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  1. ThatOneDude822

    2 yr or 4 yr college path?

    If I was in her shoes, NYU would be out so fast. I turned down my top 2 dream schools (both of which I was accepted to) because room and board was going to be $14K/yr. I come from a similar background - parents had low income; filed bankruptcy so I was denied parent plus loans/private loans; I basically depend on the FAFSA to help me get through school. So no way would I even consider a school that costs $70k. To me, it sounds like she has her heart set on going to the biggest, most prestigious university with all of the name recognition, but she really needs to stop thinking like that in my honest opinion. The thing about nursing, is most employers don't care where you got your degree. A BSN is a BSN is a BSN, and an RN license is an RN license. Going to a "prestigious" institution isn't considered "impressive" in nursing - from what I hear (I'm still a nursing student, so I have no experience of my own for applying for an RN job) employers look more for your ability to learn/adapt quickly and think critically. If a community college grad can do those things better than someone who went to the most prestigious school in the country, then the community college grad will probably get the job. I would look at BC's and CWRU's nursing programs. Do either of them offer extra points for continuing students when applying to the nursing programs (continuing students = students who were already enrolled to the university prior to applying for the program)? If so, I would go to the top choice between those two (look at NCLEX Pass Rates) if she can afford it on her unsubsidized/subsidized loans and/or working part time. If they don't offer extra points for continuing students (or if she just can't afford it) I would do prereqs and gen ed at a CC and then a year or two from now, reevaluate where she is. Is she in a better spot financially where she could transfer to a BSN program, or is she still struggling financially? There is nothing wrong with getting an ADN then completing a RN to BSN bridge if she can't afford the other options. These are all paths to the same goal, and it doesn't matter which one she chooses because they have all produced highly successful nurses.
  2. I would wait a little bit, just because going into nursing school is stressful enough without having a pretty high stress job on top of it. Try getting used to nursing school, and then apply for work. Maybe do fundamentals and Med/Surg 1 (or whatever comes after fundamentals at your school) and then find a PRN job if you still feel comfortable with it. You will go over the CNA Skills again in fundamentals, and you will never stop using them after that, so you won't lose any of the skills you learned when you were becoming a CNA, because you will be using those skills everyday.
  3. ThatOneDude822

    When do hospital placements usually start for RN students

    I'm in a BSN program, and we started first quarter in fundamentals. The first five weeks of the term we were in skills lab, then the last five weeks we were on the floor in the hospital.
  4. ThatOneDude822

    How many clinical rotations do you have?

    Mine looks a little weird because my sophomore year started out on quarters, but next year (my junior year) the whole university is making the switch to semesters. This is a BSN program btw (the program itself is 3 years). Sophomore: Fall - Fundamentals (on med/surg floor) Winter - med/surg Spring - cardiac tele Junior: Fall - Gero and Peds Spring - OB and Psych Senior: Fall - Critical Care (ICU) Spring - Public Health and Preceptorship
  5. ThatOneDude822

    Looking for Stethoscope Recommendations

    I have a littmann classic III and it does everything I need for school, and can continue to use it when I graduate. You can't go wrong with the classic ii s.e. either. I wouldn't even consider a littmann cardiology at this point. It costs way more money than what you need to dish out right now and (in my opinion) the difference in quality is really not useful as a student. Once you graduate, you might look into it if you go on a cardiac-focused unit. I've also heard great things about the MDF MD One. It's price tag is right around the littmann classics, maybe even a little cheaper. (Plus it's available in rose gold which is ALWAYS a plus)
  6. My school didn't give that much weight to volunteering or previous experience. They use a point system, and previous experience only awarded 3 extra points (just to put that in perspective, being a continuing student of the university awarded 10 extra points). It really isn't a necessity for most schools.
  7. ThatOneDude822

    Titers for Admission

    Although you will have to check with your school for their policy and clinical site policies, it wouldn't surprise me if you have to get it. My Hep B was non-reactive and I had to schedule an appointment for the first immunization before health services on campus would give me my health clearance. After the first booster, I had the option to finish the series or have another titer drawn. I had another titer drawn and it came back normal, so I didn't have to get the whole series (3 injections total).
  8. ThatOneDude822

    Owning a dog while in nursing school- really stressed out!

    I think, first and foremost, you HAVE to set aside some time to spend with your dog when you are home. When you get home from clinical, play ball or something with your dog for an hour or so. On your days off from clinical, take your dog for walks. It's doable. If people can take care of their human children, I don't think it's impossible to take care of a dog :) As far as the "potty" issue, have you tried potty pads? They're basically like chux for dogs. That way your dog doesn't have to wear a wet diaper all day, and you don't have to worry about your personal belongings getting urinated on. Some people (and stay with me here) also train their dogs to use a litter box while in the house. I think either way you go, you will have some training to do, and there will almost definitely be an adjustment period, but you just have to stay on top of it and I think it will pan out. If push comes to shove, do you have someone who could stop by your apartment to let the dog out when you have clinical? Family? Friend? Neighbor? Hire a dog walker to do it? Will you cage your dog when you leave, or will he get to run around the house? If you cage him, consider getting a large collapsable cage. They are about 5 feet long, by 4 feet wide, and probably about 3 feet tall. Even if you just use it on clinical days, it folds down small enough to slide under your bed (and it takes Then of course the basics - food, water, toys, source of natural light (open blinds), a nightlight/lamp on a timer if you're going to be gone past dark. You can turn on the radio to a talk show station so your dog can hear human voices throughout the day (this supposedly reduces separation anxiety, but I haven't actually seen/read any actual literature on it, so I'm not sure). Hopefully these tips help. They're just a combination of things used by a few nurses I know.
  9. ThatOneDude822

    Pharmacology before Nursing school?

    If you have taken physiology and pathophysiology, then I think you should be fine taking it early. I would say you need at least those two classes though, because you need to understand the disease processes and how the body responds to them before you can understand how these medications work. I would also become familiar with some of the more basic lab values. Electrolytes, CBC, LFT, BUN/Cr, Glucose & HbA1c, and Hgb & Hct. What are they, what range should each be in, what happens if they're too high/too low, and how do you fix an imbalance? A lot of medications affect these lab values, and you're going to have to know them for nursing school anyway, so may as well learn the basics now.
  10. ThatOneDude822

    CSU Bakersfield Fall 2015 Nursing

    Thanks, that was my plan too :) Also, I think the stuff for 262 is just going to be put on the 261 blackboard.
  11. ThatOneDude822

    CSU Bakersfield Fall 2015 Nursing

    Hi guys. I was going through my packet to double (*cough* triple *cough* quadruple) check that I had everything, and I have a question about number 9 (proof of background check and drug test completion). The only thing that is required for 9 is the printout from the certified profile right? We don't have to include the chain of custody form from the drug test facility, do we? (The chain of custody form is the paper you signed at the drug test facility that basically gives them permission to do the drug test, and they usually sign it saying that it was collected according to certain guidelines). I'm pretty sure it's just the receipt from CP, but I just wanted to double check because I always second guess myself!
  12. ThatOneDude822

    CSU Bakersfield Fall 2015 Nursing

    An email went out yesterday with the blackboard password, so anyone who hasn't yet can self-enroll and check out the syllabus/course calendar. Also, when I got to ATI's website, click on "My payments and purchases" then click on the "order history" tab, it will take you to a list of all payments you've made. If you click in the order number next to the ATI Package payment, it will open up a summary and the shipping address is the school's address. So I'm guessing they will be shipped to the school and handed out like last year. Can't wait to see everyone at orientation on Friday. Is everyone ready?
  13. ThatOneDude822

    How to do well on both the TEAS & the HESI.

    I don't have any experience with HESI, since none of the schools around me accept it. But I have taken the TEAS twice, so hopefully I can help you there. I think the biggest things with the TEAS are getting the time limits down (especially with the math section) and understanding how the questions are worded. In my opinion, the questions are worded similarly to SAT style questions. They seem like they're trying to trick you, but if you pay attention, it will become clear what they are asking. Also, be careful for questions that ask things like "which word does NOT belong." Don't get a question wrong because you missed the "not." As far as the content goes, I think you should be fine, especially if you're almost done with prereqs. You KNOW the content for the most part. TEAS asks a lot of high school level questions (and the science section has a few basic A&P questions, but they aren't bad). The TEAS is really going to test you more on how you can use basic concepts to come up with a solution, rather than testing you on the content itself. It's not trying to test WHAT you know, as much as it's trying to test HOW you USE what you know. For example, the test doesn't care if you know what the word "defenestrate" means. Instead, it wants to test if you can use it correctly in a sentence. In other words, most of the content will be review. What you will have to LEARN is how to apply that content. I would purchase the ATI manual and take the practice exams to become familiar with the format of the test, and get an idea of how they want you to apply your knowledge. The first time I took the TEAS, I got an 84% without studying (which was dumb of me to not study for it). The second time I took it, I had studied all the sections I got wrong the first time. I ended up getting a 94%. The ATI study manual definitely contributed to that raise in my score. I mean, it's released by the company that MAKES the exam, so you can't really go wrong with it. You can get in on Amazon for about $20-30 in new condition, so it's not very expensive either.
  14. ThatOneDude822

    Ebook or Textbook?

    I hate ebooks alone. If they come WITH the textbook (some books come with an acces code that includes the ebook), then it's okay to use as a supplement. In anatomy, my book came with an access code that included the ebook. I studied out kf the regular book, but in lab I used the ebook on my ipad to help identify structures, because the ipad took up less space than the book (our lab was very small, and our class had about 36 people, which works out to 18 dissection cats, so space was limited). Besides, most textbooks have a page inside (more often than not it's the first page, usually made out of card stock) that says something like "for more resources please visit (this website)." And the resources are usually free. For example, one of the books I had to get for nursing fundamentals links to a website that has videos, podcast summaries for each chapter, crossword puzzles, printable info, etc. I really don't see a need for the "fancy" e-book stuff when most texts offer free supplemental info like this. In the end, it's all up to preference. I just get very distracted with ebooks and find them overrated. Plus, the ones I've looked at cost more for an e-rental than it costs to BUY the used physical text.
  15. ThatOneDude822

    Bad professor?

    I had a professor that got similar reviews, but she ended up being one of my favorite professors and I got an A in her class. I say at least try it out :) The reviews on that website should be taken with a grain of salt.
  16. ThatOneDude822

    CSU Bakersfield Fall 2015 Nursing

    Reallynervous - I went to the shop on the Monday after the meet and greet and I haven't heard anything from them either. When I was there they said it would take about 2 weeks for them to come in. You should probably hear from them by the end of this week, or the beginning of next week at the latest. If not, then I would call. Csub15 - I would send it to you, but I also threw away the paper I wrote it on, and I don't remember what it was unfortunately. Sorry