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Hi Rachael, congrats! I was just curious what state you were located in that emails you your results. Everything I have heard said you have to go for the "unofficial" results in 48 hrs by paying the 8 bucks.
Travel nursing is a great opportunity, I have a few friends that are travel nurses and the pay is great. they usually go for 3-month stints but I have another friend who is able to keep renewing her contract at the same hospital. The only issue is that I believe you need at least 1 year of experience before you can get into travel nursing.
Hey DazzlingDiva, I was curious if you were accepted into the Futures program and if so how you are liking it. Thanks!
Thanks for the post, very informative!
I am also looking for info on the Mercy fellowship/internship/residency for critical care. I graduate in May. Is there a specific start date for the fellowship? I know SSM has a "Futures" program that it puts it's new grad nurses through. You apply in January but the program doesn't start until a specific date in June. I was wondering Mercy has a similar program. Feel free to PM me. Thanks!
Hey Krackley09, apparently I don't have enough "quality posts" to send a PM. Yes, I do like the program! However it is far from perfect. Clinicals are sometimes poorly organized, I've had a couple professors either not show for class or just cancel class outright. Not a big deal unless you have a drive 30 min to class only to find out it's canceled. Some professors also give poor feedback, or no feedback when you have questions or would like to see your grades. As I type this I'm realizing that most of these issues are on the professors and not on the program itself. (And most of the professors are really great).
Sheila Leander is the current coordinator for the accelerated option. No doubt you've see her name somewhere. Do not be afraid to get in contact with her! She is very nice and loves to talk (sometimes too much, haha). I know when I was hungry for answers before the program I was afraid I would get on the faculty's nerves before I was even able to start! Sometimes you wonder where the hell your $60k is going when you have to reuse a catheter for demonstrations instead of getting to open a new one. But overall I am happy with the way things are. The best part is that it's only a 12 month program and you are already accepted. Other schools in the area are anywhere from 15-18 months and I don't think Goldfarb is even accepting students until 2015 or so.
I addressed the job question in the previous post. Every person is different and you'll soon figure out whether you can handle working or not. I opted not to and I do not regret it.
Hey Krackley09, I'll add to what asteck said and try to answer some of your questions.
Yes, there is still time to do things...sometimes. There are occasional happy hours that we organize after a particularly trying test, or maybe the day before everyone leaves for a break. When school is in session though my friends and family know that I am busy as all hell and won't be doing much else aside from school associated things.
As asteck said the summer is definitely intense. You are in class from 8-4 every day with a 1 hr lunch break. That's a lot of time sitting on your ass. The last half of the summer you have pharm and patho combinded (and don't forget a test every week). During that first semester my days pretty much consisted of going to class, coming home for a quick run/eat dinner and then study till midnight, go to sleep, repeat. Even that didn't feel like enough for me and I studied every weekend. Never drank, just studied. If you are looking to get through your classes with B's and C's you can probably get by with a less studying and more fun. I wanted all A's and I studied my ass off to get all A's. If you don't plan on pursuing a further degree after getting your BSN then I would say to give yourself a break and just make the grades. A nurse is a nurse is a nurse regardless of GPA. But if you want to become an NP or get your master's I would definitely keep those grades up.
Most of the professors are great, especially during the summer. I can think of 2 professors that I have not cared for out of roughly 10. They are all pretty fair and most of them understand when a question is written poorly, or they'll give a couple points back if 70% of the class misses a question. Just like any school though you will have teachers you do not like, and teachers that you butt heads with. Some professors cannot be reasoned with, the only right answer is the one that they tell you and forget what any other resource says. That's just the way it is.
Very few people work in the program. It is not recommended and I definitely wouldn't work during the summer. I remember thinking "I'll work during the program as a care partner or something and then have a foot in the door at that hospital." Well guess what, I have an open position as a care partner at a hospital and I haven't worked there a single day, I just haven't had the time (and believe me I could use the money!). I have noticed others starting to work a bit more during this spring semester, mostly making home visits to wipe butts for those who can't. Personally, I don't think that's the gig that's going to give you a leg up on the rest of your nursing class.
PM me with other questions and I'll try to respond in a timely fashion.
I'm currently enrolled in SLU's Accelerated Option. I know I had a lot of questions after I was accepted and seemingly no one to answer them. Feel free to PM me and I'll try and get back to you. It's a very busy time for me (as is ALL of the accelerated program) but I'll do my best to reply!
Is anyone coming from California? I got provisional admission as well but I also got accepted to schools in east coast and can't decide. SLU is definitely cheaper but anyone hear good things about SLU?
Hello 5h3rL. I was curious which hospital you were at (sounds like SLU maybe?). I graduate in May and would love to hear how you like your weekend option position, what you think of the hospital you work in, how your unit and coworkers are, and really just how your first year as a nurse in general has been going! Feel free to message me or reply to this post. Thanks!
Hello sehartma, I don't have any answers to your questions but I was curious how your search was going. Did you find a job, and if so was it at SLU or in the St. Louis area? I'm a student nurse who graduates in May that wouldn't mind hearing about your experience!
I have got accepted for accelerated BSN in SLU for MAY 2013. I am so excited and nervous too, I cant wait to meet you all. I guess we are not too far to meet each other, open house is only on next Saturday. Has anybody bought books or scrubs? I am taking statistics and Ethics this semester Meramec (stlcc)and cant wait to finish them all. Does anybody live near by 270 and olive?
I got a packet in the mail today that explains a lot about the orientation, background check, drug screen, etc. It looks like the orientation starts at 10:30 but they ask you to be there by 10:00. Official run time is from 10:00-3:00. I wonder how much of that time they are explaining things about the program and how much of that time is a meet and greet.
I did go pick up my scrubs today though. We're getting close!
Unfortunately, swhirls, I do not know. I know the area gets safer the closer you get to Tower Grove Park but it's not the best area (not to mention you'll probably have to walk a mile from TGP). The Saum apartments are on South Grand and looked somewhat reasonably priced but I don't know anything about who lives there or what the conditions are like, also about 1/3rd of a mile hike - though depending on when classes and clinicals are you might be able get by without having to walk in the dark. Sorry, wish I was more help! Might be a question worth emailing an advisor about.
Randomly googled "who's been accepted to the accelerated nursing program at SLU" and came across this thread.
I've also been accepted to SLU's accelerated program coming this May and I'm pretty excited! I went to SLU for my undergraduate degree and graduated a few years ago. Nursing has always been something that interested me and I finally decided to forego my current career path and reach out to some accelerated programs. I was very pleased when I got my acceptance letter!
For those of you from out of town looking for a place there are several good areas (though I wouldn't say any area is completely safe) including the Central West End, areas around Washington University Danforth Campus, and especially laid back areas like Shrewsbury, Maplewood, and Webster Groves. Keep in mind you won't be walking to school from there but it isn't a far drive. Someone earlier mentioned the Coronado. These apartments are nice, but the prices are pretty high due to being across the street from SLU's main campus. Keep in mind this isn't where our nursing classes will be, I believe much (if not all) takes place on the med campus, which is a little further down Grand. Coronado is going to be a lot of partying undergrads and you will still have to drive to your nursing classes. I'd recommend one of the places I mentioned above where you can find a quiet, 1 bedroom apartment, for between 450-600. Georgetown apartments may be worth looking into in Shrewsbury. It's a safe complex but their one bedrooms will be closer to 600 I think.
Having already had my bachelors from SLU I (very fortunately) had many of my prereqs out of the way. Just finishing up A&P II this semester and then I'll be ready to go! Was a heck of a process getting new vaccinations, records for medical history, doing these prereqs, filling out FAFSA, etc. But we're almost there! Feel free to respond to this post or message me if there is anything else you'd like to ask or talk about.
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