Hospital Diploma Programs in VA - page 2

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Hi, I'm trying to find more information on hospital-based nursing schools in Virginia. From this site, I gather that there are only a handful of these schools left in the state. The ones I am particularly interested in are... Read More


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    Hi there. I also went to RSPN and thought it was pretty good experience. You definately get a lot of clinical experience, more so in the day division program versus evening/weekend. I did the evening/weekend program which worked well for me. I did all the pre-req's before starting. My son was 4 months old when I started and I worked full time. It was intense at times but really do-able.

    There seemed be a lot of financial aid available. There was someone who literally walked you through the process of filling anything and everything you could to get help. There were options for grants if you agreed to work for them. There was also an anonymous scholarship fund. The amount I received increased every semester. They also let you know of local scholarships such as the Newport News Medical Society.

    I graduated in 2001. Since then I have heard they have made some curriculum changes but I don't know if it's for better or worse.

    I know of someone who started the RSPN program and left after one year and is now at Sentara. His Mom says that it is way more technologically geared than RSPN was, as they use palm pilots and downloads in place of some textbooks and seem to do more clinical stuff in the hospital setting earlier on and less community based stuff. I really don't know much about Sentara's curriculum.

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote from nursn4me
    I am very interested in applying to Riverside Regional Professional Nursing evening program. I was hoping someone would come along to vouch for their program. Glad to hear that they had a satisfied student. Thanks for the info luv2jrts!

    I recommend them too
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    Hello,

    I am currently a student PN. I am very interested in Riverside's evening & weekend RN program. I have a few questions:

    1. What is the homework load like? Is it doable for someone working full-time?

    2. What are the instructors like? Good, bad, okay?

    3. What is the overall experience like?

    4. How hard is it to maintain a high GPA there?

    Any current students out there???

    Any other random or specific commentary about your actual experiences there???
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    Re: Hospital Diploma Programs in VA
    Hello,

    I am currently a student PN. I am very interested in Riverside's evening & weekend RN program. I have a few questions:

    1. What is the homework load like? Is it doable for someone working full-time?

    2. What are the instructors like? Good, bad, okay?

    3. What is the overall experience like?

    4. How hard is it to maintain a high GPA there?

    Any current students out there???

    Any other random or specific commentary about your actual experiences there???

    Hi There~
    I am currently attending the E/W program over at Riverside & I really like it so far. I decided on Riverside since there is no way I can quit my FT job to go to school, and Riverside is the only program in the area that offers a night and weekend program. I just started (Jan 2009) but so far, it seems to be a really good school with good instructors, etc. I am currently working full time too, and I will admit, it is hard to keep up with everything, but it is doable :smilecoffeeIlovecof . Most (if not everyone) in my class also works FT and/or has children at home. The grading scale is much harder than regular college classes-at Riverside anything below a 79.5 is considered failing-but most nursing schools grading scales are pretty tough. Since it is a hospital based program, all of our clinicals are (mostly) at Riverside Regional. All and all I'm very glad that I decided to attend Riverside, they have a high NCLEX pass rate as well. Please feel free to ask me any more questions you may have and good luck to you!!
    AnnieMae* likes this.
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    Quote from AnnieMae*
    Hello,

    I am currently a student PN. I am very interested in Riverside's evening & weekend RN program. I have a few questions:

    1. What is the homework load like? Is it doable for someone working full-time?

    2. What are the instructors like? Good, bad, okay?

    3. What is the overall experience like?

    4. How hard is it to maintain a high GPA there?

    Any current students out there???

    Any other random or specific commentary about your actual experiences there???
    Hi There~
    I am currently attending the E/W program over at Riverside & I really like it so far. I decided on Riverside since there is no way I can quit my FT job to go to school, and Riverside is the only program in the area that offers a night and weekend program. I just started (Jan 2009) but so far, it seems to be a really good school with good instructors, etc. I am currently working full time too, and I will admit, it is hard to keep up with everything, but it is doable :smilecoffeeIlovecof . Most (if not everyone) in my class also works FT and/or has children at home. The grading scale is much harder than regular college classes-at Riverside anything below a 79.5 is considered failing-but most nursing schools grading scales are pretty tough. Since it is a hospital based program, all of our clinicals are (mostly) at Riverside Regional. All and all I'm very glad that I decided to attend Riverside, they have a high NCLEX pass rate as well. Please feel free to ask me any more questions you may have and good luck to you!!
    AnnieMae* likes this.
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    lily0625, Thank you for the information.
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    i think i may have commented previously on the SRMC diploma program, but i'll comment here again, too. ..

    i started the LPN to RN program in January 2008 and it was a good program from what i got to experience. the LPN to RN class was online with clinicals being at the end so the instructors could decide where to place you in the program. i was unable to finish the course d/t financial issues, but will start again in August 2009, and am looking forward to it! all of the staff there has been very helpful and friendly.
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    also, the only other diploma program i know about is the bon secours one -- i've known several people who have graduated from it. they said it was tough (what RN program isn't?), but they said they enjoyed it. i went to a fundraiser not too long ago for bon secours nursing students to go to guatemala for a missions trip and all the instructors and students seemed to really enjoy the program.

    i got into the program, but ended up going with SRMC instead .. just seemed a bit more user-friendly if you will.
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    lily0625, did you have to wait long after you applied to Riverside??
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    It wasnt a long wait at all. Most of the time, they have new classes starting in January and again in July/August (depending on if you are applying for Evening/Weekend or Day Division). I applied to the E/W division in September, and I was admitted to start in the following January. Some students in my class didnt apply until later and were still able to start in January. Hope this helps.


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