Are there any nursing students in UNR's Orvis program or graduates from that program who worked while in school? I have been accepted to the Fall 2011 class, am waiting to find out about financial aid, and thinking I may need to work part time. I have a previous degree and currently am taking 13 units of prereqs and working full time, so I'm used to working hard. Just wondering if anyone had any words of wisdom. Apologies if there is another post on this, but I couldn't find any specific to the Orvis program.
Been a while since I've been on... If anyone else has the same question, yes you can work and complete your BSN. Personally, I only worked through 1/3 of school and decided that my GPA and happiness was more important than my $10/hr retail job. Having worked for 1 year, I have a good start on paying down the school loans I accumulated as a result.
Some people can handle the intensity of school and full or part time work and some can not. Some students can do it an maintain a high GPA, some will destroy their GPA. Decide what elements are most important to you, but I personally advise to not sell yourself short. Nursing has almost infinite opportunities, many of which require GPA as some element to be competitive for advance degrees. A BSN or ADN degree can eat you up; they are much more difficult than other programs. My stack of books reached my 6' height. My girlfriend is in an ADN program at it sounds no easier. Plan to work your *** off. I am now looking at advancing to a ACNP or CRNA and I'm glad I did not take the chance of compromising my GPA for work.
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Apr 11, '14
Thank you so much for this update sea2summit3. I've just been accepted to Orvis beginning fall '14 and I have a 10 hour shift, per Diem position that I've been debating whether or not to retain while in nursing school. I'm still up in the air, but as of now I would love to further my degree through a masters program. I've come to the abrupt (yet unsurprising) realization that GPA will ALWAYS matter for me. Is there any more advice you might have for UNR nursing students? Specific Orvis posts are hard to come across. Thank you!
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