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Joined: Jul 6, '11; Posts: 821 (36% Liked) ; Likes: 780
ER nurse; from US

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    wondern, poppycat, Davey Do, and 7 others like this.

    You can have cats, dogs, spouses/significant others, AND children and work as a nurse.

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    brownbook, Icooka4u, and chacha82 like this.

    I guess my boys are lucky in that we paid for their college educations. I'm 50 and went to nursing school a couple of years ago. At one point all 3 of us were in college at the same time. We managed to pay cash for their schooling. Thanks to loan forgiveness, I only owe $3000 for mine.

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    Quote from roser13
    Did you have to have gone to that specific school in order to be a part of the loan forgiveness program at your hospital?
    The hospital system has 2 schools associated with it; both schools offer loan forgiveness. They have multiple hospitals and doctors offices; most, if not all, graduates are hired before graduation or very so after.

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    JustMe54, poppycat, AnnieOaklyRN, and 1 other like this.

    My school is part of a hospital system and offers a loan forgiveness program if you work for them after graduation. I graduated in Dec 2014. I'll have $10,000 forgiven in another couple of months and have about $3000 left on student loans. I paid about $3000 in cash as well.

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    Quote from RNbarbie
    Hi! I am currently in 151, didn't do well in 152 last semester. Can you give me any suggestions on how to study for CCHS? I did okay in 101 and did well in 155 but I've been struggling since. I record lectures and always listen to it at least once if not more. I read and underline the topics covered in the lecture. I rewrite lecture notes and book notes combined in a notebook. I don't know why I'm doing so poorly. Can you tell me how you study and also what kinds of questions you ask yourself when looking at the material? We just got tested on Periop and Musculo injuries. I also use the Lewis study guide question book and online quizzes. I got a 70% on the first exam and there are only 3 total plus the final. Please any detailed tips would be greatly appreciated!
    I think those 2 classes were the most challenging intermediates. I ended up with a 91.2% in one and a 90.8% in the other -- which would have been fine on a 10 point scale but on an 8 point scale, those scores equalled Bs. I was devastated! I did all of the questions from the Med-Surg Success books (I used those books for every class) as well as the online resources for the textbook. I read every answer and every rationale so I knew why it was right AND why it was wrong. I think doing dozens of questions before every test really helped.

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    My hospital hires at least 10-12 new grads for the OR twice a year. They get put through Peri Op 101 and have a very extensive orientation. I'm surprised you can't find hospitals that hire new grads.

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    Quote from ajones116
    RunnerRN2015, I have been reading your posts about CCHS and it has helped. I wanted to know, are all the Pre-Nursing classes during the day and how long are the semesters. I feel exactly like futurenurse/vettech. I have my CNA as well as Eng, Psy, and Soc classes. Is there anything that can be done as far as waiting or speeding up getting into the nursing program? I must admit, I am inpatient and I don't want to have to sit out/wait during the third semester since I have taking all the necessary classes.

    I was waitlisted for FAll 2016 and ultimately did not get accepted, so I applied for Summer 2017 Pre-Nursing. Now I am patiently waiting to see if I get in!
    Unless they've changed, all classes are during the day. The semesters are regular 16 week semesters. All of us in pre-nursing who earned our spot in the nursing program had to sit out that semester. I don't know of any way around that. Sorry!

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    Quote from futurenurse/vettech
    Hello again!

    After a week delay I finally found out I was accepted into the pre-nursing program. I have a few questions for you if you do not mind me asking:

    1.) How much trouble did you have finding a job after graduation? I am leaving a BSN program to do a ASN program and wondering if this will make a difference. I still plan on doing a RN to BSN program but I have no idea if having an ASN vs. a BSN will make an impact when finding a job as there are a lot of varying opinions on the subject.

    2.) Is it possible to do the pre-nursing classes in 2 semesters and then start nursing school in the 3rd semester? I know most students take the 3rd semester to take their CNA/other classes but I already have my CNA and have taken all of the english, soc, psych etc. classes. I just want to start nursing classes as soon as possible.

    Thank you so much for all of your help!
    Congratulations! As far as getting hired after graduation, if you want to work within the CHS system, you won't have a problem getting hired. Most of us had jobs lined up (including hard to get into departments like ED, STICU, MICU, NICU, L & D, peds, etc) a couple of months before graduation.

    No, you can't skip that 3rd semester, unfortunately, even if you already have all the other classes done. I already had my CNA so I took micro and got it out of the way. If you don't have any other needed classes, you basically have to sit out that semester. It has to do with the timing of the schedule for admissions, etc.

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    In my 2 previous units, we did have some weekenders who only worked weekends. That being said, we had weekend requirements, depending on whether you worked days or nights. One unit required 6 weekend shifts every 6 weeks for night shifters - you could work Fri/Sat/Sun nights 2 times in a 6 week period, you could work every Fri or Sat or Sun night, or any combo of weekend nights as long as you worked 6 weekend shifts every 6 weeks. For another unit, you had to work at least 2 Mondays (days or nights) and 3 weekend shifts (days were Sat or Sun, nights were Fri or Sat or Sun).

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    At my school, they did random ones all the time. You could be called out of class or out of clinical for it. It was purely luck of the draw who got called in. You only had a couple of hours to report to Employee Health to do it.

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    Quote from Daking0825
    I understand that, but don't nursing students typically start applying (and are then subsequently hired) shortly before their last semester ends?
    I graduated in Dec 2014. We started the interview process with HR (my school is affiliated with a large healthcare system) early on in our last semester. A large majority of my class had jobs lined up by early-mid November. I passed NCLEX in Jan 2015 and started on my unit the next month.

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    In school, out of 65 people in my class, there were 8-10 guys. Only 1 was gay...but we also had 2 lesbians, so not sure how that fits into your equation. Do they cancel each other out?

    On my old unit, there were at least 15-18 male RNs -- and only 1 or 2 are gay. On the flip side there were a couple of lesbians there as well.

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    Quote from johsonmichelle
    exactly his post sounds fishy, a fresh high school graduate ( unless they started taking pre requisite in high school) will take atleast 1 -2 years of courses for pre requisite full time and then another 2 years to complete the rn program whether it be adn or bsn. Thats just the minimum, it make longer based on the amount of courses required for the program and if you are waitlisted.
    My ADN program was 2 years, start to finish -- no pre-reqs needed other than high school requirements. I had a couple of "fresh-out-of-high-school" classmates who graduated high school in June 2012, took a couple of classes in the fall of 2012, started the program with me in Jan 2013, and graduated Dec 2014. Very doable!

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    Quote from Anerelism347
    I'm 18 years old and I'm currently a volunteer at a hospital. I'm interested in majoring in nursing. What other jobs besides becoming a CNA can I get within the healthcare field at my young age? I have no experience.
    Patient representative (registering patients in the ED, taking their insurance information, etc), dietary aide, patient transport, unit secretary, environmental services.

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    I graduated from CCHS in 2014 so my experiences are still fairly current. Yes, the acceptance rate is low. That's because they get hundreds and hundreds of applications but only start 60-70 students in NUR 101 twice a year, and that's including those who earned guaranteed admission by doing their pre-nursing program. (I did their pre-nursing program, earned a 4.0 and guaranteed admission to the nursing program.) There may only be 30 spots open for direct nursing admission if there is a large number of pre-nursing students who earned a spot. There's a reason why it's difficult to gain admission -- the school is small, the program is extremely rigorous, and graduates are highly sought after, even before they graduate. It's affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System, which is a HUGE bonus. We get the best clinical hours and the best clinical sites. Class size is small, clinical groups are no more than 8 per instructor, and every single faculty and staff member are there to make sure you succeed. When it comes time to find a job, we have our own HR rep and our students are always placed before any other school, including the BSN programs in the area.

    PM me or post here if you have more questions!