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A Little confused in what path should I take to become a Nurse

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Hi everyone,

I need alot of help and advice and i became a member to this website just for help and for my gratitude to those who will help me.

I REALLY WANT TO BE A NURSE WITH A PASSION. For the past 2 years I have been in and out of the hospital. I was constantly in Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer center for a couple months becuase my cousin was dying of cancer. I would always go and see the nurses do their job. By the way they did a good Job in that hospital. He ended up passing away but I saw what the nurses were doing and I said "i want to do the same". Then I had in that same year a Surgery and Operation. Once again I would always go to the hospital for check ups and everything and I loved what the nurses were doing and how they did there job. by the way i was a junior in high school. i am still very young. lol. Then this year my nephew dies and i ended up going for two weeks constantly to Schneider Children's Hospital. I miss them both deeply but I discovered what i wanted to do with my life which is becoming a NURSE!

I just graduated high school and I am in College. freshman year. Here is were i need help. By the way not to sound cocky but i graduated with honors and 94 average!! lol

my college says that to enter the nursing program I need a A in English, philosophy, psychology and Biology 150 which i believe is Anatomy...i think! So even if i get a B it is most likely i won't enter the nursing program. I will try my best but what if i dont get that A in all those classes. Plus they said you only get one try and only one! soooo i am sooooooooooo nervous and trying to get an A but if i don't my dreams of becoming a nurse are shattered! :(

So i live in NYC and i wanted to know if there was other ways of becoming a nurse besides going to college or in a different college where they don't expect a student to be 100% perfect! I was thinking about Phillip Beth Israel school of nursing but I am not sure if to leave my college for that program! I need help in making a decision can anyone help me please! I am sure this is the career i want and i wont change my mind!

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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Going to college is the only way to become an RN. However, there are hundreds (probably thousands) of different RN programs. Since you're young, I would recommend doing it through a university and getting a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN), but the school you're in now is certainly not your only option.

That said, it shouldn't be difficult to get an A in those courses if you're intelligent and motivated.

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maiday works as a PCU.

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I agree, there are many different schools to get your RN. And in pretty much any of them, those classes will be pre-reqs. Just do your best and apply anyway. The worst they can do is say no.

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Thank you so much "klone" and "maiday". i Know klone said that going to college is the only way to be an RN. but do you recommend me leaving my college for a Nursing Programs. Do you know any good nursing Programs.

Cause i was also thinking to you know try my hardest in all of these classes and do my best to get an A. but if by any chance i get a B, should i then go to the nursing program!?

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dthfytr has 30 years experience as a ADN, LPN, LVN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I and works as a Disabled.

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You're asking us to make choices for you that only you can make. There are many nursing schools. Community colleges offer 2 year programs to be an RN (ADN). Depending on your goal, bedside nursing vs managerial, it may be better for you to go to a 4 year college and get a BSN. No matter what you choose, once you're qualified to take the license exam (NCLEX-RN) the license is the same no matter how you get the needed qualifications. All 50 states use the same exam.

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You're asking us to make choices for you that only you can make. There are many nursing schools. Community colleges offer 2 year programs to be an RN (ADN). Depending on your goal, bedside nursing vs managerial, it may be better for you to go to a 4 year college and get a BSN. No matter what you choose, once you're qualified to take the license exam (NCLEX-RN) the license is the same no matter how you get the needed qualifications. All 50 states use the same exam.

Thanks alot DTHFYTR....

I didnt think about it but your right i am asking you guys to make a decision for me. Well i guess since i am new to all of this and young I don't know much. But i got it now. I am going to stay in my 4 year school and try my best. thanks!

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Going to college is the only way to become an RN. However, there are hundreds (probably thousands) of different RN programs. Since you're young, I would recommend doing it through a university and getting a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN), but the school you're in now is certainly not your only option.

That said, it shouldn't be difficult to get an A in those courses if you're intelligent and motivated.

thanks for your advice! I will stay in my 4 year school!

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EbonyBorn2Succeed works as a Medical Assistant.

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Well from another young person (1990) :dncgbby:

I went a different route. It all depends on whats good for you. Some people I know got their LPN 1st and then did a year to get their ADN. It helps you get experience and looks good to employer when you already have some nursing experience. BuT as for me I choose to get one degree at a time, take a break, and then go back and get another degree. Just because you graduate w/ a BSN does'nt make you any better of a nurse and I doubt anyone will hire you quicker seeing as you won't have experience. But hey what do I know? I'm just a baby lol.

Side note: What school are you going to that requires you to have straight A's? I got to a private university and we don't even have to have straight A's.

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well,im not really from the states to interfere with this thread..but I feel like I can relate to what you just spilled NatQ..you know what you should do by now?Get your A's..It's the only way that u can get both:get to enter the nsg program,and stay in your college..if you say your school requires these A's,it just means that they only cater the best students..and that only means that they have a great quality of education..you say you got 94 average when you graduated?..that's quite smart!i think maybe then you can manage your A's..you know what it takes?just believe n yourself..stop being too much of a worrier..why do you worry too much about things that are yet to happen?..why not focus your energy towards the clear and present situation?concentrate on how you are going to get your precious A's..being a nurse is being confident about your own abilities..if you don't have this,then you just failed your first test..

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I would also like to refer you to an article I wrote..it's entitled how I fell in love with nursing..just below this thread..well,as opposed to your situation,it tells how I got my A's first before I got that passion that you are saying..it's lucky for you that you know clearly what you wanted to do..unlike me..i was like a stray sheep in an unknown land..but hey I still did my best right?so with your love for this profession,i know you can do it too..goodluck!

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well,im not really from the states to interfere with this thread..but I feel like I can relate to what you just spilled NatQ..you know what you should do by now?Get your A's..It's the only way that u can get both:get to enter the nsg program,and stay in your college..if you say your school requires these A's,it just means that they only cater the best students..and that only means that they have a great quality of education..you say you got 94 average when you graduated?..that's quite smart!i think maybe then you can manage your A's..you know what it takes?just believe n yourself..stop being too much of a worrier..why do you worry too much about things that are yet to happen?..why not focus your energy towards the clear and present situation?concentrate on how you are going to get your precious A's..being a nurse is being confident about your own abilities..if you don't have this,then you just failed your first test..

WOW, I really appreciate it. What a smack of reality. your right i should only worry about right now...i just started and i should take one step at a time instead of jumping ahead! thanks i really appreciate it. I should be more confident!

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always glad to help natq..i only have my words to offer..so get on your feet now..the world needs more nurses like you,nurses with passion..godbless..

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