$3.9 million gift will attack nursing shortage - page 4

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Will they be hiring new nurses in 15 months? I sure hope so for all our sakes!... Read More


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    Quote from Walden-Puddle
    See...I think that's great that they have you really load up on the pre-reqs so that you can actually concentrate on learning nursing and nursing skills once you have started in the program. I've always wondered how you could get into a nursing program with just a few science classes (now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure there's some basic english/writing requirement as well.) I'm in Norcal...and they simply include a lot of those other classes in the basic curriculum for the ADN program.

    With all of the classes that you took BEFORE starting, how long was your actual program to get your ADN? (I believe the one I'm thinking about is a little over 2 years full time.) If yours is the same amount of time...and with all the pre-reqs you took BEFORE you entered, you should be darn close to a BSN dgree when you graduate, and not just an ADN, no?
    I also had to take (checking my transcript, here) Writing 101, 102, English Lit, algebra, intro to health care, survey of human diseases, drug calculations, and human relations in business and industry.

    All of these had to be completed before applying to my RN program. All are college level and fully transferable, with the exception of my CNA classes.

    Full time beginning to end would have been four years, at 15.8 credit hours per semester. I worked full time, so it took six years. Graduating GPA was 3.69.

    In total, I have 127 credit hours. This includes CNA and LPN classes.

    All colleges I have contacted would require another 60 credit hours for me to earn a BSN.

    This includes CNA and LPN classes.


    I believe these fast track, second degree BSN programs really should look at the full picture, and evaluate candidates individually. There are many RNs in situations similar to mine.

    I think we should not be excluded from these programs, but we are.
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    Quote from Nurse80sbaby
    A BSN in 15 months just for having a previous bachelors in ANY other field? *****? It took me 18 months just to get my ADN. I guess next they will allow you to turn in the proof of purchase on a couple boxes of Cheerios and they will send you a degree by mail. Im so tired of people watering down this profession.....not job.....profession. I hear there will be a shortage of general practice MDs in the near future. Can I buy all the Grays Anatomy and House series on DVD and send in my reciept in exchange for my MD license??
    It seems ridiculous that anyone is trying to address a nursing shortage with such a short term plan seeing as how the nursing shortage is more long-term and hypothetical at this point. (That was a side note...now for my main comment...)

    I had a bachelor's degree in a different field, and I had taken sociology, psychology (lifespan), nutrition, biology, chem, stats, calculus, physiology, etc. I then entered a 15 month program that had an IDENTICAL curriculum to the typical BSN program at that school. The difference was that you took an extra class each semester and and went full time the entire summer. In the end, my academic credentials were no different than a nurse from the traditional BSN program. I had an equivalent number of clinical hours, and our school offers more clinical hours than many other programs. It is not for everyone because not everyone can dedicate every waking moment to school. And, people who struggle in school might need a little slower pace. BUT, I feel like I received a good education and was as (or more) prepared as other new grads. (I would argue that the bar of preparation for all new grads should be higher than it currently is, but that's another discussion). So, it is not ludicrous to think a nurse can earn a BSN in 15 months. This is four semesters, if you use the summer, which is the same amount of time that many BSN programs dedicate to nursing. And the same as some ADN programs take--yes I know some of your programs have taken longer, but some really do take 4 semesters. Please don't compare my education to a mail order set of credentials.
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    I just think that people need to realize that there is a nursing shortage becuase hospitals ONLY care about making money and hiring the fewest amount of nurses possible. Also, theres a shortage because theres no professors, or no professors who want to teach. We also need to look at who the nursing shortage is referring to- RN's with BSN and above (mostly above) (Not techs,LPN's, Nurse assistants)- which schooling is so short causing a massive influx of nurses right away.
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    Quote from Nurse80sbaby
    A BSN in 15 months just for having a previous bachelors in ANY other field? *****? It took me 18 months just to get my ADN. I guess next they will allow you to turn in the proof of purchase on a couple boxes of Cheerios and they will send you a degree by mail. Im so tired of people watering down this profession.....not job.....profession. I hear there will be a shortage of general practice MDs in the near future. Can I buy all the Grays Anatomy and House series on DVD and send in my reciept in exchange for my MD license??
    At my school, you can get a BSN in 12 months if you have a bachelors degree. In any other field. It was 15 months and they just shortened it to 12.


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