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  1. mommy_xo

    long beach memorial

    does anyone have experience working in this hosp? if so, how do you like it? i'm debating whether or not to work here after i graduate...does anyone know what they pay new grads? i tried calling their HR dept, but the person was unavailable..
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    Other RN schools in Orange County CA?

    saddleback doesn't have 15 units of nursing a semester...that's only if you include general education, which many students who enter have already fulfilled. saddleback has an average of 7 units of core nursing a semester.
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    Other RN schools in Orange County CA?

    that sounds about normal. i'm attending csulb's nursing program, but i live in mission viejo (south oc) and have taken classes at saddleback. have u tried looking into santa ana college? you mentioned you have a BA...some colleges have a 15 month program to get a second bachelor's in nursing. it's just as tedious as getting your associate's degree in nursing too, but at least you're getting a higher degree for the same work.
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    Help, should I retest

    bertolozzi- i guess each individual CSU uses different TEAS scores. i was told by SDSU's nursing department that all schools used the same TEAS score, but apparently not since your school is using the "percentile rank - program" score. i attend CSULB and they use the "adjusted composite score" so i thought what SDSU told me was true. sorry if i scared you haha, but go with what your nursing department is saying. good luck!
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    Help, should I retest

    actually, the TEAS "adjusted composite score" does include the curve. your "adjusted composite score" is composed of the number of questions you answered correctly divided by the total number of questions on the test, which is then adjusted for the difficulty of the test form taken. they give out several different test forms (some easier, some harder), so they have to adjust it accordingly so everyone's tests are somewhat equivalent when graded. in the CSU (california state university) system, they all use the adjusted composite scores as one of the criteria to determine your stance for the nursing program. the "percentile rank - program" score is only showing how your adjusted composite score is ranked among the other students' scores (either the same as your score or lower) who took that test with you at your school. congrats on your passing grade! i would suggest you retake the test though because who knows, what if you get a higher score? it's better to just pay another test fee and spend another extra day retaking the test rather than waiting another semester in case your test score isn't high enough. from personal experience, i received a high score on the TEAS, but decided to retake it juuuust in case i could get higher, and i did (my school is extremely competitive to get in). i'm really glad i had the opportunity to retake the test. plus, taking it the second time helped calm my nerves and i wasn't as nervous. good luck!
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    Can I Do This!!!

    i agree 110% with siamcat. the children's well-being and safety should be the #1 priority- no matter what. in california, there are government programs that help assist families with childcare needs. i'm not sure what state you live in, but i am sure other states have similar programs. also, try looking into your children's elementary school because most schools provide before and after school daycare. it costs money, but the school district has the authority to waive or discount the fees of these types of after-school programs, depending on your financial needs. many of my friends work as childcare leaders at elementary sites, and it is a great alternative for parents who are unable to find someone to watch their children.
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    Any former law students?

    that's what i plan on doing...combining nursing and law. i don't know exactly what i'll specialize in yet, tort law maybe?
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    Any former law students?

    hmm...this is an interesting post for me because i'm going to school for my BSN right now, but then i plan on going to law school. can't wait to hear other responses.. what made u change your mind?
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    college minors (nursing major)

    thanks for your replies everyone after some consideration, i think i'm going to do child development and family studies. i want to specialize in pediatrics as an RN/NP, and then eventually become an attorney in family law. it seems that minor would be the most beneficial compared to sociology (i have no idea what i would do with that). if anyone else can offer any other insight, i would definitely look into it.
  10. does anyone have a minor, and if so, in what field? why did you choose that minor? (i'm debating between sociology and child development/family studies for my minor) thanks
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    Orange County Vs. San Diego County

    yep, only one hospital located in san clemente. laguna hills and mission viejo are probably about 20 min from san clemente...it's really not a far drive, especially with the freeways being so accessible (5 fwy). i know a lot of nurses that commute to san clemente. laguna hills and mission viejo are relatively nice areas. some areas are older, some areas are newer, some areas are better than others, etc. mission viejo was ranked one of the top safest cities in some magazine (i forgot which one). you should also consider other south orange county cities like: rancho santa margarita, las flores, ladera ranch, and foothill ranch/portola hills. all these cities are right next to each other and near each of the hospitals listed. (i should mention that i live in rancho santa margarita, near mission viejo)
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    CSULB nursing students/grads

    i was just accepted into the BSN program for spring '07. i start the program at the end of january (we also have an orientation in the middle of jan), but the anticipation is killing me! what is the first semester like? is it really hectic? how strenuous is it/what's the class load like/how are the professors? any input is appreciated...thanks
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    Orange County Vs. San Diego County

    some hospitals near san clemente are saddleback memorial hospital (san clemente campus), saddleback memorial (laguna hills), and mission hospital (mission viejo).
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    community college with no waiting list in CA or NY

    -saddleback college in mission viejo, ca -goldenwest college in huntington beach, ca -mt. san antonio college in walnut, ca (i'm not for sure on this one)
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    Cal State Long Beach Students!!!

    i'm in CSULB's nursing program for spring '07. semester and trimester are nearly the same, it's just a matter of when the courses are completed. in semesters, you will be doing your nursing courses in fall and spring only and you will be finished within three years. in trimesters, you will be doing your nursing courses in fall, spring, and summer; you will be finished within two years. the lottery is used to select students to go either into the semester or trimester programs. every student that is accepted into CSULB's nursing program worked hard; the lottery is completely fair because it is random and does not favor one student over another. it is competitive to be accepted into the program, so it really doesn't matter if one is in semester or trimester- just be happy that you got in! your chances change each semester, it depends on who applies to the program. CSULB compares and selects the top 90 students and 15 alternates out of however many that apply. all students have to take the TEAS test to apply for CSULB's nursing program. CSULB also offers financial aid if you qualify, as with all other colleges. hope this helps
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    There is no nursing shortage

    (i forgot to quote the original poster) no nursing shortage?! perhaps it may seem that we don't have a current nursing shortage now because of all the nurses listed (working or not), but the concerns of a nursing shortage are of those nurses who won't be able to work anymore and for the future in general. two main issues behind these concerns: 1) many current nurses are aging and growing old (est. average age is about 46.8 yrs old), and 2) the overall population is growing old too. one main reason behind both issues: the baby boomers. you've all learned about the baby boomers in history class. birth rates rose an enormous amount between 1945-1957. we are the generation to replace them and to care for them. your teacher mentioned that there are nurses out there who are not working due to poor work environments- did she provide a specific percentage and source? yes, some nurses may have stopped working because of it, but not that large of an amount to be able to join current nurses to handle the future's older age group. how many of those nurses that stopped working are older than 30? i'm sure the majority of those nurses are within the baby boomer ages. many of you have already listed SIGNIFICANT contributing factors as well, like: poor working conditions/benefits/compensations (avoiding to work at specific hospitals and even avoiding to work as a nurse!), RNs finding interests in other fields (business, management positions), shortage of teachers in nursing programs, etc. it's harder to address solutions for some of these issues. aging nurses + large aging population= many, many old patients to care for and few nurses to care for them. yes, many of these nurses will work until they drop, but then it comes down to issues of safety and reliability. it's just a matter of figuring out that we'll have a nursing shortage and putting all the pieces together. here are some links: Registered nurses (job outlook) American Nurses Association | Nursing Facts: Nursing Shortage