university of rio grand and accredidation question...HELP! - page 2

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Hi everyone, I am a new user to this site and am looking for some answers that seem to be eluding me...OK, so i have been an lpn for quite some time and have decided to finally get off my duff and go back to school.I came across... Read More


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    Thanks for the info, so helpful! I am in Springboro so the Indian ripple test site is pretty darn close and Chilicothe will not be all that bad of a drive really..definitely need to get started on getting my shots up to date! Do you remember which ones they wanted? Also have you found you have been able to work some while your in school? Also how was the HESI? Harder or easier than the NCLEX?
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    Wow your pretty close to me. We probably have seen each other shopping on Wilmington Pike somewhere I went to my doctors office and they did hep B and mmr titres, it showed I was still immune so I didn't have to get any boosters. I called Rio and asked if the lab copies were sufficient to prove that and they said yes.
    I had to get my old shot record from my mom to verify my mmr's, and you'll also need to verify your last tetanus. You'll also need to update your Mantoux.
    If you haven't gotten a background check before it's typically at your local sherrifs dept or police dept. Cost runs between 25-35$. Since your close, I went to the Labcorp off of Clyo for the drug screen, she would remember the process. (seriously, it was ridiculous the amount of labs that wouldn't do a 12 panel, none of the hospitals even MVH and MV south. Compunet couldn't either. At orientation ask for a copy of the panel, I had to call ------------ and she gladly faxed one to the lab while I was there).
    I work in home health care so praise the Lord I have a lot of ample time to study and work! I have taken care of a little girl since she was 2, she's turning 8 next month! (she had a brain injury(med malpractice and is trach/vent dependent.) I used to travel all over with her being my primary client, but the last couple years I solely devote my hours to her.
    I'm married with a 10 yo and 6 yo so I have to split my time up somehow!
    As far as the HESI...it was pretty in depth. Maybe it's just because I've been out of school for so long, the last time I took the NCLEX was in 1998! I think it was pretty comparable to NCLEX..I scored over the benchmark but it wasn't easy.
    I have a couple of HESI prep books I purchased from Amazon that are really good study guides with practice questions.
    I advise to study! Some people say just wing it, brush up...I recommend complete review (I reviewed randomly for about 3 months so I wasn't cramming). They hold only a couple HESI testing dates usually end of July first of Aug. and when I went it was packed. I think they said they had 2-300 people test (remember they only take 70 or so). Well, I have to get my son to school...talk to you later!
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    Oh ok I didn't realize about only taking 70! Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of getting picked? They didn't mention that on the phone when I called. I already have my transcripts ordered to be sent off so I am waiting to get the official acceptance to even move on with the other stuff.
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    I am married with a 1 and 3 year old as well! I went through LPN school as a single gal so I am a little nervous about doing it with kids and a husband. I work 8 hours one week then 16 hours another week at a nursing home so I may have to go PRN when school gets too intense.
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    Yeah, thats the only downer is its harder to get in and they only take one class a year. But dont get discouraged, I felt the same way last year and I just told myself Im gonna study as much as I can...thats really all you have to do. They accept the 70 based on there HESI scores...the benchmark is 900 but thats not what you have to get to be accepted.(Thats just what most schools would like you to get) Now once you do get accepted you have to take the HESI like 2 more times and at that point its more scrutinized..if your low in one or more areas you have to remediate those areas till your up to par. I believe on the exit HESI you have to get 900 or better or you wont graduate. REFRESH AND PRACTICE TESTS! Thats the best prep. I went online and found random sites that offered free test questions (theres not many most want $..you just have to stumble upon the free ones) And the prep books help a lot.
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    Ok so you have to be in the highest 70 scores to picked, then you have to take it 2 more times to make it in? What books did u buy? I am going to order mine off amazon ASAP.
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    Did you get in the first attempt?
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    You only take it once to get in...yes I passed the first time and had a high enough score to be accepted (thankfully). If your score is too low you only have two other shots to pass (thats typical for many nursing programs). Bad thing is if you do fail you have to wait until the next year for another chance (because Rio takes only one class/yr). Sometimes you cant even retake the HESI for several months at other schools. If your accepted into the program they have you take it again midway basically to see how your doing and if you need work on some areas. The test breaks down for you what your answering well and what your not. Its kind of like insight for the instructors (Many programs want to know their students are on the right track to eventually sit and pass boards. This gives the school/program a better rep) I have heard if you continue to do under par and the remediation isnt working they can ask you to leave the program and try to get back in the next year.
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    I ordered two really good books off Amazon...when Im home later I can give you the name author and edition...some are better than others so I reseached what other nurses said were good and thats what I went with. You want to take as many practice questions as you can. Thats what gets your brain on the right track..you'll miss many ?? at first but you'll improve. Remember, just like nclex..hesi ?? Make you think. Theres usually always more than one right answer, its the one thats "more" right according to what the ? Is asking and correct nursing process! Tricky I know..thats why you practice.


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