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    University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) RN-BSN Experience

    I thought the assessments were a little too advanced. I thought it was more for a NP or a PA. I also found the quizzes to be brutal. However, please do not let that be a deterrent. I am glad I chose ULL - program is very organized and the classes go by quickly. I submitted my CAPSTONE yesterday - I will be finished this Sunday:). CAPSTONE was the easiest class to me - no quizzes, 2 discussions, 1 page powerpoint, a letter and a crossword puzzle. For my Capstone I had to come up with a policy or a change for my department or wherever and write about how I was going to make the change. You will be happy that you chose ULL.
  2. Tammitrubble

    University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) RN-BSN Experience

    I thought the assessments were a little too advanced. I thought it was more for a NP or a PA. I also found the quizzes to be brutal. However, please do not let that be a deterrent. I am glad I chose ULL - program is very organized and the classes go by quickly. I submitted my CAPSTONE yesterday - I will be finished this Sunday:). CAPSTONE was the easiest class to me - no quizzes, 2 discussions, 1 page powerpoint, a letter and a crossword puzzle. For my Capstone I had to come up with a policy or a change for my department or wherever and write about how I was going to make the change. You will be happy that you chose ULL.
  3. Tammitrubble

    University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) RN-BSN Experience

    I started the program last year Oct and will be finished in 5 weeks. I enjoyed the program and I think it's a great choice. My hardest class was Health Assessment.
  4. Hi, I am a surgical nurse and there is no other nurse I would rather be (I was a surgical tech first before becoming an RN). It does appear as if the surgical tech plays a bigger role in the surgery because they are at the surgical field but everyone's role is important. You are the RN, you are in charge of the room, not the surgeon, you! if anything goes wrong - your license are in danger. First, go to nursing school, get your degree then do a perioperative course - they will teach you how to scrub, prep the patient, instruments, etc - course last about 6 weeks..I think. (I did not have to do it because I was a surg tech first). You have OR Tech and Surg Tech, OR Tech cleans the room and Surg Tech handles the instrument - some hospital calls Surg Tech OR Techs). For the record Surg Techs does not get more than nurses. Now it also sounds like you are interested in a RNFA role (Registered Nurse First Assist). So this is how it goes - RN to Perioperative Nurse(surgical nurse) - to First Assist. You have to learn how to scrub and get a certain number of scrubbing hours on various specialty, then find a school and get a surgeon to sign off on your competency then go and do a few months of schooling (nothing like nursing school) and wallah you are a RNFA and your pay significantly rises.. There are alot more explanation I could give but I think this is enough. Also, the OR is one of the hardest place to get into..
  5. Tammitrubble

    RN to BSN

    No, I had all the classes that they required. I already had stats, computer and Biology plus my ADN nursing classes. I think you have made a good choice. Once you get started, if you have any questions, you can send me an email. I would be glad to help. Tammi
  6. It's difficult but doable. I did it, working 40 hrs per week with a 2 year old child. Please don't let the naysayers put doubts in your mind. When I started nursing school in 09 my daughter was 2, I failed my first exam and when I went in to speak to my mentor she told me that I worked too many hours and I would not finish nursing school ( I was scared to tell her that I had a 2 year old child, she would have thought that I was nuts). Anyway, to make a long story short I graduated nursing school with high academic distinction and remember that *itch who told me that I wasn't going to make it? she was the one who pinned me. I don't think that she remembered because all nursing professors are cut from the same cloth and they are all mean and I am sure she has said that to numerous nursing students. I graduated in Dec 2013, took my boards in Feb and I have been working as a Perioperative nurse since April and I love it. Hang in there..you can do it.
  7. Tammitrubble

    RN to BSN

    Here is an update on the University of Louisiana Lafayette RN to BSN program. I started on the 21 Oct 13 and so far it hasn't been bad. For the first semester I had 6 quizzes, 3 papers and 2 discussions. Easy A. The professors are very friendly and they respond to emails quickly. It's an hidden gem of a nursing school. Anyone who is contemplating an accelerated RN to BSN program might want to check them out. Tammi
  8. Tammitrubble

    CST /AnyType A'ers enjoy this specialty?

    I am not really a type 'A' so much but prior to becoming a nurse I worked as a CST. It's great but it can give type 'A-ers' lots of stress.
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