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  1. I was wondering if you would be willing to let me know what are your advantages as a float pool nurse at your hospital. Flexible schedule, less weekends worked, more pay, choosing the units you want to go to... etc... I am trying to build a case for some injustices that are being done to my institution! Thank you, I appreciate it! It would be fine if you PMed me instead of posting! Happy Holidays!
  2. PedsRN1975

    SFSU

    You have 3 chances to pass. I don't think I have seen anyone not pass at least the second time so just practice and you will be ok.
  3. PedsRN1975

    SFSU

    Ha ha, I remember the feeling! You are ok to get a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, pen light, scissors and forceps. You will need that .
  4. PedsRN1975

    SFSU

    Just a little tip. The school will make you buy NCLEX review books that you will use throughout the course. They are quite expensive. On top of that the only book I would consider buying is Saunders NCLEX review. It has been voted the best review book. Don't buy a whole bunch of books until you know what you need. There will be a bundle (two big boxes) of books that will be available to you guys when you go for your orientation. If you are planing to get that, DON'T BUY ANYTHING else in advance, you will have EVERYTHING you could possibly need. If you don't plan to buy that, then wait to see what books are in those boxes so that you will buy the right things. I was an eager as you guys and I have spent many hundreds maybe thousands of dollars on things I never needed or ended up having duplicates. Don't try to get busy about NS yet. Just enjoy that you got in, and spend some time with your friends and families, because you will not see them for 2.5 years. One thing it's worth buying in advance is get a couple pair of white scrubs online. The ones the school sells are ridiculous overpriced. Don't buy more than two because you only wear them 1st and second semester.
  5. PedsRN1975

    SFSU

    You have to go at the pace of the program, you can't take your time and take a class here, a class there. The program is 5 semester long. My hardest class I would have to say was community health. We had to write a monster paper and a lot of us had trouble with it. For me, I studied for the NCLEX from the start and I used Saunders review book and had no problem with the boards. A typical week in the first semester: Health assessment 3 hours and Nursing theory 3 hours. Then Skills Lab twice a week 3 hours each and a clinical day 8hrs, that starts about half way through the first semester. You will also, before you start clinicals, need to pass a drug calculation exam with 90 or better. Don't worry about it though because you will have plenty of time to study after the orientation. My advice is to start looking at the drug calc book after the orientation.
  6. PedsRN1975

    SFSU

    The best segment III courses are holistic health (western and eastern perspective ) and Human Nature Global Perspective. I wouldn't worry about that until you get to second semester but don't leave them for the last semester. There is so much to do then that one less worry is really welcomed. As far as clinical rotations, in the first semester, I had St Lukes, others had UCSF, Laguna Honda (try to stay away from there, my classmates that went there had a very rough experience) Second semester; UCSF, St Francis, CPMC. Third semester, the Children's Oakland experience for peds and LPCH for maternity. Fourth and fifth, you have plenty of time to figure out. What I want to stress is choose your clinicals wisely, not by location or convenience. Ask around and get the best instructor and then put your whole heart in it. Your clinical instructors are the ones that will write your recommendation letters when you are trying to get a job. Also network if you are interested in the unit or hospital. If you like it and you want to work there, before you end, go to the manager, introduce yourself, thank her/him for having you there and express your interest. It will go a long way into getting a job. After the second semester you can get a job as a Nursing Assistant and you don't need the certification. I can't stress enough the importance of having your foot in the door, specially in this economic time. As far as materials, all those pocket reference books I have found helpful and of course Saunders the Nclex review, which I consider the BIBLE of the nursing student. As a mater of fact I have a few books that I don't use anymore so if you are interested, PM me and I could meet you on campus or we will figure out a way how to get them to you. I'm not trying to sell them but I would love to pass them along to someone that is having a hard time financially and trying to make it on their own. So if you can afford them, get your own. Go to the Bookstore at the Nursing section and you will find lot's of reference books. Also if you have an Itouch or an Iphone, check the apps, they are great reference.
  7. PedsRN1975

    SFSU

    I am a graduate from the SFSU BSN nursing program and I want to congratulate the ones that got accepted. Just to release some of your anxiety I want to tell you a little about the campus and the program. The campus is big and beautiful but until the library is built it's a pain to get to the annex library so don't count too much on using it. There are however many computer labs in every building so if you need a quick printing job for your homework, if you give yourself a little time, you will be able to do it. Food on campus is pretty good with plenty of choices. The only problem is, overcrowding, so think ahead. Now about the nursing program! Most classes are in Burk Hall on 3rd and 2nd floor. When you go in for your orientation you will feel excited and freaked out at the same time. Take a deep breath! There are some great professors and some that suck and some of the work you will have to do will seem ridiculous to you. Well, do it and tell yourself that nursing school is boot camp and the real learning starts on the floor after you have graduated and no matter how interminable nursing school seems, it does end. The first semester is the hardest because you don't know what to expect. Go to every class because it will help you in the long run and you are more likely to get the professors ear if they see you present. Also some of the professors have an ego trip about you being there. If you want to know what to expect from your professor, go to Rate My Professors - Find and rate your professor, campus and more - RateMyProfessors.com and you will find info on most of them unless they are new. Some of the professors you will love more than you ever loved a professor and some you will wonder how the hell they got a degree in anything, let alone be professors. Those are very few though! The best preparation for exams in nursing schools is doing NCLEX questions. For me I bought Saunder's NCLEX review and also the ATI NCLEX review books, not the ones the make you buy but suplemental ones you find at the book store. So again I just worked those throughout nursing school and not only that I graduated Summa cum Laude but I passed the NCLEX with less than a week review. I don't know what else to tell you. Feel free to ask me questions, and I will do my best to guide you. Good luck everyone!!!
  8. PedsRN1975

    Stanford New Grad program

    I know that they stopped taking applications on Dec 17. I hope that's what she ment. Also I know they are really a stickler for no experience at all. Anyway, I'm sorry...
  9. PedsRN1975

    Stanford New Grad program

    What do you mean? The new Grad programed is filled?!?
  10. PedsRN1975

    Stanford New Grad program

    Bummer. Good news is that once you get your ATT, you can schedule to sit for the NCLEX in couple of days so there might be a chance. I just got my ATT on friday and I am testing Feb 2. So it's not all lost yet. Just be flexible about where you sit for the NCLEX. I leave on the Peninsula and I'm testing in Oakland. Good luck!!
  11. PedsRN1975

    Stanford New Grad program

    Same here. I do everything with my phone in hand and on loud. This wait is driving me crazy. I ate a whole nutela jar today. Good luck everyone. Eventually it will all work out. Right !?!?!?! You know the funny thing I thought the other day, is that I worked so hard to get into nursing school and I did everything above and beyond to assure myself a spot and when I got accepted I thought, that's it, all I have to do is learn and get through and become the best nurse I can. When I started NS, all you needed to get the RN job of your choice was a license and a temperature of 98.6F. Now looking back, getting into school, competing 1500 candidates for 40 spots is piece of cake compared to the competition there is to get a job. Oh well, this too shall pass. By the way, graduates of December 09, that have applied for Stanford, did you guys sit for the NCLEX yet?
  12. PedsRN1975

    Stanford New Grad program

    Congratulation and good luck. I am waiting looking at the phone, waiting for it to ring. I don't know anything about a panel interview but try not to feel intimidated by the official name. They are just s bunch of people asking questions.
  13. PedsRN1975

    February NCLEX Test Takers....

    I just finished the Saunders comprehensive review and I scored 79%. Maybe I have a chance. I can't wait for this to be over. I am so sick of tests. When it's all over, I intend to take a day and do nothing, just stare into space.
  14. PedsRN1975

    February NCLEX Test Takers....

    I just scheduled my testing on feb 2. I think I will pass out. I am so scared. I have been doing Saunders but I feel like I don't know anything. I feel lightheaded!!!:chair::sofahider:barf01:
  15. I got in on the first try at San Francisco State University 3 years ago with a GPA of 3.95 overall and 4.0 in prerecs, 3 foreign languages, community volunteer work and hospital volunteer work.
  16. PedsRN1975

    Stanford New Grad program

    neither did I. We will probably by the end of this week.:anbd::anbd::anbd: