Helpful Information: ATM fees

Hey InterMetro Nurses,

Most of you probably opened up a bank account at Banco Popular when you moved to Puerto Rico. If you are originally from a state that doesn’t have Banco Popular, I know it was kind of tricky trying to figure out how your family was going to send you money without receiving some type of fee.

Well, I just wanted to give you some information I recently discovered. Both Santander and Scotia Banks are with affiliated with Bank Of America. So, if you use the ATM with your Bank of America debit card, you will receive a charge of $0.00. Santander has an ATM inside the school (located near the Cafe) as well as outside the school. (located near the gas station)  This was music to my ears!! Hopefully this information helps you as it did me.

Have a great day!


Clinical Documents

Hello Inter Metro Nursing students!

During orientation, you probably received a document that had about 17 tasks for you to do and stated, “All these documents must be delivered to the professors the second week of classes before the day of clinical orientation”. Your probably scrambling around trying to figure out how all these things are going to be accomplished. Well, look no further! Here I will break down step by step how to get these documents.

Hola  Estudiantes de Enfermería de la Inter Metro!

Durante la orientación, probablemente recibió un documento el que había alrededor de 17 tareas por hacer. En el papel hay una parte dice, “Todos estos documentos deben de ser entregados a los profesores la segunda semana de clases antes del día de orientación clínica”.  Probablemente estas tratando de averiguar como todas estas cosas se van a realizar. Pues, no busque más! Aquí yo rumpería, paso a paso como obtener estos documentos.

1. Health Certificate:    Certificate De Salud

  • The health certificate consists of the PPD test ( also known as the  tuberculosis skin test) and Syphillis test. These tests can be done at your primary care physician’s office BUT you will still have to take it to a doctor in Puerto Rico to have him/her give you a document that looks similar to this. This document is ~$35.00. The lab fee is separate. I received this document from Dr. Placer’s office. He is located across the street from the school. There is a lab located next door to his office so you will be able to get your labs done there as well (One stop shop!).  The process to get this done in his office is approximately 3-4 days. The health certificate expires in a year.
  • Dr. Carlos Placer Roman office address: Calle Santa Rosa No. 1 San Juan Gardens /// Telephone number: 787-766-0075 /// 787-754-4713 /// Fax 787-759-8411

1. Certificado de Salud: 

  • El certificado de salud consiste en la prueba de PPD ( también conocida como la prueba de la tuberculina) y la prueba de sífilis. Estas pruebas se pueden realizar en el la oficina de médico de atención primaria, pero todavia tendra que llevarlo a un médico en Puerto Rico para que él o ella le den un documento similar a este (el que ves ariba). Este documento cuesta ~ $35.00 . La tarifa de laboratorio  es independiente. Yo recibí este documento del Dr. Placer Dome. Él esta localizado en la calle de enfrente de la escuela. Hay un laboratorio lacalizado al lado de su oficina donde podra hacer tus laboratorios (one stop shop).  El proceso para obtener tus papeles en la oficina del doctor coje aproximadamente 3-4 días. El Certificado de Salud expira en un año.
  • Dr.  Carlos Romano Placer dirección de oficina: Calle Santa Rosa nO 1 San Juan Jardines /// numero de teléfono: 787-766-0075 787-754-4713 /// /// Fax 787-759-8411
  • Lab info

2. HIPAA Orientation and Certificate:

  • Click on the link
  • Download the powerpoint
  • Take the exam
  • Your HIPAA will be emailed to you. This should be a 8-10 minute process.

2. Orientación y Certificado HIPAA:

  • Haga click al enlace
  • Descargar el powerpoint
  • Coje el examen
  • Su HIPAA se enviara por correo electrónico. Estoy debe ser un proceso de 8-10 minutos.

3. Puerto Rico Good Conduct Certificate (if done online, a copy of validation page is required)

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  • Click the link.
  • Follow the screen shots.
  • You will receive this document in approx. 30 minutes (if you do this Mon-Fri). If you do this form on the weekend, you may not get your document till the following Monday. Please repeat the steps if you feel like you are not receiving the documents in the allotted time frame that I mentioned.
  • The hospitals will want an updated “good conduct form”, so you will probably repeat this each trimester.

****Please remember to print off your validation sheet. Your professors/hospitals will not accept this without the validation****

3.  Certificado de Buena Conducta de Puerto Rico (si se hace en línea, una copia de pagina de validación es necesario)

  • Haga click en el enlace.
  • Sige el archivo de pantalla.
  • Usted recibira este documento en unos 30 minutos (si lo haces de Lun-Vier) Si lo haces en el fin de semana, es posible que no obtenga el documento hasta el lunes siguiente. Por favor, repita los pasos si usted no han recibido los documentos en el marco del tiempo asignado que he mencionado.
  • Los hospitales van a quiere una “buena conducta” actualizada, probablemente vas a tener que repitar este cada trimestre.

**** Recuerde imprimir la hoja de validación. Los profesores/hospitales no aceptar esto sin la validación****

4. Hepatitis B Vaccine certificate (all 3 doses and Varicella vaccine or titers)

  • The Hepatitis B Vaccine can be done at your primary care provider or your local clinic. All 3 doses are very important!!
  • The Varicella vaccine or titers can also be done at your primary care provider or your local clinic.

        If you’ve never had chicken pox ——–>  You will need the Varicella vaccine.

        If you had chicken pox ———> You only need the titers.

        If your titers are too low———>  You will need the Varicella Vaccine.  

  • (THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT) There was a huge chicken pox out break here in Puerto Rico a couple of years ago, so they want to make sure everyone is up to date with their vaccine or have the antibodies in his/her system.

5. Current Influenza vaccine and Influenza A1NH1 certificate

  • Flu season begins early October-May. So, the new strain for 2013-2014 is not currently in effect. Many of you have probably asked your doctor for it and they informed you that they can’t give it to you right now because it’s not out yet. DON’T STRESS OUT! Many of your professors know this information. As soon as the new strain of A1NH1 is out, go get your flu shot. Until then, just be patient.
  • If you don’t want the flu shot, have your doctor write a letter simply stating that you refuse the flu vaccine. (I know a couple of people who presented that letter and they were able to participate in all of their clinicals, so you should have no problem if you decide to refuse)
  • Last year (2012) the health Department of Puerto did a FREE Flu Vaccination day at Plaza Las Americas Mall. If and when they do it again this year (2013), we will inform you through the Facebook page and here as well.

6. Valid copy of CPR card (Health Care professionals) 

6. Copia Válida de tarjeta de RCP (los profesionales de la Salud)

  • Si no sabes donde conseguir una tarjeta de RCP, puedes visitar esta pagina:
  • Hay algunos estudiantes de enfermería del Inter Metro que conocen instructores certificados y forman grupos con otros estudiantes y hacen una clase. Los precios son desde ~ $ 40- $80,00 . Estos puestos se publican en la página de Facebook del Inter Metro, así que, por favor, attentan a la pagina.

7. Respirator training (N95) Kimberly Clark

  • The respirator training (N95) class is usually taught by professors from Inter Metro -BUT- at a church located 10-15 minutes away from the school. Signs will be posted up around the Nursing department. Once they schedule the new class, we will inform you on the Facebook page as well as here. The cost is usually $15.00

7.  Formación Respirador (N95) Kimberly Clark

  •  La clase de formación respirador (N95) normalmente es instruido por profesores de la Metro -PERO- en una iglesia ubicado 10-15 minutos de la escuela. Letrero se publicarán en todo el departamento de Enfermería. Una vez que se programa la nueva clase, le informaremos en la página de Facebook, y en esta pagina tambien. El costo es de $15.00

8. Copy of Student Identification

  • Your picture for your student ID is taken in the Campus police building. The process to get your card is 1-2 weeks.
  • You will pick up your student ID from the Santandar Bank office (located: third floor–main level– of Metro building near the cafe)

9. Copy of Medical Plan ID card

  • If you need medical insurance, you have two options: Medicaid (lasts 1  year) or Triple-S (affiliated with Blue Cross Blue Shield). Medicaid will be free and Triple-S will be approx. $80-$95 depending on your age and if you’re including dental and medication. If you want a contact for Triple-S, please post a comment down below and we can get that information to you personally. (This contact speaks English)

10. CPI Defense Training certificate

  • The CPI training is solely for students that are taking Fundamentals of Psychosocial Care. This class is given on UMET’s campus. (Universidad Metropolitan) You will be informed when these classes are held. Signs will be posted around the nursing department. We will post it on the nursing Facebook page, as well as here.

11. Orientation and certification on National goals

  • Your professor will let you know where to get this certification.

12. Abuse and negligence certificate ( Only for Auxillo Mutuo Hospital)

  • Your professor will let you know where to get this certificate.

13. Nose culture result (only for Cardiovascular Hospital)

  • Lab info

14. Birth Certificate OR Copy of passport

  • It can be either or.

15. Certificate of Law 300 verification of criminal History

  • The Law 300 is the “background” check. You have to get this done in Puerto Rico at your local Police station. Things have changed in the past year, so once we get updated instructions on how to get the Law 300, we will post instructions.
  • Things you will need: Bring 2 passport size pictures. (This can be done in your local Walgreens), Bring ID and/or passport, and a copy of your social security card.
  • Some hospitals will allow you go to this website below, type in your name into the registry, and it comes up, “No record was found of the criteria provided, you can print off the page and hand it in:

16. Immunizations against measles.

  • PCP

17. Certification against Chicken Pox or bring in titers:

  • Refer to Q/A #4