Really Really Confused? How does this all happen? - page 2

by JayCimone

Hello to all nurses! :) I'm a senior in high school and am wanting to go into nursing school. I want to be a Nurse Practitioner (I've always been into the health care field since I was in kindergarten- I think it had something to... Read More


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    I didn't think the doctoral requirement had actually happened yet. I don't see as even in my big state there are very few DNP programs and the only ones in my city are for post license NP's

    But to the OP. Make a plan but be flexible. The good thing is you have a lot of choices so if school A doesn't pan out then school B might.
    hiddencatRN likes this.
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    NP is not necessarily a doctoral degree, there is no such requirement. My school (one of the top schools in the nation) hasn't even adopted the DNP. We just offer MSN.
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    I agree with some of the above posters about going to a 4 year university with a BSN program. You'll have a better chance of getting a job and the experience you need to get into NP school. Nursing school and NP schools are insanely competitive so keep your GPA (college) as close to a 4.0 as possible. Even if the course is a blow off course you dont need for NS, it will hve an impact on your GPA.

    Also, start will your science classes your first semester, freshman year. Take the upper level statistics course bc it is usually a prereq for any grad program.
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    I agree with getting BSN. A lot of job postings state that they prefer bsn over adn. If you can, get your prerequisites at a community college (make sure your credits can transfer). It is usually cheaper than going directly to a university.
    *Research the nursing schools around you to see what the prereqs are, nclex-rn pass rate, graduation rate, tuition costs, etc. Some schools also require an entrance exam. I had to take the teas test.
    *Maintain a good gpa throughout college and apply for scholarships.
    * When you get accepted into nursing school, start studying for the nclex-rn based on the classes you are currently taking. Studying for the nclex-rn usually helps with your tests/quizzes in school. You also might want to find apps for care plans and medications.
    * Talk to hospitals and see if you can shadow a nurse in different specialities to see what its like.
    *During clinicals, do your best, make connections, and make sure your instructor and/or the managers/nurses remember you in a good way. They may be able to write you a recommendation when you're looking for a job.
    *After you graduate, study study study for the nclex-rn and start applying for jobs. There are some threads on here about ways they found a job.
    * Depending on the np program, they require 1-2 years of nursing, sometimes in a certain speciality. So if you know what speciality you want to be in, look up the np schools with that degree and see what the requirements are. For instance, neonatal np requires at least 2 years in nicu.

    Doctoral programs are being phased in by the aacn. American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Frequently Asked Questions


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