So glad I found this website. I'm starting to get discouraged and I haven't even started the Nursing Program. I have a number of questions that I'm hoping you can help me answer.
A bit about myself. My name is Kris. I am 27 years old (single) and living in California. I'm originally from Boston and moved out to Cal 4 years ago. I have my Bachelors degreee in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. My plan was to become a police officer after graduation. I made that decision at 18 years old and upon graduation decided against it. At 18 I definitely was not ready to make such a decision. After my internships etc., figured out that it just wasnt' for me. Since then I have been working as a Legal Assistant. Not very fulfilling but it pays the bills. Sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day trying to be something I'm not has really taken it's toll on me. I'm tired of just "getting through the day" and not feeling good about what I do.
What really has given me the push that I needed was my sister being diagnosed with cancer. We live together which has been great. I have been able to be there through everything. I know this may sound crazy but that alone has really changed me and my perspective on my own life and the quality of it. We have been through so much over the past 6 weeks and during this time she has asked me several times when I am I going to do what I was meant to do - be a nurse. I'm going for it!!! My sis is doing great. She'll beat it I'm sure.
Sorry for being so long winded.
1) the two local programs are extremely competitive therefore grades are important but it also sounds as if you need some experience as a med assistant, CNA, etc. Is that true? One of the counselors said that might be a good idea to work as a med assist prior to nursing. Has anyone else gone this route?
2) if that is true, should I go through med assistant, CNA program prior to nursing school
? (it appears as though the med assistant program is about 2 years, same as ADN) Why would I take 2 years to complete that when I could be working towards my nursing degree?
3) I will need to continue working while attending school and many of the pre-reqs are not offered in the evening. If they are offered it's only class. It will take me forever to get the pre-reqs done before even entering the Nursing Program. Is anyone else in the same boat? Won't it take years upon years to finish??
4) The question I keep asking myself. Do I go for the BSN or the ADN. For me ADN makes more sense time wise and then I can always go back lto school but I also think I should get my BSN and be done. I don't know?
Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks for the help.
P.S. Sorry if I sound a bit ignorant but this is all brand new to me and the process seems to be a lot more involved than I previoiusly thought.