First and foremost, I've been lurking this community for a while and have to say that you guys are extremely
helpful and wonderful.
Thanks for existing.
I was formerly an engineering major and decided to change schools and pursue a BSN in nursing. I plan on applying to the program in spring for admission in the fall, as I am finishing up my pre-reqs this semester and will have A&P II left for next semester. I've been working at my pre-reqs for nursing for the past two semesters and have been having trouble staying motivated, mainly because the advisement offered by my school sends out periodic e-mails reminding all the pre-nursing students that most of us won't be accepted to any nursing schools and we should all consider back-up majors. I hear nothing but ill words about nursing school from classmates, not only from those who have been rejected to programs around the area, but even from those who have no interest in nursing. There are remarks about it being "pathetically cut-throat," "unreal," "insanely difficult," etc. It is to the point that fellow nursing majors refuse to discuss nursing school with each other or even form study groups in fear of "helping the competition," in my experience.
Last week, I finally decided to go above my advisor and speak to a nursing advisor at my school. She evaluated my academic standing and informed me that my program GPA is a 3.72, and it is considered extremely
low, as is my TEAS score of 90. She informed me that my hundreds of hours of volunteer work at the hospital (PACU, pharmacy, and ER combined) will carry no weight in my nursing application, and that all of the emphasis is placed on program GPA--my 3.9 overall GPA won't even be looked at. Some of the courses I've taken for my previous major, such as calculus, have replaced lower-level courses required for nursing, such as math modeling. I received a B+ in calculus, whereas I would have earned an A+ in math modeling. I asked if nursing school would take the fact that calculus is wildly more difficult and beyond what is expected into account, and she said no, all that matters is GPA, not what courses were taken.
To put the icing on the cake, she sincerely advised that I pay to retake courses simply to raise an A to an A+.
I feel completely hopeless at this point. I attend a state university, it isn't a prestigious private school, an accelerated/honors program, or anything of that nature. The stress regarding all of this is so over-the-top that my physician has informed me that I've developed self-induced costochondritis as a result.
Is this normal for all nursing schools? Is anyone else going through this? If so, how do you all possibly stay motivated? Thanks in advance.