Samuel Merritt ABSN Intensity Questions

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2lroberts

2lroberts

32 Posts

Thanks Rianna1 and iluvmusak! I'm so relieved to hear your perspectives- it's definitely encouraging. Good luck with the rest of the program!

MachoNurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Quality Improvement / Informatics. Has 13 years experience. 3 Articles; 29 Posts

I'm in the Oakland ABSN program right now, graduating this May. I think just about everyone on my cohort is disappointed with the quality of education and instruction. Classroom instructors are nice and well-intentioned, but clearly lacking in teacher training, and there is no consistency in the curriculum. Most of my clinical instructors have been good, with a few great ones. My pediatric instructor was an emotional and physiological train wreck, and completely ruined our rotation. :-(

If the most important thing for you is to get through the program quickly, and you want a Bachelors (good for public health nursing), then go for it. Just don't expect much and you won't be as disappointed and frustrated as I have been. My biggest mistake has been expecting $55,000 to get me a superior education.

All that being said, we're graduating in 3.475 months!

qwertyu1234

qwertyu1234

1 Post

Hi, I am about to start the ABSN SF program. Do you have any books you want to sell? Do they generally give students the required book list in advance to have time to search for used books online?

Thanks

MachoNurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Quality Improvement / Informatics. Has 13 years experience. 3 Articles; 29 Posts

I can sell you the following books, all in good or great condition:

  • Bastable. "Essentials of Patient Education"
  • Ackley. "Nursing Diagnosis Handbook"
  • Burns. "Understanding Nursing Research"
  • Ebersole. "Gerentological Nursing & Healthy Aging"

I also have study guides for Maternity, Health Assessment, and Pediatrics which I will sell very cheap.

Let me know if you're interested!

biggiecali

biggiecali

25 Posts

Machonurse overall are you glad you went to SMU? or would you have prefered to go somewhere else? How are the job outlooks looking for you guys as you get closer to graduation? Are you scared? It seems that all talk is gloomy and scary about the job outlook for new grads in the bay area. I have applied to the S.F. November cohort and am worried if it is the right thing to do right now given the job issues and the economy and the money...and the list goes on. Any advise as someone who's been there? And is doing it? Thanks Macho!

MachoNurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Quality Improvement / Informatics. Has 13 years experience. 3 Articles; 29 Posts

Hi Biggiecali,

I'd say that overall, I'm disappointed with what appears to be acceptable of a nursing education in general. Everyone keeps saying, "Oh, I didn't learn anything in nursing school. You get it all on the job." As a former educator, I just don't buy that. And I think it's worse in an ABSN program. I think that what doesn't work about any ABSN program is that you cannot "accelerate" learning. Thus, the "A" should really stand for abridged, because that's what happens, things get left out. Anyway, to answer your question, if I focus on the two main reasons that I chose Samuel Merritt, I have no complaints. Those two reasons were: in Oakland and fast. They have delivered on both of those!

If I could do it again, I might have considered leaving the area for a non-accelerated BS or MS program. I'm 46 in a few weeks, so time was and is a factor! Then again, they say that time is an illusion...

Final advice: keep your expectations low and practice good self-care, where ever you go to school.

Good luck!

El Macho

dmskoka

dmskoka

Has 2 years experience. 255 Posts

Jzzy88,

I was offered my job in mid-May, just before graduation, I began in mid-July. I completely feel your frustrations! My class was extremely united so when admin pushed us, 45 of us pushed back, HARD! I'm sorry you are having a poor experience, I too was given an opportunity to go to another school, and am very happy I chose SMC, I would just be graduating this May and instead I am out there getting great experiences (and getting paid for it!!!). One more piece of advice I can give you is: what they teach you in nursing school is merely a foundation, and a solid foundation is key. You will not perfect ANYTHING in school, just become familiar with things and when you get into the real world things will come together. one more positive thing, you are learning how flaky and fickle administration can be. Good luck, let me know if I can help you with anything else!

Hi I have been accepted into 3 accelerated programs and am on a waiting list for Arizona where it is sponsored by a hospital. You work for them and they pay tuition.. OF course what I want.. but.. I like the school in los angeles.. very small and friendly.. first name basis where S.M. seems so impersonable.. anyway I have seen some of the intructors where I volunteer and they seem great. I know all schools have good and bad.. Can you comment on what you meant when you said admin pushed and 45 of you pished back.. Is this something specific that happened?

Thanks !!! I am so scared of debt especially now since no one is finding jobs,...

Izzy16

Izzy16

48 Posts

Hi,

I am hopping someone knows the answer.... I have taken NET two times and first time did better in math but second time did better in English. Can Samuel Merritt take one test result from each section or do they look at one test only? HELP!!! Thanks!

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