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  1. danielg_84

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    The summer session is pretty tight. It looks like those days include a Wednesday and a Thursday. You'd at least be missing a LOT of lecture, and may miss a test or lab practical exam. You basically have to be dead to get permission to make either of those up. They don't really worry attendance per se, as long as you're doing well. But if you're slipping they'll be up your butt if you miss. That's right around the time where we were having lab practicals, and you'll basically have an exam every other Wednesday during the summer. I would not advise missing that time. Skills testing.
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    Christus Santa Rosa Nurse Residency July 2019 cohort

    Unfortunately I have no clue. Sorry. Good luck!
  3. danielg_84

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    The summer session is pretty tight. It looks like those days include a Wednesday and a Thursday. You'd at least be missing a LOT of lecture, and may miss a test or lab practical exam. You basically have to be dead to get permission to make either of those up. They don't really worry attendance per se, as long as you're doing well. But if you're slipping they'll be up your butt if you miss. That's right around the time where we were having lab practicals, and you'll basically have an exam every other Wednesday during the summer. I would not advise missing that time.
  4. danielg_84

    Christus Santa Rosa Nurse Residency July 2019 cohort

    My date of hire is stated as July 8.
  5. danielg_84

    Transitioning over to Nursing

    MCHD is a great organization. Good luck on landing your first job! I've attended both Lone Star and San Jac, and I definitely prefer Lone Star. For being such a large community college system, they are surprisingly easy to work with.
  6. danielg_84

    Christus Santa Rosa Nurse Residency July 2019 cohort

    Sweet. Upper 20s is what I would've guessed as well.
  7. danielg_84

    Transitioning over to Nursing

    Hey there! I'm a Paramedic about to graduate from Lone Star at their North Harris campus. Their bridge program condenses the basic track students' first 2 semesters into one 11 week summer session, and then you are put in with them for the last 2 semesters (fall and spring). It's been a really good experience. They lists of pre/co-requisites is not as extensive as some other community college's programs seem to be. You can find that on their website pretty easily. I THINK their requirement for their transition program includes your LVN or Paramedic cert being specific to Texas. But if you were serious, reciprocity probably isn't too bad. Again, if you were serious, Houston has a bazillion jobs for a paramedic. On a 911 truck, private truck, as a tech, et all. For a major city, it's fairly cheap to live in. (It has it's faults for SURE, but it has jobs, colleges, and "affordable" housing.) It wouldn't be too hard to find a job, find a place, and start working the process to get in to Lone Star's program. I was able to work 2x 24hr shifts a week during the program, but it was NOT easy. In reality, if you could find a place within driving distance that would let you do a 48 on the box over the weekends, that would be kind of perfect. The program has class on Wed and Thurs, with clinical on either Mon, Tues, Fri, or Sat. They ask for your top 3 preferences and try to match you. The first couple of weeks of each semester require some additional days, but only the first 2 weeks of the summer session are too crazy. Where are you located now?
  8. danielg_84

    Christus Santa Rosa Nurse Residency July 2019 cohort

    Very good to hear! Mary Anne Holland is the current ER director at New Braunfels. Hope that's the same one you're speaking of. Have you gotten your written offer yet? I was told either today or tomorrow for that. Looks like it'll be tomorrow since it's after 5. I'm new to the greater SA area, coming from Houston. In Houston, pretty much all of the hospital systems give 1/2 credit for years of experience if you were previously a Paramedic or LVN. Ex: as a 12 year Paramedic, I'd be paid like a 6 year RN. I'm waiting to see if that's the case here. I asked the recruiter, and she said she wasn't sure, but if so that it would be indicated in the written offer. I'll be taking the position either way, just anxious to find out. I would imagine that "6" years would be a noticeable difference; so I'm a little antsy to see.
  9. danielg_84

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    We do graduate in may (thank GOD), and if your cousin is in the basic track, they've been in class with me since the Fall '18 semester started. At least at NH, the transition students get thrown in with the basic students at that point. As to the first couple of weeks of each semester/summer session... For the summer session, expect M-F, 8-5ish for the first 2 weeks. They cram A LOT into that time. I swapped shifts to weekends, and made arrangements with my boss to come in late. Others did similar. If you have PTO or sick time, use it there. Outside of testing days, that's probably the least flexible time in the whole program. You're getting skills testing done, hospital orientation, lots of mandatory stuff like that. Each semester after that starts similarly, but less extreme. I also get the feeling it's a little different each semester/year/class. They kind of seem to have a list of stuff they need to get through, and kind of wing it during that time to get through everything. Organized chaos. Those periods are the only times I've been disappointed in the program...because (other than the summer session) they could really do everything they need to do during the normal class schedule. My advice would be to do everything you can to keep your work schedule as flexible as possible during those times. Let your boss know about it now, and remind then as each new semester approaches. Start talking to people who can swap/cover shifts for you now. In spite of their rhetoric about not working, if you are TRULY in a bind, they will try to help you (the professors), unless it's something like a skills test where you really can't get out of it. They also try and send a "first 2-4 weeks" calendar out to everyone about 6-8 weeks before each new semester starts. It helps, but I still felt like it was cutting it kind of close. That's why I just advise to plan on those first two weeks being difficult. Hope that helps!
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    CHRISTUS Santa Rosa RN Residency- July 2019

    Definitely stay on them with polite emails, voice messages, etc. I started off by going to their career fair back in February and getting some face-time. I let them know I had already applied to the nurse res program, and I was emailing them (ER directors) and the recruiter once a week until the interviews happened. As long as you can do it without becoming annoying, it never hurts to be the squeaky wheel!
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    CHRISTUS Santa Rosa RN Residency- July 2019

    I got a verbal offer the day after my interview for an ER position in New Braunfels. Still waiting on the written offer letter to come via email. Can't wait to get started!
  12. danielg_84

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    I got my acceptance letter for the Transition track at North Harris last year the first week of April. I spent the whole time in low-level panic and was constantly refreshing my email. Hang in there!!!
  13. New member, didn't see a thread for this current Nurse Residency cohort. Just got an offer this afternoon from the ER in New Braunfels! Can't wait to start. Any one else here in the process? Graduating in May after 12 years as a paramedic, and 3 years as a tech in the ICU and ER before that. I'm coming to the area from Houston and would love to hear from my peers!
  14. danielg_84

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Hey everyone. I made an account just to comment on this thread. I am currently in my last semester of the transition program at North Harris. As stated, classes are usually Wed and Thurs, 11-1:30 for N1-N4 semesters. For the Summer session for transition students, the hours fluctuated a lot, but were generally close to that. That said, plan on being there M-F 8-5 for the first 2 weeks of the summer session, and keep M-F clear for the first 2 weeks of each semester. They COULD get everything done during the regular Wed/Thurs, but they like to throw in things like clinical site orientations, calendar reviews, etc. It will drive you crazy if you're not ready for it. If you're like me, you've moved heaven and Earth to get your schedule set up around your clinical day and the classroom schedule, so those first 2 weeks each semester can be a pain. Tests are held on Wed mornings at 8. If you get below a 75, you will be required to attend a remediation session. This is usually the Wed morning the next week. Like most college programs/courses, you can get MUCH better deals on the books if you hunt around, rent books from online sources, etc. However, there are a LOT of books, and hunting down deals on each one individually is a pain. So, if you're paying with financial aid or aren't tight for money, go ahead and buy the bundle from the bookstore for sake of ease. START GETTING YOUR TITERS AND VACCINES DONE NOW. Check with someone from the school for a full list. It's a long list; and if your titers are negative for something like HepB, getting the immunizations done properly can take months. The school suggests that you don't work or work part time while attending. I'm 34 with a house and a family, so for me (and many of my classmates) that's just not an option. If that is an option for you, work as little as you can. Don't be intimidated by what I'm about to say, because if you can get into the program, you can get THROUGH the program, but... I am a paramedic with 12 years of experience on the ambulance, and 15 years total patient care experience, and this program has humbled me academically. The tests are no joke. I've maintained a low B average in lecture, but I'm definitely not used to that. Study often, study together, don't procrastinate, and find/use every youtube channel and pathophysiology-one-sheet from Pinterest that you can. Ask the paramedics and LVNs for help with skills. Don't be freaked out by the SIM days because it's just practice for your actual clinicals. Ask me any other questions you have and I'd be happy to answer!
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