How to be an APN in ten easy steps....or how to spend oodles of $$ on your education - page 5

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How to become an advanced practice nurse in ten easy steps! My very different educational path has probably furnished some professor with a new BMW or Lexus. I am not endorsing this route but rather explaining why you should... Read More


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    Thanks everyone for your comment.
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    I don't know if you will see this, as the original post is so old, but... why, after a few years of working in the ER with your ADN, did you realize that going back to school was necessary? I am a teacher who is considering becoming a nurse, and the Associate's degree programs are tempting, as they look quicker and less expensive. I was hoping after I am an RN I might work at a place that would offer tuition reimbursement toward completing my Bachelor's degree. Should I just go for the BSN right out of the gate?
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    I just want to say congratulations!
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    You make me feel hopeful!

    I graduated in 2002 from HS - started pre reqs for nursing right away... decided to defy family and choose my own path - TEN YEARS, 3 different majors, a ton of unnecessary credits, married to a Marine, two babies, traveling around the world later, I realized nursing was, in fact, what I wanted ALL along - I just felt the need to be defiant at 18. So here I am, 28, mother of two toddlers, married to a Marine desperately trying to finish all of my pre reqs - you know, the ones I started ten years ago - and get into a BSN program && FINISH - all before we get re stationed. Ultimately, I'd love to get my MSN and be a Family Nurse Practitioner. I'd love any advice you have but most of all, I'd like to say thank you for sharing your story. I feel like I've wasted so much time and money - I just keep pushing forward, hoping & praying that it will all be worth it in the end!
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    Thanks for sharing! I guess there are always regrets but your path seems great, good job! I feel like I SHOULD have gone to school years ago. I've just been working or taking care of my kids. I've been accepted to MSN programs multiple times but am afraid of the loans because I have credit card debt I'm paying off, plus kids. I've been home with them, working part time or per diem, and feeling like I should have done more for my education/career in my 20s. Now I'm debating on school again. I also am undecided on what exact path... we'll see! Anyway, thanks, I am glad I am not the only one who analyzes my past career decisions.
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    I just happen to discover this posting. I must say, TraumaRU , you are very encouraging to us all. Though I have always known that I wanted to be a nurse since coming out HS, being on this road to completing my FNP is challenging. I almost over-thought myself out of school for my MSN. Not only was your blog funny but so realistic of what so many people are going through. Though I will have TONS of student loans, I believe everything that we go through in life, shape us for practitioners needed to serve our patients.
    Thanks TraumaRU for sharing your experience with us
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    I am fast following in your footsteps! Luckily I haven't spent oodles (yet) because I had tuition reimbursement for my BSN, the Army is paying much of the MSN (all but $2K), and I'll have the GI bill should I do a post-MSN NP program (maybe DNP, not sure, still eyeballing programs/thinking). Sigh. Feeding my education addiction! Maybe I'll finish by 45-ish??? Hahahahaha!
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    Quote from NerdyNikki
    I just happen to discover this posting. I must say, TraumaRU , you are very encouraging to us all. Though I have always known that I wanted to be a nurse since coming out HS, being on this road to completing my FNP is challenging. I almost over-thought myself out of school for my MSN. Not only was your blog funny but so realistic of what so many people are going through. Though I will have TONS of student loans, I believe everything that we go through in life, shape us for practitioners needed to serve our patients.
    Thanks TraumaRU for sharing your experience with us
    I have thought myself out of APN/MSN too for the moment NerdyNikki!!

    I FINALLY graduated with my BSN after 12 YEARS of schooling...did not well in Nursing School at 19, tried to get my GPA up to get in a university for my BSN, blackballed, LPN school...best choice ever-open the flood gates to get back into a BSN program! Oh no!! Dark path of life, TWO car accidents in one year, next year a near-death experience. Survived, got back into school, one that took my LPN as a credit, rolled on for 2.5 years until this May, licensed in June, stayed at my job as a RN at my old salary-no jobs were even looking my way!!! Waited, waited for my salary increase, none, until the beginning of this month:-/...but a light at the end if the tunnel... Will be starting a job as a PICU RN in Feb, a little over five years from my near death experience... I have come full circle with my goals...Now, I do desire to be a FP nurse practitioner, for special needs children and special populations with a side of urgent and it critical care...but I'll be 32 and STILL have miles on me!!!! TraumaNurseRUS....and fellow nurses-my HEROES!!! What lives we lead :0) wouldn't change it for the world!!!
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    Yes indeed - a wild ride. However, our past makes us what we are going to be in the future.....


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