Quote from courtneylea
My only issue has been that I know our Ivy Tech is very competitive and like I said with my GPA unless I take a few more semesters to retake my prerequisites (which will push my time frame back even further). I looked into WGU but I learn best in a classroom setting and with it being completely online I feel as though I will fall behind in something as in depth as nursing. I may just have to bite the bullet and retake my classes and put getting into actual nursing school on hold. Did you like the ADN program and do you feel prepared?
Like I said, your overall GPA is not going to matter at Ivy Tech. You want top grades in the classes I listed, and the best TEAS score you can get.
I highly recommend getting all of your non-nursing classes done before starting the program. That is not required to get in, but I can guarantee you will have a better experience overall if you do it that way. I had one semester where I took 17 credit hours -- made it through with all A's and B's -- but I do not recommend it.
There is zero flexibility with scheduling, you do what they tell you to do, when they tell you to do it ... so trying to work in the sciences I still needed was interesting, to say the least.
Did I like nursing school? Now, that is a funny question I haven't thought about until now. Yes, I liked it. And at times, I probably hated it. But those moments were fleeting, and overall ~ I'd say, regardless of what happens from this point on, I'm glad I did it. Nursing school changes you. It really shows you what you're made of ~ as will nursing.
I feel as prepared as a new grad can be expected to feel at this point. You will realize very early on that, while your instructors are there to make sure you are completing the basic requirements, it is ultimately up to each of us as an individual to dig deeper and prepare ourselves as much as possible for the world of nursing. It's a huge task, and I am nowhere near the level of the nurses I've worked with. But that's exactly where I am supposed to be ~ and that's okay. I think what matters most is to have a love of learning, a drive for self-improvement, and the confidence and belief in yourself that you CAN and WILL be a good nurse someday.