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  1. jbrent890

    UNCW RN to BSN

    Hello, I know there have been a few threads created about this program, but I have a few questions that I did not see asked in the previous threads. I'm looking to attend this program if at all possible. I like the fact that is has flexible start dates and doable in a year. Here is the rub. I already have a bachelors degree and an MPH. However, I do not know if my course will transfer over. I think most of them are good to go, but I am concerned about my gen chem and spanish courses. Sadly, I made a C- in gen chem and even though I had two years of spanish, neither one was a 200 level course. Also, I see that there is a PED requirement as well. I took a wellness course in undergrad, but it didn't have a physical component to it. In terms of the other requirements, I think I'm good to go. Two questions 1) will these courses effect me getting into the program or not? 2) If not, will I be able to take these courses while in the program?
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    Professional Advice

    Hello Everyone, First, let me preface by saying that I love the advice given on this site, which is why I hope I can find the answer(s) I'm looking for. I have found myself in a pickle. I'm a new grad nurse (3 months in) and I just finished up orientation. I truly do love the hospital that I am working at and the unit I am on. I believe that they produce great nurses and they have truly done a lot for me. With that being said, a close family member of mine has recently ran into serious health issues. So much so that it has put her out of work. This family member lives two states away and I have been doing my best to help out. I work 3 nightshifts back to back and once done, I hop into my car and drive 5hrs to help out on my off days. Unfortunately, this has become pretty unsustainable for me. At this point, I really don't have a life and sadly my family doesn't have enough money to pay for a CNA or the like to help out. In addition, this family member has a litany of emotional issues. Thankfully, my presence home seems to assuage the emotional issues. As it stands, I have applied and have an interview set up at a hospital in that area where the family member lives. That family member works there and knows the staff, so I'm 90% sure that I am going to get that job. The unit I am applying to has had two job postings for months now that haven't been filled. They literally scheduled my interview before I even turned an application in, so I am fairly confidant that I am going to get the job regardless of my experience. More than likely, I am going to have to move to be closer to family and help out with care and finances. Unfortunately I have hit two major road blocks. My unit is hurting right now for staff. Veteran nurses are leaving left and right for various reasons, and I really don't want to add to that strain. In addition, because I had no plans of moving anytime soon, I recently signed a lease for an apartment in the area that I am currently living right now, which still has another 8 months left on it. I guess my question is that I really don't know how to go about putting my notice in if I get this job. I would love nothing more than to give my unit ample notice (4 weeks), but since I am fresh out of orientation, the last thing I would want is for my manager to accept my notice, but tell me I can't work anymore. Sadly, if I'm stuck with this apartment for a while, I'm going to need the funds to pay it off until my next job starts, which could take a while because getting a license in the area I'm moving to is not easy. My question is, should I still give a months notice or just give a two weeks notice to try to accumulate as much money as I can before I possibly make this move? Also, if anyone has any experience in getting out of leases, I would love to hear what you have to say. As I stated, my family is hurting financially right now, so I'm not in a position to pay for this apartment and send money to them as well. Thank you everyone and I hopefully with the shared knowledge and wisdom on this site, I can find the answers I need to hear.
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    Professional Advice

    I really do appreciate the advice so far. Let me first say that serious decisions have not been made yet. And the decision to move will be contingent on multiple things. First, would be the ability for me to get out of my lease. If it proves to be an arduous task or if I would have to pay an inordinate amount of fees, then you're right, the smart move would be to stick it out. In addition, if I do get the job, I wouldn't be able to start for a few months. Getting a license in the area I plan to move to will take a while, possibly months. Also, if I do decide to move, I would have to give my apartment complex two months notice. So when it's all said and done, I would have around 6 months experience in. The plan if the new hospital would allow it would be to make the move towards the end of August possibly early September. Hopefully if I do decide to move, it will give me enough time to untangle myself from things where I am currently at. Also, the family member is a nurse, so she knows the unit manager and has told me what to expect if I decide to work there. I won't lie, a large part of me wants to make this move not just for the family member, but for me as well. As stated, I love my unit, but I'm not too fond of the area I'm currently in right now. Even though my life is busy bouncing back and forth between areas, I truly do have more of a life in the area where my family is situated. But still, no serious decisions will be made until I find out if it's economically feasible to get out of my lease. The point is to aid my family, not be a burden.
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    Professional Advice

    There are family members that come and go, but that leaves gaps in care. In terms of the hospital, it's not bad per se, but it is an inner city hospital that cares for a low income population. There are 3 magnet level hospitals within 10 minutes of this hospital, so it's hard for this hospital to keep up. I do need to be honest though, there is a large part of me that does want to move because the city I would possibly be moving to has a lot more to offer. Yes, I do love my unit, but I'm not a huge fan of the city I'm currently in. Doesn't really have a lot to offer for someone in my position. Possibly moving would kill two birds with one stone. One, I get to be near family and provide care to the specific family member. Two, I would have somewhat more of a life in the new city since it has more to offer. Yes, I would be transitioning to a less equipped hospital, but I do feel the trade off might be worth it. Lastly, I apologize for being vague in my posts regarding specific information. I don't want to run the risk of a coworker possibly seeing this post because they do know my situation to some extent.
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    GTCC Spring 2017 Program

    Hello, I'm already in the program, so hopefully I can answer your question. The desired amount of points the program is looking for will vary from semester to semester. Not that many people usually apply for the spring program, so I don't think it will be that competitive. I applied with 53 points and that was a guaranteed in. When I spoke with an admissions councilor, I was told that they haven't turned down someone with over 40 points in years. Another thing that may play into your favor is that less people seem to be applying. With the last two cohorts, the program accepted a lot of alternates, so if you don't feel that you have enough points, you might be able to rest easier. I don't want to give anyones hopes up, because again, it does change from semester to semester, but I would say if you have over 30 points, you should be good.
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    What Are My Chances

    Hello All, Hopefully some of you can answer this question. I'm still a year from graduating from my nursing program, but I was curious about something and that is what are my chances of finding a hospital job in the DMV area? Just to give you a brief background on myself, I am a 27 year old male. I have my Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Public Health, and I'm currently getting my ADN. I know a lot of hospitals in the area prefer nurses with BSNs and I do plan on getting mine when I graduate, but I was wondering what my chances are of finding a job with an ADN? I'm hoping that because I have a health related Masters degree that would help boost my chances, but I really don't know how all of this stuff works. I'm currently living in North Carolina, but would really like to move back home to the DMV for work because I miss the area and I'm really tired of NC. Hopefully someone can answer this question and I look forward to reading your responses. Thanks.
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    Grades for New Grad Programs

    First things first, welcome to GTCC. I'm almost done with my first semester, so I will be a cohort ahead of you. I'm going to try to answer my questions to the best of my abilities. From my understanding, new grad programs really do prefer BSNs and yes, grades to come into consideration. It really depends on what hospital you work for. All have different requirements. Personally, I would try to get rid of the F on your transcript and try again. You may be able to squeeze Micro in time wise in NUR 111. Multiple students in my cohort took other classes including chemistry and Physiology. I am also looking into UNCW's RN to BSN. Regardless of what they may say, its is a competitive program, and I would put my best foot forward seeing as if I believe Micro is one of their pre reqs. In terms of getting hired as a ADN, multiple hospitals in the area hire ADNs. Pretty much everyone in the graduating cohort this semester got hired by High Point Regional. In fact, that hospital really likes to hire students from the program. Cone also hires ADNs, but they do prefer BSNs. I'm not going to lie, its pretty much who you know type thing. When you are in clinicals, make sure to stand out in the right way and that will put you on their radar. Good luck with the program. You are going to have Ms. Gingles your first semester and she is an absolute rock star of a professor. She really does care about the students. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Hello All, Just thought I would start this thread because applications are due in a little over a month. Just wanted to know who was applying to the program in the spring. I did a preliminary MAR review, and I think I have around 55 points. I haven't taken the TEAS test yet, which I am dreading because I have barely studied for it. I'm going to try to take it in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully a solid two weeks of studying will be enough. With the points that I have, all I have to do is pass the test. Look forward to hearing from more people.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Thanks tfesmire for giving us a heads up. Just have a few questions if you don't mind answering. First, what tips could you give us for passing Pharm. Second, did you find it possible to work during the program? I'm going to take January off to see how I adjust, but I'm going to have to start working again in order to survive. Lastly, how hard is the program as a whole? Hope that isn't too broad of a question.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Has anyone gotten confirmation from the nursing school that they got your required paper work that was due on the 4th? I haven't heard anything yet and its kind of freaking me out. I called Lori Ann and have left multiple messages and emails, but she has not responded to any of them. I would hate to be kicked out of the program for them not getting information that I know I sent in.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    That $2000 would make sense if you are an out of state student. GTCC charges $72.00 per credit for instate. I'm looking at their tuition page now and 8 credits would be $576. Unless the nursing school costs more, I think the financial aid you were rewarded should cover you that first semester.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Confirmation card is in and I personally handed my medical information to Ms. Phillips, so I am good to go. God only knows how excited I am. I really do look forward to meeting everyone in the next few weeks. Also, I updated the facebook page I created. I started a post where we could all get to know one another if you choose to do so.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    https://www.facebook.com/GTCC-ADN-Class-of-2017-524386724382815/timeline/ Here it is. Its nowhere near done, but I have to go to work (the life of a CNA :***:), so I will work on it more when I get home tonight after my shift.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Luckily I was already CPR certified due to the CNA course I took over the summer at ACC. I'm making a photo copy of that and all the required health records and I should be good to go. I already turned in the confirmation card. In terms of who also applied to Forsyth Tech, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of students applied there as well. The trend usually is that people choose that school over GTCC, so I think some of the alternates will be in luck. I am truly excited to meet everyone on the 21st as well. Its going to be an interesting and difficult year and a half, but I think we can all get through it together. I'm thinking about possibly creating a facebook group just so we can all get to know each other before the 21st if you choose to do so.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Letter came in today. I'm in guys. Good luck to the rest of you.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Well supposedly letters went out late last week. I live in Burlington, so I'm hoping that I receive my letter today. From the people that I have talked to, they lost their points due to them changing the Humanities/FA requirement. If you took the classes that were specifically listed on the entrance sheet, then you should be fine. I have seen people get in with less than 36 points, so I think you will be okay. Like I told the other poster, try to keep a positive mindset :)
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Students in previous threads knew what number they were on the alternate list. How they figured that out, I do not know. Try to keep a positive mindset though.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    That was fast. So we should all have our letters by next week then. It looks like we have a good crop this time around to. On previous threads, there is usually only one person who has more than 50 points. I have counted three thus far on this thread. ORNurse2be: Thanks for the info and yes, you should be good to go. The counselor I talked to said that they haven't cut anybody with more than 50 points in years. Yes it is very frustrating. My dog is one of the sweetest you will ever meet. I will give your complex a call tomorrow though. I checked out the website and it said no aggressive breeds. Unfortunately, German Shepards are considered one of the big three (shepards, pitt bulls, rottweilers) that are aggressive breeds. But hopefully it works out. The other complex you told me about was a no go though. I found a 2 bedroom that is essentially 10 mins from everything is Greensboro, including school, so I hope it will still be available in January when I move.
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    How's Greenville, NC?

    It really depends on what you are looking for. If the city is what you want, then the Raleigh area is very nice and still growing. From what I have been told, there are a ton of job opportunities in that area. If not, chapel hill and durham are only a 30 min drive away. If you want to live next to the beach, then I would suggest Wilmington. I think finding a hospital job is difficult out there but there are a ton of other nursing jobs such as home health and doctors offices. If you want to live next to the mountains and a somewhat rural area, then Asheville is a good bet. In my opinion, it is probably the most beautiful area in NC. Kind of reminds me of a smaller version of Boulder, CO.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    To anyone living in the Greensboro, does anyone know of any apartments in the area that do not have breed restrictions? I have been do apartment hunting in the area and have found plenty of pet friendly apartments. However, because my dog is half german shepherd, it is considered too aggressive of a breed, which is sad because my dog is the sweetest one I have ever owned. Any suggestions will help.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Yeah the two schools I'm looking at are UNCW's and UC Denver's (if I find a job in that city) online RN to BSN programs. If I do UC Denver, I would have to take Gen Chem over again because I got a C- in that course, but I am good to go for UNCW's program. The reason I want to do RN to BSN online is because I will be able to work the same time I am doing the program. But you are right, students should look into what programs they want to go to and investigate what the requirements are. The beauty of UNCWs is that you can still take pre reqs while you are in the program.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    The assumption is (at least when I talked to the admissions director) that because I have a bachelors degree, that the nursing program will substitute one of my other humanities courses. They just can't give me points for the one's I have taken. In terms of them changing the pre reqs, the director told me that because a lot of students only have ADN's when they graduate, some are having trouble getting into RN to BSN programs because they don't have the pre requisite courses needed for those programs. The nursing school changed the curriculum around to one that they felt would best get students into RN to BSN programs since BSNs are becoming a requirement to work now. I'm excited though. After a year of taking pre reqs, I can't believe that I'm finally starting to see the finish line. I'm confident that I'm getting into the program, but I'm not going to rest easy until I see that acceptance letter in the mail. Really do wish a lot more students would post here though. I would love to get to know people before we started the program.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    The counselor I talked to wouldn't give me the exact number of applicants (they would get in trouble if they did), but he did elude to the fact that there is a full roster, so I don't think they will be extending the deadline this year.
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    How's Greenville, NC?

    I lived in Greenville for three years when I was getting my MPH. For an individual in their early to mid 20s, Greenville is great. For someone who is older trying to raise children, I wouldn't recommend it. Greenville is a college town and ECU is a huge party school. In addition, there really isn't that much out there to do. I know a lot of people with families found themselves commuting to Raleigh in order to do fun activities. Lastly, the crime in the town is absurd. There are some areas that are better than others, but when I was there, I would receive an email a week about a student getting jumped or robbed.
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    GTCC Spring 2016

    Yeah you could tell that there is a lot of stress in that office due to Tiffany's absence. In terms of responding promptly, I was told that letters go out 3 weeks after the application closes, so the last week of September. Its going to be an interesting few weeks haha.
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