Hello to all of you wonderful nurses! This is my first post after lurking around for a while, and I'm hoping you can share your stories and offer some words of encouragement, because I am ready to scream. I'm a pre-nursing student working on my second degree BSN. I'm finishing all my prerequisites this semester and was told in the summer by a university here that I was admitted for their Spring '12 semester to take their required pre-nursing classes. I have to take these classes at this university to even be considered for admission into their nursing program
. I went to register for classes today and was told that, since I already have a degree, I can't even be considered for the 2 year nursing program there. Instead, I'm automatically put into the accelerated option and must wait until Fall '12 to begin taking the pre-nursing classes. THEN I can apply to their nursing program. Why I wasn't told this when I visited them in the summer with my transcripts to make sure everything was on track, I don't know. I am going to be applying to two other universities here in the area, but I am so discouraged by the never-ending roadblocks to becoming a nurse that I have already encountered. First it was repeating 8 prerequisite classes that I'd already taken and passed as part of my first degree. Then it was being told that I have to take four pre-nursing classes at this college, even though taking them there will in no way guarantee me entry into their nursing program. Now it's that I can't even take those classes until next August. Keep in mind that I have been going to school full time for the past 6 months in an effort to complete my prereqs sooner, because I was told in the summer that they had to be completed before I started pre-nursing classes in the spring. I am so fed up with this place and with constantly getting the runaround from them. I'm worried that, since I quit my job as a medical assistant in June in order to finish the prereqs sooner, I won't be able to get a job to hold me over until I hopefully actually start nursing classes somewhere. The point of this vent is to ask HOW any of you actually got to be a RN, especially if you were a second degree student. Is this kind of crap typical of second degree programs? I don't know if it's that this university just doesn't have it's stuff together, or that this is all pretty standard. Again, I am applying for fall admission to two other universities, but I obviously have no guarantees of being accepted anywhere. I'm starting to wonder if all I've done is rack up debt and wasted my time for nothing.......any stories on how you achieved your goals or advice is greatly appreciated, because I am FED UP.