Best nursing school in GA? - page 4

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In your opinion what is the best nursing school in GA and why? Public and Private. Look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on this.... Read More


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    Hi,
    I'm new to this site and still going through the thought process. I am curious to know how it's going for you. I too was interested in going for my BSN at GSU which is a 3 yr program not including my pre-requisites. Then I talked to two friends, one who is a nurse, and I started thinking that an ADN/ASN might be the better route for me too. I'm married also with a 6 year old and I work full time so at some point I'm going to have to stop working. I figured I could do the ASN and start my prereqs in the next couple of months. Apply and be finished with prereqs by the time the 2013 fall semester comes around (thinking abt Georgia Perimeter now but still not 100% sure). From what my friends tell me with the ASN and BSN once you finish nursing school you qualify to take the NCLEX for both and if you pass you'll be an RN regardless making about the same in pay. On the other hand if you want to be in management/administration, Nurse Practitioner for example then you must have the BSN first. Plus it will bring in bigger bucks being an NP or administrator. But to be able to finish in 2 years and start working/getting that experience is great and if you decide to go back it would be as an RN to BSN which is like 1-2 more years. Can't beat that I don't think.

    I would love to hear what you decided and where you are with your prerequisites.
    Last edit by mrsmagee2010 on Feb 9, '12 : Reason: mispelled words
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    Hi, well where am I at now? I am in my last semester of pre-req's (for all ASN courses, my associate's school requires more than technical schools for their ASN, and I have also completed several BSN pre-req's).
    I am waiting on my acceptance letter, but I feel confident I'll get in. I have a 4.0 and 95th percentile TEAS V.
    I am going with the associate's degree because it's best for me and my family.
    When I originally wrote this message I was finally beginning to feel confident in my abilities, and wanting to go to the best school out there because I had the grades for it.
    However, when I really took the time to think about the time commitments for full time nursing school, and all the courses I still needed to complete, I knew I had to go the associate's route.
    It will just work better for my family, and that is my # 1 priority.
    I got sort of caught up in "my grades are so good, why should I settle for anything other than the best?" Then I needed to bring it down a notch to reality! There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with an ASN program! That's what I wanted from the very beginning of this journey anyway. Plus, the way I am looking at it is....I might get into nursing and love it, then get my BSN, and Nurse Practitioner degree....or I might get into nursing, find something else in the medical field I enjoy, and decide to get my bachelor's in that. Who knows, but I am very happy where I'm at right now. I should have my letter by the end of this month, I cannot wait. I know that nursing school will be hard, but I really cannot imagine life in a 5 day a week bsn program. I know it is wonderful for those that can do it, but I just cannot take that time away from the other things I need to be doing. The really nice thing is that when I go for my BSN, most of the courses can be taken online - which will work out great while working as a nurse.
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    Quote from sk8inghunny
    Hi, well where am I at now? I am in my last semester of pre-req's (for all ASN courses, my associate's school requires more than technical schools for their ASN, and I have also completed several BSN pre-req's).
    I am waiting on my acceptance letter, but I feel confident I'll get in. I have a 4.0 and 95th percentile TEAS V.
    I am going with the associate's degree because it's best for me and my family.
    When I originally wrote this message I was finally beginning to feel confident in my abilities, and wanting to go to the best school out there because I had the grades for it.
    However, when I really took the time to think about the time commitments for full time nursing school, and all the courses I still needed to complete, I knew I had to go the associate's route.
    It will just work better for my family, and that is my # 1 priority.
    I got sort of caught up in "my grades are so good, why should I settle for anything other than the best?" Then I needed to bring it down a notch to reality! There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with an ASN program! That's what I wanted from the very beginning of this journey anyway. Plus, the way I am looking at it is....I might get into nursing and love it, then get my BSN, and Nurse Practitioner degree....or I might get into nursing, find something else in the medical field I enjoy, and decide to get my bachelor's in that. Who knows, but I am very happy where I'm at right now. I should have my letter by the end of this month, I cannot wait. I know that nursing school will be hard, but I really cannot imagine life in a 5 day a week bsn program. I know it is wonderful for those that can do it, but I just cannot take that time away from the other things I need to be doing. The really nice thing is that when I go for my BSN, most of the courses can be taken online - which will work out great while working as a nurse.
    Which school did you end up choosing for your ASN? I am currently trying to pick between an ASN or a BSN program. Well actually I have decided to go for the ASN, but haven't pick which school to go to. I am a single mother with a 2 year old and for me, the ASN program will work the best in my situation. However, picking a school has been challenging. There are so many programs now here in GA! Any advice on your school of choice (for an ASN) and experience there would be greatly appreciated!
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    Quote from proudmommy
    Isnt that for the grad schools though?
    Yes, it is. It's important to know that while no one can argue with Emory's BSN program being very prestigious, the U.S. News & World Report ranking is only for the graduate programs in Nursing.

    Also, you guys may want to consider your ability to gain employment with an ADN, many hospitals in Georgia are seeking magnet status, and that means you need a BSN minimum to get hired. Just something to think about as you plan for your education.


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