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 wheels with classes like Nursing Research and Theory. I am beginning to see that the BS in BSN does not only
stand for bachelor of science (bad me -
I am seriously considering applying to transfer to the ADN program after this semester is over. If I do this, I will have about $20,000 less in student loans, a great deal less stress and heartache, a life for the next year, and an RN either way! From what I can gather, depending on when they schedule the classes that I will need to finish the ADN program, I will either finish at the same time or maybe one semester late if they do not offer the classes I need in the summer.
Now a bit about my reasons for looking into this. It is not grade related. I have a 4.0 currently and at worst I will finish this semester with one or 2 B's and the rest A's. I have no problem succeeding in this program - but at what cost? Since starting this program, I have injured my knee twice (not necessarily related to the program), been sick several times, and the migraines that I have not suffered from in years are back and kicking. My house looks like a tornado came through it, and the dust bunnies are taking over. I often emerge from my study coma to wonder who that handsome man in my living room is, then realize it is my husband! I own a horse who no longer remembers what I look like, and I recently sold another horse who I bred and raised from birth becuase I did not have time for her and it is not fair to ask my husband to do more than he already is (he works FT and is in school PT working on an associates in business). We don't have kids yet, but would like to someday soon, except that you have to actually have a relationship with your spouse for that to happen!!!
I am committed to becoming an RN, I am just doubting my judgment on the route to get there. Has anyone done this, or do you have any advice for me?? What do you think??
Oct 8, '06
I can tell you what I would probably do. Stay right where you are. You are half-way there. It is HARD to get into nursing programs. You are in one.
I would adjust my expectations. The 4.0 is not a necessity. Aim right now to be a 'C' student. Yes, I know, the unthinkable!
This would shave a few hours of study time per week off your life. You could then devote that time to your husband, your horse, and sleep. Dust bunnies aren't important right now.
If you think you need a high GPA to get into grad school later on - remember that they do take course load into account. Worst case scenerio you could talk your way into an MSN program on probation for the first semester.
While the ADN program wouldn't be accelerated, it certainly wouldn't be a walk in the park.
I'd stay right where you are at, and learn to live with lower grades in order to have a better quality of life. A=nurse, and C=nurse too.
Again, this is what *I* would do (while moaning all the way that I can't lose the 4.0!).
Student stress is temporary, but a BSN is forever.
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Oct 8, '06