I wear an Om necklace. He was drawn to me and I was getting a kick out of him.

    Anyway he was appreciative and decided to give me a tour of the campus. Then I was talking about looking for an apartment. He was going on his lunch and he said I should check out the apartments in Las Cumbres right next to the school. Then he offered to drive me there. The gate to the entrance was up so we drove in. There was one place that was for rent and had a number listed. The next thing I knew "E" was calling the number and the real estate agent was on her way over to show us the apartment and some others.

    She showed us 3 places and "E" was saying that these places are really nice and I should jump on one of them as I will not find anything else this nice in PR.

    So my roommate is flying in this evening just after midnight and we will meet the real estate agent first thing tomorrow morning before we go to orientation.

    So then "E" dropped me back off at school and just so all of you know he was actually done with work. He was supposed to be in a class but he had decided not to go even before I was in the picture. So, this is not why the IAUPR staff is not reachable when we call.

    Sorry this is so long. I typed it on the train and the ferry.

    I still plan to post tomorrow after the orientation. Hopefully it will not be this long.
  4. by   designer-mommy
    ChanelCinq -- Call me please!!! It's kinda important, but I don't want to call you because I know you're in roaming.
  5. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    I am in hot and sticky Puerto Rico! I will be attending the orientation tomorrow. Are people from this board going to try to hook up there and meet? I've been here since Tuesday and I've gotten a healthy dose of the island. Are people stressed about the health cert because we are supposed to have that before we can register? I think it would be cool to meet some new people. Especially since I am one of the crazy few that speak no Spanish.
    Until tomorrow.
    Cahoon
  6. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from Cahoon
    I am in hot and sticky Puerto Rico! I will be attending the orientation tomorrow. Are people from this board going to try to hook up there and meet? I've been here since Tuesday and I've gotten a healthy dose of the island. Are people stressed about the health cert because we are supposed to have that before we can register? I think it would be cool to meet some new people. Especially since I am one of the crazy few that speak no Spanish.
    Until tomorrow.
    Cahoon
    Cahoon you are not alone. I am another one of those non Spanish speakers. But I have yet to meet a person outside the University and my hotel who does not speak English. What are you finding?

    I have been here since Tuesday as well and I may be wrong but I think you are the one who flew out from SLC with Benny26?! I looked at some apartments today that you looked at yesterday and I am 99% sure we are taking one of them.

    Tomorrow there will be at least 8 of us from allnurses.com and I am sure a ton of others not from the board. designer-mommy just informed me that two more people from allnurses.com are on there way to the guest house I am staying at. She asked if I would accompany them in the morning to orientation. So 4 of us will be arriving together tomorrow.

    Cahoon have you found any places that you really like as far as places to live?
  7. by   artofisis
    Sounds like everything is going great. What are rents like in Las Cumbres?
  8. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from artofisis
    Sounds like everything is going great. What are rents like in Las Cumbres?
    I looked at 3 places that were all 2 bedroom, 1 bath. One was 775 and the other 2 were 750. They are a little more expensive than what we were budgeting but they are 1/4 mile from the school and really nice. "E" said I would find places this nice anywhere else.
  9. by   MidWest78
    When i was their in May i met "E" and yeah is a character and very nice. I am waiting to see if i will be accepted into the accelerated program, im supposed to call the admissions office and hope that someone will talk to me on the phone! when i was their last month they where all on vacation (figure that!)....If not i will be contacting "E" since he's the only helpful one. Well i hope the orientation answers a lot of questions. Im moving to PR July 26th and staying in a "dorm" girls only, it's about 5 minutes from the school in Rio Piedras.
  10. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from MidWest78
    ...Well i hope the orientation answers a lot of questions. Im moving to PR July 26th and staying in a "dorm" girls only, it's about 5 minutes from the school in Rio Piedras.
    A dorm? Are you planning to live there the whole year? Can I ask how much that will cost per month?

    I'll have to post more later when I have details in front of me about orientation. It has been a loooong day and I had 5 hours sleep last night. It seemed everyone at orientation was a bit tired today.

    After orientation labsrock and I spent the rest of the day translating the rental contract, making copies of the rental contract getting keys made, and getting the grand tour of the neighborhood while out new landloard showed us ever nook and crany. Wanda was awesome but it was a long day. We were with her over 7 hours today which was a lot.

    So you can get the health cert literally from any doctor anywhere. The police certificate you can get at the station next to Plaza Las Americas and they cost 1.50 cents each and it was suggested to have several of the originals on hand because you will need them for clinicals.

    We registered for classes today and I signed up for all the suggested 1st trimester classes on the accelerated track plus a beginning Spanish class. ;-)

    The orientation was presented by the director. It was way more organized than I ever could have imagined and it went smooth except it was 2.5 hours which was a bit long. Then actually going to register was at least another hour so it was an ordeal.

    It was a very productive day between orientation and registration and signing a lease and writing a check for a deposit. I clocked out apartment and it is 1/2 a kilometer or 1/3 of a mile from school. I think I will bike it.

    Anyway I am whipped and heading off to bed. When I have more energy and the the papers in front of me I can provide more info like the adress to purchase the uniforms or the exact classes we were instructed to register for.

    Oh and it is very clear that if you have a Bachelors degree you will be doing the accelerated program.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jun 12, '10 : Reason: Please do not post names as per terms of service
  11. by   MidWest78
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    A dorm? Are you planning to live there the whole year? Can I ask how much that will cost per month?

    I'll have to post more later when I have details in front of me about orientation. It has been a loooong day and I had 5 hours sleep last night. It seemed everyone at orientation was a bit tired today.

    After orientation labsrock and I spent the rest of the day translating the rental contract, making copies of the rental contract getting keys made, and getting the grand tour of the neighborhood while out new landloard showed us ever nook and crany. Wanda was awesome but it was a long day. We were with her over 7 hours today which was a lot.

    So you can get the health cert literally from any doctor anywhere. The police certificate you can get at the station next to Plaza Las Americas and they cost 1.50 cents each and it was suggested to have several of the originals on hand because you will need them for clinicals.

    We registered for classes today and I signed up for all the suggested 1st trimester classes on the accelerated track plus a beginning Spanish class. ;-)

    The orientation was presented by the director. It was way more organized than I ever could have imagined and it went smooth except it was 2.5 hours which was a bit long. Then actually going to register was at least another hour so it was an ordeal.

    It was a very productive day between orientation and registration and signing a lease and writing a check for a deposit. I clocked out apartment and it is 1/2 a kilometer or 1/3 of a mile from school. I think I will bike it.

    Anyway I am whipped and heading off to bed. When I have more energy and the the papers in front of me I can provide more info like the adress to purchase the uniforms or the exact classes we were instructed to register for.

    Oh and it is very clear that if you have a Bachelors degree you will be doing the accelerated program.
    Im staying at a house owned by a gentlemen he only rent's it out to female students, hence why i call it a "dorm" I am paying $325 a month (all utilities, cable, internet included) I have a friend who is staying their as well. I don't really plan on staying their the whole time that im in school. So, do we need more than one original police report? because i have one original and just made copies of it. I also went and purchased my uniform so basically all i need now is the medical certificate. Did they talk about clinicals? What hospitals they do the clinicals?
  12. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from MidWest78
    ...So, do we need more than one original police report? because i have one original and just made copies of it. I also went and purchased my uniform so basically all i need now is the medical certificate. Did they talk about clinicals? What hospitals they do the clinicals?
    Yes they said some hospitals will accept the copy of the police report. Other schools want the original and will not accept the copy. The cost 1.50 each so I am probably going to get at least a half a dozen to be safe.

    She rattled off a bunch of different hospitals where clinicals will be held but none of the hospitals meant anything to me. Those of us that are in the accelerated program start clinicals August 2nd the day school starts. So we have to make sure we have everything like police certificates and uniforms and all the rest.

    Those of you that are not in the accelerated program have another year to get that stuff.
  13. by   nauhjat
    Hello!!! Just a quick question. So if you are not in the accelerated program you don't take any of your nursing courses with clinicals until the following year? What? I thought I would be able to apply for my RN the first year. That sucks!!! Not sure if you know but I will ask anyway, what do the people who are not on the accelerated program take the first year?Hmmmm?????????? Thanks for all the info!!!!!!!

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