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RhodyGirl, RN specializes in Med/Surg.

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  1. RhodyGirl, RN

    Pearson Vue Trick - Poll once you receive your results

    PVT worked for me, too. RhodyGirl-RN, BSN!
  2. RhodyGirl, RN

    RN to BSN

    The RIC program is by no means a lighter load than URI...in fact we have much more stringent grading policies and standardized testing than URI. There are 8 credits of chemistry required, and part of it is organic chem (Chem 105 and 106). I graduated from the program in May - if you have questions, let me know.
  3. RhodyGirl, RN

    Admission to RIC

    Admission to the college itself is far less competitive than admission to the nursing program. Yes, students who started at RIC as freshman have priority, and there are a few spots left for transfers and second degrees. The program is extremely difficult to get into, and you need a minimum of 3.0 to be considered (but accepted students have much higher than that). I am a senior in RIC's nursing program (graduating in May), so if you have specific questions- feel free to ask.
  4. RhodyGirl, RN

    IV Starts

    We don't learn IV's / blood draws in my program. I've learned and done both in my internship, though.
  5. RhodyGirl, RN

    Community College of RI

    Hey guys- I'm a senior in Rhode Island College's nursing program. Just to let you know, there is a RI forum under the "regional" tab on this website. You can get more information about CCRI there. Also, I was offered a student position at RIH (turned it down due to internship job offer elsewhere), and they require completion of med/surg first. You do not need a CNA or LPN license. Good luck!
  6. RhodyGirl, RN

    Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program

    Good post, just wanted to correct one thing you said: the thing about moving up the "list" next time, after you've been deferred, isn't true anymore. It used to be that way, though. You'd apply, get deferred because there was not enough space, and apply again with better chances. Now, they are strictly comparing you to the pool of applicants at that time. So, if you have a 3.2 and get rejected on your first application... you apply again... they don't take into account that you've already applied previously. Your GPA and prereq grades are compared to this new pool of applicants. The only reason I know this is because it's now printed on the newer school of nursing applications, and I've heard some of the faculty discussing it.
  7. RhodyGirl, RN

    Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program

    the teas is basic english and math, no science on it. it's used as an assessment tool for your learning. if you have low scores on the teas, your advisor will meet with you to assess what additional help you might need so that you can be successful in the program. good luck!
  8. RhodyGirl, RN

    Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program

    Good points, Chris. I know that second degree students and transfer students are placed at the bottom of the "list" when the admissions committee decides on new nursing students. This is because RIC gives priority to students who started their freshman year at RIC as an intended nursing major. However, it is definitely possible to get in as a transfer or second-degree. Chris and I were both transfer students and are graduating from the program this year. Just keep your grades (very) high and work hard.
  9. RhodyGirl, RN

    Conversation starter...what are your nursing career goals?

    I am starting my last year of a BSN program in a few weeks (graduating in May). Though I am interning on a busy med/surg floor, my passion lies in women's health and maternity. I am currently studying for the GRE and will begin to apply to graduate schools in the winter, that way I can start a part-time MSN program in the fall after I graduate. I'll likely continue with med/surg at the beginning, and transition to a maternity position when jobs become available; all while going PT to grad school. Three years after BSN graduation, I'll hopefully be done with the FNP and can work in the women's health area. I know that there are specific women's health NP programs, but I feel that the FNP is more versatile and marketable.
  10. RhodyGirl, RN

    SENIOR year of nursing

    I'm a senior, too :) Classes start Aug 30th. I'm ready to BE DONE!
  11. RhodyGirl, RN

    How was your Externship ?

    I am in a very unique externship program, and want to share my experience so other nursing students can learn about it. This is a great thread-- thanks for starting it! Ok, to start: I am starting my senior year of a BSN program in the fall (Aug 30th). Last spring, I started thinking about externships and getting my foot in the door somewhere (anywhere!). So, I started searching hospital websites and seeing what they had to offer. I applied to 3 large hospitals in April that all required med/surg 1 to be completed. Received a call back to interview with two of the hospitals, who both ultimately offered me a job which I had to decline due to my acceptance into a great program elsewhere. Since I am an officer on my school's Student Nurses Association, I also became aware of the VALOR program at my local VA hospital. VALOR stands for VA Learning Opportunity Residency, and is open to nursing students and pharmacy students. It is very competitive and requires: a letter of recommendation from the Dean of Nursing at your school, enrollment in a BSN program (approaching senior year), four references from clinical instructors, 3.0 GPA and above, no less than a solid B in any nursing course, etc. I applied to the VALOR program and ended up getting called for an interview. There were 19 applicants, and 8 of us were interviewed separately by a panel of nurses, nurse educators, etc. After this, 4 of us were called back for a second interview in front of another panel. Two of us were picked from the second interview and offered the job. The program is 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer, and then part time (1 or 2 shifts) during the school year until graduation. I am being paid 80% of a new grad RN salary, and am paired up with a preceptor. I'm on a general med/surg unit, and the other VALOR student is on a telemetry unit. I've learned: computerized charting, bar code med administration, IV starts, blood draws, blood transfusions, PICC line care, foley placement, etc, etc. I have also been to radiology to see PICC line placement, and will be floating to other areas of the hospital to get more experiences. I'll be going to ICU for a day, OR, ED, spend a day with the wound care nurse, infection control nurse, etc. I also attend classes; I've been to a wound care course, an ostomy care course, took a class about lateral violence in nursing, and lots of other stuff! The other VALOR student and I are also required to collaborate on a project for our units and present it to the nurse managers and other staff at the end of the month. We are given full use of the hospital's library and resources to complete the project, and get paid time off the floor to work on it. It's really amazing. The vets are a tough population to work with, but for the most part are very grateful for everything you do for them. I feel like this program is miles above the rest in terms of learning how to utilize your time in patient care and learning valuable clinical skills. Also, if RN positions are available upon graduation, the VALOR's are given preference for these positions, and starting salary is 2 steps higher than a regular new grad BSN (equates to about an extra $5000/year). It was a real pain with all of the interviewing, paperwork, background checks, etc. to get into the VA system, but well worth it. If anyone has questions about the program, please feel free to ask!
  12. RhodyGirl, RN

    When to start applying for jobs?

    From what I was told at my facility, yes- it's ok. Just make sure you tell them that your NCLEX is pending. You can work as a GN (graduate nurse) before taking the NCLEX.
  13. RhodyGirl, RN

    When to start applying for jobs?

    I'm graduating in May (BSN) and the nurse recruiter at the hospital I'm working at as an intern told me to apply in February. So, I'm thinking the sooner the better! Good luck!
  14. RhodyGirl, RN

    How did you react when you were accepted into nursing school?

    I got my acceptance letter to nursing school on June 4th, 2008. I immediately cried (tears of joy!) because all of my hard work up to that point had all been worth it. Now, as I am working as an intern on a med/surg floor and about to graduate this year, I find myself tearful because I'll miss my friends, and mostly because real nursing (outside of the books and the little clinical time us students get) is MUCH, MUCH more difficult than being a nursing student. I am also worried about getting a permanent RN position when I graduate. I hope everyone enjoys their journey through NS, and that the job market turns around for all of you!!
  15. RhodyGirl, RN

    Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program

    Summer class availability goes by the number of credits you have. Because of this, second degree students almost always fill up the summer clinical courses. I have friends that have taken one or two summer clinicals and have gotten by, but they all have said they'd never do it again (too fast and too much stress). I know everyone is always in a rush to finish, but I'm glad I've taken the full 3 years....it's been difficult enough the traditional way, nevermind accelerating the process!
  16. RhodyGirl, RN

    Which program to choose- RN or BSN

    It depends on your long term goals. I chose BSN because I want to go to graduate school to become a Nurse Practitioner. I'm graduating in May and will start grad school next fall. Also, don't believe the hype about BSN grads having less clinical experience, as this is not always the case. My program actually has more clinical hours than the local CC. I am also working as a nurse intern this summer to sharpen my skills. As far as the degrees: When you graduate from any nursing school, you don't get a "RN degree." You either graduate with an Associate degree in nursing (community college), or a Bachelor's degree in nursing (4 year college/university). Then you take the NCLEX-RN examination to obtain a RN license. Both degrees allow you to potentially become licensed as a registered nurse. Just wanted to clarify that. Good luck with your decision...neither choice is better than the other, just make sure it lines up with your ultimate goals!