Did You Actually Plan It?

  1. Hi everyone!

    My name is Allie V. and I am 31, wife, mom of three great kids, and about to embark on one of the MOST exciting albeit challenging chapters of my life. I am expecting to start a nursing program in summer of 2005, and would really appreciate some feedback. Did you plan your nursing careers and map out goals of how to get to the stage that you are in now or did you just go with the flow? What would be one of the most important tips that you would give to an "older" student about to start a very intense program.... I will tell you, I am a bit dismayed; a friend of mind was talking with a LPN who was applying to a RN program-and she failed the entrance test by 1 point ....well, after I picked my mouth up off the floor I thought to myself how crazy am I, a non "nurse" going to do this. I really appreciate everyone's time and hope to hear from you!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I would first advise you to just dive into an RN program, versus LPN. Because my hubby was career military, I did the step by step thing - LPN in 92 (age 34), RN in 94 (age 36), BSN in 2004 (age 45) and MSN in 2005 (age 47) and it wasted so much time. My earning power would have been so much better had I just done the BSN program right from the start. However, it wasn't possible at that time. I have planned my career in the last few years by doing the BSN and currently an MSN. This will give me more options and I think I would like to be a nurse educator. I really enjoy that role. I also really enjoy ER nursing and have been doing that for 8 years now. Good luck and good thread!
  4. by   purplemania
    Don't get into the habit of comparing yourself to others. You don't know if that LPN studied, has a learning disability---lots of things could have influenced her test score. But you are unique. I have seen EMT's and LVN's have problems with school because they compare it to their job and have a hard time flexing out. You have to have the attitude that, in order to get your RN license, you will have to do what the school wants you to do regardless of whether or not you would do it that way in private practice. We had some in my program who would argue every point with the instructor. They struggled with grades, I think in part because they resented the course work when they already "knew the job". These same people see nursing as a series of tasks, not knowledge. Just think of nursing school as a step to what you really want: a license.
  5. by   Rigby
    I took all my prerequisites (English, Micro, Anatomy, etc) one or two at a time, over the course of several years - never knew what I was going to do with them, but it was all I could handle at the time and I thought that any education is good, even if it isn't necessarily leading to a degree. Because I worked at a hospital, people kept asking me "Are you going to become a nurse?". I always said "No, I'm not sure what I'm going to do." I never acknowledged even to myself that all my classes were the ones required for the nursing program. Finally, I figured "What the heck" and applied for the program. When I was accepted, it was like everything was fast forward. No more lesiurely one-class-per-quarter anymore. I didn't have the luxury of denial or worrying about failure anymore. I dug in, studied hard, and it seems like I had my license very soon. I've always felt like I accidentally stumbled into nursing, and feel a little like an imposter when I encounter those of you who have been nurses since you bandaged your kittens and gave shots to your Barbie Dolls. I'm no less a nurse, but sometimes I wish I had chosen the classes that were pre-req's for Computer Science!
  6. by   pgrsctrn2be
    Dive right in and go with the flow, jump through all the hoops and forget the age thing.
    I just finished the ADN program, graduated last month at age 39, my best friend graduated on his 41st birthday 2 yrs ago. Age has nothing to do with your ability to make it through nursing school.
    Good luck and remember to take some time for the family while in school, that is the most important thing you could do!
  7. by   missmercy
    Just go for it!! If nursing is what you want to do -- and you want it bad enough -- nothing's going to stop you!! Don't let age, or someone else's difficulty intimidate you!!! You have to believe in yourself and jump right into it! I would suggest just going for the RN -- the step program seems like it can really drag out -- Got my RN right away and have never regretted the hard work and time it took to get it done!
  8. by   LearninRn
    Hi, I am also a mother of many, 4 to be exact. . . I knew for years that "one day" I would go to nursing school. I didn't plan a thing. The first class I took was a chemistry class at a local Community college. I called them the day before registration, planning to check and see how much money I would need, They told me that registration was the next day, and I signed up for that. . . I applied to the school I attend later that month, just to see what type of feedback I would get. I had been out of school for 8 years, and knew I would be turned down, but ended up being accepted. . .well, this was a shool I defintely wanted to attend, so I had to take it when it was offered to me. I ended up putting one of the kids in daycare, because he wasn't old enough for school, and that was totally against the "plan" I had all along. My ultimate plan was to go after they were all in school. I has been a long, and hard road, but I am almost there. I will graduate in 5 months, 17 days, I see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

    About that 1 point thing. I have been a full-time student since the get-go. I jumped in head first. The second semester I failed the nursing class by, . . not a point. . . but two tenths of a point. I had a 79.3, and 79.5 was passing. I learned, after that, how to study, and what works for me. It didn't stop me, nor slow me down, it gave me a chance to take a deep breath, and learn time management. Since then, I have never had to worry like that again, never been that close to the line.

    good luck. . .if I can do this, you can, we are in the same boat!

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