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  • Feb 3 '13

    I graduated with a BS in Biology May 2009 and a BSN December 2010. The coursework for the biology degree was much harder. I feel like I spent more time trying to understand how/why things work in my bio/chem/physics classes. For nursing I spent study time trying to fit lots of lots of facts into my head. Nursing was only harder in that there was so much to learn in a very limited time (accelerated program).

  • Feb 3 '13

    Critical thinking in nursing....blah blah blah. Please.

    Biology, as a degree, is much more difficult than any BSN. I've walked through both. Sure, nursing has clinicals. Ok, big deal. If the OP had any patient care experience the clinical component would be tenfold easier as well. The courses, which are what you're asking about, are much simpler than what you'd do with your science major.

    I could be wrong, but I doubt there's a nursing degree that requires calculus, a year of organic chemistry, which of course somes after a year of general chemistry, along with a year of either algebra or calculus based physics. Calculus is often a five semester hour course, and the sciences all have a lab component some of which may be four hours per day. A lot of biology majors will require a statistics course as does many/most BSN programs.

    Along with all of the above you also have the sundry biology courses. Nursing majors generally take anatomy/physiology I and II along with microbiology. Their pathophysiology and pharmacology courses, if taken at all, are unlikely to offered through the biology department, but occasionally they are. You'll have a course in microbiology, botany, zoology, genetics, ecology most likely, and one or two courses in cellular biology. Electives may include embryology, histology, a variety of anatomy courses, a variety of physiology courses, sundry microbial courses, and a host of ecological/enviornmental courses. These courses are more interesting to me as well than nursing, but as another pointed out there isn't a lot you can do with a B.S. in biology.

    On top of all of this most majors seem to require a minor, and that's rare in nursing. Many biology programs also require two years of a foreign language which is also rare, if not absent, in BSN programs.

    If you did biology and later moved onto nursing you wouldn't find nursing to be nearly as difficult as the people on here claim it to be.

    Forgot to mention biochemistry since you may have to take that too. A LOT of biology majors inherently minor in chem. because you'll usually only need one or two extra chem classes to do that, and I don't think anyone here will say nursing is easier than chemistry, lol.

    One person mentioned NCLEX. Bio won't have that. Nursing may have a lot of end of course exams. Your many chem courses will likely have an EOC American Chemical Society (ACS) exam. Some of those are a serious PITA as well.

  • Feb 3 '13

    This goes on my list of one of the stranger serious threads. Best wishes to all.

  • Feb 3 '13

    Quote from blondy2061h
    I started as a biology major and switched to nursing. The coursework was way harder when I was a bio major. Nursing school felt like a breeze by comparison.
    That's what I was thinking...what nursing major wants to take organic chemistry? Biochemistry? Physics? Cell Biology? Genetics? None I know, anyways.

  • Feb 3 '13

    I started as a biology major and switched to nursing. The coursework was way harder when I was a bio major. Nursing school felt like a breeze by comparison.

  • Jan 20 '13

    I applied for Fall 2012 too!! I agree that the wait is extremely hard. I just got married and moved up to Fort Walton Beach in December from Tampa. I used to go to USF but transferred to UWF. Does anyone know the average GPA they let in or how many people usually apply?? I'm nervous! My GPA is 3.6 but I really struggled with my TEAS V! Took them 3 times and finally got a 76%....ughh.

  • Jan 14 '13

    I know I'm in the minority, but I had two offers before graduation.

  • Jan 14 '13

    Am here to tell you that as a new grad don't even *think* of showing up in Manhattan, NYC looking for work without a BSN, minimum 3.0 (3.5 is often preferred) cumulative GPA and or at the same in all nursing and science classes. Add to this the usual things such as extern/intern experience, and for forth.

    There are only a handful of large hospitals left in NYC and each have their own quirks but pretty much the above is the floor entry into new grad programs. NYP for instance gives preference to internal employees that are recent newly licensed RNs.

    New grads and even experienced RNs are looking to other parts of New York State for work from Westchester to Albany and beyond. Some are actually leaving the state to work elsewhere, especially new grads who need that magical number of one or more years of experience.

    Remember for most of the NYC and lower NYS RN employment market local nurses are competing with those from New Jersey and Conn. NYS nurses have that and Westchester, Hudson Valley etc.. area nurses as well.

    Being as all this may should you land a new grad spot expect a starting salary of about mid to high 70K if not low 80's.

  • Jan 8 '13

    I wrote an email to my boss about it, cc'd HR, the float pool supervisor, and the offender. I said it was theft and I would like to be paid back for the cost of the food and the tupperware and that I think that stealing from each other should not be tolerated because it indicates a serious ethical flaw and puts the patients and their belongings at risk. I got no response. Nothing yet anyway. I am about to drag my tired, sore, pregnant behind to work right now. I have some instant oatmeal to put in my locker. I also got some crackers and peanut butter. I totally would booby trap a lunch on him, but he is float pool so I never know when I will see him. I can't wait until the next time he is MY tech for the night. I promise eating someones lunch will be the least of his worries.

  • Jan 4 '13

    I'm a pre-nursing student and I've always wanted to work in L/D. The reason being is because I love babies. The other reason is each of my RN's I had,with three of my deliveries were awesome!!! They really made an impression on me. I also want to someday become a Lactation Consultant because breast feeding is close to my heart!!