Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 80

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 calijenn
    jeb!

    can you email me i have lots of questions if u dont mind lol!! also, do you know anyone at UPR school of nursing?? i just sent my application packet to inter metro but im thinking about applying to UPR also. and is it really that bad???
    Don't apply to UPR!!! You will never finish. They are on strike 90% of the time.
  2. by   calijenn
    Quote from designer-mommy
    Don't apply to UPR!!! You will never finish. They are on strike 90% of the time.
    okay thank you! i trust you! youve been living there some time. im hearing theyre on strike alot but why lol
    also, do you kno any dates on when they are taking new students in the program?? i emailed the address you have on your profile
  3. by   Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    Haha, I didn't know I was going to create such a reaction! For the record I've heard the school enjoys a very good reputation on the island, and naturally the culture is quite different. I'm simply directing my comments more towards the bulk of the people asking questions, who tend to be from the states and may be under the impression this school is similar to the one in their hometown. I simply don't want people rushing to come down here without being fully informed about the school, the bad points, plus the very good points. In fact, I forgot to mention how if you speak spanish, you can obtain a temporary license after you finish Peds (good for two years) and try to get a job as a nurse. That working experience will look gangbusters on your resume when you apply for your next job!!!
  4. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    Haha, I didn't know I was going to create such a reaction! For the record I've heard the school enjoys a very good reputation on the island, and naturally the culture is quite different. I'm simply directing my comments more towards the bulk of the people asking questions, who tend to be from the states and may be under the impression this school is similar to the one in their hometown. I simply don't want people rushing to come down here without being fully informed about the school, the bad points, plus the very good points. In fact, I forgot to mention how if you speak spanish, you can obtain a temporary license after you finish Peds (good for two years) and try to get a job as a nurse. That working experience will look gangbusters on your resume when you apply for your next job!!!
    No, I know you probably didn't mean to cast the school in such a negative light, which is why I said what you said was pretty much correct but I just wanted to make sure that I chimed in and let people know why the school is the way it is. It's not crappy, it's just a whole different world down here. I hope I didn't come off as *****, but I probably did because it was like 1:30 in the morning and I was tired/cranky. I know it was a long rant, but I tend to write a lot because I write for a living (at least until I finish nursing school).

    Anyway, I just didn't want anyone thinking that we were a bunch of slackers who didn't know squat about nursing

    Oh, and calijenn, I didn't get any emails from you. Can you try again?
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Sep 2, '11 : Reason: changed to all ****
  5. by   calijenn
    Quote from designer-mommy
    No, I know you probably didn't mean to cast the school in such a negative light, which is why I said what you said was pretty much correct but I just wanted to make sure that I chimed in and let people know why the school is the way it is. It's not crappy, it's just a whole different world down here. I hope I didn't come off as *****, but I probably did because it was like 1:30 in the morning and I was tired/cranky. I know it was a long rant, but I tend to write a lot because I write for a living (at least until I finish nursing school).

    Anyway, I just didn't want anyone thinking that we were a bunch of slackers who didn't know squat about nursing

    Oh, and calijenn, I didn't get any emails from you. Can you try again?

    DM ive emailed u again but maybe u didnt get it??? my email is jenrodriguez88@gmail.com
  6. by   Jeb-in-Minneapolis
    Ok, just made it to school after waiting an hour and a half for the school trolley. Highly recommend you get a car if at all possible, because the free school shuttle between the train station and campus really stinks. Just my 2 cents...
  7. by   feetinthedirt
    So I've been reading through the posts on this thread for a while...what a wealth of information! I am planning on applying for the accelerated BSN next year, starting in November. My main question now is about money for living expenses, since it sounds like working (at least the first year) is not an option. How comparable is it to living in the States? I live in Seattle, which is a bit cheaper than the Bay area. Second question: in an earlier post someone talked about being able to apply for a temporary license and work after you get your ADN while you complete your BSN coursework. How well do you have to know Spanish to be eligible for this temp license? Thanks, y'all!
  8. by   kevano51
    Any other former or current Interamerican nursing students out there that can comment on the quality of the education at this nursing school pls? I am now extremely nervous that if I move down there and pay out all this money that I wont even be taught how to pass the N-Clex and to me that is the primary goal of a nursing program. Also, about the clinicals are we going to learn skills that we need to know to get a job in the 'real world'?? Does anyone know the N-clex passage rate for this school as of say last year and the year before and where can we as possible students see this information for ourselves?
  9. by   kevano51
    I just got of the phone with the Florida Board of Nursing and they scared me! They said that since Puerto Rico is not in Florida that I would have to send my transcripts to some agency in Miami to be evaluated. They also recommended contacting a Florida Nursing school and making sure the required curriculum that is taught in the Florida nursing schools is very similar to what is being taught in Puerto Rico, if not then I will have to take more classes, this is especially frightening when it comes to anatomy and physiology.
  10. by   FeMaMaFutureRN
    I spoke to them just prior to me moving to PR in July and they told me the exact opposite. They informed me that as long as my school was part of the US (which PR is considered), and held National Accreditation that I would be just fine. I spoke to a few different people at Florida Board of Nursing (Tallahassee, FL), so Im not too sure of the given information you received...not saying you heard wrong..just saying I was told different. Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.


    Quote from kevano51
    I just got of the phone with the Florida Board of Nursing and they scared me! They said that since Puerto Rico is not in Florida that I would have to send my transcripts to some agency in Miami to be evaluated. They also recommended contacting a Florida Nursing school and making sure the required curriculum that is taught in the Florida nursing schools is very similar to what is being taught in Puerto Rico, if not then I will have to take more classes, this is especially frightening when it comes to anatomy and physiology.
  11. by   kevano51
    Hey FeMaMa, thanks for the reply, she was a young girl that i spoke to so maybe she doesnt know, i hope that there are no problems sitting for the nclex when i return! I am coming down in august of next year to do the 11 month adn as i already have a BS in environmental science, my question is about nursing skills, will i learn nursing skills in the 11 month program, like how to draw blood, put in an IV put in a catheter all these things i need in the real world?
  12. by   FeMaMaFutureRN
    Of course you will. You will learn all the basic skills to prepare you to be a nurse. Sorry for the late reply, by the way. If you don't mind me asking, what are your plans in regards to finishing your Nursing Degree? Do you plan on just getting the ADN then returning to FL? Let me know.
    Quote from kevano51
    Hey FeMaMa, thanks for the reply, she was a young girl that i spoke to so maybe she doesnt know, i hope that there are no problems sitting for the nclex when i return! I am coming down in august of next year to do the 11 month adn as i already have a BS in environmental science, my question is about nursing skills, will i learn nursing skills in the 11 month program, like how to draw blood, put in an IV put in a catheter all these things i need in the real world?
  13. by   kevano51
    hey femama, i plan on at this point geting my adn then returning to florida and then getting my bsn here in florida somewhere. hey does anyone know if there is a msn program in english in pr?

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