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SUNY-Downstate summer '09--Introduce yourselves please!

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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

From the pre-nursing board there were a number of us waiting to hear from Downstate, and by now quite a few have been accepted!

So please, introduce yourselves here in the Nursing Student forum, and let's continue the discussion as we prepare to start classes in 3 months.

Where are you holding so far? Medical clearance, CPR, supplies, figuring out your finances and schedules for the next year... let's discuss!

Hello, I have also been accepted into the accelerated program. I have submitted my acceptance letter and am now in the process of submitting my health records.

I understand that we need medical clearance before we can register for classes but I didn't find any information about registration dates or procedures in the acceptance package.

Does anyone have any detailed information about the program's work load, faculty, resources available, etc?

I'll be commuting from long island...I'm not looking forward to traffic on the belt parkway!! Does anyone have experience taking the train to Brooklyn?

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

HI! Thanks for introducing yourself.

All I have to go on is that June 1 is orientation. The acceptance package came with a curriculum and a tentative summer schedule, with the dates and times for classes and clinicals. Nothing about faculty--probably hasn't been finalized.

Today I went to Downstate to drop of my health records and financial aid forms. I stopped in the bookstore and ordered my uniform and "health tote," and picked up a stethoscope. I asked about which books I will need but so far there is no information.

I live in Brooklyn, only a mile away, so transportation won't be a problem for me. If you're taking the train, it will be a major inconvenience as you'll have to take the LIRR to Atlantic Avenue and then transfer to the 2 or 5 train, and you'll be looking at 1.5 hours at least (depending on where in LI you're coming from). If you go to Google maps, there is an option for directions on public transportation and approximate times--you can see there what your options are.

Tell us Chaya,

what color is the uniform?

And what does the "health tote" contain?

:)

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

The uniform is white with a blue stripe down the side. The top has a collar and zips in the back. You have a choice of white pants or skirt, which looks like your basic scrub pants/skirt with an elastic waistband.

I put in an order for the uniform and they will inform me when it's ready to be picked up. they did not have a book list yet. I put in an order for the health tote but I have no idea what it contains. The only thing I walked out of that bookstore with was a stethoscope. I could have saved time and ordered over the phone, but I had to be there anyway to drop off my health and other forms.

The bookstore isn't that impressive; it's tiny and has a very small selection of stuff. But I suppose the types of books that are needed are limited since there are only a small number of programs offered by the school.

Hmm, a skirt?... intersting...

I am wondering if I could get my own pair of pants if they are just plain white and wear their top (not a big fan of elastic waistbands).

How much was the uniform and the health tote if you don't mind me asking?

:specs:

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

The scrub top is special order and you have to get that one, but I'm not sure about the pants. Guess you'd just have to ask.

The tote bag was $60. Each top was $36, and I bought two, and one skirt for like $23. I also paid $47 for the steth. So it was an expensive shopping trip!

Hmmm, pricey you're right. :omy:

Well, I guess these are the types of expenses we can't avoid.

Still excited though! :hngon:

Hi, I will be attending SUNY Downstate this summer as well. I just mailed out my health forms yesterday. I will be moving to Brooklyn in the beginning of May...I'm excited!

Hello all,

I am Lisa and I will also be starting the accelerated program in June. =)

If anyone is in NYC and hasn't yet completed the vaccinations there are free clinics in Manhattan and Brooklyn and maybe also the other boroughs. Check out the site for the most convenient for you. http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/imm/immclin.shtml

I am going this week because even with insurance (maybe it's simply not covered) the Hep vaccine was $75.00 and you need three (spread out over the next few months I think).

Has anyone registered for the CPR? How much is it and where are you registered?

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

Welcome on board, Lisa! Looking forward to meeting you in June.

I am taking CPR on Sunday, March 29, here:

http://www.firstresponseadvantage.net/

I did my vaccinations in the doctor's office... got the first HepB shot, and need two more. Also they didn't accept my PPD results because I waited too long to get it checked, so I'll have to redo.

I'm planning on taking my CPR class online from onlineAHA.org and then going to a skills session once I move up to Brooklyn in May...it's $17.50 for the BLS class.

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

I'm planning on taking my CPR class online from onlineAHA.org and then going to a skills session once I move up to Brooklyn in May...it's $17.50 for the BLS class.

Wow! That's great. I didn't really shop around, but the class I'm taking cost $80.

the cpr l took last year was $80 too. when l visited downstate last month, one of the current students told me that we might not be using all the items were required to buy i.e. health tote and some of the textbooks.

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy. Has 8 years experience.

the cpr l took last year was $80 too. when l visited downstate last month, one of the current students told me that we might not be using all the items were required to buy i.e. health tote and some of the textbooks.

in that case i think i will wait to purchase until i'm sure we need it. i've had enough with laying out $$$ for "required" school supplies we never use.

wow, when they said it's really tough to find parking down there they meant it... there is none!

suny has it's own parking garage for it, but the waiting list is about 2 years. i circled around but did not find any parking lots i could pay for. may be they look different--i was looking for the signs like those in manhattan.

anyway, i walked 7 blocks so i even managed to squeeze in my morning exercise! :pumpiron:

yep, the bookstore is pretty darn unimpressive. i ordered the uniform as well and a health tote, the bookstore manager said it was a requirement, so i had to.

only 2 months left! :bugeyes:

Hi everyone. Is anyone looking for private student loans? I am accepted the Stafford loans but it is not enough to live off of so I have to go through private student loans also. I spoke to a few banks and was able to get a decent rate but it is not fixed. Is anyone having to borrow from a bank or any other source? Any suggestions?

Out of curiousity, when did you guys recieve your acceptance letters....I'm still waiting to hear something.... :-(

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