Every time I have a question about nursing I always end up on this site so I thought I would create an account.
If you would have asked me a year ago if I wanted to become a nurse I would have looked at you funny. I wanted to be a doctor when I was in high school. Then I realized it would take 4 years of college + 4 years of more college + 4 to 5 years of training beyond that and I wasn't the best student so I figured I wouldn't be able to get in to med school anyway. I majored in political science in college, I thought maybe I would become a lawyer but in the mean time I had a full-ride ROTC scholarship and the promise of a job when I graduated. After about a semester of college I realized that only needed a 2.0 to keep my scholarship and that there were a lot of fun things to do besides studying. I knew several people who were in the nursing program or pre-med, I always admired them but never wanted to work as hard as they were. I couldn't finish my degree fast enough.
I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, a 2.31 GPA and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. It felt great to be done with school and to be collecting a paycheck. Fast-forward 4 years and I was ready to get the heck out of the Army! Sure the pay was good. It was a guaranteed job that wouldn't be downsized and I would have to do something grossly negligent to get fired. It wasn't what I wanted to do though. I didn't like being away from my wife for long periods of time or having to worry about coming home at all. It was time to find a new job.
Nursing still hadn't come into my view. I tried to figure out a way to get into med school. With my low GPA and non-science major, my only hope would be to do another complete degree. Not only would I have to do another undergraduate degree, I would have to do very well in it, Take the MCAT, get into med school, graduate, residency, etc... so I marked that option off the list. My next thought was PA. The army even had a PA program that I could do for free. Alas, the minimum GPA is 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours. I would almost have to do another degree to get to that! I figured if I had to get another degree I might as well get one in something health related. Nursing immediately came to mind. But then I thought, "I am a guy, won't it be weird for me to be a male nurse?" A quick Google search for "male nurse" and "men in nursing" quickly lead me to this web site. Comparing the Role of PA's and NP's made me realize that the NP was the way for me to go! It really was the best fit for me. I don't have to go to school for 8 years plus a residency. I can do a 15 month accelerated RN program, work for a year or two and then work toward becoming an NP part time (I can even do it online if I want to). The best part being that I don't have 8 years worth of student loans.
I found an accelerated RN program that will take me if I maintain a minimum of 2.5 in my prerequisites and (since I have two semesters worth of prereqs) won't take my previous GPA into consideration. They are a new program and have yet to fill all their seats for each cohort.
I don't want to come off as a slacker or someone who is looking for the easy way. I am dedicated to doing better in this degree than my last one. I am about ¼ to 1/3 of the way through my first semester of prereqs and have got A's on all of my assignments. I have also noticed that I find the material more interesting than I ever found Political Science. I actually enjoy learning Anatomy and BioStats (which is pretty similar to the statistics I used in my first degree). I realize this is my second chance (and may be my only second chance) and I am very excited for it all.
I hope you enjoyed my story and haven't found it too boring. I hope to post update on my progress. Thanks for reading.
Sep 7, '12
Wow! I really enjoyed reading your post! I know many here, male and female, can relate. I'm sure you'll excel in nursing! Something about falling and getting back up with renewed vigor makes many older students more driven :-)
Sep 7, '12
Thank you! I am definitely more driven this time around