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I am looking for discussion buddies to meet up for tea in the Bay Area to discuss nursing and healthcare.

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  1. What is your job title CNA/Home Health Caregiver (actually not sure of official title!) Where are you located? Oakland, CA What is your hourly wage? $11.00 ($157 for 24 hour live-in shifts) Are you paid shift differentials? No What shift(s) do you usually work? 12 hour shifts or 24 hour live-in shifts What is your current specialty? Geriatric How many years of experience do you have? Two months What is your status (full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN)? Per Diem Are you a pursuing a career as a nurse (RN or LPN)? Will begin a program in the spring to become an RN
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    Advice for 2014 UVA hopeful!!

    Hm.. I'm worried I won't be able to individually message you all and I think we aren't supposed to post direct links, right? So... another way to find it is to go to facebook(.com) / groups / 1443440959204638 Or search for this: UVA CNL CLass of 2016
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    Advice for 2014 UVA hopeful!!

    Ok everyone -- search for the group UVA CNL Class of 2016! It's a closed group so just request to be added!
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    Advice for 2014 UVA hopeful!!

    Hey Keepupwithkaitlyn, I just sent you a PM with a link to my fb account. To start a group I have to invite someone else. Friend me please. :)
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    Advice for 2014 UVA hopeful!!

    Me too me too! Can we form a group on facebook or something? Is it too early for that?
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    Advice for 2014 UVA hopeful!!

    The interview went well--at least I enjoyed it. It was short, friendly and relaxed. What I learned: I want to go to a school that I can believe in and love. I don't mean school spirit, but the mission and the philosophy and I was curious if what is written on the website would come through in the interview. It did! :) I also want to go to a school that is pushing the boundaries of nursing and helping it to evolve to meet the world's needs & the interview confirmed that UVA is striving to do that. I prepared by creating a list of possible questions she might ask me and questions I wanted to ask her and writing down little notes for things I wanted to remember to mention, but when we started talking I ended up getting lost in the conversation and totally forgetting my notes. Oh well. My point is tho---don't stress about it. Just remember why you want to be a nurse and go from there. :) All the best, J
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    UCONN CEIN 2014

    Yaay! I am so happy for you guys who are getting calls! I received an e-mail that they cannot evaluate my application until my last two prerequisite grades are in. This contradicts what they had told me over the summer, but oh well. They also only received one of my recommendations which is odd because all my recommenders confirmed that they sent theirs in and I have a scanned copy from one of them that shows when it was sent and that it was sent to the correct address. Strange! Either way, if I do not get into this other school I am really hoping for, I will take the BIO Clep exam and a research methods course and consider reapplying next year. I hope you guys who got in enjoy the program! Congrats!
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    Oakland CNA

    Hey traumaRUs thank you for the caution. I do not think anyone is planning any legal action unless writing a letter of complaint is considered as such and if it is, please delete my post (I read that I must ask admins to delete posts). I am sorry I was so vague before. My frustrations about Quest Nursing Education in Oakland, CA: - The theory part consists of going around the room reading off of a powerpoint and it was verbatim the same thing I had already read in my textbook. - The classrooms have no ventilation or windows and sometimes smell like pot or cigarette smoke. - Each time I went in to bring paperwork (thinking I had finally done everything to sign up) the person would say "Oh, don't forget your [fingerprints, flu shot, social security card, white shoes]." Each time it was something new and each time I explained I could not forget something I had never been informed that I needed. When I brought in the newly requested documents I would say "Okay, is there anything else I need to do or know or buy or bring?" And there was always something new. - There were around 10 exams during the course which were great preparation for the state boards. However, we were never allowed to review the tests, see what we had gotten wrong, or know the right answers to the questions. We later spoke with the head of the school who said that she would speak with the teacher and change this. - Nobody demonstrated the proper way to do any of the skills. Although the textbook explained the steps, it would have been nice to see each skill performed at least once. We learned a lot during clinical hours from the CNAs we were assigned to follow but they do not do the skills by the book and if we copied their techniques we would fail the state exam. On our own, we found movies online to show us the proper way to do things. - When we showed up to take our state board exam, there had been a miscommunication between our school and the Red Cross and our names were not on the list. We were sent home and rescheduled. This was especially frustrating for those who had paid to put their children in daycare or had taken a day off of work. - When we complained, we were told that we would have to talk to Ms. So-and-So. To which we asked, "Do you have a card for her or any contact information?" The response, "No, I am sorry I am not allowed to give you that information. You can e-mail the address on the website." My e-mails to that address bounced back. - The skills lab lacked necessary equipment for practicing. Because we were rescheduled at a new facility, we were able to see how other schools can make do without supplies: using a jump rope for a call light, a cardboard sink as a prop, etc. They used simple, cheap things but at least they had something. If possible, I would recommend Nightingale Healthcare Professionals in Oakland. This is where we took our state test and they have cleaner facilities, proper equipment (or placeholders to cue the NA), and more than one bed to practice on. They set their students up for success. Hopefully you only read all of that if you were seriously considering signing up for Quest. It is possible that by the time you read this, things will have changed and so I encourage you to go to the school and check it out. Make sure to visit other schools to compare it against (I wish I had done this). I'll close on a good note: - The teachers and clinical instructors were nice and I liked them as people. - The clinical sites were within walking distance to public transportation. - The CPR class was great. - I passed the state boards! Although the school does not offer a pass rate, I can tell you that 5 out of 8 from the class before us passed and 5 out of 6 of our class has passed so far (there are still 6 more that need to take it).
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    Cayuga Community College- Online Courses?

    Hey! Just wanted to write in that I took two more courses through Cayuga: Genetics and Nutrition. They were both great. Like, really, really great. The discussions were thought provoking and my professors provided feedback and seemed like they actually cared about the class. What had frustrated me with Human Development—no actual discussion just requirements for bland posts, and incorrect, vague feedback—was professor specific. Just wanted to clear that up. Best of luck to all!
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    Advice for 2014 UVA hopeful!!

    Just saying hi to everyone waiting for December 21st—hopefully we are future classmates! I have read this message thread a few times now and am hoping for all of us. I watched a documentary last night that I wanted to share with you called The Waiting Room. It documents a day in the ER of a hospital down the street from where I live in Oakland, CA. It shows the need for healthcare reform as people return again and again to the ER for refills for prescriptions and high blood pressure medications—those who cannot get adequate primary care end up needing more costly treatments as their preventable/treatable conditions escalate. The CNA who manages the waiting room also shows what a difference love and kindness can make as the patients navigate the system. It is streaming this week on PBS: Video: The Waiting Room | Watch Independent Lens Online | PBS Video Also, I think Soulshine posted this on another thread a few years ago, but to help with the waiting: The American Nurse Project And my interview is this afternoon! So, so excited!
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    Oakland CNA

    Hi, Be VERY wary of this school. My classmates and I are drafting a letter to the Better Business Bureau to issue a formal complaint. Yes, that is how bad the experience has been for all of us. There is too much to share now, but please stay away from this school. I do not think it should be accredited; I do not even think the building is up to code.
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    UCONN CEIN 2014

    Hey all, I still haven't heard either. I tried e-mailing and didn't hear anything but I just called and they said (very nicely!) that not all acceptances have gone out. As someone else mentioned, it is taking longer than usual because they received more applications than they were expecting. I am trying to be patient because really—a month turn around is still fast compared to other schools. A LOT of work went into meeting their requirements (a few extra classes & sending all supporting documents in one package) so I am eager to at least hear something—yay or nay. I still need to take the Biology CLEP test and a Research Methods class which has been very hard to find. I am sure this makes me less competitive than those who have finished everything. Does anyone else have any outstanding work? All the best! - Julia
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    UCONN CEIN 2014

    Hey, I have not heard back yet and I am worried too. Although I sent everything in, I never received any confirmation that they received everything. Did anyone get any email that ones application is complete? i just called to ask and they said decisions are being mailed out this week and next week. Best of luck to everyone! Julia
  14. Hey, Is anyone else applying this month? Are you a current student or graduate of the program? If so, I would love to ask you some questions about your experience such as: did you graduate feeling prepared? How long did it take you to find a job? Have you gone back for your Master's or pursued it elsewhere? Did you feel like the teacher's wanted you to succeed? What's the UCONN nursing community like? Please, please, please be in touch! - Julia
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    Is this too much to handle?

    After reading the responses, I want to add one more voice: it is possible! I think it totally depends on you, your background, and your schedule. Are you working? Do you have a lot of responsibilities at home? Will you be able to devote at least 80% of your time to studying? This past spring I took Micro Bio, HA&P 1, Chemistry, Statistics and Human Development. I could have done better in two classes (in which I received B+'s) if I had not taken so many at once, but then I wouldn't be able to apply for programs this fall. For me, the trade off was worth it. But, one thing I would definitely recommend: do not schedule all your classes for the same day or the same two days! I did this so I could work the other days. I had three science labs on one day of the week (in addition to two regular classes) and it was too too too too much! If you are a C/B- student I would not take on that course load, but if you usually average A's and B+'s, I think you can do it. Best of luck to you.
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    Cayuga Community College- Online Courses?

    up_a_hill, yes! Good! I am so glad that you had a positive experience. I really think my experience was professor specific. It sounds like you had different requirements which makes me relieved. I am hoping for a more positive experience this summer. I'll try to remember to report back. :)