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    MA to CA reciprocity license

    Hi, Has anyone here recently got their CA license after being a MA RN? I am in the process because of my partners relocation due to Covid, suddenly having to move to CA. I understand this is going to take a while but I am super confused by the extra pre requisites posted on the board of registration website. Can anyone help? Oliver California Code of Regulations Section 1426 identifies the prerequisite courses required in addition to a nursing program: Communication skills, six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units shall include principals of: Oral communication Written communication Group communication Related natural sciences, sixteen (16) semester or twenty-four (24) quarter units shall include: Anatomy with lab Physiology with lab Microbiology with lab Behavioral sciences (Psychology) Social sciences
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    Lab requirements for CA license?

    I also don't understand how you are supposed to meet the requirement for the communication part : California Code of Regulations Section 1426 identifies the prerequisite courses required in addition to a nursing program: Communication skills, six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units shall include principals of: Oral communication Written communication Group communication Did anyone have insight on this?
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    Simmons ABSN Fall 2017

    One more thing! Definitely get in touch with admissions and ask to visit Simmons, sit in on a nursing class and speak to some students!
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    Simmons ABSN Fall 2017

    Hi there, I don't know if "Easy" nursing school is a thing or indeed a thing you would want :) Simmons is very rigorous, they take their reputation VERY seriously and they are particularly cautious about producing calibre nurses- for example we are tested on our med calculation every semster and if you don't get a 90 you can't do clinical. So it's definitely not a school for anyone who wants to take it easy! The clinical placements are AWESOME, I think that is probably what, if anything, sets Simmons apart- all of our clinical instructors are really incredible and you get to be in the best facilities, 99% of the time you are in the Longwood Elite. The only negative I can give you about Simmons is that I don't find the administrative end of things are on point- basically be prepeared to figure out a lot of stuff on your own, especially in your first semester. Your best bet will be upperclass women because there will a lot thrown at you that you are just supposed to know. There are always resources: free tutoring etc but you have to figure out where to go and what to do to get the help you need. I don't know if that is just every nursing school because I can only speak to the one I attend, but if you're independent and knwo how to advocate for yourself you will be fine. It drove me crazy in the first term, now I look at it as an important life lesson because as a nurse, you'll do a lot of thinking of the fly, advocating for your patients and learn to fidn resources. The few friends I have in the ABSN program found it very demanding- you basically have to give up everything else for 16 months. I know a few who had families and tried but ended up transferring to the 2 year because it was impossible to keep up. Same with the DE progarm, some of my friends in DE have classes 7-10pm! I was very intested in MGH because I felt they had slightly more global focus and were giving larger scholarships. The only reason I didn't end up going that route is I had to work and just could NOT do accelerated format and Simmons was the only school with a 2 year program. So honestly my choice was more practicality. I'm happy at Simmons but I think you're not going to go wrong with either. So look at things like class size ( Simmons is 40 nax) and clinical ratio size ( we are 1:6) and of course cost! Don't have debt if you can avoid it. I hope that helps!
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    Simmons ABSN Fall 2017

    Hi, Congratulations! I decided against doing an accelerated program and I am doing the 2-year program at Simmons and am super glad I chose not to do the ABSN but of course that means I can't really talk about that program. I decided against MGH but it was only because there was no 2 year option there so it wasn't anything against MGH. I don't think that's very helpful but if you have any particular questions feel free to ask
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    Amazon Textbook Rentals?

    Thanks so much everyone, I really appreciate the info! I definitely do NOT want a bunch of books I never look at again lying around, so I love the idea of rentals
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    Amazon Textbook Rentals?

    Looking for reviews on anyone who has rented text books from amazon? I can't afford to buy this semester, even the used ones are super pricey and this looks like the most affordable option. I'd love to hear from anyone who has used the service Thanks Em
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    Simmons ABSN Fall 2017

    I'm also starting Simmons in the fall 2017 but I am a Dix scholar ( adult learner) so this is a secodn career for me. I am doing the two year BSN option
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    What made you Mama's decide to become nurses?
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    I have a few college age sitters who are great but not really always available. I have a disabled child so its not easy finding someone who can care for him and most people around casually don't want to take that on. I'm trying to see if any of the para professionals at the local school would want some extra cash on an as need basis so that I can have a few people to call when I am in school and husband is away. Child care is the biggest reason I haven't started a program yet!
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    My husband travels for work- maybe some of the single mama's can advise ?
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    Pre-req advice!!

    Check if they accept online classes and then look at Portage learning- it's entirely online. My school is very rigorous but accepted POrtage courses with no issue
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    I'm also the kind of person who thrives on learning and getting good at new skills though, so the fact that nursing hasn't been touchy-feely good times is okay for me because I'm getting fulfilled in other ways. Thanks for this, I also love learning and acquiring new skills so this gives me hope! I keep freaking out that I'll put all this money and worse, TIME away from my kids into it and then be like huh, so that's what thsi job is...and maybe hate it? The thing that is keeping me a little sane is that I know nursing as a whole can be so many things and getting the BSN can be just the first step if you want it to be. So if ( and I'm not saying that I would) but if I end up hating bedside hospital nursing, I can still find another angle to nursing that I would like better? How on earth do people swing the shift work with kids though? Here in MA, most hospitals have two weeks on, two weeks on night shift. If you get a 12 hour night shift you need someome sleeping in your house with your kids! If you get the day shift, how do you deal with the post school stuff? I have zero family anywhere in the US
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    I hear ya....I think we all wonder if we're scarring them forever. All I can say to that is, I had a working Mom and she was busy a lot and didn't make it to a lot of my "things" but I never doubted that she loved me and that I was super important to her. I can't actually figure out why...that is WHAT she did that made me feel that secure. I haven't started nursing school yet and I have to give in my decision by April and I'm suddenly just wondering if I even want to be a nurse. I know that sounds super ungrateful, I got into a great program and my partner is very supportive. But it just seems nurses are spending a lot more time charting then doing actual patient work and that freaks me out. Thats my rant for tonight. Hang in there Mama's
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    Online support group Moms in Nursing School

    Good for your girl! I was a mess with both my babies till they were at least 1 so I take my hat off to you for doing it with two just little ones!
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    Simmons BSN 2017

    NURS 404 Advanced Pathophysiology**• NURS 295-AC Health Assessment/ Fundamentals (8 lab hours/ week for the first 6 weeks)• NURS 235-AC Pharmacology• NURS 226-AC Medical Surgical Nursing I (8 clinical hours/week for the last 8 weeks) So for Fall, you will have probably one FULL day of classes where you'll have pathophysiology and pharmacology. Then for the first 6 weeks you have lab and then the last 8 weeks, instead of lab you'll have the clinical. For me in the 2 year option, I'll have half a day of class and the lab for the while first term. Hope that helps!
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