My predicament - page 3

by Nolander 2,481 Views | 22 Comments

Okay, first a little backstory: I am currently in my second semester of my local community college's ADN program. My community college is one of two nursing programs in my local area, the other one being a BSN program through an... Read More


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    My program was not as terrible as yours but if I could have transferred I would have. If they will take you as a transfer student it would be great. My second year I just kept my head down, obeyed every stupid rule and repeated "I will stay positive". I am so glad to be away from the petty teachers and the totally un-supportive program. (Is that a bash? If the shoe fits (they should) wear it! or change it.)
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    I empathize with others in a situation like mine. I fee both glad and unfortunate that there are others who share a story similar to mine. I want to go to graduate school and I know grades are important so I am taking them very seriously. I still don't know if its worth it to delay myself effectively 2 years and go into debt in order to attend an "easier" school and hopefully bring my GPA back up to where it has been. So is it only the people who graduate from these "easy" schools are the ones that get into graduate school, certainly not. Is the fate of people who attend and graduate from these stressful, strict, and disorganized programs simply doomed to live the rest of there career as "just a nurse" because they couldn't get into graduate school on account of the program they chose to attend?
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    When I was in school, a CC or university was basically the only way to get an RN (there were a few online schools, but not many.) All of a sudden, all these schools started popping up and online RN's were pumping out students left and right. In some way, I think talent of instructors started to fan out. Profs left the schools to take up higher positions. Schools started to fast track RN students into MSN programs with practically no bedside experience. Clinical instructors were being hired with BSN's and minimal bedside experience. The HESI exams were being introduced to every nursing school in the country. Things changed quickly. Having a masters doesn't equal someones ability to be a great teacher.

    If you decide to stick it out, remember that you can do your RN-BSN bridge. Keep you head in the game and do what you have to do to make good grades. Study groups, testing strategies, online resources, even locking yourself in your room for days on end. There are books and manuals on how to test better in nursing school. Way your options between sticking it out or transferring. Look at the pros and cons.


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