University of Washington SoN Fall 2013 - page 16

Anyone applying to the UW SoN for fall 2013? Anyone else FREAKING OUT about it like I am?... Read More

  1. by   Just_keep_swimming
    Lol, only 6+ weeks to pressure or stress at all
  2. by   Just_keep_swimming
    For those current nursing students, would you suggest getting your CNA or something along those lines before entering nursing school? I read a thread earlier that said UW's SON basically expects you to know how to read BP's, heart, lungs, draw blood, etc & you would be really behind if you came there not knowing. :/ if anything, it'll help me when I apply again next year

    I know I know, try to think "positive"...
  3. by   SaraFutureNurse?
    I took the CNA class at my community college, but still haven't gotten my CNA license. It was great because I learned how to take, record, and monitor vitals. I also got exposure to a variety of patients because I did my clinical rotation in a LTC and rehab facility.
  4. by   hudabelle
    Jessica... I have those same exact hobbies!!! We should start a club. lol

    SaraFN... I all but blew up at my husband when I got home too. It was partly his fault. I told him I thought I did horrible and his response was "There's always community college"!!!! ugh I know he doesn't understand the stress but in the moment when I heard that I also heard "obviously you aren't smart enough for university, I don't know why you even bother". I understand he didn't mean that but my stressed brain, in the middle of "worst case scenario mode", has a tendency to hear a lot more than what was said.

    I took my CNA class last fall and my card just went "active" though I have yet to receive it. If you don't "need" the card don't waste your time and the 600 bucks. You can get someone to teach you vitals, it's super easy. But if you think you would like to maybe work/volunteer at a hospital they love a CNA license. I think you have to be >60 years old to volunteer at my clinic, they're all old enough that we can't call them to help a pt in a wheelchair because the volunteer is too frail. hahaha.
  5. by   hudabelle
    I couldn't edit so I am adding on ...
    I would like to reiterate. I do not think community college is bad in any way, I was more thinking about not being smart enough to go straight for the BSN versus comm coll for the ASN then eventually getting the BSN later. Ergh, this sounds bad all around doesn't it.
  6. by   Just_keep_swimming
    Lol it's ok, we know what you're trying to say thank you for the info! I would have to take leave to do the classes so going to look more into it, if anything I'll get it & use it while volunteering for next years application
  7. by   fn2012
    Jessica S,

    No, they didn't expect us to know anything as far as nursing skills go. They teach us that and some of us already had the skill but by no means did they expect us to know how to take BP, although it is a good idea you know because you eventually are tested on it rather quickly in the health assessment course.
  8. by   Just_keep_swimming
    It seems from what I've read on some of these forums that its a great way to give you experience, more patient interaction & learning what a nurse's job is really like. Who doesn't want that? Just not sure how I'm gonna work it with my military job, my hubby & kids, but where there's a will, there's a way!
  9. by   Just_keep_swimming
    I found a CNA license class through Kamanga? Has anyone used this school before? Do hospitals feel that a CNA license from one school is better than another school?
  10. by   abalone
    It DOESN'T matter where you get your CNA license as long as the school is authorized by the state.
    It can be expensive. I wouldn't bother now that you have already applied and taken the essay, unless you really want the training. After you finish your first quarter of UW nursing classes you actually qualify to take the State CNA test (without taking a CNA specific course) and you'll also qualify to apply for nurse tech positions.
  11. by   abalone
    I attended the info session in September and the speaker said that any student that already had a bachelors had to apply to the ABSN program - that they could not apply for the BSN program? My friend applied and got in to the ABSN for 2013. The deadline was in November I think. At the info session, she also said that they exhaust their wasp it list for the ABSN program every year so I suppose thAt could mean they'd still accept applications if there's room in the program.
    I want to clear this up for any future applicants that read our posts: In 2012, students with previous bachelor degrees were allowed to apply to BOTH the BSN and ABSN program. I would be VERY surprised if this has changed. There is no rule that restricts bachelor degree holders from applying to the BSN program. (I have a BS and BA and applied to both the ABSN and BSN programs in 2012 and was admitted to both). There IS, of course, a rule that restricts ABSN applications to current bachelor degree holders. And, while it is very likely the ABSN wait list is exhausted yearly, I don't think they accept applications after the due date, even if there are available seats.
    Last edit by abalone on Feb 17, '13 : Reason: Quote added
  12. by   JLoya
    Quote from Jessica S
    I picked #3, way out of comfort zone, but now I'm not sure if that was a smart movement, but honestly none were in comfort zone, lol, I don't know anything about nursing! I just kept talking about learning new pain management techniques, and helping them cope with the life changing event, etc....ugh I hate waiting & not knowing!
    I did this exact move. Two of the three scenarios that I had were ER related cases. I have worked in ERs for the last 12 or so years, including 4 years as an EMT/Firefighter. I specifically stated in my essay that I have vast ER experience and that I wanted to work with a situation that I was not familiar nor comfortable with. I made sure to validate the patients needs and addressed them the best I could, without talking about patient care. You will be just fine.

    On another note, do not bother paying for a CNA course until you hear from the SoN. As abalone stated, after the first quarter of nursing school, you can bypass the process. If you dont get in and want it for the points elsewhere then go for it, but you will drop about $600 or so for a class for skills you will get in the first quarter of school, additionally you will have a broader and deeper sense of patient care needs and how to critically think about the deleterious effects of sick people and how it is so important for us to do something that is so neglected nowadays. You may think bed baths are for the PCT or NA, but WE are responsible for the assessment to make sure that OUR patient is not suffering skin breakdown, an iatrogenic effect that the hospital is then responsible for paying because of our neglect. There are so many layers; it's like Shrek (an onion)...

    Enough of my soapbox
  13. by   Just_keep_swimming
    Great info & advice, thank you all so much, just afraid if I do get accepted, I'll go in there & just be in over my head & not know what to do, & get overwhelmed...I'm the type of person that likes to be prepped & ready