(Closed) Nursing School

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think getting a nursing degree would be great.  There are so many openings for nurses out there!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yep I did. I just graduated in December! So I’ve been working for almost 2 months. My advice is to def. do the accelerated program. I did, ours was 17 mos. I think it was the best decision I ever made. It was tough, but worth it now that I have a paycheck coming in. I liked that I graduated in the off season….right now (in Denver) many new grads are having a hard time finding a job even though there is a nursing shortage. I don’t even know what is in store for the May graduates. I know the place I currently work is not hiring ANY new grads from the May class which totally sucks. I heard in other parts of the country it isn’t as bad. The problem is finding the first job and then after you have 1 year of experience a lot more opportunities open up for you. Good LUck!!! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m in nursing school. And will be graduating in August!

I was actually in an acelerated program and loved the pace. It’s been crazy these last couple of weeks finishing up my 2nd to last semester, but I know it’ll be so worth it in the end. Since it is an acelerated program, there is alot of information to get in, but if your instructors are anything like mine- they are always there if you need help and are more than happy to spend time going over things you do not understand.

If you have any other questions feel free to message me.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I didn’t go to Nursing School, but I work for one.  I’m in Admissions.  All of my students love it, and they’re very excited, because at least in our area, there is a big nurse shortage.  A lot of the hospitals are paying CNAs and LPNs to go back to school and become RNs so they can start to meet the need.  If they can make it through the program, they have no trouble getting employed.  It really does vary regionally, so if I were you, I would start talking to HR departments at hospitals in your area to get a sense of what the market is like.  I would also become BFF with the Admissions people at your potential school, and find out exactly what the criteria are that they consider.  Getting into Nursing School is very competitive, which I know seems counter-intuitive since we need so many nurses, but for example at our school, we get about 200-250 applications for 84 spots, and we’re not the most competitive program in the area.  So it’s a really good idea to sit down with an Admissions person to find out exactly what they’re looking for (GPA?  Score on the entrance exam? Grades in science courses?) so that you make sure you’re as competitive as you can possibly be.  You sound like you’re in great shape!  Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just noticed you are in CO springs! My friend went to nursing school at Bethel and loved it!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Nursing is a secure career, but as a daughter of a nurse, it’s a very, very hard job. You are dealing with very sick or injured people every day — seeing things that most people will never see. So definitely consider whether you’re the type of person that can handle that. I was tempted to go back for an accerelated degree, but realized I just wanted security and I’m not cut out for the emotional challenges.

I’m not saying you’re not, but don’t look at it from purely a job security perspective 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am just finishing up nursing school here in British Columbia, Canada. I did a 3.5 year program, and will be graduating in May. It’s important to be aware (as others have said) that nursing is not a guaranteed job right out of school. Many new grads in both the US and Canada are having trouble finding work. There is a hiring freeze right now in BC, and I don’t have a job yet.

The “nursing shortage” refers to a shortage of experienced nurses. Many nurses are retiring and leaving the profession, but you cannot replace a nurse with 30 years experience with a new grad. There needs to be a mix of staff who can support new graduates until they are able to practice on their own. This is one of nursing’s current biggest challenges

This is in no way meant to discourage you, but just to let you know the current state of affairs. Things will likely be different when you graduate (the nursing job market is changing all the time!). But I know I would appreciate being told about nursing from a realistic perspective.

That said, nursing is an EXCELLENT career choice and I haven’t regretted my decision to go back to school to get my RN. I have worked with some amazing staff and patients, and I can’t wait to start my career, even if it takes me a while to find a job. I would suggest talking to other nurses you may know personally to get a feel for the profession before you make a decision. There is also an excellent nursing forum online where you can read a lot about nursing and ask questions:

http://www.allnurses.com

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, and like Ribbons said, it is sometimes a very tough job. The hours are long (12 hour shifts, days and nights) and you deal with many emotionally challenging situations. But I can promise you this – I am never bored as a nurse, and you often get 4-5 days off in between sets of shifts, which is really nice. There are also lots of nursing jobs where you can work eight hour shifts, just days, or a regular M-F job. You just have to look for them, and will likely need some experience first.

 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you done any shadowing? Try to shadow a 40 hour work week and see how you like it for the entire week. Or at least a couple of full days. I have a few friends who just LOVE it. But a friend of mine’s mom is pretty jaded by now and only works part time and complains about it a lot. So make sure you hear the good AND the bad, like ribbons is talking about.

I shadowed a full day in radiation therapy (cancer patients) and was really surprised at how a patient or two really tugged at my heart strings–specifically a woman with brain cancer. It changes you. At least for me, in a good way.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am finishing up my prerequisites this semester and waiting for replies from two accelerated programs in the city to start this year!

I graduated with BA in English and BS in Economics so I had to take all sciences-A&P I&II, Chem and Organic Chem, 2 Psych classes, Microbiology and Nutrition. I sped through these in three semester (one was even a summer session). Very doable and loving it. I think you could still have kids 2-3 years out, 3 years more likely than two, but depending on what kind of job you are doing, you could be pregnant for it. Are you looking to become a nurse practitioner as well?

Goodluck

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

most everyone I know who got pregnant in college switched to nursing school. I have the (maybe wrong) impression it’s one of those most flexible educations and careers to persue while being pregnant and/or having young children around.

Plus, if you start say, next fall…school’s less than 2 years…..you could start working and be having your third by the time you hit 3-ish years. But i know quite a few people who got knocked up IN college and are finishing up school. But most of them have a mom around to help babysit all day. But it’s totally doable.

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