Starting Lorain County Community College RN - Fall 2012 - page 3

by ladylysis | 13,100 Views | 103 Comments

Anyone else out there starting LCCC's RN program this fall? My orientation is May 7th, and I'm starting to get a little nervous!... Read More


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    In most program you can request certain clinical sites, but there are no guarantees that you will get a spot at that site. It's also not possible - or desirable, really - to do all clinicals at a single location.

    That said, LCCC's clinical sites are mostly west side. UH and CCF are included, and really - when you get to your ICU rotation, don't you want a really good one? Your smaller, local hospitals are not going to have complex cases to follow; most of them get shipped out to the University and the Clinic.
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    ScottE. Are you in the generic or accelerated track?
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    Quote from Jwarnike
    ScottE. Are you in the generic or accelerated track?

    Generic only because I wanted to start earlier and have summer's off. I started in the Spring of 11 and I'll finish this fall and will have had the summers off. I could have started in the Accelerated in Fall of 11 and I'd finish this Fall going straight through.
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    That isn't necessarily true about the BSN and BSN track, I am on a hiring and retention committee and if we have 5 positions and 20 people apply, and 5 of them already have their BSN then we will hire them. We just had 2 positions and over 40 applicants. Tough to get into NICU right now as most have a high retention rate.
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    @NicuGal. Does that mean that employers look at BSNs differently based on whether or not you went for a straight 4 year degree or the ADN then RN-BSN route?
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    Quote from NicuGal
    That isn't necessarily true about the BSN and BSN track, I am on a hiring and retention committee and if we have 5 positions and 20 people apply, and 5 of them already have their BSN then we will hire them. We just had 2 positions and over 40 applicants. Tough to get into NICU right now as most have a high retention rate.
    I was speaking as far as the ANCC and Magnet Status were concerned. What folks do as far as hiring and firing I don't know.
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    Usually not, the BSN is a BSN. As for the hiring, you have to have a percentage of people WITH the BSN behind their name, not working on it, to meet the percentage you need to have to keep your status.
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    I'm starting LCCC in August as well! I'm getting excited and nervous as orientation is coming up. As far as reputation, LCCC has a VERY good one. I think we find out about clinical site selection at orientation. I think you rank your top 14 choices or something crazy like that.

    The child care is the main reason that I was able to go back to school in the first place. It is excellent and very affordable and convenient. You may have to make other arrangements for your clinical day(s) if you can't have someone drop the kid(s) off a little bit later. If I remember correctly, they don't open until 7 (maybe 7:30 - was never an issue for me before, so I didn't pay too much attention to it!) but you should be just fine for your classroom and lab time.

    As far as BSN vs. ADN vs. BSN track - I don't think it matters if you are on a BSN track. If there's BSNs applying for the job at the bigger hospitals, your application probably won't get far enough for someone to even notice you're working towards your BSN, unfortunately. (although I do know nurse managers who actually prefer ADN over BSN nurses!) ADNs are definitely still being hired, though. The best thing to do is get your foot in the door, even PRN at a place that you'd like to work after nursing school. It seems the market is picking up and the Clinic is hiring like crazy.

    The waiting list at LCCC question - I finished my last support course last August and was accepted for the fall. You will not get a clinical spot until ALL of your support classes are finished. If you apply now for the application date and finish your support classes then you probably have a pretty good chance of making the following admission pool.
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    Wantccu: congrats on getting into the program! And good luck. I too, have kids. Which is why LCCC is so appealing! And we want one more. So I'll have to try and squeeze that in somewhere. Lol. I'm starting my pre-Reqs this summer. And of everything goes well, I'll finish with them in the Spring of 2013. I also already have all of my BSN support classes done because of my previous degree. So there won't be any classes for me to take starting next summer until I get into the nursing program. I doubt I'll get in for the fall 2013 program. But I hope to be able to start 2014. Ugh 2 years from now! So I'll either take a break and hopefully plan for a child next summer, or apply for Tri-C fall start, if I don't get in at LCCC. So many decisions!!!
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    Yeah, you'd most likely be looking at Jan 2014. Apply now! I know that it seems like forever, but for me - the benefits of the child care were worth the extra semester wait for Lorain. I'm enjoying my time off of school and spending it with my kids before they don't see me for the next year and a half... going to be a great summer!


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