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I believe the $75 covers national, state, and chapter membership. After the initial payment, it should be just your chapter dues each semester. I would guess you would only need to transfer your membership to the new chapter - and only pay the semester dues. Check with your new school's adviser.
I'm a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa, and highly recommend it. Keep in mind that it costs $75 up front, but it only costs $10 a semester after that.
There are many advantages to being a member - not the least of which are the scholarships. Note that some are general scholarships, completely unrelated to specific programs. Also, having PTK on other (non PTK) scholarship apps looks good, too.
I truly believe that universities and employers seriously consider honor society membership when making their decisions - especially if there is significant competition for an opening. I was recently hired at a hospital that swore it wouldn't hire ADNs. But I stood out.
Each chapter will vary in its activities - it depends entirely on the student leadership. And if you're not happy with it -talk to the faculty adviser (that's what they're there for.) If time allows, get involved. Our chapter does some amazing things in our community. I also found it to be a good change of pace and a welcome break from my nursing studies.
And for whoever was asking - you can join at any time during the year. Just find your adviser and get your paperwork processed.
Another thing to consider - for any school, but especially if going on for BSN or higher, look at each school's individual requirements for their programs. Just because you have already taken many college courses, they may not be what a particular school requires for their prerequisites. And regardless of which route you go, you may be able to take a number of those prerequisites (many are the same for ADN or BSN) at the CC for much less. You can be getting those out of the way while waiting to get into whichever program you are considering.
For example - one university in our area requires about 15 more credits of non-nursing courses than another in the same region for the same degree.
Here's what you need to consider, and base your decision on what is best for you:
1) MOST IMPORTANT - the quality of the program. Go to the State Board of Nursing websites for the schools you are considering, and look at the NCLEX pass rates for each school. A high NCLEX pass rate will show you which schools are TEACHING and PREPARING their students. You may be surprised at what you find.
2) Consider what you may want to do later in your career. If the thought of management or advanced practice is even remotely there - you will, at some point, be required to have a BSN or greater.
3) Talk to nurses in the region and field in which you want to work - they can give you real feedback on the training quality of area schools.
4) If you know you want an MSN, which one? There may be an RN-MSN program available (many include the BSN in their curriculum.) Several have online options, and many do not require a previous BSN or career experience. Do your research.
Every area is different. For example, I have consistently heard from many professional sources that the nurses who graduate from our area community college are better nurses out of the gate than those from the prestigious state university in the same town. (The CC actually requires MORE clinical hours than the university!) So many nurses here get their ADN at the CC, then go on for their BSN and MSN later if they have further aspirations.
Good luck on whatever you choose to do!
I am an older student, going back to school to work toward a new career. Consequently, I have a great deal more life experience than many of my fellow students. To me, it's common sense to take advantage of the limited clinical hours we have at our disposal. It also seems logical that the more you help others, the more they will be inclined to help you. (Not to mention the fact that it's just the right thing to do.)
Unfortunately, many of the younger students have never had anyone tell them that it's unprofessional to use a cell phone at work, stand around doing nothing, or chit-chat with everyone unless on break. They often simply wait to be told what to do because that's all they know. Encourage them to take initiative - give them a few words of simple "common sense" advice - it's quite possible that no one ever has before. What an incredible opportunity to encourage someone's success!
I will be starting clinicals soon, and I can't wait. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to learn beyond the textbook and get that critical experience. Once I'm out in the "real world," I don't want to be the one wishing I had learned more when I had the chance. And while I'm always the first to offer to do anything at all I can to help - including the less than pleasant duties (which are just as important to learn) - I hope the staff understands that I have very little time to learn a great deal. If you need my assistance - please ask, and know that I'm glad to help. Just please don't take advantage of my being there to make your job easier at the expense of my education. I can only afford to do this once - as is the case with most of us.
And remember - you have the opportunity to help me become a better nurse - and quite possibly a coworker you can count on.
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