Friends sick of listening, so I'll blab here :)

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It will be another year before I can begin any classes, but I've been exploring my options for months now, wanting to be informed so I can have a game plan when my time comes. I'm noticing that as time goes by, my friends are becoming less and less interested in listening to me, which is a bit discouraging, though it makes sense I suppose. Fortunately, my husband doesn't mind me talking to him about all the options, and neither does my mom since she's a nurse and proud I'm headed that way!

Anyway, I went from thinking of getting my associates to most recently looking into becoming an LPN. Because for the RN I'd have to do ten pre-reqs part time to keep up with my kids, likely have a wait to be accepted into a nursing program and then two years of clinicals. It's looking optimistic at 4 years.

Whereas with the LPN I'll have 12 straight months of school, providing I'm accepted for next summer and will be out looking for a job in two years (I've been homeschooling my kids and will be homeschooling my younger daughter for one more year this coming school year, which is why I'm still waiting). Then eventually, hopefully, I can go back to become an RN.

I'm so excited already! And need to be exploring my options even now because to be accepted into the summer 2007 program, I'll need to take an entrance test this fall. We'll see, I'm praying a good deal.

Thanks for listening! ;)

Jess

nursecher

nursecher

312 Posts

When I am said and done I will have 3-4 years invested in a diploma RN. I also have 2 small children. I considered doing an LPN program and then going for my RN, but I found out you only get a small advanced placement in an RN program around here if you are an LPN (I think you get to skip one semester). By the time I would pay to become and LPN and then go back I didn't think it was worth it, especiall y since I know I want to be an RN.

Good Luck !

SummerGarden

SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr. Has 14 years experience. 3,360 Posts

It will be another year before I can begin any classes, but I've been exploring my options for months now, wanting to be informed so I can have a game plan when my time comes. I'm noticing that as time goes by, my friends are becoming less and less interested in listening to me, which is a bit discouraging, though it makes sense I suppose.

It is interesting that you say this. Today I ran into someone I have not seen in a while and she asked me what I was up too. I told her I was trying to get into a Nursing Program. Before I could say any more she stopped me and asked, "Have you started taking classes yet?" As if she has heard the line before! ;)

So I cannot blame your friends. Talk-is-talk until you act. And it might not be just you talking... it might be others they know. In fact, I know about 4 who are talking about applying to the Nursing Program. None of the 4 have started taking classes.

Like you, they have excuses that they believe are very valid. Unlike you, the rest of us have the same excuses but are taking classes.

Once you have a few classes under your belt, I am sure your friends will be willing to entertain the idea that you may actually be a Registered Nurse someday. Until then... good luck.

mukhorty

mukhorty

24 Posts

It is interesting that you say this. Today I ran into someone I have not seen in a while and she asked me what I was up too. I told her I was trying to get into a Nursing Program. Before I could say any more she stopped me and asked, "Have you started taking classes yet?" As if she has heard the line before! ;)

So I cannot blame your friends. Talk-is-talk until you act. And it might not be just you talking... it might be others they know. In fact, I know about 4 who are talking about applying to the Nursing Program. None of the 4 have started taking classes.

Like you, they have excuses that they believe are very valid. Unlike you, the rest of us have the same excuses but are taking classes.

Once you have a few classes under your belt, I am sure your friends will be willing to entertain the idea that you may actually be a Registered Nurse someday. Until then... good luck.

Talk about a good kick in the butt! You're right, and thanks for pointing this out. I actually talked with my husband last night and let him know I am sick of waiting, and am signing up for a summer class starting next week (that's if I'm not too late!). One class a semester isn't very much, but at least I'll feel like I'm getting there.

Thanks!

Jess

ChristineN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg. 3,464 Posts

If you don't mind my asking, where at in PA are you located?

BBQvegan

BBQvegan

Specializes in Medical-Oncology. 180 Posts

It might be helpful to do a some of the courses online if it is more convenient with your schedule. Good luck to you! I know it seems like a long time. I am 27 and wish I could do things faster. I was accepted into an accelerated BSN program (15 months), but decided to take the traditional BSN route (another 3 years) due to expenses and other reasons. Oh well. So-- I'll be approaching 31 when I am finished. No big deal! The journey is a great experience too! Good luck!

SummerGarden

SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr. Has 14 years experience. 3,360 Posts

Talk about a good kick in the butt!... One class a semester isn't very much, but at least I'll feel like I'm getting there.

Thanks!

Jess

You are welcome. By the way, you are in good company. There are many Mommies and Daddies here too. We don't get much sleep, but when did we ever sleep? ;)

One class a Semester is one less class to take later. I started that way and so have many others. I will be finished with my last two at the end of the Summer and am in the application process for Spring 2007. Time flies and the next thing you know you have progressed greatly toward your goal. Good luck to you! :)

mukhorty

mukhorty

24 Posts

If you don't mind my asking, where at in PA are you located?

Suburbs of Philly, you?

ChristineN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg. 3,464 Posts

Suburbs of Philly, you?

Soon moving to Pittsburgh :)

taniasjijo

taniasjijo

53 Posts

I was accepted into an accelerated BSN program (15 months), but decided to take the traditional BSN route (another 3 years) due to expenses and other reasons.

hello, can you please explain to me about the accelerated BSN? should we have any prior degree?

BBQvegan

BBQvegan

Specializes in Medical-Oncology. 180 Posts

hello, can you please explain to me about the accelerated BSN? should we have any prior degree?

Yes, the accelerated programs are for students who have a previous Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.

JaxiaKiley

JaxiaKiley

Specializes in OR Internship starting in Jan!!. 1,782 Posts

I know how that goes :) I just finished up my pre-reqs and I hope to start in the Spring. It seems like all I do is talk about nursing school these days :)

Good luck and hang in there!

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