What Should I do? any advice? I'm so upset:(

  1. Right now I'm so upset. I dont know where to turn. I'm a college student right now doing a major I do not want to do. I cannot transfer in any other nursing BSN programs because my gpa is so low. The current school I am in will not accept me to their nursing program. Where do I start? I dont want to waste anymore time and money here. I REALLY want to be doing nursing. whats my first step? I'm thinking I will drop out of the school I'm currently in. Should I try to start all over and try to become a LPN first? Is that right? How do I go about that? What steps should I take to eventually become a RN?

    If this isnt the right forum for this would anyone know which forum I can post this in to get help?

    Thanks!
    Last edit by summersent on Dec 15, '06
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   lc3
    Hi,

    This is what I suggest you do. First of all, are you almost done with BA/BS? If you are then, I would suggest sticking it through it and then applying to accelerated BSN programs. Or switch majors to something your interested in and raising your GPA and then applying to second degree programs. Maybe look at related 4yr degrees such as Psych, Sociology, biology or communication to raise your undergrad GPA.

    I know a lot of community college 2-yr RN programs are way more competitive then 4-year programs. You could also try reapplying for this program next year, but in the meantime build up your GPA, experience, etc.

    If I were you, I wouldnt drop out. I mean you put all that money into a four college and if you are almost done then, finish it. Well, atleast that way you have a degree to show for it. Either way if you applied to LPN programs they still would want to see your transcript for your prev, coursework so I would show that atleast you finished your degree.
  4. by   lc3
    Oh summersent,

    to be an RN you can do it several ways:

    LPN-RN options available usually at a community college
    but usually only GPA based admissions
    2yr associate's in Nursing-usually on GPA based admissions
    4yr BSN degree in Nursing/accelerated BSN(people w/ prev degrees)--usually based on GPA, letters of rec, healthcare experience, resume and other factors.

    Good luck
    lc
  5. by   chenoaspirit
    Can you take a couple easy classes that you know you will do well in to up your GPA? You really need to talk to an advisor to see what options you have.
  6. by   bbfreak
    First and most important you need to determine why you performed poorly in the classes you took. If you don't already know, learn how you comprehend material and where your weaknesses are so you can correct them. If you have substantial credits towards a ba/bs 90+ I would continue. You might want to lower your course load in the beginning to get yourself on the right track and gain your confidence back.

    "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail" -Dr. Robert Schuller
  7. by   llg
    Quote from bbfreak
    First and most important you need to determine why you performed poorly in the classes you took. If you don't already know, learn how you comprehend material and where your weaknesses are so you can correct them. If you have substantial credits towards a ba/bs 90+ I would continue. You might want to lower your course load in the beginning to get yourself on the right track and gain your confidence back.

    I agree. It's crucial that you figure out why you have performed poorly in school (and fix that) before you invest more time and money on more courses that may not improve your GPA and overall situation.

    However ... I would strong caution you to look closely at your finances before you complete your non-nursing degree. There are too many people out there (many on this forum), who have racked up thousands of dollars of debt in student loans "finishing up" degrees that they are not now using in their careers. Those debts can be crushing later on in life. Also -- and this is key -- once you get a bachelor's degree, you become ineligible for certain types of financial aid. If you get a non-nursing BS now and then want to go to nursing school later, you will not be eligible for some of the financial assistance that you may need.

    Unless you have tons of money and it doesn't matter ... investigate the financial aid situation that you will be in for your nursing education before you get a another degree. If you read some of the threads about financial aid on this board, you will see many posts that say things like ... "... and I don't qualify for the subsidized loans etc. because I already have another degree."

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