Need advice - bail on my accelerated BSN for an ADN?(long) - page 4

I am in semester 2 of a 4 semester accelerated BSN program. Right now I am kicking myself for not applying to the ADN program at my local CC. The more I learn, the more I feel like I am spinning my... Read More

  1. by   piper_for_hire
    Like I said, it's what worked for me. I can only speak from personal experience. It wasn't just the grades, it was also meeting the pressures of the accelerated program head on. Sort of a "take the bull by the horns" way to look at it. Instead of feeling like it was kicking my butt (which it was), I felt like I was holding my own. It's a good feeling and a great way to deal with the stress of it all.

    I completely disagree with ignoring what may come over the horizon. Totally understand what you're saying, but I really believe that buying options that you may never cash in is worth it - because eventually you're going to be glad you did. Creating options for yourself is a good habit to get into.

    -S
  2. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    Like I said, it's what worked for me. I can only speak from personal experience. It wasn't just the grades, it was also meeting the pressures of the accelerated program head on. Sort of a "take the bull by the horns" way to look at it. Instead of feeling like it was kicking my butt (which it was), I felt like I was holding my own. It's a good feeling and a great way to deal with the stress of it all.

    I completely disagree with ignoring what may come over the horizon. Totally understand what you're saying, but I really believe that buying options that you may never cash in is worth it - because eventually you're going to be glad you did. Creating options for yourself is a good habit to get into.

    -S
    This really goes to show how different approaches motivate/affect different people. It's great that this approach worked for you. We all have different buttons to push. Every semester I get uptight about my GPA because I force 4.0 stress onto myself. So every semester, about 1 month in, I tell myself that I can get one 'B' out of my classes. The same thing always happens...I feel a pressure release and I feel so relieved I get all A's.

    I think it comes down to if someone is slacking or has more ability...or if s/he is really just overwhelmed and at the breaking point. Also, performance anxiety v. not.

    The self-imposed pressure that works quite well for one person can torpedo another person.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Oct 9, '06
  3. by   kharing
    Here's a link to a discussion about loan payoff programs....

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f121/wa...bt-176910.html

    I would stick it out! Keep in mind you probably will have a long wait to transfer into a ADN program. Your grades are stellar!!!


    Good Luck with your decision.
  4. by   fleur-de-lis
    Well, thought I would give you all an update. It had been another long, had week, but I have decided to stick it out. I never even called the ADN program like I was going to. Went to lunch on Monday with a couple of friends in the program and low and behold - - we are ALL feeling this way! Just having friends to commiserate with was enough to recharge my batteries and convince me to stick it out. I still feel like there is alot of busy work in the program, but I've come to the conclusion that I signed up for this, and I knew/should have known that I was not in for an easy ride.

    The money was still tempting me, but this week I found out about a small inheritance that will wipe out about a quarter of my credit card debt, and my hubby has a chance to make a sale that will gross ten grand on commission!!!! (Not a sure thing by any means, but we are crossing our fingers) So, with my financial future looking up, I think we will stick to our original plan.

    I want to sincerely thank everyone who responded. This was one of my darker moments since school started, and knowing there are people who cared enough to take time out to address MY problem was really inspiring. Thank you! :icon_hug: :kiss
  5. by   glenwood
    Stay in your program. The good jobs more and more require a BSN. Talk to your husband about the presure you are under. Most schools have counselors who can help a lot. One more year and you have it made. If your tired take a term off if you can.But get the BSN.
  6. by   Ms.RN
    I dont know about switching from BSN to ADN program. Think about this.. Accelerated BSN program is one year vs. ADN program is two years. And most nursing schools wont allow students to transfer their nursing classes, maybe exception of fundamental of nursing class. So if you transfer, you have to start all over and you have 2 more years of nursing school. Do you want to do that? Why not finish nursing school in one year, since you are doing good in that program? Or do you want to be in nursing school two more years?
  7. by   Megsd
    I'm glad you're sticking with it. I'm in an ABSN program too (first quarter) and sometimes I think my head is going to explode from all the knowledge being backed into it. The good news is the other 23 students I'm with feel the same way. I have decided to not let school completely rule my life, though. I take one night/day off per week to do fun things. Every Thursday night 5 of my classmates and I get together to watch Grey's Anatomy, we have an intramural volleyball team (we lose every game but we cheer louder than anybody else), and today we're going to a food festival. And I've gotten all A's so far and have a teeny weeny bit of sanity.

    School is tough, but it's doable, and it's more doable if you can find some kind of balance in your life.

    Good luck with the rest of your program!
  8. by   gauge14iv
    Honestly - I don't think any program is easier than any other. The accelerated programs are admissably more intense because of the time factor - but no matter what program you find yourself in, its going to be a brain buster.
  9. by   Tweety
    Glad to hear you're going to stick with it and things are taking a better turn financially. Good luck to you in all that you do.
  10. by   lannisz
    Quote from JenNJFLCA
    I felt this way and I did a 6 semester BSN. Nursing school is a crazy time, so I would get it overwith as soon as possible. It doesn't get any better. It's so hard to get into a program, and who is to say that you won't have to start all over in an ADN program. I would stick with it and battle in the trenches as best you can. Nursing school is hard, so try to keep your chin up and always remember to look at the big picture. Good luck!

    I'm glad you decided to stick with it! I agree with this. You are half way there! I know it's hard, I know there's tons of BS in the program (I hated the theory classes too!). Relax your grade standards just a tad and spend your energy on keeping your sanity and learning the actual nursing tasks. The ADN program is not any easier, and as my granny always said "Don't change horses midstream - you may fall off!" Nursing school is something that takes over your life no matter what program you are in...just hold on and Get-R-Dun!
    Last edit by lannisz on Oct 15, '06
  11. by   DUECSON
    I'm glad that you followed your heart to stay in the program . It will go by sooo fast. We're almost into 2007 when it seems like it was just 2005 not so long ago. It's good to talk to others that are experiencing the feelings. :wink2:
  12. by   vaccinator1
    Bail!!! You are catching on! I have been a very proud ADN RN since 1973. You don't want to know my story ( too Long). Go ahead and get your two year RN, work for a hospital that will pay you to go back to school for your BSN. After working, gaining experience etc. you may decide nursing is not your thing. You will always keep your license and pursue another career. I am very happy not having my BSN. Never felt I needed it. Experience is where it is at. Bail!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   BSNtobe2009
    Since you are in the 2nd semester, I would encourage you to stick it out, or, continue in the program until you have guaranteed admission and an enrollment date at the ASN.

    I already have a BS in another field, but getting my ASN at a CC and then plan on getting my BSN part-time while working full-time. That will cut my loans to zero.

    I know you would save $20K, but I would gladly go into that much debt (it's not like it's $50K or anything) to be in a program such as yours.

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