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Ive heard a lot about how when going through nursing school you cant have a social life because of the studying it is going to require you to do. how true is that? Also is your GPA really looked at that much to get into a program and how hard is that going to be?
You must understand that when you are in nursing school you are in training for a job. While you are in school and learning a lot, you are also preparing to join the work force. This is serious. I'll let you in on some insider information. . .your instructors are evaluating you all the time as potential employees. At the time you graduate from nursing school your instructors are the ONLY
ones who are going to be able to provide recommendations about you to potential employers in order for you to get your first nursing job as an RN, so these are very important recommendations that you will need
. The reason I know about this is because I was a nurse manager that worked with a nurse recruiter at a large city hospital that hired new grads. That nurse recruiter knew at least one or more nursing instructors at the various nursing schools around the city. Around two months before graduation time she would pick up the phone and call them asking who in the upcoming graduation class was the cream of the crop. I'm not kidding! She made a list and then she waited to see if any of these students applied for a job with us. She made it very clear to new grads that they needed one or two recommendations from one of their nursing instructors. When I see students posting on the student forums about the fights and tiffs they get into with their nursing instructors or their attitude toward them I wonder how they are going to fare during their first job process because a mean instructor can get back at them but good during that time if they are mean enough and want to.
As for a social life, I know young people seem to want to have that. As we age, that is not a high priority in our lives as other responsibilities take precedence. Just keep in mind that when you are in nursing school you need to be aware that you are training for a career and fit a social life in and be responsible about it. Most state boards of nursing don't take kindly to nurses who have histories of DUIs or drug convictions so you need to keep a clean record with regard to those or you will have some explaining to do to the board of nursing. If you do make a mistake and get a DUI or a drug misdemeanor save all court papers relating to it for the rest of your life because you will always have to produce them when ever a RN licensing issue with any state board comes up--and you never know if you'll be moving to another state and have to get a nursing license in another state 20 years down the road. Employers will also ask for this information. Nurses are drug tested, fingerprinted and criminal checks are done on us by many employers as well. Only you can know how much studying you will need to put into the subjects you take. If a social life is more important than preparing for a career, then you need to make some choices about what you want to do.
Please do not make the mistake of basing a perception of nursing by what you see on TV. TV portrays nursing in a romaticized and dramatic way in order to capture attention and viewers. Most nurses I've worked with were nothing like we see on TV. I have been a fan of General Hospital
since I was a teenager. There is a nurse on there that just rubs me the wrong way with the way they write her character. The character is so-o-o not right as a representative of the nursing profession and it makes me mad just watching how the writers have her talking to the doctors, nurses and patients. She'd be disciplined time and time again and probably fired in real life for the way she treats others. However, I understand that it is done for dramatic purposes. However, I often wonder how many of the general public know that.
Each school looks at and determines acceptable GPAs differently. You need to look at what each school has to say about this. It is usually addressed in the school's college catalog and in the section for the nursing department of the school. The nursing department may only compute the GPA from certain core classes (i.e., sciences) rather than the entire list of classes that you took. Your high school GPA probably won't even be considered. It is very important that you plan your classes that you take each semester (or quarter) very carefully so you don't overwhelm yourself and your grades suffer as a result. Take a hard class that you will be able to put more study time in to and an easy class that you know you will probably do well in.
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I have been planning on going to school at a community college but was looking at a catalog for a university and it looked like it would be easier. What would be the benifits of going to a university vs. going to a community college? besides the obviouse ones like its going to be cheaper and i can get a BS at a university and not at a community college. Just clearifing this one you can get your A.S at a community college and still be an RN or does that depend on the program?
It seems like I've been in school a lot over my life. I love school and I love being a student. I got my ADN (associates degree) in nursing from a community college in 1975 and became an RN. I went to a university later and finished off my BSN in nursing in 1986. What the BSN did for me was allow me to get into nursing management and supervision jobs. Prior to that I was a staff nurse in a number of different hospitals. I have been a student at 3 different universities over the years for classes and I have to say that I liked the universities much better. They were much larger. I thought the professors teaching the classes were much better and knowledgeable. They were certainly much more interesting. One wrote the textbook we used. Several were real characters. The universities had much better resources for the students to take advantage of. The libraries were huge and just didn't compare to the smaller libraries of the community colleges. HOWEVER
. . .in a university you will not get the one-on-one attention that you will get at a community college. In a community college the instructors are more like friendly high school teachers who treat you like adults. University professors many times either won't or don't have the time to spend with you. You are left to learn things on your own in a university setting and you have to be savvy about taking advantage of the help that is there for you--no one is going to bring the help to you like it is done at community colleges. By the time I went to a university though I had been a student a long time and I had learned how to study pretty effectively so I was ready for it.
There is a difference between getting an RN license and getting a degree from a school of learning. An RN license is legal authority issued by the state you live in that gives you the right to practice nursing. In order to get an RN license you have to complete a required course of study and pass the NCLEX (National Council License Examination) examination (https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm
). Only then can you officially call yourself an RN. An ADN or BSN is a degree conferred upon you by an institution of learning (college or university). So, you can graduate from a school with an ADN or BSN, but you will still not be an RN until you take and pass the NCLEX exam.
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Sorry for asking all these questions ive just asked a lot of people and i feel like ive been lied to by them now that ive got answers from you guys.
Here's your first lesson as a future nurse. We are a scientific group. We need to rely on and seek out objective information before we make a judgment about people. Before I would call anyone a liar I would think about where they are getting their information from. You always want to seek the best and most objective sources for your information. Also, calling anyone a liar is liable to provoke them to anger. Stopping to argue or place blame with people ("I feel like I've been lied to") expends your energy and revs up your own emotional system which you really can't afford to do. You need all you've got to get through each day! We have enough to deal with on a day to day basis as busy nurses. You can't change others; you can only change yourself
. That's what a smart person knows. It is enough to satisfy ourselves to understand that some people are just not as educated as we are. Accept part of the blame for going to the wrong resources for some answers and move on, ignore their information and realize you made a mistake in asking them, but now you know better. Don't seek their opinions any more. As a nurse you will run into all kinds of patients who will have very strange and skewed ideas about things. You can't make judgments about them to their face. You just listen, teach them (as I have been educating you about becoming a nurse), hope they change their thinking and move on. This is a very spiritualist way of viewing interactions with people, but you know what? It works. It promotes peace.