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    The cohorts for BAC/BSN have increased to 24 if not more since I graduated. There is a waitlist but there are always people dropping off the list, getting accepted to another school or even dropping down to traditional. It will be an intense 2 years. Clinicals start during your first nursing classes...The BAC/BSN does the same amount of clinical hours, same amount of papers, same amount of tests the traditional students do, only we do it in half the time. If a traditional class is 16 weeks long, we did it in 8 weeks. We lost 50% of our cohort by the time we graduated. I have to agree that everyone of them worked, most worked around three days a week. On the other hand out of the rest of us that graduated there were people working 3 days a week. It comes down to how much time you prioritize on studying. You can be dropped from the program for failing a course, usually you will get dropped to traditional program. It's a great program, it flies by really fast and you'll be ready for the boards as soon as your done. I've already passed my boards and have a job lined up. But it's no joke, it's going to be the hardest program you ever done, your first test requires you to read 20 chapters before the first day of class...you'll have 4 days to write a paper compared to 2 weeks the traditional students get...and the papers are graded very thoroughly. Even the traditional program loses a lot of students almost equal to what we lost. My advice plan on getting to school early (we got there around noon), studying in the library on days we had lecture. Find a group and start studying from day 1, they have a peer-buddy program now, use it. Ask the cohorts ahead of you what to expect. By a digital recorder, use a laptop to take notes, have a flash drive handy all the time! You will have to skip vacations, weddings, etc. and give up going out, because you'll need to read and study and write papers, if you're not willing to do that then don't waste your time and money. All I can say it's do-able, this coming from a BAC/BSN student who is now an alum :)
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    Pearsonvue "Trick". Is this TRUE? Does it Work Every Time??

    It worked for me, I didn't think it would, was skeptical when I did it yesterday, but this morning paid the 7.95 for the quick results and passed!
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    I think, that once you start the application process they give you 60 days or something to take the entrance test. Maybe one of the others that has taken it recently can expand on that more. When I took it you could take it whenever. Then they changed it soon after I started. So if they give you a time period, then plan accordingly on when to take it, so that you're not rushed and have time to refresh on some of the content. The math really isn't that bad, it's just you don't use it that often. I have a Bach in Accounting so math is one of my strong points, but when I first looked at the review book, I was like...uh when did I do this stuff last, seriously it was like 7th grade, going from fractions to decimals and back again, etc. But the review book is a good refresher!
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    foreign nursing grad struggling???

    If its not what you want, then Yes, look for another job. When you go to the interviews ask what type of orientation program they have, how long, and classes, etc. Even ask to shadow a nurse on a shift for the floor you are interviewing on. You need to find the right fit where you can be happy about doing the work. Don't settle for a position that you are not happy in, diba?
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    Most Useful Non-Nursing Course(s)

    I would have to agree with a lot of the ones repeated already. Typing class (mine was done in high school), Computer classes to be at least proficient on the computer. Depending on your position...Excel for scheduling and accounting (my first undergrad is in accounting/management). Spanish, and any other language that fits the population of your organization. Anything that helps!
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    Where do you wear your stethoscope

    Roy Fokker, Thanks for the link, I was thinking about getting one of those! Just never have heard/seen anyone using it! I already do the hemostat + tape also!
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    I'm *really* worried about my job... Need advice (long)

    You may not be on the fast track to being fired...but you are now under scrutiny. It sounds like you are having doubts about continued employment, which is understanding. Remember being professional is the right thing to do in all situations, even if it's casual conversation on the floor. With all that being said, I would be doing less overtime there and trying to find a registry position just in case...besides it might be time to expand your experiences, just one way to look at it :)
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    Island Fever

    Aloha all! Love the examples about the cost of dwellings! Remember it's an Island and space is limited. Something you'll soon realize after being there for a while and having drove around the entire Island in less than a day. Shipping things to the Island...If you've ever ordered something online or from a catalog, you'll notice the shipping exceptions: they usually don't include Hawaii, and if they do it's at an increased cost. Economy is bad on the mainland, and it's bad on the Island. Google "Tent City Hawaii" and you'll see what I'm talking about. The ones that live in the Tent cities say that they are "house-less not homeless, because Hawaii is there home" with that being said...living in Hawaii is a way of life. Yes it's part of the United States...but it has it's own culture. If you are going it would be in your best interest to try to understand the lingo...Yes English is spoken, but "pigdin" is a mix of English, Hawiian and Slang that the Locals and residents use on a day-to-day basis. It's like another language. I moved back multiple times, doing work from construction to tour guide driver. It's doable but like anything there will be change. You'll give up some things to acquire different things: such as beach, water, and sun! I look at it this way, it's a paradise and lots of people want to live in paradise. Meaning that for every job there is a lot of applicants and competition...and that is for every job there. Not unlike the situation over here on the mainland due to the economy. But, if it's your dream, you can make it your vision and make it reality. Not gonna be easy, but then the best things in life are never easy! Maika'I pomaika'i (good luck)
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    Can a shy person become a good nurse?

    That's the spirit DaynaDawn, Take your vision, make some goals to reach it and you'll be fine. There will be some bumps along the way, but remember you already did the hard part by taking the first step towards your vision. Remember when you get to nursing school just break it down to the class your in, the assignment needed done. It's more manageable breaking it down into steps rather than looking at the entire program.... I started my program which is an accelerated program, twice as fast as a traditional program. When we first started lot of my classmates choose to look at as having 18 months and 18 classes. I choose to look at it in a positive light: We were taking 3 classes, so to me that meant after these 3 classes I only had 15 left. I also recalled my vision of becoming a nurse, and was just thankful of being in the nursing program. Now, after this current class (last Fall class), this Spring I have just 2 more classes and Role Transition left. Keep positive, remember your vision and you'll get there!
  10. I would have to agree with JBmommy, On the top 3 criteria: Entrance test, Science grade and GPA. With that being said don't try to do much if it cuts into your time for getting good grades on your pre-reqs. From what I've seen in my experience with my classmates neither volunteer or experience mattered...but the GPA and entrance test did. They first evaluated your credits, if you met the minimum requirements you were able to take the entrance test. At my University you only have one chance to take and pass the entrance exam. It seems like you have a full load already with classes and work and family. Don't overload yourself even more, concentrate on the classes your in now and next semester.
  11. It might help, and it couldn't hurt. I know I had experience working as a PCT, but I also know students that have no experience in the health care field or any volunteer work. It just depends on your school. I will say that working as a CNA will give you more confidence when it is time to start clinicals and interacting with patients. Is it necessary? Again some of my fellow class mates have no experience with direct patient contact. I think it has to do with the school, if there are places for the info on the application, then it might be a good idea to have something to put...besides you want your application to stand out from others!
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    Can a shy person become a good nurse?

    DaynaDawn, Guess what? You are going to learn what to do in nursing school! You may not grow out of being a quiet person...but you'll grow into being a nurse! Just like you grew into being a mother! If it's your dream, then go for it!
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    CNA vs PCT Training

    Hi JinBun77, At my hospital they had CNA's and PCT's. Usually the CNA's were on lower acuity floors with less procedures for patients. Like Miwila stated PCT's are trained in different area's. At my hospital the PCT's are Phlebotomists as well as EKG techs. It looks like the program that is for 6 months would be the PCT where they train you as a CNA and Phlebotomist and possibly EKG tech in one program. At my hospital a CNA could be trained on the job for a PCT position (of course my state is Illinois). In my opinion, being a PCT and graduating next semester with my BSN, the phlebotomy experience I've had is very valuable. It will give you confidence when starting IV's, finding veins, etc. Even being able to do an EKG...On the other side being a CNA is valuable experience also, you get the feel of working in the hospital, and come clinical time in school you'll be more confident in dealing with patients. Either way you'll get lots of exposure... If all there asking for is CNA certs go with that, you might be able to move up and cross train as a PCT. Plus its quicker and you can start work sooner! I think either way you'll be fine, and it's a good start to nursing school! Good luck!
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    Island Fever

    Aloha All! I would have to say I'm blessed to have been able to experience both worlds, Living in Hawaii and Vacationing in Hawaii! I'm Native Hawaiian and have a huge Ohana (family) in Hawaii. Kama'aina for those of you that have lived there or have friends there, are rates that our different than that tourists pay...it can be from local stores to hotel chains to tickets for events. So that's a plus...Kinda like being in Chicago and showing your I.D. to get discount rate into the Shed or Museum of Art, etc. For me and my family, my wife and I are both RN's, moving back to Hawaii would be something we talk about quite often in the past. The reality is we have a better quality of living staying here on the mainland than moving to Hawaii...It would be better for us to buy a condo in Honolulu and vacation than move...but that is our opinion, our situation. I have family that work in a variety of fields in Hawaii, it's just plain expensive...but that can be held true of anywhere...depending on the job market. I will say this...there is definitely a difference from living in Hawaii and Vacationing in Hawaii... for further research look at this link and talk to some locals, http://www.city-data.com/forum/hawaii/ As for traffic, like any other city, its a mad house during rush hour...period! As for me, I've been back there 3 times to live, and every time I moved back to the mainland...maybe when we're older and the kids are grown up, but till then just to many opportunities on the mainland to compare...
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    Questions for current Chamberlain students

    Hi lizzle818, If you have a bachelors already you pretty much are just stuck with getting loans. You still need to fill out a FASFA form, and then you can receive loans through the school...I believe the loan amount is 10,500 Freshman & Sophomore, then it goes up to 12,500 for Junior and Senior level. If your tuition is more then you usually have to take out a personal/private education loan...which different banks have different types of education loan programs. This is pretty much based on my experience from being a student in an Accelerated program after having a bachelors from another school already, we don't get the grants and stuff like before because we have our undergrad degree. hope this helps...