I MADE THIS MISTAKE! I attended their VN program from Oct 2009-February 2011 in Sacramento. I had good grades and GREAT evaluations all through my program. IT WAS A JOKE AND ANYONE CAN DO THIS PROGRAM! Our clinical teachers would let us leave early or not even show up at all. There were students who shouldn't be nurses because of a lot of reasons, but still made it through. People had been written up NUMEROUS times for things and still made it through. BUT as my class went through the program, we found out a lot of lies the admission's people told us:
1. "We will pay for your application fee and NCLEX exam"- LIE! They only pay for the application.
2. "You MUST be at least a Medical Assistant to be admitted to the program"-LIE! I had H.S. Grads in my class.
3. "As part of the $43,000, you will become IV certified" LIE! They "stopped" this the class before mine.
4. "You will do you clinical hours in hospitals" LIE! You are in Long-term care facilities, a low income OB-GYN clinic (1 day) a PRE-SCHOOL where we are just allowed to play with the children, no changing babies diapers, NO MEDICAL EXPERIENCE. You are there to rub their backs and be a babysitter. You do get to go to the V.A. hospital but you can ONLY observe, no touching any patients.
I got along great with the teachers, made many friends, and was a stand-out student at clinicals. Out of NOWHERE I was written up (my one and only the entire program) because a former student who was our supervisor at a certain facility, told one of our teachers (who was a close friend) that I "looked like I didn't want to be there, and was asked by the NP to listen to heart sounds and I didn't know what I was doing and listened to lung sounds instead." As ANY current or former nursing student knows, listening to heart and lung sounds is VERY DIFFERENT! This particular incident, I would have had to take the baby out of the mothers arms and turn the baby around to listen to his lung sounds from his back or sat the baby differently in his mothers arms. I was told by my school instructor that I was not welcome at that facility any longer and if I didn't find a place ON MY OWN to finish my LAST 5 HOURS to graduate, I would have to repeat the entire 4th term. Oh, and I had to find a place in two days. Out of SHEER desperation, I went to the clinical site to speak with my supervisor to sort out this OBVIOUS misunderstanding. I approached her calmly and asked permission to speak with her regarding this matter. She obliged and I asked her to clarify what her complaint was about me. She stated that I "just had this look on my face that I wasn't enjoying myself and didn't want to be there." I told her that this site was one of my favorites experiences because it has been the most hands on. Long story short, she said she respected me for coming to speak with her directly, hugged me and LET ME STAY to complete my five hours. That was on a Friday, and come Monday morning, my LAST WEEK of the program, I was dismissed for defying the school and going to clinical. I have a lawyer who says this is a simple case but I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had similar experiences with this school? I paid a TON of money to complete this program and didn't deserve this treatment.