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UWOSH Accelerated Nursing May 2016 Cohort

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GrenIedGal has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Hi guys. Wanted to start a topic/thread for those applying into the May 2016 cohort, now that the application has opened. Has anyone else noticed on the application that the 2 recommendations are no longer required? Thought this was interesting.

As for me, I'm getting ready to take the TEAS V (Aug 1st) and finishing my CNA course next week with the state exam in August. I have a few months of CNA experience in a long term adult care facility and just got a job as a CNA at a local pediatric long term care facility, which I'm looking forward to since this is the area of nursing I hope to focus on after graduating (peds.) I graduated from the Univ of Pittsburgh back in 2001 with a dual BS in Psych and Business and did most of my post bach work in clinical psych (inpatient, outpatient, step down, peds again..) Applied and was accepted to PA school back in 2002 but decided that being a PA wasn't exactly what I wanted to do so waited, got married, had kids yada yada. Here I am, mid 30s, 2 young boys, applying into UWOSH. How about you? Say hi and introduce yourself so we can get to know one another during this ride. :) :)

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Hi! Nice to meet you GrenledGal. I am applying to the May 2016 cohort as well. I am a mom to three kids and in my late 30s.

I thought it was odd they took out the recommendation letter requirement, but maybe they figure everyone is going to ask someone who will write them a good letter.

So, really it might not be a good determinate of success in the program.

I finished the CNA class at the end of June. I currently work in upper management at a managed care company on a Medicaid contract, but my contract is ending August 1st. I will then be starting a job at the hospital as an ER Patient Liaison. I am also a birth assistant for a CNM who does homebirth since I am planning to become a CNM. I have been a La Leche League leader (breastfeeding counselor) for 5 years as well. I am also hoping to do some CNA hours with a home health agency. Oh, I was a volunteer nurse assistant years ago in a hospital.

I have a BS in Animal Science, a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Public Administration. I am planning to take the TEAS at the end of August. I will also be taking Anatomy and Physiology this fall. I have Animal A and P but that does not count.

What I am most curious about is what the schedule is like for the program. When is the orientation weekend, the boot camp, and the final week of the year. Anybody know?

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GrenIedGal has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Nice to meet you as well aje122799!

Hopefully some others will look for this thread as they start to get their application together.

I too would like to know the schedule. Someone posted it awhile back, for the fall cohort, saying it was tentative. Did you see that? Wonder if the finalized schedule has come out yet.

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I didn't see the schedule that was posted. Can you link it here?

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GrenIedGal has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I didn't see the schedule that was posted. Can you link it here?

I can't find it right now (in a rush to get my boys together before heading to class--last CNA class!) but I just wrote my husband an email about it last week. That was easier to find.

"for the October 2015 cohort the info packet went out in June for the students. (looked on my nursing forum)

their on campus dates (subject to change were):

9/18-9/20 for orientation

1/3-1/17 for first lab/clinical

9/26-7/10 for capstone"

**obvious mistype for the capstone dates but you get the idea.

Hope that helps. Maybe as their classes get closer to starting, someone will post more finalized dates.

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Hi everyone!

I'll be applying for the May 2016 cohort as well. My background is in social work, hospice and community health. After starting my first hospice social work job I decide to pursue nursing. It's been a long process but hopefully by the end of Spring 2016 I'll be starting a BSN program.

I've taken the TEAS test. I recommend taking practice tests. Overall it wasn't too bad, although some of the math problems were more time consuming and unusual than I expected. Overall it wasn't too bad. I've also taken the CNA program and I'll be taking the state exam on Sunday! I have to say I'm quite nervous but I'm ready to get it over with. Aje122799, have you already taken the state exam for CNA? If so, any tips or advice? How did it go?

I didn't realize recommendation letters weren't needed anymore. Thanks for pointing that out!

Where is everyone located? I'm in Oregon. I know GlenledGal is in PA. What about you aje122799?

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Grenledgal, I hope your last class went well. Did you have to do clinicals as a part of it? I know some states do and some dont. I had to do 40 hours of clinicals in a nursing home. It was a good experience. Thank you for the schedule!

Nice to meet you snwbal! I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am taking my CNA exam on August 8th. It is difficult to get a test date here. I am not nervous about the written, but I am pretty nervous about the skills as they said they are very picky.

I plan to take my TEAS at the end of August. Did you have to opt to send it to UW before you took the test? I was just wondering if you had a chance to look at the scores first. Just in case I want to retake it. ;)

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The test dates and sites are limited here as well. Until yesterday the only test sites available were 400 miles away! This test site just popped up. It's sooner than I expected but it fits w/ my scheduled and it's w/in 30-60 minutes drive. I had to take clinicals here in OR. I was required to have 75 hrs of classroom and 75 hrs of clinicals, and it's changing to 80 hrs for both soon.

I had the test scores sent directly but I was able to view my score w/in 24-48 hrs. You may want to verify how many times you can take the TEAS test. I want to say we only have the one opportunity but I may be thinking of a different school. Good luck!

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GrenIedGal has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Snwbal, wow, I'm so glad they opened up that other testing site! 400 miles?!--that would have been terrible!

Aje, yes our state CNA training requires a minimum of 80 hours (40 must be clinical)--the program I did was 130 hours including 64 hours in a LTC facility. It was a great experience. Thursday is my last clinical day and I take the state exam on 8/28. Luckily they give you a printout at the test stating that you passed each portion (written and skills) and I'll include that with my application. Then send my official certification separate when it is available the following week. Hate to do that, would rather have an application that is all-together, but figure they'll see the state exam results and know. I don't want to wait on that and have it be any closer to the deadline.

I am taking the TEAS exam this Saturday. I took the ATI practice test today and scored okay. 80% overall, 90%s in math, reading, mid-80s in english and...67% in science. Eeek. I need to focus on science these next few nights... my only hope is that people are right and the practice test is harder than the actual. I'm not sure how many times we can take it, but I only WANT to take it once. ;)

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GrenledGal, for me the practice tests were harder. Part of that may be knowing it's a practice test and not concentrating as hard or there just being harder questions. Not sure. I took another nursing admission test, the HESI, and I scored well on everything but the conclusions piece of the reading/English (45%)! It was crazy :p Luckily they look at the overall score. You'll do great!

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I just talked to the advisor at UW and she said you can take the TEAS more than once but there has to be 30 days between each test. Also, she said each section had to be above the mean score for the program, not just the overall score.

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I just talked to the advisor at UW and she said you can take the TEAS more than once but there has to be 30 days between each test. Also, she said each section had to be above the mean score for the program, not just the overall score.

Hmm.... good to know, thanks! Do we know what the mean score for each section is?

And thanks snwbal, I've heard that a few times (re the practice test versus real thing.) For me, I've been out of school for quite some time (BS degree in 2001 and many of my pre-reqs soon after in 2002-03) so the science portion (being SO broad) is giving me difficulty. I've heard the HESI tests are REALLY tough so great job! I've also heard if you can, avoid nursing schools that "HESI test".... they have a bad (hard) rep!

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