So conflicted! Lpn or adn or bsn!Chicago plz help me

  1. I am VERY CONFLICTED! I feel like I'm driving myself crazy about school. I just received my assiocate degree in science from the city COLLEGES. There nursing program is very competitive. And I just really don't want to attend a 2-year school for 4-years! I need 4 more classes to attend Resurrection University. Life span, micro, gen chem, stat! 3.1gpa. They would not allow me to take the classes only the ones I needed to complete a degree😭😢😭

    I will be 25 in a month, I have a young son 4years old. And I am very anxious to GET IN a program and GET OUT so that I can start living my life! School has consumed me for the last two years! I WANT THIS FOR CHILD'S FUTURE and MYSELF. I eat, breathe, sleep nursing and looking for what is best for us and our schedule. So I will need evenings and weekends.

    I'll break down the school I'm looking into and the reasons why. I really need some help advice, and encouraging words from the nursing community right now.

    Caan: lpn. 15months. Evenings. Start july 17. (Which starts sooner, which is a plus) Tabe. test score high school level.

    Resurrection University: bsn. 20months. Evening weekends. Won't start Jan 2018(till I complete those 4 classes which is one more semester 4more month)ati teas. score of 68%

    Rasmussen (Romeoville/Joliet ): Rn/Adn 15months. Flexible classes. (Because i have all but 2 prereqs it's 15months.) Start I believe (sept or oct 2017) Ati teas 65%

    Chamberlain College of Nursing Tinley Park: 2 years. Classes anywhere from 8am to 5pm. (Which is a no on the morning classes son has school at 8am) Start Aug 28. HESI 73%

    At this point I'm just mentally drained I don't know where to go there so many options I'm just so conflicted and I hope I'm not alone in this situation. At this point I don't even have many friends because I'm so focused on my education and improving my life for my child that nothing else matters! That why I really just have to get in done. You know the saying "my heart is heavy" literally "my mind is heavy" with this decision.

    I seriously believe I am starting to have headaches🤕 thinking about this 24 hours a day! day in and day out. I'm on every forum, every nurse site, every nursing school page. reading and reading and reading!!!

    Sleepless nights like this one! Up writing and think about nursing school. This is very overwhelming to the point I just want to break down and cry 😣😣😪😢😢😭😭😭
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   adnrnstudent
    Based strictly on the 4 things you have listed, I'd tell you Resurrection University.
  4. by   BrightFuture_Np
    Quote from adnrnstudent
    Based strictly on the 4 things you have listed, I'd tell you Resurrection University.
    Thank you I do believe that is where I should so
  5. by   Mscoleman78
    I'm kinda in the same situation and I truly understand. I have an Associate's degree from KKC and I went to ATS and got my LPN. Now I want to go back for my BSN and Resurrection is my 1st choice as well and I also need 4 more classes to enroll; General Chemistry, Statistics, Intro to Computers, and Life Span. I think I will go back to CCC and take those classes and apply next year, but I will definitely be going back!!!!
  6. by   pauliebyrd
    I am looking to go back and am confused as well if I should do lpn-rn -bsn, rn-bsn or just bsn. I have children as well so that weighs heavily on my decision. But I will say just based on what you stated you should look at your financial situation. If you can afford to complete the 16 month evening program at Res then by all means do it (granted you complete the last 4 pre-reqs). If your financial situation doesn't allow you to forego working then an lpn program may be better. You can always bridge to an RN program at the junior college level which would be less then a year.
    Last edit by pauliebyrd on Sep 24 : Reason: Grammer
  7. by   pauliebyrd
    That's my issue also. I am leaning toward completing a lpn program first then bridging to RN because the competition is SO tough for an ADN. How did you like ATS? Its on my list as well as PCCTI. How long did you work as an LPN before you went back for RN?
  8. by   BigBaloo
    I am a graduate from Resurrection so I may be biased but I think the BSN is the way to go. Also I know that at least two, if not more, of the classes that you listed, Life span and general chem, can be done as an online course through portage learning. That's what I did to get my pre-req's done quicker so I could start the program. Good luck!
  9. by   pauliebyrd
    Quote from BigBaloo
    I am a graduate from Resurrection so I may be biased but I think the BSN is the way to go. Also I know that at least two, if not more, of the classes that you listed, Life span and general chem, can be done as an online course through portage learning. That's what I did to get my pre-req's done quicker so I could start the program. Good luck!
    I have looked in to Res a well. It will take me about 2 yrs to do the pre reqs before I can begin but I'm just on the fence because I have a family. Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.
    Last edit by pauliebyrd on Oct 5 : Reason: Spelling
  10. by   BrightFuture_Np
    Quote from BigBaloo
    I am a graduate from Resurrection so I may be biased but I think the BSN is the way to go. Also I know that at least two, if not more, of the classes that you listed, Life span and general chem, can be done as an online course through portage learning. That's what I did to get my pre-req's done quicker so I could start the program. Good luck!
    Thank you for your response!!! I've never heard for postage learning so I will look in to it.
  11. by   BrightFuture_Np
    Thank you everyone for responding to my post I am currently at Northwestern College. Because I received a 60.7 on the teas exam and the city colleges where I originally wanted to go with full for the fall semester so i didnt have a chance to retest. So because I wanted to be in school so bad I jumped on going to Northwestern for their 2 year RN program. The only class that I need it for them is microbiology so that's what I'm in currently. And I will be starting fundamentals in January
  12. by   BigBaloo
    Quote from pauliebyrd
    I have looked in to Res a well. It will take me about 2 yrs to do the pre reqs before I can begin but I'm just on the fence because I have a family. Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.
    Nursing school is hard, having a family just makes it harder. I am married and my daughter was 3 months old when I started. We had many conversations before I applied to school to make sure that everything would be in place before I took this on. So make sure your family knows it's going to be difficult and stressful and that you're going to need their support.
    As far as your other plans, if you want to be an RN why waste your time with a lpn program or an adn program. Go for your goal, get your pre-req's done and then find a BSN program that works for you. It may be more challenging but you'll be happy that you got your schooling done and over with at once.

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