Is it time to throw the towel in?

  1. I have pondered this question for several weeks now. I recently moved from the midwest to the east coast, with the hope of continuing school. I was enrolled in the first year of a BSN program and was to start clinicals last Fall. Well we moved to the east coast and I have yet to get into a program, but not for lack of trying. I have researched the BSN route, the ADN route and the diploma route...any route will get me where I want to go. It is so maddening, but all schools seem to require those extra one or two classes that your last school did not require, therefore keeping you from evening applying. I was given an alternate status at the CC and am waiting to hear if a seat opens up, but the other avenues aren't working either. I'm taking a philosophy course (required by two programs) and the first night we were taught as human beings we judge with head and heart....well my head says move on, but my heart says hang on...I could just cry right now. I have been out of school full-time for about 10 months, but the thought of waiting another year just seems like plain torture.
    •  
  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Mandarella
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Definately hang on if this is what you feel you are meant to do. I whole heartedly feel this is the path I was meant to take. I tried Respiratory and something ALWAYS came up and got in the way from personal life to financial aid to the job I held while attending school. After my 8th setback I said to myself "this is just not in the cards for me, I am not meant to be doing this." And to be honest my "heart" wasn't there. With nursing I feel that this is where I need to be, and after that it's right over to Oncology, God willing. I worked on an Onc unit for years and that is where I feel at home. That is where I feel I could help people the most. :angel2: Good luck to you, your heart ALWAYS knows.
  4. by   wahoowa
    Where are you in Virginia? I live in Northern Virginia where there are many nursing programs. Can I ask where you have applied?
  5. by   MttoRN
    Quote from wahoowa
    Where are you in Virginia? I live in Northern Virginia where there are many nursing programs. Can I ask where you have applied?
    I'm in the Hampton Roads area. I've applied to Hampton University, Thomas Nelson Community College and considering Riverside School of Professional Nursing.
  6. by   wahoowa
    don't give up!!! you've come so far to just stop now. finish up what you need and apply. at least try , so you don't regret later.
  7. by   llg
    There are 4 other RN programs in the Hampton Roads area if you are willing to commute to the south side. There is Tidewater Community College (just across the Monitor/Merrimack bridge in Portsmouth -- very close to Newport News. There is also Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University in Norfolk ... and also the Virginia Beach program run by Hampton.

    A lot of people commute back and forth between the north and south sides of the water -- and if it's what you really want.

    llg (who will be on vacation for a few days after today)
  8. by   RNNoMore
    Those pre-reqs are frustrating even when you're staying in the same college! I followed the pre-req plan set out by the nursing course, then when I went to apply, they had changed the pre-reqs, so I was put back another year, then halfway through my second year of pre-req's I found out that they'd moved the goalposts yet again, and I had now wasted time and money doing 2 pre-req's that I didn't now need! Thank goodness I'm finally accepted now, although I'm half expecting that they'll change the course from 4 semesters back to 5, or inform me that I now have to do a summer semester or something! It's so hard trying to stay organised when everyone else is changing the rules!

    Paint.
  9. by   FarmgrrlRN
    Quote from llg
    There are 4 other RN programs in the Hampton Roads area if you are willing to commute to the south side. There is Tidewater Community College (just across the Monitor/Merrimack bridge in Portsmouth -- very close to Newport News. There is also Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University in Norfolk ... and also the Virginia Beach program run by Hampton.

    A lot of people commute back and forth between the north and south sides of the water -- and if it's what you really want.

    llg (who will be on vacation for a few days after today)
    One more...Sentara School of Health Professions also has a RN program...I believe their's starts 2x/year.
  10. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from MttoRN
    well my head says move on, but my heart says hang on...
    This is one of those times that you should listen to your heart. If nursing is what you really want to do you shouldn't settle for anything else.
  11. by   cna on her way
    I am in the same boat as you. I was trying for two years to get into the nursing program at a college in NC. Finally on my third attempt I was accepted this fall and right before the letter arrived, we moved to myrtle beach. It was a move we needed to make so there is no regrets but when I got here and checked into the local college, theres a wait list that is all the way to fall of 2006. Plus I have to take another math test to just get on the list!!! But I am gonna do it. So what if I have to wait a little while longer. It is the one thing I have always wanted to do and I am gonna do it. Just hang in there. It will be so worth it.
  12. by   PCGrad06
    never give up on a dream!
  13. by   Catherine's mom
    I am in a similar situation--I was in an RN program in Minnesota last fall, completed the first semester and then my husband got his dream job and we moved to Virginia. I don't regret moving, but I was totally unprepared for the frustration of trying to transfer into another RN program. We moved in February and I missed the deadline for fall applications for the local RN program. Did not have some of the prereqs for the LPN program there either. I thought I would have to wait another year but I ended up getting into a trade school which starts Tuesday. I will have my LPN next August. None of my nursing classes from Minnesota transferred, not even the nursing assistant one, so I will be back at square one again. At least I know what to expect in clinicals and have had some practice. Very frustrating though.
  14. by   rnmi2004
    If you throw the towel in and "settle" for another career, how will you feel?

    If you hang in there and push until you succeed and you are a nurse, how will you feel?

    Either way, time will pass and a few years from now this period in your life will be just a memory. Which decision will leave you with regrets? Only you can answer that.

close