I'm going to be a Senior in the fall at Rhode Island College, where I'm getting my BSN. I just wanted to offer some words of encouragement to anyone who doesn't get into thier program.
I had to apply 4, yes 4 times to my program. The first time I had a 3.2, then finished my prereqs tried again with a 3.3 at that point I started taking the classes that I had gotten B's in over again to get an A, and I also starting taking psych classes because I loved them and I got an A in them without much effort. I applied to my program with a 3.5 and got rejected again. Took some more classes a second time and got my GPA up to a 3.7 and Finally I got in. My college was overwhelmed with applicants and I had started out at the community college and was considered a transfer student. Transfer students and 2nd degree students make up 20% of 60-70 students.
I was accepted in 2010 and should be graduating next December but I started going part time when my mom was diagnosed with melanoma last May and I took care of her until she passed away in January so I ended up spreading out the last semester of my junior year over 2 semesters but I'll be full time in the fall again. This has been so tough, but I know I will be a better nurse after having the honor of taking care of her, staying with her as she took her last breaths.
I can't believe I started school 6 years ago and it really does fly by especially after you get in the program. I became a CNA when I was 17 so I've been doing patient care for 8 years and that's CRAZY to me too!
I hope you love your clinicals as much as I do. Try not to get too frustrated when the nurses/professors are "mean" and look for something you can change in yourself/take away from the situation it took me a LONG time to figure that out!
Good luck guys and Congrats to those of you who got in and to those of you who didn't, if you really really really want it you will find a way!