Got Accepted to Nursing School and Prestige Factor

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    Hey guys, I wondering when your friends/family found out you got accepted to nursing school how they felt and what they said? I didn't get much applause or praise. I got more questions than praise. However my friends who got into dental/med, pharmacy school etc...I noticed that they received a lot of applause and congratulations, esp when they post photos of their white coats. I certainly feel getting accepted to nursing school is a huge accomplishment which deserves some recognition since I'll be dealing with people's well-being and life and death situations in some instances. Anyone else went through this or felt this way?
    Last edit by sevenup0307 on Jul 19, '13

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    I was happy but didn't expect anybody to make it a big deal..
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    I got a lot of "Congratulations" but I didn't expect anyone to freak out over it. I know I might get some flac over this but dental/medical school is a hella lot harder to get into than nursing school and maybe that's why you saw your friends getting more fanfare for it. or maybe you are just a good student anyway so everyone expected it?
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    I doubt most people have any idea how hard it is to get into nursing school... also I don't know what type of program you got into, but "nursing school" is a broad term covering everything from LPN associates program to an accelerated bsn...

    Hopefully your motivation is not too based on how others feel about you going to school/getting in to school!!
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    Your right, my motivation shouldn't be based on how others feels and it certainly isn't. To answer your question it's a second bachelors degree BSN program for me. It's traditional not accelerated due to financial aid constraints since I need to work. My 1st degree was a BA in environmental science. Basically I got a lot of the why not PA/MD/DMD route. It would take me 2-3 years post bachelors just to apply for those programs. I would have to do a post bacc, take the standardized tests, gain a job in the healthcare field for experience, job shadow, obtain letters of recc, apply, interview, etc... a very rigorous process to go through. Then I realized that I could just spend those 2-3 years instead by obtaining my RN, BSN and I ultimately chose this route as it fit my life circumstances. It would allow me to stay in-state with family and friends, allows me to work and make money, and overall the tuition is cheap for nursing compared to these other healthcare fields. The advanced practice options as well as the vast opportunities of the field also attracted me.
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    Mainly from my dad I got the look then the stereotypical question...Nursing School??? ohh really? "that's uh good. be what you want to be" . With that reaction its no wonder in my journey, I've seen zero African American men in my classes, not even during my prereqs...nada zilch! I also got suggestions to do PA or become a doctor. I'm really not interested in being an MD. I spent quite some time considering PA or nursing, but since the PA requires a bachelors I thought why not get my BSN and give nursing a shot. Plus all the other fields that are open to nurses is phenomenal and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist CRNA's can make as much as PA's. I think the general public is just not familiar with what a nurse really is and the growth that is available in the field...especially for men.
    Last edit by ArrowRN on Jul 29, '13
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    Plus all the other fields that are open to nurses is phenomenal and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist CRNA's can make as much as PA's.
    Hey, not trying to be rude, but CRNA's actually make a lot more than PA's. Average salary of PA is 90k, average salary of CRNAs is 120k. I agree that people are generally ignorant about all the growth potential that nursing holds.
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    Quote from elektrisk564
    Hey, not trying to be rude, but CRNA's actually make a lot more than PA's. Average salary of PA is 90k, average salary of CRNAs is 120k. I agree that people are generally ignorant about all the growth potential that nursing holds.
    wow really? well that's great then. I'll have to do some more research on that path.
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    There is a doctor where I live that went from CNA to RN to Doctor. Anything can happen? Nobody got terribly excited except for my mother. She is a teacher though so school is important to her.
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    Quote from elektrisk564
    Hey, not trying to be rude, but CRNA's actually make a lot more than PA's. Average salary of PA is 90k, average salary of CRNAs is 120k. I agree that people are generally ignorant about all the growth potential that nursing holds.
    Actually the average salary for a CRNA is 175k, it can range from as low as 130k to as high as 210k. They make a ton more money than PA's which typically make 80-90k on average.
    *allnurses.com CRNA forum*/cont...011-Nears-169k


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