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  1. studentbear

    LA hospitals: the good and the bad

    I'm planning to relocate to the Los Angeles area after I graduate next year. I have friends and family in LA, so it's not totally foreign to me. Unfortunately none of them work in healthcare, except for a family member who works in dentistry. Anyway, I'm wondering what the reputations are for the various hospitals in the area, including surrounding areas like Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Santa Monica, etc. Word of mouth from other nurses and nursing students seems to be one of the best ways to know which hospitals are not to be passed up and which are best to be avoided. Thanks!
  2. studentbear

    Fear-mongering in nursing school

    You sound pleasant.
  3. studentbear

    Need help deciding where to go (MA)

    First of all, I'm 30 and will be 31 when I graduate next year with my BSN. Please try not to put pressure on yourself to hurry up and finish you degree! I definitely sympathize with you, believe me. But I put a ton of pressure on myself to hurry up and get my career going (got accepted to a BSN at 27) and then ended up being forced to take 2 years off due to health issues. You'll get there when you get there and there will probably be plenty of other "non-traditional" students like you and me in your cohort 🙂 I can't personally speak to the schools you've been accepted to but I am attending a nursing program in Boston. I think you should go with Salem State with the pros/cons you mentioned about each. From what I've heard, plenty of schools don't have preceptorships and some schools (like mine) are beginning to phase them out so IMO it's not a huge deal. Plus, with this covid stuff who knows when we will have face to face clinicals again.
  4. studentbear

    Nursing.com Bundle

    Does anyone have experience with the nursing.com bundle which covers content for pre-nursing through new grad? It's 2 years of access and is about $492. I just wrapped up my junior year of nursing school and it seems like it would be nice to have something to prep for NCLEX (obvi not yet) as well as content review. I do well with structure for content review rather than just going over my notes. I know Uworld, Kaplan, etc. are all popular options but I'm specifically interested in this nursing.com bundle.
  5. I'm set to graduate next year and planning to relocate to another state across country shortly thereafter. I know sometimes it can take a little time to get an ATT. I'm wondering whether it would make more sense to just plan to take the NCLEX in the new state? Rather than waiting for the ATT, taking the test, and then submitting for endorsement.
  6. I'm going to try and sift through the new grad residency program threads but wanted to make a post in the mean time. I'm set to graduate with my BSN over a year from now (May 2021) hopefully with at least a 3.0-3.2 GPA. I'm originally from the West Coast (WA and then CA before that) but moved out to Boston in 2016. Thought I'd stay here forever but increasingly over it. Anyway! I'm leaning toward relocating to SoCal after graduation. My understanding is that it's a pretty competitive area for new grads. How competitive are new grad residencies for BSN graduates? What are some ways to stand out as an applicant? I have about 10 years of various experience in the medical field (acute care, home health, etc. as a CNA.) Mainly been doing in-home care while in school. Does anyone know if coming from Boston will carry any "weight" (in Boston we're all very aware of MGH being #2 in the country, Children's being #1, and so on but no idea if anyone outside of Boston really cares about that)? I have family that works as UCLA but not in nursing. I'm sure I'll have letters of rec, extracurriculars, etc. to add to my resume. Would ACLS or other certifications help? I'm just trying to get an idea now on what to expect, so I can plan accordingly. Obviously my #1 priority is doing as well as I can in school and passing NCLEX on the 1st try.
  7. studentbear

    Please critique my study system

    Is ANKI similar to Quizlet? I typically use Quizlet which I love because I can put it in "test mode" which turns all of my flashcards into practice questions.
  8. studentbear

    Please critique my study system

    I tried to make this short but unfortunately that didn't work out (TLDR at the bottom.) I am returning to my BSN program after 2 years off-- I completed my first semester (fundamentals, health assessment, pathophys, and nursing research) with a decent enough GPA (>3.0). I had to withdraw my second semester due to some health issues and I'm finally going back this fall. Anyway, I have a tried and true method for studying, except I remember I would run out of time to complete the whole process before an exam. Let me explain. My process is thus: 1. Skim assigned chapters before class 2. Print out powerpoint slides and take notes on them in class 3. While re-listening to the lecture, combine the powerpoint, my class notes, and any pertinent info from the lecture that I caught while re-listening 4. Make flash cards 5. Practice questions 6. Make a study guide 7. More practice questions Often I would just barely finish the note re-writing, possibly run through my flash cards once, and make a study guide before each exam. I remember it would take me hours upon hours to do step 3-- I'm talking 8hrs for a 3hr lecture was typical. This is the process I also used for A&P, microbio, etc before nursing school. I'm reviewing the content from my first semester to prep for the fall when I return. I'll be taking med surg and pharm. I'd rather try and hone a more effective study system now, rather than while I'm in the midst of classes again. Do other people have a similar process or am I just a weirdo? Any suggestions? Critiques? TLDR; I spend hours re-writing my notes from lectures and am not always able to do other studying (flash cards, practice q's, etc.) prior to exams. I'm worried that I'm wasting time on re-writing notes when I could develop a more effective method. Help!
  9. studentbear

    Red flag?

    That's gonna be a no from me dawg. But seriously, unless you're hard up for $$$ I'd run the other direction. Trust your gut.
  10. studentbear

    West Coast University graduates

    bump
  11. studentbear

    West Coast U - Los Angeles

    Commenting to follow because I'd also appreciate hearing from other student's first hand experience. I'm curious about WCU's attrition rate because I've heard rumors that they will boot students from their program pretty easily. I understand lots of nursing programs are like that, though.
  12. studentbear

    West Coast University graduates

    Hey, I'm considering applying to WCU (specifically their LA campus.) I'd love to hear any and all first hand experiences from graduates of their BSN program. I'm generally very skeptical of for-profit schools, but I've come across some good experiences with their program so I'm curious to hear more.
  13. studentbear

    West Coast University spring 2019

    I'm considering applying to WCU and would love to hear first hand student experiences. I am generally very skeptical of for-profit schools, but the only other options in the LA area for a BSN degree seem to be tremendously difficult (for a degree that is already quite competitive!) to get accepted into.
  14. studentbear

    Orlando Medical Center CNA

    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone knows what the starting/base pay is at Orlando Medical Center for a CNA with experience? Seems like the going rate is $10-12/hour based on a cursory search on Indeed. Thanks!
  15. I'll try to be as brief as possible with the backstory for brevity but this post will probably be quite long. I had some health issues during my second clinical semester (fall 2017.) Near finals, it became apparent I would need to withdraw, regroup, and return to retake the classes the next semester. I ended up needing more time than that and then some other life things occurred (my marriage fell apart and was followed by mental/financial issues related to that.) Needless to say, the time off from school was much longer than originally anticipated. I always did the appropriate paperwork (readmission application, etc.) and made sure to stay in contact with my advisor. Each semester I touched base with her and each time she said it would be okay for me to delay. Fast forward to now and apparently the nursing director needs to review my application. My advisor never mentioned that someone else would need to review my application so it's not something that I anticipated. It makes sense but now I'm unsure what the outcome may be. I'm beginning to get anxious because some of my pre-reqs are 5+ years old, which obviously could create complications should I need to reapply at the same school or elsewhere. I'm just wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation? What was the outcome? Were you able to return? Did you get rejected? Etc. Obviously nobody can predict my situation but experiences from others in the same situation would be so appreciated! TLDR; I had to withdraw from my nursing program in fall 2017 and am hoping to return fall 2019. My advisor unexpectedly needs the nursing director to review my application and I'm concerned about the outcome. Looking for experiences from others.
  16. studentbear

    What should I do first

    I know ABSN is more rigorous than BSN, but almost all of my BSN classmates work. Many of them live with family but many of them do not. Our program discourages working above 20 hours/week but I know many classmates that do. Point is, it can be done.
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