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- Feb 1, '11 by 123_ashleyQuote from chucksterinteresting, very! a mba goes back to nursing school, i guess it isn't because of the money issues, isn't it? ! what is adn? and did you go to career school or community college for the nursing degree?like you and mbarn, i have both a ba and mba. unlike both of you, i was signifcantly older when i completed nursing school. so it definately is doable for the older adult though it is a bit difficult, especially if you are working full-time. for 2 full years, i was in the office 50 - 60 hours a week from mon- fri, had nursing classes one or 2 nights each week and clinicals every sat and sun for most of each day. summers were a lot easier: though i still needed to take a class, it was a nursing elective with no clinical component. like i said, doable but difficult (not to mention tough on the family).
as far as classes, most of your grad b-school courses won't really be applicable toward an adn or bsn, except possibly statistics. your undergrad courses will fulfill many/most of the non-nursing, non-science degree requirements (english, math, history, etc). most nursing programs require some social sciences (at least soc and psych) and you will almost certainly need developmental and maybe abnormal psych as well. you will need 1 or 2 semesters of bio, maybe also micro and nutrition and probably at least one semester of chem. you will of course also need anatomy & phisiology. some schools are particular about the timing for science courses - in my case, i had to repeat anatomy (my school had separate a&p courses) because i was outside of their 5-year window. i was in an adn program so in addition to the pre-reqs, there were the nursing classes (4), all with a clincical component (38 semester-hours total). for a bsn you will have another ~30 sh of nursing classes (5 - 6 classes) on top of what i've mentioned so far, though most of these thankfully do not have a siginficant clinical element. i'm planning to start an rn-bsn program in the fall and it looks like i will need "only" 5 additional classes for that degree. a can of corn compared to the adn.
now as far as finding a nursing job after all of this . . .
- Feb 1, '11 by chucksterQuote from 123_ashleyi received my associate degree - nursing (adn) through my local community college. and you're right, my motivation was not money, it was patient care - something i knew i liked because of my time as a volunteer emt/firefighter. i initially thought that i would get my adn, become an rn and work part-time as a nurse for a few years to get some experience. after that, i thought i'd take early retirement and work full-time in nursing while pursuing an msn to become an np. while i got through the first 2 parts of the plan, the next phase has me stymied (there are now very limited opportunities for new nurses in general and even fewer for rns without bsns). so back to school i will go and then test the job market out again in 2013. frankly though, my enthusiam to move to a profession that will likely pay less than half of what i presently earn is starting to wane a bit.interesting, very! a mba goes back to nursing school, i guess it isn't because of the money issues, isn't it? ! what is adn? and did you go to career school or community college for the nursing degree?
- Feb 4, '11 by AdnohrYakI entered nursing school at age 46. It was a second career for me after having done a upper level managerial position for 22 years. It was also a life long calling for me. I had been a CNA for 5 years prior to the management position.
Go for it if this is what you want to do!
- Feb 4, '11 by woundcare RNI have been an LPN since I was 20 years old. I was 44 when I went back to get my RN. I wish I would have done it sooner, but life didn't permit until then. I'm glad I went back. I make more and still do pretty much the same job as before. Go for it and get it done if thats what you really want...its worth it.
- Mar 19, '11 by llatham50I am 50 and will be entering lpn school eitherin September 2011 or April 2012. I know it will be hard, but I can do it. Anyone both working and attending lpn school Monday through Friday? How did you do it?
- Mar 21, '11 by harnofTo llatham50,
You absolutely Can do it.
Remember there is no such thing as "can't."
We need more people like you who have the interest and determination to go for it.
Go and get it. It's waiting for you.
- Apr 14, '11 by rnwannabesoonQuote from exploringnursingHi. Are you in the nursing program yet? I am yet to start my prerequisites this fall. Good luck!i'm also glad to know that i'm not alone. i have always wanted to be a nurse. i am 32. i am taking my pre-reqs now. i plan to start an ABSN program in Spring 2011. i am so excited! best wishes to everyone in their new careers!!!
- Apr 14, '11 by Catherine.I am 46, and will start the BSN program at UNR in August - then my ultimate goal is to have my Masters in nursing and public health before my 50th birthday!
- Apr 15, '11 by ToyaRN11Touching stories..
- Apr 15, '11 by gymkatsHi Catherine,
Yes....will be 40 at the end of the year...starting a BSN program in the fall.
Where is UNR?
Best of luck,