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    Portland Community College Clinical Sites

    Hello Everyone, Was wanting to get some input from former graduates on what choices you had for clinical rotation. I have talked with several RN's at my job who completed PCC's program years ago and the reviews are mixed. Some of them said the choices for clinical sites were great, others said their cohort didn't have very good options. Are there any recent graduates on this board who can give some insights on what choices they had for clinical rotation? Thanks a bunch !
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    Portland community college

    Thanks for all the info !!Best of luck to you !!!
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    Moving across country for RN?

    Do you have a prior Bachelors degree? A lot of school give a huge a amount of merits to students with prior degrees, some as high 15 points on an application. Do the schools in your area give a lot of merit points based on a prior degree? I would try to find a school that doesn't give a huge amount of points based on a prior degree. Here in the Portland, OR area, my community college only gives 1 point on a 70 point application for a prior degree, so look at how the points are distributed to decide what your chances are. Besides that, I would look into moving out of states to get your nursing degree since there are so many people living in California, the competition is tough and in time you would spend being on a waiting list, you could be getting your degree in another state along with better job opportunities once you graduate. Look into other out of state school and see where you are willing to move, I am sure there are a lot of better options outside of California.
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    How do you make money not working duruing school?

    So I am not in nursing school yet but I am preparing on applying this upcoming fall for 2017 and there are a few things that I have done that would help me and others make it so that working during nursing school is a prospect. Since I do not have rich parents or a spouse that I can lean on for support, I did some digging and found that taking all the general ed courses that most schools require you take once you get into the program (non nursing credits) can be taken prior to entering the program. This means that when I get into an ADN or BSN program, all I have to take are the nursing courses. For the institutions in my area, the nursing class course load ranges anywhere 9-12 credits a quarter, NOT including the General ED classes, which add on anywhere from 3-6 credits a quarter if you need to take them. So, I have taken all the General Ed classes that would have needed to be taken while in the program which leaves me with plenty of time to work 3-4 days out of the week. Granted it is not easy being on the go 7 days a week but I am accustomed to it. But this advice doesn't apply if you are in an accelerated program which is 18-20 units a quarter, in that case you CANNOT work.
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    CNA disrespect?

    As much as I love being a CNA and being able to help others, my experience working under the supervision of nurses in LTC/Rehab facilities for years has not been positive. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that a lot of nurses working in skilled facilities don't like there positions and wish that they worked somewhere else, preferably a hospital.Now that I work in the hospital, I find that I am treated quite a bit better by nurses, granted there are some that I stay away from, because the staffing is better and everyone "wants" to be there. Over the years I have been able to tune out people with negative attitudes but when I was first starting out as a CNA it was hard to deal with.
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    Portland community college

    I was told the same thing as well, that they didn't know how many points were considered competitive. But what i can tell is that the statistics for the current class is that they really seem to favor people with a prior degree. PCC Nursing homepage says of the 80 applicants admitted to the class of 2017, 60% had a a prior degree. Even though having a prior degree is only one point on the application, an overwhelming majority seem to have a degree. It sucks for those of us who don't have one, it makes us appear not as competitive in the application process.
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    Is LinkedIn Necessary?

    I thought LinkedIn was useless until about a week ago I was contacted by a recruiter from a major local hospital in my area regarding an open position. I had not updated my account in years because I thought I wouldn't get anywhere but I did. In this day and age, it isn't about what you know but who you know and if you don't have the right connections to get the job you are qualified for and deserve you wont get anywhere..............at all !! In terms of privacy, its all about what you put out on social media. If you have sent nude photos to significant other and have questionable photos and various social media outlets, then I would be worried. I find LinkedIn a great way to network to get better employment opportunities.
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    Night shift RN's :Do you eat in the morning after your shift?

    I have worked nights forever and what I find what works best for me is eating 2 large meals before work and then one meal when I get off work which is usually a few egg whites and low fat string cheese. I find that if I keep eating throughout the night thats when I tend to put on the weight, I rely on coffee and diet coke to get me through the night. I usually keep Quest Bars on hand if I happen to get hungry throughout the night. Do whatever works best for you, but you are at a pretty low healthy weight for your height (i'm 5'10 and don't weight close to what you do lol) so I would not be too worried.
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    Starting nursing school with a 3 year old

    I don't have children but have known plenty of people who have had children while going through nursing school and are now nurses ! Like everyone is saying, prioritizing is key. Have a set strict schedule and stick to it. Anything is possible !!
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    How to get on hospital?

    Yes please do that !! I actually work for a staffing agency that staffs a majority of hospitals in my local area. Prior to working for the agency I was a CNA in Rehabs/LTC for 4 years and was always applying to hospitals and NEVER got a call back for any of the positions that I ever applied for ! Then about 8 months ago I met a woman who told me about the agency she worked for all of the hospitals they staffed and I have been working the hospital since and some rehabs. Find a good nursing home to work for and get your experience, then apply for both hospitals and agencies that staff those hospitals. Honestly, it's way easier to got on with a hospital through a staffing agency than it is just solely applying for the institution itself. In my area at least, you usually have to know someone to get your foot in the door, its that competitive. For all of the applications I put in to hospitals, the message that I received verifying that my application was sent usually had a disclaimer to not contact HR regarding application status. You will usually get an email from HR within a month saying that you have not been selected for this position. The people I have talked with who did get hired on directly with the hospital said they usually got a call back within 1-2 weeks for the initial interview which is usually by phone (there is a total of 3 interviews for most hospitals). If you are selected for the position, its usually around 5 weeks from the initial time you send in the application to the 3rd interview. Hope this helps :)
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    Scored 95.3% on TEAS V

    Congratulations on your hard work and competitive score !!
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    Struggling to get an A in A and P ?

    Well I am taking Anatomy and Physiology for the second time this quarter, not because I failed it the first time though. Actually, the first time I took it I went between an A and a B the whole semester but ended up with a B. What I struggled with the first time I took it was taking the class with other courses and still managing to get an A. Fast track a few years later and this is the only class I am taking this semester. I must say it is much easier and less stressful studying for this class when its the only class you have to study for. My question though is there anyone who took A and P and got an A while taking a full load of courses (12+ credits)? How did you find balance between all your classes and still manage to understand the important concepts of A and P well enough to get an A? I have known many people who got an A, but it was the only class they were taking.
  13. Though I will not be applying to a CSU school, about two years ago when I lived in California and was taking Anatomy and Physiology at a community college, a former student of the professor's came in to give a presentation on what it was like to be a nursing student at CSU Sacramento. This woman pretty much pointed out how hard it was to get into a CSU nursing program and gave us some brief statistics on her current cohort. Of the 30 students admitted into the program, 16 of them had Bachelors degrees from either a UC or a top school such as Stanford, Duke, Yale or USC. She herself had a Bachelors Degree in Zoology from a major UC with an undergraduate GPA of 3.7 , a 4.0 in all her prerequisite courses, perfect TEAS scores, and no patient care experience (which I thought was really strange). The reality of the situation is that you competing with very competitive applicants in a state where its already really hard to get into any health professional program to begin with but don't loose hope! There plenty of programs out there that are less competitive than CSU programs. Plus keep in mind California schools want to look good and keep there stats high, having a bunch of students with degrees from top universities make them look good and keeps them in Forbes Magazine every year LOL ! Try getting into an Associates program and maybe doing an RN to BSN program (might take longer but you may have a better shot of getting in). Best of luck to you my friend