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Ladies ,

as far as the form for the fingerprints , just fax it to them and everyone still has to pick up the form for the "chain of custody" on the drug test so just check with the school and verify all the information when you pick it up, dont panic...my packet had the same dates and info.

I've applied for my fingerprints , I will have them done Mon at a UPS store, my background check has been submitted, I will do my drug test Mon and I am going to check with the health dept on Mon about getting the immunizations there as I dont have insurance and my physician wanted over four hundred dollars to just do the titers, he did do the physical and Tb Test so most of mine is completed. I have my photos made too.

All that is left for me is just getting the uniforms , and skilles kit. I have already spoken to the owner of Stat-Line about the skills kit and will call Meridy Mon, so no need to panic. make a list of things you need , organize and prioritize and BAM you are done...have a great rest of the holiday weekend....

The physical form is supposed to be done after your titers are positive or you get your immunizations and then you still have to get your titers done. The positive titers mean you DO NOT need immunizations. If you choose to do the immunizations even though you probably had most of this when you were little is wasting you money because after your immunization you have to wait awhile before you can get your titers done before they say positive. So my advice is go to the Northside Clinic which also does your drug test because they are really cheap. Then once they do the titers and they are positive go get your physical so your doctor can write your titer or immunization dates in on the form.

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The physical form is supposed to be done after your titers are positive or you get your immunizations and then you still have to get your titers done. The positive titers mean you DO NOT need immunizations. If you choose to do the immunizations even though you probably had most of this when you were little is wasting you money because after your immunization you have to wait awhile before you can get your titers done before they say positive. So my advice is go to the Northside Clinic which also does your drug test because they are really cheap. Then once they do the titers and they are positive go get your physical so your doctor can write your titer or immunization dates in on the form.

In my experience last term, you could do these in any order. The proof of each titer is a separate requirement from the physical. In fact, I had my physical performed at Northside Clinic first. It was completely unrelated to the titers and the doctor who performed the physical never addressed the status of titers.

By the way, the physical was performed in about 3 minutes and I never disrobed. Couple breaths - couple heart sounds - bend over and touch your toes - can you lift stuff - yeah - give me $40 and bang - and out the door. It is a mill up there.

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Congrats to all of you accepted into the program. I feel so compelled to help alleviate some of the stress you guys are feeling. I went through it to. Here are some helpful hints:

Titers: Are not Immunizations. If you have been faithfully immunized throughout your childhood and are not missing any shots, or have been exposed to a communicable disease(chicken pox, varicella) then your titers should be ok.

Just get the titers drawn first. That will let you know what shots you do need.

The flu-shot is now mandatory for clinicals.

If you do not have health insurance, expect to pay atleast 300 dollars for the medical work up. mine was 210, then the backgroundcheck and the fingerprints. (The pawn shop became my best friend)

Background Checks- anything in your background, I suggest you get it handled now. Even if it was 20 years ago, ex. a misdemeanor, domestic violence, DUI's, charges dropped. Find out about it now. It will come back to haunt you now. This is not about the nursing school but about clinicals. These are National checks that will check every place you lived all over the United States from the time you were an infant. The hospitals will not accept you, especially working with infants. So If you have been arrested, get the disposition from that state that you were arrested in. (I was attacked 17 years ago and because I fought back and injured my attacker, I was arrested but was not charged) even that came up..

Worksource: covers approximately $7000 of nursing school costs. Get to your nearest worksource office and apply. This is not income based. It does not matter if you are working, have a husband, or quit your job. As long as you are in school worksource will do all they can to help. They cover tuition costs, uniforms, books, skills kits and travel expenses in the form of vouchers. The catch is you must maintain a 3.0GPA. You can come into the nursing program with a 3.0 the first term and by the second term you have a 2.9. No more worksource. Keep your grades up.

Organization: This is just the beginning. Get a good weekly,monthly planner that leaves plenty of room to write everything you need to remember.(walmart has a good one for about 10 dollars) It will be your best friend. Once the syllabus' drop in blackboard you will feel so overwhelmed. Take your time and read them thoroughly. Always refer to them when you are not sure of something. Write everything, projects, reading assignments, exams, meetings, clinical dates in detail in your planner. they tell you not to print everything you see. I tried not to but Im old school, I need to have the papers in my hand. I must have gone through 15 ink cartridges and 10 reams of paper. Do what you feel you need to do to help you. Just don't print in color. that is expensive.

There will be no time for bickering. Sleep is only 3 hours, studying is 21 hours. Get rid of anything in your life that won't help you. Make sure your families and husbands are there to support you. Help and support each other. The nursing world is changing, it is up to us to make it a positive change. If you get angry with someone, work it out and keep it moving. Complaining won't get you anywhere. Time to grow up and fast....

I hope this helps. Congratulations and Good Luck to you all.

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Clarifications, corrections and differences of opinion:

Immunizations do wear off over time. A vaccine's effectiveness declines over time. Just because you had an immunization in the past does not mean that your titer will "be ok". Only the titer can determine your level of immunity and if the results fall below a certain range, you will need to be re-vaccinated. It is a game you play with your wallet: you can choose to have a titer first. If your antibodies are adequate, you are done - submit the results of the titer. If your antibodies are too low, you will have to be both re-vaccinated and have a second titer to prove your level of immunity. (The school does not accept the immunization record as proof of immunity. They will only accept the titer results.) So that route requires two titers and one immunization. The other option is to just have the vaccination and a subsequent titer. That option requires one immunization and one titer. You will never know if the first titer would have been adequate, but it is the most conservative route financially if you are an older student and it has been a long time since you were vaccinated.

Planner: if money is tight, this purchase is totally unnecessary. Any calendar with four months on it will work. As long as you can write on the lines, in the boxes or whatever, that is all you need to track your assignments. Nothing fancy or new needed.

Sleep: if you are organized and stay current, all this stuff about studying 21 hours a day is not true. I have watched the Gators and Jags play, gone to my kids' games, had a few beers and I currently have a solid A (>93 average) in all four classes. Yes, I even saw the Harry Potter movie this weekend. I still have finals to go to prove this, but don't think you will need to spend every waking hour on school. Spend 4-6 hours each day with reading, studying and assignments. Keep focused, organized and current - that is my advice.

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Clarifications, corrections and differences of opinion:

Immunizations do wear off over time. A vaccine's effectiveness declines over time. Just because you had an immunization in the past does not mean that your titer will "be ok". Only the titer can determine your level of immunity and if the results fall below a certain range, you will need to be re-vaccinated. It is a game you play with your wallet: you can choose to have a titer first. If your antibodies are adequate, you are done - submit the results of the titer. If your antibodies are too low, you will have to be both re-vaccinated and have a second titer to prove your level of immunity. (The school does not accept the immunization record as proof of immunity. They will only accept the titer results.) So that route requires two titers and one immunization. The other option is to just have the vaccination and a subsequent titer. That option requires one immunization and one titer. You will never know if the first titer would have been adequate, but it is the most conservative route financially if you are an older student and it has been a long time since you were vaccinated.

Planner: if money is tight, this purchase is totally unnecessary. Any calendar with four months on it will work. As long as you can write on the lines, in the boxes or whatever, that is all you need to track your assignments. Nothing fancy or new needed.

Sleep: if you are organized and stay current, all this stuff about studying 21 hours a day is not true. I have watched the Gators and Jags play, gone to my kids' games, had a few beers and I currently have a solid A (>93 average) in all four classes. Yes, I even saw the Harry Potter movie this weekend. I still have finals to go to prove this, but don't think you will need to spend every waking hour on school. Spend 4-6 hours each day with reading, studying and assignments. Keep focused, organized and current - that is my advice.

Ofcourse this was an exaggeration about time. It was to let them know that most of their time will be studying...some have good study habits and others don't. I think we are all adults and know what adjustments we need to make. Titers do need to be done first that's why I didnt go into the details about trying to figure out what to do.

Big Tuna, not everyone is as organized as you are. Not everyone is going to have a 93 average. Not everyone has the same situation as you. This is all worst case scenerio and you know this. Try and be helpful and not so contradictory. You have been through this and you know for the student that struggled to get here, the struggle does not get any easier. So you Be easy!!

Like I said, bickering, there is no time for it. Take the information you need and use it to best suit your situation.

I've done what I can do to help. I do hope it helps.

Im done with this thread. Good Luck everyone.

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Titers do not need to be performed first. The immunization can be performed first. (That was the point of my prior post.)

Inciting anxiety and fear by suggesting that students will be unsuccessful if they do not spend every waking hour on school does not seem helpful. It didn't help me at all. It was only after I realized that it was doable with reasonable hours that I started enjoying nursing school.

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do you know what the N/W schedule will be?

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Just one simple question: Which polo do we buy from Florida Specialty? There are LOTS of polos and I don't want to purchase the wrong one. Anyone have any ideas?

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According to the packet, we buy the blue polo. Did you click on the link for the FSCJ students?

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You will get through it once you get yourself organized. Just read the packet and ask lots of questions.

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