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  1. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    My gripe with the scrubs is the guys get any old white scrubs and we have these striped hospital green ones. I did a CNA course last summer to help get me into nursing school because some CA state schools give brownie points for those things. Anyway, we had to buy a certain color but we could buy and brand and some brands are way more flattering to the figure than others. With our hospital green scrubs they are made by this Uniform company and we are stuck with this one brand. But I am over it. There are much more important things to worry about. Yeah a titer would be fine. If you just got it recently there would be no reason to get it again so you would do a titer. If you had the Hep B series in the past I don't know if you need it again. I don't know if it is a 10 year immunity vaccine like MMR or if it is for life.
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    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    OK I am going to just keep my mouth shut on this one because I think I am confusing everyone and what I have in my head may not be what really will happen. So if a former grad could chime in and straighten me out please do so. Thanks! Nope I know it is not you Mike unless your real name is something like Stuart or Stephan or something like that. E was talking about some surfer from CA that had a first name that started with an “S.”
  3. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Oh no not everything. 60 USD was for the stethoscope, the blood pressure cuff, the penlight, the weird scissors we need, and some other stuff. It was the whole kit. The uniform was 40 for the set. The patch cost 1.60 to sew it on but I am not sure the actual coast of the patch. And I bought cute Mary Jane style nursing shoes with a little buckle. They are the cutest nursing shoes I have ever seen though I am not yet an expert on this kind of stuff. Sorry don't mean to keep hashing this out. What I said was... Because the RN is different from the LVN. So yes after pediatrics we can take the NCLEX for the LVN/LPN/ADN. But that exam is way more limited than the RN exam. There are a lot less things one can do with only the LVN and it is a lot harder to find a job with the only the LVN. Many hospitals are completely phasing it out. None of us can take the NCLEX for the RN until we are completely finished with the program. I don't think so mister. I spend a very long time getting all my previous degrees. Keep your white uniform. Hey at least we don't have to worry about stains on our green striped ones that will hide a lot. By the way nauhjat what does your name mean? It looks Indian to me? By the way are you the Persian surfer from CA that met with Eduardo recently?
  4. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    MMR (Measels, Mumps, and Rubela) is an easy one. I thought I had it but I was going to volunteer at Stanford. Stanford has a huge laundry list of things you have to do before you can volunteer (like I am sure all hospitals do). The employment clinic took blood for titers and found I no longer had the immunity for MMR so she gave me another shot that will be good for 10 years. Hep B is the one that is 3 shots over 6 months so you want to start it right away. I don't remember if she said anything about Hep B since I am almost done with it. I know it was written down but I don't remember if she went into specifics. Misty when they mention the health cert "Y" and her support staff kept stating we can get it anywhere. Do you have any recommendations of where to go. To we just wander into some clinic? I wish some of these things were a bit more streamlined. Like it would be nice if they worked with a particular doctor right by campus and then if you wanted to you could go somewhere else. I went and got my uniform and patch yesterday and finding the place was not completely obvious. Why don't they sell the uniforms at school. Then I still need to get my name tag but the girl at the uniform store said if I didn't have a car it was going to be very hard for me to get the name tag relying on public transport. By the way girls you can get your uniform at one place. It is called University Fashion Center at the intersection of Braumbaugh and Robles. If you take the Tren Urban you exit at the Rio Piedras station. While still in the station follow the signs to exit the station at Calle Robles. Then once you exit the station take the street to your left and walk one very short block and you will see the uniform place. They sell the uniform, the patches, and even the stethoscope kit you need. It was 60 buck and I am sure I could get it online for cheaper but it just seemed easier to get it all there. By the way they will sew the patch on your uniform for 1.60. I certainly didn't pass up that opportunity. Guys you can go to any uniform store and get any white scrubs. I am so jealous!
  5. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    I don't know but "Y" said only some clinicals require it. She said we do not have to get it in advance. I was under the impression if the hospital requires it for clinicals that they will do the testing. I could be wrong about that. But I know she said it is definitely something we do not have to do in advance.
  6. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Below is the 6 timester schedule for those students on the accelerated track: Trimester 1: August - October (10 credit hours) Basic Principles & Concepts of Nursing Fundamentals of Nursing Practice of Fundamentals of Nursing Pharmacologic Aspects Trimester 2: November - February (13 credit hours) Fundamentals of Psychosocial of Care 1 Practice of Psychosocial Care (lab) Fundamentals of Adult Care 1 Practice of Adult Care 1 Trimester 3: March - May (13 credit hours) Fundamentals of Maternal Neonatal Practice of Maternal-Neonatal Fundamentals of Adult Care 2 Practice of Adult Care 2 (lab) Trimester 4: August - October (15 credit hours) Fundamentals of Pediatric Care Practice of Pediatric Care (lab) Dimensions of Professional Practice Health Assessment Introduction to Nursing Research Trimester 5: November - February (9 credit hours) Intervention in Psychosocial Transaction Professional Intervention in Life Cycle Integrated Practice 1 (lab) Trimester 6: March - May (12 credit hours) Family and Community Care Integrated Practice 2 Integrated Workshop We also have to take Historical Process of Puerto Rico and The Christian Faith. Since our first trimester we are only scheduled with 10 units most people are taking Christian Faith. I am taking beginning Spanish because I was a Religious studies minor at my Catholic University so don't need the Christian Faith. Also, Historical Process of Puerto Rico is not offered in the August trimester. By the way the first clinical is Practice of Fundamentals of Nursing which the non-accelerated track take in trimester 2. So it appears that the non-accelerated students start clinicals just one trimester later. Therefore the uniforms and police certificate, and shots are not needed until November for the non-accelerated students. We got a lot of info in orientation. It was 2.5 hours and then even more time to register. So if you guys have more questions, ask away. Oh and it was way more organized than I ever could have imagined which made me feel a lot better. I really think the hardest part is just getting in.
  7. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Yes this is true. Both the accelerated and non-accelerated group can take the NCLEX for the AND/LVN/LPN (what ever you call it in your state) after pediatrics. As I posted previously
  8. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    You cannot take the NCLEX for your RN until you are finished with the program. However all students can take the LVN/LPN/ADN (every part of the country calls it something different) after you have finished pediatrics. ******* told us this yesterday. So for the accelerated program this will be after the August to October trimester of 2011 which is trimester number 4. FOr the regular program this will be after trimester number 5 so it will be after Feb 2012. So I must be wrong about no clinicals the first year for accelerated. I just know that in the accelerated program we start clinicals the very first day of school. Then Yolanda said that if you are not in the accelerated program you would not need your uniform, police report, and other stuff right away. I don't know when the non accelerated people start clinicals.
  9. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Yes they said some hospitals will accept the copy of the police report. Other schools want the original and will not accept the copy. The cost 1.50 each so I am probably going to get at least a half a dozen to be safe. She rattled off a bunch of different hospitals where clinicals will be held but none of the hospitals meant anything to me. Those of us that are in the accelerated program start clinicals August 2nd the day school starts. So we have to make sure we have everything like police certificates and uniforms and all the rest. Those of you that are not in the accelerated program have another year to get that stuff.
  10. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    A dorm? Are you planning to live there the whole year? Can I ask how much that will cost per month? I'll have to post more later when I have details in front of me about orientation. It has been a loooong day and I had 5 hours sleep last night. It seemed everyone at orientation was a bit tired today. After orientation labsrock and I spent the rest of the day translating the rental contract, making copies of the rental contract getting keys made, and getting the grand tour of the neighborhood while out new landloard showed us ever nook and crany. Wanda was awesome but it was a long day. We were with her over 7 hours today which was a lot. So you can get the health cert literally from any doctor anywhere. The police certificate you can get at the station next to Plaza Las Americas and they cost 1.50 cents each and it was suggested to have several of the originals on hand because you will need them for clinicals. We registered for classes today and I signed up for all the suggested 1st trimester classes on the accelerated track plus a beginning Spanish class. ;-) The orientation was presented by the director. It was way more organized than I ever could have imagined and it went smooth except it was 2.5 hours which was a bit long. Then actually going to register was at least another hour so it was an ordeal. It was a very productive day between orientation and registration and signing a lease and writing a check for a deposit. I clocked out apartment and it is 1/2 a kilometer or 1/3 of a mile from school. I think I will bike it. Anyway I am whipped and heading off to bed. When I have more energy and the the papers in front of me I can provide more info like the adress to purchase the uniforms or the exact classes we were instructed to register for. Oh and it is very clear that if you have a Bachelors degree you will be doing the accelerated program.
  11. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    I looked at 3 places that were all 2 bedroom, 1 bath. One was 775 and the other 2 were 750. They are a little more expensive than what we were budgeting but they are 1/4 mile from the school and really nice. "E" said I would find places this nice anywhere else.
  12. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Cahoon you are not alone. I am another one of those non Spanish speakers. But I have yet to meet a person outside the University and my hotel who does not speak English. What are you finding? I have been here since Tuesday as well and I may be wrong but I think you are the one who flew out from SLC with Benny26?! I looked at some apartments today that you looked at yesterday and I am 99% sure we are taking one of them. Tomorrow there will be at least 8 of us from allnurses.com and I am sure a ton of others not from the board. designer-mommy just informed me that two more people from allnurses.com are on there way to the guest house I am staying at. She asked if I would accompany them in the morning to orientation. So 4 of us will be arriving together tomorrow. Cahoon have you found any places that you really like as far as places to live?
  13. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Preface: This is going to be log. I typed it on the train and ferry. Wow, what an awesome day! So I was waiting for my future roommate, labsrock, to arrive from FL when his travel plans were a bit delayed so I got a late start. I got down to the ferry at 10:31 just as the 10:30 ferry was pulling away from the dock. So I had an hour to kill and spent it sipping wonderful Puerto Rican coffee at the Café Cala'o next to the ferry. Then I did the ferry -> train -> trolley (shuttle) route and finally ended up at the school. By the way the trolley that you take when you exit the Cupey train station has Interamericana written all over it. The shuttle is free and provided by Interamericana and runs every 30 minutes. So I asked where the nursing dept was which of course was a big deal because again no one speaks English. It is not that I expect them to speak English only that I find it odd that the guy at the grocery store, all the people that work at the train/subway/metro station, the people at the ferry, the woman working at the drug store, etc all these people speak English. Then you go to a higher education establishment and they don't. It just seems so backwards. I definitely plan to learn Spanish as I found today amongst a group of people that all spoke English very well that when they are together as a group they will speak Spanish. So I wandered off and spoke English to the son. Also it will be a huge benefit to be trilingual when I return to CA. So I found the nursing school and was told to fill out some forms and then come back tomorrow for orientation. I asked where I could do the health certificate and the woman (sorry I already forgot her name) said anywhere. I asked if she could give me a specific place and she said we would get all this information at the orientation tomorrow. I asked if I could register and she said that would be done at the orientation tomorrow. So it seems like they will be going over everything tomorrow. In the middle of all this the power went out for about 10 minutes and someone lit a candle. I love it. It is so random. Then the woman told me that my acceptance letter did not state that I was in the accelerated program. She said if I had been admitted to the accelerated program that it would state that on my letter. She asked if they evaluated my transcripts and I said that I thought they had because I was told since I was a Religious Studies minor (went to a Catholic University and it was one extra class to minor) I was not required to take the religious studies class at IAUPR. She tried to call someone but the phone rang and rang and she said we would deal wit it tomorrow but I should not be worried. And now that I am here I really am not worried. It will work out. Heck I have over 250 units, which is a heck of a lot of units. 120 is a Bachelors and 60 is a Masters so I have the equivalent of 2 Bachelors or a Bachelors and 2 Masters. Anyway that was not the part of the day that was supper amazing. It starts here. Than I went over to meet "E." I had sent him an Amazon gift certificate when I was accepted as a thank you and I just wanted to introduce myself. E is such a character. He was so appreciative of the Amazon cert and was drawn to me as a person. He is very spiritual but can't let his colleagues know as it is a Catholic University and most Puerto Ricans in general are really religious. He liked my aura. I wear a bracelet that represents 9 different religions and religion like systems. It is like the Believe bumper sticker or the Tolerance bumper sticker. And I wear an Om necklace. He was drawn to me and I was getting a kick out of him. Anyway he was appreciative and decided to give me a tour of the campus. Then I was talking about looking for an apartment. He was going on his lunch and he said I should check out the apartments in Las Cumbres right next to the school. Then he offered to drive me there. The gate to the entrance was up so we drove in. There was one place that was for rent and had a number listed. The next thing I knew "E" was calling the number and the real estate agent was on her way over to show us the apartment and some others. She showed us 3 places and "E" was saying that these places are really nice and I should jump on one of them as I will not find anything else this nice in PR. So my roommate is flying in this evening just after midnight and we will meet the real estate agent first thing tomorrow morning before we go to orientation. So then "E" dropped me back off at school and just so all of you know he was actually done with work. He was supposed to be in a class but he had decided not to go even before I was in the picture. So, this is not why the IAUPR staff is not reachable when we call. Sorry this is so long. I typed it on the train and the ferry. I still plan to post tomorrow after the orientation. Hopefully it will not be this long.
  14. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Nope I have not done that yet. I may try to do that Monday. I'll ask them at the school tomorrow. So I am amazed that very few people at the school speak English because every single person I came in contact with today spoke English. There is not a single person from the hair stylist to the police man I asked directions to or anyone else of the 2 dozen or more people that I came in contact with. Every single person spoke English except the people that work at my hotel but they are from the Dominican Republic. I am not quite sure why the people at the university do not speak English. I find that odd. Everyone on the island speaks English except the people that work in higher education. The people here are sooooo friendly. I love it. They are so helpful as well and go out of their way often. I found the public transportation clean and efficient. Although I will get a car or a scooter. From the little I have seen of the roads and the drivers I would feel fine on a scooter. Although the humidity would drive me into a car. If anyone is coming to SJ in advance and wants to do it on the cheap I suggest the Fortaleza Guest House in Old San Juan. It is 40 USD a night and Old San Juan is so, so cute. To get into town you walk 3 or 4 blocks to the ferry that leaves on the 1/2 hour, every hour from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM. The ferry stops at the Hato Rey train station and you can either jump on the train or take a bus. The ferry costs 1 USD each way. The train I only took once and it was .75 cents. I will post a little review of the orientation after Friday and Midwest I'll let you know what I find out about the health cert.
  15. ChanelCinq

    Puerto Rico school feedback?

    Well I am in San Juan. This very moment I am in Amado salon in Plaza Las Americas getting my hair cut and colored. Well I have to find a salon sooner or later so it may as well be sooner. After this I am going to head over to the school. I tried to open up a bank account today but was told I needed the rental agreement of the place I will be living. Well it looks like the bank account will be later. So who will be at orientation on Friday? I know it will be: ChanelCinq designer-mommy labsrock Benny26 Anyone else I don't know about? Oh and it is confirmed that Verizon does NOT work here at all. I have spoken to Verizon 1/2 a dozen times and they convinced me not to cancel service and that Verizon worked in San Juan. They said not the whole of PR but that San Juan was 100% covered by Verizon and that all aspects of my smart phone would work. Well they were wrong. NOTHING on my phone works except out of network calls at .69 a minute. By the way someone was looking for yoga on the beach. I picked up this free magazine called "Natural Awakenings" and the back has a listing of a bunch of different yoga classes. I saw "Vinyasa Yoga at the Beach" at Parque del Indigo, Condado through Rasa Yoga and the telephone listed is 274-0061. Mike I didn't see any Bikram in this magazine, sorry. I may have to get you hooked on Jivamukti and most certainly AcroYoga.
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