GRCC or west side of state?

  1. 0 Hi all! Any students or nurses who went to or graduated from Grand Rapids Community College or the west side of the state? I lurk around on here often but really only see posts from the east side or sometimes northern MI. Just wondering if there is anyone out there :-) I'm on a very long wait list for GRCC ADN program and would love to hear any feedback from current students or grads!! Also wondering about general opinion of the state of nursing - shortage? no shortage? growing?- over here on the west side!! Every day when I drive past all the new medical construction downtown I can't help but be optimistic!
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  3. Visit  bubbley1021 profile page

    About bubbley1021

    Joined Dec '07; Posts: 24; Likes: 8.

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  4. Visit  emmasma profile page
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    I am getting on that wait list right now! I take my HESI in one week, and That is my last requirement. I do have to take all the prereqs so that will keep me busy part time.
    Is it really 3 years?
    More?
    Less?
  5. Visit  bubbley1021 profile page
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    good luck w/your HESI! I am on the "ready list" for ADN, decided just to wait it out instead of doing LPN first.. I will be taking A/P I (BI 121) either in Jan or Sep 10' and am working full time in a different field in the meantime. I don't plan on being called to start until Sep 11' at the earliest hopefully by then the economy will be better, because at this time I haven't seen ANY hospitals hiring new grads... maybe we will meet in a pre req class!
  6. Visit  emmasma profile page
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    I have pretty much decided to wait for the ADN as well. It takes almost 2 full time semesters extra to do the LPN first, and I do want to be an RN eventually.

    Have you looked into nursing homes? I am a CNA and work with a quite a few LPNs and RNs alike who are fresh from school.
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  7. Visit  teeniebert profile page
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    I was in the ADN program back in 2003-04 and did poorly. I took a job doing direct care in a group home and got back on the waiting list in 06 (was told 5 years at that time). In December 07 I started looking at other options and came across the LPN program at Everest Institute. I started the admission process in January 08, started classes in May 08, and graduated this past April. Now I'm working in long term care, making twice what I did at the group home, and getting hands-on experience that will help me when and if I go back to school. I'd still have 2 years to wait if GRCC was the only school available. Everest is expensive, and I don't know if there's a part time program available yet (it was in the works last I heard), but it was definitely worth it for me.
  8. Visit  bubbley1021 profile page
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    thanks for the info on Everest! It is crazy how long the GRCC wait lists are. I have also been looking into the GVSU second degree BSN program ( I have a BA in Psych) as it would take just as long by the time I finished the pre-reqs, etc. It's just a lot more expensive than GRCC and I am wondering if the BSN is even worth the extra cost? Unfortunately, it is better for me to work full time in the field I am now than to work as a CNA as I can make more doing what I do now (not a lot more though)
  9. Visit  mandy1623 profile page
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    I'm currently on the wait list for muskegon community college's nurisng program, and have about a year and a half before i get in. I also looked into transfering to GVSU but decided against it because of the cost. I heard alot of hospitals dont pay much more if you have a BSN and some will actually pay for you to go back to school if you have an ADN. That was another major reason i decided to stick it through at MCC instead of transfering.
  10. Visit  Cardiacwiz profile page
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    Quote from bubbley1021
    thanks for the info on Everest! It is crazy how long the GRCC wait lists are. I have also been looking into the GVSU second degree BSN program ( I have a BA in Psych) as it would take just as long by the time I finished the pre-reqs, etc. It's just a lot more expensive than GRCC and I am wondering if the BSN is even worth the extra cost? Unfortunately, it is better for me to work full time in the field I am now than to work as a CNA as I can make more doing what I do now (not a lot more though)
    I have my BSN from GVSU. I work with many nurses, in the GR area, who have their Associates and are now going on to complete their BSN- they have said that their opportunity for advancement is little with an associates. I have also heard that some hospitals in Michigan are no longer hiring associates level RNs without agreement to get their BSN- though I do not know how much truth is behind that. Good Luck in whatever you decide to do!
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  11. Visit  bubbley1021 profile page
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    thanks, Cardiacwiz! I really would love to go straight for my BSN, but cost is really an issue as I do have student loan debt from my previous Bachelors, a house, child, etc. But we'll see. If I wait about 4 years I could probably do it, or I could start my ADN at the comm college in 2 yrs and be done w/it before I even start the BSN. At this point I'm just going to start taking pre-reqs that will apply to either and see how things go! I would def. want to start my BSN right away, though, while working and gaining experience. Also, I know Munson in TC will not hire ADN unless you agree to get your BSN within a certain amount of time, but have not heard of any GR area hospitals doing that yet?
  12. Visit  AnnaN5 profile page
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    I have not heard of any hospitals on this side of the state requiring you to have a BSN. It may be helpful in the current job market but it definitely isn't required. I actually didn't even know that about Munson in TC. 2 girls that were in my ADN program started working there last year and they both do not have BSNs. I was in a similar situation as you, I have a BS in Biology but decided to just do the ADN since it was cheaper & quicker. My place of employment is now paying for my BSN.
  13. Visit  michellenurse72 profile page
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    Hi All,

    I was glad to see someone from the GR area. I have been on the waiting list at GRCC now for 2 years (LPN program) and my seat has finally come open, I start this Winter 2011 semester (January 7th).

    I decided that it would be quicker, as far as wait lists go, to complete the LPN first. Also, I figured I could get my LPN, work for short time, as I can't be unemployed for 2 years to complete the RN program from start to finish, and then either return part-time to GRCC for their advance standing LPN-RN program or attend Monroe Community College's LPN-RN program online (thru MCCVLC).

    In my opinion, I will still graduate very close to the same time a new RN student would, but gain the advantage of being able to work in between, gain experience which I hope translates into a little help during school etc.

    Hopefully there are more of us out here, I am really starting to get nervous!!


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