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Saint Francis Medical Center Col. of Nursing Reviews

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  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always people on duty to watch the area. If you would like someone to walk you to your car you can just call. You also have to have a badge to get into the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are good groups that you can enjoy here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every week you can nominate someone at the school that you want to get extra recognition. Also they take prayers that you would like people to pray for.

    Bang for the buck

    You really get a good education when coming here. The teachers tell us that employers really can tell a difference from the nurses that come from St. Francis.

    What to do for fun

    We go tanning and go to dinner together to catch a breather.

    Food and Dining

    We don't have a meal plan, but there is a cafeteria and subway you can purchase food at.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms. Everybody is really close and studies together.

    Academic Rigor

    This school curriculum really prepares you for the nursing field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all your prerequesites done and apply early. Study hard and take good notes and you will be successful.

    In three sentences

    Attending this school was one of the best choices I have ever made. The teachers here are all very involved and really know how to teach. I feel I will be the most prepared I can be for the nursing field by going to this school.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The dorm is locked 24/7 and there are just 2 entrances to the building. Hospital security is available for concerns or request. Student safety is a priority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Multiple opportunities for student leadership.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This organization is very supportive of people of all faiths. Catholic masses are held in the beautiful hospital Chapel and several Feasts of the Catholic faith are celebrated throughout the year. Employees who wish to pray with their patients are encouraged to do so and the Sisters of the Order of St Francis pray daily for the staff and the patients alike. There is, however, no pressure to be of any certain belief system or denomination. There is a culture of acceptance and care. The mission of the Sisters is to serve all with the greatest care and love.

    Bang for the buck

    St Francis can provide you not only with an education, but also a wonderful place to work. I have worked 13 of my 22 years of nursing at this facility and am so proud to be both a student and an employee here. There are nurse externships in multiple specialty areas and jobs as a Patient Care Tech are usually available. The opportunities and experience you can get from working at St Francis are incredible. There is always room for advancement and change. There are often opportunities to get tuition waivers in exchange for time worked for the facility. Many new nurses come down from the Chicago area to work here because St Francis is very welcoming to new grad nurses.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple choices for nightlife in the downtown area. There are several different museums and local activiites. There is a new museum downtown with an IMAX theater that is set to open within the next 6 months or so.

    Food and Dining

    There is no cafeteria in the dorm, but the hospital cafeteria is just a short walk away. There are tons of different restaurants in Peoria. There is a full kitchen on the ground level of the dorm for student use.

    Dorm Life

    The dormatory is an old, but very well maintained, building, rich in history. The rooms are typical size for dorm rooms, but each has their own sink in the room. The living quarters are in the same building as the classrooms, making it ideal in inclement weather; you don't even have to go outside! The Medical Center is right next to the dorm, so going to clinical requires just a short walk outside. The student body is close knit and study buddies are just a door away.

    Academic Rigor

    Having graduated from this school with my Bachelor's Degree 22 years ago, I can tell you that the undergrad program is well-paced and very thorough. The professors are both knowledgeable and personable.

    Tips for prospective students

    The affiliated medical center is a Level I trauma center with opportunities for student externships and terrific employment opportunities and employee benefits that are phenomenal.

    In three sentences

    This is a college with a small student body. It offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in nursing. The student body is a close-knit group.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    You will get one of the best educations.

    What to do for fun

    Everyone gets together and goes out for fun! Usually have a huge test we all go out to eat and celebrate!

    Food and Dining

    They have a kitchen where you can cook but no cafe that they prepare food at. But if you don't feel like cooking you can go to the hospital and eat at the hospital's Subway, Don's Bistro, and cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are very convenient and everyone is very nice. But it isn't like a normal dorm life. Everyone goes home on the weekends and no visitors are not allowed to stay the night without approval.

    Academic Rigor

    It is amazing but hard. In the lab setting they make sure you are ready to be on the floor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared when you come to class because they will throw everything at you at once.

    In three sentences

    If you want to go to school for nursing then you are looking at the right school. Saint Francis prepares the students here for a career in nursing. The staff is more than willing to help you succeed.