Hi. I'd like to hear from anyone who's currently enrolled in or has already completed an accelerated nursing program. A lot of students I've talked to won't even consider it because it seems so intimidating. I chose the accelerated program because of time and money. Thanks!
Jun 13, '11
Ihave heard of of people struggling in accelerated programs for many different reasons. Many just realize it's not for them and realize nursing isn't for them. Some people have commitments outside of school that they can't just drop, like working, a family, and a household to maintain which I imagine would be tough with the amount of work that is involved. But I also hear of people struggling that don't have commitments outside of school, so who really knows.
From my personal experience, I'm lucky in that I have no huge commitments. I don't work, I'm not married, I have no kids, and financially I'm secure for this year. I have a great support system in my family, friends, and my boyfriend that make it pretty easy on me, and understand I'm not always available.
The program is fast paced with a lot of material so it definitely takes time management skills and patience, but it's nothing that should leave a person freaking out. There are people that work through the program and have families and still do well.
In the end I think it's just being realistic about how you learn, your time management skills, and how devoted you are to make it through the program.
Last edit by nrsstudent2010 on Jun 13, '11
Jun 14, '11
Thank you, nrsstudent! I've been a single mom with so many struggles that it wasn't until my son was nearly an adult that I decided to return to school. Now he's 18, has just graduated high school, is responsible and surprised at/proud of my achievements in returning to school. So, I find myself also without the 'distractions' I've had all these years. It seems timely for me. Nice to hear that it's doable, it's just really about being focused and organized. I'm on the alternate list at the local community college but, I've already got things moving towards UM if I don't make it in. It all feels pretty doable, just wanted input. Congrats to you!
Jun 29, '11
I am currently in UM-AA accelerated 2nd career program with our last nursing exam just 41 days from now!!!!!
The last 11 months have definitely been busy but 100% doable. I am lucky enough not to have prior commitments but there are plenty of people in my class who work, have families, etc. and have been able to make it with their sanity intact. I can only speak for UM's program but I can assure you it is not that bad. The major frustrations come in the form of busy work that all nursing students would rather not be doing. The clinical are great, whether you're at UMHS, St. Joes, the VA, or any other hospital UM-SoN uses. I'm sure you will do great wherever you end up. Just remember, it is only 12 months and it goes by so fast! Good luck!!
Jul 3, '11
Magen, congrats to you! I looked into UM-Flint's nursing program in case I didn't get into LCC. UM-Flint's got a nice approach, so, I can imagine you love UM-AA! I think LCC will be a great program, too, and I'm starting to get over my cold feet!
You have a really good attitude, so maybe that's part of your success right there! Good luck in your future!