Any National University of San Diego RN Alumni out there? - page 2

Hello! I'm currently taking the prereqs to apply to the nursing program and have done extensive research. There's one thing missing- feedback from alumni. I've scoured for alumni... Read More

  1. by   alibean
    Thanks so much for your feedback sd-ace. I attended an information forum at the LA campus today. My biggest fear is no preceptorship, however I feel that the BSN will be more advantageous to me in the long run, due to my hopes to specialize. I have decided to pass up the ADN at Mt St Mary's and go with NU. I hope I am making the right decision! I volunteer at a NICU where NU do some of their rotations, so hopefully this will help me to network during the course of my degree. I graduated from high school 12 years ago and am a little worried how I am going to grade but as you say, you do what you have to do. Did you go on to obtain your RN license through National? Thank you again for your insight to NU!
  2. by   sd-ace
    Definitely do the BSN. There are a lot of hospitals that require a BSN because the pool of applicants is so large. Also, with a lot of hospitals seeking magnet status, all nurses are encouraged to obtain their BSN if they don't already have one. That is great that you volunteer. I volunteered at my current hospital and even work on the same floor now. Great way to network. The good thing about NU unlike other schools is that you can focus on one subject at a time instead of taking a full load of classes like a state school. I really liked having only peds or OB to study at a time. Because the curriculum has changed at NU, I believe you are required to take the ATI tests each class for a passing grade. If you already have a degree, you can sit for the NCLEX RN license exam after you complete you core nursing classes (before actually graduating with the BSN). If you don't have a bachelor's already, you should def. sit for the exam after graduating. I went NU in San Diego so I'm not too familiar with the LA program. Good luck!
  3. by   alibean
    Thank you so, so much sd-ace! I can not tell you how much your words have helped and encouraged me at such an important time. I am very excited to attend NU. I think that the one subject at a time format will work so well for me. I can't really even fathom taking a full load of classes like state school. I love volunteering and am also at an ER, however may have to drop that shift and stick with only the NICU (due to the intensity of the course). You are proof that volunteers have fruitful relationships and are often snapped up. I know plenty who have been hired and have no doubt this will be my best chance for a foot in the door at Kaiser. Your advice re the BSN has been more than fantastic. It really could have gone either way for me. Thank you so much and I wish you all the very best
  4. by   sd-ace
    No problem! I just wish I had somebody to explain things to me at the time. Had to figure everything out with the help of my classmates. Yes, I agree about forming relationships while volunteering. Working part time for the hospital is even better if you can swing it. My hospital gave some preferential treatment to volunteers and employees by screening those application first before the outside which helps a lot. Kaiser is notorious for internal hires and they encourage education beyond RN licensure. They like to retain their talent. Nursing school is a long journey, but if you are committed it will be rewarding in many ways. Best of luck to you!
  5. by   alex18
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    Hello! I'm currently taking the prereqs to apply to the nursing program and have done extensive research. There's one thing missing- feedback from alumni. I've scoured for alumni from National University of San Diego BSN prog but I haven't found had any luck . If you are an alumni please let me know how your experience went. Is there anything you wish someone told you before you began the BSN program? Is there anything you'd change? What was your favorite thing about NU? What was the most challenging and how did you overcome it? Please pass on your words of wisdom. Tips on TEAS, Essay, NCLEX... all feedback is welcome. Congrats on becoming an RN! :bowingpur
    I just started taking my pre-reqs at NU. I have been a CNA for three years and recently got job at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. Have you started the nursing program? Did you take the TEAS test already? So far my english 101 has been easy. The instroctor is nice and realy has us working for that A.... Hope to hear from you soon
  6. by   ReordonaSRN
    I am an alumni. I just finished the program this year. The program changed and we just got a new director who is awesome. I got many job offers before I even graduated from the ER to Nursing informatics. You make it what it is. I would recommend the program if you want to finish fast. Thats my two cents... Study hard and play hard.
  7. by   Madrock
    I am a current NU student. Go somewhere else. Trust me. There is a very large disconnect to what is being taught here to what is practiced now in the hospitals, dated approaches to care plans for example. Teachers here take pride in majority of the class failing, don't care if 12 or more students are left behind, and fail to see that if half your class is failing YOUR failing as a teacher.

    Clinical instructors are a mixed bag, you either get one you wish you could clone and teach every class, or the others who already work in the hospital and teach a clinical on the side in which they come down on you like a hammer for everything regardless that working Nurses your following are illustrating real working order and you are instructed to know out dated care planning and doctorate level drug information.

    You have to save all your emails from any professor to cover your ass because they will change things or say otherwise at will. Uniformity there is none, orgainization zero, teachers who can educate you and provide it in a positive manner without constantly reminding you that you will be dropped or failed on the fly, slim to none.

    The positives Do Not Out weight the negatives here, it's you against them, your self taught and paying them to tell you over and over "here at National are MANY ways to fail, but only one way to succeed " which is to studying until you bleed out the ears and eyes and pray your teacher didn't write her own test based on his/her antiquated view of what constitutes nursing.

    So if you want a really expensive, unsupportive experience, that will not even make an attempt to hide the pure business machine that this school is, care about your $ not your success, then by all means come on down.
  8. by   ReordonaSRN
    Most people think nursing is easy. I went through the fire academy where they hired 30 and 6 graduated. Those people that did not graduate I could not trust them to save me or someone in case of an emergency. Nursing is the same. If 90% of the class happen to fail then so be it. It's a BSN program that's condensed in to less than 2 years. It's not easy. Plus before you sign up for the school do your research on the school and the program. I know they did not force you to attend the school you did it at your own will. They made changes because their NCLEX pass rate were in the 70's, now because of weeding out the weak. Their pass rates after cohort 23 are in the 90's. You can either complain about the school or study harder. I guarantee you, if you can't cut it as a student then you will not cut it in the real world. I work in the Emergency Department and got hired straight out of school as a staff nurse. They gave me three months to cut it or I'd be out of a job. The first day I had to take and triage my own ambulances, prioritize my patient care, discharge, and see approximately 15-20 patients. It's no joke out there. Better to not pass a test then to kill a patient. Just saying...
  9. by   opx322

    I'm bumping this thread in hopes I can get more answers about other people's experience at NU.

    I currently have a BS degree and I'm trying to figure out how long it'll take me to finish at NU. Is it possible to finish in 1 year?

    I've tried calling but the counselors that are based in norcal don't seem to know too much about the nursing programs are only located in socal.

  10. by   ReordonaSRN
    Nope 2 years... Unless you are an associate degree RN I think even LVN's are 15 to 16 months...
  11. by   zzbxdo
    If NU has to cut that many students to "improve" their pass rates, then looking at pass rates to evaluate the program itself isn't all that useful. The lack a preceptorship is going to hurt you a lot. Clinically, you're only getting a waft of experience especially with such short rotations. You lack several hundreds of hours of experience vs the competitors after you graduate, especially in a more specialized unit like the nicu. My manager discourages our techs to avoid NU when applying local schools. I can't speak for other managers, but the only 2 I know of (when I was hired) in another critical care unit had lengthy prior experience as er and cath lab techs within the system for a while. One was eventually cut. Not saying NU doesn't put our great RNs, but as a new grad and unless you have very strong connections, you are at a disadvantage specifically for your stated goals.
  12. by   ReordonaSRN
    Not really... My cohort has had 100% hire rate... People got hired from hospitals in new grad position to taking a full time spot in LnD ED n even ICU... Every school has a downside... It also helped me get into USF MSN program and law school... I know some other colleges that are non accredited or just an associates will not get you far... but go to school where you think is good... but don't let people discourage you... Good Luck!
  13. by   opx322

    Did the school help in job placements/finding jobs or was that left solely up to you?

    Did you feel you have enough clinical hours?

    Was your curriculum similar to BSN Accelerated Post-Bachelor ?

    I'm not worried about the course load or time commitment, I'm ready and willing to study 40+ hours a week if necessary to achieve an A in the course.

    My biggest pet peeve with this university is how they don't train their counselors enough to answer questions about the nursing program if you're located anywhere other than SoCal.