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I got my RN license in 2001 and since then I’ve worked at various clinics and for the past 5 years as a charge nurse at a local regional hospital. My supervisor and many of my senior coworkers have been urging me to get a BSN and MSN degrees. But with two children at home and pressures of a full-time job I just didn’t think I had the time. Then I received a postcard in the mail about the RN-to-BSN program at Homestead Schools. One Saturday I visited the school campus in Torrance, met with the director of nursing, Ms. Adel Blanco, exchanged stories with the friendliest group of students, sat through a class and, lo and behold, I was one of them next week. I hope to graduate in August 2018 fulfilling my life-long dream. My career has taken an upswing and I look forward to big things happening to me.
Goodafternoon Mr Ryan,
This class came at the right time in my life. I have recently been transferred to a health care facility where the nurses are expected to be leaders and believe it or not be public speakers. Part of my daily routine is to communicate patient information with surgeons, anesthesia providers, and other staff. I have to pronounce complex medical words. I have been a nurse for over 17 years but have never been required to be such a public speaker.
I have really learned a lot from taking this class with you. For one of the first assignments you had the students examine the different communication styles and then identify our own communication style. This helped me to stop and do an honest assessment of my self an my communications weaknesses and the strengths(SWOT). This class has taught me to take my time time stop, read and enunciate each syllabus of the words i have to say. It sounds simple but i have really learned to do this from taking this class. Which is kind of weird because this is an online class in which we never spoke.
I have also learned more about different ways to communicate using current technology and digital media. This class has taught me to be familiar with and appreciate the different means of communicating and conferencing via the internet using software such as aodobe connect, Vsee.com, and blackboardcolloboration.com. All of which are excellent tools for communicating and making things happen in an efficient and timely manner.
I have really appreciated the time and effort you have put in to teaching and leading this course. As an expect of you and your assignments. You have been very clear, concise, and have provided the appropriate guidance, resources and feedback.
E.L RN-BSN Student
Dear Professor Ryan,
From this class I was able to gain a much deeper understanding of the beefits and drawbacks of relying on technology to communicate. I communicate with my peers and family through the use of technology a lot more than I was previously aware, and I realize now that although it may not seem as sincere as writing a hand-written letter, it allows me to keep up-to-date with the lives of my family members as well as keep in constant contact with those that i care about. However, in a professional setting, the information I intend to convey may not be communicated as effectively as I would have wanted. Therefore, any vitally important information that must be passed on to my peers or team, should be communicated through the form of a face-to-face meeting as much as possible as that ensures the recipient has received the information, and that I am there to clear up any misunderstandings as soon as they arise. What I have learned here will not only benefit me in my professional career, but has also taught me to consider situations from diffrent perspectives which is paramount for me to provide the best care I can as a nurse for my patients.
Thank you for bringing this to our attetion, and teaching us to think critically.
Millie Leung, RN-BSN Student
Good morning Ron,
Its V.V. I know you told me to follow back this week and sorry for the short notice its because I've been busy at work and helping my family with transportation because of family issues. Anyways, I did redo my resume and I appreciate the help a lot. I wish I had gone to you earlier when I first got my license in December if I knew about all the help I could get from you which is something I do regret. My colleague F.i just got a job at Torrance Care which I am truly happy for her but disappointed in myself. I applied to a lot of places before I went to you and I wish that I had went to you first because that recommendation letter would have been very helpful. Its been a struggle for me the past 3 months and I remember you asked me to apply at Torrance Care but then I informed you I had already. They did interview me on the spot and told me to call them back about my schedule. I believe that they didn't get me because maybe my work schedule at the moment. I was honest with them and informed them that I was ready to leave the job I have right now which is working at DoubleTree. I do work full time but I informed them that my manager knows that I was leaving soon and is waiting for me to get my nursing job to hire someone else. (Maybe that wasn't the right thing to say) But I am just being honest. My managers and staff are proud of my achievement and would like me to further my career. I told them I am reliable and always on time and whenever they need me then I will be there because I started off as part-time front desk agent and now Im full time. Its a long story but I believe my reason for not getting the job was because of maybe they thought it was something that might be an issue due to my current job and schedule. I did tell them that eventually the hotel will work around my schedule. I know forsure that I am reliable but I guess they didnt take that opportunity or maybe evaluated the wrong impression. I have worked while going to nursing school at McDonalds for 4 years. Then when I graduated I got a second job at the hotel. And it will be 2 years in May so for a fact Im not the type of person to move from job to job. Anyways I will call you today about jobs or if you could call me at work its perfectly fine at 310-830-9200. I just wanted to inform you about everything and that I appreciate your help. YOU ARE really one of the few at Homestead that make a difference and help the students. I've heard and seen other things about our school and honestly you are one of the few that have helped. I remember you going in and out our classes passing information. Thank you for taking the time to read and hear me out. Its just been really hard for me and I really do wish I had went to you in December then I did now.
Thank you for keeping me updated and connected to your job postings for us graduates of homestead. I would just like to inform you that i submitted my resume and cover letter.
Thank you and God bless!
I just wanted to say Thank you for all of your help. I passed my test in 48 minutes with only 85 questions.
I was so nervous my first day of school-but I listened to you and George when you were teaching us the ATI class the first week. I copied your study habits and it has paid off.
Thank you for all your help and advise along the year you really helped to make a difference for me!
Happy Holidays, W.F
"The board of nursing sent me some forms in the mail. I received it yesterday. They will allow me to take the NCLEX again. You know, that is good news for me. I will have a better chance after I finish the program. It is indeed a divine arrangement or intervention by God to have people like you and Mr. Ignacio. I will continue to put in time to study ahead of the class like I am doing right now. Mrs. Merlyn is a good teacher. Thank you for the opportunity. I will not let you down. You will continue to hear and see my progress in batch 7. Please extend my gratitude to Mr. Ignacio, Mrs. Merlin, my teacher, and the rest of the teachers both in the classroom and in the clinical. Thank you for giving me the chance of a lifetime. God bless you and all the staff who are helping to make things happen. Please continue to keep me in your prayers."
-B.A., a VN student
"The tutoring program has helped me remember because she also gives examples."
"I would recommend this program because the staff and teachers are very nice and they know how to run the school. The school has delivered it's promise, my experience has been good. The only bad thing is there are no vending machines."
"From the transfer from PCN to Homestead, Homestead has helped make this whole process less stressful. The learning experience from Homestead has helped me become a better student and a better person."
-F.G., a VN student
"Homestead has helped me to better manage my time and deal with stress. I learned how to save money and communicate better with others and with patients. I learned how to bond with other students and with staff."
-F.Y., a VN student
"I really enjoyed my time at homestead. The students, teachers, and staff are great!"
-T.G., a VN student
"My experience was ecstatic! The staff was very cooperative and flexible with the students. I loved how everyone worked together as a team to enforce a guaranteed passing of all the students."
-A.M., a VN student
"I appreciate Mrs. Sadang, Ms. Nishime, and Ms. Reyes patience with our batch. They really take the time to instill their knowledge on us. Ms. Nishime even made us NCLEX type questions and medical terminology type games."
"Ms. Milarose is a very good teacher, we all love her! Ms. Nishime is a good teacher as well, she provides games. Ms. Sadang is strict but she's good because we are behaved and she gives us consideration."
"The program is challenging and I feel confident I will do well on the NCLEX-PN. I would recommend this program to people serious about devoting most of their time to study."
"Homestead School has embraced us as transfer students with open arms. Transferring to homestead was one of the greatest and best decisions that I have made in my life. The faculty and staff, namely Ms. Sylvia, Mrs. Nicolas, Jill and Star have helped me in all aspects and supported me through achieving my goals. Thank you to everyone, to my Homestead family!"
-A.H., a VN student
"The past year has been a rough learning experience that has taught me not only values that will benefit me in the nursing field but also in life. The staff has been understanding of myself & the rest of the students, making this experience less stressful."
-M.B., a VN student
"A nursing career allows me the opportunity and privilege to serve people in their time of need as well it is a very rewarding personal endeavor. It will also help with my financial needs."
-K.L.O, a VN student
"This scholarship will be meaningful to me because it will help me pay for education. It will also allow me to further my education. This scholarship keeps me inspired with a positive mindset and helps me realize you are rewarded for hardwork.
-A.M.J., a VN student
"Everything at Homestead is good so far. I see that the teachers really care about their students and they provide all the help we need. I really enjoy being here! Every day I realize that I made the right choice on choosing the nursing field and this school. I have recommended the program and school to the people I know. Many people at work are interested. George has been very helpful with every question I had. He took the time to explain my financial aid. I really appreciate that."
"The entire Homestead staff does an excellent job in working together for the stability of the school. My experiences here at Homestead have so far been very educational and also enjoyable with excellent clinical instructors and the knowledge we were taught during theory. The program in my opinion is one of the best in the Southern California area and is one I would suggest to those I know who are interested in taking nursing. The tutoring program is very helpful and easily accessible to all of us."
"I have had a great experience with the school. Two Thumbs up! The school has delivered a fantastic program!"
"Homestead is a very educating school. It's strict but it guarantees you get your money's worth. My experience has been great and memorable. The school has delivered its promise. I don't think anything should be changed. Everything is good the way it is."
"When I first enrolled into Homestead Schools I had a specific goal to be the best in class. The rationale behind this is to psychologically set myself up for success because failure is simply not an option for me. I take my career and my future very seriously and is evident by my number 1 rank for term 1. My drive and ambition will guarantee my graduation in my eyes. The scholarship is my trophy, it is a welcome reminder of the hard work and dedication that I have invested in my future."
"The school has been awesome, love the instructors! Ms. Sadang=Great! Ms. Rivas=Great! Ms. Tomie=Awesome! Dr. Liz=Well informed with lots of information, fantastic! Ms. Doris=Terrific!"
"The school provided all information needed to be successful. If you didn't apply yourself and work hard it would not matter what the school promised. You would not pass. All the instructors are great to work with and I believe all wanted us to succeed."
"My Experience was great! There were some bumps during the course of the program but it was handled well."
"My experience has been excellent. The school is very challenging, but it has been a great experience so far. I have recommended Homestead to many people."
"I have all ready referred the school to three of my girlfriends. My experience has been great. They've delivered on their promises. I wouldn't change a thing, they all do a great job!"
"My experience so far is good! Mrs. Sadang really worked my butt off (which is good) and all the teachers were great and helpful."
"Everything in financial aid was processed and done very well. The tutoring program really helped me a lot especially when Janet came in. She's a very good tutor!"
"Ms. Doris is very helpful and encourages us to help us to do better. Ms. Tomie provides information that can help us better understand our subject. I'd definitely recommend the program to others."
"I have received the full amount through the financial aid and I am very satisfied with the results."
"I would recommend the school to others. The teachers have been very nice to work with. Ms. Tomie is a great instructor and makes me feel comfortable asking questions."
"My experience here at Homestead has been good so far. I would recommend this school to others. The tutoring program has helped me out a lot."
"Dr. Liz taught me so much and really helped me understand the subjects. I wish we could have her for the rest of the school year."
NCLEX review class with Adel- Student comments...
Ms. Adel is the best! The information that she prepared us with is priceless. She is very skillful and she teaches with love. I would recommend Ms. Adel to anyone. She is so magnificent that she could teach a blind and deaf person and they would pass the NCLEX on the first try. She is outstanding. I learned so much from her. I know that I will pass.
She is the best! Awesome! Amazing! I 'm so very glad that I had the opportunity to attend Ms. Adel Blanco's review! She has definitely enhanced my test taking strategies! I will definitely recommend her to future nursing students! Oh, did I mention super duper fabulous, kind hearted, and nice!
She is so awesome! Not boring at all. Makes lessons easy to understand, She also explains everything and teaches strategies to answer questions, making it easy for us. I really learned a lot from her and now I understand things more than when I was in school. GREAT INSTRUCTOR!!
She is a brainiac. She is the best nurse. She has knowledge, extremely smart. I have learned more now than ever.
This wonderful human being is the best thing that could happen to this school. I feel I learned more in this review class than during the 18 months I was in school. This class is a must have!
Very happy with the information that she provided. Learned more with her than alll 111 years of class.
Ms. Adel is the greatest teacher I have had at Homestead. I only wish this class was given at the beginning of the LVN program. Ms. Adel is happy and she loves to teach. She loves what she does and she is great at it. I hope she continues to teach more students. Thanks so much, E. W.
I felt sorry for her. She was teaching us and reviewing at the same time. It was hard work on her part. It's like we started from the very beginning. She made us understand the things that made us confused before. She presented it with ease, which made it easy for us to comprehend more. There's no more to say, she's the best! Excellent!
Ms. Adel provided tools that helped me a lot to understand NCLEX more. She's very organized and explains topics clearly.
Ms. Adel was very helpful. I 'll never forget taking her review class. She's awesome! I will keep on attending her class until I take my actual test. She makes me confident. Her test taking strategy was very helpful. Doing a lot of practice tests helped me very much. I thank Homestead because having her class in the school has helped us to understand how to take our NCLEX exam. She is one of a kind.
Ms. Blanco is a wonderful person and a wonderful teacher. I can recommend her with other schools and classmates. I'm giving her a very satisfactory review, 100% excellent. Thanks very much for letting me stay in your review, Mrs. Blanco. God bless you.
Ms. Adel is an asset for this institution (Homestead). She knows what she is presenting to the class - the lecture is very relevant to the review taken in the classroom. The explanations with examples are well presented and very clear to understand.
I'm looking forward to taking more of your review classes. You were very helpful and easy to understand. I wish we had you as a teacher here at Homestead. I feel like I've learned a lot from you.
I'm very satisfied with all of the learning tools. I've learned a lot from this review. I just have to put forth more effort. I deeply appreciate this review class. It's given me more knowledge. Thank you! Thanks a million, Mrs. Blanco!
With Ms. Adel, I've learned how to do test taking strategies. She's very good and awesome! She knows what she is doing and she is very energetic. Thanks, Ms. Blanco.
Too many groups were talking, interrupting the lecture. Since they were busy talking, they kept asking the instructor to repeat (speaking their own language the whole time). Students need to learn manners- adult manners! The teacher is excellent! I will take her class again.
Please provide more time with the review with Ms. Blanco.
I would like to recommend Ms. Blanco for future NCLEX reviews. She is excellent at teaching NCLEX reviews. She makes sure your ready to take the NCLEX exam. I'm going to attend her upcoming class in January and continue until I take the NCLEX exam.
This class/review was great! Thank you Ms. Adell
I'll continue attending her review class. She is knowledgeable. I learned a lot from her. Keep her here at Homestead! She is an asset to our school.
I recommend this NCLEX review for any student that's getting ready to take the NCLEX exam. Mrs. Blanco is very knowledgeable.
Mrs. Blanco is an excellent teacher.