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Sumner College RN 2020 June Cohort

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by Shelle Shelle, CNA (New) New Student

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

Hello, has anyone else on this site been accepted into Sumner College's RN program in Portland, OR? I would love to get to know everyone since we can't meet for at least 4 weeks most likely! Excited to get to know you all! I'm also thrilled to start next week 🙂

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I am applying for the August start for what its worth. Any advice for me? I just took the TEAS on Friday (84%) and turned in everything.

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

84% is a good score for the TEAS! I got a 77%. The interview isn’t too intimidating (especially if you do it via zoom call like I did). Be sure to focus on specific examples related to your nursing experience/why you want to be a nurse (beyond just wanting to help people). Do you have cna experience? Good luck!

I worked as a CNA for a little while and I was a medic in the US Navy 20 years ago. I am changing careers. My work (I am a care coordinator at a mental health clinic) is paying for me to go to RN school.

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

That’s awesome, I would say you have a pretty good chance of being accepted! If you have other questions, feel free to let me know!

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Hey you guys... So I have my whole application all ready to go to try to get in for august 2020, but they told me to email the admission representative, but she sent me away twice to send it to her at a later date and the last time I sent it when she told me too she still hasn't replied in 5 days, so I know I do have everything and am wondering if you guys got a reply from the representative or just turned it in? The only question I had regarding the application was I did my TEAS there so I dont think I would need to turn that in with the application bc they probably already have it? thought maybe youd guys would tell me to just send it into the application email or wait.. I just feel like im pestering her at this point.

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

It took me two weeks to hear back after I sent everything in, so I would wait a little longer. Putting it this way, I started the whole process/application mid to late March, and got an interview date set in April for early May, got accepted and started in June. So it can take some time. My timeline also might be a little bit off, give or take. I sent my TEAS score in the application but I don’t think that I needed to since they do keep record of it. So far the program has been going great. Hope this helps!

Just to clarify, you did only just send it to the admission representative instead of turning it into the application email? And waited for her to respond? Or you turned it in to the application email and then got a reply in a couple weeks? Because I’ve just been waiting for the representative to take a look and tell me to turn it in even though I know I have everything, and I feel like people are already applying while I sit and wait for her to respond for two weeks now.
Thank you for responding and so quick! I’m glad to hear the program is going well! Makes me excited haha, but I did get only a 78 on my TEAS so that also makes me a bit nervous since I heard people are usually getting accepted around 80 and above.

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

I only submitted it to the rep and got the response from them. I would say that if you feel that it is taking longer then it should, maybe try to call the school and see what they have to say? I would also apply on the application page soon if they don’t respond. And don’t worry about your TEAS score too much, I got accepted with one point lower than you (77)! My level of nursing experience is what I felt helped me move forward onto getting accepted after the interview, so you have a decent chance. I know it’s nerve racking waiting to hear!

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Okay good! I was hoping being a cna2 working at a hospital will make up for my just a bit lower score, but thank you for this info, it helped ease my mind a bit haha. I will just wait a bit longer since I was only really worried it wouldn’t be counted as turned in if I just sent it to her compared to sending it into the application email.

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

Yeah no problem! I was sooo concerned about my score too but everything worked out fine! It is great that you already have medical experience, I think it helps a ton. I’m also a hospital CNA, and most of the people in my cohort have medical experience. I know it’s hard to have patience when applying, but I think the schools been really busy adjusting to covid-19 as well 🙂 also if I remember correctly, when I asked they said that if a cohort fills up, but you still got an interview and 12/15 points, you could get automatically put into the next cohort.

10 minutes ago, Shelle said:

I only submitted it to the rep and got the response from them. I would say that if you feel that it is taking longer then it should, maybe try to call the school and see what they have to say? I would also apply on the application page soon if they don’t respond. And don’t worry about your TEAS score too much, I got accepted with one point lower than you (77)! My level of nursing experience is what I felt helped me move forward onto getting accepted after the interview, so you have a decent chance. I know it’s nerve racking waiting to hear!

Hello Shelle,

Any input on what the most important admissions factors are? I just got an email yesterday from the Admin Rep she told me I am now in review and should hear in 2-3 weeks. Any input or insight on what is going on and what I can do to help myself?

Thanks in advance!

Also, should we start a new thread?

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

Hi again! I think if they say you are in review, it means you most likely got a panel interview. Shortly after they sent me an email saying I was in review, I got contacted to schedule my panel review. I had 8/10 points before the interview, and the interview is 5 points. You need to get 12/15 as you probably know. I would say it sounds like you have an interview, and as long as you do good you will get in. Just be prepared to answer questions related to your experience. You mentioned earlier that you are in the medical field, so focus on specific examples. I actually wrote down examples and re-read them before the interview. There were questions like:

- Why nursing?

-What do you do in a conflict with a coworker?

-How has you experience prepared you for school?

- What are some of your biggest life accomplishments?

- What have been some of your challenges along the way?

ect., I wrote down patient care examples and strengths/weaknesses. The interview was easier than I anticipated because I wrote down my examples prior.
And yeah I don’t mind if we do that.

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Sounds like your going for the ADN program however, not sure if your aware but according to the Sumner academic calendar the August start is for the LPN program and the new RN-BSN program they just rolled out, the next ADN start is the beginning of November.

1 hour ago, JBlane said:

Sounds like your going for the ADN program however, not sure if your aware but according to the Sumner academic calendar the August start is for the LPN program and the new RN-BSN program they just rolled out, the next ADN start is the beginning of November.

I actually just heard back yesterday, and I now have a panel interview in about a week for the ADN august start date as well as the person above. They had told me in very late May that they opened June and August for also the ADN, as I also had no clue about this start date till about a month ago haha.

han10

Specializes in student. Has 2 years experience.

Hi there,

I am looking into applying to the RN program at Summer but would like some feedback from the current or past students. Where were the clinical sites and did you feel like you got a lot of experience in acute care? Also, where did students get hired? I am not interested in working in a clinical setting and only want to work in acute care. All the feedback would be much appreciated.

Shelle, CNA

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 7 years experience.

32 minutes ago, han10 said:

Hi there,

I am looking into applying to the RN program at Summer but would like some feedback from the current or past students. Where were the clinical sites and did you feel like you got a lot of experience in acute care? Also, where did students get hired? I am not interested in working in a clinical setting and only want to work in acute care. All the feedback would be much appreciated.

Since I am only going into my second term, I can’t really answer that question because I’m unsure of what’s going to happen because of covid. I am also mainly interested in acute, but for my area I know I won’t get a job in it right away because most hospitals in Oregon require your BSN. I plan on getting my BSN after sumner. This would be a great question for @OliveOyl91 . I’m also curious about this.

OliveOyl91, CNA, RN

Specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

2 hours ago, Shelle said:

Since I am only going into my second term, I can’t really answer that question because I’m unsure of what’s going to happen because of covid. I am also mainly interested in acute, but for my area I know I won’t get a job in it right away because most hospitals in Oregon require your BSN. I plan on getting my BSN after sumner. This would be a great question for @OliveOyl91 . I’m also curious about this.

Thanks for the tag! Cohort 9 grad here!

I am currently working at a PeaceHealth hospital with my ADN. I have classmates from my cohort who are working at Providence with their ADN. Legacy, Kaiser, and OHSU definitely want BSN-prepared nurses. Not quite sure about Adventist. Classmates are also working at hospitals on the coast, hospitals in Olympia, the Oregon State Hospital, care facilities like Prestige, and local jails.

I’m doing the online RN-BSN through Chamberlain and the transition was super easy. I graduated in September, did the NCLEX in October, and was starting BSN classes in November. For clinicals during this time of COVID, they have a limited number of students attending at a time and they’re spreading them out around the hospital. We used to get three or four nursing students on our floor at a time, but now it’s only one at a time.

What I really liked about Sumner was that we started in long term care and worked our way up to clinicals at the hospital. At work, we sometimes see nursing students in their first quarter and they look terrified. They don’t have the knowledge or experience to really benefit from what they’re seeing and doing, in my opinion.

We didn’t have clinical during our first term, that way anyone new to the medical field could get a jump on their fundamentals. Our second term we were in a locked memory care facility that was along the lines of assisted living. Third and fourth terms we were in a SNF (long term care/rehab). Fifth and sixth term we were in a hospital. The seventh term was busy, because we had another round of hospital clinicals, but we also had clinicals at a mother/baby clinic for maternal nursing. Eighth term was at the Oregon State Hospital for our psych nursing clinicals. Finally, term nine was 120 hours of clinical practicum at an approved facility of your choosing. I did mine at the hospital I worked at as a CNA and wound up greasing enough wheels to get into their RN residency after graduation. ☺️

The Portland/Vancouver area is really saturated with nursing programs. The farthest north we had to travel for clinical was Olympia, and the farthest south was Salem.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask me any questions! ❤️

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