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- by Drotondi1518 Jul 17, '11Hello all, For the last year I've been taking pre req while working full time in the IT field. (2 classes). I'm happy to say I will be taking the leap and going full time come this fall. Luckily I have a strong support from my family and with out them I don't think school full time would be possible. I'm 26 and have worked in the IT field for the last 5 years. I've always wanted to be a nurse. My dad passed 8 years ago and there was a period where he was taken care of at home. I supported him and took care of him and this was what made me decide to go in to nursing. Instead of going on an on about my life I have a few questions and a couple of concerns. As I leave my cushy salary I've had for the last 5 years some in security's are setting in. My concerns are getting in to a program. I'm currently at a community college with 2 pre req done (4.0 gpa) . I'm dedicated to my work and put school first above all. I'm worried after the next year and half to 2 years when I apply I wont get in and that this gamble wont pay off. So I guess my questions to you folks are ..What was the experience of applying and getting accepted. How many programs did you apply to? Did being a Male give you any advantage at all? Thank you for your time and your response. BTW I'm new to this forum and hope to make some friends. -Dennis From Providence ,Ri
- Jul 17, '11 by EricJRNYes - it's definitely a gamble. In addition to things like GPA, it depends on how many programs you can apply to, the admissions situation in your area, and whether you're able to consider relocating to attend a program.
Many people believe that males have an advantage in promotions and professional development after they become nurses, but I don't think that being a dude has as much of an effect on admissions.
Another thing to think about: While media sources still go on and on about a huge nationwide nursing shortage, new grads in many areas of the US are having difficulty finding jobs. Whether this is true or not in your area, the job situation will likely change significantly, for better or worse, over the next several years while you're in school.
I love being a nurse. It's just not a decision that I would make without some serious thought. It's great that you're carefully considering your options before making a major change in your career direction.
- Jul 17, '11 by spudsterI would say that nursing has been a great career path for me as well as my wife. I have been a nurse for about 9 years and there have been many doors open in my life that wouldn't have been in other careers. When I applied to nursing school it was to one school. It was a BSN program and my gpa was 3.39. I don't know if I did it correctly but I got in and finished up without any problems. Looking back, it would have been smart to apply to more than one program. If this is possible then you may consider it. BTW.....not to discourage you but i live in Texas and a couple of years ago met many RN grads from the northeast that were having trouble finding work there. I don't know if that is the case where you are at but you might check into the local job market. If you want then come on down to Texas. Plenty of work and no state income taxes! Anyway, good luck in your ventures.
- Jul 17, '11 by natefromeaI somewhat understand what you're going through as I was in a similar situation. I am married with 3 kids and was working a full time job (which I hated) when I decided to pursue nursing. My second son was in the NICU for over a week and was taken care of by a male nurse. Watching him take care of my son and seeing the passion is what made me decided to become a nurse. I started by doing a couple pre-reqs at a time and then applied to an ADN program at a community college. 2 years later, I finally got placed in an accelerated program that starts next month. I was kinda forced to go the waiting list route because of how much more affordable it is and i'm not gonna lie, the 2 year wait sucked. But here I am finally able to start working towards my goal and it feels great. If you are seriously passionate about becoming a nurse, then whatever sacrifices have to be made now will absolutely be worth it in the long run. Good luck to you!
- Jul 18, '11 by UPSBossmanI decided to go into nursing because my wife is a recent (one year ago) graduate. She was an LVN prior to that (2 years, while we were dating.) While she was working in health care, I worked at UPS and a restaurant, and went to school. My typical day was 9:00 am - 11:30pm M-F, and 9:00am - Midnight on Saturdays. I made pretty good money, but I never saw my wife(to be) and had no time for any hobbies or anything other than work. I liked both jobs, but hated working them.
I my wife working 3 days a week and thought, "Thats what I need." So I changed majors in persuit of nursing (AS degree # 8) and killed all the prereques. I loved the classes. I was excited to go, and looked forward to the next set of classes. Thats how I knew I was making the right choice.
Now I've been accepted and will have to find a job in 2 years when I graduate as an RN. I have no disillusions that finding a job will be easy: I expect it to be the most difficult job I've ever had to get, and expect it to be highly competitive. But what that job means to me after I get it, having a life and time to spend with the woman I love, is worth the challenge.
I wouldn't worry about getting into school. I had a 3.2 GPA and got accepted. I applied to only one school, because its the only one I wanted to go to.
- Jul 18, '11 by Drotondi1518Thank you sir for your response and time.
- Jul 19, '11 by grpmanI have a 3.4 gpa with about 120 hours. Half of those I took when I was younger and I made poor grades. The other half I did well on. I aced my pre-reqs and did well on the entrance exam and was accepted to the one school I applied to. Also, my school has a point system so being a male has no effect on being accepted.
I also switched career paths after about 14 years. I'm jumping in head first with you. Good luck.
- Jul 19, '11 by Bob_N_VADennis
I think you are headed in the right direction. And I'm somewhat jealous of you doing it at 26, I wish I had made the decision to do this earlier, but life is what it is.
I'm a govt. contractor in the IT world and while the salary is cushy, it isnt a given over the long haul. Plus there is very little emotional payback for what you on a daily basis. Many of us seem to have the same motivations to want to get into Nursing, so in my book, its all good.
In my situation, there was really only one school that made sense because I wanted to continue working as long as I could to help build up retirement since I am not that far off. I did put all my eggs in one basket so to speak and lucky for me, I was accepted into the only nights and weekends program left in the area. If I hadnt made it in, I probably would have given up, even after going back to the local CC to pick up on the A&P and Micro pre-reqs. I was a little bit worried about the TEAS test that many schools give applicants to screen them, but it turned out not to be much of an issue at all. I think to a certain extent, what is meant to be, will be so if you feel so strongly about your decision, then you will make it happen one way or another.
Does being a guy help? I think it does, schools want to have some diversity and we are it. I am the only guy in class and I also happen to be the oldest too. Being reasonably secure in your own skin is a requirement, especially with all the girl talk that goes around. Guys can tend to float above it, so we don't tend to be involved in the female drama that comes with the hormones. Some situations like the L&D/Mother baby class are tough, but I got through it ok, as do most other guys.
Good Luck with your decision. Hang in there and be as proactive and positive as you can. If it is meant to be, then you will succeed.
- Jul 19, '11 by rtcampDennis,
You sound driven to make this happen for yourself. That is super important. Congrats on your 4.0 so far. Keep that up and have no fear!
Some advise when deciding whether to apply to more than one program. Ask counselors at your local colleges whether it matters where you take the prereqs. The college I got into is a numbers game. The spreadsheet has no names, sex etc, so only your gpa, and score on the HESI admissions test count but they give "bonus points" for students who take the 5 prereqs at the college. I also applied to another college in the area that does not care where the prereqs were taken.
If this is the case at your colleges in RI, you can strategically take course work so you have the best advantage.
No colleges here in Southern Louisiana have any advantage given to male students that I have heard of. But it could be hidden as some require interviews. You will have advantage when you are applying for a job.
Best of luck to you!
- Jul 19, '11 by Drotondi1518Thanks guys for your response, I am dedicated to becoming a nurse. Its not a matter if..its when I will be a nurse is what I'm insecure about. I wont give up.