I'm new here, so I apologize if I'm asking questions that have already been covered.
At the age of 34, I am reflecting on my life and have discovered that I'm looking for something challenging and fulfilling, something that will help people and make a real impact on others. Right now, I'm working in front of a computer. I've done that for most of my working existence, with the exception of my college years when I was a waitress or a cashier. Currently I have a B.S. in Management Information Systems, minor in Finance. My understanding is that you can enroll in an "accelerated" program to get your BSN in 12 - 16 mos. if you already have a degree. However, I have a couple of concerns:
1.) Most websites I've visited say you must have a GPA of 3.0 or better to qualify for an accelerated BSN. I only have a 2.6, but that's because I worked 40 hours a week while attending classes full-time. I worked very, very hard in college although my GPA might not reflect this at first glance. Could this be a hindrance? For what it's worth, my general studies classes were largely a success for me. While I don't have my transcript in front of me, I'm pretty certain the GPA for my general studies classes alone would be higher than 3.0. Do they look at this only, or your cumulative GPA?
2.) What can I expect to be paid (on average) upon graduation with a BSN? I will be staying here in Oklahoma, probably in Oklahoma City (where I live now). Two of my friends are nurses, and they make about $20/hr, but I'm not sure if they got their BSN or RN, etc.
3.) Do I stand a fairly good chance of receiving government assistance? I'm female, but not a member of a minority.
4.) If for some reason I don't get accepted into a nursing school
right away, is there anything I can study on my own that would prepare me in the meantime? General biology, physiology, etc? I'm a fairly fast learner, so hopefully I can get a "jump" on some things while I'm waiting to be accepted.
I suppose these questions are better answered in person by someone in admissions at a nursing school, but I wanted to have a fair idea before I spoke with anyone. Although the pay is a concern for me (since I want to make sure I can still pay my bills, LOL), that's not my reason for considering nursing as a second career. To be honest, I want to get back in touch with people and help others, and I feel like I've missed so much in my life by staying in a technical career that doesn't allow me the opportunity to do this. I've never been married or have children, and long hours on my feet don't bother me because I've worked under those conditions before. Nursing might be something that would suit me.
Jan 10, '08
I had a few questions for you, I have been accepted to OKCU and I am so excited for Fall 2008. I am applying to some other Nursing schools as well just because the cost, but my ultimate goal is to go to OKCU. I was just wondering how your Science Technology & Society, and Biblical Lit. classes were? Then also what would you take for a values and culture credit? I plan to take those at least 2 this summer prior to entering Nursing school and just wondering how much time and effort they will require. Because, I also work as a Nurse Aide part-time and I have to work throughout the summer to save money to pay for OKCU. Just wondering what you thought about those 3 pre-reqs you have to take there? Thanks!
Last edit by aspiringBSN on Jan 10, '08