Denied......

  1. ....and back to square one . I thought I had it figured out, what I was going to do if I got denied and now that I have been denied, Im unsure once again.
    My options:
    -keep applying for the bachelor's program while taking classes that will help me and improve my knowledge and gpa (will I eventually get in?)
    -transfer to a tech college and begin working on my LPN and apply again next year for the bachelors (If I want the bachelor's degree in the end anyway, would it just make more sense to do the bachelor's instead of the LPN, RN, and RN upward?)
    -apply to other bachelor programs (every school has different pre-reqs for the nursing program)
    -change my major
    I'm confused and stressed! Yes, I'm young (21) but I don't want to spend 8 years in school, only coming out with a 4 year degree. Please help!!! I don't have much time to figure out what I'm going to do. This probably wouldn't be as much trouble for me if I wasn't so indecissive. This is one huge decision that I have to make ON MY OWN and it's going to determine the rest of my life. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

    P.S. Do RN's deal with the same things as CNA's do as far as working short all the time and having to be mandated?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Semperdave
    Just my 2 cents here...
    Determine how important the BSN is to you NOW. There are many reasons people get a BSN, but it is not the end all and be all of nursing. Lots of RNs have "just" an associates, or "just" a diploma. My mother in law has an associates and was D.O.N. for a while at one place she worked.

    If you opt for the ADN you can go for the BSN later if you still want it. Or you can apply for next term and have a big cheering section from ALLURSES.COM!

    Best of luck, whatever your decision.

    David
  4. by   caliotter3
    Do you have a problem with your GPA? Try applying to all the local ADN programs and find out what their selection criteria are. If you are not competitive in that arena, then bite the bullet and go to an LPN program. You will significantly increase you options (LPN to RN, LPN to BSN). And if after that strategy, you still can not get into a BSN or RN program, then you have the LPN license to make a living with. If you live in one of the states that accept Excelsior, your LPN license is the key to the gate. You can work as an LPN and go through the Excelsior program for your ASN or AASN. Then you can progress to a BSN through Excelsior if you so desire. There are many ways to skin a cat and many roads lead to the same destination. Just don't give up at this point. Good luck. We, on this site, are rooting for you. Many of us have not had an easy road to nursing so we know your frustrations. Remember to ask God to give you strength to keep going.
  5. by   Cls62011
    My pre-req gpa is 3.6 but it's just soooo competitive plus you have to take the entrance exam and do an interview. I didn't make it to the interview.
  6. by   cad4296
    Definately don't give up at this point. I was in the same boat, got denied for this fall. The BSN program I applied to had the same requirements, GPA, entrance exam and interview. I made it down to the final 450 who got interviewed, but they could only take 120. I was one of the unfortanate that had to get cut. The reality of it is that is super competitive. Have you thought about looking into associates degree programs? I know it feels like taking a step back especially when you've finished all the classes, but it still gets you to the RN. I applied to a few associates programs this time around and applied to the BSN program again. You best option is to apply anywhere and everywhere! Best of luck to you! Don't give up yet!
  7. by   VenaKavaRN
    Quote from tigger340
    P.S. Do RN's deal with the same things as CNA's do as far as working short all the time and having to be mandated?
    Ohhhh yeah. Definitely no question.

    As for your decision, I had to make the same one myself last semester when I was denied. I chose to continue to apply for BSN one more year at two different schools after working on GPA this semester because I eventually want to get a Master's in Nursing or an MBA.

    However, I don't want to spend the rest of my life in school, so if things don't pan out this year, it's ADN for me just to get me the RN so I can actually be a nurse.

    It depends what your long-term goal is. If you just want to get working as fast as possible, you might want to try an Associate's degree instead of the LPN. Floor nursing, there's no difference in pay, at least in all the hospitals in my state. If you want to go into management or teaching, do the BSN to save time in the long run.

    HTH
    Pepper
    Last edit by VenaKavaRN on Sep 26, '07 : Reason: i can't read :P
  8. by   nurz2be
    Quote from tigger340
    ....and back to square one . I thought I had it figured out, what I was going to do if I got denied and now that I have been denied, Im unsure once again.
    My options:
    -keep applying for the bachelor's program while taking classes that will help me and improve my knowledge and gpa (will I eventually get in?)
    -transfer to a tech college and begin working on my LPN and apply again next year for the bachelors (If I want the bachelor's degree in the end anyway, would it just make more sense to do the bachelor's instead of the LPN, RN, and RN upward?)
    -apply to other bachelor programs (every school has different pre-reqs for the nursing program)
    -change my major
    I'm confused and stressed! Yes, I'm young (21) but I don't want to spend 8 years in school, only coming out with a 4 year degree. Please help!!! I don't have much time to figure out what I'm going to do. This probably wouldn't be as much trouble for me if I wasn't so indecissive. This is one huge decision that I have to make ON MY OWN and it's going to determine the rest of my life. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

    P.S. Do RN's deal with the same things as CNA's do as far as working short all the time and having to be mandated?

    My 2 cents worth. I want to get my Masters actually but I have to get BSN first obviously. I found a local school with a great reputation, which offers an associates in science for nursing (ASN). I can have this completed in less than 2 years and then begin working as an official RN while taking my BSN classes online. The BSN classes will take me about 1-1.5 years to complete. If you add that up I will have my BSN at the MOST in 3.5 years. That is QUICKER than traditional school PLUS the last 1-1.5 years I will be working as an RN. There are a lot of ways to work around BSN schools. Just a note, as new grads in our area, the pay is no different for the first year between an ASN or a BSN degree. You can also consider an LPN school and then fast tracking to your RN degree as well. LPN schools here take 9-11 months. Keep your head up and if you want this bad enough as it seems you do, you will find a way to make it work for you, like I have. GOOD LUCK.
  9. by   salsaking
    I'm in the same situation as you. I currently live in socal and it is very competitive out here. What sucks even more is the fact that the BSN programs each have their different criteria for admission. I've decided to relocate to Colorado and attend a nursing program out there that has no waiting list (BSN). The way I see it is I'll be out there 2 years and earn a BSN and by the time I graduate there I would still be likely waiting here to get accepted into a program.
  10. by   donsterRN
    Quote from Semperdave
    Just my 2 cents here...
    Determine how important the BSN is to you NOW. There are many reasons people get a BSN, but it is not the end all and be all of nursing. Lots of RNs have "just" an associates, or "just" a diploma. My mother in law has an associates and was D.O.N. for a while at one place she worked.

    If you opt for the ADN you can go for the BSN later if you still want it. Or you can apply for next term and have a big cheering section from ALLURSES.COM!

    Best of luck, whatever your decision.

    David
    This is absolutely the perfect response. Apply not only to the BSN programs, but the ADN's too. Get an Associates, begin working as an RN, and pursue your BSN then. Many hospitals will help you with tuition if you agree to work for them, and it's so convenient to do.

    This is excellent advice.
  11. by   Cls62011
    Thanks to everyone who replied!!!! It's nice to hear what eveyone else is doing who is in the same boat as me.
  12. by   dreamer21
    what program in colorado are you talking about?? i'm very interested because I just got denied into the BSN program...if you could write me back to let me know i would apprciate that! thanks.
  13. by   MotivatedOne
    Quote from Don3218
    This is absolutely the perfect response. Apply not only to the BSN programs, but the ADN's too. Get an Associates, begin working as an RN, and pursue your BSN then. Many hospitals will help you with tuition if you agree to work for them, and it's so convenient to do.

    This is excellent advice.
    That's great advice but another option would be an accelerated BSN program. Speak with your advisor and ask him/her what program you could get a degree in with the classes you've already taken. Then do some research for schools in your area that offer either an Accelerated BSN program or an Alternate Entry MSN program.

    Good luck with whatever it is you decide to do!!!
  14. by   ~FutureNurse~
    I just found out today that I was denied!! *Bummer*!!!

    It was for an Associates program. My Plan B is to take 16 hrs. this semester and 12 hrs. in the Summer and apply to 3 BSN programs for Fall. I have already complete all pre-reqs for the ASN...I feel like it is a never ending process.

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