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  1. nursing_n00b

    TAMU-CC Eline BSN

    jlgaut, Yes, I got in!! It is conditional upon completing my pharmacology and pathophysiology courses this semester with a C or better, which honestly has me more nervous than I expected! A "C" starts at 75... I'm at like 77 or so in both courses right now. They're intense! But I'm surviving. All of my immunizations, background check, etc. is due on the 23rd of this month. I'm wading through all of that stuff, too. But yeah, excited for this summer!! My wife got that job! She's working in the corporate HR division. How has volunteering in the ER been going? S&W also has a good referral system. Which job(s) have you been applying for? I sent my number to you in a PM. Text me and I can help with a referral. I'm glad your advising appt over the phone went well! Four prereqs is not bad at all! At the time that I applied, I was still finishing chemistry and statistics, last fall, and had only registered for the two classes I'm taking now, pharm and patho. I'm still kind of nervous about how and where clinical locations will be secured and the fact that I probably won't have fellow nursing students going through the clinicals with me, but there isn't a public university close enough to Temple that has a viable alternative (UMHB is stupid expensive). I'm just taking a leap of faith, holding on for the ride, and hoping everything goes okay.
  2. nursing_n00b

    TAMU-CC Eline BSN

    Hi, jlgaut! I live in Temple, and I still work at S&W. My wife is actually interviewing for a job a McLane right now. It's cool that you work there! I applied last October for Summer 2016 admission to this eline BSN program. I just interviewed for it a couple of days ago, and I will know if I got in by the end of this week. Wish me luck! With your major and minors, you probably have almost all, if not all, of the prerequisites done already, for this and most all other nursing programs. It doesn't seem to be visible anywhere on the website, but there has been a vacancy for the eline Academic Advisor position since December. I believe they have picked someone to fill the role, but they seem to still be in the onboarding process. I've been corresponding with Mr. Samuel Ramos all of this month for all of my questions. He is the military eLine advisor. But I'd be happy to try and answer anyone's questions, too!
  3. nursing_n00b

    TAMU-CC Eline BSN

    dienw: What were your grades, etc. when you applied? I'm considering applying for Summer 2016 admission, but I'm not sure how competitive I would be. I have a BA in English from Texas A&M - College Station. My last 60 hours GPA is like a 3.3 or 3.4 maybe. I have most of the prerequisites done, mostly A's, some B's. I still need to take Statistics, Chemistry, Economics, and the two online nursing prereqs they offer/require. I would take all of those over this fall and next spring. I have taken the HESI for another school, but it didn't include all of the sections they require. So, I know I would need to take it again. For the one I took, which only included Math, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary, I made a 97%. I'm currently employed by one of their partner hospitals, Scott and White Memorial in Temple, TX, which is the main hospital of the Scott and White system. I'm hoping I would be able to do most if not all of my clinicals there. My grades aren't great but they're not bad either. But I don't know what the average is for accepted applicants. And I'm thinking that not having ALL of the prerequisites completed by the time of my application may hurt me, too. I'm hoping that having a degree from Texas A&M and having employment with a partner hospital could help me. What do you think? I e-mailed Ms. Crystal Ramirez last week, but I haven't heard anything yet.
  4. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    This might be the problem... Auto-reply from Nancy Miller: "I will be out of the office until 8 am Wednesday, June 10th. If this is "urgent" please contact the VN secretary at 254-298-8664"
  5. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    I got accepted!
  6. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    The LVN courtesy email, sent this Tuesday afternoon, said the official letter should be arrive "later this week," so, depending on where you live (mailing time), we should all know something today, tomorrow, or Saturday, if you haven't heard something already.
  7. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    I got the courtesy e-mail from Nancy Miller to those already accepted to the LVN program today at noon. Check your inbox if you haven't already!
  8. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    Nancy Miller (ADN Secretary) told me this afternoon that those applying who have already been accepted into the VN program will get an email as soon as decisions are made, with acceptance or denial. Regular applicants will be sent acceptance letters via snail mail, denials via email. She wouldnt give me hard dates on when this all would happen, just "end of May," "before June 1st, " "we're doing our best/there are only so many of us" answers and strained facial expressions. Someone else above said something about the nursing voicemail stating emails and letters going out this Monday. Sounds about right. Itll have to be some time next week.
  9. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    That's a federal thing. You should be able to file a petition. I have to do this every semester at TC since I've already completed 140+ hours with my bachelors plus prereqs for nursing. The admissions counselor I worked with at TC said there are quite a few nursing students who have to file a petition every semester for the same reason. But, as long as you are continue in the program with appropriate grades and completion rate, the petitions are approved.
  10. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    In my opinion, it would be more fair with the subjective criteria. The objective information is very important, but when it comes down to splitting hairs with students that are equally capable intellectually, it seems logical to turn to other aspects of the applicants that could only be conveyed through subjective measures.
  11. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    - GPA in general is a good indicator of success, but most of the classes they are using to calculate the admission GPA aren't even science/nursing classes. Basic English, two psychology courses (one is intro), and an elective course makes up 12 hours they use. And then up to 8 hours of A&P. If this mostly basic level college coursework is a strong indication of success in the program, I would think a bachelor's degree (120+ hours worth of similar and mostly more advanced coursework, even if it's not in nursing) is an even better indication. I don't think it should be an automatic leg up, but I don't agree that it doesn't show any more likelihood of success. Lots of people start degrees but finishing one, associates level and higher, requires a lot of dedication, an invaluable characteristic in nursing school, from what I've been told over and over. - Personally, I kind of thought the HESI was a joke. The math is middle school level, and the reading/vocab sections were similar. It's fine that they use it, but I really don't think those six basic courses for GPA and this basic math and reading test trump including additional personal info. - Why do they seem unneccessary? Consider everyone in this thread. Our numbers are all pretty similar. Do you really think the people with the highest numbers should get a spot, bar none? You wouldn't like to say something about yourself and why you chose nursing and how dedicated you are, etc? Good grades shows you're smart but it doesn't necessarily indicate dedication or passion or willingness to work with others, etc. - An interview would have been great, too. It seems like all of the bigger, better nursing schools I have looked into require more and more items for the application, including letters of recommendation, interview etc. I think that in itself says something.
  12. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    I wonder if the ADN program would allow/consider a personal statement or references as attachments to our applications? I hate that the process is so objective. There's no human element to it, it seems. It's just, "Get these numbers." But if I could explain the long, twisting road that has led me to nursing, I feel like I would be a stronger candidate. And I was trained to be CNA by a second year ADN instructor. Shouldn't that count for something? Or some of y'all's experience in the field or in life, etc.? I have a Bachelor's degree and taught mathematics for a year. I'd love to be able to say a few sentences about that. Anybody else thought about asking if they could submit a short something? I'm thinking about bringing it up with the secretary (Nancy Street) when I turn in my final transcript for this semester. She is always so short with me, though. Really don't like her.
  13. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    I am a male, and I am applying. Not sure how many others are out there.
  14. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    A's in prereqs B in Lifespan, A for elective (comp 2) Currently still finishing Micro and A&P (Probably a B and an A, respectively) 96.67 on the Hesi
  15. nursing_n00b

    Temple College 2015

    I also made an A in A&P1, and I took it with the chair of the Biology department at Temple College, Dr. Jason Locklin, who is known to be the hardest prof for A&P. I finished a Bachelors in English in 2013. The only science classes I needed for that degree were Geology and Astronomy, lol. The last bio science course I had taken was in 2008, in high school. There was definitely a learning curve at first to get oriented with all of the standard language, but anyone can pull off an A, I think, with enough dedication. Like kpalo said, CA has the highest average pay in the nation (last I checked, around $41/hr), so lots of nurses have flooded there. But even though there is a shortage of nurses nationwide, including CA, it's very difficult to get hired on as a new grad in CA. Simply put, there is a lot of competition, employers have a lot to choose from, and CA seems to be especially stingy about only hiring nurses who already have experience... This is a problem that haunts people in just about every other profession, too, to an extent. A sector needs people to do a job, but they only want people who have done that job before. How do you get experience doing a job that requires experience?? Well, some places are less strict, more inviting/trusting...even desperate maybe? We happen to be fortunate to live in a state that is a haven for new grad nurses looking for experience. I read an article that listed Texas as the best state for nurses overall, in terms of cost of living, job opportunities, etc. Some of the bigger hospitals here are more stingy about BSN vs ADN, if they're trying to get or maintain magnet status. I've heard teaching hospitals, like Scott and White, are more open to ADN graduates (esp. from TC since they have a partnership). I work at Scott and White as a CNA right now. I would say at least half of our nurses are ADNs or LVNs. And I know at least four who are from California, graduated recently and moved here just for the experience. So, I would suggest trying to get as much "experience" as you can in a hospital or nursing setting while you are still in school. Supplement your resume with not just a degree but also work as a CNA, a scribe, a HUC, a nurse tech, whatever you can get. If you can't manage to work regularly right now, volunteer. Just get hours of experience in the setting outside of your academic clinical hours. It won't completely even the playing field but it can't hurt. And do research in our or other states (if you plan to move) to see which hospitals are more open to new grads, ADNs in general. Just talking with nurses on my floor, I've learned a lot. Teaching hospitals seem to be the best bet. And they're also best if you plan to continue your education while you are working. Being a teaching hospital, they are usually more willing to work with you and your schedule, to make time for your schooling. Surveys Show Unbalanced Supply, Demand in California Nurse Labor Market - California Healthline The best and worst states to be an RN in 2012 | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle Nursing Magazine Featuring Inspirational and Informational Nursing Articles (^This second link is a few years old, but it still seems pretty relevant/accurate)