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    I’m currently a new grad at UCHealth! Both north (foco) and metro Denver pay new grads a base rate of $25/hr, I get several differentials though so I’m making about $30/hr average with working nights. Also after the first 6 months you receive a $2/hr raise. Colorado is expensive though, cost of living in both foco and Denver are very high. Not the best place to move if your looking to save. But it’s a great place to live! And a good new grad program/very good hospitals to work in.
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    When did things start to click~?

    Don't worry too much about the little stuff in your patho class. Honestly you will probably not remember at lot of the minute details a month or two from now. What matters is that you are able to grasp the concepts and have a general understanding of how bodily processes are affected by diseases and different alterations. You will forget much of this information, and it will either be reinforced or further forgotten through the schooling process. You will probably not have a super strong understanding of the patho affecting your patients until you are employeed as a nurse and encounter patients with the same ailments multiple times. Don't worry not too much about understanding every little detail, focus on the big picture of how certain ailments affect a certain system broadly. It will come together in time. Good luck!
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    med surg Q bank

    Try nursingtestbank.info, you just have to make an account but it's free, then you can select the textbook your class uses. I have found this site very helpful.
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    Critical Care Experience

    Sorry I should clarify: These programs require experience as a CNA/EMT/PCT in critical care - they are new grad programs, which also require that you have no previous experience working as an RN and are tailored to new nurses.
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    Critical Care Experience

    I'll be graduating from a BSN program at the end of 2018 and have started lightly looking into new grad programs I may be interested in applying to. Currently, I am most interested in working in an ICU (preferably cardiac/cardio-thoracic) but will certainly look into other options as well. Looking at most new grad programs in my area, to get a position in an ICU you need either previous critical care experience, or to have had your senior practicum in a critical care area. I hope to do my practicum in an ICU but I cannot guarantee that because spots are decided based on grades. I do receive good grades, so I am optimistic, but so do many of my classmates so I am certainly not guaranteed to get into the ICU. I am wondering if experience working as a PCT in a cath lab will count as critical care experience when applying to new grad positions that have it as a requirement. I have worked in this area for a couple of years now, and our lab does a wide variety of procedures on patients with varying levels of acuity - from outpatient to active MI's + many generally high risk cases. We have codes as well as other emergent situations arise frequently where I jump in and help out. Incase I do not get my practicum in a critical care area I would like to know that I still have a chance to get into an ICU when applying to new grad positions. Thanks for reading!
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    CU Anschutz accelerated nursing

    Oh looks like rdig is correct! Maybe I was thinking RN-BSN, I apologize I really thought they had 2 start dates!
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    CU Anschutz accelerated nursing

    I think about 150 for one of the semesters and maybe 70 for the other. Not totally sure though, if you go to the CU college of nursing website you should be able to find the email address of an admissions counselor who you could ask for a definitive answer - you can do this at any school and they are typically happy to share this kind of info plus info like average GPA of admitted students etc. if you are interested in learning more about specific programs.
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    CU Anschutz accelerated nursing

    Yeah, the cheaper tuition is certainly a big draw. However, CU does also have a traditional program which takes 2 years (same amount of time as DCN) and it is less competitive, has 2 start dates, and accepts a greater number of students in the fall term compared to the UCAN program. There are also other programs in Colorado including UNC -which is a good program but also competitive - and a number of programs through community colleges. Yes there is a nursing shortage, but that shortage is mostly in rural areas or is a deficit of experienced nurses, so saturating the market with new grads by lowering the standards to be accepted into nursing programs is not the best answer to this problem. Sorry for the mini rant - but all in all I would say keep your options open, look into multiple programs, and a 12 month program vs. a 24 month program is not going to make a huge difference in the long run.
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    CU Anschutz accelerated nursing

    I completed this program. It is probably one of the most competitive nursing programs in Colorado to get admitted to, I think we had between 600-1000 applications for 80-some spots, so about a 10-20% acceptance rate. However, if you have a decent GPA, high scores in prerequisites, and healthcare experience you have a decent chance of being accepted. Regis and DCN have good programs as well, but like you said they are much more expensive. I know they are both easier to get into as well (based on acceptance rates) - likely because they both have multiple start dates per year and larger cohorts as I understand. Hope this information helps you - good luck!