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  • Aug 19 '13

    In my area, the ADN from our community college is very well respected. In fact, our nursing school has a better reputation than some of the bigger schools out there. I think it all depends on what area of the country you live and how your school's graduates are perceived in the work force.

    Congratulations on going back to school and pursuing your dream! I think it's awesome. I'm 43 and I'm about to start nursing school this week. I'm thrilled to be starting our ADN program and I'm looking forward to what's to come. Best of luck to you

  • Aug 19 '13

    I was accepted to both ADN and BSN programs and chose to attend the ADN because of the cost, class size, and NCLEX pass rate. I plan to go for an RN-BSN program immediately since in my state (CA) it's apparently pretty difficult to find quality employment with an ADN alone - that's one of the main reasons you'll see a lot of pro-BSN banter here on AN. My path is going to take some extra time but I chose what was right for me and feel no need to defend my decision to anyone else.

    You shouldn't let strangers on an anonymous internet message board make you feel bad about your life choices; if you see negativity either speak up or click on, there's plenty of encouragement (maybe too much encouragement sometimes, heh) to be found elsewhere on the student boards. Carry on and keep your head up!

  • Aug 19 '13

    I'm in the middle of an ADN program and I'm proud of it. Don't let the haters bring you down, especially not on this board. They don't know your area or what school you go to. I'm sure you did your research and found this program to be the best for YOU. Be proud of yourself. Getting into a nursing program is a huge accomplishment so CONGRATS!!

  • Aug 12 '13

    If you are self employed or working as an independent contractor for a client, and paying the taxes on your income, you should be paying medicare and SS tax as part of that. (That's why self employed people often pay a larger percentage of their income in taxes)

    As far as health insurance, once the ACA kicks in and the exchanges are in place in your state, you should be able to purchase somewhat affordable insurance on an individual basis. (You'll pay a lot more than you would if you were receiving health insurance through an actual employer)

    I'm assuming that you are an adult, so your parents wishes really don't matter.

    Now, with that out of the way, if you hate nursing that much, and you can support yourself with the web design / programing gigs, then please, get out of nursing. Nothing personal, but if you are that unhappy, it probably shows in the care you are giving, or in the way you interact with patients / families / co-workers.

    Why be miserable when it's obviously not what you really love doing? Life is too short to spend time doing something you hate.

    There are lot of people out there who are nurses because they love the profession, and are looking for jobs. Make room for one and go do what YOU want to do.

  • Aug 12 '13

    You did good. I have the utmost respect for families who are able to follow their loved one's wishes and say "enough is enough". I'd much rather be the nurse to remove an OJ tube on a patient in a persistent vegetative state than I would be the nurse who has to place said tube because the family "wants everything done".

  • Aug 12 '13

    You honored the wishes of the patient, as had been expressed in her living will, and the wishes of her family, who were clear in their desire to give her a natural death. You did the right thing and did not kill this patient.

    My grandfather had to be removed from a ventilator after lung surgery when he was no longer responsive. The care given by the compassionate nurses and physicians was excellent. Removing him from the ventilator meant he would only live a few hours/days but they honored his, and my grandmother's, wishes. It was the very best thing they could have done.

    If you're still struggling with this, you may want to talk to someone. Does your company have benefits that include counseling for free? If so, that would be an excellent resource to take advantage of.

  • Jun 18 '13

    I went for my ASN because I already had 1 Bachelor's degree, and not enough money to even consider an ABSN program. My ASN program was well respected and I learned a great deal, got hired before graduating even. I took a year off to learn to be a nurse, and now I'm 1.5 semesters away from graduating with my BSN and I just hit my 2 year "being a nurse" anniversary. I'm paying for my BSN completely out of pocket too. I'm happy with the way I've done things, I wouldn't change it if I had the chance.

  • Jun 18 '13

    As a hospital LPN during the time when the economy folded, my shifts were being cancelled like crazy! I applied to other hospitals for supplemental work, or at least tried to, but I got the "you're just an LPN" more times than I could count. So, after 20+ years as an LPN, back into the classroom I went. However, that college wouldn't even allow me to apply to the LPN-RN bridge program because I had not taken A&P yet and/or maybe because I turned down an invitation to the honors program.

    So, I sat there taking one class after another until I could figure out a Plan B. While doing that, I discovered an online ASN program that was perfect for me, except I couldn't use student loans for it. So, again, I sat in the classroom, taking meaningless classes until i figured out that I could use the loan refunds to pay for the online ASN program. Problem solved! But i can tell you that attending two colleges at once was not easy, especially when i had to work AND i was a member of the 40+ age group. Graduated, NCLEXed, and working decent hours with great pay, I could finally breathe again.

    BUT, after an evaluation of all of those meaningless credits, I was informed that they all applied towards a BSN degree in such a way that it placed me in a more than halfway BSN completion position. So, here I am, four classes and 2 exams away from the BSN capstone! As much as I did NOT want to return to school, I just could not let those credits go to waste, especially since the trends are changing and gradually preferring BSN as entry-level into the hospital.

    By the way, I never did quit my LPN hospital job while I was in school for fear of the new-grad job search. After passing boards, I simply went to human resources, they looked up my name on the BON of nursing, issued me a new badge, and I went on over into the hospital and picked up my same set of patients from the night before.

  • Jun 18 '13

    I picked ADN over BSN for a number of reasons:

    -cost: my ADN program is considerably cheaper than the 3 BSN/ABSN programs in my area

    -pre-reqs: when I finally changed majors to nursing, I only needed about 5 classes to apply to the ADN program that I'm in and the BSN would have taken me several years to complete at least 10 more pre-reqs

    -reputation: my ADN program has a much better reputation in my area regarding clinical experience. The nurses at the facilities that I've rotated through tell me that the 1st semester students at my school have more clinical skills than the 3rd/4th semester BSN students that they get from the other schools.

    -ability to secure a job after graduation: I have talked to several people that have graduated from BSN programs in the area and many people have had trouble getting jobs. Even though the job postings advertise "BSN Preferred", I rarely hear of grads from my ADN program with trouble getting a job unless they are super picky about a specialty.

    With all of that being said, I do plan on completing an RN-BSN program online as soon as I can while working as an RN and I hope that I don't sound as though I'm bad-mouthing other programs. I just feel that the ADN first was the best choice for me given the options.

  • Jun 18 '13

    GIrlfriend!!! I just finished my RN program, and I am going to tell you what I wish someone would have told me.....

    1.) learn the groups pf drugs and their main effects on the major systems ex: Betablockers end in "lol" like Metoprolol and slow down the heart rate and drop BP (this will help you a lot)

    2.) learn about NCLEX style questions such as the words to narrow in making it the right or wrong selections.

    3.) Review you conversions and drug calculations because this will be used every week, in every semester.

    4.) Start learning pediatric illnesses early!!! There is too many!

    5.) Get your fundamentals book and start learning therapeutic communication, teaching styles, learning styles, ECT. You will use this and its a lot to learn!

    6.) Skills... watch videos on youtube

    and that should do it before you start!!! Goodluck we are here for you!

  • Jun 17 '13

    I wouldn't like that at all. I'm old school and need/want an actual book in my hand, whether it's a textbook or a trashy book to read at the beach.

  • Jun 17 '13

    If you are taking the test soon the best advice I can offer you is STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! After weeks of studying for the TEAS, I passed with an 80. I used the McGraw-Hill's Nursing School Entrance Exams to study for the test. Although it may seem extreme, I studied between 4-5 hours daily for about 3 weeks. The official study book is the ATI TEAS Review Manual but I did not want to pay $25 for it. Use your time wisely, study faithfully, and do all of the practice exams. (I ran out of time on the math portion so it is wise to time yourself on the practice exams.)


  • Jun 17 '13

    Congratulations and time well spent!

  • Jun 17 '13

    1. Find constructive ways to handle anxiety. (get guidance for nursing tutors on campus, walk, work out, talk with friends, etc)
    2. Have enough finances to get you through so you don't have to worry about money. This makes life a lot easier.
    3. Master read. This is a form of reading where one can read 5 times more in an hour. It's a great time saver.
    4. Learn study skills by reading a study skills book.
    5. Use tools at school(free tutors, free software, videos on assessment and nursing skills in library, books in library, labs, advisors)
    6. Purchase any tools you need to assist you with understanding(videos, nclex videos, feuer, hurst, skills demonstrations, assessment videos, tutors, interactive software, testing software)
    7. If you get into a jam, get a tutor. They take the stress away, and help direct your studies. A great tutor can save you tons of time.
    8. Always get enough sleep and eat right.
    9. Don't forget to have time to relax.
    10. Do everything you can to stay in front of the lectures. But for finals week, it's easiest for me to be more than a week due to how much material there is, and this get's rid of cramming.
    11. Create a good support system around you. This really helps when you least expect it.
    12. If there is a critical thinking class, or a nurse test taking class or software use it.

  • Jun 17 '13

    First of all....CONGRATULATIONS on getting accepted!

    Now, don't let fear of the unknown start to psych you out. You've worked your hiney off to get where you're at and it's natural to feel some apprehension when finally approaching the completion to one goal and the start of another. So, how do you quell the fear? Well, you can "what if" yourself into a frenzy, or you can step back, take a deep breath and say "I'm not going to be expected to have the knowledge of a licensed RN on day 1 of my program". Every single person in your class is in the same shoes. We're all there to learn by completely different methods than what we've been used to (e.g. critical thinking, applying knowledge to skills, etc.). Just keep telling yourself that you've made it this far and you CAN (and will) succeed. Dwelling on the negative is almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. Yes, this is going to be challenging! But think about what you're going to be're going to learn to be a nurse!!! GO FOR IT!!!