Question about becoming an RN - page 2

by Jelet

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Well hello everyone.. I am 17 years old male and i will be a senior in highschool in a few months. I have a couple of questions about becoming an RN. I am aware that you can become an RN from a cummunity college or a 4 year... Read More


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    Good luck to you. At least you have time and don't have to make up your mind right away.

    By you taking the time to register and ask, I'm sure you helped others who had the same questions.
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    Since you've got some time before you have to apply to nursing school, may I recommend that you try "shadowing" or following a nurse around for a few hours of a shift. Some people are drawn to nursing because of the money or the schedule without REALLY knowing what it is that a nurse does. I think it would help you a lot if you could see for yourself what a nurse does every day.

    Good luck with your career
    Last edit by labcat01 on Sep 5, '08
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    is their a place where i could call up to see if i could follow a rn around for a week (its summer and i have no school so yea).

    also, the nclex exam to get your degree in nurseing...
    what stuff are you tested on? and is it hard?
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    Here is an example of NCLEX questions:

    Yes, it is a hard exam.
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    Quote from Jelet
    alright cool. thanks alot. Before coming to this forum i was thinking about becoming a CPA Accountant and if i didnt get accpeted into a 4 year college for that i was planning on becoming an rn at a cummunity college. but now i am debating to be an accountant or an rn lol. thanks for your help tweety. you really cleared alot of stuff on my mind
    *** Also some community colleges do not have pre-reqs and you can finish your associates degree in nursing and become an RN in two years. The community colleges in Wisconsin where I live are set up that way.
    ALso many community colleges have waiting lists for their nursing program. Usually university BSN do not have waiting list but admit on a competitive basis.
    Given your age I would recommend you first try to go to a university and get your BSN and have the whole college experience. If that doesn't work out you could go to the community college .
    As for making $60,000/year I think you will have no trouble at all. Maybe not the first year or two but after that sure. I make $72,000/year in my second year as an RN in rural Wisconsin working 3 12 shifts a week but I work every weekend so I make more than other nurses at my hospital.
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    wait so if i go to a cummunity college, i ask if they have a nurseing program for an associates degree in registered nurse or w/e and then they say sure and if they only give me 2 years with out pre req, then i guess i wont need to take them? And when esactly should i start applying for these. Like should i start at this point now asking my local cummunity colleges to sign up for a nursing program by next year in the fall. And then i'll get my guidance teacher to help me with a university for nurseing.. And if i dont get into the university, ill at least have the cummunity college to go to.. Or wait can i do that? if i get accepted into the cummunity college program, could i tell them i change my mind (if i get accpeted into the 4 year?)
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    You school guidance counselor or the college advisors should be able to tell you when to apply.

    When the person above stated "no pre-reqs", it doesn't mean you get out of taking them, but that they become "co-reqs" meaning you can take them along side your nursing courses rather than before. The school I went to was set up that way, but because I worked I took my time.

    Many people make applications to several colleges. That's o.k.
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    wait what would i do if the college doesnt offer the prereq's? do i take it some where else. im a little confused lol
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    Quote from Jelet
    wait what would i do if the college doesnt offer the prereq's? do i take it some where else. im a little confused lol
    Yes you do take them somewhere else. I've never heard of a nursing school that offers nursing but not the pre-reqs so I wouldn't worry about that.
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    Take both, Dual degrees look very good, and your horizons will be much wider. But it is much more work, and very demanding personally.


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