Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 40

Thanks for all of your responses to all of my previous posts. As you probably assume, I'm evaluating all of my options including ADN, BSN, and Direct-Entry MSN. The direct entry programs look... Read More

  1. by   max6well
    congratulations!!!

    Are u waiting on anything else?


    Quote from PdxDreamer
    I got in to MGH today for gerontology!!!!!!
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Relief, sweet relief!! I am totally excited!!!! Thanks for keeping me from getting down after being rejected at Simmons. :hatparty: :hatparty:
  2. by   Myethpio
    Hey everyone... I was wondering if anyone out there had a copy of these rankings they could send me via e-mail?
    I know us news has a ranking but they charge to see it... is this the ranking that is brought up in this thread? Does anyone have one I could glance at?

    thanks so much! (I'm curious :P )
  3. by   CAG12345
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    I got in to MGH today for gerontology!!!!!!
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Relief, sweet relief!! I am totally excited!!!! Thanks for keeping me from getting down after being rejected at Simmons. :hatparty: :hatparty:
    That is so great! I'm so happy for you PdxDreamer. You go out and celebrate this weekend!:hatparty: :Melody:

    Gerontology, huh? So you want to change from working with children to working with older folks? Sounds like there's an interesting story in there somewhere...for another time when you're not jumping up and down with joy and excitement.

    (Seriously, I'm sure both age groups are wonderful to work with. )
    (Still nothing here in the boonies of Northern California...maybe tomorrow)
  4. by   max6well
    Good luck! I hope you get soem good news



    Quote from CAG12345
    That is so great! I'm so happy for you PdxDreamer. You go out and celebrate this weekend!:hatparty: :Melody:

    Gerontology, huh? So you want to change from working with children to working with older folks? Sounds like there's an interesting story in there somewhere...for another time when you're not jumping up and down with joy and excitement.

    (Seriously, I'm sure both age groups are wonderful to work with. )
    (Still nothing here in the boonies of Northern California...maybe tomorrow)
  5. by   Jess RN
    Quote from Myethpio
    Hey everyone... I was wondering if anyone out there had a copy of these rankings they could send me via e-mail?
    I know us news has a ranking but they charge to see it... is this the ranking that is brought up in this thread? Does anyone have one I could glance at?

    thanks so much! (I'm curious :P )
    I PMed you..

    -Jess
  6. by   Jess RN
    Quote from futurenp
    Jess:
    Not to be the devil's advocate, but I have 4 kids and it seems that they're growing up at lightning speed. You will never get the preschool years back. Once they get into school, you will blink and they will be graduating. If it were me, I would go to the evening program and spend more time with my kids. If I've read the posts correctly, you will end up with the same degree, but with less childcare for your kids. If I remember right, your mom was also willing to help watch them. You only get one chance to raise them. Enjoy it!
    Laura
    Thanks Laura-

    I wrote out the academic schedules for both schools (Regis and BC) and other than one is afternoons/evenings and one is mornings, the difference in childcare I'd have to use is an hour and a half a day (4.5 hrs for Regis vs 6 hrs for BC). Considering that BC is a two year program and Regis is a three year program- that difference is more than made up by the total length of BC's program. I know these preschool years are sooo fleeting- but I think I will be a happier mom if I have more of a balance of me time (school, work, learning) and kid time (hands on day to day parenting). Right now I am on duty and solo parenting from 8 am to 7:30 or 8pm when my husband gets home. I'm glad I have had the choice and have been able to stay home and I'm definitely not complaining because many have it far worse than me. But I think that I will be a more patient happy mom if I have more of a balance.

    -Jess
  7. by   NP-to-be
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Thanks Laura-

    I wrote out the academic schedules for both schools (Regis and BC) and other than one is afternoons/evenings and one is mornings, the difference in childcare I'd have to use is an hour and a half a day (4.5 hrs for Regis vs 6 hrs for BC). Considering that BC is a two year program and Regis is a three year program- that difference is more than made up by the total length of BC's program. I know these preschool years are sooo fleeting- but I think I will be a happier mom if I have more of a balance of me time (school, work, learning) and kid time (hands on day to day parenting). Right now I am on duty and solo parenting from 8 am to 7:30 or 8pm when my husband gets home. I'm glad I have had the choice and have been able to stay home and I'm definitely not complaining because many have it far worse than me. But I think that I will be a more patient happy mom if I have more of a balance.

    -Jess

    Jess -

    I think you're doing a wonderful job !! You are thoroughly weighing all of your options w/ both your and your kids best interests at heart. You sound like a wonderful mom. Spending 2-3 years doing what is best for you will not change that one little bit (it may only make you a better mom) !! Your girls will grow up watching their mom set a wonderful example for them. What could be more inspiring than watching your mom realize her dreams. You (and your family) deserve this !!

    Great work !!

    - Jen
  8. by   CAG12345
    Quote from max6well
    Good luck! I hope you get soem good news
    Thanks Max6well,

    Nothing came in the mail today, either. Monday will probably tell all.

    I called the post office today to see if there was any lingering mail to be had; I offered to come down and pick up anything that might not have made it into the letter carrier's bag, but hey said that everything comes in at 6AM and goes out w/the carriers. They said it usually takes 4 days from Boston to here, and it's been 4 days since Tuesday's postmark that Jess said was on her envelope from MGH.

    I appreciate your words of encouragement.
  9. by   CAG12345
    [QUOTE=future nurse jess]Thanks Laura-

    I wrote out the academic schedules for both schools (Regis and BC) and other than one is afternoons/evenings and one is mornings, the difference in childcare I'd have to use is an hour and a half a day (4.5 hrs for Regis vs 6 hrs for BC). Considering that BC is a two year program and Regis is a three year program- that difference is more than made up by the total length of BC's program. I know these preschool years are sooo fleeting- but I think I will be a happier mom if I have more of a balance of me time (school, work, learning) and kid time (hands on day to day parenting). Right now I am on duty and solo parenting from 8 am to 7:30 or 8pm when my husband gets home. I'm glad I have had the choice and have been able to stay home and I'm definitely not complaining because many have it far worse than me. But I think that I will be a more patient happy mom if I have more of a balance.
    [QUOTE=future nurse jess]
    Jess,

    I have been reading all the back and forth about the childcare issue and concerns about how to be the best mom, and I want to share my thoughts.

    I was a latchkey child and I think the part that was hardest was that there were no scheduled activities for me or adult or peer companionship while my parents were still working after I came home from school. That was the most painful thing about it, not that my parents weren't there.

    If you arrange good child care, which you are planning, either with a family member or a well organized, caring child care provider, with structured, stimulating activities, I think all the benefits of learning additional peer relationship skills, increased recreational, intellectual stimulation, and physical activity, and a diversity of relationships with adults will occur.

    I also agree with all that has been said about the importance of your kids seeing you as a person in your own right, who exists as their mother but also as a woman who has the right to and the ability to develop yourself and have your own career and is able to do so and contribute in the world in that way. I also think that can increase their sense of responsibility and confidence in themselves if handled in the right way.

    So don't let anyone guilt trip you about this, is my view. Obviously, as you've been discussing, a program which lets you do everything in a shorter period of time, with less time away from the kids at a less expensive rate, if equal in its instruction, is optimal, like you've been saying BC is.

    Okay, I'll stop with the unsolicited advice now. I just wanted to offer you my support in this area, but I've been down in the last few days about the MGH letter missing in action, so it's taken until today for me to pull together the energy to do this. Have a great weekend with your very pleasant decisions to make, Jess. I'm so glad the ball is in your court now!
    Last edit by CAG12345 on Mar 12, '05
  10. by   max6well
    Not having any children, I wasnt going to comment on this thread, but you and your husband obviously know what is best for you, your kids and your family. You are lucky to have support of your husband and mother.

    I havent told anyone in my family other than my sister becuase I am sure my brothers will give me a feast of SH*& about this. Telling me how crazy I am, how i make good money now, why would I want to be broke for the next 3 years. I am sure I will hear some idiotic comments about men in nursing as well.




    [QUOTE=CAG12345][QUOTE=future nurse jess]Thanks Laura-

    I wrote out the academic schedules for both schools (Regis and BC) and other than one is afternoons/evenings and one is mornings, the difference in childcare I'd have to use is an hour and a half a day (4.5 hrs for Regis vs 6 hrs for BC). Considering that BC is a two year program and Regis is a three year program- that difference is more than made up by the total length of BC's program. I know these preschool years are sooo fleeting- but I think I will be a happier mom if I have more of a balance of me time (school, work, learning) and kid time (hands on day to day parenting). Right now I am on duty and solo parenting from 8 am to 7:30 or 8pm when my husband gets home. I'm glad I have had the choice and have been able to stay home and I'm definitely not complaining because many have it far worse than me. But I think that I will be a more patient happy mom if I have more of a balance.
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Jess,

    I have been reading all the back and forth about the childcare issue and concerns about how to be the best mom, and I want to share my thoughts.

    I was a latchkey child and I think the part that was hardest was that there were no scheduled activities for me or adult or peer companionship while my parents were still working after I came home from school. That was the most painful thing about it, not that my parents weren't there.

    If you arrange good child care, which you are planning, either with a family member or a well organized, caring child care provider, with structured, stimulating activities, I think all the benefits of learning additional peer relationship skills, increased recreational, intellectual stimulation, and physical activity, and a diversity of relationships with adults will occur.

    I also agree with all that has been said about the importance of your kids seeing you as a person in your own right, who exists as their mother but also as a woman who has the right to and the ability to develop yourself and have your own career and is able to do so and contribute in the world in that way. I also think that can increase their sense of responsibility and confidence in themselves if handled in the right way.

    So don't let anyone guilt trip you about this, is my view. Obviously, as you've been discussing, a program which lets you do everything in a shorter period of time, with less time away from the kids at a less expensive rate, if equal in its instruction, is optimal, like you've been saying BC is.

    Okay, I'll stop with the unsolicited advice now. I just wanted to offer you my support in this area, but I've been down in the last few days about the MGH letter missing in action, so it's taken until today for me to pull together the energy to do this. Have a great weekend with your very pleasant decisions to make, Jess. I'm so glad the ball is in your court now!
  11. by   max6well
    Hopefully you will get some good news on Monday.

    Quote from CAG12345
    Thanks Max6well,

    Nothing came in the mail today, either. Monday will probably tell all.

    I called the post office today to see if there was any lingering mail to be had; I offered to come down and pick up anything that might not have made it into the letter carrier's bag, but hey said that everything comes in at 6AM and goes out w/the carriers. They said it usually takes 4 days from Boston to here, and it's been 4 days since Tuesday's postmark that Jess said was on her envelope from MGH.

    I appreciate your words of encouragement.
  12. by   PdxDreamer
    Hi everyone,
    My grandmother passed away on Friday night, but thankfully she was coherent when someone told her that I got into MGH. She cried out my name and was very happy, according to my family members. I'm so overwhelmed right now with both getting into school and losing my grandmother but it's been a great comfort to my relatives that there is good news mixed with the sadness.

    Speaking of my choice of specialty, I work for KinderCare but I am in the corporate office doing workers' comp claims, so I actually don't work with children :chuckle I feel much more comfortable with older folks than little kids and that's why I chose gerontology. I helped care for my g-parents for many years and became well aquainted with geriatric medicine as their health declined.

    I want to emphasize to Jess that it's really okay to put your kids in childcare. Kids are totally adaptable! My mom and dad worked my whole life and I had tons of babysitters and attended lots of after school programs (I don't think latchkey is a bad word!). Not only did I make friends and meet cool people, but I watched my mom succeed in the business world and show me that women can do anything. Many days I missed her company but as an adult now, I appreciate and respect her drive to make a better life for my family!

    And CAG in CA, I know how hard it is to wait, but you can do it!!! You'll see.

    Bye for now! Diana
  13. by   Jess RN
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    Hi everyone,
    My grandmother passed away on Friday night, but thankfully she was coherent when someone told her that I got into MGH. She cried out my name and was very happy, according to my family members. I'm so overwhelmed right now with both getting into school and losing my grandmother but it's been a great comfort to my relatives that there is good news mixed with the sadness.
    Diana I'm so sorry. My condolences to you and your family. I'll keep you guys in my prayers.

    -Jess

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