NYC Nursing programs? searching for hope...

  1. I really need some guidance From what I have been reading and researching, it looks like I may have to start over. I need some guidance and hope... Here's my rundown:

    I was attending an ASD program in schenectady, ny up until my 4th semester (out of 5). I had withdrawn from the school because my stress-level and fatigue got the best of me and it was showing in my clinical paperwork and assignments. On top of the coursework, I am caring for my 3 year old autistic child and my 15 month old as well. These two have posed a challenge for me throughout my time in school due to their terrible sleep patterns. I was able to get by for 3 semesters with 75, 75 and 82. My cumulative including all co-requisites gave me a 3.08 GPA. I withdrew from the program not due to my grades, but due to stress and fatigue that would eventually affect my grades. At the time of withdrawal, my grade was 78.5. On top of that, my husband took a job in NYC (3.5 hours away), so he is only upstate on the weekends. Last thing, which probably broke the camel's back is that I am 9 week's pregnant.

    My goal was to discontinue, find a program for my son in NYC and find a nursing school for myself for Fall 2018. By then, things will have settled and I would be back with husband and the family will be together again. But it seems that every where I have looked, it's almost impossible for me. I have a bachelors degree in marketing and an associate degree in Massage Therapy (I am older than most of the students in class). I didn't do too well for my bachelors but had a gpa of 3.24 in my associates. I just don't think that is good enough.

    The other problem is that I paid out of pocket for all school expenses and I feel like I just threw it all away if I had to start from scratch. I think a private school is out of the question for me and the city colleges are even more competitive.

    I am able to get a couple of recommendations from the instructors if I need them. I will start visiting the schools next week so I can speak to administrators personally but I am feeling so anxious. I have been a stay at home mom for the last 3 years and want to start contributing again

    If anyone can shed some light as to how bad (or not so bad) my situation is, please do! I would love to hear some feedback. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   FutureNurseInfo
    Hi there. I am very sorry you have been through a lot. I know sometimes life is unfair. But as they say, if life gives you lemons, make a lemonade! I am from NYC and I can tell that nursing schools are ultra competitive here! Even having a perfect 4.0 GPA is not a guarantee that one will get a seat in the program. I will not go on and on talking about the odds; all I can say is you go ahead and apply and see what happens. Try to apply to as many schools you qualify for as possible. Also, don't limit yourself: apply to both ASN, BSN, ABSN and direct entry MSN programs. Good luck!
  4. by   jgolgosgo
    Thank you for the encouragement! I will be down in the city next week and I am hoping to visit some of the admissions offices - it may be a fruitless effort but it beats leaving voicemails that no one returns!

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