New Pre-Nursing Student Here.....

  1. 0 Hello all! Just wanted to post and say hello. I'm a new pre-nursing student (started this spring). Here's a little about myself...

    I'm a 38yr old married father of 3 boys (OMG....shhhhhh, don't tell anyone a man is here!! LOL). I've got a bachelors degree in Information Systems. I've been in the IT field for about 12 years now and it hasn't been very rewarding. Medical has always been a secret love of mine. So....here I am.

    Needless to say, I've got all my pre-reqs with exception to my sciences...so that's where I am. Now I'm trying to figure out if I want to go for an LPN and get to work as I bridge to an RN, or just go for the BSN right off the bat. I have all the typical issues it seems....how much will it cost, what to do with the kids, how much time will it require, what will I make, how can I survive this madness???????????

    Anyway....I'm in my first Biology class along with an online Psych class. I'm already feeling stressed with the amount of info you have to absorb. I haven't been in a classroom in 10 years!!

    Helpful, encouraging words are definitely needed...along with a dose of reality.

    Happy to be here and looking foreward to the future.

    Oh...after eating chinese today, I got a fortune that I thought was fitting....."Use your abilities at this time to stay focused on your goal. You will succeed!"

    Brett
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    About Buster70

    From 'Tulsa, OK'; 45 Years Old; Joined Feb '09; Posts: 21; Likes: 4.

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  3. Visit  marilynmom profile page
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    I'm a 35 year old mother of 2 young children and I went for my BSN and am glad I did that. I went to UCO which is a great school and also affordable. The instructors also understand and will work with you about childcare needs, etc. We could miss 1 day of clinicals per clinical term and I always had help from them around clinical times and childcare. It was really great. I felt prepared (as a new nurse can be) when I graduated!

    I didn't think nursing school was that hard, just takes a lot of your time. I was really busy, but it was a lot of fun!!
  4. Visit  travis73 profile page
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    Hello Buster. You and I are in similar situations. Good luck to you.
    (ps-I also have a fortune cookie slip that I stuck on my fridge. It Claims - "You will win success in whatever you attempt." Haha!)
  5. Visit  Okie1 profile page
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    Buster,

    Glad to see another guy on here. I am also going back to nursing school after being in the work force for many years. I have been in healthcare administration and have my MBA. I want to do something different and more rewarding for next 20 years of my life. I'm 44.

    I am completing my sciences and just complete Biology and Psych last semester. It was very time consuming with work and all but doable. I'm in A&PI this semester. I'm going for my ADN and then my Masters in Nursing as I want to teach on day.

    Best of luck to you!

    Okie1
  6. Visit  travis73 profile page
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    The news, paper and tv, keep running stories about the male population, in nursing, increasing. But I've also heard stories of people finishing school, getting the degree, getting a job, and then moving on to something else because the job wasn't what they expected. Seems like a huge waste of everyone's time to me.
  7. Visit  Mommyto2and2 profile page
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    My husband is in the IT field and is a manager of development.... He is basically the guy that gets all the demos dropped on him with less than a day to make them happen!!LOL He is in the same boat thinking that something else might be better for the family. That is so wonderful that you broke out and decided to do what you really want to do.

    There are alot of options on childcare and finances. Good luck to you and don't think your alone being a man in the nursing field... there arent as many but I have 4 in my class alone
  8. Visit  Ciale profile page
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    Quote from travis73
    Hello Buster. You and I are in similar situations. Good luck to you.
    (ps-I also have a fortune cookie slip that I stuck on my fridge. It Claims - "You will win success in whatever you attempt." Haha!)
    Haha. You guys are funny. The one on my fridge says: "your investments of time now will lead to success in the future"

    Buster, good luck to you. Go for your RN now!
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    Its good to hear from all of you....thanks for the encouraging words. As I'm preparing for my first Biology exam, I'm starting to get nervous....there's so much to absorb and understand. I think if I can get through this first exam with a decent grade, I'll be a lot more comfortable with my abilities....
  10. Visit  Katy-NursingStudent profile page
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    I don't know what part of the start you are in, but there are a few community colleges the offer the bridge program from a bachelors(in another field besides nursing) into RN and its about the same about of time as LPN-RN so if you dont have to, don't take that route!
  11. Visit  Buster70 profile page
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    Yeah, I've looked at the bridge programs....and, being a business major, I have to take all the science pre-reqs to be eligible for the bridge programs or conventional, either way....I have to bite the bullet and go for it.

    BTW....I'm in Tulsa. Enrolled at Tulsa Community College.
  12. Visit  travis73 profile page
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    Those pre-reqs to the pre-reqs start to add up. In time and money!!
  13. Visit  OKMom profile page
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    Hi Brett! Good for you for going back to school! I too am married and have a son and recently made the decision to pursue nursing. I'm changing careers as well and it's not easy at first but I know you can do it. I'm currently at OSU OKC and there's a variety of ages and people of all different backgrounds in the classes, working, married and single parents. Night classes have been the best option for me and the 2 year program there seems to be set up in a way where you can get your RN and still have somewhat of a family and part-time career life. I'm thinking of getting my CNA to help me gain some experience in the field - they offer a 12 day course for you to get your certification. I also heard that once you complete the first two nursing semesters you can go ahead and take an LPN exam. The program at this school is 4 semesters and allow you to take the NCLEX but it's recommended that the pre-reqs be completed first. Anatomy was the hardest for me but I survived. Stay strong and be confident. You WILL get through it and while difficult at first, it will be very rewarding in the end. Let me know if I can be of any help. I'm currently taking Chemistry and it's no picnic but I'm hanging in there. Take care!
  14. Visit  marilynmom profile page
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    Quote from travis73
    The news, paper and tv, keep running stories about the male population, in nursing, increasing. But I've also heard stories of people finishing school, getting the degree, getting a job, and then moving on to something else because the job wasn't what they expected. Seems like a huge waste of everyone's time to me.
    I would say for a lot of nurses your statement is true I would encourage ANYONE thinking about nursing or the medical field to work in the hospital in some capacity (CNA, nurse tech, etc) to see what it's really like. It's not for everyone and you won't know it's for you or not until your actually working in the field (even clinicals don't count). Most of the medical residents I have worked with want out, but they are in too much debt to have much choice--so it's not just RNs.

    I am very lucky to have gotten out of the hospital and I love my current job, but jobs like this are few and far between. I won't work in the hospital again if I have a choice. There are good jobs out there for RNs, you just have to know how to find them!


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