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    New Grad Programs in CA with COVID-19

    Hi all, I am in a CSU in the Bay Area. My program is a dual BSN/MSN and I (if everything goes well with clinical hours in this semester) should be able to sit for the NCLEX this Summer. My school is considering providing students with their BSN rather than having us obtain our BSN/MSN together when we should graduate from the program in Dec 2020. The school is concerned regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and want's us to have our BSN early so that we may be able to join the workforce. I know a lot can change in the next couple of months, but this is all unexpected and now I'm wondering if I need to start looking for programs and jobs sooner than I anticipated. I have heard that some hospitals are withholding their New grad RN programs because of limited resources (UCSF) Has anyone else heard of this? Do you have any suggestions of where to start looking? If I am unable to find a new Grad program, should I consider possibly applying to and every open position? My preceptorship was in the NICU and I have been focusing in peds/maternal health, but am willing to work anywhere. Are you aware of other New Grad programs other than Stanford, UCSF, Davis? Any areas you suggest applying for or programs to keep a lookout for fall/Summer start dates? Thanks, Stay well!
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    Congrats for those accepted! Unfortunately, I don't know much about the wait-list. As for orientation, it was more insight on the program, expectations, books,classes/schecdules/clincials and their requirements etc. The dead has an introductory welcome then we had someone speak about the clinical requirements. We'll be starting clinical after the first 5 weeks of the semester, so week 10 is when we start our first portion and we will be either going to a comnunity placement for health assessements or a LTC/SNF. Dependeing upon placement/and avalibility, some people may be at the SNF/LTC for 5 weeks while others are at a community placement and then after those 5 weeks, we'll switch. We have to pay for our drug/background check through a portal called Castlebranch before our Feb clinical deadline. I believe it's $127.00. We need to have the TB test done as well as the most recent fluc vaccine as well as be current on all of our titer immunizations as well as pass a physical from a physcisan. Then they had Kaplan nursing come and speak to us. We have to use a Kaplan Nursing program for the first BSN portion of the program. It's $560 total and is broken down into installments for each semester. This was a big portion of the orientation because every semester we're proctored and have to take a "mock" exam, but in the paperwork, if you fail it, it's a big deal... Its used in every course and depends upon the professor, but it seemed to have a lot of helpful study assistances, NCLEX style questions, homework, practice exams/quizzes, interactive vidoes/books etc. At the end of the BSN portion, our Kaplan program comes with the "well-known" Kaplan 4 day NCLEX review class for free, because our school utilizes their program, so that will be helpful. We had a small break and then spoke about clinical placements etc. Our placements will try and be organized depending upon our classes that we are taking, our current address and any additional langauges that we may speak. Towards the grad portion, we have 250 clinical hours per semester of the only master's courses and we have a bit of freedom in where we want to go depending upon our track. Our class schecdule is consistent for all of us other than clinical sights and as follows Monday: 9-12pm Nursing 311 human devpt and health assessment Monday: 1-:355pm; 314:Nursing theory and health promotion Tuesday: 8am-12pm: Lab for 311 Wednesday: 9-12: 706; mahjor healthcare policy and nursing leadership Wednesday: 1-3:55pm 720 epidemiology and bio stats Thursday: 315 clinical placement: 7:10 am-3:55pm (depending) Then the bookstore came in and spoke. We can buy bundles for this semester: Hardcover bundle for all of our semester books is $457.00 and the e-book edition that we can keep is 314.00 I believe. It's a lot better for price than I thought... We can order online or pick it up before classes Then we had the NSA; nursing student association speak about the programa and the classes and benefits of joinng the NSA; Its an initial 100.00 fee for the 2 years. They said about 75% of the nursing school has students join from each class/cohort. It has some major advantages like networking, study prep, volunteer opportuinties, i think they went to South Africa, Peru, El Salvador and a few other countires duringt he break periods for nursing/healthcare trips. Then there was a Q&A period and then we spoke more intesively about the ELMA program since the BSn students were with us as well. There are 24 studewnts on the roster, but Idk how many showed up, given we were mixed witht the bsn students. We'll graduate in Dec 2019 with the full bsn/msn. Around July/August of 2019 we will take the NCLEX since we will have finished the bSN portion and we can apply for a public health certificate. Semester 5 and 6, summer and fall classes, we take only master level and have our graduate nursing practicum in our chose field. They said about 2x a week, we're working with a nurse for about 8 hours in addition to our classes Semester 6, we have to complete our cluminating experience/master's thesis project and have it reviewed by 2 readers, around 30+pages for the master's thesis/project experience. If you chose the specality route, you can apply to take the CNL exam after graduation. After, we left to get our photo taken for our iD badge. It costs 20.00 Other things we need: Books: 314-457.00 Nursing kit(essential study things for the 2 year program) unsure of cost. I think $140.00 stethescope; litmann cardiology se iii or cardiology IV (around 90-200) blood pressure cuff: $30+? white uniforms(all white. likely white sneakers too) sfsu badge patch; $8.00 ID badge: $20.00 NSA: one time fee $100.00 Background info: $127.00 I believe that's it for the costs... They said it's the most expensive the first semester given the initial things we need, after it's not as expensive. Starting the summer for level 2, we will have 2 clinical per week given the nature of the program. We will also have to do pre-labs for our clinicals where we review info for each patient the night before. Also, each semster we have to take a cummulatiive med dosage exam that's 20 questions. We have 3x to take it. As for labs, we will practice on eachother, sims models as well as actors that are trained to act as patients. We will also be assigned our classes, which is good and an advisor too.
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    I received an e-mail. I tried to include the e-mail link, so this might show up 2x Congratulations! You have been admitted to the Nursing (Accelerated Entry Level Nursing) program which is among the most competitive in the California State University system. To officially accept your offer of admission, you must: login to your Student Center gatway sfsu click application status (on left of screen) click Student Center button Under "Admissions" click the Accept hyperlink = Your formal admission letter and campus information will be mailed to you shortly. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    Did you login to your gate-way account? I got an e-mail like this after the Nursing dept acceptance e-mail. Congratulations! You have been admitted to the Nursing (Accelerated Entry Level Nursing) program which is among the most competitive in the California State University system. To officially accept your offer of admission, you must: login to your Student Center at San Francisco State University - SF State Global Login click application status (on left of screen) click Student Center button Under "Admissions" click the Accept hyperlink Watch the How to Video here: Your formal admission letter and campus information will be mailed to you shortly. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    https://grad.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/assets/forms/SFStateHousing.pdf http://housing.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/LicenseTermsandConditionsSP18.pdf Here are housing links if anyone is interested.
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    Hi Yawp, I was just looking into the campus housing options. Definitely expensive. I would have to pay for rent with my so and his family, about $400.00 a month, but that's a steal elsewhere. Only thing i'm worried about is crowding with his family and due to religous and cultural practices, I can't live in the same room/area with my SO. I would have to live with extended family and there's about 5+ members living in a 3 bedroom condo. So definite questions I have with being able to study and working and commuting. But your advice is helpful and brings up some questions and ideas I can explore.
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    Hi Mandanursepanda, I was unsure if I would get into SFSU, so I applied broadly. I think I applied to at least 12 schools. I think it might have been my healthcare experience that gave me a significntant boost as well as the interview and letters of recs, and my essay. SFSU is my top choice given the BSN/MSN, affordability, familairity with the area (in some regards) and ability to foucs in public health. In my undergrad years, I was initially pre-med and got low/average grades. I switched from Bio (graduated from a university on the east-coast in 2015 that foucses in social justice and service in Philadelphia) and I studied public health/allied health and had at least 400+ hours in medical service-learning courses that partnered with my course requirements (hospice care, assistant in medical homes for nonverbal and special needs childrens, innmate tutoring and outreach, assisisted in living facilitiy care, quality of life coordinator, activities volunteer for residents that had spinal injuries/illnesses etc, ER volunteer, pediatrics and tele volunteer). I also worked in medical offices/hospitals during college and did research and case studies in the ER and did immersion trips during my breaks. When I graduated, my overall gpa just hit about 3.0 I did a year of volunteer service with Americorps/Jesuit Volunteer Corps with clients that are of lower-income/homeless and identify as having mental health disabilites and or AIDS/HIV and worked in legal/healthcare law/disability law as a housing case manager in San Jose, CA. After I completed my year of volunteer service, I enrolled in extra courses to boost my GPA and took some courses that SFSU required that I didn't have. I also earned a CNA in CA. I moved back to NJ to be with my family because taking classes at a CC was cheaper during the time and it was easier to find a job and I didnt have to pay as much rent as I did when I was living with my so and his family in San Jose. I was hired in the ER I used to volunteer in as a Patient care tech and have over about 800 hours in direct-patient care now. My overall post-bac GPA is/has been a 4.0 and I've taken at least 40+ credits. During my last 60 units in my alma mater, I had around a 3.5, possibly? I can't remember. I also had a 4.0 for GRE writing portion and I think 150 for V&Q GRE scores and intermediate bilingual abilities. I was an average student and struggled first-two years of college, but recieved A's and a few B's during my JR/SR years and all A's durning my working/post-bac years. I also re-took classes and took more advanced classes that I didn't do or take in my freshman/sophmore year to show that I'm capable. I hope you get off the waiting list. Thankfully SFSU focuses on holistic care/experiences, which I think is benifical for applicants. I got denied from a state school in NJ and I was sad for a while but there are a lot of other ELMSN programs that also have great programs and focus in public health areas. Some of the other schools I applied to were Uni San Diego, Pacific Lutheran, Ross, Regis, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Thomas State Edision, Creighton, Marquette and Saint Louis University. I also think Emory has a MSN program that is highly regarded as well.
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    Hi Yawp, There is a mandatory orientation on December 4th. They had it listed on the sheet during the interview and when I received my accepctence invitation, it was at the bottom of the e-mail. "Please complete the informal School of Nursing response from here. Those who reserve a space will be sent on-boarding infomation and December 4, 2017 orientation details." As for me, I am currently living in NJ and am trying to figure out if I should bring my car or not. Also, I am trying to figure out where to live. My s/o and his family live in San Jose, CA and offered for me to live with them and it is a possibility, but I'm unsure of commuting with clinicals and if I have to take the Cal Train or if I bring my car, how often I'll be commuting. I could rent with roommates and I have friends in the Oakland/SF/Berkely area, but I'm unsure if i'll be able to afford "reduced" shared-rents given the cost and how much, if at all I'll be able to work. Are you residing with family? I'm debating if I should consider student housing and if It's applicable for grad-students and how much FASFA and loans would be able to cover the expenses. A lot of big situational questions.
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    SFSU ELM-A Spring 2018

    I too was accepted for the public health focus! What do you think the orientation will focus on? Those that live in the area, do you have cars? Or will you be relying on BART? I have so many questions about what to bring etc.
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    General BSN/MSN interview questions

    Hello, I was offered an in-group interview for a BSN & MSN dual program. I have a BS in public health, a host of volunteer experiences, work as a tech in the ER and have done a year of full-time volunteer service. For those that have experiences with grad-school interviews, what type of questions should I prepare myself for? Obviously general questions such as why I want to become a nurse, why I'm choosing this school, future, and long-term plans, issues in healthcare and those I am passionate about, challenges I've experienced, strengths and weaknesses, how to handle conflict etc. However, are there basic or more specific nursing questions that are common? And how would you suggest I prepare for this type of interview? Any insight or possible links or resources you may have used to prepare would be appreciated!
  11. Hi all! I'm actually quite happy, I've been searching for a PCA/PCT position in a hospital system in NJ for the past 5 months after moving back home after receiving a CNA certification from CA. Finally after several interviews, 2 positions were offered to me today and I have to decide which I like best. I won't be starting till June and will be done with my pre-reqs for nursing school next week. I would like to work for about 6 months-1 year before I start nursing school so I can gain exposure and earn some income. I do have a BS already, so I am considering ABSN programs as well as my local CC (for cost). These positions are both for the same company, which is a very large hospital network in NJ and highly rated. The first position: part-time day PCA position on Oncology floor with base pay of 13.70. Hospital is one of the best in NJ, is university affiliated as good benefits with ability to pick up more hours. I would love to work at this hospital in the future after I become an RN. Its not too far from my house, probably 30 minutes. (However, previous tech told me they had issues on their floor due to previous drama with team effort and building. Nurse manager said that they have changed a lot of what was going on and things are different now) Second position: full-time nights PCA position in the ER with base of 13.70 but with night differential, its $17.70. Its 5 minutes from my house, I live exactly down the street from this hospital. Its a smaller hospital, not a trauma center and mostly sees lower-level ER cases and elderly patients. I volunteered in this ER for 4 years, so I'm pretty familiar with it. (I'm just worried about having my neighbors and family members as patients or even my previous high-school classmates [especially with the increased drug addiction in this area] given I lived in this area my entire life.) These positions are separate hospitals but under the same company, so benefits and ability to transfer is the same. Its just a matter of pay, role, time and distance and prestige of the hospital. I ideally want a full-time position, which is why the second position is ideal, but I know that I want to work in a diverse setting, the first option allows more of that in regards to different patients under a specialty and I have an interest in oncology, I've volunteered in hospice throughout my college career. On the other hand, I'm new, not in nursing school yet, and I don't know what filed I want to work in and I was wondering if the ER will give me the best exposure, even if its a nights and its lower-level trauma. I can see myself working at both positions and money is important and the night shift is appealing to me as well as full-time,(though I've never worked nights before) but I don't want to make that a decision in comparison to different specialties and experience or exposure. So, as seasoned nurses or healthcare providers, what suggestions would you have in regards to how I should make this decision? Thanks!
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    PCA Job Offer... Workplace differences

    Hi all, I had an interview for a PCA position today for a specialty unit. The nurse manager and the tech seemed to like me, and said it is possible they will offer me the job as per diem or part-time after they speak to HR. However, during the interview, I became a bit concerned about some of the issues the tech spoke about that's been going on the unit. I'm still new to direct-patient care ( I just received a CNA certificate in Jan. I've worked and volunteered in hospitals in the area for several years and I think that gave me an edge) and I know there are issues within healthcare regarding treatment of employees and how that affects patient care... but the tech mentioned that there has been severe changes to the unit given the bullying and aggression co-workers have had towards each other such as not pulling weight, calling out, refusing to work as a team. She and the nurse manager (who is very new...) are trying to work to re-design the team floor given how confrontational staff have been with other staff and that several people have been fired lately because of this. She wanted to know, as a new hire, how I would be able to handle co-worker confrontation especially given the specialty unit and necessary care of the patients and high patient to tech volume. Is this something I should be concerned about? I have a few other job interviews. I appreciate the tech being upfront and honest but is this something common and I just need to get use to it? Or is this a warning sign that perhaps I should work on a different floor? or facility? Suggestions?
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    Online Medical Term Course: Options?

    Hello all, I am planning to apply to various nursing programs in the next several months for a Spring 2018 start. Some jobs I'm applying to as well as some nursing schools req medical term. I've checked with the schools and it doesn't matter where I take it, as long as its accredited school and it can be online or in campus. I'm looking into taking a med term course online because to drive to my community school in NJ is a bit of a hassle especially with starting to work full-time . Do you know of any med term courses you took that were decent for their pricing? Rutgers has an online med term course and I would receive in state tuition, but at $432 per credit, its about 1,296... I'm hoping to find something a little cheaper. Ocean County College and Brookdale Community College do not have an online option that I am aware of. Thanks for the suggestions!
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    CNA: CA to NJ. Issue with Reciprocity

    Thank you so much for your advice! Greatly appreciated! I contacted the State Dept of Health and Senior Services and they were very unhelpful. I was e-mailing with one of the directors and asking for the specific law/clause/reason as to why they don't accept CA or a few other states and she only responded. "We don't. State regulations. Thank you for your inquiry." Sigh... Anyways, I reached out to several hospital programs within my region and one major healthcare system is willing to hire me on as a hospitality aid and if I pay for the CNA program which is $1,300. They will then reimburse me back and hire me on as CNA, but, I would have to commit to working with them for a year in that position. I'm likely to be starting a nursing program in the next several months, so there's some things I need to consider. A few patient care tech programs are reviewing my resume, so perhaps it may be possible as I have met people who have had no nursing experience and they were trained on the job to work as a PCT/PCA. So, I'm hopeful! But quite leery now of the NJ process... I will definitely be checking my Ps & Qs for now on!
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    CNA: CA to NJ. Issue with Reciprocity

    Hi all, I've viewed this website many a times before, but this is the first time I'm posting on this, so please excuse me if its in the wrong category! Anyways, I am a NJ resident and moved out to CA for 2 years to complete a year of Americorps service. During that time frame, I took a CNA course and was recently certified by the CA Dept of Public Health as of 1/27/17...Course was approved through an accredited community college. I had to move back to NJ for personal reasons and am interested of course, in transferring my certificate. I have 2 classes left this semester before I can apply to nursing school, so I was quite excited to get a job that would provide me with the most basic nursing skills. Yet, when I called the NJ State Health Dept and Senior Services, they told me that NJ does not accept CA CNA certificates and that my only option was to re-take the CNA course.... Department of Health | Health Facilities | Apply for a Certification PSI Exam Online NJ requirements are at least 90 hours clinical and theory. When I was in CA, I received 90 hours of theory and 104 hours of clinical... I looked up and compared the state requirements and the skills are exactly the same. I was told to call PSI(testing organization) and ask if there is anyway I can take the examination to show competency and they told me no. I would have to retake the class... They didn't even know what the difference was between the programs when I asked I am rather frustrated to say the least. I am confused, however, as I found this "Persons who submit evidence of the successful completion of a course in the fundamentals of nursing within the 12 months immediately preceding application to take the written/oral competency examination, including: i. Persons certified as a nurse aide in long term care facilities in another state by a state governmental agency and listed on that state's nurse aide registry, who do not meet the requirements for equivalency specified at N.J.A.C. 8:39-43.3 (a) 1, above;" Is there anyway I can fall into this category? Or possibly appeal to the State Dept if I am able to show with enough documentation that my education and skill competency is equivalent? Has anyone experienced this before? Please help, I am very frustrated and it is not easy to navigate NJ's governmental websites. Also, I am in the process now of trying to apply to jobs at local hospitals or healthcare facilities near me. I have quite a bit of healthcare research and experience from my undergrad degree in Public Health, but many Tech positions or nursing assistant in acute facilities are requiring valid NJ CNA certification... I really don't know what to do and don't want to waste more money taking another CNA course.... 8:39-43.2 Requirements for nurse aide certification (a) An applicant for certification as a nurse aide in long-term care facilities shall: 1. Successfully complete a nurse aide in long-term care facilities training program that has beenapproved by the Department; and 2. Provide evidence that he or she is of good moral character, including, but not limited to,compliance with the requirements of the Criminal Background Investigation Program in accordance withN.J.A.C. 8:43I; and 3. Pass both the Department's clinical skills competency exam and written/oral exam. (b) An applicant shall fulfill the requirements in (a) above in order to be listed on the New JerseyNurse Aide Registry.8:39-43.3 Exceptions (a) The following persons may take the Department's written/oral examination without first completinga nurse aide training course and clinical skills evaluation approved in accordance with N.J.A.C. 8:39-43.10: 1. Students, graduate nurses, or foreign licensed nurses, pending licensure, who submit evidenceof successful completion of a course in the fundamentals of nursing; 2. Persons who submit evidence of the successful completion of a course in the fundamentals ofnursing within the 12 months immediately preceding application to take the written/oral competencyexamination, including: i. Persons certified as a nurse aide in long term care facilities in another state by a stategovernmental agency and listed on that state's nurse aide registry, who do not meet the requirements forequivalency specified at N.J.A.C. 8:39-43.3 (a) 1, above; and ii. Persons who have had training and experience as a nurse aide in a military service,equivalent to that of a nurse aide; and 89 3. Persons who are certified as homemaker-home health aides by the New Jersey Board ofNursing, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:37-14, as amended and supplemented, and who successfullycomplete the Long-Term Care Module of the Core Curriculum for Unlicensed Assistive Personnelapproved by the Department; and 4. Persons who successfully complete the Core Curriculum for Unlicensed Assistive Personnelapproved by the Department and the New Jersey Board of Nursing, and the Long-Term Care Module ofthe Core Curriculum for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel approved by the Department. http://www.hpm.umn.edu/nhregsplus/NHRegs_by_State/NEw%20Jersey/new_jersey_nurse_aid_certification_ltc_facilities.pdf
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