I need career advice. What should I do?

  1. Lisa:
    Wow! That's quite a wait... I feel your frustration. Where are you located? That's incredible that you have so many applicants and not any space for them.
    I am starting the ADN program here this fall. There aren't any other alternate programs? Could you maybe start in an LPN program and transfer into the ADN? That way you'd be able to gain some clinical experience as an LPN if you're unable to go right into the ADN. At least then you wouldn't feel like you're just cooling your heels waiting for something to happen.
    I feel for you. That is so long from now. I am frustrated myself just waiting for August, I can't imagine how you must feel.
    I send you hugs (((((((((Lisa)))))))))
    Take care.... and I'm sure things will work out for the best. They always do.
    Love & light,
    Rebecca
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  3. by   cargal
    I suggest contacting your local state senator to discuss this with him or her personally. They may be able to help and they need to know that there are people that want to be nurses, those presently working and those wanting to enter. Good Luck and perservere, we need you out there!
    Carrie
  4. by   mustangsheba
    I support contacting your state senators, governors, legislators. Write letters with copies to all of them including the president of your college. I thought you had to be a nurse already to get into the Regents program. (Correct me if I'm wrong please.) Any way you cut it, waiting until 2004 is not acceptable. Keep us posted. We can do a little brainstorming out here. Is there any way you can move?
  5. by   CMAtoRNPLZ
    There are no LPN programs within 100 miles of here and like I said earlier, the only other ADN program is already booked until 2004. I thought about doing the LPN thing for now, but it's not available. MOving is out of the question...we thought about that too. The ADN program supervisor said that they currently have 150 people on the waiting list which bumps all new applicants to 2005. If you wait until the end of this year ( December) to apply, you're pushed back to 2006! The only way to get in sooner is if people ahead of you quit or back out. They only had 2 people quit or flunk out in the last year. It seems hopeless. All this shortage and no where to get the training I need to fill an empty RN job. Regents does sound like you have to be an LPN..just my luck, too. Thanks for the advice and support!

    Lisa
  6. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by CMAtoRNPLZ:
    <STRONG>There are no LPN programs within 100 miles of here and like I said earlier, the only other ADN program is already booked until 2004. I thought about doing the LPN thing for now, but it's not available. MOving is out of the question...we thought about that too. The ADN program supervisor said that they currently have 150 people on the waiting list which bumps all new applicants to 2005. If you wait until the end of this year ( December) to apply, you're pushed back to 2006! The only way to get in sooner is if people ahead of you quit or back out. They only had 2 people quit or flunk out in the last year. It seems hopeless. All this shortage and no where to get the training I need to fill an empty RN job. Regents does sound like you have to be an LPN..just my luck, too. Thanks for the advice and support!

    Lisa</STRONG>

    Hi Lisa,

    I'm very sorry to hear you're having a problem reaching your goal of becoming an RN. Here is the URL for the Regents program, and no...you do not have to be an LPN. This website should answer your questions. http://www.regents.edu/nursingadmission.htm

    I have met many RNs who have completed this program, and I found them to be very good nurses. One male who worked at an HMO, was very well received when he graduated, and he passed his boards the first time.

    If you can get some help from the above suggestions, I'm sure that would be the best way to go. But if you can't maybe there is a way around this holding pattern you're in now.

    Best wishes to you!

    Brownie

    P. S. After posting this I found a site, that maybe very helpful to you. It belongs to a graduate of the Regents program, and she has a wealth of information on it. Check it out, and maybe email her to get some feedback.

    [ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: Brownms46 ]
  7. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by Brownms46:
    <STRONG>
    Hi Lisa,

    I'm very sorry to hear you're having a problem reaching your goal of becoming an RN. Here is the URL for the Regents program, and no...you do not have to be an LPN. This website should answer your questions. http://www.regents.edu/nursingadmission.htm

    I have met many RNs who have completed this program, and I found them to be very good nurses. One male who worked at an HMO, was very well received when he graduated, and he passed his boards the first time.

    If you can get some help from the above suggestions, I'm sure that would be the best way to go. But if you can't maybe there is a way around this holding pattern you're in now.

    Best wishes to you!

    Brownie

    P. S. After posting this I found a site, that maybe very helpful to you. It belongs to a graduate of the Regents program, and she has a wealth of information on it. Check it out, and maybe email her to get some feedback. http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/8971/
    [ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: Brownms46 ]</STRONG>
  8. by   CMAtoRNPLZ
    Hi all,
    I have been waiting 3 years to get into the local ADN program. All of my gen eds are done and I have 6 years of clinical exp as a CMA/Surg asst. Anyway, I called the program advosor today to check on my status and I am not scheduled to start the program until 2004! There are 150 people ahead of me to get into the program. I won't graduate until 2007. I have waited so long getting nowhere fast. I have looked into the Regents program and have been considering it. I have so many questions and concerns about being a prepared RN after completing that program, though. Have any of you taken the distance learning? The only other nursing program in my area is 50 miles away and is booked until 2004. I have already asked to be bumped into the college program and can't be. I don't want to wait for my degree any longer! Is distance ed a good way to go? Do any of you look down upon RN's that have traied that way...as maybe not being clinically prepared enough? Can anyone whose done the program lend advice as to it's efficacy?

    Thank you so much! I'm so frustrated. I'll be in a nursing home myself before I get into the ADN program! LOL

    Lisa
  9. by   kennedyj
    I have heard of many of the ADN schools having a waiting list most about 2 years. If you have gen ed done it should put you ahead in most schools on the wait list. I would check into other schools there is bound to be one out there with slots open. If you don't have kids or family pack up and call it an adventure!
    good luck,
    Jared

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