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    CSUS Fall '11 Hopefuls....??

    I was in the second bachelor's program, but it is my understanding that only the 3 units of N169 (Reasoning Development in Health Care Sciences) can count toward the required 9 units of upper division GE. That leaves you on the hook for the other 6 units.
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    CSUS Fall '11 Hopefuls....??

    Several of my classmates have worked, but have found it difficult to do so. The time demands during the first two semesters are intense. Based on my experience (I just graduated from the program this past weekend), I'd strongly suggest that you try to get through the first year without working. If you can't swing that financially, try to keep work to 20 hours or less per week, and pay close attention to time management. Good luck. It's a great program.
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    CSU Sac vs. SJSU's nursing program

    I took Pharm and Human Development prior to applying, but a number of my classmates took them after starting the program. Neither of the classes is too terribly time consuming, although they will place added demands on you.
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    CSU Sac vs. SJSU's nursing program

    I'm just about to graduate from Sac State with a BSN. As you're probably aware, the program is on a conventional two-year, four semester schedule. It's very fast-paced, particularly during the first two semesters. You must be prepared to devote your full attention to school. However, anyone who qualifies to get into the program can successfully get through it. Standards are high but the faculty is terrific and is very supportive of the students. Clinical sites, particularly UCDMC, are excellent. The School of Nursing just moved into a spacious new building that is slightly removed from the main campus. It has plenty of lab space, spacious classrooms, very cool new simulators, and some nice amenities such as multiple study spaces for students, the largest computer lab on campus, a nice lunchroom, and a patio. The building has its own parking lot, so you won't have to fight for a space. Sac State's program has a very good reputation. In my opinion (and I have very obvious bias), that reputation is well deserved.
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    CSUS Fall '11 Hopefuls....??

    Oaktown: I believe the first semester clinical locations are the UCD Medical Center, Sutter General, Sutter Memorial, and Sutter Roseville. Most second semester students are placed at UCDMC, with a few going to Mercy General.
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    Kindle 3 or the Nook Color

    It's a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. The Kindle is a dedicated e-book reader with a monochrome E-ink screen. The Nook uses a convention color LCD touchscreen, and can function as an Android-based tablet computer. The Nook display is very good, but is not optimized for e-books. On the other hand, it can display books in full color. The Kindle retails for $139, while the Nook is $249. If you're just looking for a device for reading e-books, I'd suggest going with the Kindle. It's much cheaper, has terrific battery life, and features a great monochrome text display. If you're looking for a device that can also run apps and function as a media player, you'd be much better off with the Nook.
  7. At CSU Sacramento, students get about 785 hours of clinical. I don't believe the state has a fixed minimum number of clinical hours required for licensing.
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    RN 2yr vs 4yr schooling?

    There's no legal requirement to have a BSN in order to become an RN. An associate's degree is perfectly adequate. However, out here in California most of the new grad jobs are going to BSNs, simply because there is a surplus of candidates and hospitals can afford to be picky about degrees. If a BSN is feasible for you, that's probably a better way to go right now. If not, go for the ADN. Provided you go to an accredited school, you'll likely get a quality education either way. If the job market is still as tepid when you graduate as it is now, you can always go the RN-to-BSN route.
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    Nonreassuring/Reassuring FHR Patterns

    This subject is a good bit easier to understand if you can view FHR tracings, which are available online or in almost any obstetrics textbook. In the meantime, here's a thumbnail sketch of how the two terms are used: Reassuring FHR patterns are those that are associated with fetal well-being and lack of acute distress. Reassuring FHR readings include periodic accelerations, mild variable decelerations lasting less than 30 seconds, or early decelerations that mirror contracitons in duration and timing. Nonreassuring FHR patterns are those that suggest fetal compromise or a declining ability to cope with the stress of labor. Nonreassuring patterns include a significant decrease in baseline variability or baseline heart rate, progressive fetal tachycardia or bradycardia, persistent late decelerations, or recurrent late return to baseline after decelerations. Hope this helps!
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    Golden Oldie Students?

    I'm 60 and am entering my final semester of a BSN program. I am, by far, the oldest of my cohort of 80 students. Nevertheless, I've been able to keep pace both phyiscally and academically (although it has been a challenge at times). Nursing school has been demanding and exhausting, but overall a wonderful experience. I find that being older has a few distinct benefits. While I have undoubtedly lost some mental agility over the years, decades of working and raising a family have given me strong organizational and time managment skills, as well as a bulletproof work ethic. Where clinical is concerned, I think being older has helped me relate to patients of all ages. In particulary, I seem to be able to do better with "difficult" patients than some of my younger classmates. After graduation and the NCLEX, I hope to go work in a hospital trauma or neuro unit, although the employment picture for new grads in my region is none too rosy. I wish you great luck in your nursing journey!
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    Certification Suggestions?

    ACLS and/or PALS are required for several specialties, and may serve to distinguish you from the hordes of other job applicants.
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    Sac/Chico State BSN Program

    Sac State looks only at the GPA for prerequisite and corequisite courses. If you avoided any of those in your first year you're in good shape. For more information on getting into the program go to the Division of Nursing section on the CSUS website. Good luck!
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    What are the chances?

    CSU Sacramento posts statistics on those accepted to the nursing program, including GPA, TEAS scores, and points for optional criteria (speaking a foreign language, experience in healthcare, etc.). The info can be found on the CSUS Nursing page. Just click on the menu item entitled "Undergraduate," and then look for "Applicant Pool Statistics."
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    Community college transfer to CSU for nursing

    The source of the confusion may be an admissions freeze that was in place for the Spring 2010 semester. For that semester only, entry into most CSU nursing programs was limited to students already enrolled at a CSU campus. As far as I know, the freeze has been lifted for Fall 2010, and transfer students from community colleges are once again being accepted. I expect that competition will be intense for the nursing slots at most CSU campuses. For reference purposes, here are the Fall 2009 admission stats for the BSN program at CSU Sacramento: 387 applicants (60 enrolled, 16 declined, 107 ineligible, 204 qualified alternates) Statistics for 60 enrolled students: Average GPA - 3.857 (range 3.569 - 4.0) Average TEAS test score - 91.9% (range 87.1% - 95.9%) Average points earned for Optional Criteria - 9.7* Good luck! * Optional criteria include speaking a second language, health-related work experience, low income status, and disadvantaged background.
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    All Nursing Students 50 and older! I need your feedback.

    I didn't start walking seriously until I went back to school. I try to get as much walking out of the way early in the morning as possible. I find the college campus is a great place for walking, since it is fairly sprawling and largely free of cars. I usually try to park a long distance away from my classroom, and then take the polar route to get there. Other than having to get up early, I don't feel that walking takes too much time out of my day. On clinical days I get most of my walking done while working in the hospital, but I also park far away (which has the added advantage of allowing me to park for free). I try to make good use of my walking time by listening to recorded lectures or other nursing-oriented materal. Overall, I thing the exercise has really helped me remain focused and sane. Hope it works the sdame for you!