Quote from filumena
Thanks all! This is great advice! I'm taking the NET this week at Central, and am really leaning towards them because their program starts in March (the soonest start date with no waiting list!) One question I had, how is the area that the school is in? Is it safe? I don't spend much time downtown, but I know there are good and bad parts of Cleveland. Also, any advice on how not to fail?
How were clinicals? THANKS so much! I really appreciate input as this is my only source of first-hand opinions on the school!
Thought I could help answer some of those questions, although I'm a little late and you may have already made your decisions regarding CSPN. I'm a recent grad. I also live in the area the school is located in.
It's as "safe" as any metropolitan area is. You're there during the day, and it's a busy area. As long as you're not walking around with $100 bills hanging from your pockets, you're probably fine. The closest we ever came to having any "incidents" were some "colorful" folks walking around the outside of the school. The staff handled security VERY well (there is a full-time security watchmen there when school is in session, watching the entrances and the parking lot). I never felt unsafe. I mean, I'm also a native New Yorker, so maybe that's why! But there's really nothing to be scared of in that area.
Also, re: not failing.......sure fire advice. STUDY. Period. Study your butt off. Do absolutely EVERYTHING the instructors tell you to do. Simple enough. You CANNOT skip the reading. You CANNOT skip the clinical practice. You MUST study EVERY NIGHT. That pretty much sums it up. You don't have to read for hours on end - but I wouldn't advise going a night without opening a book. It sounds like a lot, but after the first few weeks, you get used to it. While i was there, it seemed like it would never end. Now, in hindsight, it seems like it just flew - a year after I started, I'm a nurse. It's kind of mind-boggling.
Good luck in whatever you choose to do. My own personal advice though - CSPN is kind of a treasure. If you are serious about becoming a nurse and can knuckle down and do the work, you won't regret it.