Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 41

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
    Quote from Veroko
    I agree on what your are saying about that you can go to a respectable university and fail the nclex. I understand.... I just gave my opinion on what was right for me. Every experience is different maybe for you the inter is the one you liked and am happy for that. In my particular case I only gave a few examples about one particular aspect but I have plenty more. I also study at night in The umet which is trimester too. I'm sure lots of independent study is involved when you want to pass the nclex ! In my case I love the metro! good luck on your studies and I didnt mean to offend you ...If you believe it you can do anything Either way like you said its accredited ! so something good should be happening
    No, you didn't offend me! Sorry if I sounded harsh--I didn't mean to. That's what I hate about forums, you don't really "feel" what the person is saying because there is no body language, tone of voice, etc. I guess I'm just a bit frustrated at some "bad apples" in our program making us all look like idiots. I was completely ashamed of the way our Student Nurse Association represented us in the initiation ceremony last week, so maybe that's why I'm a bit cranky LOL It's obvious that those people are in this school solely because of the low GPA acceptance because they are just plain stupid. A girl behind me was calling ALL of the other groups' girls ugly, one had ugly shoes, the other one's hair was ugly...and this girl was like 300+ pounds so she had NO room to talk about someone's looks because she was FAR from perfect! Then some students were making fun of the DEAN for crying out loud because of the way she said the word "book" in English. Um...this is Puerto Rico...if they want perfect English, they can go back to the states. Then another guy was talking about how he was going to be a sucky nurse...so WHY are you here?! They said nursing is for people who have nothing else to do. Really? The last time I checked everyone said you can't do it for a decent paycheck, you have to have passion for it. Then another couple of students were giggling about how they thought the dean said "penis" when she was speaking Spanish. No, she did NOT say penis. UGHHHHHHHH! It makes me sad that idiots/morons like that are representing our nursing school when there are a ton of us who are mature, responsible people who are actually going to pass. Very sad indeed I was sooooo about to say something to them, but I didn't want to lower myself to their immature level so I left it at that.

    Anyway, rambling over LOL Sorry if I sounded like I was barking at you! That really wasn't my intention at all, I promise :heartbeat And good luck in your studies as well. I'm glad that UMET is a good fit for you
  2. by   nauhjat
    Hey DM don't worry about those idiots. Those dumb dumbs will never and I repeat NEVER!!!! pass the NCLEX and become nurses. Everyone seems to think nursing is easy and anyone can do it. Wrong!!!!! The only thing those idiots look at is how much money nurses make not the hard work required to become a nurse or work as a nurse. And the best thing is when I hear some of the idiots saying they are going to go into a nurse anesthetist program. LMAO!!!! Ha ha ha. How about making it out of Pharmacology first.HMMM????? Slowly but surely this program is going to weed people out who should not be here. And if by chance some actually make it through, the NCLEX will definitely take care of the ones who slipped through the cracks. I hope and wish everyone does well but some people are a joke, and an insult to me, the school, and nursing as a profession. Ok I am done. I just had to release a little frustration. LOL. Later.
  3. by   Veroko
    Quote from designer-mommy
    No, you didn't offend me! Sorry if I sounded harsh--I didn't mean to. That's what I hate about forums, you don't really "feel" what the person is saying because there is no body language, tone of voice, etc. I guess I'm just a bit frustrated at some "bad apples" in our program making us all look like idiots. I was completely ashamed of the way our Student Nurse Association represented us in the initiation ceremony last week, so maybe that's why I'm a bit cranky LOL It's obvious that those people are in this school solely because of the low GPA acceptance because they are just plain stupid. A girl behind me was calling ALL of the other groups' girls ugly, one had ugly shoes, the other one's hair was ugly...and this girl was like 300+ pounds so she had NO room to talk about someone's looks because she was FAR from perfect! Then some students were making fun of the DEAN for crying out loud because of the way she said the word "book" in English. Um...this is Puerto Rico...if they want perfect English, they can go back to the states. Then another guy was talking about how he was going to be a sucky nurse...so WHY are you here?! They said nursing is for people who have nothing else to do. Really? The last time I checked everyone said you can't do it for a decent paycheck, you have to have passion for it. Then another couple of students were giggling about how they thought the dean said "penis" when she was speaking Spanish. No, she did NOT say penis. UGHHHHHHHH! It makes me sad that idiots/morons like that are representing our nursing school when there are a ton of us who are mature, responsible people who are actually going to pass. Very sad indeed I was sooooo about to say something to them, but I didn't want to lower myself to their immature level so I left it at that.

    Anyway, rambling over LOL Sorry if I sounded like I was barking at you! That really wasn't my intention at all, I promise :heartbeat And good luck in your studies as well. I'm glad that UMET is a good fit for you
    Yeah we have some people like this in the umet ughhh they suck! OK great its all good . Yeah I get frustrated all the time
  4. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from nauhjat
    Hey DM don't worry about those idiots. Those dumb dumbs will never and I repeat NEVER!!!! pass the NCLEX and become nurses. Everyone seems to think nursing is easy and anyone can do it. Wrong!!!!! The only thing those idiots look at is how much money nurses make not the hard work required to become a nurse or work as a nurse. And the best thing is when I hear some of the idiots saying they are going to go into a nurse anesthetist program. LMAO!!!! Ha ha ha. How about making it out of Pharmacology first.HMMM????? Slowly but surely this program is going to weed people out who should not be here. And if by chance some actually make it through, the NCLEX will definitely take care of the ones who slipped through the cracks. I hope and wish everyone does well but some people are a joke, and an insult to me, the school, and nursing as a profession. Ok I am done. I just had to release a little frustration. LOL. Later.
    Hey, how do you feel about the idiots in our Fundamentals and Pharmacology classes? Arghhhhhhhhhhh! I swear, I left school feeling like I wanted to bash my head against the wall. I seriously feel like I'm back in elementary school. Maybe it's different here in PR, but a college professor is a respected position in the states. They walk in the door and people shut up. God, not here. They have no respect for the professors. I swear, I couldn't be a professor here. There is no WAY I would put up with that. I'd tell them to take their immature rear ends out of my class and come back when they can show some respect. It's insane. They make me embarrassed to be part of the program. I want the best for everyone, but I can't wait for them to drop out of the program LOLLLLL I want to have a "normal" college experience.

    Sorry, I had to release a little frustration too! I'm not looking forward to dealing with those morons again tonight.
  5. by   awanjo
    designer mommy ive been reading ur posts and i believe ure in the program , i would sure like some answers as iam hoping to apply for the aug 2011 sem , i have majority of my prereqs cleared already and i dont knw if they will all transfer how is life in general there iam a blk guy frm ca los angeles iam taking this option for inter coz i dnt think i want to be on the waiting list here for just an adn
  6. by   txlvn44
    Hi Everyone,

    I am new to this site and have been reading these posts for quite sometime. I am now interested in applying for the university in puerto rico for their BSN program. I am currently an LVN. I have completed the on-line application for the nursing program. What can I expect next? Designer-mommy I know you have a wealth of info since you are living and attending the school, you're awesome! I would like to hear from the others who are in the program about finances and how they are living while they are attending school and not working, not to be into anyone's personal business, just to get some information on how I should go about preparing to live there for at least the next 3 years. Do you get enough money from financial aid to cover all the expenses? or do you have get loans. Are you able to get a job in puerto rico while going to school? From reading this forum, I see that the nursing program classes are at night? Also I would really like to know can i endorse my lvn license there so maybe I can work as an LVN and since i am currently an LVN will I be considered for the ABSN? Any information will be very helpful. I applied for the aug 2011 program. It will my husband and I, no children, our children are ALL grown. I would like some info on the best affordable/safe area close to the campus and not so close to campus. From reading this forum, I know we will need a car. We already have vehicles, so what I was thinking about doing was maybe having our cars shipped or maybe just purchase a cheap vehicle while we are in puerto rico. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
  7. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    Soooooo, my faith in the program at La Inter has been redeemed a little bit. I have a teacher this trimester who is knowledgeable, engaging, and overall a great teacher. There is hope for this program yet!! Yay!
  8. by   awanjo
    cahoon iam writting this reply to you i have been following ur postings on here and all i wanted to ask is since i noticed ure a new student there how is the experience how are the lessons conducted and all the life in the island iam currently an lvn here in california los angeles to be exact working in a great hospital but i need my BSN baad , anyway is financial aid easy to come by and the books is it better to purchase them here and move there iam looking to apply for aug 2011 sem and iam just hoping tht the school will still be accredited and if i can wrk in ca after the NCLEX iam 27 and i aint getting any younger cahoon let me know wht to expect out there or anyone lemmi know coz iam not sure how to go about this
  9. by   awanjo
    i also wanted to find out if i took some classes online wethter they would accept them or if i took classes at a community college here if they would be exempted at inter

    ie i believe you can take statistics instead of math,spanish 1,2,3/history of puerto rico
    christian faith etc
  10. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    Awanjo:
    You are correct, I am a student at Inter currently. I'll try to answer your questions as best I can.

    As for financial aid, you are applying to the US federal government via FAFSA, just like at any other school. Inter does have somewhat limited amounts available from the school. I have heard some people complain about not getting enough money, but I haven't really noticed a difference compared to the amount I got at my last school taking the differences in tuition into account. If this will be your first bachelors degree you have the benefit of getting grants from the government as well. This is my second so I'm not eligible. I don't know of too many people who are able to come here and live completely off of loans and grants, but most of the people I know are in the accelerated program too, so most of them are on their second bachelors as well and don't get the fed grants.

    They will accept previous credits here for any (as far as I've heard) of the general education requirements. As for classes from the nursing school, I don't think that they would accept any. So, yes, Christian faith, Spanish, math, whatever else they tell you is required that is not directly taken from the nursing department. If you have taken religion classes, or language classes they will accept those in place of Spanish and Christian faith. Some people have gotten other language or world religion classes to count. For me they just looked over my transcript, gave me a paper that said I have to take Christian faith and none of the others.

    Books are all bought online, so you can save some money in shipping if you buy them on the mainland, but I wouldn't buy books for a whole program all at one time. Things change, teachers want certain editions, things like that. You would probably pay as much getting them over here as you would just buying online and having them mailed here. This trimester we had a week and a half break so I went home to visit family and just had my books sent there (for the one trimester). They will give a booklist in the nursing office.

    Living on the island is fun and it's gorgeous here, but it can be very frustrating at times. Rent is not too expensive, especially if you are coming from the LA area. You can pay anywhere from $200/mo to about $1400 a month depending on what amenities you want. I think that the average for people who have a roommate, AC, Internet, and included appliances are paying around $400/mo once you include utilities. If you are not planning on buying a car, pick your location VERY carefully. I can give you some suggestions if you want to message me once you decide that you are moving. Public transportation here is pretty much a nightmare from what I understand. I ended up buying a car, as have most of my friends, but not all, so it's not a necessity. Food is a lot more expensive here as well as everything else, but it is most noticeable in the grocery store. Movie theaters on the other hand are wicked cheap! We saw the new HP movie one evening for $6.50!

    The school's accreditation is not in danger. It was evaluated and renewed as well as the ADN program gained accreditation, which we did not have before in October. What to expect from classes... well, there has been a lot said on this forum about classes so far. My opinion is that it is basically like being in a small classroom with a lot of really loud people. I don't know if it's cultural or what, but people in the classes I have taken NEVER shut up. I have only had one prof. who can keep them quiet and it's an active job. That's been really annoying to me personally. I don't know how other students are dealing with it. Up to this point (second trimester) nothing has been the least bit challenging. I am hoping for a little more of a challenge this time with Adult care 1. It is basically A&P plus the nursing care portion. The teachers seem to be of a much higher quality than last trimester.

    I have not looked into taking my NCLEX yet but I think that there are some states that you have to jump through more hoops than others. I have heard that a lot of people are taking the test through the state of CT. Once you have your license though, you can transfer it to any state regardless of where you took the NCLEX.

    Hopefully this will help and feel free to ask any other questions you think of. I will try to help as best I can.

    Cahoon
  11. by   awanjo
    thank you very much cahoon for your reply you answered all my questions and more i already got my application packet and iam in the process of filling it up now i made up my decision to move to pr for this program i will definatelly have more questions for you as the days go by if only i knew this school 3yrs ago
  12. by   Oakley44
    Quote from Cahoon
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    I have not looked into taking my NCLEX yet but I think that there are some states that you have to jump through more hoops than others. I have heard that a lot of people are taking the test through the state of CT. Once you have your license though, you can transfer it to any state regardless of where you took the NCLEX.

    Hopefully this will help and feel free to ask any other questions you think of. I will try to help as best I can.

    Cahoon
    Hey, I've been lurking on this thread since 2008 but yeah, as far as I know the NCLEX is standardized nationally - same questions WHEREVER you go. I believe the CT thing is regarding working as an LVN. There's an NCLEX site in San Juan. I called them a while back. Also you can check this thread out... Is the NCLEX the same in every state? - Nursing for Nurses . Good luck to everyone in PR. I chose a different route for my BSN but I'm certainly envious of the Island lifestyle/weather down there.
  13. by   kevano51
    so are students allowed to work while in school if the financing is not enough to cover all expenses? are menial jobs hard to find there?

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