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    John Hopkins All childrens or UF Health Gainesville NICU

    I would also be interested in people's experiences at these two facilities.
  2. Remember that nursing is more than just memorizing information. You have to be able to critically think and prioritize. Really pay close attention to what the questions is really asking. Like “what should the nurse do first?” or “What is the best course of action?” Understanding the condition/disease, expected s/s, and typical interventions are the foundation. You have to be able to apply that knowledge to various situations and determine the appropriate action. My instructor has been teaching us to think this way: What’s wrong? What interventions can we do to fix what’s wrong? What problem is the priority (ABC’s, Maslow’s)? Fix that problem first.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Update! So, my 4th quarter in the ABSN program at Rasmussen College has come to a close! I ended up with straight B's. I could have gotten at least 2 A's, but I made some decisions that impacted my grades. Allow me to explain... For Chronic and Mental Health, I took a different approach to Exam 2 in both classes. In Chronic, I scored an 83% on the exam, which was not bad but not great either. I landed in the middle of the pack. However, I failed my Mental Health Exam 2. I originally scored a 72%, but the instructor ended up giving everyone points back and I ended up with a 77.33%. A passing grade is 78%. Needless to say, I was bummed. This was the first exam I had failed in nursing school. Why did I not perform as well on the second exams? It basically came down to not reading the books. I attempted to only use Picmonic and NRSNG to study to save time and because it worked so well for me in Acute. However, the questions on these exams were very specific and I firmly believe had I read the book, I would have performed much better. Anyhow, that was the kick in the butt I needed to change my study habits... For the final exams, I read the books and supplemented with Picmonic and NRSNG. I scored an 89% on my Chronic final exam (tied for highest score in the class, I believe) and a 96% on the Mental Health final (the highest score among my cohort, from what I know). So, lesson learned. haha I received a B in my Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice class. This could have been an easy A, but I opted to not fully participate in some of the assignments. Why? Well, the assignments became extremely repetitive and I felt my time was better spent studying for my core courses (Chronic MedSurge and Mental Health). I feel I made the right choice overall. My cumulative GPA will fall from a 3.63 to a 3.45, but I still have 36 credits left to bring it back up above a 3.5. Had I taken that study strategy into my Exam 2's, I believe I could have earned an A in Mental Health, and maybe even Chronic. But grades are not the end all, be all. Remember that as you work through your nursing program... Overall, I enjoyed the quarter. It was exhausting at times, but I absolutely loved my clinical experiences and my instructors. I received excellent clinical evaluations, and was even asked to participate in a simulation for faculty training. Let me tell you, it is very nerve racking to be the only student in a room with the deans and instructors as they watch you perform simulations and get drilled during and after. But it was an amazing experience, and I am glad I got to do it. Over break, I plan on studying up on Mom/Baby and Peds, as those will be two big ATI exams coming up next quarter. I hope everyone had a great quarter/semester and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And as always, happy nursing!
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Happy to help! Let me know how it goes!
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    It really depends on the campus you apply to. The main campus (Lee) gets the most applications for FSW, I believe. Charlotte and Collier do not get as many, but the number of seats for any of the three campuses is very limited. If you look at their most recent application profile (Fall 2019), they received 430 applications and only accepted 161 (151 matriculated). For traditional students, Lee and Collier had 30 students each and Charlotte had 26. For the ANEW program (nights and weekends), they had 24 at each campus.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Hello LouFutureRN!!! Welcome to my blog! For the ADN program at Rasmussen, I do not know if any pre-reqs are required to begin the program. They do require a TEAS score of 65 (last I heard), current BLS certification, immunizations, background check, and drug test. But Rasmussen will tell you what immunizations you need and help you to schedule your background check and drug test. For the BSN program, you don't necessarily need a previous degree to begin, but you do need a certain number of college credits. When I had enrolled, you could begin certain nursing classes while taking A&P 1 and 2 and Microbiology. They recently changed the curriculum, so I do not know if that has changed at all. I would recommend reaching out to Rasmussen to speak with a program manager. My program manager was Nikki, and she was awesome! They also have information sessions you can attend to get more information about the various paths, requirements for each, and the cost of tuition. That is what I did. I attended an information session and then enrolled right after. I knew Rasmussen was the school for me once I got out of that nursing information session. I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to reach out with any more questions if you think of something else.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    I have never had to dissect any animals or handle any dead animals during nursing school. In my anatomy and physiology classes (at a different university), we did work with cadavers. We did not dissect them, but we did get to look at them and I think we got to touch them, as well.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Update time! I am now in the middle of Week 8 of my 4th quarter at Rasmussen College in Fort Myers, Florida. This week I have already taken two exams: Adult Care - Chronic Exam #2 and the proctored Mental Health ATI. The good news is I passed both! For my Chronic exam, I scored an 83%. Not amazing, but not horrible either. I scored right in the middle of the pack. We were given a concept guide for this exam which listed headings of sections in the book from which the questions would be pulled. Since I did not read the book, I was not able to answer the super specific questions. And then I made some critical thinking mistakes on a few questions. But! Overall I am pretty happy with my performance. As I said, I did not really read the book. I studied using Picmonic, SketchyNursing, and NRSNG. Since I graduate in approximately 7 months, my studying method is more focused on preparing for the NCLEX and not for specific exams. I think I am also a bit jaded by working so hard last quarter only to miss out on an A by 0.1%. But I digress.... For my Mental Health ATI, I scored a 76.7%, which equates to a Level 2. I again primarily used Picmonic, SketchyNursing, and NRSNG to study for this exam. I did take the ATI assessments in the RN Learning System 3.0 and both practice exams. I only took the practice exams once each and then ran through their respective focused reviews in the ATI book, which are short little snippets from the chapter a particular question came from. I hope that makes sense. Anyhow, my points is not to boast that I didn't read the books. My point is to let you all know how effective Picmonic, SketchyNursing, and NRSNG are as resources for nursing school! They make complex concepts simple and easy to remember and provide a ton of practice questions and other resources (cheat sheets, care plans, pictures, mnemonics, etc.). They have also saved me a ton of time. I have been able to balance out this quarter with spending more time with my family, even with two clinical days per week on top of lecture and lab and fluff assignments. I currently sit with B's in all of my classes, which I am content with considering the amount of material we are covering, the balance I have brought to my personal life, and going into this quarter with a respectable 3.63 GPA. I still have two exams to take over the next 4 days: Mental Health Exam #2 and proctored (practice) MedSurg ATI. The MedSurg ATI is not an official ATI because we do not take that until our last quarter (sometime in April, I believe), and this practice ATI does not count for a grade. That being said, I still want to do well. I want to know that all of this crazy studying I have been doing over the last two quarters has paid off, ya know? Well, that is all I have for today! I hope everyone out there is crushing it, and until next time... Happy nursing!
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Thank you, Lulu! Yeah, one of the reasons I started this blog was because there wasn’t a lot of information out there about Rasmussen.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    I do not know if Rasmussen graduates find jobs more easily than FSW graduates. That is a statistic I am not privy to, but I can tell you that my instructor told me the most recent graduating class of BSN students all had jobs lined up before graduation.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    So, the clinicals are dependent on the degree program. I know that we do a couple of rotations in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda for wound care. I do not know if the ADN program does that or not. We have rotations at NCH down in Naples, while the ADN is at Physicians Regional and other locations. I believe the ADN program is shorter (12 - 15 months) and depends on how many credits you come in with. Now, I heard that we (the school) recently signed a contract with Lee Health, so future cohorts may be doing clinical rotations in the Lee Health system. As far as I know, I won't get that opportunity because of how far I am into my program. If possible, I would encourage you to try the ABSN program. It is a little longer (1 or 2 quarters), but will save you a ton of money and time on the back end if you are wanting to eventually pursue a BSN. That is the reason I decided on Rasmussen over FSW. Just something to think about. I also always encourage you do what is best for you.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Hello Srp0288! It is exciting to be starting your nursing journey, isn't it!? It is awesome you will be able to jump right into the core courses. Are you going for the ADN or BSN? And at Rasmussen in Fort Myers? I will be honest, I do not remember what the tuition calculator estimated for my cost. I can tell you that the estimated cost of my tuition paid to the school at the time of my enrollment was roughly $36k for the entire program (6 quarters = 18 months). That included books, insurance, scrubs, technology fee, ATI costs, tuition for classes, etc. The drug screening, vaccinations, titers, and other equipment (stethoscope, pen light, bandage scissors, etc.) are not covered by tuition. You will have to remind me if the tuition calculator also estimated living expenses, because I know some schools build that into their tuition calculators.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Hey adjappleton, The length of the clinical day depends on the class/instructor. Each class is required to hit a certain number of clinical hours for the quarter. I believe the instructor has some leeway on how long our days are and the number of days we attend. Our Mental Health clinical is 8 hours per day for 6 weeks. The reason for this is the nurses on the Behavioral Health Unit we are working only do 8 hour shifts, as opposed to 12 hour shifts like the other medical floors. So, we work the length of one shift. We also had a simulation day to prepare us for the unit, which counts towards clinical hours, I believe. For Chronic, we do 12+ hour shifts. Sometimes we stay a little later if we are busy, but most of the time it’s just 12 hours. I do know that we need at least 90 total clinical hours for Chronic this quarter. Add that with the 56 or so from Mental Health and we get a fair amount of clinical hours this quarter.
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    Rasmussen College - Fort Myers

    Hello hello! It has been a while since I have updated everyone on how my nursing school journey at Rasmussen is going! So, I am now in my 5th week of my 4th quarter at Rasmussen College in Fort Myers, Florida. This quarter I am taking Mental and Behavioral Health, Adult Health: Chronic and Transitional Care (aka MedSurg 2), and Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice. Last week I took my first exams of the quarter. I scored an 88% on my first Chronic exam, and 84% on my first Mental Health exam. Not my strongest performances, but I will be honest... I was not motivated to study. We wrote so many papers last quarter, and we are continuing to write at least 3 per week this quarter. It is a bit frustrating and demoralizing when we have to continue to work on "fluff" papers. But!!! I have found my motivation again! I had great clinical experiences last week and we are really starting to cover the big topics in both Mental Health and Chronic. Clinical for Mental Health is only 6 weeks long, and we have already completed 3 weeks. Tomorrow will be my 4th week. I love my Mental Health clinical instructor. She is intense, but you can tell she really cares about us becoming competent nurses. She is pushing me, and I love it! Clinical for Chronic is roughly 7 weeks, and this Saturday will be the 4th week, as well. Our instructor is a NP who has a ton of experience and is really working with us on understanding the pathophysiology of various diseases and disorders, and how they manifest in lab values and physical signs/symptoms. Overall, I feel the workload is not as heavy this quarter as it was last quarter. I am just sick of all of the "fluff" work. I wish we could really focus on the main concepts to prepare us for the NCLEX. But I understand that some of this information is meant to help us develop our critical thinking and get us thinking about safe nursing practice. Alright, I will end this on a positive note... I am feeling more confident in the clinical setting and I am really happy/excited about it. I know I still have a lot to learn and improve upon, but things are starting to come together. I am really looking forward to the rest of the quarter. I hope everyone is doing well! And until next time, happy nursing!
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    The Importance of a Title: Anesthesiologist vs. Nurse Anesthetist

    I do not know if it is to protect physician's egos. I do believe it is to help protect physicians and providers, alike. I think it is safe to assume the general public does not fully understand the differences between the various advanced practice providers and physicians. If APRNs begin to describe themselves to patients using monikers traditionally used for physicians, there could be confusion among the patients. I am thinking this could lead to legal problems if treatment should not go well (i.e. misleading or misinforming the patient of your true credentials). Just a thought. I am not aware if there is any legal precedence for such a thing. I also do not feel it is to make people think only physicians have "doctorates." Your education is your education. Nobody can take that away. But let's be honest. In the healthcare setting (and often times in public situations), when someone refers to themselves as "Doctor so-and-so", people think of a medical doctor. This is not to say APRNs or PAs cannot be as effective as physicians. I am not trying to downplay the importance of and effectiveness of APRNs. I think the more important thing to take away from this house bill is Dr. McDonough may have increased the tension between APRNs and physicians (as this thread has made obvious there is at least some already) and possibly harmed the working relationship. After thinking about it for some time, I personally feel Dr. McDonough was attempting to feed and protect his own ego with wanting to describe himself as a "nurse anesthesiologist." Dr. McDonough's request was in response to AA's using the term "anesthetist." I think it's a reasonable response by physicians to want to protect their title and all they have worked for when another provider has done a similar thing to them. A friend of mine said she started working as a patient tech, followed by "I am basically a nurse." What do you think would happen if CNAs or Patient Techs starting fighting to use a moniker that may insinuate they are Registered Nurses? Would nurses be "protecting their ego" to fight against something like that? APRNs, PAs, MDs, DOs, and any other advanced practice provider all bring something to the table. Instead of fighting each other about who gets more training in a specialty, who achieves better outcomes, who deserves what title, etc., we should be working together to improve healthcare delivery. Anyway, those are my thoughts.
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    The Importance of a Title: Anesthesiologist vs. Nurse Anesthetist

    Would you please elaborate? What point are you trying to make?
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