I am currently in the process of applying to schools
. I am looking into 4 different programs near me. Because I have a degree already, I can complete each program in 4 semesters once accepted. I know that there are routine and sometimes heated discussions on here about BSN vs ADN. I'm not trying to take into consideration the cost or the type of degree really. My concern is coming out of school and feeling confident. In your experience what produces your most confident new nurses? Am I better off going to an ADN program - do they have more hands on clinical time? Are there specific criteria in a program that I can look for? Does it all just boil down to me and how I react to things, or maybe just my luck of the draw in clinicals?
For those of you that have been there and mentored and guided new nurses on their journey - what knowledge can you share with me to pick the right path? I know that ANY program will prepare me to pass the NCLEX, but can I make choices now before I start school to better my chances and feeling more confident when its time for me to lace up my shoes as a "new nurse"? If so - what would those choices be?
I appreciate your time and value your feedback!
I don't believe ANY program will prepare you for NCLEX. Each school has their own NCLEX passage rates and you should pay attention to those, that will give you a good clue as to how good a program is. If you already have a degree my advice would be to enter a program at the same level of degree you currently hold or higher. I would also ask people in your area about each school and pick the one with the best reputation. I would not go to a for-profit school that is the only piece of advice I would offer. Many roads lead to nursing-LPN, RN (ADN, BSN) MSN direct entry, etc. No one can really answer these questions for you regarding program or right path, you need to pick the right path for you. I will generalize and say that ADN programs focus more on skills but don't be nervous about learning those skills, you will learn them in all programs. I've precepted nursing students from ADN and BSN programs and they've all been wonderful and knew their stuff. I've also learned more from some LPN nurses that I was trained by than any BSN nurses. Keep your excitement and pick the program right for you.
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