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I hate to disagree and cause further confusion BUT as far as the immunizations/titers are concerned:

The school requires that we turn in the proper TITER results. So the first step (IMHO) is to get the titers. That way if you have enough of the antibody in your system you are not getting immunized for everything. You can instead focus on the few items you need to be immunized for, if needed. The key is to minimize costs for most people. But this is going to be a personal choice. I would personally like to minimize how much I spend so I'm not paying twice for most things. The Hep series is completely different though. If your titers come back below the required results, you have 2 options: either just sign that you decline to get the Hep immunization or sign the declinations letter for the time being and then start the 3-shot series since it cannot be completed before school starts. Either way you will sign or have the right amount of antibody in your system.

Worksource has many programs to help so please be aware some may qualify while others may not. Worksource won't cover everyone because some programs are income based. I know the program I'm in is income based so I'd hate to get someone's hopes up if they make more than what's allowed for SOME of the Worksource programs.

Most of us have calendars, Blackberries, planners, whatever because there are alot of tests, assignments, classes, etc that you have in Term 1. Someone questioned the class dates. You won't get that information until just before Orientation or at Orientation (can't remember clearly so please don't jump down my throat other 1st termers). BUT you will get the section choices and you will have to select your top 3 choices. The last portion of Orientation is to go through the lottery system and hopefully you will get your choice you want.

N/W schedule is just 2 sections I think so that will be a predetermined schedule since there are only 24 spots. For those who work, word of caution, even the best student will need ample time to study. Just don't worry until you know what section you have to make adjustments for work and home life because you don't know what you will end up with at this point. After Orientation, a testing schedule will be set, which basically means all first termers (except for nights) test starting at 9:15am almost every Monday.

FA is open December 13th and there will be plenty of box o'books still available for purchase. FA @ the bookstore will only cover a portion of the box OR you can choose to use the money for the supplemental books. Either way, you will need the main course books for the 4 classes which are in the box o books. I tried to buy just those books but the school is smart, they put the course books in the box only and NOT on the shelf separately. Some people sell their books so visit the nursing office and on the outside wall there's a bulletin board where people post what they are selling.

Also, if you don't use your FSCJ email, be prepared to live by that for communication from the school. FSCJ email is the ONLY way the school is allowed to communicate with students so even though a majority of the schedule is set, you will constantly receive emails about additional test review sessions, mandatory classes related to doseage calc training, etc. You will have to be flexible. The only guarantee is that you will get alot of emails from the school.

Northside Clinic is the cheapest for the most part. Backgrounds have to be done through the company FSCJ specified. I know it can be a pain but it is what it is. I personally had a background check the year prior and could not use those results. A pain in the neck but what can you do?

Good luck to all! It does get less murky in time. The best advice is that everyone has to deveop their OWN system of how you handle nursing school. It is very challenging and even the best students can falter from time to time. But you can do it.

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I hate to disagree and cause further confusion BUT as far as the immunizations/titers are concerned:

The school requires that we turn in the proper TITER results. So the first step (IMHO) is to get the titers. That way if you have enough of the antibody in your system you are not getting immunized for everything. You can instead focus on the few items you need to be immunized for, if needed. The key is to minimize costs for most people. But this is going to be a personal choice. I would personally like to minimize how much I spend so I'm not paying twice for most things. The Hep series is completely different though. If your titers come back below the required results, you have 2 options: either just sign that you decline to get the Hep immunization or sign the declinations letter for the time being and then start the 3-shot series since it cannot be completed before school starts. Either way you will sign or have the right amount of antibody in your system.

Worksource has many programs to help so please be aware some may qualify while others may not. Worksource won't cover everyone because some programs are income based. I know the program I'm in is income based so I'd hate to get someone's hopes up if they make more than what's allowed for SOME of the Worksource programs.

Most of us have calendars, Blackberries, planners, whatever because there are alot of tests, assignments, classes, etc that you have in Term 1. Someone questioned the class dates. You won't get that information until just before Orientation or at Orientation (can't remember clearly so please don't jump down my throat other 1st termers). BUT you will get the section choices and you will have to select your top 3 choices. The last portion of Orientation is to go through the lottery system and hopefully you will get your choice you want.

N/W schedule is just 2 sections I think so that will be a predetermined schedule since there are only 24 spots. For those who work, word of caution, even the best student will need ample time to study. Just don't worry until you know what section you have to make adjustments for work and home life because you don't know what you will end up with at this point. After Orientation, a testing schedule will be set, which basically means all first termers (except for nights) test starting at 9:15am almost every Monday.

FA is open December 13th and there will be plenty of box o'books still available for purchase. FA @ the bookstore will only cover a portion of the box OR you can choose to use the money for the supplemental books. Either way, you will need the main course books for the 4 classes which are in the box o books. I tried to buy just those books but the school is smart, they put the course books in the box only and NOT on the shelf separately. Some people sell their books so visit the nursing office and on the outside wall there's a bulletin board where people post what they are selling.

Also, if you don't use your FSCJ email, be prepared to live by that for communication from the school. FSCJ email is the ONLY way the school is allowed to communicate with students so even though a majority of the schedule is set, you will constantly receive emails about additional test review sessions, mandatory classes related to doseage calc training, etc. You will have to be flexible. The only guarantee is that you will get alot of emails from the school.

Northside Clinic is the cheapest for the most part. Backgrounds have to be done through the company FSCJ specified. I know it can be a pain but it is what it is. I personally had a background check the year prior and could not use those results. A pain in the neck but what can you do?

Good luck to all! It does get less murky in time. The best advice is that everyone has to deveop their OWN system of how you handle nursing school. It is very challenging and even the best students can falter from time to time. But you can do it.

Wow, thanks for the info! I have Financial Aid so I was wondering how it works since they only give you like $300 to use at the bookstore. I mean hopefully I don't have to pay all of this up front because I can't. Are they really going to make it that difficult for people who have aid to not be able to purchase their books? I am meeting today with a Financial Aid advisor so hopefully they will give me good news.

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Just to clarify... nothing is actually due on the 3rd right? We have until the 10th to hand in everything in at once right? I was confusing myself with the flu shot thinking that we had to hand in the receipt on the third, but I think it just means that the receipt has to state we got the flu shot on or before December 3rd:confused:

So many things to do, so little time!!!

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Just to clarify... nothing is actually due on the 3rd right? We have until the 10th to hand in everything in at once right? I was confusing myself with the flu shot thinking that we had to hand in the receipt on the third, but I think it just means that the receipt has to state we got the flu shot on or before December 3rd:confused:

So many things to do, so little time!!!

Hey, we have to do the background check, drug screening, fingerprinting and any court disposition papers and arrest records (if any) by December 3rd. The 10th is the deadline for the titers, immunizations (if needed), physical, flu shot (yes the shot has to be done on or before Dec 3rd), basically everything else is due December 10th. The A, B, C and D papers are what needs to be handed in by or on December 3rd to Tarolyn. :) Tons to do I know. I am leaving work early to get mose of this stuff done.

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Does anyone know when or to whom we need to turn in the picture. Is is with the background check/drug test/fingerprints, or with the medical info?

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Does anyone know when or to whom we need to turn in the picture. Is is with the background check/drug test/fingerprints, or with the medical info?

It needs to be turned in with the medical information on or before December 10th. There's a form in the packet in the beginning that lists the forms needed to be turned in on December 10th and at the bottom of the same form it shows the forms needed to be turned in on or before December 3rd. :)

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Ok what is worksource? Some kind of student loan company?

And this box of books. Does anyone have a book list? I've got a bunch of nursing books on PDF. I'd like to get a head start on finding digitals of these books.

So glad I've got health insurance.. got all the physicals done.. blood work.. ppd.. now just got to get the background check done.

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Worksource is a grant. They pay for tuition, books, sometimes uniforms, pay for you to take your boards, along with the Kaplan Review, and my friend got them to pay for her ACLS. They also give you $5 a day for gas for when you have school if you live far enough away. Basically, free money that you do not have to pay back. They do not reimburse though.

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Is it some kind of government funded grant thing?

or something private contribution fund?

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As far as I have been able to gather worksource provides federal funding under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Although the funding is federal and in coordination with the Department of Labor the intent is for regional leaders to allocate funding as needed. In our area Nursing is a desired industry for development evidently.

"The law and regulations provide guidelines that allow states and local areas great latitude in what services will be provided and who will be targeted."

http://www.workingforamerica.org/actionbriefs/basics-02.htm

 

I have personally worked with worksource in the past. Several years ago here in Jax there was an initiative to help military spouses with tuition assistance as a pilot program. Shortly after the success of the worsource project the much larger Career Advancement Account program came to fruition (militaryonesource.com).

 

It is a very good thing, and hopefully we will all be able to benefit from the funding.

 

Hope it helps :)

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I stopped in the worksource office yesterday and was told that if we're already receiving financial aid, they don't have any money for us at this time. She said that this may change at anytime and they'll be at orientation next week if people want to check and ask questions.

If you aren't getting any financial aid, they probably have money. I didn't think to ask.

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Ok what is worksource? Some kind of student loan company?

And this box of books. Does anyone have a book list? I've got a bunch of nursing books on PDF. I'd like to get a head start on finding digitals of these books.

So glad I've got health insurance.. got all the physicals done.. blood work.. ppd.. now just got to get the background check done.

I called worksource yesterday and they informed me that they have limited funds and are ONLY accepting people who DO NOT wualify for financial aid. So if you have financial aid (Pell grant, etc.) then they will not put you in their program.

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