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    St. Johns River 2019 Program Applicants

    So, it has been about 2 years since I went through the application process, so some of this might have changed. You could apply with both your HESI score and/or GPA. My rotation we were told the lowest GPA was around a 3.6-7 and the lowest HESI was a 92. GPA was based of your pre-recs. Prior degrees did not factor into selection(at least on paper). The fall is currently when the most seats are open. 36 at OrangePark and 36 at Palatka when applying you can select one campus or both. Selecting both gives you much better odds. I think they said over 200 applied. I hope this has been helpful
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    SJR State College Fall 2018

    Have you called to see if you were put on the wait list? We had some people join who were waitlisted.
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    SJR State College Fall 2018

    Yes, both campuses have fall starts so double the seats than in the spring.
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    SJR State College Fall 2018

    I only applied once, but every round can be different depending on the applicant pool. I am doing really well so far. I can't believe I am already in the third term! Let me know if you have any more questions, I would be happy to answer.
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    SJR State College Fall 2018

    Other than using the book and apps I looked to YouTube. The vocab/grammer videos for that channel I found very useful.
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    CNA and community college at the same time?

    I actually wrote an article and did a video on this same topic.https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-student/thoughts-on-being-1148626.html
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    SJR State College Fall 2018

    I am currently in the program. I started this pass fall. Your score looks solid to me, however with every semester it seems to become even more competitive. My average was something like 94.44. Have you asked what the lowest Hesi score they took over the last few semester? I dont know if they will say, but they used to tell you if you asked. That way you have an idea what the trend is. Good Luck! If you have any questions once you get in, I would be happy to answer.
  8. Thank you for sharing your story and your knowledge. That's the first time that a Code Brown was mentioned, and I actually smiled. I think I've seen a few posts on here, where some nursing students were required by their college to take the CNA class. However, I don't think they actually had to work with it. I did fail to mention another Pro in the video. Two of the colleges I applied to gave me extra points for every year I worked as a CNA. I'm going to add that into the article now. Thank you for jogging my memory!
  9. I am so sorry you are going through this. Some places can be toxic and demanding no matter the situation. You will get through just keep you eyes on the prize. How far are you into nursing school if you don't mind me asking?
  10. I completely agree with being able to tell who worked as a CNA previously. Most will jump right in when you need help. Though there are exceptions to that as well.
  11. That's why I wrote the article, and made the video. The work can be very physically demanding. For a lot of people this could be their first job in healthcare and they have no idea what to expect. I was hoping to shine a little light on it.
  12. Thank you for your feedback. I agree so many variables. Whats right for one person my not be right for another. It was the right call for me, I love my job!
  13. Should you become a CNA, if you are planning on going to nursing school? Is the experience worth it? Will being a CNA make me a good nurse? As in every aspect in life, the answer is not an all size fits one. The experience is a plus but not completely necessary. Being a CNA before going to school can help you to be more prepared, but you can still be a great nurse without it. There are many things to consider when making this decision. Lifestyle, pay, and location are just some things to think about. I have been a CNA for eight years and these are some of the things I think you should consider before working as a CNA. PROS: The good news Experience, Experience and Experience - I cannot say that enough. You can learn so much by working in the healthcare field. Basic knowledge of first term skills - I found that my skills as a CNA were very helpful during the fundamentals of nursing. I had firsthand knowledge of so many things we went over for in Lab. Forming professional connections - These connections can be extremely helpful. Coworkers are often used as references, for school or for new jobs. Some CNA's will come out of school with their first nursing job already secured. Plus, I can't tell you how many times, I have asked a nurse to explain something, I had a question about from school. Financial assistance (some facilities will help pay for school) - This is a great resource if your place of employment offers it. My hospital has tuition reimbursement and scholarship programs. ( Plus, my employer pays for my BLS certification) Patient interaction before your first clinical - I am so comfortable talking to patients and their family members. I am also used to having physical contact with patients; Helping someone to the chair, bathing, feeding, and helping with other ADL's (activities of daily living) Making a difference in someone's life - This career can be very personally rewarding. For those of us who thrive on helping others, my work is beyond fulfilling. It might actually help you get into a nursing program - Two programs I applied to actually gave me points for every year I worked as a CNA (there was a cap for that category). CONS: The bad news It is hard on the body - Depending on the unit/location the work can be incredibly physical. An 8 or 12-hour shift can take a lot out of you. I started working in my early 20's and even then it was hard on my body. To say it takes a good pair of shoes is an understatement. But don't forget those good shoes will cost you a pretty penny! While we are on money let's talk about salary! Pay - To be honest the area of the country I work in does not pay CNA's that well. At least for what all you do on a daily basis. The amount of physical a mental exhaustion might not be worth it to everyone. Most places do offer shift differential for nights and weekends. Time to study - You really need to have great time management skills to get in enough study time. The last thing you want to do after working a 12-hour shift is to stay up and study. If you have kids, you can feel guilty, taking the time to study. There might be times when you have been working the last two days, and you haven't even shared a meal with them. I talk from personal experience on that one. One great option is taking a PRN position with low hour requirements. So that might be something to look for if you are interested, but do not want to be tied down to a set schedule. I did a more of an in-depth video on my feelings on this subject down below. Feel free to check it out. I would love to know other opinions on this subject. Please let me know if you found this helpful. You can visit my channel here Rachel The Bookworm....
  14. Daytona state has a great reputation for its nursing program. One of my former professors, from a diffrent school actually recommended it! I was waitlisted there, and accepted a seat at another college. However I did take a few classes there. It was a fantastic experience. I would get your ADN at DSC and then transfer to a university for your BSN. That way you get the best of both worlds. Unless you are offered a full ride somewhere else.
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    HESI A2 EXAM 12/30/17

    Hey, I was accepted into FSCJ for fall semester, but I live in St Augustine and decided to take a spot at SJRS instead. I had to take the HESI for both and ended up with a 98% for math, 92% for reading comp, 92% for grammar composite score, 88% for A&P, and a my lowest was 78% for Biology. I used the HESI A2 book, the HESI pocket prep app(super helpful), and the HESI mastery app. I also found quite a few Youtube videos helpful. Like videos on basic math videos; ratios, proportions, and fractions. I watched videos on common grammar mistakes. Review your body structures. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.