Anyone in Tennessee??? - page 5

Just wondering if there were any nurses or nursing students here from Tennessee? Thanks, Sandy.... Read More

  1. by   defib queen
    Hey NurseAngie, I also live on the TN/KY border, maybe we are close. I work in Corbin, live 50 min west.
  2. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by defib queen
    Hey NurseAngie, I also live on the TN/KY border, maybe we are close. I work in Corbin, live 50 min west.
    I live VERY close to you! I sent you a private message!

    ~Angie
  3. by   SpecFuz
    Hi everyone,
    I haven't had a chance to make it onto this board in a while (currently buried studying for A&P 2), and also making our final plans to relocate to Nashville...

    My experience transferring to a school has gone from worse, to worse again, to just confused .

    I was set and planning for Columbia State's program (franklin campus) and was horrified after my visit there. EVERYONE there, including a teacher, and a secretary advised me to go to school elsewhere! I took that as obviously a bad sign, and then didn't get in for the Spring anyway. (I'm on a waitlist for the Fall).

    Then I looked into Aquinas which I've heard is a strong program but is so expensive and seems to have limited resources at the school.

    Finally, I was in Nashville the past few days and visited Belmont. It was wonderful! I got so excited. My visit to the nursing dept was informative and helpful! And it would only take me 1 extra semester to complete the BSN instead of an ASN. I've always had a goal of getting a bachelors so that is what I am aiming for. Just one problem - it is SO Expensive. Both my husband and I feel like it is an investment in our future and will be worth it in the long run, but it is so scary to think about how much $ in loans I'll need.

    I was wondering if anyone has gone to Belmont or knows someone that has. It's just such a big decision and I would love the opportunity to hear about it from personal experiences.

    Thanks for listening,
    Spec
  4. by   NurseDennie
    Hi Spec!

    Belmont is a lovely school. It's also very expensive.

    When I was deciding where to go to school, I asked around to find out where the BEST nurses came from - the ones that the doctors wanted to hire, wanted the hospitals to hire. Well, back then, there wasn't a nursing shortage, so it made more of a difference back then.

    I went to Aquinas, and I've never regretted it. It has the strongest clinical program of ANY nursing school I've seen or heard of. But having said that, Belmont also have a VERY good rep, and the BSN is quicker than at Aquinas (RN+2) so that might end up being less expensive in the long run.

    I'm interested in what you perceived as being limited in resources. It's a very small school, but it seemed pretty complete.

    Good luck!!

    Love

    Dennie
  5. by   Babe
    To Sandy from Sandy, my hometown is Nashville,at least it's where I was born and then spent my teen years. Still have family there and don't get back as often as I'd like, it has really grown fast the past few years. I'm in a not so large town in northeast Ms. now. I'm a late bloomimg nurse student, most my age are gearing down for retirement and I'm just getting started! Now about your question, we have had lots of LPNs in our program and proably half don't make it , the reason seems to be largly because they feel they are already nurses and fail to study starting out, by the time they figure out they were wrong it's usually to late to get their grades pulled up!It's going to be hard any way you go but you sound like your head is on pretty tight so you'll do great!! Some I've talked to say you can earn pretty good money working weekends as nurse techs after your first sem. is over. I hope to do that next summer and may try to stay on after school starts back next fall. The best advise is to get your prerects out of the way if you can, before going into RN program. We hear the goverment is starting to let go of big bucks for nursing students, might go to your school and ask some questions. Good luck to you, from MS.
  6. by   HISSYTHECAT
    I live in Bristol...Home of the worlds fastest half mile. NASCAR..........(studying to be a nurse someday)
  7. by   ptnurse
    Maybe we should organize our very own allnurses get together for the state of Tennessee.
  8. by   jdomep
    I went to ETSU in Johnson City (all of my roots are from Knoxville/Maryville) I would love to come back someday but I doubt my Yankee DH would ever approve LOL
  9. by   obtnt
    I too was beginning to wonder if there were any nurses from TN visiting here!! I worked in Knoxville for many years at Ft Sanders. I see that many of the mothers wanting to get in and get to work as a RN are asking about a fast track. I would like to say we had a great system in the hospital diploma programs and it was a Godsend for those of us anxious to get to work and not spend two years playing college. I hope someday, when the nursing shortage gets worse (that can't be much longer) the powers that be will see what a loss the diploma programs are!! I traveled all over the country and was always impressed with the great rep Ft Sanders had for super nurses and a wonderful program. I did continue my education and it is important, but under the circumstances, we NEED nurses!!!
    Hi ya'll from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!!
  10. by   SpecFuz
    Nurse Dennie,
    I emailed you in response to this the other night. I wanted to let you know also that I think your website is wonderful, it has so much information.

    If you get a chance to read the email I sent you and reply, that'd be great!

    Thanks,
    Spec


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    Hi Spec!

    Belmont is a lovely school. It's also very expensive.

    When I was deciding where to go to school, I asked around to find out where the BEST nurses came from - the ones that the doctors wanted to hire, wanted the hospitals to hire. Well, back then, there wasn't a nursing shortage, so it made more of a difference back then.

    I went to Aquinas, and I've never regretted it. It has the strongest clinical program of ANY nursing school I've seen or heard of. But having said that, Belmont also have a VERY good rep, and the BSN is quicker than at Aquinas (RN+2) so that might end up being less expensive in the long run.

    I'm interested in what you perceived as being limited in resources. It's a very small school, but it seemed pretty complete.

    Good luck!!

    Love

    Dennie
  11. by   eltrip
    Originally posted by ptnurse
    Maybe we should organize our very own allnurses get together for the state of Tennessee.
    Now that's a GREAT idea! Anyone else interested?

    It would probably have to wait until spring, though, due to our wonderful propensity for being in the "ice belt."
  12. by   ladyjane
    i am in northeast tn. also, close to knoxville. this is a beautiful part of tn. especially today, the sun is shining, and it's warm enough that you don't need a jacket!
  13. by   ptnurse
    So in the spring next year the Tennessee Allnurses are going to have a get together??? I'm interested.

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