Nursing shortage! Nursing program waiting lists! - page 3

I am working on completion of my pre reqs for the ADN program at my local CC. I am a little concerned over the fact that upon my app. I will be placed into a random selection pool. One-third of the... Read More

  1. by   AnaCao
    Hi!! I am Venezuelan, trying to get in to Nursing as a second career. I came to USA because of my husband and recently moved to Atlanta, GA.
    There is to many info where to look and I would like to know how "feasible" is to get in to a Nursing program in Atlanta (Georgia State University, Clayton College & State University, Perimeter College, Emory University etc). I am 32 years old and I do not want to plan my next 3 years based on false expectations.
    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!anyone who can guide me to where to go and what will be a realistic option to get into the filed.
    Please send me a PM.
    THANKS!!
    Anamary
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 7, '05 : Reason: Personal email addy and phone # removed from post
  2. by   MryRose
    Hi!! I am Venezuelan, trying to get in to Nursing as a second career. I came to USA because of my husband and recently moved to Atlanta, GA.
    There is to many info where to look and I would like to know how "feasible" is to get in to a Nursing program in Atlanta (Georgia State University, Clayton College & State University, Perimeter College, Emory University etc). I am 32 years old and I do not want to plan my next 3 years based on false expectations.
    PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!anyone who can guide me to where to go and what will be a realistic option to get into the filed.
    THANKS!!
    Anamary
    I would go to the colleges in your area and talk with a counselors. They should be able to inform you best as some areas have long waiting periods and others do not. This is also where you can find out what pre-requisite courses you must have which can vary from school to school as well.

    Best Wishes!

    MaryRose
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 7, '05 : Reason: Email addy and phone # removed from quote
  3. by   AnaCao
    Thank you very much!!!
    I am doing that but I did not asked anything about those WAITING LIST!!!I did not know how high is the demand now. I would like to ask you (MaryRose)knowing that you are a Gold member in this site, is there really any advantage in becoming BSN rather than a ADN. Again, i am really concern about the time frame for this new step i will take...I recently got married and We are thinking in having a baby at the end of next year ....???
    I Have a Associate Degree in Hotel Management and because the diferences in this two field I have to take most of the pre-courses before star the Nursing program.. no matter where i decide to go. So it will take me extra time and I do not want to start in the filed in my 40..
    I will apreciate your comments on this matter...

    GRACIAS!!!
    THANK YOU!!!
    Anamary
  4. by   MryRose
    Quote from AnaCao
    Thank you very much!!!
    I am doing that but I did not asked anything about those WAITING LIST!!!I did not know how high is the demand now. I would like to ask you (MaryRose)knowing that you are a Gold member in this site, is there really any advantage in becoming BSN rather than a ADN. Again, i am really concern about the time frame for this new step i will take...I recently got married and We are thinking in having a baby at the end of next year ....???
    I Have a Associate Degree in Hotel Management and because the diferences in this two field I have to take most of the pre-courses before star the Nursing program.. no matter where i decide to go. So it will take me extra time and I do not want to start in the filed in my 40..
    I will apreciate your comments on this matter...

    GRACIAS!!!
    THANK YOU!!!
    Anamary
    Hi Anamary,

    I am a mere student as yourself, Premium Member just means that I paid the membership fee here.

    Every situation is different. I started pre-req's after my youngest son finished college and I was 44. I will begin a program next Spring at age 46..... it works well for me. I think I personally am a better student being older as I was not nearly as tenacious about study when I was younger (personal experience only).

    Some people here have started a family while in nursing school and succeeded very well. Looking back on those years, I can't see how I could have done it! lol

    I would explore all the options available to you and choose the program that best suits where you are in life.

    Best Wishes!

    MaryRose
  5. by   melpip3
    Quote from rayniedae
    Try applying at Sierra College. I am currently in my 2nd semester and I live in Sacramento (Natomas area). The drive is quick, the parking is great, I love the program, and I got accepted on the first try! It's a smaller program located off of the main campus.

    Give it a try! Good luck!
    Thanks I'll check into it.
  6. by   chickdude1
    It's just as bad in Denver--I've been on the waiting list at one of our CC from summer of 2003--and I've again been informed that I'm not even eligible to be an alternate for this coming fall (they have two entrances per year--one in fall and the other in spring).

    I was fortunate enough to have a previous bachelor's degree in another field. This opened up the opportunity to apply for the Nursing Doctorate (soon to become the Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Many of my classmates plan on dropping the program after we obtain our BSN next spring. Is this option open to you where you are?

    All of us here have been told that there are two reasons for the bottleneck--one is shortage of instructors and the other is shortage of clinical placement sites. We have several nursing programs in the area (both CC and traditional), and they're all fighting for clincial spots. Very unfortunate.

    Don't give up!!!! I know it's hard, but it will be worth it once you get in!

    chickdude1

    Quote from melpip3
    I am working on completion of my pre reqs for the ADN program at my local CC. I am a little concerned over the fact that upon my app. I will be placed into a random selection pool. One-third of the class will be alternates from the previous year .Two-thirds will be new apps. I knew what I was walking into, however I just don't understand why. There is a nursing shortage and such high demand for nurses. Why don't we have more programs to educate those who are ready, willing and able. I live in CA. Are other states in the same boat? I'm a mom of three . 33 years old. I work PT and attend classes. Just curious about what others have to say about this issue.
  7. by   sewfast
    My daughter is on the wait list for the second year at several schools in Oregon, including private schools. She has finished all of her pre-reqs and has a high GPA. She is very discouraged. It doesn't make sense that with an advanced degree that is necessary to teach, you make less money than a new grad with an associates degree in a hospital. Is it any wonder that our nursing shortage is growing??? Mary
  8. by   Taxminia0311
    [SIZE=7]I have a brother who lives in the same county and i was thiing of moving out their to Wayne,Michigan but, I heard alot of bad new about Wayne county such as break-ins in the houses and people getting robbed and all other soughts of things and I was wonder to ask you if this is true also my brother live in florida street is that close to you????? and is Wayne County part of detroit couse I heard that area is baddddddddddddddd...[SIZE=7]]QUOTE=foxfire65]Was wondering what county you were in? I am in Wayne Co., Michigan. It is similar here, except the cc I am in supposedly admits 240 students per year, but it is on a lottery also and they say you must have A's and B's in pre reqs to get in. Although I have heard they allow some C students in. I am thinking of transferring to another cc or university.[/QUOTE]
  9. by   mom3times
    I am up here in Oregon. This is the first time I've posted, so please be kind. I was just accepted into the OHSU Nursing Program. I was one out of twenty seven chosen. Thank goodness I've maintained my grades, and participated in volunteer activities. I do agree with you that the waiting lists seem to be a problem. However, the shortage has created an unusual situation. The recruitment of retired nurses and such has left the teaching pool a little dry. There have to be enough instructors to teach and there aren't. I am a mom of three and 30 years old and I was hoping they took that into consideration when looking at my application. Those of us that are non-traditional students don't have time to waste. I wish you the best of luck.

    Quote from melpip3
    I am working on completion of my pre reqs for the ADN program at my local CC. I am a little concerned over the fact that upon my app. I will be placed into a random selection pool. One-third of the class will be alternates from the previous year .Two-thirds will be new apps. I knew what I was walking into, however I just don't understand why. There is a nursing shortage and such high demand for nurses. Why don't we have more programs to educate those who are ready, willing and able. I live in CA. Are other states in the same boat? I'm a mom of three . 33 years old. I work PT and attend classes. Just curious about what others have to say about this issue.
  10. by   judyvg2000
    I love this forum, I am still considering getting back into the medical field and focusing attention on nursing and this forum has some of the best suggestions and information.




    Quote from llg
    Very sensible advice. Sometimes, the "more expensive" private school is actually cheaper in the long run because of the financial assistance available and because of the ability to graduate faster and get out in the workforce sooner. You can use the money you earn in those "extra earning years" to pay back any student loans.

    The trick is: to be disciplined enough to not spend those first paychecks on rewards for yourself for graduation. I've seen lots of people spend lots of money on "fun stuff" in that first year or two after school and end up with big debts 5 years later. They say, "I deserve this" for all the hard work they did in school -- but they forget about the burden of the long-term debt. They would be better off continuing to live like a "poor struggling student" for another year or two and pay off the debt.

    llg
  11. by   KatrinaPM
    Also, consider the fact that it isn't just educator shortages but problems with finding enough clinical spots in the area. I just finished (:hatparty: ) nursing school in the Washtenaw County Area in Michigan and there are three nursing schools in the immediate area and many other schools that travel up to the area that also take up clinical spots. A ton of coordination goes into arranging clinical placements and I think that we're challenged as far as space for that reason, not because there aren't enough teachers.

    Oh, and there was a comment about Detroit being in Wayne county and being an awful place to live....I am tempted to dispute that remark. Wayne county is huge and there are even places in Detroit (yes, the city of) that aren't a threat and are really nice neighborhoods. It just depends on wha part of the city you are located. Wayne county has a ton of really nice suburbs too. I know Detroit has a bad wrap but it's like many other big cities with good areas and areas to avoid.
  12. by   CNM/NDstudent
    Hi all...
    I just thought I would put in my two cents here. I didn't read every single post so if this has been brought up I apologize for repeating.
    I ran into the same problem where I live in SE Ohio. I am 29 with four little kids and I started back to school when I was pg with my youngest. The wait lists were so awfully long here and everywhere else for ADN and BSN programs that I ended up completing a BA in Psychology (took about five qtrs) that I started right out of HS. I then applied to an accelerated MSN/ND program and will ultimately have my certified nurse midwife license and both my MSN and ND in only a year longer than I would have had my ADN from the local community college. I feel I will be in a much better position this way (being able to work as a CNM, RN, do research or even teach if I want to).
    I also looked into accelerated BSN programs that take about 12-24 months to complete depending on the school and the pre-req requirements and most of the time you have to have a Bachelor's in another field but there is little financial aid for people who have a Bachelors already and are getting a second Bachelors. The program I am entering doesn't award a BSN only a certificate of nursing which allows you to sit for the RN and then you complete the MSN so you are eligible for Graduate student aid.
    So for those of you who have completed or are close to completing a Bachelors in any other field (even if you started it many years ago) you may be interested in checking out those programs. There are normally no wait lists and some allow you to start without the Bachelors as long as certain requirements for one are completed (which vary by school).
    I hope any of this information is helpful - I was frustrated too and luckily my friend who is an RN pointed me toward the accelerated programs.
    Hope you all have a great day!
    Last edit by CNM/NDstudent on May 7, '05
  13. by   DeLySh
    FYI - some schools (like mine) who are on the quarter system not the semester system, take new students 3 times a year (fall, winter and spring). It's worth looking into.

    Good luck!

    DeLySh

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