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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    USC and LA County have a jointly owned nursing school; in essence, it is owned by USC/LA County Hospital; literally part of the LA County Hospital. Anyway, congrats again on such success so shortly after graduation! Very exciting and inspiring....those benefits are awesome!
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    This is excellent; congrats! Persistence is key. Please keep us informed, even if it's a year from now, if you were able to transfer to permenant/full time. I will be looking into this during my last semester so I can test/rank and become applicable to apply once licensed just as you did. I am only in semester two right now and absolutely dying. P.S. For whomever is considering applying/going to the county hospital-based program in Los Angeles (LA County/USC School of Nursing).....run very far the other way! Go to a community college, go to West Coast, go anywhere but there!
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    I see, got it...thank you for the clarification.
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    Exam for the state to apply for the NCLEX? You have to take an exam to apply to take the NCLEX? I know some schools have an “exit” test, but I’ve never heard of a state exam to be able to rank and qualify for the NCLEX... Please explain... Thank you so much!! Congrats again on your job offers!
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    This is wonderful news; congrats to you! So the state benefits must be much better than county for you to hold out for a permanent position. I’ll have to look into that. In your previous post, you mentioned taking the NCLEX in April while you were in your 4th semester. How did that happen? I thought you had to have completed your RN program first? Also, I saw on the NCLEX app that you have to have all transcripts sent in...how long did it take the BRN to receive/process all your transcripts? I have relative transcripts from multiple school districts and some do not use the electronic delivery system...what happens if I apply 4 months before I finish my last semester just to give time for all my info. To be received/processed. Will I receive a letter of deficiency that will delay my application in the long run? What is your take?
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    Thank you for the update; I appreciate it a lot. Congrats on getting through that interview... I hope you get the job! May I ask where you went to school? Apologies if you already mentioned it.
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    I see... thank you again. Please keep us updated on how it goes!
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    Well that’s a bummer to hear about them outsourcing from a staffing agency...but I’m not surprised! Thank you for your response and details.
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    Corrections Nurse for a New Grad

    Is it difficult getting hired o to corrections as a new grad? Everywhere I read states the eligibility requires a couple years of nursing experience; in particularly in a specialty, plus certain certifications, etc. I will be graduating with an ADN from USC/LA County nursing school (LA County Hospital) and then I will have a BSN a year later. I would like to get my pension started. Do I need to wait to apply until I have years experience? Did you just apply online as a random person? Did you follow up in person or over the phone? How long did it take to hear back once applying online? I have a 1203.4 on my record, which is a dismissal from an old case decades ago. County overlooks this. Would federal? Thank you!
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    Ethical dilemmas of correctional nursing

    Is it difficult getting hired o to corrections as a new grad? Everywhere I read states the eligibility requires a couple years of nursing experience; in particularly in a specialty, plus certain certifications, etc. I will be graduating with an ADN from USC/LA County nursing school (LA County Hospital) and then I will have a BSN a year later. I would like to get my pension started. Do I need to wait to apply until I have years experience? Did you just apply online as a random person? Did you follow up in person or over the phone? How long did it take to hear back once applying online? I have a 1203.4 on my record, which is a dismissal from an old case decades ago. County overlooks this. Would federal? Thank you!
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    Need for Nurses in Corrections

    Is it difficult getting hired o to corrections as a new grad? Everywhere I read states the eligibility requires a couple years of nursing experience; in particularly in a specialty, plus certain certifications, etc. I will be graduating with an ADN from USC/LA County nursing school (LA County Hospital) and then I will have a BSN a year later. I would like to get my pension started. Do I need to wait to apply until I have years experience? Did you just apply online as a random person? Did you follow up in person or over the phone? How long did it take to hear back once applying online? I have a 1203.4 on my record, which is a dismissal from an old case decades ago. County overlooks this. Would federal? Thank you!
  12. No problem at all...I live in Ventura County...the commute kills me. On Thursdays 1st semester has class 130- 430 and many times it has taken me 2.5 hrs to get home. People ask why I don’t hang around until traffic fades...my answer is that while everyone else is sleeping in on Thursdays I leave my house by 4am to skip traffic even though class doesn’t start until 130pm so by the time class starts at 130 I’m already exhausted and over it....by 430 I just want to get home. If you live in Santa Clarita, I might suggest taking the 210, 2, and 5 instead of taking the 405 or 5 the entire way...but regardless it is a very different experience living so far away (with traffic). I highly recommend going to the other school. You’ll feel healthier and get at least 4 more hours out of your day without that ridiculous commute. To me it is not worth it. If I could transfer to a different school mid-program I would. Unfortunately I’ve dug my grave. Maybe your commute won’t be as bad since you’re a bit closer than I am though....
  13. I am finishing up first semester going into 2nd, which has the reputation of being the most difficult at CONAH, ugh... There are several theory instructors for the entire class, but then you break off into clinical groups; just to clarify. You are assigned a different clinical instructor each semester, but I believe you rotate instructors in 2nd+ semester... For 1st semester, we had a variety of expectations amongst each clinical instructor. For example, for the weekly worksheets/maps and for the nursing care plan you have to explain each lab for your patient. Some instructors will accept “possible anemia” for low RBC, hct, hgb etc., but other instructors want a very detailed reason of why this pt has those results .... and as a 1st semester student that could take hours just for that part.... you get out of theory at 12 and have a clinical worksheet packet due by 7am the next day. I also live far away and the commute kills me.... I go to bed very late working on my clinical packet, wake up at 3am every day... leave by 4 and get to the hospital by 5. I was on 3 hrs sleep every day especially for the first few months and am expecting even less sleep for second semester ...anyway getting there at 5 allows me to skip traffic and also if your patient is discharged you need 5am-7am to prepare for a new patient because you must be prepared by 7am.... you must know each drug ordered for the patient which could be dozens (the detailed physiological action of the drug, the side effects/ black box warnings, nursing considerations, legal dosage ranges according to route of administration) and sometimes drugs are ordered for non label reasons, the significance of each lab result (there could be dozens).... a nursing care plan and diagnosis etc.... on top of this learning their computer system was absurd. Some clinical instructors would accept simple answers while others would expect you to research for hours to give them what they wanted to hear. It does all come down to how old you are and what responsibilities you have outside of school. If you are young with no kids and can go on no sleep with high stamina, then maybe this is a good school for you. I can tell you everyone has quit their jobs and everyone is on financial aid or took out loans. Antelope Valley college is not ACEN accredited either if I’m not mistaken? I don’t know if Antelope has a BSN collaboration, but LACONAH has a collaboration BSN program with Cal State LA, but it’s all in person and you have to upkeep a 3.0 (maybe they consider all college coursework and not just grades from the RN program). Cal state Dominguez Hills offers a primarily online RN-BSN collaboration program to a nursing student from any school as long as all your college coursework equals a 2.75 gpa. You can start the summer after you’re accepted into any RN/associate program under their “open university” program and then officially apply to their RN-BSN program the semester before you graduate the RN/associates program. Otherwise you can just do any RN- BSN program after you get your RN license.... just make sure your general ed and chemistry/ math (stats), etc. transfer over to the BSN program especially if you took those classes far away. In essence, I’d highly recommend sticking with Antelope Valley College. You might have a better chance of getting hired at LA County hospital if you go to CONAH, but rent is so high in that area that any nurse would not be able to live out there by themselves and put away into savings/retirement at the same time. If you’re young and don’t mind having roommates upon graduation and have energy and can go on no sleep, etc. then go to CONAH...I know there are thousands waiting for a spot into any program and several hoping to get into CONAH, but I wish I would’ve gone to a different school. Good luck!
  14. I believe it comes down to which clinical instructor you are assigned. Some students breezed through clinicals while others went home traumatized. Each instructor has different expectations as far as nursing care plans and worksheets. The first couple weeks it took a lot of us 8 hours to maneuver through their charting system and complete the packet for just one patient...but then again it comes down to the expectations of your clinical instructor. The first few weeks aren’t too bad but then expect to say goodbye to everyone in your life depending on who you are assigned to. With this said, the clinical opportunity is unparalleled and you’ll have preference for hire at a lot of places. Graduates from this school are highly regarded supposedly. However, this school is not ACEN/CCNE accredited so we do not qualify to work in a VA hospital (unless you get your Masters I believe)... Where else did you get accepted? Depending on your other option, I would not go to LACONAH. Who knows, you might luck out with an easy going clinical instructor and havhe a different experience....But I know we lost 12 people this semester and an instructor from an advanced semester failed half their clinical group last semester... I think the key is to get through the easiest school possible and just pass the nclex .... you can always learn on your own and through experience. A harder school is not worth the heart attack especially when you’re risking not passing and it’s not even ACEN accredited.
  15. Do not go to this school. It’s beyond difficult to say the least. It will drain you; not make you stronger....unless you’re in your early 20s and still have hope in your life. Don’t plan on working and don’t plan on taking any days for yourself. Every single day off you have for the next two years will be dedicated to projects and studying and facing a clinical instructor that rolls their eyes at you for asking questions. Read this yelp review. It’s no joke. Run the other way.
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