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  1. I just got my first camp job (YAY!) and immediately started working on the license endorsement since I have just 26 business days before I have to start. I am super nervous, looking at all the different 3-9 business day steps!! Am I crazy to think this can be done? I'm applying for a Pennsylvania license, from Ohio. I know they issue temporary practice permits typically in a couple weeks, but the background checks seem to take a long time, and I have to get 3! (2 previous states plus federal) Any tips to speed things up?
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    Masters Preferred at Cincinnati Children's?

    This is a little old now but I would recommend you reach out to the Nurse Recruiters there. I have found them to be very responsive and helpful. I am in a different situation because I am graduating this fall so I'm looking for a new grad position, but am also relocating to Cincinnati and looking to work there. Good luck!
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    ABSN UMASS Amherst 2016-2017 cycle

    You won't know by orientation, but during N100 (the 2-week class in August) they will have someone from Elsevier come in and talk about the package. You'll have your course list for the fall before then-- I had already bought most of my books by then but some people were still deciding about the package at that point. The textbook information is available on SPIRE as soon as the professors put it in. You're welcome to my N100 book-- I'll need to look through the others to think about what I need to keep for NCLEX prep, but I'm sure I won't want to keep all of them. PM me and we can try to meet up at your orientation or something.
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    ABSN UMASS Amherst 2016-2017 cycle

    I've loved my clinical rotations. You are with a group of usually 7 others from the program, on a particular floor of a hospital. The group of 8 has one clinical instructor, and you'll get assigned to a particular patient for each clinical week so you'll work with that patient's nurse as well. Some nurses are more interested in/open to having a student than others. My best experiences have been when the nurse I'm working with includes me in what they do with all 4 of their patients, because you get a much better sense of how to manage your time and prioritize. You do not get to choose your clinical site. You'll have some choice in your final semester internship location though. Some of the professors are fabulous. Others are difficult, for various reasons. Overall the program is a bit disorganized, which sometimes causes problems but it's nothing too earth-shattering. You will hear over and over again that nursing exams are not like any other exams you've ever taken, and you have to learn a new way of thinking/studying. I didn't find this to be particularly true until Med Surg (spring semester). That class is all about prioritization, so every exam question is asking about which thing you would do first or which patient you would see first... that's super tough to learn, because usually 3 or even all 4 of the answers are right, just not the MOST important. Sometimes you'll have a question like "Which finding would you report to the physician?" and 4 answer choices that are all critical-- will kill the patient-- and you have to decide which will kill them first-- their low potassium? Their crazy high blood glucose level? It's really tough to figure out but my advice is do LOTS of practice NCLEX questions, and eventually you will start to just get it. I did close to 1500 practice questions for my med surg final! It is possible to work during the program-- I know several people who do. If you don't have other responsibilities it's probably fine. It will definitely be stressful though. If you have kids or other family responsibilities, I wouldn't try to work. It is a very intensive program and you'll spend nearly every waking hour on it!
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    ABSN UMASS Amherst 2016-2017 cycle

    I just saw this-- sorry! We are in class 2-3 days each week and have 1-2 clinicals each week. Fall semester it was 3 days of class, 1 clinical. Spring was 2 days of class and 2 clinicals. Typically classes are Monday and Tuesday, sometimes Wed.
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    ABSN UMASS Amherst 2016-2017 cycle

    @mickey_123 I'm enjoying the program! It goes really fast. You don't get to choose where you do your clinicals-- it will be assigned each semester and could be as far away as Worcester. Sometimes they let you switch with other students, sometimes not. The most challenging classes for me so far were patho/pharm (fall) and med surg (spring). Med surg was by far the hardest. We had great professors for patho/pharm so that made all the difference. They were very supportive. Tips: 1) consider not getting the book package. Lots of people do not like having only electronic books, which is what the package is. I have been able to use previous editions of almost every book (not the drug book) with no problems, and they cost $5-$15 instead of $80-$120 each. You can also rent most of them. 2) Help each other out-- study groups will be your friends, because there's really no way to read all the course content on your own. The best way I've found has been to split up reading assignments with others and then make Quizlets with flashcards of the important topics that we share with each other. 3) Make copies of any records you send anyone-- you may need proof of TB, CPR, drug tests, etc. again and it's a pain to try to track it down. 4) You don't necessarily need white nursing shoes. I haven't had any clinicals yet where it matters. Officially you need them, but in practice most places are okay with a different color. Let me know if you have any specific questions! Good luck!
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    ABSN UMASS Amherst 2016-2017 cycle

    hi all, I'm a current ABSN student at UMass if you have any specific questions. Congrats to everyone who got in!
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    Med Couture... shrinkage?

    I'm getting my first scrubs in preparation for starting nursing school in the fall. I tried on every brand and style of bottoms at my local scrubs store, and really liked Med Couture. The problem is it fits perfectly right now-- fitted in the hips and rear, but still super comfortable when I bend or squat. If it shrinks, though, it will probably be a little too tight. So... will it shrink washed on cold and dried on low? 55% cotton. I also really liked IguanaMed MedFlex II-- super comfortable, but a baggier fit. Maybe that's better in general so I don't have to worry about shrinking? Only 33% cotton (I generally prefer natural, breathable fabrics). Thoughts?
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    I'm sorry, Lily... waiting is so hard! Hopefully you'll hear sooner rather than later!
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    I got an acceptance letter today!! Yay!
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    I heard back from Cynthia today after leaving her a message last week... my letter went out last week so it should arrive today or tomorrow. So those of you who haven't heard, they are still being sent out!
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    Those who have heard... were you all given until Mar 9 to respond?
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    I don't know, whitamills, I interviewed on Feb. 19 and still haven't heard! I just emailed the woman who interviewed me, so maybe she can tell me something. She told me I'd hear in early March.
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    [sorry]
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    ABSN UMass Amherst 2015

    I called today to find out when I should expect to hear... left a message. I'll let you know if I hear anything. Glad there are several others waiting, too... I was starting to feel like the only one!
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