GRCC or west side of state?
- 0Apr 10, '09 by bubbley1021Hi 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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- 0Oct 2, '09 by bubbley1021good 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!
- 1Oct 2, '09 by emmasmaI 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.
- 0Oct 2, '09 by teeniebertI 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.
- 0Oct 5, '09 by bubbley1021thanks 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)
- 0Oct 8, '09 by mandy1623I'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.
- 1Nov 2, '09 by CardiacwizQuote from bubbley1021I 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!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)
- 0Nov 2, '09 by bubbley1021thanks, 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?
- 0Nov 3, '09 by AnnaN5I 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.