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  1. When I graduated in Spring 2018, CCBC was offering an ATB 2.0 program that allowed students to start an ATB program in their 3rd semester. If you are starting your first semester this fall, I would reach out to someone in the CCBC program now, explain your situation and see if any ATB programs would still accept students past the deadline, it can't hurt.
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    BSN vs RN-BSN programs, pros and cons?

    I was in a similar position. I had a B.S. in biology, was working full-time, and was faced with the same dilemma. I took my missing prerequisites at a community college and then decided to go the ADN route. It cost significantly less money and the school offered an evening/weekend option which allowed me to continue to work my full time, 9-5 job. Once I finished my ADN and passed the NCLEX, I found a nursing position with a new grad residency pretty quickly. Where I live there are lots of new grad jobs and most employers will hire ADN nurses as long as you will commit to get a BSN within a certain timeframe. My employer also offers tuition reimbursement. You really need to research the job market in your area as this varies around the country. In my state the community colleges have dual enrollment partnerships with universities for RN-BSN. I took one class for my BSN each semester while working on my ADN. This meant I had one semester left of BSN classes when I graduated from my ADN program. I think several states have similar programs.
  3. What specialties are interested in? I feel like I've seen a bunch of new grad postings in the last few weeks.
  4. I'm a new grad too. I think this is really going to vary from unit to unit within every hospital. Even in a hospital that generally has a good sense of community, you can still have units with a not so great culture. That said, I had clinical in a number of Baltimore area hospitals and had the best experiences with the nurses at Mercy, Mt. Washington Pediatric hospital, and Johns Hopkins Bayview. I did not have clinical at GBMC, but did interview there, and felt like they had a strong sense of community and were really supportive of their nurses. I suggest taking share time if offered after job interviews, it gives you a look into the atmosphere of the unit.
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    You can try the trick after you get the email from Pearson saying you completed the test, usually an hour or so after you finish.
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    How do they let you know you failed the NCLEX?

    You should be able to go on the Pearson site and pay to get your quick results if your state allows (it's $8). At least you will know for sure either way. Good luck!
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    New to Nursing, and transferring schools

    They also offer the TEAS at PSI testing centers. I just looked and the one in Sacramento has testing slots available in January.
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    Having trouble in college algebra

    If you are doing that poorly, I would withdraw from the class. You don't want a failing grade on your transcript when you go to apply to nursing school. Make an appointment and talk to a professional about the depression and anxiety. See if you can take the class with a different professor next time. Use ratemyprofessors.com for reviews or ask other students. I would check out youtube or Khan Academy in the meantime to find videos that explain the content you don't understand. You can do this! Good luck!
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    First exam!!!

    I would suggest doing focusing more on the powerpoints and then doing practice questions. I'm guessing you are in a Fundamentals type course, if so, there is a book, Fundamentals Success, which has lots of nursing style questions based on that content and also has some tips on breaking down the questions. You can also use google and find more practice questions.
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    Dosage problem help

    Start by calculating the flow rate in ml/min.
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    How long to study

    I don't think it's a one size fits all type of thing; some people need weeks of studying while others just a few days. It's going to depend on your skill level, how long it's been since you've learned the topics covered, and what you have retained. I would take a practice test and see where your baseline is, and then study the areas you are weakest in.
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    CCBC RN ATB school graduate experiences

    I'm in ATB currently with Frostburg and am in the evening/weekend program. I work full-time, 5 days a week at a 9-5 job. I selected Frostburg for reasons similar to what you stated. I'm starting my 3rd class at Frostburg now, but the workload hasn't been to bad, just expect to write papers. Doing ATB was kind of a relief first semester, because it gave me an extra night off that most people had to be at CCBC on. You really just have to try and plan ahead and get the ATB stuff done whenever you have free time. The program between CCBC and Frostburg is still relatively new, I think this is the second year, so it may be hard to find a whole lot of people to talk to. If you haven't already, go to one of the ATB sessions at CCBC and you can talk to someone from Frostburg, it may be helpful. Good luck!
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    CCBC Essex, Nursing Fall 2017

    I did Essex evening/weekend and we were e-mailed on 3/16 last year with decisions.
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    CCBC Essex, Nursing Fall 2017

    I think you need to have the application filled out and paid for by the deadline. They allow some extra time for the transcripts to be received and processed because it can take a while if they get backed up. Mine did not get processed until the first or second week of February last year and it was fine.
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    CCBC Nursing Fall 2017 Application

    Do you already have the transcripts? If so, you may be able to attach the forms to the sealed transcripts and send them yourself. I would just call CAS first to verify this is acceptable. If not, just take the form in when you request the transcripts. The registrar will attach the form and send it all directly to CAS. You would need to go to both schools for this. Hope this helps.
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    CCBC Nursing Fall 2017 Application

    The CAS stuff can be a pain. Give the registrar at your school the form (you may be able to do it online) and they put it with the transcript to send it. Don't wait too long to do this though, it can take a while for CAS to process them.
  17. Most of the study guides have content or questions for all the CLEP exams they offer. The public library in my area had a few different ones.
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    CCBC FALL 2016 anyone applied? =D

    Me too! Congrats guys!

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