I need some help

  1. HI Everyone!! I need some serious help. I have wanted to become a nurse for many years now. I have finally decided to start school. I am currently attending a community college, and this is where my problems begin. I went to talk to a advisor and he told me what classes I had to take for the nursing program, and he gave me the paper work so I took it home and filled it out. I then brought it back a few days later and the person who then helped me asked me why I was sugning up for some of the classes that I did. I told him what the advisor from last time told me, and he told me that I was told all wrong. This guy then tells me another story on what I need to take to become a nurse, so I took what he said and signed up for those classes. I then met a woman in one of my classes whom also is going for nursing and she told me what a advisor told her which was totally different from the 2 stories I got. we both went to talk to a advisor and once again we was told different stories again. Now we have no idea what to do. What I am getting at with my rambling is does anybody know what classes you have to take I ask because I am thinking it is universial if not I am from Ohio. Any help would really really be great THANKS
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   GPatty
    Welcome to the boards TJL1!
    As far as your plight goes, I would go straight to the director of the nursing program and inquire about what classes you need. Make a point to explain that you have 2 different stories and you need clarification.
    Most would be happy to help...good luck to you and in your nursing journey!
  4. by   Vsummer1
    I never bothered with an advisor. I got the current course catalog, and looked up the pre-reqs myself. Which is exactly what the advisor did when I went to enroll in the program. I needed an advisor to check off my application (required as part of the RN application). And yes, I had all the correct classes as listed in the catalog.
    Last edit by Vsummer1 on Sep 20, '02
  5. by   Rena RN 2003
    skip the advisor part and go straight to the department of nursing. talk to someone there. ask for a program cirriculum. ask for an advisor from the nursing department itself.
  6. by   memphispanda
    Isn't there a catalog you can look in for a basic outline of the classes you need? Maybe your school has a website that would have the information? I would try talking to the advisor again, but I would try to get the information from some other source first and maybe approach it in a "I want to take THESE classes" kind of way.

    Carol
  7. by   Gator,SN
    ADVISORS!
    UGH! just a waste of good tuition money! I have been assigned to a different academic advisor all four years that I have been in college and everyone of them was s-t-u-p-i-d!!!! I have had a nursing advisor too and she is the only one that I could ever go to for straight answers!
    If you want to know what classes are required for nursing, go to the director of the nursing program and ask him/her! NO one else! If you took and entrance exam, take a copy of your scores as well, many times the director can help you pick classes based on the instructor and what she knows is helpful for nursing students. For example, if you scored above or below the standard for Math or english you will be placed accordingly....On campus we have several Englilsh courses that are geared toward allied health. (English 211: composition, takes a look at "human services professions") Make an appointment as soon as possible!

    Good luck to you!
    Gator
  8. by   Mkue
    If you transfer any courses to your new college, make sure that the advisor is aware of these. I had an advisor once who scheduled a course when I had the equivilent already transferred. If I had not have questioned it, I would have taken another course that I didn't need to take
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    welcome to the board!

    i suggest you go to the nursing department and ask for the school's secretary or the department head.

    wow! how much runnnin-around does it takes for a student to get correct information when they really do not know? yet there is a positive in this, you can help someone else.

    all the best to you.
  10. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    Even though it's been said...

    ADVISORS ARE A WASTE OF TIME

    when you see an advisor RUN the opposite direction! they will tell you evil lies!!!!

    well...maybe that is a bit extreme, but, the advice on here is good - goto the Nursing Program or Catalog - many schools have that info online - which makes the fact that they know nothing even MORE perplexing...

    are you planning to transfer to University for the Nursing Program or staying @ the Community College?
  11. by   adrienurse
    You know, you are definately no the first one who's told me about getting the wron info from an advisor. I would go higher up, if I were getting so many mixed messages.
  12. by   Vsummer1
    Bottom line: I don't care what anyone at any college says.... I want it published! In writing! Go to the catalog. If you are doing pre-reqs, it will tell you where you need to start. EVEN if you go to the Dean of Nursing, verbal will not fly. A catalog issued the year you start is honored. That is your guideline, EVEN if the program changes.

    If you are at a point where you are ready for admission to the program, go to the program itself (an advisor for the program, or staff for the program).

    Forget the general advisors. Their specialy is NOT getting students into nursing.
  13. by   TJL1
    I wanted to Thank all of you for the advise.. I have been trying to talk to somebody in the nursing dept, including the head and I have gotten nowhere. I have been calling leaving meesages and stopping by. I have never gotten a return phone call and when I stop by I am told nobody from the nursing dept is in.. I am just going to quit after this semester its just to ridicolus at this school. Thanks Again!!!!!
  14. by   kittyw
    I certainly hope you mean that you're going to go to a different school next year! Make sure the classes you are taking now will transfer ... I'd hate to see you waste your time and money! (Don't you just love red tape???)

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