Quote from kme77
Ampharos, thank you so much for the information! How are you liking the program so far?
You're welcome! I'm really happy to help!
So far I would say my feelings about the program are positive overall. On the plus side, I have met some of the most wonderful people here. I feel like the faculty all really want us to succeed, which is fantastic, and basically everyone in my cohort is amazing. People are really cool about sharing notes/study guides/cool study resources they find/funny videos and things when school is getting busy or stressful. I kind of figured since this program would have a lot of adult learners with kids/jobs/other responsibilities I wouldn't really make any new friends because people are so busy, but I definitely have and I'm glad for that because new friends are fun! Of course every cohort will be different, but my class has been a big part of making this experience a positive one.
I have also really enjoyed the clinical aspect of the program. We've only had one so far, but I learned so much there. It was challenging, but it forced me out of my comfort zone and made me see that I can definitely do this! Which was something I needed because as I fumbled around in the lab trying to do really basic things (It took me way longer than I felt like it should have to take a manual blood pressure :/) I wasn't sure I was ever going to be any kind of functional nurse. Having actual patients let me work with them, practice until I got it, and then tell me that I'm not horrible was a major morale booster.
On the negative side, the program has been a little frustrating at times because it feels like the way they have structured some of the classes seems kind of random. Like, I felt like we didn't do very much during the first month of school and then October hits and they are all "okay, lets try to teach you everything right now because you start clinical in 3 weeks and you need to know this before then". It felt like they were trying to ease us into it or something and the realized they were taking it a little too easy so they had to quick shove everything in. I also wish that we had more opportunities to practice skills before clinical. Every lab session we learned a few new skills, and we had the 4 hour lab to practice them, but then we didn't talk about them again unless they come up in clinical. For most things, we never had to perform them for an instructor to make sure we were doing it right, so it was easy to kind of just watch and maybe not try to do it as much as I probably should have. I get that there isn't a lot of time since this is an accelerated program, but I wish they tested us out on more things so we could be comfortable with it before getting to clinical. But my clinical instructor and most of the nurses I worked with last semester were happy to show me things again and help me to make sure I was learning how to do things properly, so I guess it worked itself out.
I also kind of hate how much stuff we have to do online, but I think that is because I have never really been a computer person. I guess it is nice because you can do it when you want, but I feel like I learn better with in person activities. I have still been learning, though, so I suppose I'm getting used to it.
So, I'm saying that I have no regrets about coming to this program. It definitely isn't perfect, but I feel like I am learning how to be a nurse which is the most important thing. I'm excited to start next semester because we have more clinical rotations in several areas, so it will be nice to see something different.
Quote from Bee55881
Were/are either of you worried about GPA or GRE scores?? I have a good background that will help with the admissions process but my GRE math score was low, and my overall prereq grades are Bs, some As. What are your thoughts on this??
Oh, and about GPA/GRE scores. I don't remember my GRE scores exactly, but I know they were pretty similar compared to the average accepted student GRE score on the website. My undergrad GPA was not great (like 2.99 or something), but I went to grad school where I had a much better GPA (like 3.5) and I got As in all of my prereq classes except chemistry (which I took in undergrad) and A&P II (which I didn't have a grade in until after they accepted me) which I got Bs in. I assume my prereq grades are probably the only reason they were willing to even talk to me because my grades were kind of inconsistent, my GRE scores didn't really stand out, and I had zero patient care experience. I really, truly believe that they are interested in your whole application, so I would definitely not count yourself out. I was not at all a perfect applicant on paper, but they took a chance on me, anyway, so that must mean something.
OMG! Sorry for the wall of text! I guess I have a lot of feelings!