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    Maricopa CEP (Summer 2019 Start)

    Well, we are about a week into the application period for the next CEP placement. Figured now is a good time to start this thread as I'm sure applications will start flooding in after the current semester ends. Hoping to apply (first time) to NAU/CGCC with right around 82/100 points.
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    Maricopa CEP (Summer 2019 Start)

    I'm applying to CGCC/NAU I'm still waiting for my grades and its killing me lol That's awesome!! Which program?
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    Maricopa CEP Spring 2019

    Maricopa's nursing website has a ton of information and can answer just about every question you could have about admissions for both the ADN and the CEP BSN programs. Problem is, it's not an easy site to navigate and simply not user-friendly. Below are some links (all came from the Maricopa Nursing Website) to bring you right to specific info you may be after. (These requirements may change slightly in a month or so, I will update the post with current hyperlinks when the become available) Maricopa Nursing Website MaricopaNursing Programs | Academic & Student Affairs | Maricopa Community Colleges Maricopa ADN (Associates) Admission Requirements Page: Admission Requirements | Academic & Student Affairs | Maricopa Community Colleges Maricopa ADN Application Packet: https://asa.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/Generic_Program_Application_2018_0.pdf Maricopa CEP (Concurrent Enrollment Program (BSN)) page: Concurrent Enrollment Programs (CEP) | Academic & Student Affairs | Maricopa Community Colleges ^^ The brochures from each university outline what the specific Pre/Co-requisites are required for admissions and which classes are considered for GPA calculation. (Ex. NAU requires the pre-req HCR 240 Human Pathophysiology. Whereas ASU, UIU, and OU do not.) CEP Admissions Rubric: https://asa.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/CEPRubric.June_.2017.pdf ^This outlines exactly where the points are coming from when calculating your admissions score. CEP Application Packet: https://asa.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/fall.2017.CEP_.APP_.MJS_.pdf Using these links I have been able to accurately calculate my score for admissions. I spoke with the Nursing Advisor once just to be sure the info I had gathered was complete and accurate and she confirmed I was on the right track. Nursing is a popular major, the advisors often are overwhelmed and are slow to respond to questions through no fault of their own. Doing a little digging has paid off big for me and allowed me to stay on track with a thorough understanding of how the admissions process works. Hopefully, this will help those who are looking for the same info.
  4. So not all of us knew from day one that we wanted to be nurses. Some of us decided to take the scenic route to the career (there is a great article on this here on The Nursing Niche. This route can leave someone feeling a bit behind when it comes to experience, and this feeling only intensifies when it comes to putting this experience on paper for our resume. Now while yes schooling provides you the knowledge and even a bit of experience in the nursing world, some of us want to try to become employed as a CNA or PCA while trying to obtain our nursing degree. Whether your a new-grad looking to land your first position as a RN, or a pre-nursing student trying to put your foot in the door to help pay for school as well as gain a bit of experience, writing a resume is the first step to getting you an interview and hopefully getting you the job. Transferable skills: One mistake I see quite often is listing out the specific job duties of a previous job/career that is completely unrelated. For example: (in a resume applying for a retail management opening) ABC Recycling Co. - May 2001-September 2010 Driver/Operator -Drove assigned route daily to ensure the timely pickup of residential and commercial waste -Adhered to state and federal regulations while properly disposing of waste at dump sites -Operated front loading truck valued at $90,000 Now when writing this, I'm sure the individual was thinking "this shows I'm responsible, can follow orders and I'm reliable". While yes it is true, why dance around it by elaborating on these unrelated tasks wasting valuable space on the resume? Hoping that the hiring manager will "read between the lines" is not an effective strategy to landing an interview. To better convey this message, I always suggest the "combination resume" to those looking to transfer careers. A "combination resume" allows you to better highlight your Transferable skills rather than highlighting the specific tasks. A sample of a combination resume SKILLS section would look like this (using the same info as above) SKILLS: Responsibility - Operated and maintained equipment valued over $90,000 - Another example from other job etc etc. Reliability -Example -Example Using this type of format you are actually doing multiple things effectively. You are saving that valuable space on your resume. You are also highlighting the very skills the job posting was looking for and using your previous experience in other careers to support your claim to those skills. The Ever Evolving Resume If there was only one piece of advice I could offer it would be, never throw out or delete a resume and you should never submit the same resume over and over again (okay that's two but you get the point). When writing your first resume, you should write it as a "Master Copy". Something that can easily be edited and tailored to a specific job posting. When editing your resume for a specific posting its actually good practice to copy the "qualifications", "experience" and any other section that describes exactly what they are looking for and paste those sections into a word document to put up next to your resume. Next you want to take those key words or phrases (i.e. looking for a kind, compassionate, individual who can work with little to no supervision) and insert them directly in your resume (either under skills, experience etc). Preferably you want to put these words towards the top and use them to pull the hiring manager into the rest of your resume. In doing this you can ensure that your resume will effectively convey that YOU have what they are looking for in a employee and that because you meet all the qualifications you should be brought in for further interviewing. Last but not least... organization There's no doubt that when you are writing a resume there needs to be a "flow" to it. If you keep in mind that you are writing this resume for someone who is very busy, has a ton of other resumes to read, and is late for lunch, you will be able to keep your statements clear and concise and increase your chances of that manager seeing what they want to see and scheduling the interview. If the first section of your resume looks like this article, chances are the resume will get a quick glance and then tossed to the side. But if you build that resume to be read with a quick glance at first and then more in depth for the truly interested it allows you to effectively "bait" the manager in and then reel them in with the rest of the resume. All in all... Everybody is different, so everyone's resumes should be different. However this isn't the case, too many people look online or use templates and just change a few words around. This does not make the resume personable and creates a clear barrier between the person on paper and the person you truly are. Word these resumes the same way you would speak with the interviewer. Use templates for formatting only and allow the resume to reflect YOU. Remember the purpose of a resume is to get you an interview, nothing says you are a true BS'er more than a resume that doesn't match the person it's representing.
  5. Alright I'm in need of some help and opinions, Well I am leaving the military soon and returning to Michigan. Being a husband and father, providing for my family is priority number 1. But it wasn't until recently that I finally realized what want to do (or at least a general idea which is a big step since I've been clueless on what I want to do for a career). First let me say that I will not be able to use my GI bill for school (long story... nothing bad just a deceptive recruiter) so all my schooling will be paid thru financial aid and loans. Being the sole provider while my wife goes to school has put the burden of being a "working student" on my shoulders. I have no problem pulling this off mainly because I REFUSE to let myself get stuck in a minimum wage dead end job without an education. After speaking to a "Life consultant" trying to figure where I fit in the world, I decided I love to help, and make a difference in peoples lives and also I have a great leadership ability. Combining these things naturally brought me to healthcare administration. Now with most administrator jobs out there requiring a bachelors and the real money is with a masters, I cant afford to work on minimum wage (or close to it), support a family, and go to school for 4-6 years or longer. Not to mention if I did go that route I would be entering the healthcare industry with a bachelors/masters degree and ZERO experience. So decided to adapt, I grew up in a family of nurses, so it dawned on me that maybe I should give that a try, and this fits into my "life plan" two ways, 1) Obtaining an Associates will get me into a stable career much faster 2) I can continue school while working as an RN and follow the healthcare admin route if I'm still interested AND I will be gaining experience in the Healthcare industry. Plus there is a very real chance that I will enjoy being a nurse and just further my education in the nursing field. Now I know the 2 year program can be more like 4 but I SHOULD have majority of my pre-reqs done before I return (which is in a month or so) because I can CLEP out of almost all of them under HFCC's program (and really any other community colleges pre reqs i can clep out of). The questions I have are, Does this seem like a realistic plan? What south east Michigan community college has the best nursing program? Whats the likeliness of getting hired with only an associates degree in these times? Any other info, tips, advice is greatly appreciated.
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    WCCCD Pre/Co requisite suggested course load

    English 1 English 2 HA&P 1 HA&P 2 Microbiology Intro to Psychology (Completed via CLEP test which I passed today!) Intro to Nutrition Med Measurements&Math Pathophysiology Lifespan Development American Development So these are all the pre/co requisites that are required in the program, I do plan to CLEP a few more of these classes but lets say I didn't, I'm wondering what would be a good balanced course load that wouldn't overwhelm me but also get them done as quickly as possible. Any suggestions? Also does anyone know if since I CLEP'd out of one of my prereqs will that hurt my GPA score to get into the program?
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    University of Michigan BSN program

    Traditional BSN Program - Sophomore Transfer Students | University of Michigan School of Nursing hope this helps
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    Quick question

    you can do this a number of ways, it really depends on the style of your resume. The simplest way would be sub-bullets, it would look something like this 12/2001 - 05/2005 Mercy United Hope Hospial Springville OK -12/2001 to 04/2003 Sample department nurse -04/2003 to 05/2005 Sample department nurse That would be the most simple way to do it, and just because its simple doesn't mean it isn't effective!
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    WCCCD Spring 2013 Hopeful!!

    I second that, good luck to everyone, and Wen902 I'm surprisingly on track and hope to be ready to go for next year!
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    Win CASH! 12th Nursing Caption Contest - $100

    It's simple, whoever gets the bigger half of the wishbone owns the land
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    Attaching a resume when the application is a fill in/cookie cutter form

    Your right it is used to look for key words and help weed out the non qualified. But these online apps can be used to your advantage because of that very reason. Tailor your resume to include those exact key words that were used in the job description.And a cover letter is always a good idea. Including one with an attached copy of your resume will only help. Once the computer says "this is a qualified individual" then the attached documents will be seen by a actual human and that is your chance to seperate yourself from the other applicants.
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    Critique for new grad resume- much appreciated

    Well I really like your work history section. You didn't waste time describing the specific tasks of each of your previous jobs that may be irrelevant to the nursing job your applying for. However your PROFESSIONAL PROFILE, while written very nicely, it reads like a book. Remember who is looking at your resume. This person is probably very busy and could very well be looking at hundreds of other resumes. So keeping that in mind, my suggestion is to trim down that section to a few lines/bullets. The wording is great but just try to condense or even leave off a bit of the extra. Lastly, I always tell people who are trying to switch careers to look at whats called a "Combination resume". This style resume really allows for you to highlight alot of the Transferable Skills you have obtained from previous jobs or life experiences (i.e. volunteering) without going into depth the duties of your previous jobs. While yes the duties them selves are irrelevant, there will always be some skill you have learned that can transfer to your new career. These are just my suggestions but like I always say, make sure your resume reflects you. You can get all the help in the world with your resume and it could be the best resume out there and land you the interview. But if the person on paper doesn't match up with the person in the seat, the chances of getting that job drop dramatically. Good luck and let me know if you need more info.
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    Please, Please, Please Critique!!! ;)

    My suggestions... Hopeful Student 1234 ABC Dr. Happyland US, 12345 Cell: (999) 555-1234 Email: hopefull.student@email.com SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS (not all inclusive, add and remove things as they apply) Highly focused, motivated, and committed professional (state any certs that you hold that were SPECIFICALLY asked for in job posting) Passionate about providing patient-focused care in compliance with standards of care. Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team. CLINICAL EXPERIENCE/ PRACTICUM These experiences provided the opportunity to strengthen my acquired fundamental skills to provide appropriate and accurate care to my patients. I built upon my assessment, planning and evaluation skills of general patient data. Coordinated care planning based on prioritization, delegation, acuity level and available resources to promptly carry out physician orders. Skills implemented, while following standard precautions, included medication administration, wound assessments and dressing changes, IV initiation, catheter insertion/removal, head to toe/focused assessments, patient teaching and therapeutic communication. Practium Hospital, city state 8th floor Orthopedics (120 Clinical hours) Fall 2012 Clinical Rotations, hospital, city state (Under clinical instructor supervision) Fall 2010- Spring 2011 - Med Surg/ Telemetry -CCU - Emergency Department - Labor and Delivery - Postpartum - NICU - Surgical - Mental Health WORK EXPERIENCE (word these bullets how you please, I didn't do the jobs so I don't have very many suggestions, just think about what you did and figure what would transfer to the job your applying for i.e. customer service can relate to patient care, if you were the safety rep you can use that, think of all the extra "hats" you have wore (especially in the army)) Store 03/2008- 12/2010 Accountant Clerk Securely processed and prepared checks and monies for accurate bank deposits Corresponded with team members to complete daily duties in a timely manner Provided excellent customer service and critical thinking skills to provide an optimal outcome United States Army 5/2004- 9/2007 Unit Supply Specialist Skilled in the areas of accountability, supply management and customer service. Delegated tasks, instructed and supervised company employees. Evaluated information obtained to determine the needs of the company. EDUCATION Happyville University Associate of Science in Nursing Degree, completion date-December 2012 (your not expected you WILL graduate show confidence) Happyville High School High School Diploma May 2004 CERTIFICATIONS BLS/ACLS Certified Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma FEMA: ICS-100, ICS-200 for Health Care/Hospitals, IS-00700.a NIMS PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Nurse Association (ANA) National Student Association (NSA) Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (KANS) If you want to keep this format this is how I would go, but I also suggest you look at whats called a "combination resume". Its very similar to what you have here but think of it as a 2 part resume. Your SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS tells them what makes you qualified, and your EXPERIENCE or RELEVANT SKILLS contains the situations that prove your qualified (EXPERIENCE is different from WORK HISTORY) A combination resume will allow you to not focus so much on the specific duties of previous jobs and focus more on the skills you have obtained. If I have confused you here is an example, SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: - Maintain current ABC DEF and GHI qualifications - Passionate, caring professional with a "patient first, patient always" mentality - etc. etc. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Compassion: - Volunteered over 200 hours last year with organizations such as American red cross etc. - Add as many bullets as you need in these areas Sanitization: - Ensured the sanitation of dormitory buildings, keeping over 750 soldiers safe and healthy Etc.: - etc etc etc. then work experience but it would just include the company name, your position, dates worked and maybe address. Then include the rest of what is on your other resume like your education, certs, professional affiliations, etc. These are just suggestions, remember to make sure the resume reflects YOU so when your being interviewed, they don't see a different person on paper than who's in the chair in front of them.
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    Please, Please, Please Critique!!! ;)

    Organization is off a bit. I would have my work experience after the clinical experience section and the education after that then the rest. Next your objective bullets should be only one bullet, "resume experts" don't even consider the objective necessicary in alot of cases. I still keep an objective in mine but it's one short sentence. However you did a good job with the wording of those bullets. As far as your non nursing experience I would highlight the "transferrable skills" you have from previous jobs.I'm commenting on my iPhone right now so I will gladly come back and finish my critique once i get to my pc
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    Please, Please, Please Critique!!! ;)

    Organization is off a bit. I would have my work experience after the clinical experience section and the education after that then the rest. Next your objective bullets should be only one bullet, "resume experts" don't even consider the objective necessicary
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    skills to list for telemetry resume

    Unless specifically asked for, no, cover letters are not absolutely necessarily but if given the option why not? When filling out an application online or even when your in person and the person who will be looking at your resume isn't available, it can be really hard to make your resume personable. The cover letter may just be your chance to introduce yourself and put a personality to the resume.
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    Resume from a real estate agent, bad idea?

    Coming from someone who has spent a lot of time with HR managers, recruiters, and hiring managers from various career fields I can't disagree with this more. While yes people may not look at realtors in the most positive manner, you can't build your resume on the assumption or fear of your potential employer being one of the "incompetent few". Now whether or not to list your actual "license" when applying is debatable. The holding of the license itself is not too relevant to the nursing field (other than you have shown you can meet qualifications to actually hold some type of state regulated license) so it is really your call but personally I wouldn't due to its irrelevance. The EXPERIENCE as a realtor on the other hand I would list. You have shown that you are personable, can gain the trust of people (enough that allowed them to trust you with assisting them in buying a house which is a pretty big deal), and can be responsible for the correct handling of the home buying process. Not to mention you worked while going through nursing school which is an incredible feat in of itself and shows incredible time management and performance under stress. My point is while buying a house and ensuring a patient receives the correct and accurate amount of medication are two completely different tasks, there are transferable skills you have gained while working as a relator that you shouldn't leave out of the resume. Writing a resume can be awkward because you have to "sell yourself" or "brag" but don't be afraid to show the confidence. Now I couldn't speak to the having to forfeit your real estate license upon hire. While I have never heard of this, I don't know if that could be a policy of the hospital or law of the state, but it would be worth doing a bit of digging to find out.
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    The Nursing Niche

    I actually just reached that point in my life, I've been floating since graduating high school. Unable to complete a degree because I lose interest. It got so bad that my wife started ignoring me whenever I would get excited about a job or career I came across, if my sentence began with "I think I want to do" or "you know I think I would like that" she would instantly tune me out. She would just wait for me to quit dreaming and then say "give it a month". Sad part was, it was true, a month later I would find something else I would wanna try out. With the help of a "life consultant" I realized that helping people is what makes me happy and after some looking I found nursing and while its still early (pre-nursing student right now), it makes sense. Nursing "clicks" in my brain and in my heart, and I'm happy to see I'm not the only one who discovered it like this.
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    Michigan Level I Trauma Centers

    Well I was hoping to get some insight from people who worked or know people who worked at any of the Michigan level 1 trauma centers (particularly SE Michigan but all are welcome) How was it? What was it like day to day? Hours? Fun or exciting or just way to much to handle? I'm just beginning my journey in the nursing world but after some research I think I want to become a flight nurse, which requires experience in the ER or ICU and I figured a level 1 trauma center would be the best to get extenisve experience (who knows I may love it there and just stay). So anyone have any insight, stories, opinions, tips, or any other thoughts?
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    Tough decision and rough transition into healthcare industry

    WOW its pretty crazy your going the exact route I want to go, how hard is it to get accepted to U of M Flint's RN-BSN program? Did they give you any guidelines to follow as far as gpa etc? Do you know how long the program is? I would love to go straight from WC3 to UofM Flint but I really don't know if I will be able to pull of working during WC3's nursing program let alone a bridge program. So I don't know if i can go that long without job go bring home a paycheck for the family (unless my wife gets a rockin job). But anyways that is a long ways away, I still have to schedule my intro to psychology clep that I keep putting off studying and times running out!
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    Tough decision and rough transition into healthcare industry

    I have heard this, I'm trying to get an idea of which ones do this. Now I was reading a article on here https://allnurses.com/pre-nursing-student/types-school-accreditation-795237.html and have concerns about WCCCD's nursing program, particularly their national accreditation. Even though I plan to work in Michigan, my concern is later down the road if I plan to transfer to a RN-BSN program, will WCCCD's lack of accreditation prevent me from transferring to say UofM Flint? or any other Universities in Michigan. Anyone have any info?
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    Tough decision and rough transition into healthcare industry

    Well actually I'm still in the USAF for about a month longer so I can take the Clep tests for free, so I'm currently doing that now and trying to Clep out of as many pre/co reqs I can before the next semester. I'm currently working on intro to psych, English, and bio right now
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    Tough decision and rough transition into healthcare industry

    If I could get into the nursing school earlier that would be a viable route but since it may be a bit I gotta do something in the mean time. I might just end up getting the CNA cert so I can start working. Really I just want to get my foot in the door, the job itself really does not matter (as long as it serves as useful experience towards becoming a RN)
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    Michigan Level I Trauma Centers

    While I am sure there are a few people who are mad they do not get to stick in one area every time, I do believe that that kind of rotation truly improves your ability to do your job. Knowing the full circle of things definitely gives you good perspective and really helps you better understand where you fit in that circle. I appreciate your insight, I just can't wait to get into the career field! Anyone else work in the level 1 centers in Michigan?
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    Tough decision and rough transition into healthcare industry

    That is awesome! how are Clinicals going? and I'm aware of the credit mandate, it's unfortunate but understandable. I'm just worried I wont be able to get a high enough GPA in the Pre/Co reqs to even make it, I'm stressing it more than I thought I would (I have always been a "B" student). Good luck to you and I hope to hear how things are going!