samcnl 865 Views
Joined: Feb 16, '08;
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I am also a new grad starting in a Neuro ICU in Feb. I had the chance to precept there for my last semester of nursing school, and fell in love with it. I can't wait to start!!
I started nursing school in August 2004 at the age of 26 with two small children and a husband. I graduated December 2008 at the "ripe old age" of 30. :wink2: I don't think you're too old to go, infact, I think it actually helps to have some "years" of life experiences and learning on you! I pushed my way through it, and you can to. I took my boards on January 8th, and found out on the 10th that I PASSED!!!!!
"What is the course load like?
Are there options for part-time/weekend/evening classes?
How long did it take for you to be accepted?
What was the application process like?
Did you feel prepared after graduation?"
Hello and welcome to the Raleigh area! I am currently enrolled in the ADN program at Wake Tech (grad. Dec 08!). To get into the program, you must complete the majority of the pre-reqs required to apply to the program. This took me almost 2 years going part-time. After you get accepted, part-time is no longer an option, nor is night classes. The course load hasn't been too bad but if you plan on working while in school (anything more than part-time work) you might have a tough time when it comes to the amount of hours needed to prepare for tests/clinicals/etc. The teachers (for the most part) are friendly and really want to see you succeed, and they have alot of great tips coming from there years of experience. I would tell you more about the classes themselves, but the program is changing to an integrated program for all incoming students, and I'm really not sure what they are going to change. When looking forward to graduation, I think we've learned alot, but as I've been told by many seasoned nurses, we walk out green and will continue to feel that way until the "ah-ha!" moment happens (most have said it happened to them around 6 months of practice!). Well, good luck to you!
<P>I'm currently in my final year at WTCC (NUR 135-grad. date Dec 2008!) and, all in all, it hasn't been that bad. You will get good instructors, and some bad, but you will make it through. As an LPN, you will be put onto a faster track than comming in with no nursing education. The program is about to change, they are intergrating the curriculum but I'm not really sure of the specifics on that yet. If you have to take BIO 271, I recommend taking it online at Lenore college instead of taking it at Wake. I've had a couple of friends who had to drop it d/t bad grades at WTCC who sailed through Lenore's online version of BIO 271. We get to go to some great clinical sites (UNC, WMC, WMCCary, Duke Health, REX, Holly Hill, etc) and a lot of the CI's are really good (there are some bad, but you'll get that anywhere). I wish you the best of luck!</P>
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