Accelerated degree programs - page 2

I am considering getting my degree through a one year accelerated nursing program for people who have degrees in another subject. My degree is in Computer science. Are there any nurses who... Read More

  1. by   Kyriaka
    I'm really curious: why do you think you want to go into nursing?
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    I am going into nursing because I have an interest in medicine. I am a former burn patient and want to specialize in critical care burns.

    But I have no desire to remain a nurse.

    One of the major drawbacks of Bioethics is that it is taught by people who have no medical background. I do not think that a background of philosophy is good enough.

    To teach bioethics I will then have a background in medicine, an experiance as an ICU patient, and also a masters of Philosphy.

    And I do know some pharmacy reps.
  2. by   framps
    I will finish an accelerated program in May. We have a handful of folks (out of 56) drop out, mostly due to not passing a clinical session. They have the option of continuing on a part-time basis and then repeating/continuing with clinical over a second year.

    Generally, there are prerequisites which must be completed prior to registering for classes (anatomy, physiology, psych, child psych, growth and development, nutrition). No prior medical experience is required, though it CERTAINLY is a plus. They year has been the toughest I have ever faced. I have committed 12+ hours/day, 6-7 days/week.

    Seems like a long road to travel if you have no desire to continue in the field of nursing. Of course, only you can decide what is best for you. If continuing ed is your thing, then be sure to hook up with a teaching hospital with good educational benefits. Continue schooling for free while you work.

    One of the best aspects of nursing are the endless varieties of career avenues. In the beginning however, expect to put your time in, giving bed baths and wiping buts. I would strongly recommend shadowing a nurse or two and getting a true picture of nursing entails.

    Best of luck,

    Framps
  3. by   Kyriaka
    Seems like a long road to travel if you have no desire to continue in the field of nursing.
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    More education is always a plus. Whether you stay in a field for a long period of time or not.

    I learned braille just to learn it. I dont use it. But that isnt the point.

    I learned some japanese just to learn it. I dont use it. But that isnt the point.

    I start clinicals in the fall at a teaching hospital.

    I dont mind doing dirty work.

    My problem will be if I clash personality wise with others. I am my own person.

    I keep personal and work totally seperate. I am pure business when I hit the door. I dont believe in mixing the two.

    I have always eaten lunch by myself.

    I believe strongly in maintaining a pure professional attitude with those you work with and not crossing the line. I dont want to know who you are dating, what shoes you are going to buy, ect. ect.
  4. by   Kyriaka
    [QUOTE=Kyriaka]Seems like a long road to travel if you have no desire to continue in the field of nursing.
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    More education is always a plus. Whether you stay in a field for a long period of time or not.

    I learned braille just to learn it. I dont use it. But that isnt the point.

    I learned some japanese just to learn it. I dont use it. But that isnt the point.

    I start clinicals in the fall at a teaching hospital.

    I dont mind doing dirty work.

    My problem will be if I clash personality wise with others. I am my own person.

    I keep personal and work totally seperate. I am pure business when I hit the door. I dont believe in mixing the two.

    I have always eaten lunch by myself.

    I believe strongly in maintaining a pure professional attitude with those you work with and not crossing the line. I dont want to know who you are dating, what shoes you are going to buy, ect. ect.

    I work hard at everthing I do. I have maintained a 100% GPA in all subjects but Anatomy I (I still made an A). If you arent going to do your best, it just isnt worth doing.
  5. by   framps
    [QUOTE=Kyriaka]
    Quote from Kyriaka
    Seems like a long road to travel if you have no desire to continue in the field of nursing.
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    My problem will be if I clash personality wise with others. I am my own person.

    I keep personal and work totally seperate. I am pure business when I hit the door. I dont believe in mixing the two.

    I have always eaten lunch by myself.

    I believe strongly in maintaining a pure professional attitude with those you work with and not crossing the line. I dont want to know who you are dating, what shoes you are going to buy, ect. ect.

    I work hard at everthing I do. I have maintained a 100% GPA in all subjects but Anatomy I (I still made an A). If you arent going to do your best, it just isnt worth doing.
    Clearly, nursing classes won't be difficult for you. Your background is quite remarkable. I admire your work ethic and I understand your desire for variety in careers and educational opportunities.

    In my experience, the nursing millieu necessitates a team approach. Your ability to thrive in a diverse (and often not so professional as you might like) environment will have a distinct impact on your enjoyment of your experience. Nursing is largely female as you know, but also keep in mind that many of your fellow students will be young college students. As such, they are largely interested in who's dating who and other gossip. You may not care, and you don't have to. I can't tell you the number of times I have massaged my forehead at the lunch table listening to who's dating who and who is cute, etc. We always ate as a group during clinical. It was not an option. My attempts to discuss disease states and the political happenings in the world were usually cut short by "Oh my god, did you see what so and so is wearing?"

    I have no doubt that you can succeed in ANY program, but can you be happy doing it?
  6. by   sunnyjohn
    Kyriaka,

    I don't think there is anything wrong with maintaining a high level of professionalism at work. And I would never knock anyone with a penchant for education. I consider myself a professional student.

    I think you can use these qualities in your nursing practice.

    One thing though, as a nurse, you will see people at their most vulnerable. Illness has the ability to bring out the humanity in humans. Although they are all true professionals, it is the ability to deal with this humanity that distinguishes the truly excellent clinicians.

    Are you equating your professionalism with detachment? This may not always be possible I such a people-oriented field.

    Certainly your past experiences in sales have honed your people skills. I think you will find that you will be able to capitalize on this experience.

    Agape.
  7. by   Kyriaka
    I have no doubt that you can succeed in ANY program, but can you be happy doing it?[/QUOTE]
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    That is the rub, isnt it??

    Actually, the head of the biology dept. where I am at now has shown an interest in hiring me as soon as I get my Masters.

    You never know.

    Life has funny turns.
  8. by   leo_bsn
    I'm in an accelerated BSN program that started last May and has me finishing in December. It is VERY intense and you must have excellent time mgmt skills. It sounds like you would be fine. My program is very competitive - the majority of us are perfectionists and all came into the program with a 3.5 or above. Our grading scale is 94-100 A, 87-93 B, 80-87 C and we if we get below that we fail.
    I am happy to be doing the program with other people my age and I am really not sure that I could have gone to nursing school as an undergraduate - I am really glad I had some other experiences prior to this. There are many things I would change about my program, but overall I am happy I am doing it.
    Good luck.
  9. by   Kyriaka
    Are you equating your professionalism with detachment?
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    I think those are two differant things.

    I think professionalism is more of the role of co workers.

    However, it is true that you must have a sense of detachment with your patients.

    If you didnt, you would crumble.

    I am the only survivor of a house fire. And being burned 60% is no walk in the park.

    But there must be a certain amount of detachment. Otherwise, the nurses who cared for me would have become basket cases!

    I think there certaintly is a role for someone like me in nursing.

    It is more finding the right type of nursing where my personality will work as an advantage for me and not a negative with others. I am a fair, honest, nice person to work with.

    However, at the same time I push myself to extremes in everything that I do. In sales, everyone is like that. It is the norm. I dont think it is the norm in other professions.
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    i don't see a conflict between employer, other nurses ...we are there to work as a team...with ward clerks, aides, other nurses, resp tx, etc
    i don't belong to a union and i never have but i would never cross a picket line unless i know for a fact that there were no solid issues
    when you are working in sales you sink or swim on your own work..in nursing you never know when you will need somebody to back up -- i know that the other nurses would not punish a patient by not being in a code but they deserve the back up that they would give
    i am sure that you could do the program but you need to really think if you want to spend a year of your life on something you really don't want to do
  11. by   Maisie
    Quote from nosonew
    I am not aware of any one year, accellerated programs for nursing if you aren't already a nurse via ADN.

    I am doing an accellerated BSN after being an ADN nurse for 13 years. All of my classes are on-line and I do local clinicals...
    There are many universities offering this option for people who have a Bachelors degree in another area.
  12. by   Kyriaka
    i am sure that you could do the program but you need to really think if you want to spend a year of your life on something you really don't want to do[/QUOTE]
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    I never said I didnt want to do nursing. You never know whether you like something until you are actually in it.

    I actually plan on working in several fields during a lifetime.

    Everyone in my family has multiple degrees.

    I used to be an accountant, then I was a real estate broker, then I was in sales, ect. ect.

    I will forever be in school. I always am learning a new thing. The next thing is getting my pilots license.

    I would also like to get a degree in Microbiology and/or basic Biology.

    You have to get in there and try it before you know if you like it. I orignally went to college to be an attorney. I worked 3 days for an attoney and changed my mind!
  13. by   Maisie
    Thanks for the information on the accelerated programs. I still have not decided. Even though it is a one year program, it will take at least a year before I finish the Chemistry requirements. I will need to take College algebra before I can even take the first of two chemistry classes.

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