Im just curious how many years it took for all ur nursing school
Was it worth it?
how many college(s) did you go to?
and what degree or diplomas did you earn?( if you want to say)
im a pre-nursing student and hoping i'd be done before 30
Jun 17, '07
Short answer: it took me four years (from May 03 to May 07) to earn an AA in general education and a BSN.
Long answer: (may induce nausea or drowsiness)
I quit work (a really nice gig -- but that's another story) to enter this pursuit full time. From the get go I knew I wanted a bachelor's, so I did not look at all at ADN programs (first mistake). I was 34 years old and only had 8 college credits that were then nearly 10 years old. 4 credits in Physics and 4 credits in Calculus. The calculus covered my math prerequisite. The physics credits were kind of irrelevant.
In less than 2 years at my local community college I completed the prereq's that I was told would articulate to the state university system here in florida; however, I was unable to compete to secure entrance at the state university nearest my hometown: science GPA was flagged: 3.40 (needed a 3.60; 2nd mistake: should have applied to all the state universities).
I went nonetheless to the state U nearest to me and I asked them what I could take to compete for a spot in the nursing college and they had (and suggested I take) three nursing courses open to all students, which I dutifully took and earned two A's and an A-. I also took that semester the first semester of general chemistry to bone up on the introductory chemistry I took to earn my AA; and I also earned an A there.
That was Spring 2005. There was nothing to do for the summer semester, really, but I gathered that this time I was going to cast my net really wide in sending out applications to as many nursing schools as possible -- and I found out that I would have to take other prerequisites to compete for entrance to other nursing schools so in the summer of 2005 I took Ethics and another Humanities class (one school was labeling one of my AA humanities a social science class and declared I was therefore deficient) and Biology I. I got straight As except for the 1 credit biology lab: a C. (I just couldn't get into the lab portion of it -- UGH!)
So for fall 2005 I applied to all the state universities as well as Drexel U in Philadlephia and University of Miami, and I finally decided to go ahead and hedge my bets and applied to the ADN program since one of my teachers told me I could easily come back to Florida State and use my ADN to leverage a BSN by taking two or three more classes.
During that summer I got the bad news that I did not get accepted to any of the 9 state universities I applied to. I did get accepted to Drexel U in Philadelphia and to the University of Miami and to the community college ADN program.
Why didn't I get into my state U? I went to the dean to ask him and he told me that I had a competitive application, but he pointed out that the essay portion of the application I had completed by handwriting. He said this was just not a good thing to do. HUH??? Okay -- let's call this mistake number 3 -- but really! I asked him -- Is my handwriting legible? (I have beautiful handwriting folks) Yes, it's legible. Did I make any grammatical errors? (again... nope -- I am a meticulous writer!) Did I misspell any words? (no, no, no). Fine, that's the lame excuse I got for not making it to their nursing program.
Of the three schools that accepted me -- the CC ADN program, Drexel and U of Miami -- I did not like any of these three options!
ADN program was going to take me as long to finish as the BSN program. Okay, it's really a competition between U of Miami and ADN program since Drexel -- I then discovered took a year longer than every other BSN program out there.
In my heart I wanted my BSN though, I couldn't see the point of putting two years into an ADN program when I could put two years into a BSN program. Okay; the big difference: U of M costs a fortune!
I decided to go to U of M.
I went straight through the U of M nursing program finishing in two years (graduated May of 2007).
I am eligible to sit for NCLEX now.
However, I am 69,000 dollars in the hole because I had to take out these massive student loans to deal with $30,000 per year tuition (just went up to $35,000 per year) as well as living in overpriced and over-rated Miami.
The greatest regret of my life is not having taken the cheaper route (ADN) which would have done for me what my BSN education has done for me: make me eligible to sit for NCLEX. THERE IS NO APPRECIABLE DIFFERENCE IN PAY BETWEEN ADN Vs BSN PREPARED NURSES.
Because I went the BSN route I now will have the pleasure of going to work with the obligation of having to repay these massive loans.
Okay.... I'm over my little fit.
I'll be alright. I just came back from a trip to California where I interviewed with three different hospitals and all three offered me a job.
I am picking the hospital which has offered me an in house path to earn my master's in nursing and also has a student loan forgiveness program. I will be working in the cardiothoracic ICU after a 5 month Versant training program.
I'll be in LA before the end of July and my new employer is picking up my relocation costs.
Last edit by sirI on Aug 23, '07
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