I need some direction

  1. Hey all -
    I'm in my 3rd semester for my associates. I feel like I don't get any direction from professors and that most other students are just trying to pass the exams (just like me). I'm wondering where I can get straight forward information on what the next steps are. Like; how much do the boards cost? Where do i find out about taking them? Do any state's boards transfer to other states? Do I have to have ecperience before my first job, like an extern/internship at a hospital for the summer? How long after graduation do GN usually wait to take the boards/get a job??
    As you can see... i have some questions...
    thanks
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  3. by   ArwenEvenstar
    hey there! I've been out of school years now, but in the last semester (4th) for my associates - we actually had to take a mandatory one credit hour class that actually addressed most of the questions you asked - the boards, what happens if you fail, finding your first job, hospital work environement, professional outlook, and various nursing "issues" were discussed too.
    I think you should talk to your nursing advisor. She should be able to answer your questions. Maybe your school has such a class also? Your school must have some way of informing their students on these issues.







    Quote from vervain
    Hey all -
    I'm in my 3rd semester for my associates. I feel like I don't get any direction from professors and that most other students are just trying to pass the exams (just like me). I'm wondering where I can get straight forward information on what the next steps are. Like; how much do the boards cost? Where do i find out about taking them? Do any state's boards transfer to other states? Do I have to have ecperience before my first job, like an extern/internship at a hospital for the summer? How long after graduation do GN usually wait to take the boards/get a job??
    As you can see... i have some questions...
    thanks
  4. by   vervain
    "I think you should talk to your nursing advisor. She should be able to answer your questions. Maybe your school has such a class also? Your school must have some way of informing their students on these issues."[/QUOTE]

    What nursing advisor?? We don't really have advisors - i mean, technically yes, we do, but in reality - no one advises us on anything... you fill out your paperwork for next semesters classes and someone signs off on it but when you ask for counsel everyone is too busy to talk to you... frustrating. I will see if there is another route. Maybe i'll have to create one...
    thanks
  5. by   BETSRN
    Quote from vervain
    Hey all -
    I'm in my 3rd semester for my associates. I feel like I don't get any direction from professors and that most other students are just trying to pass the exams (just like me). I'm wondering where I can get straight forward information on what the next steps are. Like; how much do the boards cost? Where do i find out about taking them? Do any state's boards transfer to other states? Do I have to have ecperience before my first job, like an extern/internship at a hospital for the summer? How long after graduation do GN usually wait to take the boards/get a job??
    As you can see... i have some questions...
    thanks
    Many of those questions really are ones that your school has to answer for you, because they will be particular to your school and your state of residence.

    Usually when you apply for a nursing license in another state (after you are an RN) the board you are applying to will contact your home state board for the information they need.

    A clinical internship is not required but it will certainly give you some valuable experience. The more the better.

    Good luck.

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