Grand Canyon RN-BSN - page 346

The only thread I see is 5-7 yrs old and focuses on religion. Is there any updated information? I have been in heavy contact with them and am looking at taking their RN-BSN program. I work with a... Read More

  1. by   4mranch
    Hi pink. I'm gonna chime in here. I am over 50 and decided to go back to school. Like you, I was drawn to GCU. I am on my 8th class with 3 more to go to finish my BSN. As flames said it isn't easy, but it is doable. I decided to go back because I have always wanted to finish my degree, and I prefer to do that on my terms vs. my employer stating I needed to have it done by a certain time. Also, I feel this will open some doors down the line. So, I guess I went back for personal and professional reasons. Don't let age hold you back, go for it!
  2. by   pinkpetunia
    Thank you Ranch! Much appreciated. As I age, I may want to move to another state. Many states require a BSN now... Colorado for instance. I am not in a financial situation where I can retire, nor do I think I want to. Even older, I think I will need a part time job because, I am not surrounded by lots of family. Or outside interests... I try, but I guess you can call me an introvert/extrovert... I just read it is one who can be very social, talk to ppl, etc... (for me esp in nursing).... But I need my space and quiet time.
  3. by   pinkpetunia
    I hear you Rose... I graduated with a 3 year diploma in 1978....did you go forward with GCU?
  4. by   Flames9_RN
    I just got hired for a new job..and somehow introvert/extrovert came up.....I stated my patients think I'm a very extroverted person as I am always chatting with them.....and I enjoy that..same thing with my co-workers at work. But out in public I am very much an introvert, I can go days without really speaking to anyone besides my wife....and if she is away..just my dogs and cat,lol

    yes some places really do want a BSN, but I would think experience should count more....sad that it doesn't in some cases......GL Pink, u can do it.....lot of resources to help one succeed....school has tutors..think they provided writing assistance......ask away here....
  5. by   lanoneus
    Hey 4mranch, we are in the same boat. 8 down, 3 to go. are you in the traditional PICO group or did they switch you over the the new group? I start research next month.

    Pink, I'm pushing 40, but I don't think your ever too old. I've been in some version of school on and off for 15 years (took me a while to settle into my forever desire for nursing cause we move a lot). I don't regret any of it. It keeps your brain active, keeps you young, and certainly doesn't hurt job prospects.
  6. by   pinkpetunia
    Thank you!
  7. by   4mranch
    Hi lanoneus, I am in the new group. Sure would like to hear from some that have gone through and completed the newer program with the longer Capstone.
  8. by   Flames9_RN
    When did the longer capstone class start?? GL to whoever the guinua pigs were..no fun being the first
  9. by   tokmom
    Hey peeps, this is going to be long and probably not popular amongst you all. It wasn't for me. My goal is to save some heartache along the way.

    As I was cruising my states nursing forum, I stumbled across a post that mentioned a person having trouble getting accepted into an online school because they are not taking XXX state residents as students.
    Another poster chimed in and mentioned that a NEW FEDERAL LAW is taking affect and not all states are accepting GCU's RN-BSN program because it has no practicum. Yes, they want you to work as a nurse to get a nursing degree, even though we work as nurses now.

    The original poster went to our BON and found an online list of acceptable schools and GCU was there (yay!), however, ONLY the MSN programs were listed, not the RN-BSN. As you can imagine, I went into panic mode and emailed the BON. I also sent a text to a buddy I went through GCU with me who lives in another state. She checked her list of schools and GCU isn't listed at all now.

    The good news for us, after a couple of sleepless nights is we are grandfathered in because we graduated close to 3 years ago. However, we MUST go to an MSN school on the list for our states BON if we wish to continue. Otherwise our BON will not recognize the education.
    Those that are in the program currently will need to be waivered but may still have issues with licensing.

    So peeps, go to your state BON and make sure that GCU is on the approved online school list.

    I know the intent is to cut down on diploma mills, but there are a TON of online for profit schools listed on my BON website. (rolling eyes).
  10. by   Flames9_RN
    Quick search on the Maryland BON site..it does not show any "approved" RN to BSN programs....When I check my license, it now states BSN....
  11. by   tokmom
    Bumping
  12. by   tokmom
    Quote from Flames9_RN
    Quick search on the Maryland BON site..it does not show any "approved" RN to BSN programs....When I check my license, it now states BSN....
    There is no list? I know states are slowly adding this mandate.
    Your license actually says BSN?
  13. by   Flames9_RN
    Quote from tokmom
    There is no list? I know states are slowly adding this mandate.
    Your license actually says BSN?
    Every state is different, so who knows....Yes when I do the online verification, under education it states baccalaureate in nursing under education.

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